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Tue
19
Jan

McGeough, Mathis lead MFL MarMac to second place at Bulldog Invite


Junior Kashton Mathis wrestled his way to first place in the 145-pound weight class at the Jan. 16 MFL MarMac Invitational. He was one of the team’s two individual champions. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Sophomore Karter Decker (138 pounds) continued to wrestle well on Saturday, earning second place at the MFL MarMac Invitational.

The Bulldogs have gotten a lift—sometimes literally—from a strong group of freshmen, including 132-pound Bryce Radloff. He finished third at Saturday’s tournament.

Holden Mathis, wrestling at 120 pounds, was another freshman who placed third.

Tristen Koehn, seen here pinning a Waterloo West wrestler, got redemption in Saturday's third-place match, winning by fall over Saint Ansgar’s Derek Peterson, who’d pinned him to start the day.

Gabe McGeough was the 160-pound champion. The junior has dominated throughout the season, losing just once.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac wrestling team continued its string of strong tournament performances on Jan. 16, placing second in the MFL MarMac Invitational. The Bulldogs scored 193 total points, trailing only Crestwood, which finished the day with 285. Wapsie Valley scored 149 points, placing third in the eight-team field.

Leading the Bulldogs were juniors Gabe McGeough and Kashton Mathis, who were tournament champions in their respective 160-pound and 145-pound classes.

“Gabe dominated,” said head coach Chet Bachman, while Mathis bounced back from a tough previous week. “He didn’t do well the week before, but it just shows that, if you have a good mind set and a good week of practice, you can flip the page.”

Tue
19
Jan

Warrior defense, Seeland star in 46-31 win over West Central

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central boys basketball team put together a solid performance in a 46-31 victory over West Central (1-10) on Jan. 12. 

The game was tied at halftime, before the Warriors pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Blue Devils 29-14. 

Central shot an impressive 43.2 percent from the field and had a surprise offensive explosion from senior Tommy Seeland, who returned from a rib injury and went 6-6, finishing with a team-high 14 points off the bench. Teammates Hazen Loan and Evan Pensel both scored nine points, while Parker Vaughn had six. 

Tue
19
Jan

Trojans edge Bulldogs 47-45


With nine points, Lakota Morrissey was the Bulldogs’ top scorer against Turkey Valley. She also picked up five rebounds, two steals and an assist in the 47-45 loss. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Brooklynn Moon and the MFL MarMac defense held Turkey Valley to just a 26.8 field goal percentage, but the Trojans made up for it on the free throw line, making 24 of 36 attempts.

Kayden Gillitzer contributed five points in the Bulldogs’ Jan. 12 loss.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Turkey Valley edged MFL MarMac 47-45 in a key Upper Iowa Conference girls basketball match-up Jan. 12. The loss was the Bulldogs’ second in a row and dropped them to 7-2 in the conference and 8-4 overall. 

The night started well for MFL MarMac, with a 9-1 run in the game’s opening minutes. Turkey Valley bounced back quickly, though, trimming the Bulldog lead to 11-9 after the first quarter and pulling ahead 19-15 by halftime.

Tue
19
Jan

Central winless at South Winn duals

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central wrestling team endured a tough dual event at South Winneshiek last week, suffering three defeats. 

According to coach Joe Koehn, one of the issues plaguing the team was basic strength. 

“Strength is a big thing; technique is going to take you further, but once you get to see those good teams, then strength plays a key factor in competing. We lift twice a week during the season, but the biggest part of that is gained in the off season,” he said. 

Tue
19
Jan

Wayne K. Peterson

Wayne Keith Peterson, age 86, died on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at the Elkader Care Center. He was born on June 14, 1934, to Thomas and Mabel (Bergan) Peterson in rural St. Olaf. He attended school at Wagner Township Center School and Elkader High School, graduating in 1952. He was a lifelong member of Norway Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed.

After graduation, Wayne worked on the family farm until October 1954, when he entered the United States Air Force and was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program in Texas. He graduated in March 1956 as a second lieutenant with a rating of navigator.

Fri
15
Jan

John W. 'Jack' Schultz

John “Jack” Walter Schultz, 91, of McGregor, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Mayo Health in La Crosse, Wis. John was born June 1, 1929, to Benjamin Albert and Meda Marie (Zahn) Schultz in McGregor. He was baptized on June 8, 1930, and attended McGregor Public School.

Thu
14
Jan

Deloris C. Morris

Deloris Catherine (Gusta) Morris, 92, of Strawberry Point, formerly of Oelwein, passed away on Jan. 9, 2021, at the Guttenberg Care Center due to COVID-19. She was born on April 13, 1928, in Elkader, and was the only daughter of Elmer and Florence (Seeland) Gusta. Deloris graduated from Strawberry Point High School in 1946 and attended Pitzies Cosmetology School in Waterloo in 1947. On April 26, 1947, Deloris was married to William C. Morris at St. John’s Catholic Church in Waterloo.

Tue
12
Jan

Pandemic pushes MFL MarMac to increase its digital presence


Since the start of the pandemic, MFL MarMac has increased its digital presence. Cheri Moser, shown here with her home office setup, has helped with marketing and promotion. (Submitted photos)

A video highlighting student Keaton Warrington, who did a virtual presentation to his class about his dad’s service in the Navy, is one example of the engaging posts shared on the MFL MarMac Facebook page.

Live stream events have been one of the district’s biggest and most popular undertakings. This screengrab shows the camera set up in the auditorium for the high school winter concert.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close last spring, districts around the country began devising ways to stay connected with students, parents and their communities. 

MFL MarMac was no different. A committee planned teacher car parades, socially distanced window scavenger hunts and weekly spirit activities.

“There were so many ideas floating around,” recalled the district’s teacher librarian, Melissa Haberichter, who was part of the group.

Tue
12
Jan

Monona sets 2021 goals

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Trail updates, sewer maintenance and property annexation are among the goals the city of Monona has for 2021. City administrator Barb Collins proposed the objectives—some of which are holdovers from previous years—at the city council’s Jan. 4 meeting.

This year, thanks in large part to a REAP grant, Monona will extend its Butterfly Trail from Gateway Park to the intersection of Main and Spruce streets. The extension will improve access to and from Gateway Park’s campsites and new playground. Once the recreational trail plans are completed, Collins said the city will know how much it will have to contribute toward the project.

Tue
12
Jan

Elkader City Council discusses department budgets

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Jan. 11 Elkader City Council meeting focused chiefly on budget updates concerning public works, water works, the police department and the library. 

Before deep diving into the weeds of financial matters, there has been a surprise departure, as Ashley Althoff, just a month after taking over as economic development and Main Street Iowa director, has left the position. The departure was confirmed by city administrator Jennifer Cowsert, who could not offer any specific details, instead simply stating that she has “met with the Main Street Board and [they] are moving ahead to re-advertise the position and hopefully have someone on board by the end of February.”

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