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Tue
27
Oct

Warrior cross country season comes to heartbreaking conclusion


Jaydin Dettman came in 21st at the district meet on Oct. 23. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Parker Vaughn turned in a 57th-place finish at the district meet at the Guttenberg Golf Course. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Members of the Central junior high cross country team recently competed in the Washburn Classic middle school state meet. Pictured (left to right) are Bryce Heller, Collin Jaster, Gavin Holst, Alexis Thiese, Brooke Tieden, Reese Berns, Layla Embretson, Caden Fette, Michael White and Braxton Bormann. Unable to attend was Keeley Curran. (Submitted photo)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central cross country season is over, and for the first time in 21 years, the school will not be represented at the state meet. The outcome is a by-product of changes to state qualifying, COVID-19 and the loss of the team’s top two runners due to contact tracing, a development that marred the season finale. 

The runners who were at the district meet at Clayton Ridge on Oct. 23 performed, enduring through the situation and epitomizing the “Warrior Strong” ethos. 

On the girls side, decimated by the loss of two stars and six other runners, the Warriors had no chance to qualify for state as a team.

Tue
27
Oct

Sumner-Fred cuts MFL MarMac’s playoff run short


Senior Kayden Gillitzer tallied seven kills in MFL MarMac’s 3-0 win over South Winn in the playoff opener. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Miranda Lang made all 11 of her serves against South Winn, including two of MFL MarMac’s seven aces.

Karli Tilson goes up for a block against the Warriors.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac volleyball team’s playoff run was cut short last week, as the Bulldogs were beaten by Sumner-Fredericksburg just two days after an opening round victory over South Winneshiek.

The Bulldogs hosted South Winn on Oct. 19, sweeping the fellow Upper Iowa Conference team 3-0.  They dominated the game, winning the opening set 25-18 and the final two by scores of 25-14.

Riley Moreland led MFL MarMac at the net, with nine kills and one of the team’s two blocks. Kayden Gillitzer tallied seven kills, while Aleyna Rodriguez contributed five, and Karli Tilson added one kill and one block.

Tue
27
Oct

Central's season ends with playoff loss


Isabelle Groth had four kills in Central’s Oct. 19 playoff loss at Tripoli. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central volleyball season came to an end Oct. 19, as the Warriors lost their playoff opener against the Tripoli Panthers in straight sets, 25-19, 25-19 and 25-17. They finished the 2020 season with a record of 3-20. 

Against the Panthers, the offense was productive, but ultimately outplayed. Ava Pensel, like clockwork, led the team in assists with 14, while Chelsia Larson added one. 

When it came to kills, the Warriors had one of their best games of the year, with 19 kills on 62 attempts and only 14 kill errors. Brandy Beatty led the team with eight kills, while Isabelle Groth had four, Pensel and Lexi Loan each had two and Kaitlyn Wiley, Larson and Maddy Wille each scored one.

Tue
20
Oct

Central volleyball has tough week


Central’s Brandy Beatty digs out a ball during a game last week. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Warrior Chelsia Larson attempts a kill.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central volleyball team suffered another winless stretch last week, dropping both matches—one a hard-fought back and forth battle against Postville and the other in straight sets against Turkey Valley. 

Against 3-14 Postville on Oct. 13, the Warriors lost each of the first two sets by 25-23 scores before digging deep to pull out the next two sets 25-11 and 25-17). However, they succumbed in the fifth, losing 15-12. It was a competitive match and one of the Warriors’ best statistically of the season. 

Tue
20
Oct

Central cross country performs well at conference meet


Hannah Asche finished sixth at the Upper Iowa Conference meet with a time of 21:11, which was a season and course best. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Delaney Scherf achieved all-conference status with a 13th-place finish.

Corey Weber received honorable mention all-conference after finishing 21st.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

When it comes to success, the Warriors cross-country team proved, once again, in the Upper Iowa Conference meet at North Fayette Valley, that they are no strangers to it. 

The varsity girls put on a performance, with five runners finishing in the top 25 and producing a plethora of course and season best times. Hannah Asche and Delaney Scherf led the way, with Asche finishing sixth with a time of 21:11, which was a season and course best. Scherf was close behind in 13th with a 22:18, a course best. Both girls achieved all-conference status. 

Tue
20
Oct

Warriors lose 62-60 heartbreaker in season finale


Evan Schroeder carried the load for the Central offense, rushing for 121 yards on 19 carries for two touchdowns. He also added a passing touchdown and returned five kicks for 217 yards, including two touchdowns. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Elliot Kelly had two passing touchdowns and ran for 35 yards in the Warriors’ loss at Central City on Oct. 15.

A Warrior team effort tackled the Central City runner.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central football season ended in a heartbreakingly close 62-60 loss to the Central City Wildcats on Oct. 15. The game, which was originally scheduled for earlier in the year, served as the season finale when Central opted out of the playoffs, a decision that was made without player involvement. It was a decision the players understood, but were still disappointed by. Heading into the game, the team seemed ready. 

“We feel good, we’re playing loose and excited. It’s the seniors’ last game, so emotions will be high, which is good because I know that they will bring the excitement,” head coach Joe Koehn said beforehand. 

Tue
20
Oct

Three Bulldog runners turn in all-conference performances


With a 15th-place finish, Clare Grau was MFL MarMac’s top performer at the Upper Iowa Conference meet. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kaylee Walch, who placed 19th on Oct. 15, has made huge improvements on her time this season, said head coach Eric Koenig.

Caleb Nordheim finished 19th and earned an all-conference spot on Oct. 15.

Colin Moses joined the cross country team late, but is getting back to where he was last season.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team competed in the Upper Iowa Conference meet at North Fayette Valley on Oct. 15, where three runners—Clare Grau, Kaylee Walch and Caleb Nordheim—turned in all-conference performances.

“The weather conditions were less than ideal, mainly the wind being the negative factor,” said head coach Eric Koenig, “but even with that the kids turned in good performances.”

Tue
20
Oct

MFL MarMac volleyball team wraps regular season

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac volleyball team wrapped up the regular season last week, following up a five-set loss to Clayton Ridge by sweeping Kee.

The Bulldogs started the Oct. 13 game at Clayton Ridge on a high note, easily winning the first set 25-17. The Eagles stormed back with 25-20 and 25-15 victories in the second and third frames, though, taking a 2-1 lead. MFL MarMac then evened the score with a 25-22 win in the fourth set. In the deciding fifth set, the Eagles flew away with a 15-9 finish.

Tue
13
Oct

Bulldogs are back-to-back district champions


Junior Kaden Stocker caught two receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown Friday night, in MFL MarMac’s 60-0 win over Postville. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Corbin McElwaine (left) and Tyler Wille were part of a stout offensive line that allowed the Bulldogs to accumulate over 100 yards passing and 279 on the ground against the Pirates.

At Postville, MFL MarMac quarterback Max Havlicek completed nine of 14 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball twice himself for 35 yards and another touchdown.

Austin Schlee vaulted over a Pirate defender in the 60-0 MFL MarMac win on Oct. 9.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

For the second straight year—and the second time ever—the MFL MarMac football team has won a district title. With a 60-0 win at Postville on Oct. 9, the Bulldogs tied with South Winneshiek and Wapsie Valley for the top spot in Class A District 4.

“They’ve accomplished a lot,” head coach Dan Anderson said of his team. “Starting the season, maybe even I was a doubter a little bit. But you should never doubt these guys.”

Tue
13
Oct

MFL MarMac runs at South Winn, in final race before conference meet

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team ran at South Winneshiek on Oct. 6, in the final competition before next week’s conference meet.

Freshman Clare Grau continued to perform well for the Bulldogs, charging to a 22nd-place finish with a time of 22:47.67. Fellow freshman Kaylee Walch had a strong meet too, running the course in 24:16.35 to finish 35th. Freshman Ruby Koeller came in 46th at 26:37.93, while sophomore Alexis Ross, freshman Kaylee Nuehring and sophomore Cadence Weber placed in spots 48 through 50, respectively, with times of 27:31.86, 27:43.23 and 28:24.36.

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