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Tue
15
Dec

Central’s support of girls wrestling leads the way in northeast Iowa


Maria Medberry (top) is one of three girls on Central’s high school wrestling team. The school has been promoting and slowly building female inclusion in the sport. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

There’s an old adage that says “girls can do anything boys can do,” and at Central, they are leading the way in bringing that to fruition. Since last year, the school has been promoting and slowly building a girls wrestling team, something both head coach Joe Koehn and activities director Aaron Reinhart have been strongly behind. 

While Central doesn’t have an official girls program, the overall program, which is predominantly male, features several female athletes who compete alongside the boys. 

Tue
15
Dec

Central girls win big at Clayton Ridge, but fall to TigerHawks


Fern Diersen looks for an open teammate. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Grace Kuehl avoids a Clayton Ridge defender in last week’s Central win.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was an up and down week for the Central girls basketball team, as they easily defeated the Clayton Ridge Eagles 57-36 before losing their second game of the year—a disappointing 55-31 defeat to North Fayette Valley. 

Against the Eagles, Central’s defense was strong, holding Clayton Ridge to nine points or less in the first three periods and forcing 20 turnovers. 

Delaney Scherf led the team in the scoring column with 24 points, and Haley Frieden added 15 points on the night. Ashlyn Scherf had seven points off the bench and Hannah Asche was good for three. Fern Diersen, Carly Kluesner and Abby Cummer each had two points. 

Tue
15
Dec

Bulldogs win three more duals, place second at Nashua-Plainfield Tourney

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac wrestling team continued to perform well last week, winning three more duals and placing second at the Nashua-Plainfield Tournament.

The three dual victories came in a meet at Edgewood-Colesburg on Dec. 8. The Bulldogs started the night by defeating a tough Beckman-Catholic squad 44-36.

“They took care of us pretty good last year, and they’ve got some good kids who’ll be right there at the end,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “So it was nice to beat them.”

Tue
15
Dec

MFL MarMac girls basketball team off to 4-1 start


Riley Moreland has been MFL MarMac’s top scorer and rebounder so far, including double-doubles against Ed-Co and South Winn last week. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Sophomore Grace Anderson, in her first game back from an injury, provided a spark off the bench in MFL MarMac’s win over West Central, with 14 points and four rebounds.

Last week, Carlie Jones and the Bulldog defense were able to hold off a pesky West Central team, winning 33-26.

Miranda Lang sends a pass to one of her MFL MarMac teammates.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Two weeks into the season, the MFL MarMac girls basketball team is 4-1, but head coach Jason Winter said there’s still room for improvement.

“Almost every one of our games has been pretty close,” he said. “Right now, we’re kind of playing to the level of our competition.”

After a big season-opening win over Turkey Valley, the Bulldogs started the second week of play Dec. 7, against Edgewood-Colesburg. MFL MarMac jumped out to a 28-18 advantage over the Vikings in the first half, but Ed-Co chipped away at the lead in the third quarter, making it 37-30. The Bulldogs held them off in the fourth period, though, winning 50-42.

Tue
15
Dec

Central boys drop two games


Dan McGreal drives by a Clayton Ridge defender for a layup. He finished the game with 13 points. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Central's leading scorer, Evan Pensel, goes for the deep three against NFV. Pensel finished the game with seven points.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was another tough week for the Central boys basketball team, as they dropped both games and fell to 1-4 on the year. 

In the first game of the week, the Warriors took on Clayton Ridge, losing 67-49 after falling behind early. The Warriors shot 35.3 percent from the field, which was bested by the Eagles’ 51.8 percent performance. In other statistical categories, such as rebounds, free throws, assists and steals, the Warriors kept pace, but they also committed 12 turnovers and 14 fouls. From behind the arc, the team went just 9 for 26. 

Evan Pensel led the Warriors in points with 14, followed by Dan McGreal with 13 and Parker Vaughn with eight. Ashton Burroughs came off the bench for six. 

Tue
15
Dec

MFL MarMac grabs first win


Freshman Wyatt Powell had 17 points in the Bulldogs’ Dec. 11 win over West Central. With nine assists, he was just short of a double-double. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Senior Cayden Ball had a big week for MFL MarMac, scoring 21 points at South Winn, followed by a 13-point output against West Central.

Carver Blietz-Bentien cut past a West Central defender on his way to the hoop in last week's game.

Against West Central, senior Gavin Meana tallied nine points, two rebounds and two assists.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

After tough losses to Edgewood-Colesburg and South Winneshiek earlier in the week, the MFL MarMac boys basketball team cruised past Upper Iowa Conference opponent West Central Friday night, picking up its first win of the season.

The Bulldogs began last week’s action on Dec. 7, dropping a match-up with Ed-Co 75-40. The Vikings jumped ahead 18-11 in the first quarter, then went on a 16-6 run in the second period to take a 34-17 lead into halftime. The second half didn’t get much better for the Bulldogs, who struggled to contain the Ed-Co offense, which rattled off 33 points in the third quarter alone.

Tue
15
Dec

Young Warrior wrestling team has some success

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central wrestling squad showed improvement this past week, performing well in the JV boys/girls quad at Center Point-Urbana on Dec. 8, while the varsity team went 1-2, winning their first match-up of the young season. 

At the JV portion of the meet, Maria Medberry went 2-1, winning the first place matches in the 131-138- and 126-138-pound weight classes. She won both via pin, while fellow female teammates went 1-4. Brandy Beatty lost both of her matches via fall, but Rebecca Suhr won the first-place match for the 143-152 class by pin. Meanwhile, Nate Shirbroun, the lone male wrestler for Central, won both first place matches for the 170-175 and 170-182 weight classes. 

Tue
08
Dec

Central girls basketball has 2-1 week, but team is still a work in progress


Ashlyn Scherf scored nine points off the bench in Central’s win over West Central last week. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Lexi Loan looks to make a pass against West Central.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central girls basketball team headed into the season looking to repeat last year’s success and, early on, it’s gone well. Going into this past week, the Warriors were looking to test themselves against some stiff competition and finished the week 2-1, defeating West Central and Kee, before dropping their first game of the year against Springville. 

After the week of play, coach Mark Wiley remarked “We still need to finish better around the rim. As coaches, we have to implement time in practice to work on these fundamental things of shooting and footwork, even in the paint.” 

Tue
08
Dec

Central boys finish week 1-2


In the win over West Central, Parker Vaughn had 10 points, two assists and two rebounds for the Warriors. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Corey Weber scores an uncontested lay up against West Central.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central boys basketball season got off to a big start against the West Central Blue Devils on Dec. 1, as the Warriors dominated in a 57-32 victory, holding the Blue Devils to less than 10 points in each of the first three periods. 

As a team, the Warriors shot 39.7 percent from the field, making 23 of 58 shots, and from long range they went 10 for 26. More than half of the team’s 57 points came from three pointers. 

Aside from the shooting, the Warriors played a complete game, overwhelming the Blue Devils on the boards with a 34-21 rebound advantage, to go along with 16 assists and eight steals. 

Tue
08
Dec

Bulldogs cap dominant week by taking top spot at Cascade Dual Tournament


MFL MarMac junior Gabe McGeough is off to a strong start this season, winning all seven of his matches so far—six of them by fall. Here, he pinned Starmont’s Keegan McTaggart in the home dual meet Dec. 3. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Several Bulldog freshmen, including Konnor Barat-Klimesh, were big contributors in last week’s success. Barat-Klimesh earned a fall over Riceville’s Will Felper in his first match Dec. 3.

Senior heavyweight Jacob Trudo worked out of the grasp of Riceville's Mitchel Marr on his way to hard-fought pin early in the dual last Thursday night.

132-pound freshman Bryce Radloff won his first high school match by fall.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

It was a dominant first week of action for the MFL MarMac wrestling team, which won two duals in a Dec. 3 home meet, then cruised to a first-place finish in the Cascade Dual Tournament the following night.

“You couldn’t ask for a better week,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “The kids wrestled well and took care of their matches. When they won, they usually won by fall.”

With COVID-19 making every day of wrestling an uncertainty, he was even more excited. 

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