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Members of undefeated eighth grade football team honored

The MFL MarMac eighth grade football team, which went undefeated both this year and last year, was honored during halftime of the high school game against BCLUW Oct. 20. Members included Gabe McGeough, Cullen McShane, Kashton Mathis, Colin Henkels, Caleb Mezera, Jaxton Schroeder, Callum Johnson, Chauncy Drahn, Kaden Stocker, Andrew Heins, Jack Vorwald, Hunter Goltz, Aiden Grove and Dusty Berns. The coaches were Dan Anderson and Chet Bachman, while the manager was Jonah Wille. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Members of the MFL MarMac eighth grade football team, which went undefeated both this year and last year, were honored during halftime of the high school game against BCLUW Oct. 20. 

The team went 6-0 this year, capping off their undefeated season with 52-14 and 51-0 victories over Prairie du Chien and Oelwein, respectively.

The Bulldogs’ victories all came in dominating fashion, as the eighth grade team out-scored its opponents by a combined score of 259-32. The offense averaged over 43 points per game, in addition to over 350 rushing yards per contest. They did not punt once. Interestingly, the team also kicked three field goals in its final game against Oelwein, a feat that’s rare in the junior high game, noted coach Chet Bachman.


Oppelt: This year’s Bulldogs most selfless team he’s seen

Members of the MFL MarMac football team include (front, left to right) Gavin Meana, Cayden Ball, Cedrick Drahn, Ethan Stubbs, Zach Howe, Brock Lamborn, Logan Engelhardt, Trevor Jones, JT Stocker; (second row) Manager Jiwoo Kang, Hunter Cherrier, Zach Trudo, Michael Egan, Tyler Wille, Kutter Andereson, Alexander Fels, Caden Stuckman, Max Havlicek, manager Chelbe Feuerhelm; (third row) head coach Tom Oppelt, assistant coach Kyle Kirkestue, Jacob Trudo, Avrey Smith, Michael Berger, Mason Hertrampf, Brady Olson, Levi Ferguson, Derek Larson, assistant coaches Mitch Seitz and Brian Berger; (back) Kaleb Tilson, Gavin Hertrampf, Korby Keehner, Dylan Corlett, Riley Wille, Garret Keehner, Spencer Larson and Tyler Kurth. (Photo courtesy of Blaker Photography)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Now in his fifth season as head coach of the MFL MarMac football team, Tom Oppelt said he’s never seen as selfless a team as this year’s Bulldogs.

“They have a great mindset,” he said. “The cohesiveness and selflessness they play with are huge strengths.”

That will come in handy, said Oppelt, as the team works to make up for its youth and smaller numbers.

“We are not big, but we will definitely be fun to watch,” he said.


Young Bulldogs work well together

Members of the MFL MarMac JV and varsity volleyball teams include (front, left to right) Kennedy McShane, Jerica Meana, Julie Lenth, Jade Gerndt, Ali Crogan; (middle) Ashley Weaver, Jayde Schubert, Summer Schutte, Lauren Gillitzer, Kylee Splinter, Josie Kleinow, Brenna Boland, Marissa Anderson; (back) Rachel Davis, Jordan Schubert, Megan Lang, RoseMary McGeough, Brinan Berger, Taylor Berns and Bailey Winter. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This year’s MFL MarMac volleyball team may be young, but its members have a strong rapport with one another, a factor that will be important during the 2017 season, said head coach Kelly Winter.

“The girls all seem to get along really well,” she shared. “That is always the first goal, to get them working together and communicating on and off the court.”


Three Bulldog softball players receive all-conference recognition

Kyleigh Picha (Photo by Grant Langhus)

Jordan Schubert (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Hannah Schutte (Photo by Grant Langhus)

Three MFL MarMac softball players have received Upper Iowa Conference all-conference honors. Sophomore Kyleigh Picha was named to the first team, while freshman Jordan Schubert and sophomore Hannah Schutte earned honorable mention status.

Picha, an outfielder, played in 29 games this season, amassing a .337 batting average and .392 on-base percentage. She picked up 30 hits and walked 5 times, scored 33 runs and had 9 RBIs. Picha also tore up the base paths, swiping 43 bags in 44 attempts.

Schubert played in 29 games for MFL MarMac, starting 18 of those on the mound, where she had a 9-11 record with a 3.78 ERA. She held opponents to a .232 batting average, racking up 91 strikeouts and allowing 47 walks. 


Johanningmeier, Drahn earn honorable mention nods

Nathan Johanningmeier (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Cedrick Drahn (Photo by Audrey Posten)

MFL MarMac baseball players Nathan Johanningmeier and Cedrick Drahn have earned Upper Iowa Conference all-conference honors, with both receiving honorable mention nods.

Johanningmeier, a sophomore, had a .299 batting average and .405 on-base percentage in 28 games this season. He racked up 20 hits and walked 9 times, while driving in 10 runs and scoring 11 times. He also stole five bases. In the outfield, Johanningmeier had a .922 fielding percentage.

Drahn, a freshman infielder, also played in 28 games for the Bulldogs, hitting .288 with a .366 on-base percentage. He accumulated 21 hits and 8 walks, scored 12 runs, picked up 5 RBIs and stole 8 bases.


Schutte is state-bound

MFL MarMac sophomore Summer Schutte will compete in the 400 meter dash at the state track and field meet in Des Moines on Thursday, May 18. (File photo by Grant Langhus)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac sophomore Summer Schutte is headed to the state track and field meet in the 400 meter dash. Schutte qualified with a time of 1:02.85, which was good for second place in the Class 2A state qualifying meet at North Fayette Valley May 11.

“I could not be prouder of Summer’s efforts,” said MFL MarMac’s head girls track coach, Becky Holt. “She has the heart of a champion.”

Schutte’s story is unique in that, for most of the season, she ran in the 100-meter and 200-meter races.


Middle, long distances look to be strengths for boys track team

Members of the MFL MarMac high school boys track team are (left to right) Nick Larson, Kolton Matthews, Jamarr Tanniehill, Levi Ferguson, JT Stocker, Riley Doeppke, Alex McNally, Korby Keehner, Zach Trudo, Dylan Corlett, JP Murphy and Spencer Rose. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This year’s MFL MarMac boys track team is a smaller squad than in years past, but a combination of experienced runners, new faces and hard work should make the group exciting to watch, said head coach Dan Anderson.

2017 is Anderson’s 11th year at the helm, and he’ll be joined by second-year assistant Kyle Kirkestue.

The team’s biggest strength, said Anderson, will be at the middle and long distances.


Bulldog wrestlers earn valuable experience at state

Freshman Ethan Stubbs (left) and sophomores Michael Egan, Korby Keehner and Nathan Johanningmeier were the youngest group MFL MarMac has ever sent to state.

Sophomore Korby Keehner placed eighth in the 220-pound weight class, becoming the fourth Keehner to bring home a medal for the Bulldogs.

Korby Keehner (far left) stands on the podium at the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.

Sophomore Michael Egan (132 pounds) wrestles in his second state tournament.

Despite suffering two close losses in the state tournament, sophomore Nathan Johanningmeier (152 pounds) is “not far away” from advancing further said head coach Chet Bachman.

“It was neat to have a freshman go to state,” said head coach Chet Bachman of Ethan Stubbs, who wrestled at 106 pounds.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

MFL MarMac returned from the state wrestling tournament with some hardware, following an eighth-place finish in Class 1A by sophomore Korby Keehner. Three other wrestlers—freshman Ethan Stubbs and sophomores Michael Egan and Nathan Johanningmeier—did not place, but picked up some valuable experience.

“I’m proud of these guys,” said head coach Chet Bachman at a welcome back event at the high school Feb. 19. “They had their work cut out for them.”

According to Bachman, with three sophomores and one freshman, this was the youngest group MFL MarMac has ever sent to the state tournament. It’s the largest in 10 years.


Four Bulldogs headed to state wrestling tournament

Pictured (left to right) are assistant coaches Collin Stubbs and Mike Meyer; head coach Chet Bachman; state qualifiers Michael Egan, Korby Keehner, Nathan Johanningmeier and Ethan Stubbs; and assistant coaches Tracy Decker, Travis Johnson and Gary Berns. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Four MFL MarMac wrestlers—Ethan Stubbs, Michael Egan, Nathan Johanningmeier and Korby Keehner—are headed to the state wrestling tournament after placing in the top two at the IHSSA Class 1A District 6 tournament at Starmont on Feb. 11.

The 106-pound Stubbs, a freshman with a 37-7 record, punched his ticket to state with a second-place finish.

Egan, who’s a sophomore, also finished second, but at 132 pounds. He has a 46-2 season record and was also a state qualifier last year.


Bulldogs are sectional champs, send record seven wrestlers to districts

The MFL MarMac wrestling team won the sectional tournament at Postville Feb. 4. Seven wrestlers—Ethan Stubbs, Michael Egan, Brady Olson, Riley Doeppke, Nathan Johanningmeier, Garret Keehner and Korby Keehner—were individual champions. (Photo courtesy of Erin Keehner)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A week after becoming Upper Iowa Conference champions, the MFL MarMac wrestling team topped another tournament, this time winning their sectional at Postville Feb. 4. Seven of the team’s 14 wrestlers were individual champions.

The Bulldogs racked up 251 team points, handily out-pacing the second-place finisher, South Winneshiek, which had 203 points. With 194.5 points, Sumner-Fredericksburg placed third, followed by Postville with 119, Starmont with 74, Clayton Ridge with 50, Central with 43.5 and Turkey Valley with 36.