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Tue
08
Sep

CAMPAIGNING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Matt Tapscott (D), Senate District 28

In the midst of an election year, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted how political candidates typically connect with voters. Over the next few weeks, the Times-Register will share how some local candidates have adapted—how they’re “meeting” constituents and continuing to share their ideas.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

A life in politics was never a farfetched idea for Matt Tapscott, who grew up in a politically active family. So when the former Marine and current owner-operator of Almost HOME Learning Naturally Childcare Center announced his candidacy for Iowa Senate District 28, it came as no surprise. 

Tue
08
Sep

Warriors begin cross country season


Delaney Scherf (left) and Hannah Asche led the lady Warriors on Sept. 3, at MFL MarMac. Asche achieved a personal course best 22:09 and finished third, while Scherf placed ninth. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

At the Sept. 3 meet at MFL MarMac, McKenna Jaster was 13th in the JV standings.

Taylor Moser finished in the top 25 at the Sept. 3 meet at Tri-City Golf Course, in Luana.

Central's JV girls had three runners finish in the top 10 out of 21 runners at MFL MarMac, including Madylen Gregerson, who was seventh.

Brayden Finley ran a personal and career best time of 19:01 at Oelwein on Sept. 1.

Parker Vaughn maneuvers through a group of Decorah runners at Oelwein on Sept. 1.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors cross country season got underway on Sept. 1, at the Oelwein Huskies Invitational, where Delaney Scherf battled for the victory, defeating 178 other runners. It was a personal best for both the course and her cross country career, with a final time of 20:30. 

Several other runners on the girls JV squad also finished with personal course records, including Hannah Asche, who was fourth, and Allie Mussman, who finished 10th, as well as Haley Mueller, Maria Medberry, Miley Wingert and McKenna Jaster. As a team, they ended the meet with a score of 72, finishing second behind Decorah, who scored a 26. 

Tue
08
Sep

Missed tackles, limited offense lead to Central loss


Defensive lineman Joel Thiese (60) makes a tackle with help from his teammates during Central’s Sept. 4 game against Springville. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Warrior wide receiver Hazen Loan (33) takes the pitch from quarterback Evan Schroeder.

Fullback Sean Wilwert (9) goes in motion as quarterback Evan Schroeder waits for the ball to be hiked.

Evan Pensel, James Eberhardt, Hazen Loan and CJ Polkinghorn celebrated Senior Night on Sept. 4.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Going into last Friday’s football game against the Springville Orioles, Central Head Coach Joe Koehn felt good about the match-up.

“Both teams have speed and some athletes who know how to use it. I am very excited to see how things play out…we have been focusing on staying low in all aspects of the game,” he said. 

However, as the final whistle blew, the score showed a one-sided affair, as Springville defeated the Warriors 81-0. 

Tue
08
Sep

Bulldog football team cruises to 2-0 record

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac football team upped its record to 2-0 Sept. 4, with a convincing 35-13 victory at Alburnett.

Like the previous week, where the Bulldogs’ special teams tallied two touchdowns before the offense even took the field, Friday night’s game got off to a fast start. Just 13 seconds in, sophomore Karter Decker returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, and MFL MarMac went up 7-0. 

Around a minute later, after a huge completion from senior quarterback Max Havlicek to senior receiver Cayden Ball, junior running back Cullen McShane scored from five yards out, giving the Bulldogs a 13-0 advantage.

Tue
08
Sep

Moser runs to fifth-place finish as MFL MarMac cross country season gets underway


Sydney Moser placed fifth with a time of 22:18, and was the top Bulldog finisher. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kaylee Walch (left), Rose Grau and Ayla Gerndt ran together during MFL MarMac’s season-opening meet at Tri-City Golf Course.

In her first high school meet, Clare Grau finished 12th.

Caleb Nordheim led the MFL MarMac boys with a 13th-place finish on Sept. 3.

Sophomore Will Koether ran the course in 19:39.60, which was good for 16th place.

At last week’s meet, J.J. Lynd came in 32nd.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac cross country team kicked off its season Sept. 3, in the lone home meet at Tri-City Golf Course outside Luana.

The team was led by junior Sydney Moser, who raced to a fifth-place finish with a time of 22:18.00. Freshman Clare Grau earned a time of 23:42.50, placing her 12th. Fellow freshmen Kaylee Walch and Ayla Gerndt finished 20th and 21st, respectively, with marks of 25:53.70 and 26:02.50. Ruby Koeller, another freshman, came in 26th at 28:43.60, while freshman Kaylee Nuehring took the 31st spot with a 30:04.70 time.

Tue
08
Sep

Central volleyball falls to 0-7

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central Warriors volleyball team wrapped up the Midland Tournament on Sept. 5. They entered the tournament 0-3 on the season, and the struggles continued. 

In match one, they took on the Cascade Cougars, dropping both sets, 21-5 and 21-11. 

The team had five kills on 41 attempts, and was led by Kaitlyn Wiley with three. Ava Pensel earned the team’s four assists. In total, Central netted one ace serve on 17 serve attempts, with an 88.2 percent serve efficiency. 

On defense, they scored 15 digs, seven of which went to Maddie Wille. 

Tue
08
Sep

New Hampton, Turkey Valley too much for Bulldogs

The MFL MarMac volleyball team dropped to 0-3 last week, following losses to New Hampton and host Turkey Valley at a triangular on Sept. 1

The Bulldogs were swept by New Hampton, 2-0, in the first game, with set scores of 25-19 and 25-17.

In the second game, MFL MarMac fell to Turkey valley 2-1. The match-up started off well for the Bulldogs, who won the first set 25-17—their first set victory this season. They struggled to keep the momentum going in the final two, though, losing 25-14 and 15-12.

MFL MarMac will participate in another triangular this week, taking on West Central and host Maquoketa Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 8. 

Tue
01
Sep

From wood and resin: Artist uses lathe to create beautiful pieces


With wood and resin as a base, Monona artist Ryan Chambers uses a lathe to form the materials into beautiful, curved objects like bowls, vases and pots. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Creativity manifests itself differently for each person—just ask Ryan Chambers.

“I can’t draw a stick person,” he joked, “but I can make something out of wood or resin.”

With the materials as a base, the Monona artist, who began exhibiting at McGregor’s Left Bank Shop and Gallery earlier this year, uses a lathe to form them into beautiful, curved objects like bowls, vases and pots. He’s even developed custom items like duck calls and rings.

It all started around five years ago, with a woodturning interest and some instructional YouTube videos.

Tue
01
Sep

Main Street Elkader takes community pulse poll

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

As the community will at some point attempt to navigate the world post-COVID-19, Main Street Elkader, in conjunction with Main Street Iowa, recently conducted a pulse poll survey as a way to “gauge community readiness, aid recovery efforts, and guide business and organizations with next steps,” according to Kate Lower, executive director of Main Street Elkader. 

The feedback from the poll, which was sent out via email and on social media platforms, providing a random sampling of participants, will also be used by the Main Street Economic Vitality Committee to assist in making decisions “regarding events, business recruitment, and marketing efforts,” Lower added. 

Tue
01
Sep

Census enumerators traveling Clayton County to assure residents are counted


Joan Burns, who’s based in McGregor, is one of at least a dozen Census enumerators traveling around Clayton County to assure residents are counted. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

If you haven’t responded to the 2020 U.S. Census, you’ll soon have a visitor knocking at your door—if you haven’t already. 

Joan Burns, who’s based in McGregor, is one of at least a dozen enumerators traveling around Clayton County to assure residents are counted.

“It’s easy and doesn’t take much time,” she stressed. “And it’s so important. The trade-off is increased federal funding at the local, county and state levels for roads, social services, hospitals and schools. It also reallocates members of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

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