Bulldog boys basketball team has another solid season
By Michael Newton
The MFL MarMac Bulldog boys basketball team finished with a record of 17-7. The Bulldogs were 10-1 in the Upper Iowa Conference, tying for the co-championship with Clayton Ridge. They were the District 7 champions and lost by three points in overtime at the Sub-state 4 final.
There were some historic moments throughout the season, such as Cody Mason scoring his 1,000th point against Columbus Catholic in the second round of districts. Mason also scored 74 total points in back-to-back games in district play. Mason was honored with a first team all-conference selection, as he scored 486 points, knocking down 75 three pointers. He finished his career with 1,078 points and 123 threes.
Mason also provided some thrills with his three-point basket to beat South Winneshiek 63-60 on Jan. 21. That was the same night Tristen Kautman knocked down eight three-point shots, scoring 24 points.
Kautman was the other first team all-conference selection and unofficial rookie of the year. The freshman filled in for Noah Schultz in the first two games, then was the second leading scorer as a sixth man for the Bulldogs. Kautman scored 286 points this season, putting himself in position to make a run at 1,000 points by his senior year.
Austin Schoulte, a second team all-conference selection, tied the school record for three pointers in a game, with nine on Feb. 7 against Postville in a tough loss. Seven total boys scored seven or more threes in a game this season in the Upper Iowa Conference.
Graduation will take away Cody Mason, Noah Schultz (who was an honorable mention all-conference selection), Sam Pfeiffer, Brandon Schneider and Jordan Talbot. Returning starters should include Schoulte and post player Andrew Zeeh. Other returning players are Kautman, Adam Greener, DJ Ammons, Nathan McGlaughlin, Liam Ruff and Logan Dickman. The Bulldogs should be competitive again next season.