Three in a row for Central Warriors

Central’s Nathan Fitzgerald fights for every yard in a tight game against Midland. Central won 22-20. Photo by Bev Hamann


By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer



Homecoming victory for Central

Central’s 2012 Homecoming Queen Amanda Meyers crowns the 2013 Homecoming King Byron Franks during halftime of the Central football game.

Samantha Tschirgi is crowned Central’s 2013 Homecoming Queen by 2012 Homecoming King Austin Kelly.

The Central Warriors celebrated Homecoming Friday with a decisive 86-44 victory against Rockford.

In first quarter action, Central’s Nathan Fitzgerald scored on a 3-yard run. The point after touchdown run failed. Fitzgerald scored again on a 15-yard run, putting the score at 12-0 after another failed point after touchdown run.


Central girls get first win

Central’s Tara Follon, left, and Autumn Schuety go for a block in a game against MFL MarMac.

Abby Gifford, left, and Jennifer Koons get ready to return a volley.


The Central volleyball team scored their 1st win of the season September 19 against MFl MarMac.  Earlier in the week, Central took on Starmont on September 17, winning the 1st set, 26-24.

“This gave us the momentum going into the second set, but we were unable to capitalize on winning that first match and lost 25-20,” Coach Derek Bergan said.  “The second set was a hard fought set, and equaled up the score, and the third set you could see that our energy was down, and we lost 25-13.”


Cross-country has success at North Fayette

Central’s Abby Gifford, left, gets ready to return a volley as Morgan Jacobson looks on.

The Central cross-country team traveled to North Fayette to participate in a meet September 14. In the girls’ event, Central placed third in a field of 12 teams behind Cascade and North Fayette Valley. Out of 88 runners, Haley Schroeder placed fourth (16:29); Gabrielle Berns, 17th (17:16); and Kiana Stender placed 20th (17:19). All were medalists. Emily Asche was 27th (17:36); Carissa Moyna, 30th (17:42); Anna Tuecke, 50th (18:45); and Hannah Kuehl was 56th (19:05).


Central falls to Kee High, 56-34

The Central Warriors traveled to Lansing Friday to take on the Kee High Hawks. Central held its own in an exciting first half after the Hawks made the first score with 10:17 left in the first quarter on a 3-yard run by Dylan Peterson.  The point after failed. With 5:31 left, Central’s Ben Backes tied the game on a 5-yard run. The extra point failed.  Central scored again with 1:18 left in the quarter on an 11-yard pass from Derek Ehrhardt to Shawn Fults. The extra point failed but the Warriors were leading 12-6 at the end of the quarter.


Central struggles in season opener

Nick Sylvester takes his position at the line of scrimmage.


The Central Warriors hosted the Janesville Wildcats Friday, losing the season-opening game by a score of 54-12.  

In first quarter action, Janesville moved ahead with 6:02 left to play on a 20-yard pass from Hunter Meyer to Jack Thode. The extra point kick by Meyer was good. Meyer threw another TD pass, this time to Jacob Hahn, with 1:28 to go, making the score 14-0 at the end of the quarter.


WarEagles honored at banquet

Varsity awards were recently presented at the Clayton Ridge/Central WarEagles baseball season-ending potluck event. Gold Glove awards were given to top fielders Ryan Moser, Gibson Berns, Colten Rastetter and Colin Connelly. Other awards were Offensive Player of the Year, Dylan Preston; Defensive Player of the Yea, Colin Connelly; WarEagle Cy Young Award (top pitcher, Colten Connelly; and WarEagles Coaches Award, Jake Aulwes. Pictured above with their awards are, left to right: Gibson Berns, Colten Connelly, Dylan Preston, Jake Aulwes and Colin Connelly.

Girls fall in first round of regional play

Central’s Ashley Nemechek successfully steals second base in a game against Kee High. The Warriors lost the hard fought battle, 2-1. More photos on Facebook. Photo by Bev Hamann

On July 8th, Central faced Lansing Kee High in Elkader for the first-round of Regionals.  The Warriors lost the game by a score of 2-1.

Ashley Nemechek had a hit and scored Central’s only run.  Gabrielle Berns also had a hit. Paige Funk was the losing pitcher but did a nice job on the mound with no earned runs allowed.


Girls preparing for regionals

The Central girls finished their regular season last week with a record of 13-22, winning four and losing two.  On July 1, the team traveled to Maynard to face West Central for a conference double-header. Central won the first game by a score of 12-2.


Tough week; Central girls go 0-4 on the road

Central’s Ashley Funk, makes a catch in left field. Photos by Bev Hamann

Megan Nemechek, steps up to the plate in a game against North Line. She went one-for two and had an RBI. Photos by Bev Hamann

The Central girls’ softball team hit the road last week for two doubleheaders. On June 26 the team traveled to Garnavillo to take on the Clayton Ridge Eagles.  Game one saw the Warriors lose by a close 2-1 margin.  Paige Funk pitched and took the loss on the mound. She was 2-2 at the plate.  Ashley Nemechek was two-for-four and scored a run while Kinsey Juergens and Haley Schroeder each added a hit.


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