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Tue
05
Jan

Warriors win matches, but lose duals at Central tournament


Nate Shirbroun (170 pounds) took on Isaac Taylor of Waterloo, winning the match via 9-7 decision and earning three of the nine Central points in the dual. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

At 120 pounds, Daniel Royer (top) pinned Sam Cook from East Buchanan in 1:55.

Nick Deitchler took on Reese Talaska of Waterloo in the 126-pound match, losing by a 6-2 decision.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

Despite winning a fair amount of wrestling matches, it was forfeits that sent the Warriors to a 1-4 record at the Central Round Robin Dual Tournament this past weekend. 

Although the team showed great progress and competitive resolve, it started out flat footed against Cascade, losing 66-12. It was the only lopsided match-up for the Warriors, as they lost all four wrestling matches via pin, and only secured 12 points from Cascade forfeits.

Tue
29
Dec

Fourth quarter rally propels Bulldog girls past Central


Junior Miranda Lang scored 10 points, including two key shots from behind the arc, during the Bulldogs’ 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter. Lang tallied 20 points overall for MFL MarMac in the 35-32 win over Central on Dec. 22. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Lakota Morrissey and the MFL MarMac defense held Central to 32 points in the Dec. 22 win.

Carlie Jones rises above the Central defender for a shot attempt.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

A fourth quarter rally propelled the MFL MarMac girls basketball team to a 35-32 win over visiting Central on Dec. 22. 

The Warriors had control of the game early, allowing just two Bulldog points in the first quarter and taking an 18-15 lead into halftime. By the end of the third quarter, they were up 25-21. MFL MarMac stormed back in the final period, though, going on a 12-0 run to start the frame. Junior Miranda Lang scored 10 of those points, including two key shots from behind the arc, as the Bulldogs eked out a three-point victory.

Tue
29
Dec

Central girls lose defensive battle at MFL MarMac


Delaney Scherf leads the fast break against MFL MarMac. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was another close loss for the Central girls basketball team on Dec. 22, as the MFL MarMac Bulldogs held on to win 35-32. Central was not without its chances to win the game, however. 

In fact, the Warriors led 25-21 heading into the fourth quarter, but were out-scored by the Bulldogs 14-7 in the final period, leading to the defeat. 

The defensive battle had the Warriors shooting just 24.3 percent from the field and a season-low 13.3 percent from the three-point line. They also shot 54.5 percent from the free throw line, making just 12 of 22 shots. 

Tue
29
Dec

MFL MarMac boys win big over Warriors


In the 64-41 win over Central on Dec. 22, Gavin Meana led the Bulldogs with 13 points. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Kaden Stocker showed off his dribbling skills against the Warriors.

Colin Moses finished the game against Central with 10 points, five rebounds and an assist.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team cruised past Central 64-41 in a Dec. 22 Upper Iowa Conference match-up. It gave the Bulldogs their third straight win.

The game was lop-sided from the start, as MFL MarMac jumped ahead 13-5 in the first quarter, then pushed the margin to 37-21 in the second. Central failed to mount a comeback in the final periods, losing by 23 points.

The Bulldogs took 16 fewer shots than the Warriors, but were more productive in their attempts, with a 41.7 completion percentage.

Tue
29
Dec

Central boys endure loss, but learn in the process


Ashton Burroughs once again led all of Central’s bench players with three points, two assists and one steal. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

CJ Polkinghorn edges past MFL MarMac’s Carver Blietz-Bentien in the Warriors’ 64-41 loss to the Bulldogs. Polkinghorn had seven points, seven rebounds and one steal in the game.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central boys basketball team suffered another defeat last week, losing 64-41 to MFL MarMac on Dec. 22. The game came down to the Bulldog defense and missed opportunities for the Warriors. 

“MFL played solid man defense throughout the game. While they made our job difficult by taking away easy shots, there were also shots that we missed that frankly were quality looks,” coach Brady Stramer said. 

Central’s offense was stifled, shooting only 23.4 percent from the field and 17.2 percent on three pointers, which comes out to making only five of 29 attempts. Conversely, MFL MarMac shot over 40 percent in both categories. 

Tue
22
Dec

Bulldogs tally two more victories

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac girls basketball team is now 6-2, following wins against Kee and Postville and a non-conference loss at Waukon last week.

The Bulldogs took on Kee Dec. 15, coming away with a 53-48 victory. The Hawks had an early edge, up 13-12 after the first quarter and 28-25 at halftime. MFL MarMac went on a 15-11 run in the third quarter, though, to take a one-point lead heading into the fourth period. The Bulldogs then out-scored the Hawks 13-8 in the final minutes to claim the narrow victory.

Riley Moreland had yet another big night for MFL MarMac, turning in 25 points and eight rebounds, along with three assists, three steals and a block.

Tue
22
Dec

Central wrestling scores several victories at recent meets

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central wrestling program made strides this past week, winning match-ups at the Tripoli meet and the Northwood-Kensett tournament. 

Starting with the meet at Tripoli on Dec. 15, the team won two of three match-ups, defeating Central City and Tripoli, while losing to Starmont. Against Central City, the Warriors won 36-18, with 126-pound Nick Deitchler providing the lone wrestling victory with a pin over Central City’s Lexi Henncik in 1:54. The other victories all came via forfeit. The team also suffered two defeats, when Brand Beatty (132 pounds) and Sam Fettkether (160 pounds) both lost via pin. 

Tue
22
Dec

Central boys win one game, then suffer two competitive losses


Hazen Loan protects down low on defense against Turkey Valley. He finished the game with two steals. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

New addition Abenet Lammers goes for the layup in the loss against South Winneshiek. Lammers came off the bench for a season-high nine points.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central boys basketball team started last week with an impressive hard-fought win against Central City, 48-45, but unfortunately dropped the next two contests: a close loss against Turkey Valley, 57-47, followed by a lopsided one against South Winneshiek, 77-44. 

Coming off a week where the undersized team practiced rebounding and communication and minimizing turnovers, the Warriors made it all work against Central City. While the team came out a little flat, in the words of Coach Brady Stramer, they turned it on in the second quarter, taking a one-point lead into halftime. 

Tue
22
Dec

MFL MarMac boys fly past Kee

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team defeated Kee 68-57 on Dec. 15, improving its overall record to 2-3.

The biggest quarter of the night was the first, as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-8 lead. By halftime, it was 37-23. Kee cut into the advantage in the third quarter, with a 16-12 run, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit.

The Bulldogs out-shot the Hawks by 12 percentage points in the game—48.9 percent versus 36.7 percent. The teams made the same amount of shots, at 22, but MFL MarMac was able to hit that mark in 15 fewer attempts.

Tue
22
Dec

Central girls basketball team loses two of three games


Hannah Asche tries to dribble around a Turkey Valley defender in the 51-23 loss last Tuesday night. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Carly Kluesner playing tough defense against Turkey Valley. The sophomore finished with four points, two rebounds and one steal.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was a hard week for the Central girls basketball team, dropping the first two games to cap a three-game losing streak, before getting off the snide with a victory over South Winneshiek Friday night. 

The week started against Central City, where the Warriors lost 48-36, scoring over seven points in only one quarter of the game. Delaney Scherf led the team with 11 points, while Hannah Asche had a nice game with nine points. Haley Frieden contributed eight points, Carly Kluesner had four and Lexi Loan and Madison Sylvester each had two. 

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