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Tue
15
Dec

MFL MarMac girls basketball team off to 4-1 start


Riley Moreland has been MFL MarMac’s top scorer and rebounder so far, including double-doubles against Ed-Co and South Winn last week. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Sophomore Grace Anderson, in her first game back from an injury, provided a spark off the bench in MFL MarMac’s win over West Central, with 14 points and four rebounds.

Last week, Carlie Jones and the Bulldog defense were able to hold off a pesky West Central team, winning 33-26.

Miranda Lang sends a pass to one of her MFL MarMac teammates.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

Two weeks into the season, the MFL MarMac girls basketball team is 4-1, but head coach Jason Winter said there’s still room for improvement.

“Almost every one of our games has been pretty close,” he said. “Right now, we’re kind of playing to the level of our competition.”

After a big season-opening win over Turkey Valley, the Bulldogs started the second week of play Dec. 7, against Edgewood-Colesburg. MFL MarMac jumped out to a 28-18 advantage over the Vikings in the first half, but Ed-Co chipped away at the lead in the third quarter, making it 37-30. The Bulldogs held them off in the fourth period, though, winning 50-42.

Tue
15
Dec

Central boys drop two games


Dan McGreal drives by a Clayton Ridge defender for a layup. He finished the game with 13 points. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Central's leading scorer, Evan Pensel, goes for the deep three against NFV. Pensel finished the game with seven points.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

It was another tough week for the Central boys basketball team, as they dropped both games and fell to 1-4 on the year. 

In the first game of the week, the Warriors took on Clayton Ridge, losing 67-49 after falling behind early. The Warriors shot 35.3 percent from the field, which was bested by the Eagles’ 51.8 percent performance. In other statistical categories, such as rebounds, free throws, assists and steals, the Warriors kept pace, but they also committed 12 turnovers and 14 fouls. From behind the arc, the team went just 9 for 26. 

Evan Pensel led the Warriors in points with 14, followed by Dan McGreal with 13 and Parker Vaughn with eight. Ashton Burroughs came off the bench for six. 

Tue
15
Dec

MFL MarMac grabs first win


Freshman Wyatt Powell had 17 points in the Bulldogs’ Dec. 11 win over West Central. With nine assists, he was just short of a double-double. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Senior Cayden Ball had a big week for MFL MarMac, scoring 21 points at South Winn, followed by a 13-point output against West Central.

Carver Blietz-Bentien cut past a West Central defender on his way to the hoop in last week's game.

Against West Central, senior Gavin Meana tallied nine points, two rebounds and two assists.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

After tough losses to Edgewood-Colesburg and South Winneshiek earlier in the week, the MFL MarMac boys basketball team cruised past Upper Iowa Conference opponent West Central Friday night, picking up its first win of the season.

The Bulldogs began last week’s action on Dec. 7, dropping a match-up with Ed-Co 75-40. The Vikings jumped ahead 18-11 in the first quarter, then went on a 16-6 run in the second period to take a 34-17 lead into halftime. The second half didn’t get much better for the Bulldogs, who struggled to contain the Ed-Co offense, which rattled off 33 points in the third quarter alone.

Tue
15
Dec

Young Warrior wrestling team has some success

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central wrestling squad showed improvement this past week, performing well in the JV boys/girls quad at Center Point-Urbana on Dec. 8, while the varsity team went 1-2, winning their first match-up of the young season. 

At the JV portion of the meet, Maria Medberry went 2-1, winning the first place matches in the 131-138- and 126-138-pound weight classes. She won both via pin, while fellow female teammates went 1-4. Brandy Beatty lost both of her matches via fall, but Rebecca Suhr won the first-place match for the 143-152 class by pin. Meanwhile, Nate Shirbroun, the lone male wrestler for Central, won both first place matches for the 170-175 and 170-182 weight classes. 

Tue
08
Dec

Central girls basketball has 2-1 week, but team is still a work in progress


Ashlyn Scherf scored nine points off the bench in Central’s win over West Central last week. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Lexi Loan looks to make a pass against West Central.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central girls basketball team headed into the season looking to repeat last year’s success and, early on, it’s gone well. Going into this past week, the Warriors were looking to test themselves against some stiff competition and finished the week 2-1, defeating West Central and Kee, before dropping their first game of the year against Springville. 

After the week of play, coach Mark Wiley remarked “We still need to finish better around the rim. As coaches, we have to implement time in practice to work on these fundamental things of shooting and footwork, even in the paint.” 

Tue
08
Dec

Central boys finish week 1-2


In the win over West Central, Parker Vaughn had 10 points, two assists and two rebounds for the Warriors. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Corey Weber scores an uncontested lay up against West Central.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central boys basketball season got off to a big start against the West Central Blue Devils on Dec. 1, as the Warriors dominated in a 57-32 victory, holding the Blue Devils to less than 10 points in each of the first three periods. 

As a team, the Warriors shot 39.7 percent from the field, making 23 of 58 shots, and from long range they went 10 for 26. More than half of the team’s 57 points came from three pointers. 

Aside from the shooting, the Warriors played a complete game, overwhelming the Blue Devils on the boards with a 34-21 rebound advantage, to go along with 16 assists and eight steals. 

Tue
08
Dec

Bulldogs cap dominant week by taking top spot at Cascade Dual Tournament


MFL MarMac junior Gabe McGeough is off to a strong start this season, winning all seven of his matches so far—six of them by fall. Here, he pinned Starmont’s Keegan McTaggart in the home dual meet Dec. 3. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Several Bulldog freshmen, including Konnor Barat-Klimesh, were big contributors in last week’s success. Barat-Klimesh earned a fall over Riceville’s Will Felper in his first match Dec. 3.

Senior heavyweight Jacob Trudo worked out of the grasp of Riceville's Mitchel Marr on his way to hard-fought pin early in the dual last Thursday night.

132-pound freshman Bryce Radloff won his first high school match by fall.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

It was a dominant first week of action for the MFL MarMac wrestling team, which won two duals in a Dec. 3 home meet, then cruised to a first-place finish in the Cascade Dual Tournament the following night.

“You couldn’t ask for a better week,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “The kids wrestled well and took care of their matches. When they won, they usually won by fall.”

With COVID-19 making every day of wrestling an uncertainty, he was even more excited. 

Tue
08
Dec

Warrior wrestling team is winless in opening week


Nick Deitchler won all but one match in the five duals Central wrestled in last week. (Photos by Bev Hamann)

Brandon Whittle wrestled hard in a home dual meet on Dec. 3, in which the Warriors hosted Ed-Co, Postville and West Delaware.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central wrestling season got off to a rough start last week, with the Warriors dropping all five of their duals. 

“We are a young team trying to find ourselves. Our struggles are just fixing the simple things right now…[we] just need to do one thing at a time and don’t worry about getting the cart ahead of the horse,” said coach Joe Koehn.

The week began with a meet at Hudson on Dec. 1, where Central faced the Hudson Pirates and Wapsie Valley Warriors. Against the Pirates, the Warriors lost 72-9, with Nick Deitchler securing the only victory via fall, while teammate Spencer Heer won an 8-7 decision. 

Tue
08
Dec

MFL MarMac snags win over Turkey Valley

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac girls basketball team kicked off its season Dec. 1, snagging a 46-38 victory at Turkey Valley. 

The Bulldogs led the Trojans 8-5 through the first quarter, then broke it open in the second, going on an 18-4 run to claim a 26-9 halftime advantage. Turkey Valley cut into the lead in the third quarter, though, making it 35-25. The Trojans also out-scored the Bulldogs 13-11 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit, losing by eight points.

Tue
08
Dec

Bulldogs drop to 0-1

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team lost its Dec. 1 season opener at Turkey Valley 48-40.

The Trojans jumped out to a 10-5 early lead, then upped it to 22-16 at halftime. The Bulldogs just couldn’t catch them in the second half, falling by eight points.

The MFL MarMac offense struggled to get momentum in the game. Despite shooting the ball 10 more times, the Bulldogs hit the same amount of shots as Turkey Valley—15. The team was also just 5-31 behind the arc and got to the free throw line only nine times, compared to 28 attempts by the Trojans.

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