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As MFL MarMac moves to Class A, player health is key to success

Members of the MFL MarMac football team include (front, left to right) Hunter Goltz, Jack Vorwald, Andrew Heins, Aidan Grove, Kashton Mathis, Collin Henkels, Kaden Stocker, Marlene Franzen; (second row) Kale Miene, Trevor Jones, Jacob Trudo, Tyler Wille, Gavin Hertrampf, Spencer Larson, Jackson Landt, Zach Howe, Logan Engelhardt; (third row) manager Ben Miene, Chauncy Drahn, Logan Klenk, Kutter Anderson, Cayden Ball, Max Havlicek, Cedrick Drahn, Gabe McGeough, Cullen McShane, Ethan Stubbs; (back) assistant coach Luke Arenz, head coach Dan Anderson, Jamarr Tanniehill, Michael Egan, Zach Trudo, Garret Keehner, Dylan Corlett, Riley Wille, Shane Bowen and assistant coaches Brandon Burke and Kyle Kirkestue. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac will make its debut in Class A football this week. The move from Class 1A to the smallest class of 11-man football was precipitated by the district’s enrollment decline, and it will present both challenges and opportunities, said head coach Dan Anderson.

Anderson, who’s coached in some capacity at MFL MarMac nearly every year since 2000, including 2005-2008 as head football coach, is back at the helm this year. 


Strong set of returners will bolster Bulldog volleyball team

Members of the MFL MarMac volleyball team include (front, left to right) Summer Schutte, Brinan Berger, Rachel Davis, Jayde Schubert; (middle) manager Saysha Schoulte, RoseMary McGeough, Megan Lang, Ashley Weaver, Taylor Berns; (back) Riley Moreland, Bailey Winter, Josie Kleinow and Lexy Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Megan Howe Designs)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac head volleyball coach Kelly Winter hopes familiarity will lead her team to victory this season.

“We have most of our returning starters back this season,” she said. “They have played together for awhile now, and are aware of their teammates’ abilities.”

Among those key returners are seniors Jayde Schubert, Josie Kleinow and Summer Schutte. The team also features a strong junior class, including RoseMary McGeough, Brinan Berger, Bailey Winter, Megan Lang, Taylor Berns, Rachel Davis and Ashley Weaver.


Newcomers bring increased enthusiasm to Bulldog cross country team

Members of the MFL MarMac cross country team include (left to right) Sydney Moser, Jordan Schubert, Keri Picha, Kayleigh White, Miqenzie Gilberts, Amber Hickman, Lauren Gillitzer, Ellie Kinley, Keagan Moose, Hannah Schutte, Caleb Nordheim, Colin Moses, Keagan Smerud, Jesse Breuer, assistant coach Ralph Hill and head coach Eric Koenig. Not pictured is Logan Brown.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

There’s a renewed interest in cross country at MFL MarMac this year, said Eric Koenig, who’s taken over as the team’s head coach after three years as an assistant. 

“We have some kids who took a break for a year who are back, and we’ve got some upperclassmen out who have never participated in cross country before,” said Koenig, who will be joined by first-year assistant Ralph Hill. 


Egan places sixth at state wrestling

In his third trip to the state wrestling tournament, MFL MarMac junior Michael Egan earned a medal, placing sixth at 138 pounds in Class 1A. He did it all with a torn ACL.

Head coach Chet Bachman credited Egan for taking on some tough competition, as all but one of his opponents were ranked. He also commended Egan’s ability to bounce back from defeat.

Egan said his first-match victory was key to his state tournament success. “Once I got that first win, I knew it was right there for me to go out and take,” he shared. “I knew I could get a medal.”

Egan said his achievement was most meaningful because of the hard work he’s put in, not just during the wrestling season, but throughout the whole year.

Egan poses with assistant coach Tracy Decker, head coach Chet Bachman and assistant coach Collin Stubbs.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times 

For Michael Egan, the third time really was the charm. In his third trip to the state wrestling tournament, the MFL MarMac junior finally earned a medal, placing sixth at 138 pounds in Class 1A.

Egan said having a taste of that state experience the past two years helped him reach the podium this time around.

“The first time I was there, I was like ‘Oh,’ when I walked out and saw everyone,” Egan said. “This time, I was able to focus. I didn’t let that get in my head.”


Egan headed back to state wrestling tournament

MFL MarMac junior Michael Egan, wrestling at 138 pounds, is headed back to the state tournament for the third time. (NIT file photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac junior Michael Egan has advanced to the state wrestling tournament after placing second at 138 pounds at the Class 1A District 6 meet in Decorah on Feb. 10. This will be Egan’s third trip to the state tournament.

“It’s a challenge to get there,” said head coach Chet Bachman, who noted it’s rare for a wrestler to make it to state every year. “At this point, you’ve gotta go get it. You’ve gotta take guys down. He’s done a good job of that this year.”

Egan began the season wrestling at 132 pounds, but later moved up to the 138 weight class.

“We felt there was more of an opportunity there,”  Bachman said, “and it worked for him.”


Returning four state qualifiers, MFL MarMac hopes for another strong year

Pictured (front, left to right) are cheerleaders Scotlyn Coenen and Chloe Diehl, Austin Nickolai, Logan Engelhardt, Chaise Ziegler, Max Havlicek, Ethan Stubbs, Zach Howe, cheerleaders Kaitlyn Berns and Brenna Boland; (middle) manager Eden Heying, cheerleader Sierra Wiebensohn, Hunter Miller, Korby Keehner, Dylan Corlett, Jacob Trudo, Zach Trudo, Michael Egan, Nathan Johanningmeier, cheerleaders Brooklyn Landt and Jerica Meana; (back) manager Emma Keehner, assistant coaches Collin Stubbs and Mike Meyer, Keaton Dettman, Avrey Smith, Brady Olson, Austin Ruff, assistant coach Tracy Decker, head coach Chet Bachman and manager Chelbe Feuerhelm. Not pictured are Garret Keehner and assistant coach Travis Johnson. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

The MFL MarMac wrestling team had a successful 2016-2017 season, earning conference and sectional championships. A record seven wrestlers competed at districts, with four of them advancing to state. This year, they hope to keep that momentum going.

Head coach Chet Bachman said the team goes into the season looking to do well, “but you never know where you’re going to end up.”

“We expect to compete hard every time,” he shared. “Never quit, never give up, don’t care about who you’re wrestling, put your best technique out there. If you put that together, that should take care of the rest.”


Members of undefeated eighth grade football team honored

The MFL MarMac eighth grade football team, which went undefeated both this year and last year, was honored during halftime of the high school game against BCLUW Oct. 20. Members included Gabe McGeough, Cullen McShane, Kashton Mathis, Colin Henkels, Caleb Mezera, Jaxton Schroeder, Callum Johnson, Chauncy Drahn, Kaden Stocker, Andrew Heins, Jack Vorwald, Hunter Goltz, Aiden Grove and Dusty Berns. The coaches were Dan Anderson and Chet Bachman, while the manager was Jonah Wille. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Members of the MFL MarMac eighth grade football team, which went undefeated both this year and last year, were honored during halftime of the high school game against BCLUW Oct. 20. 

The team went 6-0 this year, capping off their undefeated season with 52-14 and 51-0 victories over Prairie du Chien and Oelwein, respectively.

The Bulldogs’ victories all came in dominating fashion, as the eighth grade team out-scored its opponents by a combined score of 259-32. The offense averaged over 43 points per game, in addition to over 350 rushing yards per contest. They did not punt once. Interestingly, the team also kicked three field goals in its final game against Oelwein, a feat that’s rare in the junior high game, noted coach Chet Bachman.


Oppelt: This year’s Bulldogs most selfless team he’s seen

Members of the MFL MarMac football team include (front, left to right) Gavin Meana, Cayden Ball, Cedrick Drahn, Ethan Stubbs, Zach Howe, Brock Lamborn, Logan Engelhardt, Trevor Jones, JT Stocker; (second row) Manager Jiwoo Kang, Hunter Cherrier, Zach Trudo, Michael Egan, Tyler Wille, Kutter Andereson, Alexander Fels, Caden Stuckman, Max Havlicek, manager Chelbe Feuerhelm; (third row) head coach Tom Oppelt, assistant coach Kyle Kirkestue, Jacob Trudo, Avrey Smith, Michael Berger, Mason Hertrampf, Brady Olson, Levi Ferguson, Derek Larson, assistant coaches Mitch Seitz and Brian Berger; (back) Kaleb Tilson, Gavin Hertrampf, Korby Keehner, Dylan Corlett, Riley Wille, Garret Keehner, Spencer Larson and Tyler Kurth. (Photo courtesy of Blaker Photography)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Now in his fifth season as head coach of the MFL MarMac football team, Tom Oppelt said he’s never seen as selfless a team as this year’s Bulldogs.

“They have a great mindset,” he said. “The cohesiveness and selflessness they play with are huge strengths.”

That will come in handy, said Oppelt, as the team works to make up for its youth and smaller numbers.

“We are not big, but we will definitely be fun to watch,” he said.


Young Bulldogs work well together

Members of the MFL MarMac JV and varsity volleyball teams include (front, left to right) Kennedy McShane, Jerica Meana, Julie Lenth, Jade Gerndt, Ali Crogan; (middle) Ashley Weaver, Jayde Schubert, Summer Schutte, Lauren Gillitzer, Kylee Splinter, Josie Kleinow, Brenna Boland, Marissa Anderson; (back) Rachel Davis, Jordan Schubert, Megan Lang, RoseMary McGeough, Brinan Berger, Taylor Berns and Bailey Winter. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

This year’s MFL MarMac volleyball team may be young, but its members have a strong rapport with one another, a factor that will be important during the 2017 season, said head coach Kelly Winter.

“The girls all seem to get along really well,” she shared. “That is always the first goal, to get them working together and communicating on and off the court.”


Three Bulldog softball players receive all-conference recognition

Kyleigh Picha (Photo by Grant Langhus)

Jordan Schubert (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Hannah Schutte (Photo by Grant Langhus)

Three MFL MarMac softball players have received Upper Iowa Conference all-conference honors. Sophomore Kyleigh Picha was named to the first team, while freshman Jordan Schubert and sophomore Hannah Schutte earned honorable mention status.

Picha, an outfielder, played in 29 games this season, amassing a .337 batting average and .392 on-base percentage. She picked up 30 hits and walked 5 times, scored 33 runs and had 9 RBIs. Picha also tore up the base paths, swiping 43 bags in 44 attempts.

Schubert played in 29 games for MFL MarMac, starting 18 of those on the mound, where she had a 9-11 record with a 3.78 ERA. She held opponents to a .232 batting average, racking up 91 strikeouts and allowing 47 walks.