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Tue
27
Nov

MFL MarMac wrestlers healthy, ready to grapple with challenging schedule


Members of the MFL MarMac wrestling team include (front, left to right) managers Emma Keehner and Eden Heying, cheerleaders Kira Krueger, Kyleigh Picha, Chloe Diehl, Kaitlyn Berns, Brenna Boland and Haylie Smith, managers Rose Koehn and Kaylee Bachman; (middle) Kashton Mathis, Andrew Heins, Jack Vorwald, Caleb Nordheim, Chaise Ziegler, Jacob Trudo, Zach Howe, Gabe McGeough, Max Havlicek, Austin Nickolai, Logan Brown; (back) assistant coaches Collin Stubbs and Mike Meyer, Nathan Johanningmeier, Korby Keehner, Dylan Corlett, Garret Keehner, Zach Trudo, Hunter Miller, Michael Egan, Ethan Stubbs, assistant coaches Chip McGeough and Tracy Decker, and head coach Chet Bachman. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Riddled by the injury bug last season, the MFL MarMac wrestling team is healthy and ready to take on one of its most challenging schedules ever. 

“We’re wrestling down by Missouri in a tournament with 16 teams. We’re wrestling Lisbon and we’re gonna go wrestle Lake Mills, a top-five team,” said head coach Chet Bachman. “We wrestle 30 duals. That’s unreal.” 

Bachman said the Bulldog wrestlers will get 50 to 60 matches this year—an unheard of amount. It’s important, he added, to put them in places and positions they’ve never been in. 

Tue
27
Nov

MFL MarMac boys basketball team is full of potential


Members of the MFL MarMac varsity boys basketball team include (front, left to right) manager Martyn Geick, Caden Stuckman, Kaleb Tilson, manager Tim Henkels; (middle) assistant coach Cory Donlon, manager Drew Mezera, Beau Benzing, Cayden Ball, manager Wyatt Geick, assistant coach Mychal Moon; (back) Eric Dettbarn, Cedrick Drahn, Tyler Kurth, Sam Koeller, Joe Dodgen, Spencer Larson, Gavin Hertrampf and assistant coaches Mark Kautman and Adam Simon. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac boys basketball team will kick off its season Friday at South Winneshiek and, according to head coach Eric Dettbarn, there’s a lot to be excited about. 

“What has me most excited about this group is the potential we have,” shared Dettbarn, now in his 32nd year at the helm. “If we come in with the mentality that the team comes first, and play with great effort night in and night out, we have the chance to have a very good year.” 

Tue
20
Nov

Bulldogs have conference title in their sights


Members of the MFL MarMac JV and varsity girls basketball teams include (front, left to right) Jayde Schubert, Lauren Gillitzer, Hannah Schutte, Summer Schutte, Keagan Moose, manager Amber Hickman; (middle) Ashley Weaver, Mackenzy Ruff, Rachel Davis, Carlie Jones, Lakota Morrissey, Miranda Lang, Abby Schellhorn; (back) assistant coach Jess Schubert, head coach Jason Winter, Keri Picha, Lauren Haberichter, Emily Knickerbocker, Kayden Gillitzer, RoseMary McGeough, Jordan Schubert, Riley Moreland, Bailey Winter, manager Saysha Schoulte and assistant coaches Stephanie Michel and Jeremy Schellhorn. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac girls basketball team boasts, possibly, the most talented roster Jason Winter has seen in his time with the program, first as an assistant and now in his second season as head coach. 

“We’re really excited about the kids we’ve got,” said Winter, who is joined by assistant coaches Stephanie Michel, Jeremy Schellhorn and Jess Schubert. “We’ve got a great group of seniors who are going to lead us. We’ve got 11 upperclassmen, and they’re all capable of giving us meaningful minutes. Then you throw in some of the underclassmen. It’s got the looks of an exciting year.” 

Tue
21
Aug

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. 

Tue
21
Aug

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.

Tue
14
Aug

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. 

Tue
20
Feb

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.”

Tue
13
Feb

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.”

Tue
28
Nov

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.”

Tue
31
Oct

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.

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