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Tue
21
May

MFL MarMac seniors cap off careers at state track and field


MFL MarMac seniors Hannah Schutte (left), Summer Schutte and Emma Ammons capped off their high school track and field careers on a high note, competing in the state meet at Drake University in Des Moines on May 16-18. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

MFL MarMac seniors Emma Ammons, Hannah Schutte and Summer Schutte capped off their high school track and field careers on a high note, competing in the state meet at Drake University in Des Moines on May 16-18.

There, Ammons threw a personal-best 112 feet, 3 inches in the discus, earning her 11th place in Class 1A. Hannah Schutte finished 14th in the 800 with a time of 2:29.59, besting her qualifying mark by several seconds. Summer Schutte ran a 27.62-second 200 meter dash to place 19th in the event.

Tue
21
May

MFL MarMac will rely on pitching experience this season


Members of the MFL MarMac varsity baseball team include (front, left to right) Chauncey Drahn, Ethan Stubbs, Kaden Stocker, Trevor Jones; (middle) Max Havlicek, Logan Engelhardt, Jackson Landt, Kaleb Tilson, Cedrick Drahn, Drew Mezera; (back) head coach Brandon Burke, assistant coach Collin Stubbs, Chaise Ziegler, Michael Egan, Nathan Johanningmeier, Zach Trudo, Cullen McShane and assistant coach Tyus Adkins. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac baseball team will rely on an experienced pitching staff to reach the next level this season.

Ninety-seven percent of last year’s staff returns this summer, and all but one athlete has multiple years of varsity experience, according to head coach Brandon Burke. The leaders will include juniors Jackson Landt and Cedrick Drahn, senior Nathan Johanningmeier and sophomore Max Havlicek.

“All four of these guys have experienced success in the past and we are looking for them to be work horses on the mound,” said Burke, who’s entering his fourth season with the Bulldogs.

Tue
26
Mar

Boys track team has depth in long distances


Members of the MFL MarMac boys track team include (front, left to right) Dusty Berns, Victor Breuer, manager Brittney Kober, Caleb Nordheim, Hunter Kugel, Koal Klenk, Jesse Breuer, Aidan Grove; (back) head coach Kyle Kirkestue, Logan Brown, Kutter Anderson, Jacob Trudo, Dylan Corlett, Colin Moses, Wyatt Steven, Austin Nickolai, Zach Trudo, Cayden Ball, Logan Klenk and Kale Miene. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The MFL MarMac boys track team has new leadership this season, with the addition of head coach Kyle Kirkestue. A Bulldog alum, Kirkestue has served as an assistant for both track and football, but this will be his first time in charge. He looks forward to gaining experience through this opportunity, as well as helping his athletes grow. 

“I feel I have a simple coaching philosophy, and that is to develop young student athletes into outstanding individuals by using the sport to teach valuable life lessons,” Kirkestue said. “The athlete will learn the principles that make up a strong and reliable work ethic.” 

Tue
19
Mar

MFL MarMac girls track team brings back three state qualifiers


Members of the MFL MarMac girls track team include (front, left to right) Kira Rieck, Maya Butikofer, Isabella Bogdonovich, Sadie Ewing, Ariella Kann-Caceres, Aleyna Rodriguez; (back) Avery Ihde, Mackenzy Ruff, Summer Schutte, Emily Knickerbocker, Emma Ammons, Hannah Schutte, Kayleen Fels and head coach Kylie Sandstrom. Not pictured is assistant coach Eliza Philpott. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Kylie Sandstrom had one goal when she took over as head coach of the MFL MarMac girls track team this year: to increase the number of participants. With 12 girls currently on the roster, a handful more than last year, she can already cross that off the list. 

Now, it’s time for another goal. That one, she said, is to simply be there for the kids. 

“I’m not here to benefit myself,” Sandstrom shared. “I’m here to benefit the kids—however I can push them to be better in the event they want to be in.” 

Tue
05
Mar

Six all-conference selections for MFL MarMac girls


Bailey Winter

Riley Moreland

Jordan Schubert

RoseMary McGeough

Jayde Schubert

Summer Schutte

The Upper Iowa Conference Champion MFL MarMac girls basketball team was honored with six all-conference selections this year. Junior Bailey Winter and freshman Riley Moreland were tapped for the first team, while juniors RoseMary McGeough and Jordan Schubert received second team nods. Honorable mentions went to seniors Jayde Schubert and Summer Schutte.

Winter was the Bulldogs’ top scorer, racking up 16.1 points per game and shooting 58.5 percent from the field. She also averaged a team-high 6.3 rebounds. Her 70 steals and 55 assists were best on the team, and she was second in blocks, with 20.

Tue
05
Mar

Four Bulldogs earn all-conference honors


Cedrick Drahn

Tyler Kurth

Sam Koeller

Caden Stuckman

Four MFL MarMac boys basketball players have earned Upper Iowa all-conference honors. Juniors Cedrick Drahn and Tyler Kurth were named to the first team, while senior Sam Koeller and junior Caden Stuckman received honorable mention status.

Kurth was a strong inside presence for the Bulldogs, finishing the season with a remarkable eight double-doubles. He averaged a team-high 15.6 points per game and had a 59.9 field goal percentage. His 9.5 rebounds per game and 13 blocks were also tops on the team. He was second in steals, with 26.

Tue
19
Feb

Senior wrestlers all place at state


MFL MarMac seniors Michael Egan (left), Nathan Johanningmeier and Garret Keehner all placed at last week's state wrestling tournament in Des Moines.

In his last state match, Egan tied the MFL MarMac record for 171 career victories.

Michael Egan earned a fifth-place finish in Class 1A at 145 pounds.

“It means a lot to look back on it, to say you won all these matches, all these big things,” said Egan of his time wrestling for MFL MarMac. “It’s a testament to the hard work you had to put in. It takes a lot of work to get to where we got this year.”

Johanningmeier finished his career with over 150 wins.

Nathan Johanningmeier wrestled into sixth place at 182 pounds in Class 1A.

Johanningmeier felt he wrestled best after his second-round loss. “I felt like I wrestled my best, just coming off that loss and knowing I had to win again to be able to place,” he said.

In addition to his superb season record, Keehner also finished with over 140 career victories. He broke MFL MarMac’s season record for pins, with 37.

Garret Keehner placed third at 220 pounds in Class 1A.

Keehner went to the tournament a perfect 44-0—the first time any Bulldog has gone to state without a single loss. But he tried to keep that out of his mind as he competed. “I didn’t want to jinx myself right away and end up going home with two losses and no medal. So I went in open-minded,” Keehner remarked

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

Three MFL MarMac wrestlers came away from last week’s state wrestling tournament in Des Moines with medals. A Class 1A third-place finish for Garret Keehner at 220 pounds, along with fifth for Michael Egan at 145 and sixth for Nathan Johanningmeier at 182, represents the first time since 2010 the school has boasted multiple place winners, estimated head coach Chet Bachman.

“These three kids represented our school very well,” he said of the seniors. “I was very proud of them.”

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.” 

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