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Beckman’s eighth-grade volleyball team: front from left, Makenzie Harter, Abby Hoefler, Grace Willenborg, Morgan Funke, Ashley Hermsen and Brooke Lucas; second row, Hannah Lueck, Alissa Elgin, McKenzie Arens, Madison Stelken, Brooke Koelker, Jackie Olberding and coach Michael Wade; third row, Madison Rahe, Lauren Shaull, Hailey Hirsch, Anika Brehm, Anna Jurgens, Becca Dunkel and Catherine Trenkamp; fourth row, Olivia Jones, Kendra Kutsch, Sadie Oberbroeckling, Alexis Helle and Maci Helle.

Beckman gains experience

Beckman’s seventh-grade football team suffered a 54-16 loss to West Delaware on Oct. 1.

“It was a very disappointing game for us,” coach Tom Jenk Jr. said. “We put in a lot of work in practice last week and didn’t get the results we expected. Physically, some of us are getting better at the game, but the mental aspect has to improve drastically if we want to improve and pick up some wins. There is just no excuse for not knowing what team you are on, the count or off sides. It doesn’t take physical talent to do these things right. We need to be 25 strong mentally to succeed. We’ll stay after it until we get it right.”

The Blazers scored both touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Owen Grover had touchdown runs of eight and four yards. He also ran in both two-point conversions.

Jenk Jr.’s players of note included Grover, Seamus O’Connor, Shawn Deutmeyer, Jackson Feldman, Avery Tauke, Danny Kluesner and Kael Kruse.

In the second game, Beckman was victorious, 16-0.

Shawn Deutmeyer scored first for the Blazers on a 2-yard run and he also ran in the two-point conversion. Dan Kluesner scored Beckman’s other touchdown on a 3-yard run and Deutmeyer ran in for the conversion points.

The players of note were Deutmeyer, Marcus Schneider, Grant Rausch, Brock Marbach, Carter Benn and Matt Rave.

Beckman battles with Seton

In seventh-grade volleyball action, Seton swept all three matches against Beckman on Sept. 30.

Beckman’s A team lost the first two games, 21-10, 21-15, but won the last, 15-12.

The Blazers’ leaders were: ace serves — Heather Boeckenstedt six, Sydney Steffen three, Sydney Arens two and Maya Osterhaus two; kills — Steffen one.

In the B match, the Blazers lost all three games, 21-6, 21-9, 15-13.

Beckman’s leaders were: ace serves — Alexis White three and Dani Goedken one; kills — Shelby Westhoff one.

Seton won the first C game, 21-8, Beckman won the second, 21-17, and Seton took the match by winning the third game, 15-12.

Beckman’s leaders were: ace serves — Kylie Willenbring six, Haiden Koopmann and Westhoff three, Haley Burlage and White two and Goedken one.

Drexler football keeps on battling

Week three of the season for Drexler Middle School’s seventh-grade football teams proved to be a true challenge.

The Red team hosted East Dubuque in a physical, hard-fought game and lost, 14-0.

The Black team traveled to Dubuque to face off against Jefferson. In a strong defensive showing for the Bobcats, where they had some clutch offensive conversions on fourth down, the Bobcats earned a 14-8 win.

Heading into the fourth week of the season, the seventh-grade Bobcats hold a combined record of 5-1.

Seventh-grade Blazers take three

In matches against Anamosa last week, Beckman’s seventh-grade volleyball team won three of four.

“We played these (matches) a little differently,” said coach Chad Thomason. “We played four levels, A, B, C and D. So all our stats are combined because several of the girls played different levels.”

The A team won, 3-0 (15-21, 21-5, 15-7); the B team won, 3-0 (21-5, 21-15, 15-7). The C team lost, 3-0 (21-13, 21-17, 21-15); the D team won, 3-0 (21-16, 21-23, 15-10).

Individuals stats include: aces — Kylie Willenbring 12, Sydney Steffen seven, Haley Burlage six, Shelby Westhoff five, Sydney Arens and Jessie Lueken four, Maya Osterhaus, Leigha Manternach, Heather Boeckenstedt and Alexis White three, Emma Squiers, Claire English two, Haiden Koopmann and Ellie Bildstein one; kills — Osterhaus four, Manternach two, Boeckenstedt, Steffen, Arens, Lueken, Bildstein, Westhoff, Willenbring and Koopmann one; assists — Steffen three, Lueken two, Osterhaus one.

WD defeats Wahlert, 2-0

Western Dubuque’s ninth-grade Black volleyball team defeated Wahlert Gold, 2-0, (25-17, 25-7).

The Bobcats’ leaders were: kills — Allison Coyle and Jade Besler five, Rachel Schemmel three, Katie Niklasen and Courtney Eimers two; assists — Eimers 16; ace serves — Kendra Elgin three, Blair Burds two, Besler and Sydney Krogman one; digs — Burds seven, Elgin three, Besler and Cassidy Olberding two; blocks — Niklasen two and Schemmel one.

Beckman sweeps Maquoketa

In eighth-grade volleyball action at Maquoketa on Sept. 26, the Beckman Blazers won all three matches.

Beckman won the A match, 21-12, 22-20, 21-5.

The Blazers’ leaders were: digs — Abby Hoefler six, Hannah Lueck, Sadie Oberbroeckling and Brooke Lucas five, Grace Willenbring, McKenzie Arens and Morgan Funke three, Brooke Koelker and Madison Stelken two; kills — Willenbring six, Funke five, Arens four, Stelken three, Koelker two, Hoefler and Lueck one; assists — Lueck six, Stelken five and Hoefler one; aces — Oberbroeckling and Funke five, Hoefler four, Koelker three, Willenbring and Lueck one.

In the B match, Beckman earned 21-17, 21-8, 21-4 wins.

Beckman’s statistical leaders were: digs — Madison Rahe eight, Lauren Shaull four, Olivia Jones, Hailey Hirsch and Alissa Elgin two and Anna Jurgens one; kills — Shaull four, Elgin three, Anika Brehm two and Jones one; assists —Jones four, Jurgens two, Shaull and Rahe one; aces — Jones nine, Shaull seven, Elgin five, Rahe four and Jurgens one.

The Blazers prevailed in the C match, 21-17, 21-14, 21-15.

Beckman’s leaders were: digs — Courtney Steffensmeier seven, Maci Helle three, Rebecca Dunkel and Jackie Olberding two, Alexis Helle and Catherine Trenkamp one; kills — Steffensmeier one; assists — Olberding one; aces — Dunkel eight, Steffensmeier five, Olberding four, Trenkamp two and Helle one.

Beckman wins two of three

On Oct. 3, Beckman’s eighth-grade volleyball team won two of three matches against Anamosa.

The Blazer A team won, 24-22, 21-9, 15-11.

Beckman’s statistical leaders were: digs — Grace Willenborg eight, Brooke Lucas and Morgan Funke seven, Hannah Lueck six, Madison Stelken five, McKenzie Arens and Brooke Koelker two; kills — Willenborg three, Arens two, Koelker and Funke one; assists — Lueck four and Stelken three; aces — Arens seven, Funke and Willenborg three, Lueck two and Lucas one.

In the B match, Beckman won the first game, 21-10, and the third game, 15-10. Anamosa won the second game, 21-15.

Leading Beckman were: digs — Lauren Shaull 12, Olivia Jones six, Madison Rahe five, Alissa Elgin, Anna Jurgens, Ashley Hermsen and Hailey Hirsch three; kills — Shaull and Elgin three and Rahe one; assists — Jurgens four and Hermsen three; aces — Elgin and Rahe three, Hirsch and Jones two and Hermsen one.

Anamosa won all three C games, 21-11, 22-20, 15-5.

The Blazers’ leaders were: digs — Rebecca Dunkel four, Maci Helle, Catherine Trenkamp, Jackie Olberding and Ashley Hermsen two; kills — Olberding two and Alexis Helle one; assists — Olberding and Hermsen one; aces — Dunkel six, Hermsen two, Helle, Trenkamp and Olberding one.

Blazers lose close ones to Hawks

A mere four points separated the Beckman eighth-grade football teams from the West Delaware Hawks in games played Oct. 3, 26-24 (A game) and 22-20 (B).

In the opening game, the Blazers scored the opening goal, on a C.J. McDermott 11-yard run and Joel Vaske-to-John Gulick two-point conversion. West Delaware went ahead 12-8 before the Blazers fought back with a 70-yard Vaske-to-Mark Brown pass, followed by Brown’s two-point catch, to make it 16-12.

The Hawks upped their lead to 26-16 before the Blazers answered with a successful fourth quarter series that gained pay dirt. Jackson Bennett began it with a 9-yard run, followed by a Vaske-to-Gulick 20-yard pass for first down. Bennett then connected with Brown for 38 yards to reach the 4-yard line, Vaske powered over for the final yards and Bennett threw to Brown for the two point conversion, 26-24.

Offensively, the Blazers got rushing yards from Luke Hageman 4-for-28, Logan Fettkether 93-for-14, McDermott 2-for-15, Nathan Funke 2-for-9, Bennett 1-for-9, Vaske 2-for-6. Vaske completed 6-of-9 passes for 104 yards and Bennett made 2-of-3 for 39. Receivers were Gulick 3-for-33, Brown 4-for-110.

Tackles came from Gulick with 10, Hageman and McDermott nine, Connor Krantz six, Funke five, Vaske and Mitchell Burlage four, Bennett, Jaden Recker, Ryley Helle and Brown three, Cole Bollweg two, Wade Rave, Milo Wall and Derek Prier one. Bennett copped an interception.

In game two, the Hawks earned the early lead, up 22-0 before the Blazers started coming back. The first tally came on Camden Leonard’s 48-yard pass to Carter White to make it 22-6. On the next possession, Justin Wessel passed to White for a 36-yard gain and Leonard ran in the final four yards to make it 22-12 at half.

Leonard capped a long drive with a 1-yard run and passed to Austin Koopmann for the final mark, 22-20.

Leonard led rushing with nine carries for 30 yards. Jake Recker added 3-for-13, Austin Hermsen 2-for-5, Zach Hoeger 3-for-6, Evan Gaul 1-for-5. Leonard completed 5-of-10 passes for 84 yards, Wessel 1-of-3 for 36.

Defensively, tackles came from Hermsen nine, Recker seven, Hoeger three, Koopmann, White, Ty Pottebaum two, Mitch Gehling, Leonard, Scott Olberding, Mason Burlage, Brandon Bonert and James Engler one. Gehling kicked off four times for 47 yards and punted once for 34.

According to coach John McGuire “We showed excellent offensive line work in our first game and they continue to improve. In the second, we fell behind early but battled to the end. We were definitely hurt in both games by long pass plays by West Delaware that shows us we need to improve our pass defense and our aggressive tackling. In both games we allowed too much yardage after first contact.

“It was exciting to use the overall team ability in these two games. Playing excellent competition is definitely a benefit to these future football players. We can learn a lot from these two games and our mistakes are correctable,” he concluded.

Bobcats defeat Cougars

In freshmen volleyball action, Western Dubuque Black improved to 19-1 overall with a 2-0 victory over Cascade (21-18, 21-7).

Western Dubuque’s statistical leaders were: kills — Jade Besler seven, Allison Coyle four, Rachel Schemmel two and Katie Niklasen one; assists — Courtney Eimers 14; service aces — Besler four, Burds and Katelyn Becker three and Eimers two; digs — Burds nine, Kendra Elgin five, Besler four and Cassidy Olberding two; blocks — Schemmel two, Niklasen and Coyle one.

WD Black volleyball sweeps Wahlert

On Oct. 3, Western Dubuque’s freshmen Black volleyball team defeated Wahlert Golden Eagles Gold team in straight sets, 25-14, 25-12.

“Overall, the girls played well —as a team we served more consistently in this match than we have been,” coach Dan Doyle said.

WD’s leaders were: kills — Rachel Schemmel seven, Jade Besler four, Allison Coyle three and Katie Niklasen one; assists — Courtney Eimers 15; aces — Besler five and Blair Burds three; digs — Burds six, Besler four, Kendra Elgin three and Cassidy Olberding two; blocks —Niklasen two and Schemmel one.

The Bobcats defeated Wahlert Blue, 2-1 (25-11, 23-25, 15-4).

“We played very well in the first and third sets, but had way too many errors in the second set, which we lost,” Doyle explained.

The Bobcats’ leaders were: kills — Besler 13, Coyle six, Schemmel five and Niklasen three; assists — Eimers 25 and Katelyn Becker five; aces — Burds three, Besler two, Kendra Elgin and Eimers one; digs — Burds 18, Besler seven, Elgin five, Olberding four; blocks — Niklasen three, Schemmel two.

With the wins, WD Black improved to 22-1.

WD knocks off Oelwein, 32-6

The Bobcats of Western Dubuque earned a 32-6 victory over Oelwein in freshmen football action on Oct. 4 on the road. WD is now 6-0 overall.

“We were worried about getting the game in with the weather and it meant a lot to the players to play on Friday night before the varsity,” coaches Tom Danner, Nick Weidenbacher and John Nickol said. “The kids responded to the opportunity, played well and had fun. We had a lot of players contribute on both sides of the ball. It was very much a team effort. We need to finish the season strong and be ready for the toughest part of our schedule.”

Max Lyon scored first for WD on an 8-yard run. In the second quarter, he added a 32-yard touchdown run and Dylan Gotto ran in for the extra points. Kam Kramer added a 4-yard touchdown run. Luke Kluesner connected with Quinn Mettert for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Kluesner scored WD’s final touchdown in the third quarter on a 5-yard run.

“We worked together as a team versus Oelwein to show what WD is made of,” Tanner Donahue, tackle, said. “Everybody did their job, which led to a solid win.”

“Even though we started off slow, we finished strong. It was fun to play before the varsity,” Jared Hefel, end, said.

Lyon led WD with 12 carries for 126 yards. Kramer had 7-for-69 and Kluesner 5-for-30. Mettert had one reception for 20 yards.

Matt Schemmel and Lyon both had seven tackles to lead the defense. Josh Buerger, Kluesner and Kramer each had four and Sam Koehn three. Kramer recovered a fumble and Lyon intercepted a pass.

Bobcats win Solon Tournament

The Bobcat Black freshmen girls volleyball team from Western Dubuque competed in the Solon Freshman Round Robin Tournament and placed first after earning a 10-2 game record. The Bobcats tied with West Branch with 10-2 overall records and split against each other. The Bobcats won by outscoring the Bears by seven in the head-to-head match.

WD defeated English Valley, 2-0 (21-7, 21-4); Mount Vernon, 2-0 (21-19, 21-12); Solon, 2-0 (21-16, 21-15); and Beckman, 2-0 (21-14, 21-11). The Bobcats tied with Mid-Prairie, 1-1 (19-21, 21-12); and West Branch, 1-1 (20-22, 21-12).

Against English Valley Kendra Elgin served 17 straight service points with seven aces.

WD’s leaders for the tournament were: kills — Jade Besler 42, Allison Coyle 20, Rachel Schemmel 16, Katie Niklasen 14, Lauren Kramer and Katelyn Becker two, Emma Hoefer and Allison Clemen one; assists — Kramer 73, Becker 10 and Besler four; aces — Blair Burds nine, Kramer and Besler eight each and Schemmel six; digs — Burds 34, Besler 16, Elgin 15, Cassidy Olberding 11, Becker eight and Kramer seven; blocks — Niklasen eight and Schemmel seven.

Beckman sweeps Maquoketa

Beckman’s sophomore volleyball team earned a 2-0 victory over Maquoketa on Oct. 1, 25-6, 25-13, on the road.

The Blazers’ statistical leaders were: kills — Kylie Bildstein six, Shannon Hoffman and Kristi Mensen three; digs — Holly Trenkamp six; assists — Allie Krapfl 13; ace serves — Bildstein four.

Beckman Blazers are undefeated

Beckman’s junior varsity volleyball team remained unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over Maquoketa on Oct. 1 on the road.

The Blazers earned a 25-13 victory in game one. Maquoketa edged the Blazers, 26-24, in the second, but Beckman took the match with a 15-8 win in game three.

“We had a great start in the first game,” coach Joyce Funke said. “Our feet got a little slow in the second game, which made passing and blocking a challenge as the gals tried to turn it around toward the end of the game, but came up short.

“They came out fighting in the third game, made a determined effort and took game three for the victory.”

Beckman’s statistical leaders were: ace serves — Rachel Link and Keri Wells three, Morgan Rahe two and Erin Steger one; serving percentage — Rahe 12-of-12, Wells 11-of-11, Steger 9-of-9, Link 16-of-18, Lauren Faust 5-of-6, Kristen Faust 3-of-4 and Macy Recker 1-of-1; kills — Grace Nebel five, Rahe and Recker four, Megan Mulcahy, Lauren Faust and Wells two; assists — Wells nine and Lauren Faust seven; digs — Link nine, Steger five, Kristen Faust four, Recker three, Lauren Faust, Wells, Rahe and Nebel one; blocks — Rahe four, Nebel two, Lauren Faust and Mulcahy one.