Blazers fall to Mount Vernon

A game Oct. 6 against Mount Vernon resulted in a 24-0 loss for the seventh-grade Beckman football team.

According to coach Jerry McGrane, “We played a relatively clean game with only one penalty (holding). We continue to work on the fundamentals.”

Individual stats include: passing — Nick Offerman 3-of-5 for 41 yards; receptions — Trent Koelker 1-for- 30 yards. Two players posted interceptions: Mason Recker on a two-point try by the Mustangs and Nick Hageman in the first half. Tackles came from Koelker with eight, Cameron Krapfl with five and 14 different players with at least one.

DMS Black team ends season

Ending their season at 5-1, the Drexler Middle School seventh-grade Black football team considers the season a success, according to coach Wes Palm.

The Bobcats faced Galena at home to begin the season. (They) “played tough defense and made some big plays on offense to win 22-0.” In the second game, they faced Roosevelt Purple in Dubuque, and scored late, along with a two-point conversion, to escape 22-20.

Their only loss of the year came against Roosevelt Silver, in the season’s third game 6-0. Facing Washington the following week, the Bobcats rebounded with an 18-12 win. Another win came the following week, against East Dubuque, with “terrific defense” earning them a 20-0 win. Hosting Jefferson Middle School in the season’s final game, the Bobcats earned a 40-12 win.

Palm termed it “a great season, one in which we got better every day. Thanks to all parents, family members, friends and community members who supported us all year.”

Youngest Blazers win most of final matches

In their final two matches of the season, the Beckman seventh-grade volleyball team won five of six sets. The Blazers took two from West Delaware, and all three from Solon.

In the West Delaware matches, the A team went 2-1 (21-19, 21-10, 13-15); the B team fell 1-2 (21-19, 17-21, 16-18) ; the C team won 2-1 (21-19, 21-13, 17-19).

Coach Rita Mulcahy was pleased. “The A team had a great night, led by Keeley Schmitt with eight blocks. They were really playing well together and got some great wins. The B team put together some great plays and even though we only had one win, they were right in the game and gave West Delaware a hard fight. The C team players are really starting to get their serves over and get a good run. They also had some great returns and worked well as a team.”

Individual stats A team: aces — Emma Lueck four, Kennedy Arens three, Jadyn Welling two; digs — Lueck and Schmitt two; blocks — Schmitt eight, Megan Funke and Welling one; kills — Schmitt and Lueck three, Welling two, Arens and Funke one; assists — Arens four. B team: aces —Laina Marbach and Makayla Koelker three, Sydnie Reitzler and Kayla Funke two, Liz Wessel one; digs — Amber Scherbring, Koelker, Funke, and Rachel Friedmann one. C team: aces — Eve Chamberlin seven, Kayla Bonert six, Morgan Hermsen and Friedmann three, Meliah Eiben two.

On Oct. 8, the Blazers topped Solon in three matches: the A team won 3-0 (27-25, 21-15, 15-2); the B team won 2-1 (21-18, 21-13, 10-15); the C team won 2-1 (17-21, 22-20, 15-7).

Mulcahy added, “The A team put together some great plays and they came out on top on a tough battle in the first game. They kept up the pace and came away with two more wins. The B team did very well also, setting it up and getting it over. Their serving is what really kept them on top. The C team was really hustling and got the ball over to get the two wins.

“This has been a great group of girls to work with this year. I felt they improved so much and they really showed me what teamwork could do,” Mulcahy said.

Individual stats A team: aces — Lueck five, Koelker two, Welling and Arens one; digs — Lueck and Welling five, Arens four, Megan Funke and Koelker three, Schmitt one; attacks — Welling six, Megan Funke four, Arens, Lueck and Schmitt two, Koelker one; kills — Welling eight, Megan Funke five, Schmitt and Lueck four, Arens two; assists — Arens 16, Lueck four, Welling two, Schmitt one. B team: aces — Marbach six, Scherbring and Wessel two, Koelker and Kylee Rueber one; kills — Marbach two, Kayla Funke one; digs — Scherbring and Reitzler one; assist — Reitzler one. C team: aces — Chamberlin six, Hermsen five, Bonert four, Friedmann and Macy Sigwarth one.

Blazers split final three matches

In the final three matches of the season, the Beckman eighth-grade volleyball team split. The Blazers fell twice to West Delaware (1-2, 1-2), topped Seton (3-0, 2-0) and split with Solon (2-1, 1-3).

Against West Delaware on Oct. 5, the A team fell, 13-21, 21-18, 14-16. The B squad fell,l 15-21, 21-19, 10-15. Coach Todd Troutman added, After not playing well in the (A) game, the girls really turned it around in the last two against a very talented West Delaware team. Although execution-wise, it wasn’t our best two games of the year, from the sense of focus, hustle and intensity, it definitely was. When we passed well (in the B games) we were able to get some momentum going. Unfortunately there were stretches in each game where we really struggled to return their serves.”

Serving stats A — Paige McDermott 10-of-10, Haley LeGrand 14-of-16, Kristi Bries 7-of-8, Olivia Pirc 6-of-7, Ashley Engelken 3-of-4, Chloe Ungs 3-of-5; aces –LeGrand five, McDermott four, Bries and Pirc one; B — Rachel Herbers 9-of-10, Bries 7-of-9, Kaia Hunter 6-of-9, Jordan Helle 4-of-4, Elizabeth McGrane 3-of-4, Ungs 2-of-3, Kylie Steffensmeier 2-of-2, Mariah Hoeger 2-of-5, Mary Gallagher 1-of-1; aces – Steffensmeier, Bries, Herbers, McGrane, Ungs one.

The Blazers swept Seton on Oct. 7: (A) 21-11, 24-22, 15-9, (B) 21-14, other scores missing. Troutman said, “We had moments (in the A game) where we played very well, but also many where we passed poorly, which made it difficult to build momentum. I give the girls a lot of credit for hanging on and winning a very tough game two. We had a letdown in the middle and Seton actually had a game point on us. I purposely didn’t call timeout to let the girls figure things out on their own. To their credit, they came through and pulled out the win. (In the B game) we put ourselves in a real bind with some very poor serving, but Mary and Kristi both came through with long strings of excellent serving to capture the win. We continue to struggle with serve receive which makes sit difficult to get any momentum in the matches.”

Serving stats: A — LeGrand 15-of-15, Bries 13-of-15, Pirc 10-of-12, Engelken 9-of-9, Pirc 10-of-12, Ungs 6-of-7, McDermott 4-of-5; aces – LeGrand five, Bries three, Engelken two, Pirc one; B — Gallagher 11-of-13, Bries 10-of-13, Helle 6-of-9, Hunter 3-of-7, Steffensmeier 3-of-3, Ungs 1-of-2; aces –Gallagher five, Bries four, Hunter two, Steffensmeier and Helle one.

In the match against Solon on Oct. 8, the A team won 13-21, 21-13, 15-8 and the B team lost 11-21, 15-21, 14-21, 21-12. Troutman explained, “We came out very flat in the A game. I’m not sure if it was the long van ride or it being our third match in four days, but we did not do well. We struggled in serve receive and when we did get the serve we were barely at 50 percent (7-of-13). You won’t win games with the combination. Again I give the girls credit for bouncing back in games two and three and really taking over the match versus a talented Solon team. It was a good way to end the season for these girls. In the B games, again we struggled to receive serve, and when we would finally break Solon’s serve, we would give it right back with a missed serve. I will say that each game got a little better and we finally played well in the last game.”

Serving stats include: A — LeGrand 10-of-11, Bries 9-of-11, Engelken 7-of-9, Ungs and McDermott 3-of-5, Pirc 5-of-8; aces — LeGrand three, Bries two, McDermott one; B —Steffensmeier 10-of-11, Gallagher 6-of-9, Bries 6-of-8, Ungs 4-of-8, Hunter 3-of-4, Helle and McGrane 1-of-3, Herbers 1-of-2, Abby Klostermann 1-of-1; aces — Ungs three, Steffensmeier, Helle, McGrane and Gallagher one.

WD frosh pound Marion

Scoring in every quarter, the Western Dubuque freshmen football team pounded Marion there on Oct. 8, 46-6.

In the first quarter, Zach Butcher ran for 36 yards and Ryan Clemen kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead. The Bobcats scored three times in the second frame: on two more Butcher runs of 32 yards and five yards and a Drake George reception of a 14-yard pass from Sam Goodman, making it 34-0 at half.

Marion staved off the continuous clock with a tally early in the third quarter, but the Bobcats answered when Devin Ludwig grabbed a 38-yard throw from Goodman to make it 40-6. Their final score came in the fourth quarter on a Zach Bierman 18-yard reception from Goodman.

As a team the Bobcats tallied 272 total yards, holding Marion to 102. Goodman was 9-of-11 for 127 yards. His receivers were George with 6-for-53, Ludwig 1-for-38, Jeff Theisen 1-for-28 and Bierman 1-for-18. Rushing yards came from Butcher with 16-for-125, Ben DeSollar 3-for-10, Tim Feltes 3-for-6, George 1-for-8, Goodman 5-for (-3) and Thiesen 1-for-(-1). Butcher punted three times for 26 yards and kicked off four times for 35. Clemen kicked off 4-for-42. George returned one Marion punt for 43 yards while Feltes and Lucas Recker went 1-for-13 and 1-for-7.

Defensively, DeSollar led tackle numbers with nine, three for loss. Follwing him were Jason Simon-Ressler six, two for loss, Feltes five, one, Ludwig, Dylan Link, Bierman and Jacob Decker four, Theisen and Justin Kluesner three, Jaden Kelleher, Butcher, Clemen, Dan Fagerlind, George and Grant Kelchen two, Nathan Pins, Nathan Warthan and Ben Hingtgen one. Ludwig and Theisen both pulled in interceptions and Clemen recovered a fumble.

Frosh Blazers topple Cuba City

Cuba City tried to use a no-huddle offense to defeat the Beckman freshmen football team Oct. 8 at Cuba City, but the Blazers were not fazed. The Blazers stopped the rush and won, 21-6.

After the hurry-up plays on Cuba City’s first possession got them to the Blazer 45, the Blazers held and forced the turnover on downs. Six plays later, Owen Grover ran the final four yards to score and Seamus O’Connor made the extra point kick to lead 7-0.

The Blazers repeated that control theme and scored again, on another Grover run, before halftime, making it 13-0 at half. A 75-yard run by Grover to the end zone was nullified by a penalty in the third quarter, but in the fourth, he got loose for a 33-yard scramble to make it 19-0. Grover also ran in the two-point conversion for the final 21-0. Cuba City scored late in the fourth for their six points.

Coach John McGuire added, “Other than penalties, I thought our offensive line controlled the ballgame after the first two Cuba City possessions. We must eliminate unnecessary penalties to be successful in our last two games. Our team play continues to improve.”

Individual stats for the game include: passing — O’Connor 1-of-3 for 10 yards; receiving – Grover 1-for-10; kickoffs — O’Connor 4-for-192 yards; punts — O’Connor 2-for-84, Grover 2-for-61; rushing — Grover 17-for-114 yards, three TDs, Jackson Feldman 6-for-36, O’Connor 6-for-33, Avery Tauke 1-for-2, Noah Senn 1-for-1; tackles — Kael Kruse five, O’Connor and Carter Benn four, James Engler, Grover and Dan Kluesner three, Zach Hogan, Senn, Marcus Schneider, Brent Thier and Brock Marbach two, Feldman, Matt Stelken, Dan Vorwald, and Shawn Deutmeyer one; blocked punt — Marbach; fumble recovery — Grover; recovered onside kick –Tauke.

WD sophs fall to Marion

Marion did to the Western Dubuque sophomores what their varsity counterparts failed to do: the Indians defeated the Bobcats, 26-6, on Oct. 9 at Epworth.

The Indians scored first in the first quarter and added two more third quarter scores and one in the fourth before the Bobcats could get one on the board, a Quinn Baumhover-to-Ryan Gasper pass of 23 yards.

Marion as a team rushed for 302 yards, holding the young Bobcats to 48. The Bobcats got 193 through the air as Baumhover made 10-of-22 for 124 yards and Dylan Nemmers hit one for 69 yards. Receivers were Kyle Cleary 3-for-97, Gasper 2-for-23, Sam Taylor 1-for-18, Drake George 2-for-16, Sam Stecklein 1-for-42 and JD Kluesner 2-for-5. Rushing yards came from Hunter Hancock with 13-for-47 and Hunter Schofield 6-for-11.

Defensively, Nick Goebel notched nine tackles, Schofield eight, Keaton Boeckenstedt seven, Freddie Hosch and Andrew Welty three. Boeckenstedt also picked off a Marion pass and gained 27 yards.

Coach Tom Danner, Rob Hoerner and Rex Massey added, “We played hard but gave up some big plays to take away our momentum. Marion is a solid team with a quality record (5-1). We need to do a better job of taking care of the little things. Having two touchdowns called back hurt us, but we need to take care of making sure there is no doubt that we did the job. We are proud of our players who always seem to keep battling the entire game. They continue to be Bobcat Strong.”

Soph Blazers top West Delaware

Beckman’s sophomore volleyball team topped West Delaware Oct. 5 at Beckman. Only one game score was available, 25-21.

Individual stats include: aces — Olivia Jones and Sydney Arens three, Grace Willenborg two, Lauren Shaull and Hannah Lueck one; kills — Willenborg eight, Brooke Koelker four, Shaull and Maddison Welling three, Jones and Lueck one; blocks — Welling two, Jones and Madison Stelken one; digs — Stelken and Willenborg two, Shaull, Welling, Jones and Arens one; assists — Stelken 14, Shaull, Welling and Lueck one.

JV Blazers dump Columbus

A 32-0 win at Waterloo Columbus Oct. 9 was a game of control by the Blazers. Beckman piled up 279 yards of offense while holding the Sailors to 97.

The first Blazer tally came in the first quarter when Carter White capped a long drive for a one-yard touchdown run. Derek Prier made the first of two extra point kicks for a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, the Blazers scored three times: at 9:17 with a Seamus O’Connor run of 12 yards, two minutes later when he connected with John Gulick for a 65-yard score, and three minutes after that when White ran 14 yards for his second touchdown.

They capped the scoring midway through the third quarter with a 24-yard run from Jaden Recker.

Coach Taylor Hotek added, “We had a lot of guys step up in this game. I always talk about the ‘next guy in’ mentality where the standard is the same no matter who gets in the game. This team definitely met and exceeded those standards, and they have all year. This is a truly special group of players.”

The team amassed 183 yards rushing, notched 15 first downs and got carries from Recker (14-for-96), White (11-for-44), O’Connor (6-for-22), Austin Koopmann (2-for-12), and Jake Recker (3-for-9). O’Connor completed 5-of-12 passes for 96 yards to Gulick (1-for-65), Nathan Funke (2-for-18), Koopmann (1-for-8) and Jake Recker (1-for-5). Prier punted once for 33 yards. Mark Brown and Jaden Recker returned three punts: Brown (2-for-38) and Recker (1-for-7). Recker also returned one kickoff for 15 yards.

Defensively, the Blazers got 4.5 tackles from Funke, followed by Conner Krantz three, Brown 2.5, Gulick, Ty Pottebaum, Jake and Jaden Recker, Spencer Schlarmann and Noah Senn two, Wade Rave 1.5, Ethan Westhoff, Mason Burlage, Brent Thier, Drew Boekholder, Mitchell Burlage and Ryley Helle one.