Blazers top MV

A trip to Mount Vernon on Oct. 7 resulted in a 38-0 victory for the seventh-grade Beckman football team. The Blazers improved to 3-1 with the win.

Just two plays after the opening kick, the Blazers netted their first score on a Riley Fangman 50-yard run. Victor Meyer added the two-point conversion. Their next possession needed just three plays, all Evan Wulfekuhle runs, to set up a Tom Jaeger touchdown.

A third drive just before halftime concluded on a Jaeger 65-yard ramble, making it 22-0 at the break.

Opening the second half, Mount Vernon went down field but the Blazers stopped them at their 15-yard line. Two plays later, Wulfekuhle got loose for an 84-yard score. Meyer again got the conversion and the Blazers led 30-0. A 21-yard Jaeger run in the fourth quarter netted the final touchdown and a Jaeger-to-Sean Kluesner pass added the final two points.

Co-coach Jim Sheston was pleased with the overall effort. “We had 21 players dressed and all played every quarter. Five of them were able to score points, so we spread it around.”

Sheston was very pleased with the improvement of both the offensive and defensive lines as the season progressed. He cited especially Luke Goedken, the left defensive cornerback. “Luke is a coach’s dream. He shows up during the week and practices hard. He shows up at game time and plays hard. You can not have enough players like Luke.”

The season’s final game for the Blazers is Oct. 21 at home against West Delaware, after a trip to Solon on Oct. 14.

DMS earns win

The Drexler Middle School black football team played against Mazzuchelli at home on Oct. 6 and earned a 34-20 win.

“With tough defense and big plays on offense, the Bobcats were victorious,” coach Wes Palm said. “Great job Bobcats.”

Blazers win 2 of 3

Beckman’s eighth-grade volleyball teams won two of three sets in a match played at Solon on Oct. 9.

The A team won, 3-0 (23-21, 21-14, 17-15). The B team lost, 1-2 (13-21, 14-21, 15-10). The C team won, 2-1 (21-11, 16-21, 15-12).

Coach Todd Troutman added, “This was probably our best A match of the year. We started out very poor with no communication and no emotion and you can’t play volleyball like that. We slowly worked ourselves back into the match that first game and did a nice job of putting all aspects of the game together.

“We served 93 percent for the match and ran our offense very well. After the first half of game one, we figured out where they were going with their offense and started getting ourselves in better positions defensively. It was really fun to end the season on a high note.

“The B match was a different story. We were never able to get any momentum going due to our poor serving. If you can’t string 3-4 made serves together, you never give yourself a chance to get on a run. We served 71 percent in the match.

“The C match was also a struggle due to poor serving, but we were able to get just enough done to get the win.”

Beckman’s leaders were (A match): serving — Ellie Bildstein 10-of-10, Sydney Arens 11-of-12, Heather Boeckenstedt 9-of-9, Tara Hansel 8-of-9, Sydney Steffen 8-of-8, Jessie Lueken 2-of-2, Leigha Manternach 2-of-3; aces — Steffen four, Arens three, Hansel one; kills — Boeckenstedt 11, Hansel six, Steffen five, Manternach and Shelby Westhoff four, Bildstein three.

Leading the Blazers’ were (B match): serving — Hansel 11-of-13, Claire English 5-of-7, Kylie Willenbring 4-of-5, Westhoff 3-of-4, Alexis White 2-of-3.

Beckman’s leaders were (C match): serving — Willenbring 10-of-11, Dani Goedken 12-of-17, Lacey Schmelzer and Haiden Koopmann 5-of-7; aces — Goedken four.

Bobcats defeat Washington

Using the momentum from the 32-2 victory over Mazzuchelli the Western Dubuque eighth-grade football team earned a 36-0 win over Washington.

Quarterback Skyler Richie, who hooked up with Drake George for a 63-yard touchdown pass and run, led the team..  But George wasn’t done there.  Using his jukes and spins George took a punt and returned it 53 yards for a score.  Daniel Fagerlind got in to the end zone with a 38 yard run down the left sideline following all of his offensive linemen as they led the way. 

Zach Butcher continued to show off his breakaway speed scoring 48, 65 and 80-yard touchdowns.  The Bobcats moved to 5-0 on the season with the win.

Blazers edge MV

A trip to Mount Vernon Oct. 7 resulted in an eighth-grade Beckman football victory over the Mustangs, 8-6.

Mount Vernon scored first, in the first quarter, but missed the conversion, a key element in the win. In the third quarter the Blazers scored on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Seamus O’Connor to Shawn Deutmeyer. O’Connor converted the two-point run which ended up being the winning margin.

O’Connor completed four passes for a total of 52 yards. Rushing yards came from Owen Grover with 55 and Jackson Feldman with 29.

Feldman led tackle totals with six, followed by Grover 4.5, Carter Benn four, O’Connor and Brock Marbach three.

The win evens the Blazer record to 2-2, with two games left to play

Marion upends WD

Western Dubuque suffered a 28-21 loss at the hands of Marion in freshmen football action on Oct. 7 at home.

WD’s Alex Lenton scored first on an 8-yard touchdown run. The Indians answered with a score and added another in the second period for a 12-6 halftime lead.

In the third period, Quinn Baumhover had a 4-yard touchdown run for the Bobcats and also ran in the extra points for a 14-12 WD advantage. Marion answered with an 85-yard kickoff return and conversion to retake the lead. Baumhover connected with Ryan Sweeney for a 3-yard touchdown pass and Felix Schreiter kicked an extra point to give WD a 21-19 advantage.

The Indians won the game with a 1-yard touchdown run and conversion run in the fourth period.

Hunter Schofield led WD on the ground with 15 carries for 57 yards. Lenton had 8-for-50 and Hunter Hancock 3-for-27. The receivers were Kyle Cleary 2-for-44, Sam Stecklein 1-for-5 and Sweeney 1-for-3.

Lenton and Nick Goebel led WD with nine tackles each. Schofield, Travis Gaul and Fred Hosch each had seven tackles; Landen Knapp, Conner Burk and Kyle Cleary six; Sam Taylor five; Cody Heim three; and Ryan Boffeli one.

Blazer freshmen blank Cuba City

Cuba City traveled to Beckman Field on Oct. 9 and went home spanked by the freshmen Blazers, 42-0.

The Blazers started the game with a vengeance, scoring twice in the first quarter, both on runs from Luke Hageman, a 15-yarder and 8-yarder. Derek Prier converted both extra point kicks and they led, 14-0.

Hageman added a 3-yard run in the second quarter and Nathan Funke ran for eight yards. The first kick was blocked and a fumbled snap stopped the second conversion, putting the Blazers up 27-0 at halftime.

In the fourth quarter, Carter White broke loose for two big runs, of 45 yards and 35 yards, and added the first two-point conversion. Prier kicked the final point of the game.

White led rushing stats with 12 carries for 152 yards, followed by Hageman 6-for-51, Funke 3-for-21, Zach Hoeger 1-for-6 and Drew Boekholder 1-for-3.

Mason Burlage and Jake Recker led tackle totals with six, followed by Ryley Helle five, C J McDermott, Funke and Troy Thier four, John Gulick three, Hoeger and Ethan Westhoff two, Jaden Recker, Mark Brown, Hageman, Justin Wessels, Conner Krantz, Scott Olberding, Tanner Lueck, Brent Theisen and Camden Leonard one

Mustangs beat Bobcats, 2-0

On Oct. 7, Mount Vernon earned a 2-0 win (21-16, 21-15) over Western Dubuque Black in freshmen volleyball action.

“Mount Vernon came out ready to play and we did not,” coach Dan Doyle said. “We made way too many mental errors and did not communicate enough on the floor.”

WD’s leaders were: kills — Lyndsi Wilgenbusch four, McKenzie Maahs three, Kennedy Clark two, Elayna Bahl, Regann Pfeiler and Kayleigh Simon one; assists — Macy Meyer nine, Clark four and Simon one; ace serves — Maicee Pierce two; blocks — Maahs, Wilgenbusch and Simon one; digs — Pierce three, Wilgenbusch and Paige Besler two, Bahl and Meghan Sigwarth one.

WD takes 2nd

Western Dubuque’s black volleyball team finished second in the Dubuque League Tournament on Oct. 11.

The Bobcats opened the day with an undefeated record in pool play defeating Hempstead Gold, 2-0 (21-17, 21-7), Hempstead Green, 2-0 (21-8, 21-12), and Dubuque Senior Scarlett, 2-0 (21-11, 21-6).

“We played well in pool play,” coach Dan Doyle said. “We did a nice job of communicating and executing on the floor.”

In the semifinals, WD Black defeated WD Red, 2-0 (21-13, 21-15). In the championship match, Galena defeated WD Black, 2-0 (23-21, 21-17).

Doyle said that his team played well throughout the day. “We had a few to many mental errors in the final.”

WD’s leaders were: kills — Lyndsi Wilgenbusch 26, Regann Pfeiler 14, Elayna Bahl and Maicee Peirce 11, Kennedy Clark six and Kayleigh Simon four; assists — Macy Meyer 36, Clark 27 and Simon six; ace serves — Meyer nine, Pfeiler four, Wilgenbusch three and Clark two; digs — Paige Besler and Wilgenbusch 25, Pierce 19, Pfeiler 17 and Meyer seven; blocks — Wilgenbusch six and Pfeiler two.

WD tops Marion

Western Dubuque’s sophomore football team improved its season record to 6-1 with a 28-20 victory over Marion on Oct. 10 on the road.

“We were very determined playing Marion,” coaches Tom Danner, Rob Hoerner and Rex Massey said. “We had our backs against the wall a couple of times, but as a team we never gave up.

“Our special teams were very important not only scoring a kick return, but keeping us in good field position. It’s tough to win on the board and we didn’t help ourselves with penalties, but we made the plays on both sides of the ball when we had to.”

Nick Lembezeder scored first for the Bobcats on a 97-yard interception return. After the Tanner Donahue kick, it was 7-0 WD.

“Lembezeder’s interception at the start of the first quarter stopped a big drive by Marion and put us on the board,” the coaches said.

Marion answered with a touchdown in the period.

In the second quarter, Dylan Gotto connected with Ben Lembezeder on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Donahue added the kick for a 14-6 halftime lead.

In the third period, Max Lyon added a 4-yard touchdown run and Donahue supplied the kick.

Marion scored on a 25-yard touchdown run in the third period and a 4-yard score in the fourth and completed a conversion to bring the game within one, 21-20.

Brandon Beard scored WD’s final touchdown on a 75-yard run in the fourth period and Donahue completed the kick.

“At the end of the game, the defense made a big stand with seconds to go on the 4-yard line. There were a lot of heroes in this game and that’s what makes this group tough,” the coaches said. “We played ‘Bobcat Strong’ football on the road. We were very proud of the team effort.”

Gotto completed 4-of-6 passes for 36 yards. His receivers were Alex Kauffmann 2-for-45, Ben Lenstra 1-for-15, Max Steffen 1-for-3 and Kam Kramer 1-for-2.

Kramer led the offense with 20 carries for 112 yards. Lyon had 13-for-104 and Josh Buerger 2-for-10.

Lyon and Kramer both had nine tackles. Kauffmann added seven, Nick Lembezeder six, Bill Blaser, Tanner Donahue and Drew DeSollar four. Lembezeder caught an interception and Brandon Beard recovered a fumble.

Blazers win 40-14

It took a while for them to warm up, but when they got there, it was all football for the Beckman frosh-soph Blazers, toppling Waterloo Columbus, 40-14, on homecoming night at Beckman field, Oct. 10.

The Blazers scored first, on a Joel Vaske to Cody Goedken completion for 53 yards with 8:42 left in the first quarter. Ben Palmer’s kick made it 7-0. But the Sailors knotted it four minutes later, on a Lucas Benda run and Kyle Boe kick.

In the second frame, it was a repeat of the first with the Blazers going up 14-7 on a Luke Hageman run of one yard and Derek Prier kick before the Sailors tied it again. With just 11 seconds left in the half, Vaske hit Jackson Bennet on an 11-yard scoring pass to go into halftime with a 20-14 lead.

In the second half, it was all Blazers, with two touchdowns in the third quarter, on a Brady Arens run of 17 yards and a Vaske-to-Bennet pass for 24, to make it 33-14. The final mark came in the fourth frame when Hageman got loose for a 42-yard ramble and Prier hit the extra point kick.

The game was relatively even, with the Blazers gaining 356 yards, the Sailors 297. Vaske connected on 8-of-20 attempts for 177 yards, one more yard than the Sailor quarterback. Goedken caught 1-for-53, Bennett 3-for-47, Arens 2-for-41, Ty Pottebaum 1-for-29 and Justin Wolfe 1-for-7.

In the rushing game, Wolfe carried 13 times for 85 yards, Hageman 9-for-63, Noah Sabers 1-for-18, and Arens 4-for-15. Arens returned two Sailor kickoffs for 68 yards, Goedken 1-for-19. Carter White returned 2 punts for 23 yards. Bennett punted three times for 125 yards, a 41.7 average.

Defensively, John Gulick had seven tackles, Connor McDermott five, Wolfe four, Mark Brown 3.5, Jaden Recker three, Arens 2.5, Hageman, White, Conner Krantz and Sabers two, Bennett and Nathan Funke one, Prier, Riley Helle, Wade Rave and Goedken 0.5.