Blazer seventh-grade volleyball

Beckman’s seventh-grade volleyball team: front from left, Haiden Koopmann, Josie Deutmeyer, Leigha Manternach, Ellie Bildstein, Sydney Arens and Jessica Lueken; second row, coach Chad Thomason, Trinity Helle, Claire English, Haley Burlage, Emma Squiers and Kylie Willenbring; back row, Heather Boeckenstedt, Alexis White, Shelby Westhoff, Maya Osterhaus, Dani Goedken and Sydney Steffen.

Seventh-grade Blazers top Hawks, Spartans

On Oct. 8, the Beckman seventh-grade volleyball team won two of three matches from the West Delaware Hawks.

The A team won 21-12, 21-16, 15-9. The B team lost 19-21, 14-21, 15-8, and the C team won 17-21, 21-17, 15-6.

For the A games, stats include: aces — Jessie Lueken and Sydney Steffen three, Maya Osterhaus and Sydney Arens one; kills — Leigha Manternach three, Heather Boeckenstedt two, Steffen, Arens, Lueken and Osterhaus one; digs — Arens two, Boeckenstedt one; blocks — Osterhaus two, Manternach and Steffen one; assists — Lueken three, Steffen one.

For the B games, stats include: aces — Shelby Westhoff, Alexis White and Emma Squiers two, Ellie Bildstein and Kylie Willenbring one; digs — White and Westhoff two, Dani Goedken one.

For the C games, stats were: aces — Claire English six, Goedken three, Haley Burlage and Josie Deutmeyer two, Willenbring and Haiden Koopmann one; kills — Koopmann one.

Against Solon on Oct. 10, the Blazers won all three: (A) 21-18, 21-12, 5-15; (B) 21-10, 21-12, 15-4; (C) 21-15, 21-12, 8-15.

For the A games, stats were: aces – Boeckenstedt and Steffen two, Osterhaus one; blocks — Manternach three, Steffen two, Boeckenstedt one; kills — Arens four, Manternach three, Steffen, Osterhaus, Lueken and Boeckenstedt two; digs — Arens two, Osterhaus one; assists — Steffen and Arens three, Boeckenstedt and Lueken two, Osterhaus and Manternach one.

For the B games, aces — Westhoff seven, White six, Bildstein five, Willenbring and Squires three, Goedken two; kills –Bildstein and White one; assists — Westhoff and Willenbring one.

For the C games, aces — Squiers and English five, Willenbring four, Koopmann two, Deutmeyer and Burlage one.

Coach Chad Thomason added, “It was a great season. The girls all got a lot better. As a coach you want your best game to be the last game, and I think that was true for this season. Great work, Sevies!”

DMS sweeps Roosevelt

The Drexler Middle School seventh-grade Bobcat football teams had a successful week four. Both teams came out victorious against Roosevelt Middle School. The DMS Black team defeated Roosevelt Black, 12-0, at home in a physical, defensive battle.

The DMS Red squad went on the road to defeat Roosevelt Silver, 36-8, thanks to a complete team effort. The Bobcats are now a combined 7-1 on the season.

“Both teams look to finish the season strong next week,” coach Jeremy Parrish said. “As always, we appreciate all the support from the members of the Bobcat family.”

Beckman splits with Maquoketa

Beckman lost the first game, but won the second in seventh-grade football action at Maquoketa on Oct. 8.

Maquoketa won game one, 34-20.

“We played well,” coach Tom Jenk Jr. said. “Mentally, we were doing the right things and it paid off. We just had a difficult time tackling their big back, but we were where we were supposed to be. (We) just (were) not physical enough tonight. I think the same guy scored all their points.”

Jackson Feldmann scored Beckman’s first touchdown on a 6-yard run. Seamus O’Connor connected with Avery Tauke for a 73-yard touchdown pass. Feldmann added an 8-yard touchdown run and also ran for the two-point conversion.

Jenk’s players of note included Kael Kruse, Danny Kluesner, Tauke, Colin Knipper, Jarrett Keegan, O’Connor, Feldman, Owen Grover and Matt Stelken.

Beckman prevailed in the second game, 24-0.

Marcus Schneider dented the scoreboard first on a 65-yard run and Grant Rausch ran in the conversion. Schneider scored again on a 5-yard run and Deutmeyer connected with Rausch for the conversion. Rausch scored the final touchdown on a 67-yard run and Dan Kluesner ran in for the extra points.

The players of note were Brock Marbach, Will Koopmann, Trae Ostwinkle, Deutmeyer, Rausch, Schneider, Matt Rave and Carter Benn.

DMS defeats Washington Blue

In eighth-grade football action, Drexler Middle School’s Red squad defeated Washington Blue, 27-14.

Wyatt Skrtich scored all four of Drexler’s touchdowns. He had scoring runs of six, 36 and 23 yards to go along with an 81 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Nathan Armstrong kicked one extra point. Dylan Nemmers completed an extra point pass to Spencer McGrane.

“Wyatt had an outstanding game, however again the offensive line of Jacob Gaul, Nick Goebel, Thomas Greenwood, Garrett Vierkant, Caden Burke, Drew Daly and Freddie Hosch got our running backs started on excellent runs. Wyatt also had a 55-yard punt return,” coach Tom Kilburg said.

“Caden Burke had punt returns of 40 and 35 yards to let us have excellent field position. Hunter Schofield picked up a lot of tough yards with a long run of 10 yards. McGrane caught the one pass we threw from Nemmers. Kyle Cleary picked up over 50 yards rushing on three reverses from his wingback position. Our offense has done a great job all season of being able to move the ball on the ground without many penalties and mistakes.

“Defensively we play tough. Washington has a good team that had many formations with a quarterback that could throw and a good running back. We picked off two passes at key times. First Sam Taylor got one to stop a drive in the second quarter and then Sean Kenneally picked one in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.”

The Bobcat defense was led by Conner Burke with three sacks, Goebel had two and Hosch one. Bryce Wilwert was the leading tackle with four for losses. Skrtich, Schofield and Goebel all had three tackles for losses.

“The defense has played well as a unit. The secondary has done a great job of pass coverage and helps support our run defense. They all do a good job of pursuit. They are good tackles. We’ve had an excellent season, with our last game Oct. 15 against undefeated Mazzuchelli. We are playing for the championship. These guys have been a great group. They listen and have kept improving all year long. They’ve come a long way. As coaches we couldn’t be more happy with this group,” Kilburg said.

DMS finishes 2-3

The Drexler Middle School Black team ended its season with a record of 2-3. The Bobcats final game was a 16-14 loss to Jefferson White on Oct. 8.

Drexler scored on its first two possessions to get a 14-0 lead. The Bobcats were led in rushing by Hunter Hancock who had over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Alex Lenton had a touchdown that was called back and was injured on a courageous 40-yard run.

“There is no doubt that we missed Alex on both offense and defense,” coach Paul Cleary said.

Jefferson came back and scored in the third and fourth quarter and were able to score both two-point conversions for the win.

“It was a hard loss, especially considering that it was our last game,” Cleary said. “However, as a coaching staff we feel that we have gotten better at the game of football, while also having fun in a positive environment.

“We are looking forward to the continued progress of this grade next year in ninth-grade and ultimately more success with the varsity.”

Eighth-grade Blazers top Solon

In their final matches of the season, the Beckman eighth-grade volleyball Blazers topped Solon in all three matches played on Oct. 10.

The A team won, 24-26, 21-14, 15-13. For the B team it was, 21-11, 21-12, 15-12. The C team won, 26-24, 10-15, 15-12.

In the A games, individual stats were: aces — Hannah Lueck five, Grace Willenborg four, Abby Hoefler three, Brooke Lucas and McKenzie Arens one; kills — Willenborg and Morgan Funke two, Sadie Oberbroeckling and Hoefler one; digs — Lucas 12, Lueck seven, Oberbroeckling six, Hoefler and Arens five, Willenborg four, Lauren Shaull three, Madison Stelken one; assists — Lueck four, Arens and Stelken one.

For the B games, stats included: aces — Makenzie Harter seven, Alissa Elgin and Hailey Hirsch three, Brooke Koelker and Madison Rahe two, Olivia Jones one; kills — Rahe three, Elgin two, Koelker and Anika Brehm one; digs — Rahe nine, Koelker and Elgin seven, Jones six, Brehm two, Hirsch and Harter one; assists — Rahe four, Jones three.

For the C games, stats included: aces — Catherine Trenkamp 10, Rebecca Dunkel four, Ashley Hermsen two, Courtney Steffensmeier one; kills — Steffensmeier and Trenkamp one; kills — Jackie Olberding nine, Steffensmeier seven, Hermsen four, Harter and Maci Helle three, Trenkamp and Alexis Helle two; assists — Hermsen two.

Blazers walk over Cardinals

When eight players score touchdowns in the first half of the game, it’s almost assured your team will win. Beckman’s eighth-grade football team buried the Maquoketa Cardinals, 52-8, Oct. 8 at Beckman in the first game.

The eight players crossing the goal line in the first half were: Luke Hageman (two scores), C.J. McDermott, Logan Fettkether (twice) and Connor Krantz. Jackson Bennett, Carter White, Jaden Recker, and Joel Vaske converted two-point runs.

The Blazers put together a series of possessions that moved players down the field and into scoring position. Fettkether broke numerous tackles and ran 37 yards and 16 yards for his tallies. Krantz caught a third down pass from Bennett and ran 65 yards to score. Hageman rushed 34 yards on his first touchdown and capped a long drive with a 5-yard run for his second.

The continuous clock limited both teams in the second half, and the Blazers scored once, when McDermott broke free for a 29-yard run. Austin Hermsen ran in the two-point conversion.

In the second game, the Blazers prevailed 14-6 behind a 41-yard Hermsen run and Jake Recker conversion, and a 6-yard Hermsen run.

“In these games, our players really took advantage of their opportunities,” glowed coach John McGuire. “We had 14 different players carry the ball for positive yardage and two different receivers with positive yardage. This class just has wonderful depth and they are a pleasant, unselfish group to coach.

“The exciting thing about this performance is that all 40 players who suited up gave positive productions to the team effort.”

Leading the yardage gained for the Blazers were: rushing — Bennett 5-for-29 yards, Hageman 3-for-66, McDermott 4-for-41, Mark Brown 1-for-46, Fettkether 2-for-53, Jaden Recker 2-for-5, White 4-for-8, Hermsen 2-for-43, Jake Recker 6-for-48, Camden Leonard 1-for-37; passing — Bennett 2-for-3 for 71 yards and one TD; receiving — Krantz 1-for-65 and one TD, White 1-for-6.

Defensive stats include: tackles — White seven, Hermsen, Ryley Helle and Spencer Schlarmann four, Mitchell Burlage, Luke Oberbroeckling and Evan Gaul three, Blake Lammers, Austin Koopman and Mason Burlage two, Krantz, Jaden Recker, Hageman, Joel Vaske, Wade Rave, Milo Wall, McDermott, Nathan Funke, John Gulick, James Engler, Justin Wessel, Brent Their, Zach Hoeger, Ty Pottebaum and Scott Olberding one. Gulick recovered two fumbles.

WD sweeps BHS

Western Dubuque’s ninth-grade Black team ended its conference and regular season with a 2-0 win at Beckman. The Bobcats won by scores of 25-12, 25-18, and stayed undefeated in the conference. WD’s record is now 29-1.

“Everybody got to play tonight and the girls all did well,” coach Dan Doyle said.

WD’s leaders were: kills — Rachel Schemmel six, Allison Clemen three, Allison Coyle and Blair Burds two; assists — Courtney Eimers nine and Lauren Kramer six; ace serves — Lauren Kramer and Myra Steffen six, Cassidy Olberding and Emma Hoefer three; blocks — Schemmel two; digs — Burds and Sydney Krogman four, Katelyn Becker three, Jade Besler and Olberding two.

WD blasts DeWitt

Western Dubuque easily defeated Central DeWitt, 47-6, in freshman football action at DeWitt on Oct. 10.

“We beat a tough team on their own field,” coach Tom Danner, Nick Weidenbacher and John Nickol said. “We are very proud of our execution and effort, but are most happy with our preparation for the game this week with DeWitt. We were very focused and intense all week long. It showed in all of their fundamentals during the game. We played hard each play to the whistle. The team wants to continue to compete, play hard and have fun.”

“The beginning was a little bit tough, but after we got going we got our confidence up and had some fun,” Sam Koehn, lineman said.

Max Lyon led off the scoring for WD with a 17-yard run. Dylan Gotto connected with Fred Silker for a 23-yard touchdown pass.

In the second quarter, Nick Lembezeder had a 2-yard touchdown pass and Luke Kluesner connected with Jared Hefel for a 25-yard score. Kam Kramer had a 20-yard run in the third quarter and Max Steffen capped off the scoring with a 40-yard run in the fourth. Austin Pfeiler kicked five extra points.

“We had to get a good mindset this week that we were going to go to DeWitt who we knew had a good team and beat them on their own turf,” Alex Deutmeyer, lineman said.

Lyon led the offense with 14 carries for 115 yards. Kramer had 9-for-77, Steffen 2-for-52 and Nick Recker 2-for-24. Silker had two catches for 38 yards and Hefel had 1-for-25.

Kluesner led the defense with nine tackles. Lyon had eight, Steffen five, Billy Blaser four and Seth Lawson three. Brandon Beard, Lawson, Johnny Fagerlind and Brandon Lehmann each recovered one fumble.

Panthers fall to Blazers 35-0

Beckman’s junior varsity football team took an easy win from Monticello there, Oct. 11, 35-0, to move to 6-1 on the season.

Carter Gassmann ran for 35 yards to open the scoring, and a Dillon Keegan extra point kick made it 7-0 with 7:30 left in the first quarter. Sam Stelken tallied the second touchdown, midway through the second frame, on a 6-yard ramble, and repeated the 6-yard run a minute before halftime to make it 21-0 at the break.

Stelken passed to Gassmann for a 30-yard score with five minutes left in the third quarter and then iced the scoring with a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. Keegan made all five extra point kicks.

Coach Jim Derr added, “Once again, (this was) a solid game from start to finish for our team. We had to play some individuals at new positions due to players moving up to varsity and some injuries. However the team, as a whole unit, continues to improve. It is good to see players making the most out of opportunities they are being given to show what they can do.”

As a team, the Blazers amassed 320 yards of offense while holding the Panthers to 38. Stelken completed 6-of-10 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown. Ben Hageman completed 1-of-1 for 20.

Receiver yardage was spread pretty evenly between Gassmann (2-for-33), Hageman (2-for-30), Elliot Gaul (2-for-27) and Keegan (1-for-27).

Rushing yards came from Gassmann (15-for-101), Stelken (14-for-80), Brady Arens (4-for-13), Hageman (5-for-10) and Hammann (4-for-9). Zach Deutmeyer returned a punt for nine yards; Gassmann ran back a kick for 11. Keegan punted once for 34 yards

Defensively, Luke Funke led with six tackles, followed by Justin Wolfe and Gaul 3.5, Noah Smith, Hammann and Elijah Hill three, Ted Ehrlich 2.5, Chance Radabaugh two, Cody Goedken, Nick Begle, Cody Feldman, Arens, Hageman and Andrew Carton one.

JV Blazers fall to Bobcats

“It was our first and last loss,” said Beckman junior varsity coach Joyce Funke, “not quite the way we wanted to end the season, but I’ll give credit to Western Dubuque for digging up everything we threw at them.”

The Blazers hosted the Bobcats on Oct. 8 and fell in three games, 25-17, 25-22, 15-11.

“Both teams played hard and the defenses got a workout. Once we got behind, we couldn’t wrestle back control of the last game and came up short. I’m so proud of this team and the great season they had this year. Their determination and toughness, along with their laughter and tears, made this team a joy to coach. I hope they are just as successful next year,” concluded Funke.

Beckman’s leaders were: serving — Keri Wells 13-of-13, Lauren Faust 8-of-8, Morgan Rahe 6-of-7, Kristen Faust 7-of-8, Rachel Link 6-of-8; aces — Wells four, Lauren Faust two, Rahe one; kills — Macy Recker five, Lauren Faust four, Rahe three, Wells and Grace Nebel two, Kristen Faust one; digs — Link 10, Kristen Faust six, Erin Steger and Wells five, Lauren Faust three, Recker two; assists — Wells eight, Lauren Faust four.