Bobcats top Hawks

Western Dubuque’s freshmen football team earned a 24-15 victory over West Delaware at Brown Field in Manchester on Aug. 27.

Sam Goodman connected with Jeff Theisen for a 35-yard touchdown pass and a 6-0 Bobcat lead. Ryker Kurimski tallied an 8-yard scoring run for a 12-0 lead.

West Delaware answered before halftime with a 16-yard pass play and extra point kick. At halftime, Western Dubuque led, 12-7.

In the third quarter, Goodman threw a 23-yard scoring pass to Drake George. In the fourth period, Ben DeSollar intercepted a Hawk pass and raced 27 yards for a score.

West Delaware scored the final points of the game on a 10-yard run and two-point conversion, but Western Dubuque earned the win, 24-15.

Goodman completed 11-of-16 passes for 198 yards. His receivers were George 8-for-122, Theisen 2-for-50 and Zach Bierman 1-for-26.

Zack Butcher led Western Dubuque on the ground with 23 carries for 86 passes. Kurimski had 5-for-10, Tim Feltes 3-for-4 and George 1-for-7.

Devin Ludwig tallied 11 tackles; Elijah Demmer seven; George and Ryan Clemen six; Ben DeSollar and Butcher five; Jason Simon-Ressler four; Grant Kelchen and Justin Kluesner three; Zach Bierman two; Jakob Decker, Parker Schmitt, Kurimski, Goodman and Feltes one.

Frosh Blazers win Cascade Tourney

Beckman’s freshmen volleyball team took the title of the Cascade Tournament Sept. 5, topping Western Dubuque Red in the title match, 25-17, 25-12.

To reach that match, the Blazers beat Northeast (21-7, 21-13) and Senior Blue (21-14, 21-5); split with WD Black (18-21, 21-16); and beat Springville (21-8, 21-10) and Cascade (25-9, 25-18).

Overall individual stats for the tourney include: kills — Isabelle Bennett 33, Ellie Bildstein 30, Sydney Steffen 23, Shelby Westhoff 22, Maya Osterhaus 11, Leigha Manternach six, Reagan Klas five; aces — Bennett 22, Sydney Arens 18, Steffen 10, Osterhaus eight, Westhoff and Bildstein five.

Coach Chris Rahe added, “In 12 games we had 84 ace serves and 26 misses, but the missed serves were missed because the girls were being aggressive, which led to the number of aces. The girls played very well as a team all day. When somebody would make a mistake, the other girls would be right there to pick her up and get back in the game. The championship game was a match-up that we looked forward to all day and our girls stepped up and played like they wanted to win. It was a great match to watch the girls play with such heart and determination.”

Bobcats earn win over rival Blazers

Western Dubuque earned a 26-6 victory over Beckman in non-district freshmen football action on Sept. 3.

Drake George started off the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown run. In the second quarter, Zack Butcher tallied a 2-yard scoring run for a 12-0 halftime lead.

WD furthered its lead in the third quarter. George intercepted a Blazer pass and returned it 67 yards for a score. Butcher added an 83-yard touchdown run and Ben DeSollar added a two-point conversion run.

Beckman tallied its lone touchdown in the fourth period on a 13-yard run from Jackson Feldman.

Sam Goodman completed 3-of-9 passes for 55 yards. George caught all of his passes. Butcher led the Bobcats with 16 carries for 151 yards. George had 2-for-26, Tim Feltes 7-for-14, Devin Ludwig 1-for-8 and DeSollar 3-for-2.

DeSollar had a big night defensively with 24 tackles. Elijah Demmer, Feltes and Ludwig each had five; Justin Kluesner and Butcher four; Jeff Theisen three; Jaden Kelleher, Dylan Link, Jason Simon-Ressler and Ryan Clemen two; Reese Schumacher, Nathan Warthan, Ben Hingtgen, Grant Kelchen and Dan Fagerlind one.

Special teams statistics: punts — Butcher two for an average of 43 yards; punt returns — DeSollar 1-for-9 and George 1-for-3; kickoffs — Butcher four for an average of 40 yards and Ryan Clemen 1-for-35; kickoff returns — Demmer 1-for-17 and Justin Kluesner 1-for-0.

Beckman coach John McGuire added, “This was an important game for us in that we now realize what we need to improve upon. We made most of our improvements on a kickoff and punt return game.”

For the Blazers, Seamus O’Connor passed 5-for-15 for 49 yards and two picks. Receivers were Shawn Deutmeyer 2-for-45 and Grant Hoeger 1-for-7. Rushing yardages went to Owen Grover 6-for-14, Feldman 4-for-14. Kickoff returns — Feldman 3-for-69, Hoeger 1-for-9, Grover 12-for-3; punts – O’Connor 3-for-102; kick-offs – O’Connor 2-for-50; punt returns — Grover 2-for-64; tackles – Zach Hoeger eight, Carter Benn six, Noah Senn, Kael Kruse, Tauke, O’Connor four, Grover, Grant Hoeger, James Engler, Deutmeyer three, Troy Thier, Ethan Westhoff, Feldman, Seth Deutmeyer one.

BHS tops Panthers

Hosting the frosh-soph Panthers from Monticello Aug. 27, the Beckman Blazers sent them home with a 25-16 non-district football loss.

On the second possession of the game, the Blazers’ Owen Grover took a handoff for a 70-yard scoring run, followed by a Seamus O’Connor kick, and a 7-0 lead. On the next Blazer possession, Jackson Feldman ran 25 yards for a Blazer first down at the 29-yard line. Grover added 19 yards and O’Connor ran the last 10 to make it 13-0.

Monticello took back some of those with a 66-yard scoring run and two-point conversion, 13-8. But the Blazers answered with a 73-yard scoring pass from O’Connor to Grover that was helped with a Marcus Schneider block for a 19-8 lead. The Panthers scored on the final play of the half to make it 19-16 at the break.

Beckman put together a 71-yard, 12-play drive to open the third quarter, consuming over seven minutes, and the Blazers led 25-16. According to coach John McGuire, “The defense held Monticello without a first down in the entire second half, and we picked up three more first downs to play out the game. This was a very positive team performance.”

Individual stats include: passing — O’Connor 5-of-9 for 111 yards; receptions – Grover 3-for-91, Schneider 1-for-9, Shawn Deutmeyer 1-for-13; rushing — Grover 13-for-155, Feldman 6-for-39, O’Connor 4-for-15; kickoffs —O’Connor 4-for-43 yard average; tackles — Carter Benn six, Avery Tauke, Ethan Westhoff and Zach Hoeger three, Feldman, Deutmeyer and Kael Kruse two, O’Connor, Tanner Lueck, Seth Deutmeyer, Grant Hoeger, Schneider and Grover one.

Hawks defeat Bobcats, 30-8

Western Dubuque’s sophomore football team opened the season in Aug. 28 at home against West Delaware, but the teams weren’t able to finish their game until Aug. 31 after it was rescheduled at halftime due to lightening. In the end the Hawks walked away with a 30-8 non-district victory.

“West Delaware got off to a fast start on Friday before the rains came,” WD coaches Tom Danner, Rob Hoerner and Rex Massey said. “Big plays hurt us — we had a couple of fourth downs that we didn’t get the stop we needed to keep the momentum on our side.

“We definitely came with a better focus and play on Monday. We need to keep moving forward and working hard.”

Western Dubuque scored its lone touchdown in the second quarter. Quinn Baumhover connected with Dylan Nemmers for a 29-yard scoring pass. Hunter Hancock ran in the extra points.

Hancock led WD with 19 carries for 39 yards. Nemmers had one reception for 29 yards. Sam Taylor had 1-for-13 and Kyle Cleary 1-for-10.

Hunter Schofield led WD with 10 tackles, Taylor had seven, Hancock, Sam Stecklein and Nick Goebel all had six.

Soph Bobcats rally to defeat Blazers

Holding a 27-8 lead in the fourth quarter, the Beckman sophomore football team looked to be putting a win in the books, but the Western Dubuque Bobcats came roaring back and kicked a 24-yard field goal with less than a minute to go to win, 28-27.

The Bobcats scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, getting a safety, a touchdown and two-point conversion, with a 56-yard pass from Quinn Baumhover to Drake George and a Baumhover to Sam Stecklein conversion, a touchdown on a 16-yard Baumhover to George pass and Nathan Armstrong kick and the final field goal from Armstrong.

The Blazers had tallied most of their points in the first half. A 27-yard run from Joel Vaske and extra point for Derek Prier began the scoring. Vaske hit Mark Brown with a 62-yard pass in the second quarter, and then they scored on a 5-yard run from Luke Hageman, both followed by Prier kicks, to up the margin to 21-6 at halftime. Their final tally came on a Justin Wessel to Brown pass for 56 yards. The point after was blocked, setting up the final mark.

Western Dubuque’s lone first half tally came on a Baumhover run of five yards. The Bobcats added a safety in the third quarter, tackling Brown in the end zone.

The Bobcats saw Baumhover connect with George on five throws for 111 yards, Stecklein 2-for- 25, Kyle Cleary 1-for-9, Freddie Hosch 1-for-4 and JD Kluesner 1-for-1. Rushing yards came from Hunter Hancock who carried 14 times for 58 and Hunter Schofield 8-for-46. Defensively, Cleary notched two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Leading tacklers were Schofield and Dylan Nemmers seven, Hancock six, Sam Taylor and Keaton Bockenstedt four.

WD coaches Tom Danner, Rob Hoerner and Rex Massey added, “Beckman got off to a quick start with that lead of 27-8 into the fourth quarter. Never say never. We were proud that our kids even with the heat never gave up. A couple of breaks and the momentum shifted. We don’t have a deep squad, but everybody pushed each other to stay in the game.

“Special teams did a great job keeping us in good field position. The kickoffs and returns really did the job. To be able to get two safeties and a field goal, all in the same sophomore game is pretty special. Every point was important and even more so in an inter-county rivalry. We need to keep pushing ourselves and moving forward.”

Beckman coach Taylor Hotek added, “The team fought through some extreme heat and some tough injuries. WD is a tough team and they demonstrated that by handling the conditions better than we did. Moving forward, it’s all about how we respond this next week and how we set the stage for district play. Bouncing back from a tough loss will be an important lesson for this team to learn.”

The Blazers got 8-of-16 passing from Vaske (6-of-12) and Wessel (1-of-2) for 93 and 56 yards. Receiving came from Brown with 4-for-116 and two TDs, Austin Koopmann 1-for-11, John Gulick 1-for-8 and Connor McDermott 2-for-7. Koopman returned three kickoffs for 39 yards, Hageman 1-for-14 and McDermott 1-for-10. Tackles came from McDermott with seven, Spencer Schlarmann 5.5, Conner Krantz, Mason Burlage and Koopmann four, Drew Boekholder three, Prier and Brown 2.5, Wade Rave and Gulick two, Hageman 1.5, Jaden Recker one, Zachary Hoeger and Nathan Funke 0.5.

Blazers blank Panthers

Beckman’s JV football team began the new season with a 21-0 blanking of the Monticello Panthers there on Aug. 28. The game was called after three quarters due to lightening.

Carter White scored the first Blazer touchdown, capping their opening drive with a three yard scoring run. John Gulick added a 12-yard touchdown reception to make it 14-0 by halftime.

Mark Brown returned a punt for touchdown in the third quarter, making it 20-0 before Derek Prier completed his third PAT for the final score.

New coach Taylor Hotek added, “We played a great game and executed well in all three phases. Our quarterback Joel Vaske led the offense on multiple efficient drives, making key reads and attacking the defense with both his arm and his feet. Luke Hageman and Carter White make for a dangerous duo at running back, making up the majority of our rushing yards.

“Tight end John Gulick and wide receiver Mark Brown both had key receptions in the first half. Our defensive unit played extremely well getting 11 guys to the ball. Gang tackling was key in shutting down Monticello’s running game. Linebackers Austin Koopman, CJ McDermott and Mason Burlage tackled extremely well and filled gaps quickly which were anchored by the defensive line and led by Wade Rave who was plugging holes all game.

“Overall, it was a solid team performance in which everyone played a key role. I’m excited to see how well this team can continue to play in the following weeks.”