Seventh-grade Blazers win three

Two dates last week handed the Beckman seventh-grade girls basketball team three wins in four games. The Blazers split with Seton there on Dec. 8, winning the A game, 39-17, but losing the B game, 20-16. They won both against visiting West Delaware on Dec. 11, 22-16 (A) and 16-10 (B).

At Seton, the A game was tied at halftime, 17-17, and the Blazers held them scoreless during the second half. Paige McDermott hit 22, Ashley Engelken 11, Olivia Pirc four and Kristi Bries two. Other stats include: rebounds — McDermott seven, Engelken and Pirc three, Cambrie Willenbring and Chloe Ungs one; steals — Engelken and McDermott two, Pirc one.

In the B game, Seton led 12-7 at half and held most of that lead to the end. Leading point totals for the Blazers were Kaia Hunter and Emily Wulfekuhle with six, McDermott and Bries two. Other stats were: rebounds — Ungs and Hunter four, Wulfekuhle and Olivia Thier three; steals — Wulfekuhle three, McDermott and Thier two, Ungs and Hunter one; blocks — Pirc five.

On Dec. 11 at home, the A team trailed West Delaware 10-8 at half time and rebounded for the win. McDermott led totals with 16, followed by Pirc with six, Hailey LeGrand four and Engelken two. Other stats were: rebounds—LeGrand 12, McDermott four, Willenbring three, Engelken, Bries and Pirc two; steals — LeGrand five, Engelken four, McDermott two and Bries one; blocks — LeGrand two.

In the B game, the Blazers held the Hawks to a single basket in the first half, leading 8-2. Wulfekuhle hit six, Ungs and Thier four and Pirc two. Other stats include: rebounds — Hunter and Willenbring three, Ungs and Thier two, Pirc and Wulfekuhle one; steals — Thier four, Wulfekuhle three, Hunter one; blocks — LeGrand one.

Bobcats excel in Dubuque

On Dec. 13, Western Dubuque’s “Next Men In” competed at the Dubuque Senior Freshmen Tournament. The Bobcats came away with four individual champions — JD Kluesner, Collin Schirmer, Caden Burk and Fred Hosch.

Blazer freshmen move to 4-0

Wins over Western Dubuque and Central DeWitt moved the Beckman freshmen boys basketball team to 4 -0 on the season.

The Blazers stopped the Bobcats at Epworth on Dec. 9, 66-58, after building an eight-point lead by halftime, 33-25. John Gulick had a big game, dumping 32 points, 15 of those in the first quarter. Connor McDermott added 12, Ryan Bildstein nine, Conner Krantz and Mitch Gehling four, Austin Hermsen three and Mitchell Burlage two.

Other stats include: rebounds — Gehling four, Krantz and Scott Olberding three, McDermott two, Gulick and Bildstein one; steals — Gulick and Scott Olberding two, McDermott and Burlage one; assists — Bildstein four, Krantz three.

In a home match with DeWitt, they won 56-48 after trailing 40-41 at the start of the fourth quarter. McDermott led totals with 25, followed by Gulick 15, Gehling six, Bildstein four, Olberding three, Hermsen two, Krantz one. Other stats include: rebounds — Gulick and Gehling four, Bildstein, Olberding and Krantz three, Hermsen and McDermott two, Burlage and Eric Recker one; steals — Krantz three, Gulick, Recker, McDermott, Bildstein and Gehling one; assists — Hermsen and McDermott two, Gulick and Krantz one.

“These were great efforts by the kids,” glowed coach Ryan Meisner. “Each day we are improving and a new player steps up and leads us. This was great team effort.”

Frosh Blazers lose two more games

Beckman’s freshmen girls basketball team suffered two more losses last week, at the hands of Western Dubuque at home and DeWitt there.

On Dec. 9, the Blazers hosted the Bobcats and fell, 29-19, after trailing by just two points, 9-7, at the start of the second quarter. The Bobcats padded their lead in that frame, up 18-13, and stayed there through the second half.

Leading the Blazers were Brooke Lucas and Maddison Welling, both with five points. Jackie Olberding added four, McKenzie Arens three and Anika Brehm two. Other stats include: rebounds — Welling seven, Hannah Lueck four, Brehm and Arens three, Lucas, Olberding and Alexis Helle two, Natasha Otto one; steals — Lucas six, Brehm and Arens three, Olberding two, Lueck and Otto one; assists — Arens two, Lucas one; blocks — Arens and Brehm two, Lueck one.

“Turnovers plagued us again,” said coach Michael Wade. “We need to take care of the ball. Offensively, we struggled to find a groove, but it was another good defensive effort.”

Against DeWitt there on Dec. 12, a lack of scoring killed the green and gold, 45-10. It was 16-2 at the start of the second quarter and didn’t improve, 32-6, by halftime.

Individual stats include: scoring — Arens three, Olberding, Helle and Claire Grebner two, Lucas one; rebounds — Welling and Brehm five, Lucas four, Lueck and Olberding two, Otto, Arens, Grebner, Alissa Elgin one; steals — Brehm two, Lucas, Otto, Arens, Grebner, and Helle one; assists — Arens and Brehm one.

“Turnovers were the story again,” added Wade. “We couldn’t find a way to get going offensively and added a poor defensive effort to the mix.”

Soph Blazers add another win

Beckman’s sophomore boys basketball team eased to a 62-49 win over the Central DeWitt Sabers on Dec. 12 at the Beckman gym.

The Blazers built a first quarter lead of 18-13 and spread that to 35-24 by halftime. It was 48-33 by the start of the final frame.

Three players hit double figures: Riley LeGrand and Sam Oberbroeckling with 13, and Sam Stelken 11. John Gulick added six, Brady Arens five and both Mitch Gehling and Jackson Bennett contributed four.

Other stats include: rebounds — Oberbroeckling six, LeGrand and Arens four, Stelken three, Gehling two, Bennett, Gulick and Noah Smith one; assists — LeGrand five, Arens three, Oberbroeckling two and both Stelken and Bennett one.

Bobcats sweep double dual

Western Dubuque’s junior varsity wrestling team earned lopsided wins over both West Delaware and Maquoketa on Dec. 11.

Against West Delaware, the Bobcats earned a 59-12 win.

Keaton Bockenstedt and Kameron Kramer earned wins by fall. Evan Ellis won by technical fall.

J.D. Kluesner, Nathan Betts, Luke Kluesner, Alex Wernimont, McKade Bockenstedt, Matthew Schemmel and Andrew Oberbroeckling all received forfeit wins.

Austin Howell and Warren Goodwin both lost by fall.

JV Blazers split

In games last week, the junior varsity Beckman girls basketball team split, losing to Western Dubuque at home Dec. 9, 43-39, and winning at Central DeWitt, 33-26, on Dec. 12.

In the home loss, the Blazers trailed the Bobcats 18-6 in the first quarter, but they loosened up in the second, got a bevy of points from Olivia Schlarmann inside (10) and cut that margin to 26-22 at the buzzer on a long deuce from Abby Palmer.

In the third quarter, neither team found the net much and were split 32-26 to start the fourth. Both teams had numerous opportunities to change that margin in the fourth but neither could make a free throw. The Bobcats missed 5-of-10, the Blazers 11-of-13.

Schlarmann ended with 12 to pace the Blazers. Brehm added 10, Shalyn Wessels four, Palmer three, Elise Westhoff, Amber Boeckenstedt, Holly Trenkamp, Shannon Hoffman and Kelli Engelken all two. Other stats included: rebounds — Palmer and Wessels five, Boeckenstedt and Trenkamp two, Westhoff and Engelken one; steals — Veronica Kelly four, Trenkamp three, Boeckenstedt two, Hoffman and Wessels one; assists — Boeckenstedt two, Brehm, Wessels, Kristi Mensen and Kelly one.

“If we’d played as hard in the first quarter as we did near the end of this game, and made some more free throws, it would have been a different game. But they did give great effort, I can’t fault them for that,” said coach Jill Knipper.

Against DeWitt, the Blazers trailed 10-4 at the first quarter, but tied the game at 18-18 by halftime and edged ahead 24-21 by the start of the fourth quarter. They grew that to 29-24 with two minutes to go and hung on for the win.

Wessels paced scoring with 15. Brehm added five, Trenkamp four, Kelly, Schlarmann and Palmer two. Other stats include: rebounds — Brehm, Wessels, and Engelken three, Boeckenstedt and Kelly two, Mensen, Trenkamp and Palmer one; steals — Wessels three, Mensen, Engelken and Boeckenstedt two, Kelly one; assists — Brehm three, Engelken two and Wessels one.

“The girls played well as a team tonight,” said Knipper. “We were down some girls with illness and things and other girls really stepped up.”