New Hampton softball

New Hampton softball coach Lisa Rude talks with her team between innings in last week's game against Waukon. (Bob Fenske/Tribune)
Kiersten Tenge figured she and her teammates would be nervous when New Hampton opened the abbreviated 2020 softball season last week. She figured right, but after getting rid of the nerves in the season opener — a tough 1-0 loss to Waverly-Shell Rock — the Chickasaws bounced back with an impressive...
Kiersten Tenge delivers a pitch in the New Hampton softball team's home opener last week. (Bob Fenske/Tribune)
They pitched some softball, they hit some baseballs and, heck, some kids even dressed up and went to prom. Welcome back, normalcy, or at least, hello, “new normal.” “I think it was great for the kids to get that sense of normalcy,” New Hampton Activities Director Brad Schmitt said, “and it’s...
New Hampton’s baseball diamond will remain quiet for a while.
The two athletic associations that oversee high school sports in Iowa are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to this summer’s 2020 baseball and softball seasons. But in a joint statement released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls Athletic Union, the...
New Hampton senior Austin Hemann plans to play college baseball upon graduation at Iowa Central Community College.
With Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds pushing the suspension of spring sports back until at least the end of April, an additional extension of this postponement would likely mean summer sports being impacted as well.  And while the Coronavirus may affect softball and baseball, the seniors at New Hampton are...
Lisa Rude will take over as head coach of the New Hampton softball team this summer. She served as an assistant for the Chickasaws from 2008-2013.
Flash back to a month ago, and the members of the New Hampton softball team were gearing up for the season by attending voluntary practice sessions, and Lisa Rude was excited to begin her first year as the head coach for the Chickasaws. However, a lot has changed in the past month due to the...
Lisa Rude, shown here with Raelyn Webster and Nicole Mulford during introductions at the 2013 state tournament, is returning to the program as the Chickasaws’ head coach.
Lisa Rude isn’t going to lie — she missed coaching softball. So when New Hampton softball coach Jack Seelhammer announced after last season that he was retiring after 13 seasons at the helm, Rude was more than a little interested. “I had to figure out if it could work with my schedule because who...
Kacey Olson grabs a throw at second base in a game against Turkey Valley’s varsity earlier in the season.
New Hampton’s JV softball team closed out their season with three wins, concluding a superb season. The girls defeated North Fayette Valley, Decorah and South Winn to finish the season with a 16-1 record. Kiersten Tenge pitched all three wins, with an exceptional game against North Fayette Valley,...
New Hampton senior Lauren Frerichs slides safely into home during a game with Decorah this past summer.
Anyone who drove past Stolz Park on the night of July 11 would have seen why Lauren Frerichs has been such a special player for the New Hampton softball program. There she was, taking extra batting practice as her father and brother, Connor, traded off pitching to her while her mother, Lori, stood...
Fielding the ball from her second base position is the Chickasaws’ Hope McDonald.
The Chickasaw JV girls continued to run wild over their opponents in mid-season, as they defeated Waukon in a doubleheader, beat Charles City and took both ends of a twin bill over Osage. New Hampton outscored its collective opponents in those five games by a 52-2 margin. One of the shutouts the...
New Hampton’s Lauren Frerichs puts down a perfect bunt during a game this season and capped her standout softball career by being named to the all-NEIC first team for a third consecutive year.
The New Hampton softball team reaped the rewards for an outstanding softball team as eight Chickasaws earned all-Northeast Iowa Conference honors. “When you have a year like we did, you’re going to get a lot of girls honored,” said New Hampton coach Jack Seelhammer, whose team went 29-8, finished...

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