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Eli Nymeyer picks off a pass and is about to return it 46 yards for a touchdown in the Trojans' win over HLV Friday. (Photo by Dorothy Huber)
Turkey Valley took the drama out of Friday night’s eight-man state playoff quarterfinal game as the Trojans raced out to a 40-0 lead on their way to a 64-14 victory. The Trojans improved to 11-0 and will play in a semifinal game next at 9 a.m. Thursday at the UNI-Dome against Don Bosco. HLV closed...
Turkey Valley’s Ali Hoffert goes low to pass the ball during Turkey Valley’s Class 1A regional match with Tripoli last week.
Even though the Turkey Valley volleyball season came to an end last Monday night at the hands of Tripoli, the season was a vast improvement from past years. The Trojan girls finished with a record of 20-13 after going 4-22 the year prior. “We were one win away from matching the [number of wins in...
New Hampton’s Ashlynn Tank makes a great save on a ball in last week’s Class 3A regional semifinal match against Crestwood.
Crestwood’s Sharon Goodman has been a nightmare for opposing teams to face all season when in the front row. Coming into the regional semifinal match at New Hampton on Tuesday, she had racked up 349 kills.  However, when she isn’t the front row, the Cadets aren’t the same team. The Chickasaws took...
Ethan Leibold’s success at the quarterback sneak — he had four touchdowns of two or less yards Friday — had much to do with the blocking of Trojan center Gage Gruenberg, shown leading the way for one of those TDs.
Sweet revenge. That’s what No. 2 Turkey Valley got on Friday, as they defeated No. 16 Rockford in the opening round of the eight-player playoffs after falling to the Warriors in the first round in 2018 by a score of 64-58. However, this game wasn’t near as close, as the Trojans won 52-8. “We just...
Turkey Valley’s Jalyssa Blazek gets ready to pass Denver’s Grace Beck during the state cross country meet.
Although it was a frigid and windy day at the state cross country meet on Saturday in Fort Dodge, it didn’t seem to affect Jalyssa Blazek and Jaycie Byrne, as they both ran their best times of the year for Turkey Valley. And for Blazek, it was a personal record. She broke it by a whopping 36...
With a packed bleacher of Chickasaw fans in the background, Maddie Usher passes the ball in the regional final Monday.
It was obvious from the opening serve that every point was going to matter in the Class 3A regional final match between No. 6 New Hampton and No. 7 Mount Vernon. The stands were packed, and it was an electric atmosphere for this contest that was played at Jesup High School. Each set between the two...
After falling to Rockford in the first round of the eight-player playoffs in 2018, Turkey Valley was able to get their revenge on Friday night, as they defeated Rockford 52-8 in the opening round of the postseason. The Trojans jumped out to a 12-0 lead after two Ethan Leibold touchdown runs on...
Turkey Valley’s Luke Mueller gets in position to make an open field tackle in the Trojans’ win over Easton Valley two weeks ago.
After securing the district championship two weeks ago against Easton Valley, it would have been easy for the Turkey Valley football team to overlook their final opponent of the regular season - winless Central Elkader. However, that didn’t happen, as the Trojans dominated from the opening kickoff...
New Hampton center Austin Hemann helps open a hole for one of his teammates during Friday night’s season finale at Hampton-Dumont.
Country music singer Scott McCreery’s song “Five More Minutes” — or at least one verse of it may sum up the feelings New Hampton’s six seniors felt as they left the football field for one final time Friday night. At 18 turned my helmet in and walked to the 50-yard line Just the coach and me after...
Turkey Valley’s Rachelle Smith puts down a spike in the Trojans’ Class 1A regional victory over Riceville last week.
Breanna Busta brought an old word out of storage when talking about the 11-match winning streak her team was on after defeating Riceville in the opening round of regional action. “We are all gelling together really well right now,” said the Turkey Valley senior. “And when we get down we can shake...

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