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New Hampton assistant cross country coach Bob Vorwald comforts Chickasaw senior Lydia Gessner Thursday afternoon after she just missed qualifying for the state meet.
The angst was palatable on the face of Lydia Gessner Thursday afternoon. Moments before, the New Hampton senior had run a tough, gritty Class 2A state qualifying meet race in 22 minutes, 5 seconds, but when she made it to the finish line, she was two spots and 12 measly seconds short of making her...
Turkey Valley’s dynamic duo — Jalyssa Blazek (left) and Jaycie Bryne (right) — show off their “tickets” they earned to return to the state cross country meet.
Heading into the district meet on Thursday, the Turkey Valley cross country team had high hopes for Jalyssa Blazek’s chance to qualify for the state competition. However, when it came to her teammate Jaycie Byrne, there was uncertainty about whether she would be able to be able to join Blazek in...
Kiersten Tenge puts down a kill during the Chickasaws’ three-set sweep of the Indians in last week’s Class 3A regional tournament opener.
Although they defeated Waukon two times during the regular season, coach Jess Geerts didn’t take New Hampton’s regional opening match against the Indians lightly. It paid off, as the Chickasaws were able to sweep Waukon 3-0. “It’s tough playing someone you’ve played twice. It’s almost harder than...
Turkey Valley’s Nelson Reicks clocked in at 27:53 for 22nd place in the JV race at the Upper Iowa Conference meet.
The goal for Turkey Valley cross country coach Sarah Bakula since the start of the season has been to peak for the conference and district meets. The Trojans completed the first part of this objective last Thursday, as they ran some of their best times of the year at the Upper Iowa Conference meet...
New Hampton’s Kaiser Croell placed 37th at the Northeast Iowa Conference meet last Tuesday.
Although Lydia Gessner finished with the fastest time of her career as New Hampton was competing in the Northeast Iowa Conference cross country meet Tuesday, she pointed out a teammates’ race. “Riley Shatek ran with an upper ankle sprain, she was in a lot of pain but she still finished,” said...
As New Hampton head coach Jess Geerts and her teammate Rachel Rinken look on, the Chickasaws’ Michaela Fitzgerald (in white) bumps the volleyball during the Northeast Iowa Conference tournament Saturday.
After defeating Waverly-Shell Rock in a match that decided the Northeast Iowa Conference title during the regular season, the New Hampton volleyball team found themselves once again playing the Go-Hawks in a championship contest this past Saturday - this time for the conference tournament crown. “...
Breanna Busta passes the serve to a teammate Tuesday during Turkey Valley's 3-set win in the first round of regional action.
Turkey Valley's volleyball team extended its winning steak to 11 Tuesday night as they handed Riceville 3-set loss. The Trojans started with 25-12 and 25-13 set wins. The final game was a little closer, but Turkey Valley, behind the serving of Breanna Busta, rallied from a 17-13 deficit to a 24-17...
Turkey Valley’s Dylan Elsbernd brings down Easton Valley’s Cade Jargo during Friday’s district showdown in Jackson Junction.
Out with an injured knee the last two weeks, Turkey Valley quarterback Ethan Leibold was happy to be back in the line-up Friday. He scored three touchdowns on the ground and threw for another three in the Trojans’ 72-62 win over Easton Valley, which clinched the district title for the TV team....
New Hampton’s Drake Wemark somehow comes down with the ball to convert a key third-down play on the Chickasaws’ first touchdown drive during Friday night’s game against Clear Lake.
The loss still stung two days later, yet, the pride New Hampton coach Scott Frerichs had in his team hadn’t wavered one tiny bit. Friday’s game between the Chickasaws and Clear Lake had to be one of quietest “district championship” tilts in football history, for almost everyone — with 30-some...
It’s the little things that matter the most to New Hampton volleyball coach Jess Geerts at this point of the season. Not that she didn’t appreciate her Chickasaws steamrolling through the BCLUW Invitational Saturday as New Hampton went 5-0 and didn’t drop a set. “For coming off a pretty big win...

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