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Nashua-Plainfield’s first-team all-district players included senior John Krull.
A dozen Nashua-Plainfield football players received postseason honors from the Class A, District 4 coaches after a season in which the Huskies went 2-7 overall and 2-4 in district play. Three Huskies — seniors John Krull and Lukas Bucknell and junior Evan Kalainoff — were named to the first team...
Noah Fenske blocks the Go-Hawks’ Mosai Newsom on a pass play.
Forget that 3-6 record, as far as New Hampton football coach Scott Frerichs is concerned, the nine players who earned all-Class 2A, District 3 first-team honors are absolutely deserving of their awards. “We finished third in our district, and honestly, we’re not that far away from being 6-3, 7-2...
New Hampton's volleyball team looks up toward fans after receiving its state trophy Wednesday.
A spectacular season came to an end Wednesday as the Chickasaw volleyball team lost a four-set match to Tipton at the state volleyball tournament. Despite 14 kills by Rachel Rinken, the second-ranked Tigers — led by 24 kills from Sommer Daniel — defeated 13th-ranked New Hampton 25-17, 17-25, 25-23...
The starters — (from left) Connie Jones, Mary Flick, Joy Willadsen, Janet Rausch, Geri Burgart and Greta Budweg — on the first New Hampton volleyball team to make the state tournament pose with their coaches, Jean Maricle and Carol Cordes before heading to the 1973 tournament in Des Moines.
Geri Wisner and Carol Cordes admit the details are a little fuzzy, but one thing remains crystal clear for both women when it comes to New Hampton’s first-ever state volleyball team.“It was very exciting,” said Wisner, who back in the fall of 1973 was a senior at New Hampton High School and a...
Jalyssa Blazek, shown here winning at the state qualifying meet, ran to a top-10 finish at the Class 1A state cross country meet Saturday.
Turkey Valley’s Jalyssa Blazek capped a standout freshman cross country season Saturday as she ran to a sixth-place finish at the Class 1A state meet.Blaek finished the race in 19:59.3 to earn a medal in her first-ever state meet, while teammate Jaycie Byrne, who is a sophomore took 40th in a time...
New Hampton’s Rachel Rinken blocks a Waukon spike attempt.
New Hampton’s been here — a regional final — before, and the Chickasaws believe the experience gained a year ago in a 3-1 loss to Waterloo Columbus can pay dividends Monday night. “I think we learned a lot from that,” junior Rachel Rinken said, “and I think the big thing is we won’t be as nervous...
Dylan Elsbernd makes an off-balance catch of a 2-point conversion Friday against Rockford.
There was a touchdown roughly every 2.8 minutes when Turkey Valley and Rockford battled in the first round of the state playoffs Friday. “I thought we played hard and executed on offense,” Trojan quarterback Ethan Leibold said of the 64-58 TV loss. “But we could have had a few more stops on defense...
In her final volleyball match as a Trojan, Karissa Schmidt goes up for a kill against Tripoli.
Karissa Schmidt headed off the volleyball floor for the last time of her volleyball career Monday,  and while the Trojans ended the season with a 3-0 loss to Tripoli, Schmidt was proud — really proud actually — of her teammates. “Tripoli’s ranked and I’m proud of how we didn’t cave in,” she said...
Nashua-Plainfield players celebrate on the field after the Huskies got their first win on the field this season with an 8-0 win over Postville.
On a night in which the Nashua-Plainfield defense shone brightly, it was probably fitting that it was the defense that provided the points that gave the Huskies their first win — at least on the field — of the season. A week after the Huskies picked up their first win of the season when Starmont...
For the second consecutive year, New Hampton will be in the regional volleyball finals after a Tuesday night, four-set win over Waukon. After the Chickasaws won game one against the Indians 25-12, they lost the second set 25-21 despite a nearly-successful comeback. But they finished with 25-12 and...

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