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Inclement weather cancelled Meet the Team night last year, but there will be action much like this photo from 2014 shows when the Chickasaws take to the court Friday.
Winter unofficially arrives on Friday night when New Hampton High School will hold its annual Meet the Team Night for its basketball and wrestling teams.  This year’s event will have an admission charge but it goes to a good cause as the Letterman Club is conducting a canned food drive for the...
Sawyer Anderson shucks off his blocker and makes a tackle against Buena Vista.
For Sawyer Anderson, the epiphany came when he stepped onto the field at the Walston-Hoover Stadium for pregame warmups.  “It really me hit me then,” the former New Hampton High School star said, “that this was it. This was the last time I was ever going to play football.”  For Nolan Boyd, it came...
As his mother Jennifer looks on, New Hampton senior Keaton Geerts signs his letter of intent to attend the University of Northern Iowa.
New Hampton’s Keaton Geerts made it official Friday when he signed a national letter of intent to continue his wrestling career next year at the University of Northern Iowa.   But after signing his name to the proverbial dotted line, all Geerts could think about was what would start in three days...
Cody Hackman was named the district’s offensive player of the year in Eight-Man, District 2.
The adage “to the victor goes the spoils” certainly applies to the 2016 Turkey Valley football team.After a brilliant 9-0 regular season, one in which ended with a first-round playoff loss, the Trojans dominated the Eight-Man, District 2 teams and individual awards.Six Trojans — seniors Cody...
As teammate Kayla Gilbert watches, New Hampton’s Emma Nicolaisen digs a ball during a match this fall.
    Most of the first team Northeast Iowa Conference volleyball picks were split between league-leading Charles City and No. 2 Waverly-Shell Rock this year.Only one spot went to a player other than a Comet or a Go-Hawk as New Hampton’s Emma Nicolaisen earned first team honors. Also selected to an...
New Hampton's Noah Hopp was named Lineman of the Year for Class 2A District 2.
The New Hampton football team was rewarded by Class 2A, District 2 coaches for its 8-1 regular season and trip to the playoffs in a big way.  Nine Chickasaws earned all-district first team honors while another three were named honorable mention. New Hampton players were also honored for their work...
Brooke Herold, left, and Morgen Kuennen both made the honorable mention list for the Upper Iowa Conference after their volleyball seasons concluded.
Two Turkey Valley seniors were named to the Upper Iowa Conference honorable mention list at the end of what was a rebuilding year for the team. Trojan hitters Brooke Herold and Morgen Kuennen were placed on the list among players in the 11-team conference.    Among the small schools in the UIC,...
Dayton Hansen fires a touchdown pass to Jared Whitinger during Nashua-Plainfield’s 57-0 victory over Rockford.
Let’s be honest, given the choice of being 5-20 or 20-5, we’d all take the latter.  Or given the option of being 3-6 or 6-3, again, we’d take the latter.  And asked for a preference, any runner would prefer to have the season end in Fort Dodge at the state meet rather than see it conclude in Cedar...
Nashua-Plainfield cheerleaders who will compete at the state competition Saturday include (front row, from left) Chelsi Bailey, Brittany Bendickson, Makayla Biddle, Kim Rick, (back row) coach Megan Rausch, Emma Larrew, Carlee Smith, Jersey VanBrocklin, Caleb Ulrichs, Holly Bailey, Lisa Rick, coach Leslye Horn and (absent) alternate Katelyn Laird.
Makayla Biddle wants to get one thing out of the way when it comes to cheerleading.  “It’s not just pom-poms and cheering at football games,” the Nashua-Plainfield senior said. “It’s way more than that.”  Yes, it is, and the Huskies cheer squad is chasing after a title this weekend at the Iowa...
Turkey Valley seniors Shelby Reicks and Sadie Nymeyer pose with the Class 2A state runner-up trophy they helped South Winneshiek win on Saturday in Fort Dodge.
    In her third year of running in the state cross country meet, is Shelby Reicks calm and collected before the top race of the season?    "Not really," said the Trojan senior after placing 49th of 135 runners in Fort Dodge. "Before the race I'm still pretty nervous, but it goes away when you get...

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