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Turkey Valley’s Ali Hoffert (above) was tagged as a first team player in the Upper Iowa Conference.
After posting a record of 4-22 - including a 2-6 mark in Upper Iowa Conference play -  in 2018, the Turkey Valley volleyball team made a miraculous turnaround this season, finishing with an overall record of 20-13 and 5-3 against conference opponents.  This improvement did not go unnoticed by the...
Turkey Valley seniors Seth Huinker and Elliott Dietzenbach were first team selections in Eight-Player, District 3.
In district action, Turkey Valley went an undefeated 7-0 and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 462-117. The individual talent the Trojans possessed did not go unnoticed by the coaches in Eight-Player, District 3. A whopping 14 TV players were awarded as all-district honorees - 13 of...
The Turkey Valley coaching staff — (from left) Junior Hackman, Frank Wilson, Dan Stepan, Justin Bakula, Dalton Hackman and Mark Scott — pose for a photo before Thursday’s state playoff semifinal game.
After a regular season that saw the Turkey Valley offense average a whopping 62.9 points per game, the Trojans’ offensive coordinator, Dan Stepan, was honored.  Stepan was tagged as the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Eight-Player Assistant Coach of the Year due to TV’s offensive outburst...
Former New Hampton football star and Wartburg senior Matt Mulford makes a block.
For the seniors on the Wartburg football team, Saturday marked the final time they will ever compete in front of their home crowd at Zimmerman Field. Two of these seniors include former area high school standouts - Matt Mulford from New Hampton and Jason Fisher from Nashua-Plainfield. “It was a...
Turkey Valley’s Kalvin Langreck looks for a receiver in the second half.
On each of Turkey Valley’s first three possessions of the eight-player state semifinals on Thursday morning against Don Bosco, they marched the football inside the Dons’ 15-yard line.  However, they failed to score a single point on these early opportunities. “Whenever you get that far down and...
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...

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