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University of Northern Iowa wrestler Michael Blockhus scores a takedown during the UNI Open last month.
For those who wrestled Michael Blockhus in high school, this may sound a bit scary. “I think I’m definitely more focused on the mat,” the University of Northern Iowa freshman said when asked how he’s changed as a wrestler since graduating from New Hampton High School last spring. “One of the things...
The officials working the NCAA Division III national championship football game include (from left) Sam Burdt, Mike Hanna, Art Ousle, Ross Hannam, Kirk Johnson, Eric Kennedy, Jeff Trost and Ryan Thompson.
Jeff Trost and his wife were enjoying a night out for supper with some friends when the phone call came earlier this month. On the other side of the line was his college football officiating crew chief, Kirk Johnson, and the news was pretty dang good. “Kirk just said get your bags packed, we’re...
Nashua-Plainfied heavyweight Tanner Striegel picked up another victory on the mat during a quandrangular held last Thursday in Nashua.
Even a day later, the loss was sticking in Nashua-Plainfield coach Al Frost’s proverbial craw. “That’s a meet we have to figure out how to win,” Frost said Friday, the day after watching his team build a 21-6 lead only to fall to Forest City 37-36. “It was a good meet, and we didn’t wrestle that...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Shaylee Hansen drives to the basket during a game played earlier this season.
The Nashua-Plainfield girls basketball team endured another tough week as the Huskies closed out the 2018 portion of their schedule with two losses. A slow start cost Nashua-Plainfield in Tuesday’s 58-36 loss to North Butler as the Bearcats jumped out to a 16-3 first quarter lead and extended the...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Brody Jepperson broke into double figures for the first time this year when he scored 10 points in a win over North Butler last Tuesday.
To say the Nashua-Plainfield offense was struggling in the first quarter of last week’s game against North Butler would be an understatement. But if there is a truism in basketball, it is this: Defense can lead to offense. The proof in that adage was found that night by the Huskies, who ramped up...
Savannah Schmitt plays solid defense in a game played earlier this month against North Fayette Valley.
With a score reminiscent of the Turkey Valley girls teams of a couple years ago, the Trojans started a doubleheader at Postville Tuesday with a 65-8 win, prior to the TV boys making it a sweep, 52-41 over the Pirates. The boys game started out with a big Trojan lead as they were on the best end of...
University of Iowa recruit Noah Fenske checks the time while filling in his letter of intent Wednesday morning. Fenske will join the Hawkeye football team this summer.
Attending a University of Iowa football camp after his freshman year of high school changed everything for Noah Fenske. “Yeah, I was an Iowa State fan at the time,” he admitted after signing his national letter of intent with the Hawkeyes Wednesday morning. “I could tell by how passionate the...
New Hampton senior Paige Wisner applies the pressure defense in Tuesday night’s game against Crestwood.
New Hampton senior Paige Wisner admitted to being exhausted after Tuesday night’s loss to Crestwood. Despite the best efforts from the New Hampton girls, the Cadets lived up to their No. 13 ranking as they opened up a second-quarter lead and defeated the Chickasaws 47-33. The game plan for the...
New Hampton’s Tristan Sweitzer looks to split two Charles City defenders during Tuesday night’s Northeast Iowa Conference game.
It wasn’t the Northeast Iowa Conference win the New Hampton boys basketball team desperately craved, but maybe it was the performance that can kickstart the Chickasaws in conference play. “You know, when we got down to Mason City, we didn’t come back,” senior Tristan Sweitzer said after Charles...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Jennah Carpenter comes up with a steal during a game against Mason City Newman earlier this month.
Not only did the Nashua-Plainfield girls embark on one of the more hectic portions of its schedule last weekend, it did so against two outstanding teams. The Huskies started a four-game, seven-day stretch with a 71-23 loss to Class 3A third-ranked Osage on Friday and then fell to Class 1A’s eight-...

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