Before the season started, New Hampton boys basketball coach Chad Sweitzer made a pronouncement — Oelwein’s Northeast Iowa Conference losing skid that stretches back to 2012 will come to an end this year.
Denver had more champs, but New Hampton/Turkey Valley had more “scorers,” if you will.
And the lesson of the day on Saturday at the South Winneshiek Invitational was this: It takes an entire team to win a wrestling tournament.
The Chickasaws were open for business on Saturday night — and business was good — as the New Hampton boys basketball team employed a workman-like effort, and some solid fundamental basketball, to open up a big second-quarter lead and sustain that
Right off the bat, Waukon had some advantages over New Hampton Friday.
Even though the Chickasaws played to a first-quarter 13-13 tie against the Indians, Waukon used those advantages to pull away for a 48-32 win.
At times it looked a bit wild and disjointed on both sides, but that’s what season openers are for. Along with first-game jitters, the New Hampton girls are learning a new system, and it might take a little time.
New Hampton football coach Scott Frerichs put it simply when he was asked about the four Chickasaws — seniors Josh Fenske, Braydon Fisher and Tyler Rentschler and junior Noah Fenske — who landed on the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Class 2A all-sta