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Members of the New Hampton/Turkey Valley wrestling coaching staff are masked up as they wait for one of their Chickasaws to take the mat at Saturday’s Class 2A sectional meet.
Carson Babcock doesn’t leave home without it, his mask that is. Ditto for Jacob Reicks and the rest of the New Hampton/Turkey Valley wrestling team.  “Seriously, I don’t go anywhere without it,” Babcock said Sunday, a day after rolling through his bracket at the Class 2A sectional meet in Decorah...
New Hampton/Turkey Valley senior Cade Murray works to turn North Fayette Valley’s Alex Streif in the 145-pound third-place match.
New Hampton/Turkey Valley coach Matt Paulus couldn’t help but laugh when asked about Jacob Reicks after Saturday’s Class 2A sectional meet. “Nicest guy in the world,” Paulus said of the 195-pound senior who was on the mat for all of 2 minutes and 1 second Saturday, “but I think the most amazing...
Jalyssa Blazek sets to shoot against West Central
The rematch wasn’t even close. West Central had no chance on Friday night as the Turkey Valley Trojans put on a tour de force out on the hardwood in Upper Iowa Conference girls basketball action. The result was a 56-23 victory for TV. The dominant effort by the Trojans left little doubt as to...
With some quick hands, Brooke Usher deflects an Oelwein pass which resulted in a turnover in the second half Friday night.
Brooke Usher loves the game of basketball, loves to get in there and be physical. But sometimes, you can’t do that. She was on the bench with five fouls at the end of New Hampton’s 43-41 loss to Oelwein Friday night, but before the senior departed, she played with solid determination, leading to...
MASON Lane looks to pass to a teammate against Waukon
New Hampton was in a bad spot – no doubt about it. It’s amazing what a few games and a matter of days can do to a basketball squad. The Chickasaws are living proof. “We’re a completely different team than we were even two weeks ago,” said New Hampton boys basketball coach Ryan Rausch.  Behind...
Ethan Praska competes in the Northeast Iowa Conference meet, where the Chickasaws were third
The oldest prep conference wrestling tournament in the state of Iowa has seen tremendous champions finish off their careers in style at the tradition-rich league meet. Numerous state champions have been crowned at the Northeast Iowa Conference’s league get together that is as power-packed as one...
Aubrey Hoffert and Jacqlyn Schmitt on defense
Perhaps the toughest opponent for basketball squads this season may just be Old Man Winter. Because when snowflakes from the sky above accumulate on the ground, it can make it tough for prep hoops squads to get games in this winter.  The Turkey Valley Trojans, along with hundreds of other...
Turkey Valley's defense has been strong all seaason
Keeping pace is crucial in the race to repeat.  That’s exactly what head coach Chris Sullivan and his Turkey Valley Trojans did.  TV (8-4) amped up its defense and knocked down key shots late to hold off MFL-Mar-Mac for a satisfying, 59-55, road victory a week ago this past Tuesday in Upper Iowa...
Ryan Pickar hugs his mom during parent night
To be the best in the state of Iowa in the sport of wrestling takes time, dedication, effort and energy.  The clock is ticking for seniors Carson Babcock, Jacob Reicks and the rest of the New Hampton/Turkey Valley Chickasaws.  That’s why the last home dual meet of the season this past Tuesday for...
Matt Paulus, trust us, is never going to be comfortable with a loss, much less a 51-17 defeat at the hands of Waverly-Shell Rock. Still, the New Hampton/Turkey Valley coach found some silver linings in Thursday’s Northeast Iowa Conference loss to the Go-Hawks, who are ranked first and second...

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