New Hampton basketball

Lisa and Kevin Flick accompany their daughter Madison as the five Chickasaw seniors are honored before the New Hampton-Oelwein game Friday.
Isabel Leichtman is used to putting up big scoring numbers.  Earlier in the year against Oelwein, she finished with 26 points, and that figure ties a pair of Crestwood players for the high total of the season in the Northeast Iowa Conference. So while her 17 points in a New Hampton 53-36 win over...
New Hampton senior Alex Schumacher comes up with a critical steal late in the overtime of Friday’s game against Oelwein.
No one needed to tell the members of the New Hampton boys basketball team about Oelwein’s “streak.” They knew. They knew that the Huskies haven’t won a Northeast Iowa Conference game since Jan. 31, 2012, and they knew that the streak stood at 73 games heading into Friday night’s tilt. “Everyone...
New Hampton’s Josh Fenske spots up from 3-point range during the Chickasaws’ win over MFL-Mar-Mac on Monday.
It was a night when, for once, everything seemed to click for the New Hampton boys basketball team. The Chickasaws scored early and often, posted a season high in points and rolled to an 89-55 win over MFL-Mar-Mac Monday. “Hey, we’re on a winning streak finally,” New Hampton coach Chad Sweitzer...
New Hampton’s Jake Zwanziger puts up a 3-point shot in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game against Waverly-Shell Rock.
New Hampton coach Chad Sweitzer has waited all season for his team to put together a complete game in Northeast Iowa Conference play. He’s still waiting. Take Tuesday night, for example, as the Chickasaws gave Waverly-Shell Rock a battle for a half and then fell apart over the final 16 minutes in a...
New Hampton’s Isabel Leichtman, who stands 5-foot-6, looks to drive around Waverly-Shell Rock’s 6-1 Jayme Willemssen.
Chad Pemble stood in the hallway at Waverly-Shell Rock High School and talked about getting his New Hampton girls basketball team over the hump. The Chickasaws had just played Waverly-Shell Rock tough but came out on the short end of a 57-44 score, and while Pemble gave his team an A for effort, he...
New Hampton’s Dillon Roberson gets loose underneath the basket for a layup during Friday night’s game against Oelwein.
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. “I just don’t want it to be against us,” Sweitzer said at the time. So there was a reason the...
Among the former New Hampton players expected to compete in the Chickasaw Hoops Club Alumni Tournament is Kyle Smith, who now plays college basketball at Central in Pella.
    It wasn’t that the Chickasaw Hoops Club didn’t find its annual golf outing to be a fun, enjoyable or even a profitable fundraiser.    But something was missing.    “We honestly didn’t get a lot of former basketball players back,” said Hoops Club member Bruce Zwanziger. “We’d get a good turnout...
Tristan Sweitzer was named to the Northeast Iowa second team at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.
Chad Sweitzer chose his words carefully, but it didn’t take long to realize that the New Hampton boys basketball coach wasn’t thrilled with this year’s all-Northeast Iowa Conference teams.  “It’s nice to have three guys honored,” he said, “but ... not having a first-teamer, only having one on the...
New Hampton’s Isabel Leichtman puts up a shot in a game played this past season.
Three of the four New Hampton girls that were selected to the 2016-17 Northeast Iowa Conference teams will graduate this spring, but that doesn’t include the lone Chickasaw first team selection.  Isabel Leichtman is just a junior and earned first team honors, while Lexi Rasmussen and Darian Wegner...
New Hampton’s Jake Zwanziger gets into the lane and lays up the ball to start a three-point play late in the first half of Tuesday’s district game against Osage.
Zach Wemark stood outside the locker room Tuesday night, and for a moment, words failed him.  “It’s ... just ... I don’t know ...,” the New Hampton senior said as his voice trailed off after the Chickasaws saw their season come to an end with a 51-42 loss to seventh-ranked Osage in a Class 2A...

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