New Hampton basketball

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...
New Hampton’s Bethany Zenk eyes the basket for a shot during Wednesday night’s game.
Seeing Crestwood for the third time in the last two weeks didn't make it any easier.  The fourth-ranked Cadets eliminated New Hampton from the postseason Wednesday night with a 68-36 victory to advance to the 3A Region 5 final against Mount Vernon Saturday.  In the end, the Cadets just had too many...
New Hampton’s Tristan Sweitzer dishes off a pass that turns into one of his game-high seven assists in the Chickasaws’ win over Nashua-Plainfield Thursday.
There were folks who doubted Chad Sweitzer way back in November when the New Hampton boys basketball coach said his team could contend for a top-two finish in the Northeast Iowa Conference.  And those same folks figured the sixth-year coach was way off his rocker when the Chickasaws started the...
New Hampton’s Isabel Leichtman puts up a shot while she is fouled in what turns into a key 3-point play for the Chickasaws during its Class 3A regional win over North Fayette Valley Saturday night.
A 41-28 lead had turned into a 45-43 deficit and New Hampton’s girls basketball season was on the brink of extinction Saturday night.  Yet, the Chickasaws were still supremely confident that their season was going to be extended another day.  “I don’t know, I didn’t even realize we were behind,”...
New Hampton’s Emma Nicolaisen and fellow senior Darian Wegner put up 12 points in a loss to Crestwood Monday night.
Although New Hampton played a better game against Crestwood their second time around, the margin of the Cadet win Monday was exactly the same as it was the first time, 29 points, as the Chickasaw girls lost a 76-47 contest at Cresco.  New Hampton had a better overall shooting percentage in this...
New Hampton’s Tyler Rentschler drives to the basket after making a steal late in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against Crestwood.
A couple of months ago — maybe even a few weeks ago — it wouldn’t have happened, but this is a vastly different New Hampton boys basketball team.   The Chickasaws dug themselves out of two holes — one early and one late — and survived a wild finish to beat Crestwood 68-67 Monday night and keep...
New Hampton senior Lexi Rasmussen was one rebound short of posting a pair of double-doubles in the Chickasaws’ two Northeast iowa Conference wins last week.
Chickasaw coach Matt Schult wasn't worried when his girls basketball team was tied 11-11 after a quarter with the league's 0-9 Decorah Vikings.  Nor was there concern when they were tied 22-22 at the half, or 35-35 after three quarters.  The NH girls outscored the Vikings by 10 points in the fourth...

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