New Hampton basketball

New Hampton’s Jake Zwanziger puts up — and makes, we might add — a shot in traffic during Tuesday night’s game against Decorah.
Zach Wemark knew the question was coming and cracked a smile as he was queried about the end of his perfect run at the free-throw line.  “Yeah, I knew about it. I knew I hadn’t missed but at least I got it out of the way,” the New Hampton senior said, “but as long as we won, I can live with it.” ...
Chickasaw junior Kallie Olson pulls a rebound close to protect it from marauding Cadets during New Hampton’s loss to third-ranked Crestwood Tuesday night.
    The first couple of minutes of the New Hampton-Crestwood girls basketball game went as planned defensively, as far as Chickasaw coach Matt Schult was concerned.     Halfway through the quarter New Hampton had a 1-0 lead, but this time it was Crestwood that caught fire.    “We wanted a low-...
New Hampton assistant coach Therin Rentschler congratulates head coach Chad Sweitzer after the Chickasaws beat Charles City Thursday night.
New Hampton boys basketball coach Chad Sweitzer knew his team was in for a challenge Friday night.  Not only were the Chickasaws playing a solid Decorah team, they were doing it 24 hours after recording their biggest victory of the season, a heart-stopping 64-60 victory over Charles City.  And for...
New Hampton’s student section erupts after Keagan John nails a 3-pointer to give the Chickasaws the lead in the waning seconds of Thursday’s win over Charles City.
New Hampton trailed 60-59 Thursday night when Keagan John saw Tristan Sweitzer penetrate into the lane.  The Chickasaw junior knew there was a good chance he was going to get a pass so he was ready as Sweitzer spun, saw John in the corner and hit him with the pass.  “I just decided to take it,”...
New Hampton’s Michael Drewelow goes up for a shot during the second half of Tuesday’s game against Waverly-Shell Rock.
Chad Sweitzer didn’t like the score, didn’t like it one bit, Tuesday night.  But New Hampton boys basketball coach Chad Sweitzer found some things to like in a 70-39 Northeast Iowa Conference loss to Waverly-Shell Rock.  “That was a good, physical basketball game,” Sweitzer said after his team...
New Hampton’s Tristan Sweitzer goes high in the air to make a pass to a teammate during the Chickasaws’ win over Denver on Friday night.
Chad Sweitzer didn’t like his New Hampton’s loss to MFL-Mar-Mac on Saturday, but he wasn’t going to lose sleep over it, either.  “We’ve got to play better, no doubt about that,” he said after his team lost 86-79 to the Bulldogs, a day after the Chickasaws pulled away from Denver for a 72-56 win. “...
New Hampton’s Lexi Rasmussen and Bailey Knowlton battle for a loose ball during the second half of the Chickasaw win Friday night.
Since Denver only had two wins coming into a non-conference game against New Hampton Friday, the 9-3 Chickasaws were the undeniable favorite.  But no one told Denver. Although New Hampton did score a 51-41 win, it was by no means a runaway.  "Coach [Jordan] Richards put it in an interesting way...
New Hampton’s Lauren Frerichs, shown here driving to the basket in a game against Clear Lake, scored a season-high 11 points in the Chickasaws’ win over Waukon on Friday.
  Down by double digits about halfway through the third quarter, New Hampton put the pressure on Waukon Friday night, caused some turnovers and hit some key 3-point shots to battle back.  “It was a lot of fun to watch, we played with a lot of confidence and toughness,” began coach Matt Schult. “To...
New Hampton’s Zach Heying drives to the basket in the second half of Friday’s game against Waukon.
Jake Zwanziger didn’t hesitate Friday night what the difference has been for him since Christmas.  “I’m not forcing it like I did and I’m kind of just letting the game come to me,” the New Hampton junior said after he scored a game-high 17 points in the Chickasaws’ 81-46 victory over Waukon. “I...
New Hampton’s Isabel Leichtman attempts to use a screen by teammate Emma Nicolaisen to free herself from Clear Lake’s Sara Faber on a drive to the basket during Tuesday’s non-conference game.
If the first half would have lasted three minutes on Monday night, the New Hampton girls basketball team wouldn’t have been in bad shape.  Unfortunately, halves in high school basketball are 16 minutes, and a combination of too many New Hampton turnovers and a Clear Lake offense that was clicking...

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