New Hampton basketball

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...
New Hampton’s Jake Zwanziger catches fire and nails another 3-pointer during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s non-conference game against Clear Lake.
The frustration in New Hampton boys basketball coach Chad Sweitzer’s voice came through loud and clear on Monday night.  His Chickasaws had just put up one heck of a fight against a Clear Lake team that began the season in the Class 2A state rankings only to fall 75-68.  “We gave up four points in...
New Hampton’s Jake Zwanziger drives past a defender in Friday’s game at Oelwein.
The halftime talk didn't sink in until about three minutes had elapsed in the second half, but when it did, New Hampton took firm control of Friday night's game with Oelwein.  The Chickasaws used a 25-0 run that stretched deep into the fourth quarter on its way to a 61-35 victory that not only gave...
Oelwein defenders rush to try and cover Emma Nicolaisen during New Hampton’s 74-57 win over the Huskies Friday.
Against Oelwein Friday, New Hampton's girls had an insurmountable lead early in the third quarter. Or did they?  When Darian Wegner scored on an offensive putback, the Chickasaws led by nearly 20, 41-22. But the Huskies worked their way back to within 10, 63-53 with just over three minutes left in...
With a combined seven postponements between the boys and the girls, New Hampton basketball players like Lexi Rasmussen are going to be busy in the coming weeks.
Back in November, New Hampton boys basketball coach Chad Sweitzer touted depth as one of his team’s strengths.  The Chickasaws may need it, thanks to a rash of postponements that will force New Hampton into playing 13 games over the next four weeks, starting Friday when Sweitzer’s team looked to...
Zach Wemark drives against Tristan Sweitzer in New Hampton's scrimmage Friday.
Basketball has started for area schools as New Hampton’s girls played at Nashua-Plainfield last night [Monday], while both the Turkey Valley girls and boys have a Jamboree under their belts.  But after the Thanksgiving break is when the schedule really starts to roll.    While the Chickasaw ninth...

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