New Hampton boys basketball

New Hampton’s Dillon Roberson drives around a North Fayette Valley defender during the Chickasaws’ win Saturday night.
The Chickasaws were open for business on Saturday night — and business was good — as the New Hampton boys basketball team employed a workman-like effort, and some solid fundamental basketball, to open up a big second-quarter lead and sustain that through the end of a 65-47 victory over North...
New Hampton’s Tyler Rentschler knifes his way through two Mason City defenders to score in the second half of Thursday night’s season opener against the Mohawks.
Keagan John stood outside the locker room Thursday night and let out a sigh of relief. “That was my guy that I didn’t box out,” the New Hampton senior said, “but thankfully, Jake [Zwanziger] or whoever was there to block the shot. … Did we foul them? Um, well, they didn’t call it right? So we must...
Keagan John shoots for two of his 18 points at Osage Thursday.
    The night may have been summed up best by Keagan John as he walked away after an interview. New Hampton had just advanced past their district first-round opponent, North Fayette Valley 65-43, in a game played at Osage Thursday.    “You can’t give a bad team confidence,” said the Chickasaw...
New Hampton junior Jake Zwanziger drives the baseline during Tuesday night’s game against Crestwood.
The start wasn’t bad, but the middle was, in a word, putrid.  And it cost the New Hampton boys basketball dearly in a 75-57 loss to Crestwood that jumbled  the Northeast Iowa Conference standings once again.  “It was ugly. We played no defense and you can’t do that and win in this league,” said New...
New Hampton senior Zach Wemark hustled after a loose ball to create a fast-break opportunity for the Chickasaws during their win over North Fayette Valley on Monday night.
Any worries that New Hampton might be a little rusty on Monday night were quickly erased.  The Chickasaws, who hadn’t practiced since Thursday because of the weekend storm, put up 47 first-half points on their way to a 73-44 non-conference victory over North Fayette Valley.  “I think the guys...
New Hampton’s Tyler Rentschler  alertly calls timeout as teammate Josh Fenske gets on the floor for a loose ball during Tuesday night’s Northeast Iowa Conference game at Charles City.
New Hampton boys basketball coach Chad Sweitzer sat in Charles City’s new gymnasium Tuesday night and put it bluntly.  “We’ve shown we can play with these teams,” he said after the Class 3A eighth-ranked Comets pulled away from New Hampton for a 78-64 win, “but these guys have to get over that hump...
New Hampton’s Tristan Sweitzer drives to the basket in the first half of Thursday’s game at Mason City.
The margin was worse, but Chad Sweitzer saw at least some progress Thursday night when his New Hampton boys basketball team fell to 0-2 with a 79-46 loss to Mason City.  The loss came two nights after the Chickasaws dropped their season opener by 26 points to another Class 4A team, Cedar Rapids...
New Hampton’s Jake Zwanziger (22) and Zach Heying battle for a rebound during Tuesday night’s game against Cedar Rapids Washington.
Chad Sweitzer stood in the hallway at New Hampton High School and shook his head.  He knows one game does not make a season — especially when it comes against a Class 4A school with a Division I recruit — but it didn’t take a rocket scientist to realize Sweitzer was not happy.  “We played,...

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