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Last season, the Turkey Valley girls basketball team owned a solid record of 13-8. However, the Trojans are hoping to take a step forward and be even better this year. There is good cause for these rising expectations, as they didn’t lose a single senior to graduation.  “We are really excited to...
New Hampton’s Drake Wemark dribbles the ball on the perimeter while trying to make a move in a game against Mason City last season.
The New Hampton boys basketball team graduated six of their top eight scorers from a squad that made it to the substate game a season ago. Even though they lost a lot of talented players, coach Ryan Rausch says the goals will remain the same, and he has lofty expectations for this year’s group. “We...
You can tell the basketball boys in the background, as they’re watching to make sure Turkey Valley’s Jaycie Byrne’s foot doesn’t hit the line — it doesn’t — as she grabs one of her seven steals in the Trojans’ season opener.
The floor was full of superheroes at Turkey Valley Tuesday. And not just because of the impressive 57-18 win the Trojan girls opened the season with over Clayton Ridge. Turkey Valley’s girls chose a service project this year for participating in the Iowa Hall of Pride Challenge, and that was to...
Turkey Valley's Ethan Leibold was a first team all-state selection.
Most teams are fortunate to have one or two all-state football selections, but after an undefeated regular season and a trip to the state semifinals, the Turkey Valley football program had four individuals — all seniors — honored as all-state players in Eight-Man. The lone individual to be named to...
New Hampton’s Carter Ferrie chases down a Charles City ballcarrier.
Carter Ferrie and Rachel Rinken weren’t going to lie — making an all-state team was important to them.  Granted, they would both trade the honor in a heartbeat if it meant New Hampton could have made the state football playoffs and state volleyball tournament. Still, the two Chickasaws are proud to...
When the first rankings come out, New Hampton/Turkey Valley wrestling coach Matt Paulus doesn’t expect to find his Chickasaws in them. And he’s just fine with that. “I don’t mind laying low, building it up and have people think we’re down,” he said, “because I think in the long run, we have the...
Turkey Valley’s Ali Hoffert (above) was tagged as a first team player in the Upper Iowa Conference.
After posting a record of 4-22 - including a 2-6 mark in Upper Iowa Conference play -  in 2018, the Turkey Valley volleyball team made a miraculous turnaround this season, finishing with an overall record of 20-13 and 5-3 against conference opponents.  This improvement did not go unnoticed by the...
Turkey Valley seniors Seth Huinker and Elliott Dietzenbach were first team selections in Eight-Player, District 3.
In district action, Turkey Valley went an undefeated 7-0 and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 462-117. The individual talent the Trojans possessed did not go unnoticed by the coaches in Eight-Player, District 3. A whopping 14 TV players were awarded as all-district honorees - 13 of...
The Turkey Valley coaching staff — (from left) Junior Hackman, Frank Wilson, Dan Stepan, Justin Bakula, Dalton Hackman and Mark Scott — pose for a photo before Thursday’s state playoff semifinal game.
After a regular season that saw the Turkey Valley offense average a whopping 62.9 points per game, the Trojans’ offensive coordinator, Dan Stepan, was honored.  Stepan was tagged as the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Eight-Player Assistant Coach of the Year due to TV’s offensive outburst...
Former New Hampton football star and Wartburg senior Matt Mulford makes a block.
For the seniors on the Wartburg football team, Saturday marked the final time they will ever compete in front of their home crowd at Zimmerman Field. Two of these seniors include former area high school standouts - Matt Mulford from New Hampton and Jason Fisher from Nashua-Plainfield. “It was a...

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