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Cole McDonald fires a pitch to the plate during a University of Iowa baseball game this past spring.
This may sound strange, but Cole McDonald is adamant about it. He would not trade the challenges thrown at him for a proverbial million dollars, for those tough times — the Tommy John surgery in 2014 or the disastrous sophomore season at the University of Iowa in 2017 — made him into the pitcher he...
New Hampton senior Ryan Anderson gets ready to throw to first base and complete a double play in the opener of Friday’s doubleheader with Oelwein.
New Hampton has just lost its second straight game — the first time the Chickasaws had experienced a two-game losing streak in four years — Friday night when coach Cory McDonald laid down the proverbial gauntlet to his seniors. “We challenged the seniors after game one to lead, to put this team on...
New Hampton trapshooters Dwight Schwickerath (left) and Devin Orthaus “fist bump” after their squad finished off a solid round at the state meet Saturday morning.
The New Hampton trapshooting team has possessed a tradition of excellence, and this excellence was displayed throughout the entire season and carried into the state meet this past weekend at Cedar Falls Gun Club. “We had great weather, sometimes it can be hectic,” assistant trapshooting coach Gayle...
Iowa's Cole McDonald delivers a pitch this past season, and on Wednesday, he realized his dream of playing professional baseball as he was drafted by the Houston Astros. (Photo courtesy of the University of Iowa)
We’re guessing a whole bunch of New Hampton-area residents have just become pretty big Houston Astros fans as the team drafted former Chickasaw and University of Iowa pitcher Cole McDonald in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball draft. McDonald, coming off a brilliant senior season, received...
New Hampton senior Regan Gebel embraces her coach, Eric Olson, after playing her last hole at the Class 2A state golf tournament on Wednesday.
Regan Gebel didn’t give a you-know-what about the forecast after the first day of the Class 2A state golf tournament. “After Tuesday, I looked at the forecast, saw the rain, and all I was thinking is I want to golf tomorrow,” said the lone senior varsity player on New Hampton’s outstanding girls...
Turkey Valley third baseman Kannon Leuenberger gets the tag in just a tad late as he tries to record an out in last week’s New Hampton Invitational.
The Turkey Valley baseball team’s struggles continued last week, as the Trojans were still unable to land their first victory of the season. They went 0-4 on the week, with losses to South Winneshiek (twice), Charles City, and New Hampton. Each game against the Warriors only lasted five innings, as...
All in all, it wasn’t a bad way to end one of the best golf seasons in New Hampton High School as the Chickasaws’ two entries finished in the top-12 at the Class 1A state coed golf tournament that was played Tuesday at Marshalltown’s American Legion Golf Course. Ryan Anderson and Allison Nuss...
New Hampton’s Maddi Moorman comes off the first base bag to snag a high throw but is able to get her foot back down for an out.
Although she didn’t execute it perfectly, Sadie Tenge’s bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning during a suicide squeeze worked well enough to plate the game-winning run in the second game of the doubleheader against Crestwood on Thursday. With the score tied at 0-0, Kayla Crooks doubled to start...
New Hampton senior Max Babcock delivers a pitch during the second game of Friday night’s doubleheader against Crestwood.
Mason Cleveland is a big believer in momentum, which is why he believed it was so important for the New Hampton baseball team to get off to a fast start in Northeast Iowa Conference play. The Chickasaws did just that as they opened conference play with three dominating wins — an 8-2 win over Waukon...
Turkey Valley’s Hailey Elsbernd makes a nice running catch during Saturday’s Crestwood Invitational.
The Turkey Valley softball team got their first win of the season last Wednesday, as they defeated North Fayette Valley in the first game of a doubleheader 19-6 in just six innings. Heading into the sixth, the Trojans led by just three, but they scored a whopping 10 runs in this inning to extend...

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