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Advancing on a wild pitch, Cody Hackman beats the throw and is safe at third during Turkey Valley’s loss to Kee High in district action Thursday.
   After Turkey Valley's Evan Drilling laced a home run down the left field line to start a district semifinal game against Kee High Thursday, Jaden Bruess was trying to be helpful.   Except he was wearing a mischievous grin.   "Evan took the second pitch, and it travelled oh, 520-530 feet," he...
The New Hampton baseball team poses for a team picture after claiming a district title for a second consecutive season.
Top-ranked New Hampton ran out to a 6-0 lead, survived a mini-South Winneshiek comeback and rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Warriors Saturday in a Class 2A district title game. "We've been thinking about this since last year," said senior Keegan Tenge, who got the win with four innings of hitless...
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Norris makes a point during a campaign stop at Klunder's Kafe on Tuesday.
  John Norris said there’s a reason he’s spent most of the first month of his gubernatorial campaign in rural settings. “We have to reconnect with rural voters,” he said during a campaign stop in New Hampton on Tuesday, “and if we don’t do that, it doesn’t matter what we do. We have to show them...
Junior outfielder Josh Fenske makes a valiant effort at a foul ball in the third inning during New Hampton’s 8-0 win over Hampton-Dumont.
   Carter Stochl — or for that matter, any of his New Hampton baseball teammates — doesn’t need a dictionary to define the word sacrifice.   Instead, they personify the meaning of sacrifice — “the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as...
Sky lanterns honoring veterans and fallen soldiers are released during a Plainfield Days event last Friday night.
  Plainfield Days were definitely “Happy Days” this last weekend for all who attended the annual event.  The four-day celebration began Thursday as Plainfield Veterinary Service staff thanked the Plainfield community for its 40 years of patronage.  Drs. Alan Van Arkel, Randy Groth, Dane DeBower and...
With nine strikeouts in the Turkey Valley 4-1 victory over Tripoli Tuesday night, Evan Busta pitched the win, which sent the Trojans back to New Albin Thursday.
   The baseball field at New Albin holds a certain mystique for Turkey Valley coach Dan Stepan, with good reason.    Under legendary coach Gene Schultz, the Kee High program — which plays its games at New Albin — won four consecutive state baseball titles in Class 1A and Schultz was the winningest...
Turkey Valley’s Cody Hackman, shown here scoring a run earlier this season, will take a team-leading batting average of .468 into the postseason that begins today [Tuesday] in New Albin.
    Gladbrook-Reinbeck threw a 1-2 punch at Turkey Valley's baseball team as they combined a very good pitching display with a solid batting effort when they hosted the Trojans last Thursday.    But it was the TV boys that delivered their own knockout punch.    "We were in the game until we started...
Mason Cleveland, shown earlier this season, tossed a two-hitter in a record-setting win over Clear Lake for the New Hampton baseball team Saturday.
   Cory McDonald sat on top of the riding mower and took a break from dragging the infield Saturday morning.   He was asked about the celebration — or more to the point, the lack of one — after his New Hampton baseball team set a school record with their 30th win of the season Friday night with an...
New Hampton softball players make the walk to their final team meeting of the season after suffering a tough 10-5 loss to Center Point-Urbana in the Class 3A regional semifinals Friday.
   The score didn’t look close, but Jack Seelhammer felt his team was right there with Center Point-Urbana Friday night.   In the end, the eighth-ranked Pointers came away with a 10-5 victory over New Hampton in the Class 3A semifinal game, but Seelhammer was right: This was one of those “what-if” ...
Bailey Knowlton scores one of New Hampton’s 17 runs in the regional first round game against Waukon.
By the time Savannah Anderson took the mound to pitch in New Hampton’s first round regional game against Waukon Wednesday, the Chickasaws had an 8-0 lead.    “Yes, that was very comforting,” said the junior. “It’s nice to have that insurance.”        And while Waukon — the home team on the...

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