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New Hampton is searching for a new head boys basketball coach after Chad Sweitzer tendered his resignation on Monday.Sweitzer, who was an assistant coach for one year before serving as the Chickasaws’ head coach for the past seven seasons, said he made the decision over the weekend after meeting...
Cam Maas earned a first-place tie when the Chickasaw trapshooters opened their season Thursday.
While the sport schedules of area schools have been decimated by the early spring weather, the New Hampton trapshooters became the first team to kick the season into gear with a meet on Thursday at Boyd. Although not all the teams showed up — Saint Ansgar didn’t brave the mid-30 temps — the...
New Hampton’s Keagan John drives to the basket during a late-season victory over Crestwood.
New Hampton boys basketball coach Chad Sweitzer couldn’t have been much happier with how his Chickasaws fared when it came to the all-Northeast Iowa Conference teams league coaches selected recently. A year ago, the Chickasaws didn’t have a single selection on the first team and just one on the...
Ethan Leibold, above, was selected to the Upper Iowa Conference first team at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.
Turkey Valley didn’t dominate the Upper Iowa all-conference lists as much as some might expect of a team that won their second straight conference title, and didn’t lose a UIC game until one slipped through their grasp late in the season. Ethan Leibold earned first team honors, while Evan Drilling...
Iowa needed a strong pitching performance, and Cole McDonald delivered one. The junior from New Hampton scattered three hits over seven innings of work to pick up his first victory of the season in Iowa’s 8-2 win over New Orleans in the All-State Sugar Baseball Classic. The Iowa win came the day...
New Hampton senior Michael Blockhus, flanked by coaches Nick Hemann (left) and Matt Paulus, was named the Class 2A Wrestler of the Year.
It may have been the easiest balloting ever when it came to Iowa’s wrestlers of the year; after all, if there ever was a year that qualified as a no-brainer, it was 2017-18. Both Class 1A and 3A had four-time champions in Underwood’s Alex Thomsen and Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske while Class 2A had...
Isabel Leichtman drives to the basket during a game this season.
The third-most productive scorer in the conference, Isabel Leichtman earned first team all-Northeast Iowa Conference honors for the third year, a rare accomplishment among basketball players. Leichtman is a senior, while Lauren Frerichs, who was selected to the honorable mention squad, just...
Levi Enright is one of two Huskies to sign with Clarke College.
Two Nashua-Plainfield football players will embark on new adventures next fall after recently signing national letters of intent to attend school and play football at Clarke University in Dubuque. Wide receiver Levi Enright and linebacker Nathan Dettmer were among almost three dozen high school...
Former New Hampton star Kyle Smith puts up a shot for Central College in a game played in Pella earlier this season.
As the bus made its way from Pella to Storm Lake on Tuesday, the “this-could-be-it” thought crossed Kyle Smith’s mind. A Central loss would mean the former New Hampton High School’s star basketball career would be over. “Honestly, I did think about it a little bit,” he said, “and then I kept...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Luke Cerwinske eyes the basket as he drives by an AGWSR defender during last week’s Class 1A district game.
The Nashua-Plainfield boys basketball team wrapped up its season a little sooner than they wanted to last Thursday, falling 58-50 to Ackley-Geneva-Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock (AGWSR) in Class 1A, District 4 action at Rockford. In a back-and-forth defensive struggle that featured 10 lead changes, the...

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