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New Hampton’s Bill Boyd, who is with his wife Connie and daughter Abby, is honored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association at the state baseball tournament earlier this month.
When Bill Boyd heard the news about his induction into the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame, he wasn’t sure what to think. “I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Really?’ Not that I’m not honored but to me, I was thinking there are other guys who are more deserving than me,”...
Riley Berns puts up a shot as his little brother Caden watches as summer slowly fades for the two St. Joseph Community School students.
New Hampton schools will start in exactly 10 days, and as construction on the new school kicks into high gear, we caught up with some families and teachers to see how they are preparing for the first day.  Jake and Cassie Hackman have five daughters – Kinsley will be in seventh, Kayme in fifth,...
New Hampton’s Hunter Pesek was the lone Chickasaw to be tabbed as an all-state player by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association after a breakout junior year.
From his sophomore to junior season, Hunter Pesek’s baseball career changed massively. He went from recording just four total at-bats during his sophomore campaign to being the lone Chickasaw selected by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) as an all-state player, making the third team...
Alivia Geerts completes her swing during the junior golf tournament held this past Friday.
The recent success of the New Hampton high school boys’ and girls’ golf programs is no accident. It has come from countless hours of practice and commitment by each individual to continually improve their game, starting when they were in their youth. “The more you play, the better you are going to...
New Hampton senior Lauren Frerichs slides safely into home during a game with Decorah this past summer.
Anyone who drove past Stolz Park on the night of July 11 would have seen why Lauren Frerichs has been such a special player for the New Hampton softball program. There she was, taking extra batting practice as her father and brother, Connor, traded off pitching to her while her mother, Lori, stood...
New Hampton senior Wyatt Stochl scores what proves to be the game-winning run in New Hampton’s Class 2A substate game against Oelwein.
After a season in which New Hampton won its fifth consecutive conference title and made their first state tournament appearance in school history, a quintet of Chickasaws were honored by the Northeast Iowa Conference as all-league selections. Headlining these accolades were three players — Mason...
New Hampton Community Schools Superintendent Jay Jurrens close the “wall” that is part of one of the new middle school classrooms during a tour of the new school on Friday.
As New Hampton Superintendent Jay Jurrens made his way through New Hampton’s new middle school last week, he stopped and smiled. “This is more like it,” he said as he watched workman install the glass “railing” in the entryway and saw that both hallways and classrooms had carpeting in place. “There...
Turkey Valley’s Kannon Leuenberger was nominated to the second team all-conference.
Although Turkey Valley didn’t have a great year as a team, a few of their players’ performances throughout the season did not go unnoticed by the coaches in the Upper Iowa Conference (UIC). Trojan senior Simon Schmitt was one of nine players named to the all-conference first team that consists of...
New Hampton senior Mason Cleveland leaps over Oelwein catcher Carsen Jeanes to score what would prove to be the winning run in the Chickasaws’ 5-2 victory in Tuesday night’s Class 2A substate game.
When Cory McDonald took over as head coach of the New Hampton baseball program in 2009, he told his five seniors at the time — Matt Samec, Garrett Shekleton, Ryan Kramer, Tanner Weigel and Blayne Willadsen — that the Chickasaws were going to play at Principal Park. Now, 10 years later, for the...
Centerfielder Hunter Pesek tries to chase down a blooper during Monday’s Class 2A state tournament game against West Sioux.
The most historic high school baseball season in New Hampton history has finally come to an end. “I think what this team did shows the character of New Hampton. When I say New Hampton, I’m not just talking about our students, but our community,” coach Cory McDonald said. “Use the word grind, and...

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