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Noah Fye pins the Mustangs’ Matthew Doyle late in the third period.
The final scores were dazzling — downright dominant to be honest — but that wasn’t what impressed New Hampton wrestling coach Nick Hemann the most Tuesday night.  “I was happy with the effort, and I really loved the fight,” Hemann said after his team routed Independence 65-9 and blanked Waterloo...
Former New Hampton star and current Central star Kyle Smith drives to the basket during a game played earlier this season in Pella.
Kyle Smith’s gregarious personality came through loud and clear during the phone interview last week.  Granted, the former New Hampton High School basketball star has a lot to be thankful for as he has helped the Central College basketball team get off to a quick 4-0 start this season.  “It’s fun,...
Now a sophomore wrestling for New Hampton, Thomas Clark pins his opponent during the 2010 Lions Junior Wrestling Tournament.
In 2004, there were 10 pictures of the New Hampton Lions Junior Wrestling Tournament featured in the Tribune.  Turkey Valley alum Mark Meirick got together with New Hampton wrestling coach Tom Fye last year and looked over the photos.  “We determined that those pics represent over 1,000 high school...
Turkey Valley’s Wyatt Blazek  was named to the INA’s all-state first team.
Just after Turkey Valley’s brilliant football season ended, Trojan coach Mark Scott talked about his seniors.  “They’ve worked hard, and they’ve been good leaders,” he said. “I hope people have noticed.”  Well, the sportswriters certainly did as it named three Trojan seniors to the Iowa Newspaper...
Hunter Gerber bats away a Nashua-Plainfield pass and grabs it for a steal during New Hampton’s 56-19 opening season win.
It might be stating the obvious, but Chickasaw head basketball coach Matt Schult was very happy with his team’s defensive effort Monday night at Nashua-Plainfield.    Especially since it was the first outing of the season, the 32-5 halftime lead that turned into a 56-19 New Hampton win was...
An all-state, first-team pick, New Hampton’s Josh Fenske brings down a Hampton-Dumont ball carrier during the season.
Maybe in the back of his mind one of Josh Fenske’s preseason individual goals was to make an all-state team.  But ...  “During the season it just vanished,” the junior linebacker said, “and all of us were just playing football.”  Fenske played it well enough to be named to the Iowa Newspaper...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Sierra Fisher drives to the basket during Monday’s season opener against New Hampton.
Given two options — open the season with a “cupcake” or take on an experienced, solid opponent — Nashua-Plainfield girls basketball coach Josh Smith would take the latter.  And although Monday night’s 56-19 loss to New Hampton was painful at times, Smith still feels that way.  “I’d rather us open...
Mason Hyde was one of six N-P players named to the all-district team at the end of the football season.
After a season in which it tripled the number of wins, six members of the Nashua-Plainfield football team have reaped the rewards.  And the best news of all for Husky fans is this: Five of the six will be back in 2017.  Juniors Mason Hyde, Levi Enright and Nathan Dettmer all were named to the all-...
Zach Wemark drives against Tristan Sweitzer in New Hampton's scrimmage Friday.
Basketball has started for area schools as New Hampton’s girls played at Nashua-Plainfield last night [Monday], while both the Turkey Valley girls and boys have a Jamboree under their belts.  But after the Thanksgiving break is when the schedule really starts to roll.    While the Chickasaw ninth...
A linebacker in high school, Connor Frerichs has adjusted to his new position at Wartburg in the secondary, breaking up a pass here against Luther.
For three former New Hampton football players who now wear the orange and black of Wartburg, last Saturday wasn’t so much an ending as a beginning.  The 2016 season was history, and Connor  Frerichs, Trevor Ambrose and Matt Mulford can now set their sights on the 2017 campaign.  Frerichs had a...

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