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Dayton Hansen fires a touchdown pass to Jared Whitinger during Nashua-Plainfield’s 57-0 victory over Rockford.
Let’s be honest, given the choice of being 5-20 or 20-5, we’d all take the latter.  Or given the option of being 3-6 or 6-3, again, we’d take the latter.  And asked for a preference, any runner would prefer to have the season end in Fort Dodge at the state meet rather than see it conclude in Cedar...
Nashua-Plainfield cheerleaders who will compete at the state competition Saturday include (front row, from left) Chelsi Bailey, Brittany Bendickson, Makayla Biddle, Kim Rick, (back row) coach Megan Rausch, Emma Larrew, Carlee Smith, Jersey VanBrocklin, Caleb Ulrichs, Holly Bailey, Lisa Rick, coach Leslye Horn and (absent) alternate Katelyn Laird.
Makayla Biddle wants to get one thing out of the way when it comes to cheerleading.  “It’s not just pom-poms and cheering at football games,” the Nashua-Plainfield senior said. “It’s way more than that.”  Yes, it is, and the Huskies cheer squad is chasing after a title this weekend at the Iowa...
Turkey Valley seniors Shelby Reicks and Sadie Nymeyer pose with the Class 2A state runner-up trophy they helped South Winneshiek win on Saturday in Fort Dodge.
    In her third year of running in the state cross country meet, is Shelby Reicks calm and collected before the top race of the season?    "Not really," said the Trojan senior after placing 49th of 135 runners in Fort Dodge. "Before the race I'm still pretty nervous, but it goes away when you get...
Nolan Usher had a strong finish in his first-ever appearance at the state cross country meet.
During the final mile of Nolan Usher's inaugural state cross country meet, his coach thought he passed about 15 runners.  He wasn't sure about that figure.  "You can't really count them, you just gotta go!" said the Chickasaw sophomore, who finished in 59th place of 140 runners at the meet Saturday...
Cale Reicks, to the left of the ball carrier, and Scott Kime are about to make a Brandon Bagby sandwich early in Friday’s state playoffs.
Turkey Valley still had a seldom-used play up its sleeve, and it kept the Trojans competitive in a state playoff game against Don Bosco for a time Friday.  But eventually, the Dons shredded the Trojan defense for 75 points — more than the last four TV opponents combined scored —  to end the TV...
New Hampton's Dillon Roberson blocks a pass thrown by North Fayette Valley's Tate Hovden in the second half of Friday's game.
New Hampton gave top-ranked North Fayette Valley everything it could handle Friday night, but the TigerHawks used two second-half touchdowns to post a 21-7 victory in the opening round of the Class 2A state playoffs."I'm proud of you guys and I want you to hold your heads up high," New Hampton...
Shown passing the ball in the Trojan win over Riceville, Kassidy Reicks placed five kills on the Tripoli side in the second round of regional action.
    Against a team like sixth-ranked Tripoli, kills are hard to come by and so are aces. But the Turkey Valley girls put what was nearly their best serving effort of the season into a loss at Tripoli Monday night in regional action.    The 3-0 loss ended the year for the Trojans and it was the...
New Hampton’s Lauren Frerichs, left, and Ellie Ewert both go up for the block, but the Osage hit is going to angle right into the hands of Ewert, who records one of her two blocks in the Chickasaw-Green Devil regional match Tuesday.
The momentum that New Hampton had after an opening-set win over Osage Tuesday night did not carry into the second set.    How quickly it shifted left fans shaking their heads. A little over halfway through the first set New Hampton was pounding the host Green Devils 17-4 and would go on to a 25-9...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Brock Dietz  was the Huskies’ top runner at last week’s Class 1A state qualifying meet.
It wasn’t the finish the Nashua-Plainfield cross country team wanted, but ask coach Jennifer Kalainoff and she’ll tell you it was a successful season.  And she means it, too.  “Obviously, we were hoping to get someone to the state meet,” Kalainoff said, “but one meet on one night doesn’t define our...
New Hampton's Keaton Geerts, left, and Turkey Valley's Wyatt Blazek will be among the players in an exciting Friday night line-up.
The challenges facing the New Hampton and Turkey Valley teams Friday night are, in a word, daunting.  But neither the Chickasaws nor the Trojans are complaining. They’re both in the playoffs. And they aren’t just happy to be here, either.  “We’ve had a lot energy this week,” New Hampton coach Scott...

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