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Two lettermen return for the Turkey Valley cross country teams, senior Jordon Snyder, left, and sophomore Isaac Franzen.
    Since Turkey Valley has been running with the South Winn cross country program the last two years, it’s been awhile since a Trojan uniform has been on a course.    But the program got underway Tuesday as five boys and one girl competed at Edgewood-Colesburg.    Jordon Snyder led the Trojan boys...
    The University of Iowa baseball team that is representing the United States at the World University Games in Taiwan, earned a trip to the medal round despite an 11-5 loss to Japan on Wednesday.    The Hawkeyes punched their ticket to the medal round with a 13-3 victory over Russia Tuesday in a...
Beau Johnson hugs his mom, Lindsey Dowd, before heading to his classroom Wednesday, the first day of the 2017-18 academic year.
  There’s just something about that first day of school that tugs at the heartstrings. Maybe it’s the kindergartners who give their parents one final tight hug. Maybe it’s all the “first-day-of-school” pictures that knock politics and all the other bullcrap off of social media for a day. Maybe it’s...
New Hampton’s Maddi Moorman tips a ball past a Nashua-Plainfield defender for a kill in Tuesday’s season-opening match.
    The New Hampton volleyball team may not have been in mid-season form Tuesday night when the Chickasaws opened the 2017 volleyball season with a sweep of Nashua-Plainfield.    But boy oh boy, the Chickasaws showed the potential they have as they rolled to 25-13, 25-18, 25-18 victory over the...
Christian Schwickerath was one of a number of New Hampton trapshooters who received Al Baxter Memorial Scholarships this past spring.
   One of the things Jo Myrsaides liked about the sixth annual Al Baxter Memorial Turkey Shoot last year was bidding on the shooters in the auction.   Myrsaides’ late husband, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officer,  would have approved of the shooter she picked to bid on, New...
Josh Fenske, shown pressuring a quarterback last fall, committed to Southern Illinois this week.
    Josh Fenske visited the Southern Illinois University last month and came away impressed.    “I liked the campus. It’s beautiful. I liked the coaches and I felt like it was a good place for me,” he said. “The coaching staff was a key part. ... They have guys who know football and you can look up...
Members of the New Hampton football team listen intently to Chickasaw coach Scott Frerichs during a practice earlier this week.
    The New Hampton football team will head to Decorah tonight [Friday] to finally play someone other themselves.    The Chickasaws and Vikings, for a second straight year, will scrimmage against each other, beginning at 7 p.m.    “It’s a good thing for us,” New Hampton coach Scott Frerichs said. “...
Former New Hampton High School and current University of Iowa baseball player Cole McDonald will join his Hawkeye teammates in representing the United States at the World University Games that begin next week in Taiwan.
    Cole McDonald will be the first to admit that he’s been presented some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities because he’s a member of the University of Iowa baseball team.    He got a chance to travel to the Dominican Republic last November. He was on a team that won its first-ever Big Ten...
New Hampton wrestler Michael Millage will seek to become a three-time state champion this winter.
  Michael Millage found the right fit, and now he can just focus on his senior year at New Hampton High School. The two-time state champion committed to wrestling at the University of Northern Iowa on Wednesday morning. “To me, it was just the right place with the right coaches,” said Millage, the...
New Hampton's Noah Hopp is congratulated by coach Cory McDonald after the senior hit a home run against Central Springs this season.
  Maybe — no, scratch maybe and say absolutely — what New Hampton baseball coach Cory McDonald will miss the most about his seniors is their team-first attitude. He knows, for example, that the two seniors that were named all-state by the Iowa Newspaper Association earlier this week would trade the...

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