New Hampton basketball

New Hampton High School alum Nicole Mulford poses for a photo with the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament trophy.
Tip-off is still more than an hour away as Nicole Mulford talks to her mother and other members of “Team Mulford.” Suddenly, she looks at the time and says, “I have to go do something; I’ll be right back.” And off she goes — running up the ramp to the University of Iowa women’s basketball locker...
New Hampton’s Tristan Sweitzer beats a Waukon defender as he drives to the basket in the third quarter in Friday night’s Northeast Iowa Conference contest.
The word of the day on Friday for the New Hampton boys basketball team was patience. And it paid off for the Chickasaws, who survived a slow start to roll to their biggest Northeast Iowa Conference victory of the season. “We knew against Charles City that we probably rushed some shots,” senior...
New Hampton senior Noah Fenske battles a pair of Comets for a rebound in the Chickasaws’ game against Charles City Tuesday night.
New Hampton boys basketball coach Ryan Rausch sat in the locker room Tuesday night, put his face into his hands and deeply sighed. “Yeah, this one stings a little; actually, it stings a lot,” the first-year coach said after his team fell to Charles City 69-62. “Save for two, three minutes, we did...
New Hampton’s Hope McDonald puts up a shot during a Border Battle game played Saturday morning against Schaeffer Academy.
At the half, New Hampton’s girls were up by 14 Friday night against Decorah and the next afternoon — as the Chickasaw girls were taking on Schaeffer Academy in Decorah’s “Border Battle” — they were, again, up by 14 at the half. Both ended with big Chickasaw wins as New Hampton’s defense allowed...
New Hampton’s Dillon Roberson puts up a shot over Turkey Valley’s Simon Schmitt during Saturday night’s game.
New Hampton senior Tristan Sweitzer admits that he’s always gotten just as much of a kick as making a pretty pass as hitting a key 3-point shot, but what the Chickasaws have shown early in the season is that Sweitzer isn’t the only one loves gift-wrapping an assist on the basketball court. And the...
Hope McDonald drives to the basket in a game played earlier in the season.
Both New Hampton basketball coaches got what they wanted Thursday night, and it just wasn’t the wins the Chickasaws came home with from Waterloo Columbus, either. New Hampton’s girls gave coach Chad Pemble a great start, excellent inside defense and what has become a common occurrence, unselfish...
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...
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...
Tyler Rentschler scores the opening basket against Union Monday night.
In a game played at Denver Monday night, New Hampton’s boys advanced in the district tourney with a 60-37 win over Union, LaPorte. The Chickasaws established their dominance early, by the end of the first quarter they led 27-7. Keagan John was the leading New Hampton scorer with 15 points. Next up...
New Hampton’s Marcy Uglum (left), Bailey Knowlton and Paige Wisner play defense during the Chickasaws’ 57-36 victory over Union that propelled New Hampton into a Class 2A regional semifinal game on Wednesday.
Moments after his team overcame a relatively slow start to beat Union Saturday night, New Hampton coach Chad Pemble was asked what his team needed to do to beat fifth-ranked and unbeaten Osage in Wednesday’s Class 2A regional semifinal game? His answer pretty much came down to this: The Chickasaws...

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