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Turkey Valley’s Jalyssa Blazek shows the effects of Luther’s muddy course at Saturday’s meet.
New Hampton seniors Alexis and Adrian Rings didn’t mind that the cross country meet, for a short distance, turned into a mud run Saturday at Luther College. Even thought the area went a whopping two days without precipitation, a stream crossing the course was still running, causing slippery...
Rachel Rinken (left) and Kiersten  Tenge (right) were named to the all-tournament team at the Crestwood Invitational.
New Hampton remained perfect on the season as the Chickasaws rolled to another volleyball tournament title, this time winning the Crestwood Invitational. So after New Hampton claimed its second consecutive Saturday tournament, Chickasaw coach Jess Geerts was asked if it bothered her that her squad...
Shown in a Trojan home game, Eli Reicks gained 117 yards against Midland Wyoming Friday.
Turkey Valley made sure Midland Wyoming’s size advantage didn’t come into play — at least at the start — and built a 38-14 halftime lead on its way to a 46-36 victory over its opponent Friday. The Eagles’ size gave Turkey Valley coach Mark Scott cause for a concern as the Eagles, who were ranked in...
New Hampton senior Max Babcock fights for extra yards after making a reception during the first quarter of Friday’s game against Waukon.
There was a brief stretch — spanning the last minute of the first half and the first couple of the second — when New Hampton appeared like it was going to climb back into Friday night’s game against Waukon. Trailing 18-0 late in the second quarter, the Chickasaws came up with a big defensive stop...
Turkey Valley’s Karissa Schmidt puts down one of her team-high nine kills as the Trojans rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Lansing Kee on Thursday.
Turkey Valley lost the first two sets against Kee High in an Upper Iowa Conference volleyball match Thursday. They trailed 9-6 in the third set. Darned if they didn’t come back and win the thing. Not that either Karissa Schmidt or Breanna Busta had any doubt of the final outcome. “No, not really,...
New Hampton’s Kerigan Tenge puts down a kill during the Chickasaws’ four-set Chickasaw victory over Charles City in the Northeast Iowa Conference opener for both teams.
A kill by New Hampton’s Maddi Moorman went down hard in set three against Charles City Tuesday night to give the NH girls a 21-11 lead. A short time later Moorman scored again, this time it was more of a push, but it still gave the Chickasaws another point. “Hitting is not the only option,” said...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Abbi Hauser receives a serve during a match played earlier this season.
Amber McCall doesn’t like to lose so her Nashua-Plainfield’s volleyball team’s 0-4 record gnaws at the Huskies’ coach. But — and this is a big but — McCall saw plenty of progress last week as the Huskies got their first set wins of the season in a 3-2 loss to Northwood-Kensett and a 3-1 loss to...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Kristian Holmvig (3) and Shane Hillesheim make a tackle early in Friday’s game against Belmond-Klemme.
This wasn’t the script Nick Lamphier had in mind when he took over as Nashua-Plainfield’s head football coach. Oh, he knew the schedule wasn’t easy so the 0-2 record may not be palatable but it is understandable. But after a 55-0 loss to Belmond-Klemme last week, the Huskies were down to one...
New Hampton senior Olivia Burke covers some ground as she runs to a 12th-place finish Thursday.
Nolan Usher and Olivia Burke had decidedly different answers when asked about their cross country training routine over the summer. While Burke said she ran two to five miles every single day, even on those hot days, Usher’s answer was “I ran some.” “I ran in 5Ks a lot of weekends and I worked...
New Hampton’s volleyball players and coaches pose with their championship plaque after winning their home invitational tournament title on Saturday.
None of the volleyball players were born the last time New Hampton won its own volleyball invitational. If they’ve ever won. Going back through the old newspaper books at the Tribune show that the tournament started in 1984. The Chickasaws haven’t won the invite in coach Jess Geerts’ tenure as head...

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