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Iowa needed a strong pitching performance, and Cole McDonald delivered one. The junior from New Hampton scattered three hits over seven innings of work to pick up his first victory of the season in Iowa’s 8-2 win over New Orleans in the All-State Sugar Baseball Classic. The Iowa win came the day...
New Hampton senior Michael Blockhus, flanked by coaches Nick Hemann (left) and Matt Paulus, was named the Class 2A Wrestler of the Year.
It may have been the easiest balloting ever when it came to Iowa’s wrestlers of the year; after all, if there ever was a year that qualified as a no-brainer, it was 2017-18. Both Class 1A and 3A had four-time champions in Underwood’s Alex Thomsen and Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske while Class 2A had...
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...
Levi Enright is one of two Huskies to sign with Clarke College.
Two Nashua-Plainfield football players will embark on new adventures next fall after recently signing national letters of intent to attend school and play football at Clarke University in Dubuque. Wide receiver Levi Enright and linebacker Nathan Dettmer were among almost three dozen high school...
Former New Hampton star Kyle Smith puts up a shot for Central College in a game played in Pella earlier this season.
As the bus made its way from Pella to Storm Lake on Tuesday, the “this-could-be-it” thought crossed Kyle Smith’s mind. A Central loss would mean the former New Hampton High School’s star basketball career would be over. “Honestly, I did think about it a little bit,” he said, “and then I kept...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Luke Cerwinske eyes the basket as he drives by an AGWSR defender during last week’s Class 1A district game.
The Nashua-Plainfield boys basketball team wrapped up its season a little sooner than they wanted to last Thursday, falling 58-50 to Ackley-Geneva-Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock (AGWSR) in Class 1A, District 4 action at Rockford. In a back-and-forth defensive struggle that featured 10 lead changes, the...
Nashua-Plainfield sophomore Jakob Whitinger finishes off a reversal against North Linn’s Heath Moyer in a 113-pound semifinal match at the Class 1A state tournament in Des Moines.
Nashua-Plainfield’s Jakob Whitinger stood in the tunnel at Wells Fargo Arena, and even though he had just saw his season end with a loss, the smile never left his face. “I came down here to get on the stand,” the sophomore 113-pounder said Saturday afternoon, “and tonight, I get to get up on that...
During the 2016 lift-a-thon, Connor Hackman spots for Trey Throndson.
Members of the Lettermen and Letterettes have been, and will be, looking for as many sponsors as possible for this year’s lift-a-thon.  This year the event, held in order to raise money for weight room improvements, will be held Wednesday, March 14. The sponsors could be friends, family, neighbors...
After stealing a Tripoli pass, Jordon Snyder goes in for a layup Tuesday.
The season ended for Turkey Valley’s boys in the district semifinal Tuesday night as they were defeated by Tripoli, 46-43. Turkey Valley started the game with a 10-0 deficit, and although they did catch and occasionally lead the Panthers during the game, the ability of Tripoli to hit the 3-point...
New Hampton/Turkey Valley's Michael Blockhus will seek a third individual state title on Saturday night.
The good news is that New Hampton/Turkey Valley’s Michael Blockhus will wrestle for a third individual state title on Saturday night.The bad news? It was an up-and-down day for the Chickasaws at the Class 2A traditional state tournament, and NH/TV will need the stars to almost perfectly align if...

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