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New Hampton’s Jake Zwanziger (22) and Zach Heying battle for a rebound during Tuesday night’s game against Cedar Rapids Washington.
Chad Sweitzer stood in the hallway at New Hampton High School and shook his head.  He knows one game does not make a season — especially when it comes against a Class 4A school with a Division I recruit — but it didn’t take a rocket scientist to realize Sweitzer was not happy.  “We played,...
Shown in a state tournament game last season, Shelby Reicks earned a triple-double in the first Trojan game of this season.
    The margin of victory in the Turkey Valley girls’ 81-31 season-opening win over West Central probably wasn’t a big surprise, last year the Lady Trojans played the Blue Devils twice and won by 45-and 49-point margins.    Turkey Valley’s boys finished the night Monday with a Trojan sweep as they...
Lexi Rasmussen pulled in six rebounds during New Hampton’s 57-37 win over North Fayette Valley.
    Patience paid off for New Hampton's girls basketball team in their second win in as many games Monday, 57-37 at North Fayette Valley.    Even though the Chickasaw girls outscored their TigerHawk hosts in every quarter of the game, it wasn't until the second half that coach Matt Schult was happy...
Noah Fye pins the Mustangs’ Matthew Doyle late in the third period.
The final scores were dazzling — downright dominant to be honest — but that wasn’t what impressed New Hampton wrestling coach Nick Hemann the most Tuesday night.  “I was happy with the effort, and I really loved the fight,” Hemann said after his team routed Independence 65-9 and blanked Waterloo...
Former New Hampton star and current Central star Kyle Smith drives to the basket during a game played earlier this season in Pella.
Kyle Smith’s gregarious personality came through loud and clear during the phone interview last week.  Granted, the former New Hampton High School basketball star has a lot to be thankful for as he has helped the Central College basketball team get off to a quick 4-0 start this season.  “It’s fun,...
Now a sophomore wrestling for New Hampton, Thomas Clark pins his opponent during the 2010 Lions Junior Wrestling Tournament.
In 2004, there were 10 pictures of the New Hampton Lions Junior Wrestling Tournament featured in the Tribune.  Turkey Valley alum Mark Meirick got together with New Hampton wrestling coach Tom Fye last year and looked over the photos.  “We determined that those pics represent over 1,000 high school...
Turkey Valley’s Wyatt Blazek  was named to the INA’s all-state first team.
Just after Turkey Valley’s brilliant football season ended, Trojan coach Mark Scott talked about his seniors.  “They’ve worked hard, and they’ve been good leaders,” he said. “I hope people have noticed.”  Well, the sportswriters certainly did as it named three Trojan seniors to the Iowa Newspaper...
Hunter Gerber bats away a Nashua-Plainfield pass and grabs it for a steal during New Hampton’s 56-19 opening season win.
It might be stating the obvious, but Chickasaw head basketball coach Matt Schult was very happy with his team’s defensive effort Monday night at Nashua-Plainfield.    Especially since it was the first outing of the season, the 32-5 halftime lead that turned into a 56-19 New Hampton win was...
An all-state, first-team pick, New Hampton’s Josh Fenske brings down a Hampton-Dumont ball carrier during the season.
Maybe in the back of his mind one of Josh Fenske’s preseason individual goals was to make an all-state team.  But ...  “During the season it just vanished,” the junior linebacker said, “and all of us were just playing football.”  Fenske played it well enough to be named to the Iowa Newspaper...
Nashua-Plainfield’s Sierra Fisher drives to the basket during Monday’s season opener against New Hampton.
Given two options — open the season with a “cupcake” or take on an experienced, solid opponent — Nashua-Plainfield girls basketball coach Josh Smith would take the latter.  And although Monday night’s 56-19 loss to New Hampton was painful at times, Smith still feels that way.  “I’d rather us open...

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