Rachel Rinken

Lauren Frerichs was selected as a first-team setter in the Northeast Iowa Conference.
After a season in which New Hampton volleyball was the talk of the town and advanced to the state tournament for the first time in 45 years, five Chickasaws were selected to the Northeast Iowa Conference honor teams. Two of them were named to the first team — Lauren Frerichs and Rachel Rinken —...
New Hampton's volleyball team looks up toward fans after receiving its state trophy Wednesday.
A spectacular season came to an end Wednesday as the Chickasaw volleyball team lost a four-set match to Tipton at the state volleyball tournament. Despite 14 kills by Rachel Rinken, the second-ranked Tigers — led by 24 kills from Sommer Daniel — defeated 13th-ranked New Hampton 25-17, 17-25, 25-23...
Shown bringing up a dig in a recent meet, Rachel Rinken finished with six kills, three blocks and six aces in a sweep of Decorah Tuesday.
After winning their first set against Decorah by a 25-9 score Tuesday, the Chickasaw girls were up 17-4 in the second set. “Our intensity went down a little at that time,” said New Hampton junior Rachel Rinken. “But other than that we played pretty well.” Although Decorah did come back and scored a...
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...
New Hampton’s Paige Wisner passes the ball to a teammate during Tuesday’s season-opening volleyball match against Nashua-Plainfield.
New Hampton got off to a fast start Tuesday in its season opener against Nashua-Plainfield. The Chickasaws also had a fast “middle.” And they closed out the night with a flourish. To put it simply, it was a dominating performance as New Hampton cruised to a 25-8, 25-12, 25-10 non-conference victory...
Rachel Rinken rounds third, while in the background the ball is yet to reach Crestwood's cutoff girl, shortstop Shannon Pisney.
New Hampton's bats got going in the seventh inning of its regional semifinal game Friday at Cresco, but the Cadets struck down what would by the tying run, winning the game 2-1. On a hit by Kallie Olson, New Hampton coach Jack Seelhammer sent one of the teams fastest runners — Rachel Rinken —...
New Hampton’s Savannah Anderson led the Chickasaws in kills during a 2017 season in which she and her teammates advanced to the Class 3A regional final match.
Picking New Hampton all-conference players might have been especially hard this year with the depth and talent the Chickasaws displayed. But since coaches can’t vote for their own players, it was out of coach Jess Geerts’ hands entirely. New Hampton earned one all-conference first team spot as...
New Hampton’s Kerigan Tenge puts down a spike against Waverly-Shell Rock Saturday at the Northeast Iowa Conference tournament.
     Rachel Rinken lowered her voice after the Northeast Iowa Conference volleyball tournament concluded and looked around. She wanted to make sure no one heard her talk about a certain team.     "We did get a little tired at the end and it slows you down a little," she said after she helped the...
New Hampton’s 4x100 relay team — (from left) Rachel Rinken, Darian Wegner, Bailey Knowlton and Sadie Tenge  — pose for a photo after competing in the Drake Relays.
It’s supposed to be one of the highlights of the track season, but New Hampton’s appearance in the 2017 Drake Relays was memorable for all the wrong reasons.  “It was miserable,” coach Jeanette Laures said. “In all the years we’ve gone to Drake, I don’t think we had a more cold, rainy day than we...
New Hampton girls track coach Jeanette Laures had very few complaints when it came to her team’s performances Tuesday night.  The Chickasaws won three events and finished a strong second — hey, losing to Decorah in any team race is unfortunately almost a fact of life — at the Don Steffens Relays in...

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