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Carson Babcock made it look easy and ended his high school with a Class 2A state championship. Getting a takedown in every period, the New Hampton/Turkey Valley senior rolled to a 7-0 win over Sioux City Heelan’s Mitchell Jonies to claim the 170-pound title and cap off an unbeaten season. Babcock...
Nashua-Plainfield's Garret Rinken capped off a brilliant sophomore season Saturday night as he beat West Sioux's Braden Graff in the 113-pound title bout at the Class 1A state wrestling tournament in Des Moines. In a battle of unbeatens, Graff, drew first blood with a first-period takedown, but...
Turkey Valley's Jacqlyn Schmitt battles under the basket Friday in the TV win over East Buchanan.
Turkey Valley won the first quarter and East Buchanan took the second, each by a slim margin. But when the third quarter at Jackson Junction rolled to a close, the 21-8 margin the Trojans had over their regional semifinal opponent carried them through to a 44-33 win and sent the TV girls to the...
The first half was, well, it was just putrid, but that second half was just golden and New Hampton is on its way to the Class 2A district final game. Down 33-19 after the first 16 minutes, New Hampton came charging back against second-seeded Osage and pulled out a 60-58 victory to improve to 7-14...
Garret Rinken competes in the district meet
Al Frost is intense and so are his Nashua-Plainfield wrestlers. So when Kendrick Huck paced back and forth for what seemed like an hour in front of a jam-packed crowd at the district meet at Clarksville on Saturday afternoon – it was for a good reason. The Husky 106-pound grappler had one goal in...
Calvin Bodensteiner shoots against Kee in district action.
It’s almost like the Turkey Valley boys enjoy playing close games, and they had another one in the first round of district action Monday night as they defeated Kee High 60-52. “Realistically, we’d like to win by more,” said Trojan junior Dylan Reicks, “but these close games help us in the long run...
Cody Shultz had a monster game against Columbus
New Hampton senior Cody Shultz has proven how much he wants to play basketball, but Monday night, he upped his game — coming up with a career night to help the Chickasaws keep their season alive with a 60-46 win over Waterloo Columbus. How bad did Shultz want to take the floor for the Chickasaws?...
Ali Hoffert goes for two against Dunkerton
Dunkerton didn’t stand a chance on Thursday night in Jackson Junction against the Turkey Valley Trojans.  Not if the Raiders from Linn County couldn’t even get the ball past half court.  TV’s suffocating, full-court pressure defense can rattle even the best of teams, so it goes without saying the 9...
Jacob Reicks pins his opponent
And then there were just two wrestlers remaining for New Hampton/Turkey Valley, but what a duo Carson Babcock and Jacob Reicks make. The two seniors were the lone Chickasaws who survived Saturday’s Class 2A district meet, and while NH/TV coach Matt Paulus certainly expected he’d be taking more than...
Members of the New Hampton/Turkey Valley wrestling coaching staff are masked up as they wait for one of their Chickasaws to take the mat at Saturday’s Class 2A sectional meet.
Carson Babcock doesn’t leave home without it, his mask that is. Ditto for Jacob Reicks and the rest of the New Hampton/Turkey Valley wrestling team.  “Seriously, I don’t go anywhere without it,” Babcock said Sunday, a day after rolling through his bracket at the Class 2A sectional meet in Decorah...

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