Sports

For many individuals, exercising has been put on the back-burner due to the Coronavirus impacting daily life. However, New Hampton Elementary physical education teacher Brian Schmitt believes exercise should still be a priority for people, especially his students during this time. “The importance...
Although Governor Kim Reynolds announced that fitness centers could reopen to the public on May 1, the Chickasaw Wellness Complex will remain closed until June 1 as a safety precaution.
Although Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced last Monday that 77 counties - including Chickasaw - in Iowa could reopen their restaurants, fitness centers, retail stores and malls at 50-percent capacity, the Chickasaw Wellness Complex (CWC) is deciding to keep their doors closed for the month of May...
Steve Staker addresses the crowd after the football field in Fredericksburg was renamed Steve Staker Field.
Even with a couple of days to digest the news, the words came hard to Nate Steege as he talked about “coach.” Then again, Steve Staker touched a lot of lives in his long teaching and coaching career at both Fredericksburg High School and Coe College. Just ask Steege, a 1998 graduate of...
UNI junior golfer Carter Stochl was expecting to compete this spring but won’t have that opportunity due to COVID-19.
This isn’t the spring University of Northern Iowa junior golfer Carter Stochl and North Iowa Area Community College sophomore baseball player Josh Fenske dreamed of. In fact, it’s more like a nightmare. It was a big spring for both of them, as Stochl was an integral part of the Panthers’ starting...
New Hampton’s baseball diamond will remain quiet for a while.
The two athletic associations that oversee high school sports in Iowa are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to this summer’s 2020 baseball and softball seasons. But in a joint statement released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls Athletic Union, the...
New Hampton High School graduate and Houston Astros pitcher Cole McDonald was sent home just one week into spring training due to the Coronavirus.
When New Hampton high school graduate and current Houston Astros pitcher Cole McDonald reported to spring training in Florida on March 8, the last thing he expected to happen was for Major League Baseball to suspend the season just a few days later. However, that’s exactly what took place due to...
New Hampton’s Morgan Nuss watches her shot during the Class 2A state golf tournament last year. The Chickasaws claimed the state championship in blowout fashion with a score of 662.
Entering this spring, seniors Lydia Gessner and Rachel Rinken were both hoping to wrap up their track careers with another appearance at the blue oval, while Morgan Nuss had her eyes set on the New Hampton girls golf team claiming a second consecutive state title.  Unfortunately, by circumstances...
On the night after it was set to host its first track and field meet of the season, New Hampton High School’s stadium is lit up Friday evening as part of the Light Up Iowa program to show support for the state’s student-athletes.
Brad Schmitt obviously believes in the value of high school athletics. He was a standout multi-sport athlete at Turkey Valley High School. He is the current activities director at New Hampton High School. So it was understandable that he struggled for the right words when asked what he would say to...
New Hampton senior Austin Hemann plans to play college baseball upon graduation at Iowa Central Community College.
With Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds pushing the suspension of spring sports back until at least the end of April, an additional extension of this postponement would likely mean summer sports being impacted as well.  And while the Coronavirus may affect softball and baseball, the seniors at New Hampton are...
Lisa Rude will take over as head coach of the New Hampton softball team this summer. She served as an assistant for the Chickasaws from 2008-2013.
Flash back to a month ago, and the members of the New Hampton softball team were gearing up for the season by attending voluntary practice sessions, and Lisa Rude was excited to begin her first year as the head coach for the Chickasaws. However, a lot has changed in the past month due to the...

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