Turkey Valley boys basketball

Turkey Valley’s Kylie Wurzer lines up a 3-point shot during a game against North Fayette Valley played on January 10.
For the first time all season, the Turkey Valley girls basketball team is ranked in Class 1A. After a 13-1 start to the 2019-2020 campaign, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union slotted them in at No. 15 - the final spot in the rankings. The Trojans’ most recent victory came against Tripoli on...
Turkey Valley’s Kara Reicks drives to the hoop in the victory over North Fayette Valley on Friday.
Forcing turnovers has been critical to the success of the Turkey Valley boys and girls basketball teams all year, and the varsity doubleheader at Clayton Ridge last Tuesday was another example of this. The Trojan boys totaled a season-high 21 steals, while the girls team finished with 24. This...
Ethan Leibold’s teammates maul him after he was honored for scoring 1,000 points. Leibold also broke the school record for career points at Turkey Valley, previously held by his current coach, Chris Sullivan.
Throughout the game against North Fayette Valley on Friday night, Turkey Valley boys basketball coach Chris Sullivan could be heard yelling at his star player - Ethan Leibold - to shoot the basketball. However, Leibold opted to try and get a better look for one of his teammates time and time again...
Turkey Valley’s Eli Reicks rises over a defender for a layup during a game against South Winn last season.
It didn’t come easy, especially after early season losses in Upper Iowa Conference play to North Fayette Valley and South Winneshiek, but the Turkey Valley boys basketball team bounced back and concluded the conference schedule by winning nine consecutive games to claim back-to-back UIC...
Eli Reicks, shown here during a game played against Central Elkader, led the Turkey Valley boys basketball team with 11 points in a win over South Winneshiek Friday.
The Turkey Valley boys basketball team entered this year with their mind set on winning their third consecutive Upper Iowa Conference championship.  However, after a loss to MFL MarMac two weeks ago, they needed a victory over South Winneshiek - who entered the game with a 5-0 record in conference...
Turkey Valley’s Keegan Balk scored 29 points against MFL MarMac on Friday.
After a 4-0 start to the year, the Turkey Valley boys basketball team hit a rough patch to end last week. This included a pair of losses against Upper Iowa Conference foe MFL MarMac and Houston, Minnesota. TV entered Friday’s game at MFL allowing an average of 27.8 points per contest to their...
The length of Kade Kruse and the quickness of Seth Huinker could well create a turnover as Turkey Valley was smothering their Elkader opponent Tuesday night.
While both the girls and boys played a bit short-handed Tuesday against Central Elkader, the scoreboards didn’t show it. Both Trojan teams stayed unbeaten as the girls won 56-37, and the boys crushed the Warriors, 70-17. The girls were playing without Jalyssa Blazek, who suffered a minor concussion...
Turkey Valley’s Keegan Balk had a solid all-around game against West Central with 14 points, seven rebounds, six steals and five assists.
Last year, the Turkey Valley boys basketball team held their opponent to under 30 points in three different games. Just one week into this season, the Trojans seemed poised to shatter that mark, as they have already achieved this twice. In the two Upper Iowa Conference games they played, TV allowed...
Turkey Valley’s Ali Hoffert and Katlyn Baumler trap New Hampton’s Carlee Rochford while pressing.
The last time Turkey Valley defeated New Hampton in girls basketball was in 2015. The Trojan boys basketball team hasn’t won against the Chickasaws since 2010.  Both of these streaks came to an end last Monday night, as Turkey Valley swept New Hampton in a varsity doubleheader. Pressure, pressure,...
Turkey Valley’s Ethan Leibold goes up for a layup in a district game against Nashua-Plainfield last year.
Many of the same individuals who competed for Turkey Valley’s state semifinal football team participate in basketball for the Trojans. After a historic year on the gridiron, coach Chris Sullivan hopes it will translate to the court this winter as they chase their fourth consecutive Upper Iowa...

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