H-D grad Knipfel visits home before bowl game with Iowa State

Josh Knipfel throws the football to Hampton-Dumont fifth graders during recess at HDMS on Friday, Dec. 15. KRISTI NIXON/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

On Thursday, Dec. 14 the Hampton City Council acknowledged the accomplishments of Hampton-Dumont graduate Josh Knipfel, a sophomore offensive lineman with the Iowa State Cyclones.

Knipfel, who will travel to Memphis with the Cyclones later this month to face the University of Memphis Tigers in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, was home during a brief break in the bowl game preparation schedule.

Mayor Brook Boehmler presented Knipfel with a care package of Hampton-Dumont gear, including a shirt commemorating the Bulldogs’ appearance in the 2015 Iowa High School State Football Playoffs, in which Knipfel played.

On Friday, Knipfel visited the fifth graders at Hampton-Dumont to speak with the kids and sign memorabilia. Boehmler commended Knipfel for his achievements with the Cyclones and his continued support of his home community.

“It’s that part that hit me,” the mayor said. “That you’re coming back to play with the kids and encouraging them to live their dream.”

Read the full story in the December 20 edition.