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Foresters split diamond twinbill with MVNU

The Huntington University baseball team lost the first game against host Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2-0, but responded with a 4-2 win in the second to secure a split of its doubleheader on Wednesday, March 25.

With the game knotted up at 2-2 going into the sixth inning of the nightcap, sophomore Dalton Combs put the Foresters in front for good with a two-run home run that plated fellow sophomore Andy Roser, who reached base on a fielder’s choice.

Foresters lose close, then big against Marian

The Huntington University softball team got edged by Marian University, 2-1, before getting blanked, 8-0, to suffer a sweep in Indianapolis on Wednesday, March 25.

Huntington managed just one run in the first game despite banging out nine hits. A quartet of Foresters finished with two base pokes apiece, including senior Cristin Carter, who produced the team’s lone score with a solo home run in the fourth inning.

HU baseball team finishes Florida trip with twin wins

The Huntington University baseball team finished its trip to Florida on high note, sweeping Trinity Baptist College, 3-0 and 2-1, on Saturday, March 21.

The Foresters’ pitchers proved virtually unhittable in the first game as Scott Garrett yielded just one base poke in five innings and senior Blake Hohlbein was perfect in two frames of relief, striking out three.

Garrett, a sophomore, earned the win, his first decision of the season.

Huntington did all of its scoring in the second inning.

MVNU double-dips Forester softball squad

The Huntington University softball team lost on a walk-off double, 4-3, to host Mount Vernon Nazarene, after getting pasted, 8-0, to get swept by the Cougars on Saturday, March 21.

The balance of the second game’s scoring was concentrated in the first inning, where the Foresters put up two runs before the hosts logged three to take the early lead.

YMCA planning new obstacle race May 9 to benefit facility’s 2015 annual campaign

Satin Lemon and Scott Craft are organizing the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA Sock Soaker, a new obstacle race that will benefit the Y’s annual campaign.

Just don’t ask them to talk about any of the obstacles that racers will be encountering.

“Those are secret,” says Lemon, a Y volunteer.

Craft, the Y’s wellness director, follows her lead.
“We can’t tell you that,” he states.

However, the duo is more than willing to discuss how people can sign up for the race and get a look at those secrecy-shrouded obstacles firsthand.

Lady Vike DMR squad medals at Hoosier State

The Lady Viking distance medley relay team of (from left) Hannah Stoffel, Karmen Koch, Stephanie McElhaney and Marissa Jamison placed eighth at the Hoosier State Relays 4A/5A/6A finals at Purdue University on Saturday, March 21, to earn medals.
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The Huntington North High School girls' track distance medley team improved upon its time by 11 seconds from a week ago and came away with medals at the Hoosier State Relays 4A/5/A/6A finals at Purdue on Saturday, March 21.

The quartet of Hannah Stoffel, Karmen Koch, Stephanie McElhaney and Marissa Jamison ran a 12:52.30 for its medal-winning performance.

Lehman ties for 8th at HSR finals

Huntington North pole vaulter Houston Lehman tied for eighth place in his specialty at the the Hoosier State Relays 4A/5A/6A Finals at Purdue University on Saturday, March 21, to earn a medal in the event.

Lehman flew 13-0 for his honor.

HU's Palmer earns NAIA All-America HM

Huntington University sophomore guard Miranda Palmer capped off a big seasxon by being named All-America Honorable Mention by the NAIA for Division II.
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Huntington University women's basketball player Miranda Palmer earned All-American honorable mention honors for NAIA Division II.

Palmer, of Arcadia, OH, averaged a team-high 18.8 points to go along with 2.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals per night to earn her accolade.

Foresters end Arizona trip with twin wins

The Huntington University softball team ended its trip to Arizona on a winning note, topping the University of Dubuque, 3-0, before obliterating Mayville State, 15-1, on Wednesday, March 18, in the Tucson Invitational.

Emily Puterbaugh pitched a complete game against Dubuque. The junior struck out 10, yielded six hits and issued two walks to earn the win, her first of the season against one loss.

The Foresters broke open a scoreless affair in the bottom of the third inning, plating two, and then tacked on an insurance tally in the fifth.

Season ends quietly at sectional for HU men bowlers

The season came to an end for the Huntington University men’s bowling team as it finished 12th out of 22 teams at the USBC Intercollegiate Team Sectional, held in Smyrna, TN, from Thursday, March 12, to Sunday, March 15.

Hu women bowlers miss nationals by two spots

The Huntington University women’s bowling team made a run for one of four advancing spots to the national finals, but fell just short in the last two Baker games to finish sixth out of 16 teams at the USBC Intercollegiate Team Sectional, held in Smyrna, TN, from Thursday, March 12, to Sunday, March 15.

Foresters fall in ninth to Fire

A walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning pushed Southeastern University past the Huntington University baseball team, 3-2, on Wednesday, March 18, in the Russ/Matt Tournament in Lakeland, FL.

On to state


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The Huntington North High School girls’ distance medley relay team of (from left) Marissa Jamison, Karmen Koch, Stephanie McElhaney and Hanna Stoffel will compete Saturday, March 21, at the HSR state meet at Purdue University. The quartet is currently the seventh-fastest team in the state with a time of 13:02.87.

Junior Lady Vikes champs


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The fifth grade Junior Lady Vikes travel basketball team won the St. Patrick’s Day tournament in Antwerp, OH, on Saturday, March 14. Celebrating are team members (front row, from left) Chloe Kauffman, Jadyn Bennett, Kendra Sandlin and Hailee Kline; and (middle row, from left) Addy Wiley, Grace Sell, Leah Campbell and Kenadie Working; and (back row) Head Coach Stacy Wiley. Not pictured: Chelsea Swada, Meg Camomile and Assistant Coach Clint Gradeless.

Huntington County Baseball hosting 5K run walk to raise scholarship, park funds

Huntington County Baseball is hosting an Opening Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 2, at 8 a.m. to help support a scholarship and park improvement funds.

Awards for best overall male and female as well as age group top performers will be presented. The race will start and end at Homier Park. There will be packet pick up Friday night and starting at 7 a.m. the day of the event.

Foresters drop first two of season

After cancelling its first seven doubles due to inclement weather, the Huntington University baseball team dropped its first two games played in a doubleheader loss to Madonna University as Grand Park in Westfield on Thursday, March 11.

The Foresters lost the first game in eight innings, 9-7, before getting steamrolled in the second, 10-2, by a Madonna squad which had already played 13 games on the season.

Pair of locals on church hoop team earning state championship recently

The state champion basketball team from Emmanuel Christian School, in Wabash, includes (front row, from left) Davis Coyne, Jeff Miller, Levi Hinds of Huntington, Jaxton Coyne, Preston Ritzema and Tyler Kline of Warren; and (back row, from left) Keanu Rish, Jonathan Napier, Jordan Rish, Ariston Trusty, Trey Younce and Coach Merrill Templin.
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A Wabash basketball team including two Huntington County residents won the state title in the Indiana Association of Christian School’s Division II, which includes smaller Christian schools, March 7 in Indianapolis.

This is the first state championship in the history of Emmanuel Christian School, which has been a part of the IACS for 32 years.

The team includes Levi Hinds, of Huntington, and Tyler Kline, of Warren.

Emmanuel Christian defeated Fisher’s Christian Academy 60-59 in the final game.

HNHS trackboys nab three runner-up spots at Fremont

The Huntington North High School boys' track team nabbed a trio of second place performances at the Fremont HSR Qualifier on Saturday, March 14.

Houston Lehman in pole vault, Drew Fawcett in the long jump and shotputter Jared Coolman each got the runner-up spots at the meet, at which no team scores were kept. Lehman flew 13-0 in the vault, Fawcett went 20-3 in the long jump and Coolman hurled the steel ball 44-1.

Float like a butterfly


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Laci Fletcher floats like a butterfly during a gymnastics routine at the Star Struck Championships on Saturday, March 14, at Huntington North High School. The event was hosted by the Huntington Gymnastics Academy.

Wheelchair hoop exhibition


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Isaac Hummer goes in for a layup during a wheelchair basketball exhibitiion on Saturday, March 14, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

Second -half misfires lead to first round exit for HU women at national tourney

Second half shooting woes led to a first-round exit for the Huntington University women’s basketball team from the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament on Thursday, March 12, in Sioux City, IA, as the fifth-seeded Foresters fell to No. 4 College of Saint Mary, 63-54.

Wabash downs Blue Racers swim team

The Blue Racers swim team lost a combined meet to host Wabash, 120-62, on Monday, March 9.

The squad’s lone win of the meet came in the 400-yard freestyle relay, courtesy of Alyssa Brinkman, Rebekah Brunner, Gabby Line and Leslie Zook.

The quartet also competed in the 200-yard medley relay, taking second.

Brinkman contributed solo points to the Blue Racers’ register with a silver finish in the 100-yard individual medley.

HU's Hicks turns in personal-best triple jump at nationals

Christina Hicks turned in a personal best performance in triple jump as one of two representatives for the Huntington University women’s track and field team at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH, on Saturday, March 7.

Hicks, a sophomore, took 13th in the event with a leap of 37-02.50, bettering her No. 20 seeding. She currently holds the team’s indoor record in triple jump.

Making a return trip to nationals was sophomore Christine Sparks, who claimed 18th in the 1,000-meter run in 3:14.99.

HU's Nash a second-time All-American

Jake Nash earned All-America honors for the Huntington University men’s track and field team with his effort in high jump at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH, on Saturday, March 7.

Nash captured fifth in the event with a leap of 2.07 meters. The junior finished two spots ahead of his no. 7 seeding and garnered All-America plaudits for the second time in as many years.

Discover Roanoke run/walk sets sponsors

The sixth annual Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1-mile run/walk race to be held on April 18 at 9 a.m. in downtown Roanoke  has announced major race sponsors Parkview Huntington Hospital and Parkview Physicians Group.

The 2015 race also features the official race sponsors Automatic Door Controls (ADC), Bippus State Bank, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dr. Amy Welker-Parkview First Care Roanoke, Fleet Feet, JO Wolf Tool & Die and United REMC. In-kind sponsors include Subway of Roanoke and Road ID.

Vaulter Lehman leads HNHS trackboys at New Haven

Houston Lehman inched closer to the school record in the pole vault and won the event to lead the Huntington North High School boys' track team efforts at the New Haven Invitational on Saturday, March 7.

Behind Lehman's winning height of 14-3, four inches from the record, the Vikings scored 23 points to place eighth out of 19 teams at the meet.

Adam Woods took third in the vault with a new personal record height of 13-0, and Jared Coolman placed third in the shot with an effort of 43-9.

Drew Fawcett added eighth place points in the long jump with a leap of 19-0.

Lady Vike gymnasts miss by one place of moving on to regional

Huntington North senior Erica Freise competes on the uneven parallel bars on Saturday, March 7, at the Concordia Lutheran Gymnastics Sectional. Freise and her Lady Viking teammates missed advancing to regional as a team by one spot, placing fourth.
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The Huntington North High School gymnastics team fell one place short of a regional appearance with a fourth-place effort at the Concordia Lutheran Gymnastics Sectional on Saturday, March 7.

The Lady Vikings missed a top three qualifying finish with a register of 104.100, falling just one place short of competing at their own regional next Saturday.

HU women going 'dancing' again

The Huntington University women’s basketball team has received an at-large bid to the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament, to be held at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, IA, beginning Thursday, March 12.

The Foresters, 22-9, received the seventh of nine at-large bids. Thirty-two squads will be squaring off in the tournament, which is organized into four brackets, each containing eight teams.

Homestead scorches Vikings in Wayne sectional opener

Huntington North guard Isaac Smith takes a moment in mid-air to look for a cutting teammate to pass to in opening round action of the Fort Wayne Wayne Boys' Basketball Sectional on Tuesday, March 3. The Vikings lost, 88-45.
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Homestead scorched the nets for almost 75 percent shooting in the first half and blasted Huntington North out of the Fort Wayne Wayne High School Boys' Sectional Basketball Tournament, 88-45, on Tuesday, March 3.

Taking their second-worst loss in school history, the Vikings were down 19-7 after one quarter and 45-16 at halftime. Although the Spartans cooled down to just 53 percent field goal shooting in the second half, they still led 71-28 after three quarters.

Forester comeback cut short as Marian takes CL tourney

After battling back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to finally take the lead late in the game, the Huntington University women's basketball team was outscored by one player in the final minutes and fell to host Marian University, 63-59, on Monday, March 2, in the championship game of the Crossroads League Women's Basketball Tournament.

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