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Students were awarded certificates by Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana Dojo at Champs Academy after passing examinations on June 4. Pictured are (from left) Sensei Dawn Anderson; Lextin Keefer, yellow belt; Aiden Miller, yellow belt; Jaiden Kirk, purple belt, one stripe; and Olivia Anderson, purple belt, one stripe.

HU hoop camp


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Steve Platt (middle), the former head coach of the Huntington University men’s basketball team, coordinates children at the Forester Basketball Camp, held Thursday, June 23, in Platt Arena. Platt is the father of Huntington’s current head coach, Ty Platt, who ran the four-day camp along with his staff and players.

State champion rings


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The Huntington North High School girls' bowling team receiving its state champion rings on Wednesday, June 22, for winning the title back in February. Proudly displaying those rings are (from left) Manager Brooke Dafforn, Elizabeth Manes, Caila Kline, Mackenzie Faurote, Kylie Kaiser, Karli Cannici and Rachel Fields.

County duo help soccer team punch ticket to national contest

Huntington County residents Megan Gilpin (left) and Karmen Koch helped lead the Fort Wayne Sports Club Strikers U16 girls’ soccer team to a 3-0-1 record at the Region II President’s Cup, a tournament that ran from June 16 to 20 at Grand Park Sports Complex, in Westfield. With their performance at the tournament, the Strikers earned a trip to the National Presidents Cup, set for July 14 to 17 in Tulsa, OK, for the first time ever.
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Huntington County residents Megan Gilpin and Karmen Koch recently helped their Fort Wayne Sports Club ‘00 Academy Strikers soccer team advance to the National President’s Cup for the first time ever.

Gilpin, a junior attending Bishop Luers High School and Koch, a junior at Huntington North High School, helped their team advance with three wins and a tie in the Region II (Midwest) President’s Cup held at Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield from June 16 to 20.

Lewis. Lohman tops in Heritage Days 5K

Cordell Lewis and Elizabeth Lohman were the top male and female finishers, respectively, of the 2016 Heritage Days 5K, held Saturday, June 18, in Huntington.

Lewis was the top finisher overall, crossing the finish line in 16:13.7. The Huntington native competed in the 20 to 25 age division.

Lohman, a competitor in the 15 to 19 age bracket, stepped over the end stripe in 23:01 for her win.

Samuel Eckert, of Roanoke, won the boys’ 0 to 9 division with a time of 40:35.4.

Huntington University V-ball team holding four camps in July at Merillat Complex

The Huntington University volleyball team is holding four camps in July. Each camp will be held in the school’s Merillat Complex.

Former Olympian visits library


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Mary Beth Dunnichay, of Elwood, shares her experiences as a diver on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team with a group at the Huntington branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Tuesday, June 14. After several years of competitive diving, Dunnichay retired from the sport in March.

HCB leagues standings

Huntington County Baseball and Softball standings for the week of June 13:

18U Baseball
Roanoke sat atop the league at 4-1, just a game ahead of TCP, 3-1. Paving & Sealing was near the top, too, with four wins against two losses. MSM was at .500 with a 3-3 mark. Clear Creek was 2-3 and Optimist was searching for its first win at 0-6.

14U Softball
Z-Place and VFW paced the league with records of 8-1 and 8-2, respectively. Andrews and Clear Creek had matching 4-5 marks while Mettler was winless at 0-10.

Huntington PAL baseball results

Huntington Police Athletic League standings for the week ending June 11:

Post 7 to hold veterans golf outing

American Legion Post 7 will host a Veterans Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, June 25, at Clear Creek Golf Course.

The four-person scramble, a fund-raiser in support of veterans and their families, will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Golfers should arrive an hour before the start time.

The fee includes cash prizes, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

Lunch will be served at the post.

Non-golfers can contribute to the fund-raiser by sponsoring a veteran or a team.

Kids Kampus golfers raise $11K with outing

The team from State Farm Insurance scored a 49 to win the 25th annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus Golf Outing, held May 18 at Norwood Golf Club, in Huntington. Team members are (from left) Patrick Klein, Tyler Sizelove, Jake Stroup and Corey Stephans. Over $11,000 was raised at the event for Kids Kampus.
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The 25th annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus Golf Outing, sponsored by David Culp and Co., was held May 18 at Norwood Golf Club, in Huntington.

A total of $11,400 was raised at the event, which is held to raise funds for the programs and services offered to the children and families served by the childcare center.

First place at the outing went to the team from State Farm Insurance, comprised of Patrick Klein, Tyler Sizelove, Corey Stephans and Jake Stroup, who carded a 49. Neal Kline, David Ross, Jeff Wing and Tim Wing took second place.

Viking Classic tennis tournament


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Jaxson Rinkenberger competes in the 15 to 16-year-old singles division at the Viking Classic Tennis Tournament on Friday, June 10, at Huntington North High School.

Sluggers win Homier tourney


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The Summit City Sluggers 12U baseball team won the Strike-Out Breast Cancer Tournament, which took place Friday, June 3, to Sunday, June 5, at Homier Park, in Huntington. The Sluggers emerged from a field of nine other teams to win their age group.

Set organizational meet for softball league

An organizational meeting for the Warren Adult Coed Softball League will be held on June 26 in Warren’s Tower Park pavilion at 3 p.m.

There is a cost per team. Games will begin in late July and run until mid-October.  

League organizers note that there are usually around 15 teams in the league. Every team will play 18 games and a double-elimination tournament at season’s end.  

All proceeds from the league go directly to the Warren Youth Baseball and Softball League.

Varsity letter


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Jake Osborn (left), a student at Huntington North High School, received a varsity letter and certificate at the school on Monday, May 23, for competing in the varsity division of the Turnstone Wheelchair Basketball League, in Fort Wayne. With Osborn is Turnstone Head Coach Bob Burnsworth.

Heritage Days 5K set for June 18

The Huntington Heritage Days 5K will be held Saturday, June 18, and is again being put on by the Men in Black Running Club.

There are both individual and family entry fees for both early and late registrations.

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers of the 5K and the top overall masters male and female finishers. Awards will also be given to the top male and female finishers in each of the 13 age groups.

Registration is being done online at getme regis tered.com/Heritage Day5K.

Young Vikings last in 3,200-meter relay at state meet

The Huntington North High School 3,200-meter relay team finished last at the IHSAA Boys' State Track Meet on Saturday, June 4, at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The Viking quartet of freshman Brock Spahr, junior Elijah Chesterman, sophomore Aaron Hendryx and junior Cody Jones clocked in at 8:23.57.

West Lafayette won the race with a time of 7:44.45, which included three sub-2:00 splits, highlighted by a 1:52.889 anchor leg.

 

The need for speed


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Two racers go for it during a race at the sixth annual Harry Brinkman Memorial Regatta on Saturday, June 4, at Lake Clare, Huntington. The power boat championship event continues today, Sunday.

Reaching for it


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Isaac Eckert stretches to return a shot during the Huntington University men's tennis camp on Saturday, June 4, at Klopfenstein Tennis Courts.

Stoffel gets 2nd all-state honor at state track meet

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Hannah Stoffel

Hannah Stoffel ended her career as a member of the Huntington North High School girls’ track and field team on a high note, posting a pair of top-10 finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs at the IHSAA Girls’ Track and Field State Finals, held Friday, June 3, at Indiana University, in Bloomington.

For the second year in a row, Stoffel earned all-state honors in the 1,600. Just as she did last year, she captured fourth in the race, clocking in at 4:55.59.

Stoffel followed up that performance with a 10th place showing in the 3,200. She crossed the finish line in 10:50.23.

Heat second in Bat Wars tournament

Members of the Indiana Heat 10U travel baseball team are (front row from left) Aydon Eppard, Sander Kennedy, Jack Eckert5, Isaac Wilson, Braden Johnson and Cooper Sloan; and (second row,from left) Drew Pressler, Jase Gunn, Lane Stetzel, Isaac Zay, Blake Sheward and Aric Hosler; and (back row from left) coaches Darren Johnson, Doug Pressler, John Gunn, Craig Sloan and Phil Eckert.
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The Indiana Heat 10U travel basketball team placed second in the Baseball Players Association Bat Wars Tournament held May 20 through 22 in Warsaw.

After losing both pool play games on Saturday morning and receiving the bottom seed, the Heat finished second in the nine-team field.

This is the team’s fourth tournament with a second-place finish this spring.
The  Heat will next travel to Grand Park in Westfield the weekend of June 10 through 12 to participate in the 30-team Freedom Classic Tournament.

Viking golfers seventh at sectional

Jacob Vinson, a senior on the Huntington North High School boys’ golf team, chips onto the green on the 11th hole at Rozella Ford Golf Club during the Warsaw Boys' Golf Sectional on Friday, June 3. The Vikings placed seventh with a score of 324 and fell short of qualifying for regionals.
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The season concluded for the Huntington North High School boys’ golf team with a seventh place finish at the Warsaw Sectional, held Friday, June 3, at Rozella Ford Golf Club, in Warsaw.

While the Vikings failed to qualify for the regional as a team, their top performer on the day, Nolan Betterly, made it to a playoff with three other golfers where two regional spots were on the line. The junior, however, was eliminated on the first hole, ending his hopes of individual advancement.

Championship power boat races at Lake Clare

Outboard hydroplanes speed across Lake Clare in Huntington last year during the Harry Brinkman Memorial Regatta. This year’s regatta will take place Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, and feature approximately 100 boats racing in more than a dozen categories. Admission to the two-day event is free.
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The sixth annual Harry Brinkman Memorial Regatta, featuring races sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association, will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and June 5, at Lake Clare, in Huntington.

Testing starts about 11 a.m. and races begin by noon, continuing until about 6 p.m.

Championship races will be run on Saturday.

Spectators are admitted for free and concessions will be available for purchase at the Huntington Township Fire Department.

Clear Creek, Andrews, both undefeated in HCB through May 23

Standings for the 11U and 14U softball leagues in Huntington County Baseball through the week of May 23 are as follows.

11U
Clear Creek and Andrews were both undefeated with records of 6-0 and 5-0, respectively. Park Drive Oil was a game above .500 with three wins against two losses. Roanoke and Markle were tied with matching 2-4 marks. Coaches Connection sat at 1-3 while Bippus State Bank was 0-6.

Spartans again end Vikings' season at baseball sectional

Huntington North’s Logan Green (left) takes a swing in the championship game of the Huntington North Baseball Sectional against Homestead on Monday, May 30. The Vikings’ season came to an end with a 7-3 loss.
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The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School baseball team at the hands of a familiar foe, as Homestead defeated the Vikings, 7-3, in the championship game of the Huntington North Sectional on Monday, May 30, at Forest Glen Park.

Despite the four-run final margin, the Vikes hung with the Spartans for the majority of the contest, countering Homestead scores in the third and fifth innings to keep their deficit manageable.

Viking cross country coach shows how it's done at Brother Boogie

Alex Wiedenhoeft, of Roanoke, leads a competitor in the woods at the St. Felix Oratory during the Nun Run 5K portion of the Nun Run & Brother Boogie on Saturday, May 28. Wiedenhoeft finished second overall and won the male 16 to 24 age group in the race.
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Huntington North High School boys' varsity cross country coach Curtis Ray Hines showed his team and everyone else for that matter how it's done as he won the Brother Boogie 10K portion of the Nun Run & Brother Boogie by more than a minute on Saturday, May 28, at the St. Felix Oratory.

Hines, 39, of Huntington, clocked in at 39:16.2 to defeat runner-up Joe McFarren, of Liberty Center, by 64 seconds. Tracy Blocker, of Huntington, placed third in 40:39.2, Brad Thomas, of Fort Wayne, was fourth in 43:43.0 and Hunter Funk, of Huntington, was fifth in 44:02.3.

HU's Nash, Donaldson earn All-America honors

Jake Nash (left) and Jean Donaldson.
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Huntington University senior Jake Nash and junior Jean Donaldson each earned All-American honors at the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, AL, on Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27.

Nash claimed his honor with a leap of 6-6 to place eighth in the high jump on Friday, while Donaldson claimed the same spot in javelin on Thursday with a personal best effort of 137-06.25.

Vikings earn championship match-up with Spartans in diamond sectional

Huntington North pitcher Kory Goodrich gets ready to unleash a pitch against Fort Wayne North Side in the Huntington North Baseball Sectional on Saturday, May 28, at Huntington University's Forest Glen Park.
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The Huntington North High School baseball team exploded for five runs in the first inning, got one-hit pitching from Kory Goodrich and advanced to the championship game of the Huntington North Baseball Sectional Tournament with an 8-0 win over Fort Wayne North Side on Saturday, May 28.

The Vikings, 19-7, will take on 21-7 Homestead at 6 p.m. in the championship contest. Homestead beat Fort Wayne Wayne, 5-2, on Saturday to earn their ticket to the title match.

Viking 3,200 relay team heading to state

Huntington North junior Elijah Chesterman digs deep in the 800-meter run at the Marion Boys' Track Regional on Thursday, May 26. Chesterman placed seventh in 1:59.17.
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The 3,200-meter relay team of Cody Jones, Brock Spahr, Aaron Hendryx and Elijah Chesterman earned the lone Huntington North High School trip to the state meet at the Marion Boys' Track Regional on Thursday, May 26.

The quartet got the third and final qualifying spot with a time of 8:05.98, almost five seconds better than what it turned it at sectional a week ago.

Carroll won the race in 7:54.67, with Leo second in 8:04.14.

State finals will be held Saturday, June 4, at Indiana University.

Viking golfers get easy "senior night" win

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity golf team dispatched visiting North Side, 174-229, on "senior night," on Wednesday, May 25.

The Vikings, 6-5 in dual matches, were led by junior Nolan Betterly, who posted a 39. Senior Michael May logged a 42, freshman Martin Harold registered a 46 and senior Jacob Vinson tallied a 47. Senior Zane Cozad totaled a non-scoring 51.

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