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Beauchamp bomb helps Foresters gain split with Taylor

Shea Beauchamp unloaded a two-run bomb in the first inning of the second game and Tarrin Beachy made it stand up as the Huntington University baseball team split a doubleheader with visiting Taylor on Tuesday, May 4.

The Foresters, 19-26 overall and 14-10 in the Crossroads League, fell to Taylor 4-1 in the opener but got the Trojans by the same score in the nightcap.

Foresters burn Grace for twinbill sweep

Following a season-high offensive output in the first game, the Foresters scored late in the second contest to sweep a doubleheader from host Grace College on Monday, May 2.

The Foresters pounded out 21 hits in the opener on the way to a 16-5 win, then scored three runs in the final two innings for a 5-2 win in the nightcap, improving their overall record to 18-25 and 13-9 in Crossroads League play.

Viking golfers sixth at Rochester Invitational

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team captured sixth place out of 14 teams at the Rochester Invitational on Saturday, April 30.

Senior Michael May led the Vikings with an 88. Freshman Martin Harold shot an 89, senior Jacob Vinson carded a 91 and junior Nolan Betterly capped the team's score at 360 with a 92.

Senior Zane Cozad posted a non-scoring 107.

Northfield won the invite with a tally of 337.

Lady Vikings pulverize Warsaw in sweep

Photo by Steve Clark.
Hannah Middlebrooks

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team pulverized host Warsaw, winning the first game, 19-1, and the second, 20-2, in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 30.

In the opener, Hannah Middlebrooks limited the Lady Tigers to five hits in as many innings. The junior also fanned two and walked only one to earn the win.

Lady Vikes beat Blackford

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team defeated visiting Blackford, 9-4, on Friday, April 29.

The Lady Vikings, 9-3, were led by junior Ariene Butler, who produced a single and three runs batted in. Junior Mackenzie Cannici chipped in two hits and as many RBI while junior Erin Burke supplied a single and two RBI and senior Alexa Hill added a pair of base pokes and an RBI.

Salamonie Summer Festival Golf Outing set for May 21 at Dogwood

The Salamonie Summer Festival Golf Outing will be held May 21 at Dogwood Golf course in Warren. 

Cost of the outing includes lunch. There will also be prizes given away. Proceeds will support the festival for 2016. 

To register a team, call 375-3284 and leave a message with the team name and number and the call will be returned by a member of the committee.

3,200 relay win helps Vikings to third at own Lime City Relays

Huntington North runner Isaac Smith (right) takes a quick look at the competition during the anchor leg of the 3,200-meter relay on Saturdyay, April 29, at the Lime City Relays at Kriegbaum Field. Smith and his cohorts captured the race to help HNHS place third as a team.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A victory by the 3,200-meter relay team helped the Huntington North High School boys' track team place third out of seven teams at the Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 30, at Kriegbaum Field.

The quartet of Cody Jones, Elijah Chesterman, Brock Spahr and Isaac Smith destroyed the field by more than 18 seconds in winning in 8:34.84, helping the Vikings pile up 90.5 points.

Koch win helps Lady Vikes to fifth at Lime City Relays

Huntington North freshman Brooke Goodrich (right) strains for the finish line in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash at the Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 29, at Huntington North.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Sophomore Karmen Koch won one event and scored in two more individually as the Huntington North High school girls' track team placed fifth out of seven teams at the Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 30.

Koch's triumph in the 300-meter hurdles was the lone win of the day for the Lady Vikings, who tallied  68 points at the meet, well behind champion Homestead's score of 112.

Koch sped to her win in :47.98 to beat runner-up Kyara Muhammad of Fort Wayne Northrop by more than a second.

HCB opening night parade


Photo by Steve Clark.

Members of the Intricut Little League team ride down the parade route in Huntington and throw candy during the annual Huntington County Baseball opening day parade on Friday night, April 29.

Foresters wrap up No. 2 CL spot

The Huntington University softball team wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the final regular season Crossroads League standings by splitting a doubleheader with host Spring Arbor University on Saturday, April 30, winning the first game, 2-0, but falling in the second, 8-6.

The Foresters, 33-15 overall, finished with a CL record of 26-10, tying Indiana Wesleyan University for second but gaining the spot by having three wins in four outings against the Wildcats.

Fourth inning outburst pushes Vikings over North Side

A scoring outburst in the fourth inning propelled the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team to a 12-5 win over visiting North Side on Saturday, April 30.

Reliable pitching pair helps Foresters bag pair of wins

Huntington University hitter Alyssa Hiple drives the ball in the first game of a doubleheader with visiting Bethel College on Friday, April 29. The Foresters won both games.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Behind reliably good pitching from Emily Puterbaugh and Ariel Sheets, the Huntington University softball team swept visiting Bethel College, 4-1 and 1-0, on Friday, April 29.

McCutcheon tosses 2-hit gem as Vikes blast CC

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Alex McCutcheon

Alex McCutcheon tossed a two-hitter to help the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team dispatch visiting Columbia City with ease, 11-1, on Friday, April 29.

McCutcheon, a senior, pitched all five innings, yielding just the two base pokes and an earned run while fanning eight to earn his fourth win in as many starts.

Sophomore Ian McCutcheon backed up his older brother’s pitching with three hits and four runs batted in. Seniors Anthony Capozza, Logan Green and Thomas Parker, along with junior Hunter Welch, each added an RBI to the Vikings’ 11-hit attack.

Lady Vikes' JV SB bombs Southwood

The Huntington North High School junior varsity softball team defeated host Southwood, 37-12, on Tuesday, April 26, to improve to 3-5 on the season.

Maddie Heal pitched all five innings and had three strikeouts.

Doubles wins help push HNHS netgirls past CC

Victories in both doubles help push the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team past visiting Columbia City, 3-2, on Thursday, April 28.

Katie Hunt at second singles took a three-set win to help HNHS improve its record to 2-7 on the season. Hunt came back to top Hannah Behman, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

The Lady Vikes' first doubles team of Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst threw a 6-0, 6-0 whitewashing at Katie Weigel and Macenzie Lane, and the No. 2 unit of Olivia Bowman and Leann Ringenberg worked out a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Leah Mills and Jayma Acres.

Revamped lineup gets HN netgirls close

Sporting a revamped lineup, the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team pushed host Bluffton hard, but came up short, 2-3, on Wednesday, April 27.

Emily Karst and Sarah Fryman, the Lady Vikings’ reliable first doubles duo, shifted to first and second singles, respectively. The two kept up their winning ways, with Karst defeating Maddison Heller, 6-3, 6-3, and Fryman dispatching Claudia Williams, 6-2, 6-2.

Lady Vikes dispatch CC on diamond

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team dispatched host Columbia City, 8-3, on Wednesday, April 27.

The Lady Vikings got the scoring started with three runs in the third inning. The visitors then scored once in the fourth and three times in the fifth before the Lady Eagles finally got on the board with a trio of runs in the sixth. It was too little, too late, though, and a solo tally by Huntington North in the seventh brought the game’s scoring to a close.

Season for Huntington County Baseball opens on Friday

Huntington County Baseball will open its 2016 season on Friday, April 29.

Ballplayers will participate in a parade on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Huntington North High School. The parade will travel down Jefferson Street to Evergreen Road, then to Homier Park.

Games will be played on  all diamonds Friday after the parade. The games will be followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Games will be held all day on Saturday, April 30.

Puterbaugh, Sheets slam door on USF in twinbill sweep

Emily Puterbaugh (left) and Ariel Sheets.
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Emily Puterbaugh and Ariel Sheets allowed only one run on the day to lead the Huntington University softball team to a twinbill sweep of host University of Saint Francis, 5-1, and 6-0, on Tuesday, April 26.

Puterbaugh handcuffed the Cougars on five hits in the opener, allowing the only USF run of the day, before Sheets gave up only six hits, with no runs as HU improved to 30-14 overall, 23-9 in Crossroads League play.

Foresters walk to extra innings win to split twinbill with Bethel

Brock Gower pitched six innings of one-run ball and the Huntington University baseball team pushed across two runs in the 10th inning of the second game with two bases-loaded walks to salvage a doubleheader split with host Bethel College on Tuesday, April 26.

The Foresters absorbed an 11-0 shellacking in the first game, but captured game two, 5-3, to improve to 16-25 on the season overall, 11-9 in the Crossroads League.

HU women's golf team last at Crossroads League Championships

The Huntington University women's golf team wrapped up its inaugural season with a last place finish at the Crossroads League Championships on Monday and Tuesday, April 25 and 26, at the NorthStar Golf Club, hosted by Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

After shooting rounds of 402 and 413 on Monday, HU saved its best for last as the Foresters shot a season-low 394 in their final 18 holes on Tuesday to finish with a 1,209.

As has been the case all season, freshman Abby Poole paced the Foresters with a 259 to finish 18th out of 44 golfers.

Lady Vikes SB loses slulgfest to Whitko, 15-9

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team lost a 15-9 slugfest to host Whitko on Tuesday, April 26.

The Lady Vikes, 7-3, got three hits and three runs batted in from Aubrie Eckert and three hits from Kelsie Vogleman. Mackenzi Cannici had two hits and three RBI, Ariene Butler had two hits and an RBI and Alexa Hill and Erin Burke each had a hit and a ribby.

Arnold couldn't stop Whitko at all, throwing a complete game of six innings and giving up 15 hits, with five strikeouts and three walks.

Doubles win lone highlight for Lady Vike netgirls in loss

The first doubles team of Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst picked up the lone win on the day for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team as it fell to host East Noble, 1-4, on Tuesday, April 26.

The Lady Viking seniors lost the first set, 3-6, before bouncing back with sets of 7-5 and 6-2 to get the lone HNHS victory as the team dropped to 1-6 on the season.

Viking golfers lose by a stroke to Norwell

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team lost by a stroke to host Norwell, 172-173, on Tuesday, April 26.

Nolan Betterly and Michael May each posted rounds of 42 to lead the Vikings, 1-3 overall and 1-2 in Northeast 8 Conference play. Martin Harold was a shot back at 43 and Jacob Vinson posted a 46.

Zane Cozad fired a non-scoring 53.

The HNHS junior varsity took a close win, 196-200.

Luke Stroud topped the JV with a 46, Jack Young fired a 47, Hunter Schwob shot a 49 and Jared Smith completed the team with a 54.

Full-team effort earns Viking trackboys three-way win

Mohamed Almalahi flies through the air on his way to winning the junior varsity long jump competition during a three-way meet the Huntington North High School boys' varsity track team hosted against Leo and DeKalb.
Photo by Steve Clark.

It was a full-team effort as the Huntington North High School boys' varsity track team narrowly edged Leo to win a three-way meet with DeKalb at Kriegbaum Field on Tuesday, April 26.

Getting four wins, the Vikings scored 64.5 points while Leo pulled in 60.5 and DeKalb scored 42.

Brock Spahr led three Vikings across the finish line for points in the 1,600-meter run to lead to HNHS' best points total of the afternoon. Spahr won the race in 4:40.0, with teammates Jacob Wust and Jackson Wright placing third and fourth, respectively, in 4:55.4 and 4:57.1.

Goodrich, Vikings blank Knight

Photo by Steve Clark.
Kory Goodrich

Kory Goodrich pitched his usual shutout and his teammates supported him with eight runs as the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team beat up host East Noble, 8-0, on Tuesday, April 26.

Huntington's Tackett captures second career PBA title

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EJ Tackett

Huntington native EJ Tackett captured his second career title on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, winning the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open on Sunday, April 24.

Tackett defeated Ryan Ciminelli, 217-210, in the championship match of the tournament, which was held at Liberty Lanes, in Carpentersville, IL.

The tourney commenced on Saturday, April 23, with a pair of eight-game sessions that saw the top 16 players move on. Tackett posted a score of 1,975 in his session to advance in third place.

Karst to continue tennis career


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Emily Karst (seated center) signs a letter of intent on Monday, April 25, to continue her tennis career at Hanover College. Present at the signing are Karst’s parents (seated from left) mother Julie and father Kevin and (back row from left) Blake Childs, head coach of the HNHS girls’ tennis team, and Matt Karst, Karst’s brother and a member of the HNHS boys’ tennis team.

Butler's two dingers go for naught in loss to EN

Photo by Steve Clark.
Ariene Butler

Ariene Butler blasted two home runs but the Huntington North High School varsity softball team still took it on the chin against East Noble, 15-6, on Monday, April 25.

Alyssa Voght also smacked a homer and both she and Butler knocked in two runs apiece for the Lady Vikes, 7-2 overall and 0-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

East Noble rocked Lady Vike hurler Hannah Middlebrooks for 14 hits and eight earned runs in six innings. Middlebrooks had three strikeouts and no walks. Kendra Arnold finished up the final inning, giving up three hits, with two strikeouts and one walk.

Viking golfers third at own invite

Jared Smith, a junior on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity golf team, chips the ball of the 11th hole at Norwood Golf Club during the Huntington North Invitational on Saturday, April 23. The Vikings placed third at the invite with a 336.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Jacob Vinson fired an 82 to lead the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity golf team to third place at its own invitational, held Saturday, April 23, at Norwood Golf Club.

Vinson’s score earned him fourth place overall at the invite. Freshman Martin Harold and junior Nolan Betterly both finished just a stroke behind their teammate, with matching scores of 83, while senior Michael May carded an 88 to cap the Vikings’ score at 336.

Junior Jared Smith shot a non-scoring 90.

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