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Lesperance gem leads Vikings over Anderson

Elliot Lesperance yielded just a hit in six innings on the mound to lead the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team to a 3-0 shutout of host Anderson on Saturday, May 20.

Lesperance struck out four and didn't issue any walks during his dominant outing for the Vikings, 14-8. He was spelled in the seventh by Ian McCutcheon, who limited the Indians to a hit to record the save.

While Lesperance shut Anderson down at the plate, the Huntington North offense scored once in the third and twice in the fourth to provide him with all the run support he would need.

Trio of first-place efforts has Viking runner-up at boys' track sectional

Huntington North’s Felix Benkel (right) hands off the baton to teammate Stone Bowers in the 400-meter relay at the New Haven Boys’ Track Sectional on Friday, May 19. The relay team finished third in :46.24 to qualify for regionals. The Vikings were the meet’s runner-up with 105 points.
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Behind a trio of first-place efforts, the Huntington North High School boys’ track team captured second place at the New Haven Sectional on Friday, May 19.

The Vikings totaled 105 points at the 10-team meet, which started on Thursday, May 18, and was completed on Friday due to inclement weather. Six individuals and three relay teams will represent Huntington North at the Marion Regional, which is set for Thursday, May 25, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

First doubles team continues on bit Lady Vike netgirls' season ends

Senior Katie Hunt returns a shot at No. 2 singles during the Lady Vikes' sectional match against host Norwell  on Thursday evening, May 18. Hunt and the Lady Vikings fell, 1-4.
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A win at first doubles was all the Huntington North High School girls’ tennis team could manage against Norwell in a 1-4, season-ending loss in the semifinals of the Norwell Sectional on Thursday, May 18.

The duo of junior Kassidy Thompson and sophomore Macy Wohlford posted the Lady Vikings’ lone victory, outlasting Madison Oakes and Caitlynn Griggs in three sets, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5. With the triumph, Thompson and Wohlford keep their season going and will compete in the state’s tournament for individuals from eliminated teams this week.

HU's postseason run comes to end at hands of Faulkner

The Huntington University baseball team’s postseason run came to an end with an 8-4 loss to Faulkner University in the Montgomery, AL, bracket of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on Wednesday, May 17.

The defeat was the Foresters’ second to the Eagles in as many days. The first setback, a 3-0 decision, dropped third-seeded Huntington to the tournament’s losers bracket, where it faced fifth-seeded Truett McConnell University on Wednesday afternoon and eliminated the Bears, 11-6, to set up a rematch with Faulkner, the top seed, that evening.

Zimske's bomb helps HU past Truett McConnell

Tyler Zimske launched a three-run homer to spark a five-run explosion in the eighth inning which carried the Huntington University baseball team past Truett McConnell, 11-6, on Wednesday afternoon in an elimination game at the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round Tournament in Montgomery, AL.

Last-inning rally falls just short for Viking diamond boys

A final-inning three-run rally fell just short for the Huntington North High School baseball team as it fell to visiting New Haven, 6-5, on Tuesday, May 16.

Trailing 6-2 heading in the bottom of the seventh, the Vikings, 14-8,  got two singles and two doubles to tally a trio of runs, but the tying run was left on base as New Haven hung on.

New Haven tallied what proved to be the game-winning runs in the top of the seventh thanks to a hit, an error and a wild pitch.

Lady Vikes get five regional spots at New Haven Girls' Track Sectional

Lady Viking runners Alena Miller (left) and Kyler Hoopingarner compete in the 1,600-meter run at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, afternoon, May 16.
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Led by Veronika Russell winning the pole vault, Huntington North High School had five automatic qualifications to regional at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, May 16.

Russell, a sophomore, went 8-6 to win on jumps in the pole vault as the Lady Vikings earned four of their five qualifications in the field events. Top three finishes earned automatic move-ons to regional next week at Marion.

Faulkner silences big HU bats in tourney win; Foresters play elim game today

Huntington University's big bats were silenced by host Faulkner in a 3-0 loss on day two of the NAIA Opening Round baseball tournament.

HU drops into an elimination game today, Wednesday, May 17, at 2:30 against fifth-seeded Truett in the double-elimination tourney.

Faulkner starter Ivan Pelaez dominated the Foresters with only three hits and 15 strikeouts without a walk in 8.1 innings. His teammates got him all the support he needed with a solo run in the second, then they added insurance runs in the seventh and the ninth.

Huntington North rally falls short against Carroll

The Huntington North High School baseball team almost came back from a 6-0 deficit but in the end fell 6-5 to visiting Carroll on Monday, May 15.

Carroll pushed across a pair of runs in the first, second and fourth innings to take its 6-0 advantage, but the Vikings, 14-7, rallied for four runs in the fourth and another in the sixth before Carroll slammed the door shut in the seventh for its 20th win of the season in 23 games.

Ian McCutcheon and C.J. Landrum each had two hits and Landrum notched three runs batted in to lead the Vikings nine-hit offense.

Cannici leads Lady Vikes over New Haven

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Mackenzi Cannici

Mackenzie Cannici had three hits and two runs batted in to lead the Huntington North High School varsity softball team to a 7-2 win over visiting New Haven on Monday, May 15.

Laney Shaw added to the offense for HNHS, 14-7, with a two-run double, and Alyssa Voght, Aubrie Eckert and Ariene Butler each added an RBI.

Hannah Middlebrooks picked up the win in the circle, allowing two runs on four hits.

Late lightning fuels Foresters in national tourney

The Huntington University baseball team used some late lightning to post a 12-6 win over second-seeded St. Thomas University on Monday, May 15, in the NAIA Opening Round Baseball Tournament at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL.

The third-seeded Foresters, 35-11, trailed 5-3 after six innings, but racked up nine runs over the final three frames to stay in the winner's bracket of the double-elimination tourney.

The Foresters will face top-seeded Faulkner today, Tuesday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m.

Lady Vikes blast South Side in twinbill sweep

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team steamrolled visiting South Side, winning 12-0 and 17-1 in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 13.

In the opening game, the Lady Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before scoring four times in the second, six times in the third and once more in the fifth to cap the lopsided affair.

JLVs win in Bloomington


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The seventh-grade Junior Lady Vikings basketball team won the Midwest War on the Floor Tournament on Sunday, April 30, in Bloomington. With the victory, the team qualifies for the Midwest Nationals in Louisville, KY, this June. Team members are (front row from left) Grace Sell, Chloe Kauffman, Jadyn Bennett and Leah Campbell and (back row from left) Coach Stacy Wiley, Taylor Double, Addy Wiley, Meg Camomile, Hailee Kline and Coach Brian Double.

Zanesville Lions to hold 5K

The Zanesville Lions Club’s annual 5K run will be held Saturday, June 10, at the Zanesville United Methodist Church. Race day registration is from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with a 1 mile fun run for kids ages 12 and under. At 8:15 a.m. the 5K Run/Walk will begin.

Awards will be presented at 9 a.m. for first through fourth place and male and female overall winners. First and second place awards will be presented for recognition in age groups.

Top competitors


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Members of Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana display their awards after they participated in the Stone Tiger Challenge Cancer Center Benefit in Rockford, OH, on May 6.  Melanie Anderson (left) received first place in 15-17 year old advanced girls kata, first place in 15-17 year old kobudo kata and grand champion in 13-17 year old kobudo kata. Lextin Keefer (center) took second place in 7-8 year old boys kata. Sensei Dawn Anderson (right) took first place in 55 and over women black belt kata and first place in 55 and over women black belt kobudo kata.

Three-hitter on the way


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Huntington North pitcher Kendra Arnold winds up for a pitch during a three-hit, shutout performance against visiting Fort Wayne South Side in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, May 13. The Lady Vikings won 12-0 and 17-1.

Huntington North trackboys win own 9/10 Invitational

Huntington North's Drew Nash runs the curve in the 200-meter dash at the Huntington North 9/10 Invitational on Saturday, May 13. The Vikings won the meet.
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Behind five first-place finishes, the Huntington North High School boys’ track team won the Huntington North 9/10 Invitational on Saturday, May 13, at Kriegbaum Field.

The Vikings tallied 134 points to win the 10-team meet, which featured only freshman and sophomore competitors.

Of Huntington North’s five victories, two came in distance races. Sophomore Brock Spahr won the 1,600-meter run, clocking in at 4:35.7, while sophomore Jarid Miller topped the 3,200-meter run, crossing the finish line in 10:39.6.

Lady Vike netgirls edge South Adams

Huntington North's No. 1 singles player Jessica Henline smacks a backhand on her way to defeating Virginia Lagos of visiting South Adams in a match on Friday, May 12. The Lady Vikes won, 3-2.
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The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team edged visiting South Adams, 3-2, on Friday, May 12.

The key match for the Lady Vikings came at second singles, where senior Katie Hunt came back to beat Haley Gerber. After losing the opening set, 3-6, Hunt rallied with a 6-4 victory in the following frame and a 10-5 tiebreak triumph to win the match.

HU trackmen short in effort to qualify for nationals

Members of the Huntington University men’s track team came up short in their efforts to qualify for the NAIA Outdoor Nationals while competing at the Hillsdale College Classic on Thursday, May 11.

Avniel Barrow posted the team’s best finish on the day, winning the 100-meter dash in :10.89, which was a personal record and earns him the No. 4 spot in the Huntington record book.

Brooks Gerke also put forth a personal-best effort, leaping 14-05.50 in pole vault. The showing earned him sixth place at the meet and bumped him up from sixth to fifth in the school’s record book.

Forester trackwomen fall short in bid for nationals

Members of the Huntington University women’s track team fell short in their efforts to qualify for the NAIA Outdoor Nationals while competing at the Hillsdale College Classic on Thursday, May 11.

Jean Donaldson produced the team’s lone podium finish on the day, capturing third in javelin with a throw of 109-09.

Nicole Pennington claimed fifth in the 100-meter dash with a clocking of :12.62 and took sixth in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a personal-best :25.91.

Vikings coast past Knights on diamond

The Huntington North High School baseball team jumped out to a 7-0 lead early and coasted to a 9-5 win over visiting Norwell on Thursday, May 11.

The Vikings, 14-6, scored a solo tally in the first inning and then put up matching three-spots in the second and third frames. HNHS led 9-1 by the time Norwell put up four runs in the seventh against two Viking relievers.

HNHS starter Pat Miller threw one-run ball for the first six innings, yielding eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Viking trackboys third at North Side

Wins in the two distance races and one in the weight events wasn't enough for the Huntington North High school boys' track team as it finished third in a three-way meet with host Fort Wayne North Side and Homestead on Thursday, May 11.

J.J. Whicker won the 1,600-meter run, Elijah Chesterman won the 3,200-meter run and Jared Coolman topped the shot put to help HNHS tally 49 points. North Side won the meet with 65 points and Homestead was runner-up with 53.

Norwell stops HNHS netgirls

Victory at No. 1 doubles was the highlight of the day for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team in a 1-4 loss to visiting Norwell on Thursday, May 11.

Sophomore Macy Wohlford and junior Kassidy Thompson took down Caitlynn Griggs and Madison Oakes, 6-2, 6-4 for the lone HNHS victory as the Lady Vikes fell to 6-10 on the season.

Two of the Lady Vikes' losses were in three sets. At third singles, Tarah Zumbrun fell to Cierra Middleton, 3-6, 6-4, 1-6, and at second doubles Anna Schroeder and Alyssa Hewson lost to Abby Hoover and Sadie Mann, 7-6, 3-6, 4-6.

Foresters cap domination of CL Tourney with title

The top-seeded Huntington University baseball team won the Crossroads League Tournament on Wednesday, May 10, with a 15-3 victory over third-seeded Marian University at Taylor University. The Foresters will now travel to Montgomery, AL, for the NAIA National Championship Opening Round where they will play St. Thomas University today, Monday, May 15. Pictured are (sitting from left) Mason Coy, Shea Beauchamp and TJ Lindstrand, (kneeling from left) Tyler Zimske, Jake Hansen, Hunter Losekamp, Andy Roser, Jamar Weaver, Andrew Natividad, Matt McKinney, Kyle Selvey, Drew McLochlin, Blake Gray and Colton Punches and (standing from left) Assistant Coach Mark Flueckiger, Student Assistant Dan Wilcher, Dalton Combs, Tanner Wyse, DJ Moore, Tyson Dietrich, Connor West, Caleb Landrum, Assistant Coach Thad Frame, Michael Crowley, Tarrin Beachy, Ryan Bethel, Dylan Henricks, Dax McLochlin, Mason Shinabery, Adam Roser, Will Coursen-Carr and Head Coach Mike Frame.
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The Huntington University baseball team capped its domination of the Crossroads League Tournament with a 15-3 rout of Marian University on Wednesday, May 10, at Taylor University.

The top-seeded Foresters won three of their four games by 10 runs or more to cruise to their seventh tournament championship in program history. It’s the first time Huntington has captured the tourney title in the same year it won the league’s regular-season championship.

Lady Vike netgirls fall to Homestead

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team fell to host Homestead, 2-3, on Wednesday, May 10.

The Lady Vikings triumphed at first and second singles, but were stymied by the Lady Spartans in the remaining matches to fall to 6-9.

Senior Katie Hunt posted a 6-0, 6-3 win over Lumyah Habib in the second solo match for Huntington North while sophomore Jessica Henline dispatched Natalie Steingass, 6-3, 6-3, in the first tilt.

A 1-6, 0-6 loss to Lauren Peters by junior Tarah Zumbrun rounded out singles play for the Lady Vikes.

HNHS trackgirls shot down by Homestead

Veronika Russell won pole vault and Amaya Torres triumphed in shot put to pace the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity track team in a 97-26 loss to Homestead at Kriegbaum Field on Wednesday, May 10.

Russell, a sophomore, cleared 8-0 to top pole vault while Torres, a junior, heaved the gray ball 35-0.75 to win shot put.

Karmen Koch was a two-time runner-up for the Lady Vikings. The junior captured second in high jump with a leap of 4-10 and was the silver finisher in the 800-meter run with a clocking of 2:30.84.

Promoted


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Students of the YMCA martial arts program display the certificates they received on a recent Promotion Night. To be promoted, students must master more advanced techniques and skills. Pictured are (front row, from left) Benjamin Mitchell, Tyler Wise, Zachary Mitchell, Hayden Saunders, Peyton Blair and Cheyenne Catellier; and (back row, from left) YMCA martial arts director/instructor Bob Waldron, instructor/student Brad Roberts, instructor/student Ashley Roberts, instructor TJ Saunders, Shayne Linder and Anna Scott. Not pictured are Delores Wilson and Tanner Branscomb.

Karate skills


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Members of Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana, in Huntington, participated in the 40th Anniversary Invitational Karate Tournament and Seminars in Pittsburg, KS, on April 28 to 30. Amanda Anderson (left) won fourth place women’s black belt Kata, fourth place black belt JKG Kobudo Kata and third place black belt open Kobudo Kata while Melanie Anderson (right) won first place girls’ red belt 15-17 year old Kumite, first place junior advanced JKG Kobudo Kata and fourth place girls’ red belt 15-17 year old Kata.

UW, PHH team up for 10th annual Sprint Triathlon Aug. 12

The United Way of Huntington County and the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will host its 10th annual Sprint Triathlon, including both team and individual events, on Aug. 12.

This year, the day will also include the first Run for Reading 5K.

The events are open to anyone age 14 or older Registrations are now being accepted, with a discounted fee available through May 31.

Registration is online at huntingtonunitedway.org/happenings/2017-sprint-triathlon/

Kenny Eckert hits lucky birthday shot

Kenny Eckert, using an approach wedge, shot a hole-in-one on his birthday, Sunday, May 7, at Norwood Golf Course.

The shot was witnessed by his son, Matt Eckert, and his grandchildren, Amara and Brandon Eckert.

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