Sports

Forester women stun top-seed IWU in Crossroads League tourney

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Amelia Recker.

The fourth-seeded Huntington University women’s basketball team stunned top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan University, 77-56, on Friday, Feb. 27, in the semifinals of the Crossroads League Tournament.

The big win sends the Foresters, 22-8, to the tournament’s championship game on Monday night, where they’ll face second-seeded Marian University at 7 p.m. in Indianapolis. The winner of Monday’s contest will be crowned the Crossroads League Tourney champions and receive the league’s second automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament.

Vikings win regular season finale

Huntington North’s Konner Platt (right) tries to shake Norwell defender Graham Denney in the first half of the Vikings’ game against the visiting Knights on Friday, Feb. 27.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North boys’ varsity basketball team emerged victorious in a back-and-forth game against visiting Norwell, 50-46, on Friday, Feb. 27.

The two squads exchanged the lead 25 times and deadlocked on seven occasions. The Vikings led 10-9 after the first quarter, but the Knights snuck in front by halftime, 25-24. Norwell preserved its one-point advantage, 37-36, going into the final frame, but Coach Rob Irwin’s squad tossed in 14 points to the visitors’ nine to come out on top.

Snyder wins 4 of 5 as Lady Vike gymnasts top Warsaw

Led by all-around winner Carly Snyder, the Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team trounced host Warsaw, 100.700 to 70.475, on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Snyder topped vault, balance beam and the floor exercise en route to tallying 34.050 points for the all-around crown.

The junior led the first of four 1-2-3 sweeps for the Lady Vikings with her effort of 8.450 on vault. Freshman Brianna Bates was second with an 8.250 showing while senior Mavin Chaney and sophomore Samantha Doll tied for third with totals of 8.200.

Local YMCA offering girls’ V-ball instruction

The Parkview Huntington Family YMCA is offering volleyball instruction to girls in grades three through eight as well as an intramural volleyball league open to girls in grades five through eight.

An eight-week introduction to volleyball for girls in grades three through five will begin March 12. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Classes will be instructed by Heather Rapp, of Huntington University. Participants will learn age appropriate skills and the basic fundamentals of the game.

HU’s Columbia City connection gets Crossroads League recognition

Huntington University sophomores Derek Hinen and Daniel Woll earned second team and honorable mention honors, respectively, as the Crossroads League announced its all-conference accolades on Monday, Feb. 23.

Hinen, from Columbia City as is Woll, averaged a team-best 17.0 points per game and 5.2 assists per game, which currently ranks him fourth and second in the league, respectively. He also ranks second in conference in field goal percentage at 46.9 percent.

HU sophomore guard Palmer earns Crossroads League first team honor

Huntington University sophomore guard Miranda Palmer was named all-Crossroads League first team on Monday, Feb. 23.

Palmer is averaging a team-leading 18.9 points per game as well as 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per outing.

Among her conference peers, she ranks second in scoring, second in three throw percentage at 86.8, third in three-pointers per game at 2.25 and fourth in three-point shooting percentage at 37.7 per-cent. She also tops the league for most points scored in a game with her school-record effort of 48 against Olivet Nazarene on Dec. 13.

Tourney champs


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The Crestview Middle School girls’ seventh grade basketball team won the Northridge Tournament, held Saturday, Feb. 14. Team members are (from left) Lauren Karshner, McKinley Kramer, Coach Tim Becker, Grace Brown, Morgon Robrock, Hannah Smith, Taylor Reust, Katie Melcher, Meg McDonald, Ashlynn Foster, Kayliana Hammel and Autumn Anderson.

Second-half run propels Foresters to second round of CL tourney

Huntington University guard Miranda Palmer drives the ball past a Goshen College defender on Tuesday night, Feb. 24, at Platt Arena. Palmer scored 19 of her game-high 24 points in the second half to lead HU to victory, 69-63.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

A 17-5 run to start the second half was just what the doctor ordered for the Huntington University women's basketball team as it clipped visiting Goshen Gollege, 69-63, in first-round action of the Crossroads League Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Crestview 7 girls shade Southwood

The Crestview Middle School girls’ seventh grade basketball team edged visiting Southwood, 31-28, on Monday, Feb. 23.

Meg McDonald highlighted the Lady Cougars’ offensive attack with 12 points.

Ashlyn Foster chipped in nine points as Crestview improves to 8-5.

The Lady Cougs’ eighth grade squad also won, 29-15.

Maddy Robrock tossed in 11 points while Jessica Henline and Erika Vinson netted six apiece for Crestview, 6-7.

HU's Palmer is first-team Crossroads League selection

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Miranda Palmer.

Huntington University sophomore guard Miranda Palmer was named all-Crossroads League first team on Monday, Feb. 23.

Palmer is averaging a team-leading 18.9 points per game as well as 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals per outing.

Among her conference peers, she ranks second in scoring, second in three throw percentage at 86.8, third in three-pointers per game at 2.25 and fourth in three-point shooting percentage at 37.7 percent. She also tops the league for most points scored in a game with her school-record effort of 48 against Olivet Nazarene on Dec. 13.

HU sophs Hinen, Woll, get all-conference accolades

Huntington University sophomores Derek Hinen and Daniel Woll earned second team and honorable mention honors, respectively, as the Crossroads League announced its all-conference accolades on Monday, Feb. 23.

Hinen, from Columbia City as is Woll, is averaged a team-best 17.0 points per game and 5.2 assists per game, which currently ranks him fourth and second in the league, respectively. He also ranks second in conference in field goal percentage at 46.9 percent.

Nash, Baker victories highlight HU efforts at DePauw Classic

Jake Nash won the high jump and Eric Baker won the 1,000-meter run to highlight the performance of the Huntington University men's track team at the DePauw Indoor Classic on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Nash cleared 2.06 meters for his win, and Baker clocked in at 2:29.22 for his top-rung finish.

Jaden Kreft placed fourth in high jump, at 1.79 meters, and added a second in the long jump at 6.33 meters to lead the HU scoring at the meet.

Sparks earns spot at nationals in 1,000

Christine Sparks became the second Forester women's track athlete to earn a spot at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field national championships when she placed third in the 1.000-meter run at the DePauw Indoor Classic on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Sparks clocked in at 3:03.83 to hit the provisional qualifying mark.

Christiana Hicks got the only win of the day for HU with her victory in the triple jump with a mark of 11.20 meters.

Both HU bowling teams earn invites to USBC sectional play

United States Bowling Congress Collegiate has extended invitations to the Huntington University men’s and women’s bowling teams to participate in the 2015 USBC Intercollegiate Sectionals slated for March 13 to 15.

The Forester women, seeded 17th, are one of 64 women’s teams invited to participate while the Forester men, seeded 70th, are one of 80 men’s teams to receive an invitation.

There are four sectionals sites and the Foresters will pack their bags for Smyrna, TN. The other three locations are Fort Worth, TX, Addison, IL, and Stratford, NJ.

Forester cagers end season with loss to Taylor

The Huntington University men’s basketball team came up short against host Taylor, 75-72, on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Season ends at sectional finals for HNHS swimboys

The season came to an end for the Huntington North boys’ swim team on Saturday, Feb. 21, as its qualifiers for the Warsaw Sectional finals failed to win their events or meet state standard times.

Despite not sending any swimmers to the state finals, the Vikings captured fourth as a squad in the 12-team field with a tally of 223 points.

The 200-yard medley relay team, featuring seniors Walter Hacker and Josh Young, junior Zane Cozad and sophomore Cody Barton, produced Huntington North’s best finish of the day. The foursome placed third with a clocking of 1:49.84.

Shipley places sixth at state mat meet for all-state finish

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Tanner Shipley.

Huntington North wrestler Tanner Shipley placed sixth in the 145-pound weight class and earned all-state honors at the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals, held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis, on Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21.

Shipley, a senior, kicked off the meet on Friday with a pin of Fishers’ Mason Gaines in 2:46.

The victory set up a second round match against Portage’s Steven Lawrence on Saturday, which Lawrence won, 20-9, ending Shipley’s bid for a state title.

McCutcheon downs Vikings as offensive sputters

The Huntington North boys’ varsity basketball team sputtered on offense against host Lafayette McCutcheon and suffered a 55-34 defeat on Friday, Feb. 20.

In their second-lowest offensive output this season, the Vikings shot 35.9 percent on a 14 of 39 effort, which included 6 of 21 marksmanship from three-point land for 28.6 percent.

HU women pull away from Taylor for regular season finale win

Huntington University’s Miranda Palmer fixes her eyes on the hoop as she takes off for a layup in the second half of the Foresters' game against visiting Taylor on Saturday, Feb. 21. Palmer scored 21 to lead HU to a 65-53 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

After a tight first half, the Huntington University women’s basketball team pulled away from visiting Taylor midway through the second and went on to win, 65-53, on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Sophomore Miranda Palmer scored a game-high 21 points for the Foresters, who finish the regular season 20-8 overall and fourth in the Crossroads League with 11 wins against seven losses.

Trio of Vikings going to sectional finals twice each

Huntington North’s Walter Hacker competes in the 100-yard butterfly during the preliminaries of the Warsaw Boys’ Swimming Sectional on Friday, Feb. 20. Hacker finished fifth in :58.60 and qualified for the sectional finals.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North’s Cody Barton, Walter Hacker and Zane Cozad each qualified for two events in the Warsaw Boys’ Swimming Sectional Finals with their efforts in preliminaries on Friday, Feb. 20.

Winners of the sectional finals on Saturday, Feb. 21, along with anyone swimming a state standard time and then the next fastest swimmers to fill a 32-person field, advance to the state finals on Friday, Feb. 27, at the Indiana University Natatorium, in Indianapolis.

Crestview 8 girls defeat McCulloch

The Crestview Middle School girls’ eighth grade basketball team defeated host Marion McCulloch, 32-24, on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Maddy Robrock tallied 12 points for the Lady Cougars, 5-7.

Jessica Henline chipped in eight points to the team’s offensive effort while Faith Leist added six.

Crestview’s seventh grade squad fell, 36-19.

The Lady Cougs, 7-5, got six points from Taylor Reust and four from Ashlyn Foster in the losing effort.

USF sticks HU women with loss

Host Saint Francis out-rebounded the Huntington University women’s basketball team by a wide margin and stuck the Foresters with a 74-60 loss on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The Cougars totaled 50 boards while the Foresters logged just 29. Of the hosts’ caroms, 16 came on the offensive glass and translated into 21 second-chance points.

Saint Francis led 38-30 at the break and pushed its advantage into double digits permanently a little over four minutes into the second half, hanging Huntington with its seventh Crossroads League defeat against 10 wins.

Viking frosh cagers crush Manchester

The Huntington North boys’ freshmen basketball team trounced visiting Manchester, 46-29, on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Cade Reust tallied eight points while Elliott Lesperance and Mitchell Geller tossed in six apiece for the Vikings, 13-5.

Vikings run away from Harrison in fourth to win

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team used a fourth quarter scoring spree to blow open a tight game and log a 64-56 win over host Lafayette Harrison on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Clinging to a 37-35 lead going into the game’s final frame, the Vikings went on a 16-3 run and took their biggest lead of the contest at 53-40. Coach Rob Irwin’s squad then held on for the eight-point win, its first victory against a North Central Conference opponent this season.

Pair of youth soccer programs merge into one

Ben Davis (seated at left), executive director of the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (seated at right) recently signed an agreement to merge the youth soccer programs that had been operated separately by the YMCA and the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department. With them are (standing, from left) Steve Yoder, assistant superintendent of the Parks Department; Allison Timbrook, the city’s community engagement volunteer coordinator; and Tim Allen and Rob Miller, youth sports directors at the YMCA.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Two youth soccer programs previously operated separately by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department and the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will be operated as one united soccer league this summer.

The new Huntington County Soccer League will be open to youth from 3 years old through high school.

The YMCA soccer program has drawn about 250 participants in the past, and the Parks Department program has had up to 400 participants, giving the new league a possible enrollment of 650 youth.

Participants will play in six different age groups.

Geller leads Viking frosh over Columbia City

Mitchell Geller scored 13 points and had four rebounds and four steals to lead the Huntington North High School freshman boys' basketball team past host Columbia City, 44-24, on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The Viking frosh, now 12-5, also got 10 points and four rebounds from Trent Cissell, seven points and five steals from Collin Landrum and seven points and three assists from Cade Reust.

USF ruins HU's Senior Night script with easy win

Huntington University forward Austin Clark gets inside for a tough shot against the University of Saint Francis on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Platt Arena. The Foresters lost to the No. 8 Cougars, 94-81.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Senior Night script didn't go the way the Huntington University men's basketball team wanted as visiting eighth-ranked University of Saint Francis coasted to an 94-81 win on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

HU, falling to 14-14 overall and 4-13 in the Crossroads League, was on the bottom side of a 49-32 halftime score, and USF got the margin as high as 29 points with just over seven minutes remaining before the Foresters made the score respectable late.

HU men bowlers 47th at Hoosier Classic

The Huntington University men’s bowling team finished 47th at the 77-team Hoosier Classic, held from Saturday, Feb. 14, to Sunday, Feb. 15, at Western Bowl, in Indianapolis.

The tournament format included six regular team games on Saturday and three regular team games on Sunday. Huntington was ranked 74th going into the tourney with only the top 80 teams being invited to the United States Bowling Congress Collegiate Sectionals in March.

HU women bowlers 32nd at Hoosier Classic

The Huntington University women’s bowling team claimed 32nd out of 67 teams at the Hoosier Classic, held from Saturday, Feb. 14, to Sunday, Feb. 15, at Western Bowl, in Indianapolis.

The 14th-ranked Forester team of Shelby New, Ayla Yeiter, Brooke Ewing, Emerald Leong, Rachel Vogler and Emily O’Leary struggled to find consistency at the tournament, which consisted of six regular team games on Saturday and three regular team games on Sunday.

HU's Hicks, Christian are golden at Defiance Open

Christina Hicks and Shana Christian each recorded first place finishes for the Huntington University women’s track and field team at the Defiance Open, hosted by Defiance College on Friday, Feb. 13.

Hicks, a sophomore, topped the 200-meter dash in :26.70, which lands her in second place in the Forester record books.

Christian, a junior, was golden in the 400-meter run, crossing the finish line in 1:02.30.

Hicks also produced a pair of third place showings, stopping the timer in :08.17 in the 60-meter dash while making a leap of 10.63 meters in the triple jump.

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