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Junior Lady Vikes go undefeated


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The seventh-grade Junior Lady Vikings basketball team went undefeated at the Holiday Hoops Jam, held at The Zone Sports Complex of Northern Indiana, in Plymouth, on Dec. 29, 2016. Pictured are (front row from left) Chloe Kauffman, Leah Campbell, Taylor Double and Jadyn Bennett; (middle row from left) Hailee Kline, Grace Sell, Addy Wiley, Skyla Tomasek and Meg Camomile; and (back row from left) coaches Stacy Wiley, Brian Double and Kamie Tomasek.

Pushing the pace at local SO tourney


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Christian Smith (left), a member of the Huntington County Senior Vikings basketball team, pushes the ball up court in a game against the Howard County Senior Kats at the 10th annual Huntington County Schools Special Olympics Basketball Invitational at Huntington North High School on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Halftime performance


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Jacob Sprinkle (left) tries to shield the ball from defender Darren Thomas during a game between members of the Huntington County Special Olympics basketball team at halftime of the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball game on Friday, Jan. 13.

HU Cheer Clinic


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With some help from members of the Huntington University cheer squad, Emma Kelsey completes a cheerleading pyramid at the squad’s youth clinic, held Saturday, Jan. 14, in the school’s Merillat Complex.

Bates lead Lady Vike gymnasts to 2nd at Valpo Invite

The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team captured second place at the Valparaiso Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The Lady Vikings totaled 100.700 points to achieve their runner-up finish at the seven-team event.

Brianna Bates produced Huntington North’s best finish on the day, taking third in the floor exercise with a 9.250. Aleah Eckert claimed fifth in the event with a 9.100 while Bailey Harris and Danielle Korporal notched ninth and 10th with an 8.800 and 8.775, respectively.

Lady Vikes take first NE8 loss of season

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team lost its first conference game of the season, falling to host Columbia City, 58-42, on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The Lady Vikings, 10-7, 4-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference, trailed the Lady Eagles after the first quarter, 11-9, and at halftime, 25-17. They made up a bit of that deficit in the third, 39-34, but their conference rivals dashed any thoughts of a fourth-quarter comeback with a 19-point frame that put the game out of reach.

Fifth-ranked Marian bludgeons HU women

The Huntington University women’s basketball team suffered an 89-49 defeat to fifth-ranked Marian University on Saturday, Jan. 14, at John Grimes Court.

Shooting just 32.8 percent for the game on 20 of 61 marksmanship from the field, the game got away from the Foresters early. Coach Lori Culler’s squad trailed 24-15 after the first quarter and 44-26 at the half. The Knights expanded their advantage to 66-36 by the end of the third before outscoring their guests 23-13 in the final frame to cap the lopsided win.

Late run helps HU men finish off Marian

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Mike Bush

A late run helped the Huntington University men’s basketball team finish off host Marian University, 99-89, on Saturday, Jan. 14.

It was a game to remember for the Foresters’ Mike Bush, who dished out 10 assists to break the school record for most dimes in a season. The junior has racked up 220 assists on the year, besting the previous mark of 214 set by Matt Eberly in 1997.

Bush also did plenty of scoring himself, tallying a team-high 22 points. He played a key role in the late surge that propelled Huntington to the win.

Hollowell, Z. Daugherty lead Vikings past Eagles

Huntington North senior Hunter Hollowell (middle) gets sandwiched by a pair of Columbia City defenders on his way to the hoop during a boys’ varsity basketball game in North Arena on Friday, Jan. 13. Hollowell scored a game-high 21 points and the Vikings posted a 63-51 win.
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Hunter Hollowell and Zach Daugherty led the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team to a 63-51 victory over visiting Columbia City on Friday, Jan. 13.

Hollowell, a senior, and Daugherty, a sophomore, tallied 21 and 19 points, respectively, to help the Vikings improve to 10-4, 3-0 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Lady Vikes outlast Leo

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team outlasted host Leo, 51-46, on Thursday, Jan. 12.

The Lady Vikings took a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Lions prevented them from expanding it any further by halftime, keeping the deficit to just four points, 27-23. Leo shortened the gap to three, 39-36, by the end of the third, but Huntington North finished strong, taking an eight-point lead – its biggest of the contest – with just 25 seconds left in the final frame to secure the win.

Second-quarter woes doom HU women against USF

A poor second quarter spelled doom for the Huntington University women’s basketball versus the University of Saint Francis as the Foresters lost, 88-59, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Platt Arena.

Local Special Olympics hoopsters to be featured at Jan. 13 Vike game

The Huntington County Special Olympics basketball team will be featured for a “Special 10 Minutes” at half-time of the Huntington North High School varsity boys’ basketball game on Friday, Jan. 13, in the Huntington North gymnasium. 

The Special Olympics athletes will have “10 Special Minutes” to scrimmage and showcase their talent to the community. 

Hollowell hits grand mark in Vikings' win over Cadets

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Hunter Hollowell

Senior Hunter Hollowell hit the 1,000-point mark for his career and tallied 21 points to lead the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team past host Concordia Lutheran, 54-34, on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Hollowell became just the seventh Viking to hit the grand mark by hitting 7 of 14 shots from the field -- including four of 9 from three-point land, and 3 of 4 from the free-throw line.

Zach Daugherty scored 12 points in support of Hollowell, who also had team-highs in rebounds and steals with eight and six respectively.

Snider takes measure of Lady Vikes

Huntington North guard Karmen Koch takes a foul and keeps flying to the basket during action on Tuesday night, Jan. 10, against visiting Fort Wayne Snider. The Lady Vikings lost 58-41.
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Visiting Fort Wayne Snider took the measure of the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team, 58-41, on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Karmen Koch scored 18 points as the offensive bright spot for the Lady Vikes, 9-6 overall on the season. Rileigh Johnson and Hollyn Anderson each tallied seven points.

Snider, 10-4, held a 12-9 lead after the first quarter and went into halftime with a 26-19 lead. They were up 42-26 after three quarters.

Allan Hurst and Daysianae Hinton each scored 14 points to lead Snider. Hannah Barnes tossed in 12 points.

Bush surge helps flip script for HU in win over USF

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Mike Bush

Junior guard Mike Bush ripped off four three-pointers in a 90-second span to turn a one-point deficit into a lead the Huntington University men's basketball team wouldn't give back in an 83-79 win over visiting No. 3-ranked University of Saint Francis on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Lady Vikes slam Wabash in pool

Huntington North's Alyssa Brinkman strokes her way to victory in the 500-yard freestyle against Wabash on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. The Lady Vikings slammed the Apache girls, 115-55.
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Including a freshman sweep in the 100-yard backstroke, the Huntington North High School girls' swim team won 10 of 12 events on the way to slamming visiting Wabash, 115-55, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

Senior Emma Helmich and freshman Allie Aschliman each won a pair of individual events and swam on two winning relays to lead the Lady Vikings.

Trio dominate, but swimboys run out of bodies against Wabash

Huntington North High School senior swimmer Cody Barton is on his way to winning the 100-yard butterfly in the Vikings' home meet against Wabash on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.
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It was simply a case of not enough bodies for the Huntington North High School boys' swim team as it lost to visiting Wabash, 87-69, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

Led by the trio of senior Cody Barton, junior Conner Mason and sophomore Keegan Mautz, who had a hand in every HNHS win, the Vikings won eight of the 12 events, but didn't score enough points otherwise.

The aforementioned trio each won a pair of individual races and swam legs on both winning HNHS relay teams.

Big points


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Huntington North sophomore Amaya Sunderman gets near-fall points from the referee in her match against Madison Burke, of Penn, at the all-girls Rochester Wrestling Regional on Friday, Jan. 6. Sunderman wound up recording three first-period pins on the way to winning the 145-pound class and advancing to the state meet on Friday, Jan. 13. at Hamilton Heights. Teammates Veronika Russell and Christina Klefer will also wrestle at the first-time state meet.

Helmich grabs two wins in swimgirls' loss

Emma Helmich had a pair of wins and Allie Aschliman added another but host Oak Hill was way too strong for the Huntington North High School girls' swim team in a 126-57 loss.

Helmich, a senior, went 1:04.58 to grab the win in the 100-yard butterfly, then she came back to win the 100-yard breaststroke by a fingernail, clocking in at 1:17.49 to beat Oak Hill's Tori Templin by seven-100ths of a second.

Aschliman got her win in the 100-yard backstroke, in 1:10.51, and she earlier had a runner-up spot in the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:27.22.

Barton a double winner as Eagle swimmers sink Vikings

Cody Barton was a double winner for the Huntington North High School boys' varsity swim team in a 137-34 loss to host Oak Hill on Monday, Jan. 9.

With the exception of Barton, the small Viking squad was no match for a deep and strong Oak Hill squad, which recorded five top-3 sweeps in individual events.

Barton, a senior, went :55.96 to win the 100-yard freestyle, and then he came back with a 1:08.19 clocking to grab the 100-yard breaststroke.

Sunderman regional wrestling champ; 3 HNHS girls to wrestling state

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Amaya Sunderman

Amaya Sunderman, a sophomore on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, won the 145-pound championship at the all-girls Rochester Regional on Friday, Jan. 6.

Saturday marked the first time such a regional had been held, with only female wrestlers competing. With the victory, Sunderman advances to the state finals, set for Friday, Jan. 13, at Hamilton Heights High School, in Arcadia.

Hall, Haught lead HNHS grapplers to second at EN Invite

Led by champions Jacob Hall and Ricky Haught, the Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team earned runner-up honors at the East Noble Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Hall, a junior, won the 126-pound title while Haught, a sophomore, claimed the 132-pound crown.

Junior Gavin Rosen and freshman Brady Lewis both posted second-place finishes for the Vikings. Rosen was the silver finisher at 138 pounds while Lewis was the runner-up at 113 pounds.

Black Belt Challenge


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Jared Adley (foreground), of Rochester, shows off his prowess with a weapon at the Black Belt Challenge, held at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Saturday, Jan. 7. Judges observing Adley are (from left) Robin Lee, of Delphi; Bob Waldron, of Huntington; and Ron Kuhn, of Fort Wayne.

Winter youth baseball camp


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Jared Hammel (right), head coach of the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team, conducts a throwing drill with a pair of youngsters at the team’s winter youth baseball camp in the school’s fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Lady Vike gymnasts fourth at EN Invitational

The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team placed fourth at the East Noble Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 7.

The Lady Vikings tallied 94.650 points for their placement at the five-team meet, which Carroll topped with a register of 103.700.

Huntington North’s best event was vault, which saw three Lady Vikings place in the top 10. Senior Samantha Doll captured fourth place, tallying an 8.850. Junior Brianna Bates earned seventh, scoring an 8.750, while freshman Aleah Eckert claimed 10th with an 8.450.

Strong second half propels Vikes past East Noble

A strong second half propelled the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team past host East Noble, 37-29, on Saturday, Jan. 7.

HU women upend Spring Arbor

Surrounded by Spring Arbor defenders, Huntington University forward Miranda White (right) flings the ball to a teammate during a game at Platt Arena on Saturday, Jan. 7. The Foresters won, 82-67.
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The Huntington University women’s basketball team upended visiting Spring Arbor University, 82-67, on Saturday, Jan. 7.

The Foresters trailed the Cougars after the first quarter, 18-15, but rallied with a vengeance in the second, tossing in 30 points while limiting their guests to 10 to craft a 45-28 halftime advantage. Coach Lori Culler’s squad expanded its lead to 67-43 by the end of three quarters before Spring Arbor tallied 24 points in the final frame to Huntington’s 15 to take the game to its final mark.

Foresters trounce Spring Arbor by 30

Mike Bush (left), a junior on the Huntington University men’s basketball team, fires a no-look pass to a teammate in the post during the first half of a game versus visiting Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Jan. 7. Bush scored 21 points and dished out 10 assists for the Foresters, who won 84-54.
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The Huntington University men’s basketball team trounced visiting Spring Arbor University, 84-54, on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Sophomore Tyler Arens scored a game-high 25 points while junior Mike Bush tallied 21 points and dispensed 10 assists for Huntington, 11-7, 2-4 in Crossroads League play.

The Foresters totaled 42 points in each half while limiting their guests to 33 in the first and 21 in the second.

Lady Vikings edge East Noble

Kylie Kaylor (right), a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, maneuvers around a defender from visiting East Noble during a game on Friday, Jan. 6. The Lady Vikings edged the Lady Knights, 40-37.
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The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team edged visiting East Noble, 40-37, on Friday, Jan. 6.

Down 7-3 after the first quarter and 16-13 at halftime, the Lady Vikings knotted things up in the third, 25-25, before outscoring the Lady Knights in the final frame, 15-12, to record the narrow win.

Huntington North, 9-5, 3-0 in the Northeast 8 Conference, got 15 points from junior Karmen Koch and 11 from senior Kylie Kaylor. Junior Hollyn Anderson helped fuel the offense with four assists.

Cougar hoop squads log wins over Raiders

The Crestview Middle School boys’ seventh and eighth-grade basketball teams each logged a win over visiting Riverview on Thursday, Jan. 5.

The Cougars’ eighth-grade squad won 43-18. Alex Gass and Mitch Gerber led the hosts with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

The Crestview seventh-graders posted a 33-13 victory. Braden Estep scored eight points and Ashton Hosler tallied seven for the Cougs, 9-3.

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