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Viking wrestlers get eight pins on way to big win over DeKalb

The Huntington North High school wrestling team got eight pins en route to a 64-9 shellacking of visiting DeKalb in the season-opener on Thursday evening, Dec. 1.

Sticking their foes to the mat were Darryn Kuhl, Brady Lewis, Ricky Haught, Gavin Rosen, Wilson Lopshire, Eli Parrett, Christian Graft and Scott Foust.

Jacob Hall, Zach Nevil, Kaleb McVoy and Gage Bustos got decision wins.

The Vikings' junior varsity squad won 13-6.

Girl bowlers dispatch Bluffton

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity bowling team dispatched Bluffton, 16-4, at Villa Lanes, in Decatur, on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Rachel Fields rolled a 349 while Caila Kline compiled a 332 to lead the Lady Vikings.

As a team, Huntington North felled 1,613 pins to pick up its fifth win in seven tries this season.  

HNHS bowlers crush South Adams

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity bowling team defeated South Adams, 18-2, at Villa Lanes, in Decatur, on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Mathew Elmore led the Vikings with a 446. Zach Cochran rolled a 435 while Austin Eddingfield posted a 419 for the squad.

As a team, Huntington North toppled 1,973 pins to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Strong second half propels HU women past Bethel

A strong second half propelled the Huntington University women’s basketball team past host Bethel College, 62-52, on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Down 13-10 after the first quarter and 26-24 at halftime, the Foresters pulled ahead in the third, tallying 19 points to the Pilots’ 12 to craft a 43-38 advantage. Coach Lori Culler’s squad then outscored Bethel 19-14 in the final frame to double its lead by the end buzzer.

Lady Vikes run away from Bishop Luers in fourth quarter

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team turned a one-point lead after three quarters into a 59-45 win over host Bishop Luers on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The Lady Vikings, 3-4, trailed by eight points early in the contest before turning up the defensive pressure and forcing Luers into 26 turnovers. The Vikings and Luers were tied after the first quarter at 12-all and Luers had a 27-25 halftime lead before the Vikings took a 34-33 lead into the final frame.

Poor shooting night dooms Foresters against 17th-ranked Pilots

The Huntington University men's basketball team picked the wrong time to have its worst shooting night of the season as it fell to host 17th-ranked Bethel, 86-64, on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The Foresters, 6-4, went into the game shooting better than 53 percent on the season, the second highest percentage in NAIA Division II, but a 25 of 61 effort for 41 percent against Bethel was not what the doctor ordered. Bethel, 8-2, took a 46-31 lead after the first half of play and expanded the margin by another seven points by game's end.

Pair of twin-winners not enough for HNHS swimgirls in loss

Huntington North freshman Allie Aschliman strokes to victory in the 100-yard butterfly against East Noble on Tuesday evening, Nov. 29, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Emma Helmich and freshman Allie Aschliman each won a pair of races but it wasn't enough as the Huntington North High School girls' swim team fell to visiting East Noble, 96-74, on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Helmich was stop step in the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:29.07, and the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:00.64, and Aschliman won the 100-yard butterfly, in 1:06.33, and the 100-yard backstroke, in 1:10.50, but the Lady Vikings still fell to 2-1 on the season.

The Lady Vikings could only add to that with five runner-up spots, three by relay teams.

Vikings get one win in swim loss to East Noble

Huntington North's Keegan Mautz swims the backstroke leg during the 200-yard individual medley race against East Noble on Tuesday evening, Nov. 29, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Mautz earned second in the race but HNHS lost.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay was the lone win of the night for the Huntington North High School boys' swim team against visiting East Noble on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in a 118-38 loss.

The quartet of senior Cody Barton, freshman Nathan York, sophomore Keegan Mautz and junior Conner Mason touched out an East Noble crew for victory in 1:49.82 for the Vikings' lone top-shelf finish as they fell to 1-2 on the season.

Lady Vikes sweep South Side out of pool

Winning every event and sweeping four completely, the Huntington North High School girls' swim team blasted visiting Fort Wayne South Side, 131-36, on Monday, Nov. 28.

The Lady Vikings went first, second and third in the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard breaststroke to highlight their second win of the season in two outings.

Viking swimmers win battle of undersized squads

The Huntington North High School boys swim team won a battle of undersized squads by nipping visiting Fort Wayne South Side, 64-62, on Monday, Nov. 28.

Led by double-winners Cody Barton, Conner Mason and Keegan Mautz, the Vikings won nine of the 12 events to pile up enough points to even their season mark at 1-1.

Barton, a senior, actually was given a pair of passes in the meet, being the only swimmer in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard breaststroke.  He came home in 1:03.70 in the former race and in 1:09.69 in the latter.

Hollowell ties school mark in big win over Mississinewa

Huntington North’s Hunter Hollowell (left) launches a shot from three-point land in front of Mississinewa defender Jerod May during the first half of a boys’ varsity basketball contest in North Arena on Saturday, Nov. 26. Hollowell went off for 40 points, tying the school’s single-game scoring record, and the Vikings won big, 64-46.

Behind a school-record-tying 40 points from Hunter Hollowell, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team trounced visiting Mississinewa, 64-46, on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Hollowell matched the Vikings’ single-game scoring mark, set by Adam Thompson in 2002. A senior, Hollowell drained 13 of 17 shots. His historic night was highlighted by a 7 of 11 showing from three-point land. The senior’s shooting touch was also evident at the free throw line, where he sank 7 of 9 attempts.

Asbury's second-half comeback sinks Foresters

Host Asbury University pulled off a second-half comeback on the Huntington University men’s basketball team, hanging the Foresters with a 104-94 loss on Saturday, Nov. 26.

The second stanza saw the Eagles outscore the Foresters, 59-37, to erase a 57-45 halftime lead by Huntington. The Foresters led 66-55 at the 17:19 mark in the second, but saw the Eagles deadlock the game at 68 with a scoring spree over the ensuing three minutes that set the tone for the half.

Homestead routs HNHS girls

Huntington North’s Rileigh Johnson goes in for a layup during the first half of a girls’ varsity basketball game against host Homestead on Friday, Nov. 25. The Lady Vikings were soundly defeated by the second-ranked Lady Spartans, 92-37.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team got routed by host Homestead, 92-37, on Friday, Nov. 25.

The Lady Spartans lived up to their No. 2 ranking in Class 4A, storming out of the gates to take a commanding 30-4 lead on the Lady Vikings in the opening quarter. The hosts expanded their advantage to 48-16 at halftime and 82-27 by the end of three quarters before matching Huntington North’s 10 points in the final frame to cap the lopsided win.

Homestead, 3-0, was led by Karissa McLaughlin, a University of Florida commit, who tallied 27 points.

FW runner wins Turkey Trot in record turnout

Cody White, of Fort Wayne, handily won the 12th annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus Turkey Trot 5K on Thursday, Nov. 24, topping runner-up Matt Kimbrell by more than 30 seconds.

White, 26, covered the 3.1-mile course in 15:36.6, with Kimbrell, of Muncie, coming home in 16:09.3. Grant Keaffaber, of Wabash, was third in 16:44.3 and Elijah Chesterman was the first Huntington County finisher with his fourth place finish in 16:58.1.

Vikings lose hoop opener to Homestead

Despite 23 points from Hunter Hollowell, the Huntington North High School boys' basketball team opened its season with a 48-44 loss to host Homestead on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

The Vikings went into halftime on the smaller end of a 17-16 score, but Homestead opened up its largest lead of the game at nine points by the end of the third quarter, leading 33-24. The Vikings outscored Homestead, 20-15, in the final frame to arrive at the final register.

Luke Pulver had seven points and Chazz Bruce had six in support of Hollowell.

Turkey trotting


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Runners head out on the route for the 12th annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on Thursday morning, Nov. 24.

Fryman lifts HU women over Goshen

Freshman Sarah Fryman drained a three-pointer and a pair of free throws in the final half-minute of overtime to help the Huntington University women's basketball team to an 86-83 win over visiting 11th-ranked Goshen on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Fryman, a former Huntington North star, buried a triple with 32 seconds left to give HU an 83-81 lead, and with seven seconds to go she calmly hit two free throws for HU's final points of the night.

Foresters surrender big lead, game to Goshen

Huntington University forward Kyle Platt fires one from the corner despite the defensive efforts of Goshen's Kody Chandler on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The Foresters fell, 94-90.
Photo by Steve Clark.

After hanging on in the last game despite a late collapse, the Huntington University men's basketball team couldn't pull it off a second time in a row and fell to visiting Goshen, 94-90, on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The Foresters saw a 71-50 lead over Goshen with just over 13 minutes to go disappear, and unlike on Saturday when they held on for a win over Ohio Christian, this time they weren't as fortunate, losing their second game in eight outings this year.

Frosh Shaw leads Lady Vike swimmers to second win

Huntington North's Alivia Eiting cuts through the water in her winning effort in the 500-yard freestyle on Tuesday evening, Nov. 22, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA in a meet against visiting Fort Wayne Caterbury. The Lady Vikings won, 101-66.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Freshman Laney Shaw won two individual races and was on two winning relay teams to lead the Huntington North High School girls' swim team past visiting Fort Wayne Canterbury, 101-66, on Tuesday night, Nov. 22.

Shaw captured the 50-yard freestyle, in :28.59, and the 100-yard backstroke, in 1:13.18, to help the Lady Vikings push to 2-0 on the young season. She also teamed with fellow frosh Allie Aschliman and seniors Emma Helmich and Emma Gordon to win the 200-yard freestyle relay, in 1:57.80, and the 400-yard freestyle relay, in 4:16.04.

Trio of double-winners not quite enough for swimboys

Huntington North junior Conner Mason churns through the water en route to winning the 500-yard freestyle against visiting Fort Wayne Canterbury on Tuesday night, Nov. 22. Mason also won the 200-yard freestyle but the Vikings lost as a team.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A trio of double-winners wasn't quite enough for the Huntington North High School boys' swim team as it was nipped by visiting Fort Wayne Canterbury, 64-58, on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Senior Cody Barton, junior Conner Mason and sophomore Keegan Mautz all wound up with two gold-medal finishes for the Vikings, 0-1, and the trio also were on a successful relay team.

Crestview cagers fall short to Norwell

The Crestview Middle School boys’ eighth-grade basketball team fell short to visiting Norwell, 56-53, on Monday, Nov. 21.

Sam Thompson paced the Cougars, 2-1, with 24 points. Noah Zahn scored 15 points while Reid Johnson dished out seven assists.

Crestview’s seventh-grade squad also lost, 35-25.

Zach Hubbert tallied six points while Brady Henline totaled five for the Cougars, 1-2.

Lady Vikes upend Northfield

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team upended host Northfield, 58-40, on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The Lady Vikings never trailed against the Lady Norse, leading by as many as 21 points on their way to securing the win, their second against three losses.

Senior Kylie Kaylor and junior Rileigh Johnson led Huntington North with 14 points apiece. Junior Hollyn Anderson chipped in 10 points while corralling six rebounds and dispensing three assists.

Northfield, 2-2, was paced by Ariel Dale, who scored 14 points and collected eight rebounds.

HU's Dirr finishes in top third at NAIA cross country meet

Aspen Dirr, a sophomore on the Huntington University women’s cross country team, placed 103rd at the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Championships, held at North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, IL, on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Running on the national stage for the second time in as many years, Dirr crossed the finish line in 18:48.49 for her placement among the field of 334 runners. She knocked off over two minutes from last year’s time of 20:58.0 and finished almost 200 spots higher.

HU comeback falls short in championship tilt of own tourney

Miranda Palmer (left), a senior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, attempts to separate from St. Francis defender Jordan Giddings just enough to get the ball off during the championship game of the HU Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Foresters narrowly lost, 74-73.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University women’s basketball team got edged by visiting University of St. Francis, 74-73, in the championship game of the HU Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 19.

HU men hold off late run by Ohio Christian to win

The Huntington University men’s basketball team withstood a late run by host Ohio Christian University and a 51-point scoring spree by Marquis Johnson to come away with a 104-100 victory on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The Foresters handled the Trailblazers for much of the contest, going up by double digits, 15-3, just over five minutes into the game. Coach Ty Platt’s squad expanded its advantage to 24 points by halftime, 54-30, and maintained a 20-point cushion as late as the 6:19 mark in the second half.

Reiff goes off for 46 as Whitko tops Lady Vikes

Larissa Johnson (left), a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, maneuvers around Whitko defender Brielle Harrison during a game in North Arena on Friday, Nov. 18. The Lady Vikings lost, 66-60.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Whitko’s Aly Reiff went off for 46 points and the visiting Lady Wildcats stuck the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team with a 66-60 defeat on Friday, Nov. 18.

The Lady Vikings led 14-8 after the first quarter and by as many as 11 points in the second. The Lady Wildcats, however, showed why they’re ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, battling back to tie the game up by halftime, 26-26. Whitko seized the lead in the third quarter, 45-43, then outscored Huntington North in the fourth, 21-17, to depart Bob Straight Court with the win.

HU women upend GLCC in first tourney game

The Huntington University women’s basketball team upended Great Lakes Christian College, 114-28, in the semifinals of the HU Tournament on Friday, Nov. 18, in Platt Arena.

Wiedenhoeft to USF


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Alex Wiedenhoeft (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to continue his cross country and track career at the University of Saint Francis, in Fort Wayne. Present at the signing were his mother, Kelly (seated left), and father, Doug (seated right), and (standing from left) Curtis Hines, HNHS head boys’ cross country coach; Jacob Sweet, USF assistant cross country and track coach; Kyle Allison, USF head cross country and track coach; and Corey Birchmeier, associate head cross country and track coach.

Local gymnasts place well at Turkey Tumble

Kinsey Strine, a Level 3 competitor with Huntington Gymnastics Academy, does a handstand during her floor exercise routine at the Turkey Tumble competition, hosted by HGA in the Huntington North High School Fieldhouse on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington Gymnastics Academy had several members place at its Turkey Tumble competition, held Sunday, Nov. 13, in the Huntington North High School Fieldhouse.

Those members were:

Level 2

Amber Cale: All around, first; floor, first; bars, second; and beam, second.

Sarah Crist: Bars, third; floor, third; beam, fourth; and all around, fifth.

Adalyn Cutting: Vault, third; bars, fifth; and all around, seventh.

Norah Fisher: All around, ninth.

Discounted app fees for Turkey Trot end soon

The deadline to register for 12th annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus Turkey Trot at a discounted fee is Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Registrations will be accepted through the day of the race, which will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, although the fee is higher for those who register the final two days.

The event starts at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at McDonald’s, in Huntington, and includes the Turkey Trot 5K walk/run and the one-mile Turkey Trail. Breakfast will be served by McDonald’s, the host sponsor of the race.

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