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HU women can't quite get upset of top-ranked IWU

The Huntington University women's basketball team had possession at the end of a tight game with visiting and top-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Jan. 30, but couldn't put the ball in to force overtime or grab a late win, losing 56-54.

 

Lady Vikes to hold softball camp Feb. 2, Feb. 9

The Huntington North High School softball team will hold a softball camp for area softball players in grades two through eight on Saturday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 9, in the school's fieldhouse.

Grades two through five will attend from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and grades six through eight will attend from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Walk-ins the day of camp are welcome.

For more information, contact the Huntington North Athletic Department at 356-6104, ext. 1093.

 

 

Late HU rally falls short against #4 IWU

The Huntington University men's basketball team came back from nine points down in the second half but couldn't quite get the job done in a 61-58 loss to host Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Shane Merryman, who led HU with 23 points, missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer as time expired as the Foresters dropped to 12-13 on the season, 3-10 in Crossroads League play.

 

Schwob to play baseball at HU


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North's Heaston Schwob (front center) signs a letter of commitment to continue his baseball career at Huntington University on Monday, Jan. 28. Also on hand for the signing were his parents (seated from left) Kay and Mark Schwob and (back row from left) Huntington University Head Baseball Coach Mike Frame and Kyle Daughtery, head baseball coach at Huntington North.

 

Oak Lanes Winter Leagues

Oak Lanes Week of Jan. 21


Monday Early Bird
Men's High Game: Gus Ballance, 246; Bill Reed, 222; Bill Kusler, 214.
Men's High Series: Gus Ballance, 587; Bill Kusler, 574; Billy Mundy, 560.
Women's High Game: Fran Bolton, 172; Suzy McClure, 161; Madeline Scarbough, 132.
Women's High Series: Fran Bolton, 450; Suzy McClure, 392; Madeline Scarbough, 376.
Over Average: Billy Mundy, +95; Madeline Scarbough, +43; Bill Kusler, +43.
Top Teams: The B's, 16-4; Old Goats, 13-7; Two G's, 11-9.

 

CMS 7 boys fall in NELMSC tourney finals

The Crestview Middle School boys' seventh grade basketball team fell to visiting Riverview, 38-24, in the championship game of theSeventh Grade Boys' Northeast Lakes Middle School Conference (NELMSC) tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Cougars, 9-11, were led by Collin Landrum's seven points, Austin Spahr's five and four apiece by Ian McCutcheon and Mason Landrum.

In the semifinals, Crestview took Lakeview into overtime, winning 42-40.

 

Riverview 7th-graders win conference tourney


Photo provided.

The Riverview Middle School boys' seventh grade basketball team won the 7th Grade Boys Northeast Lakes Middle School Conference (NELMSC) championship on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a 38-24 win over host Crestview in the championship game and a 59-18 victory against Indian Springs in the semi-finals.

Joe Stoffel led the Raiders, 16-2, in the title game with 16 points. Ethan Shafer added seven.

Mitchell Geller and Carson Bolinger paced Riverview against Indian Springs, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively.

 

Lady Vike bowlers sweep top 3 at sectional


Photos by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity bowling team swept the top three spots at the Hoosier Conference Sectional on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Haworth Lanes in Berne.

Junior Alex Rittenhouse won the sectional title, fellow junior Ashley Clark took second place and freshman Mackenzie Faurote captured third.

 

Viking girls get sectional bye

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team will open sectional play on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of Jay County and Homestead, at Homestead.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced pairings for the girls' basketball state tournament on Sunday, Jan. 27.

The Lady Vikings landed in the Class 4A Sectional 6 and received a bye.

 

 

PAL accepting baseball sign-ups through March 24

Baseball registrations for the Police Athletic League (PAL) are now open.

Registrations are open through March 24 and include T-ball, for ages 4 to 6, Coaches Pitch, for ages 6 to 7 and 8 to 9, and Little League, for ages 9 to 12. There is a registration fee for each league.

Registration forms may be picked up at the Huntington Police Department or at the main entrance of the PAL building, located at 2101 Riverside Drive, Huntington.

Registration may also be completed online at www.huntingtonpal.net under the "baseball" heading.

 

Pizza night helps bowlers

Huntington North High School's bowling teams will hold a Pizza Hut fund-raiser today, Monday, Jan. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Huntington Pizza Hut location.

The team will receive one dollar for every adult buffet order plus tips.

Pizza Hut is located on Frontage Road, Huntington.

 

 

Four advance to regionals for HNHS matmen

Jolas, Shipley win sectional titles


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team produced two individual champions and two regional qualifiers at the New Haven Wrestling Sectional on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Tanner Shipley at 132 pounds and Kyle Jolas at 145 claimed individual sectional crowns for Huntington North, which finished sixth out of nine teams.

Sebastian Eckert at 152 placed third and Ian Hiers at 138 made fourth to qualify for the Carroll Wrestling Regional on Feb. 2.

 

Eckert places third and advances to regional


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North's Sebastian Eckert (left) gets a grip on Grant Bremer of New Haven in the first round of the varsity wrestling team's stop at the New Haven Wrestling Sectional on Saturday, Jan. 26. Eckert finished third in his weight class to advance to regionals.

 

Vikings shoot ball well in rout over Northfield

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team shot for over 60 percent and blasted visiting Northfield, 78-41, on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Noah Reed went a perfect 7 for 7 and scored a game-high 19 points for the Vikings, 9-8.

Trenton Kern and Kalvin Miller had hot hands as well, as Kern tossed in 5 of 6 shots for 12 points and Miller camped out in three-point land, where he made 4 of 6 shots for 12 points.

 

HU women beat Grace, end three-game slide

The Huntington University women's basketball team defeated host Grace College, 62-43, on Saturday, Jan. 26, ending its three-game skid.

The Foresters, 14-9, 6-6 in the Crossroads League, lost to Bethel, Saint Francis and Marian during their losing streak, but led the Lancers from start to finish. The hosts got to within one point, 32-31, four minutes into the second half, but Huntington responded with a 12-0 run that gave it a 44-31 advantage and a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.

 

HU men can’t catch up in second half

A big run by visiting Grace College ended the first half of its game with the Huntington University men's basketball team on Saturday, Jan. 26, and the Foresters weren't able to catch back up in the second, losing 81-75.

The Foresters led the majority of the first half, but momentum swung the Lancers' way when they ripped off a 12-0 run with just over three minutes remaining in the half to break a 32-32 tie and go to the locker room with a 44-32 advantage.

 

Miller clutch for Vikes in double-OT win


Photo by Steve Clark.

Kalvin Miller forced two overtime periods with three-point shots before hitting a layup that would prove to be the game-winning points for the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team, 81-79, in its tilt against visiting Muncie Central on Friday, Jan. 25.

Miller scored a game-high 26 points, hitting 6 of 7 from beyond from the arc for the Vikings, 8-8, 2-2 in the North Central Conference. Noah Reed poured in 19 points to the team's cause on 7 for 11 shooting, Paul Ehler produced 14 with a 4 for 4 showing from three-point land and Caleb Landrum contributed 10.

 

Shawn Renz ends season at New Haven wrestling sectional


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North's Shawn Renz (top), wrestling at 285 pounds, puts his weight down on David Escalante of New Haven during the first round of the varsity wrestling team's stop at the New Haven Sectional on Saturday, Jan. 26. Renz did not advance.

 

HNHS wrestlers begin sectional action at New Haven


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North's Alex Beal (bottom), wrestling at 126 pounds, contends with Sam Lovejoy of Bishop Luers during the first round of the varsity wrestling team's stop at the New Haven Sectional on Saturday, Jan. 26. Beal did not advance.

 

Lady Vikes ride hot shooting to win

Shooters on the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team heated up as their counterparts on host Muncie Central cooled down and the Lady Vikings won 46-38 on Friday, Jan. 25.

Allyson Trout and Lindsey Foster scored 11 apiece for Huntington North, 5-14, 3-4 in the North Central Conference. Hannah Stoffel supplied eight points to the Lady Vikings' cause and Paige Coolman delivered seven.

 

Crestview girls take two from Riverview in basketball action

The Crestview Middle School girls' seventh grade basketball team edged Riverview by a point, 18-17, on Monday, Jan. 21.

Rileigh Johnson led the Cougars, 6-2, with six points. Sid Kyle added five points and four rebounds to the team's cause and Karmen Koch had four points and seven boards.

The eighth grade team defeated Riverview, 36-24.

Aubrie Eckert paced Crestview, 4-4, with 12 points. Jennifer Bartels chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds and Kylie Kaylor came up with six points and seven boards.

 

 

Riverview boys' squeak past Crestview in 7th grade basketball action

The Riverview Middle School boys' seventh grade basketball team squeaked by visiting Crestview, 43-42, on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Joe Stoffel put up 19 points for the Raiders, 13-2, and Ethan Shafer tossed in 12.

The eighth grade team fell to Crestview, 48-43.

Garrett Heaston and Sam Daugherty paced Riverview, 8-8, with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

 

 

Riverview boys win two

The Riverview Middle School boys' seventh grade basketball team defeated Edgewood, 37-27, on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Joe Stoffel led the Raiders, 14-2, with 17 points and Ethan Shafer added 10.

The eighth grade team beat Whitko, 44-39.

Sam Daugherty and Lucas Long led Riverview, 9-8, with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

 

 

Crestview boys take two at Wawasee in basketball action

The Crestview Middle School boys' eighth grade basketball team defeated Wawasee in the opening round of the NELMSC tournament, 50-41, on Thursday, Jan. 24, to advance to the semifinals.

Hunter Hollowell led the Cougars, 16-4, with 12 points and seven rebounds. Luke Pulver and Ben Bentz added 10 points apiece to the team's cause, Matt Guhl tossed in seven and Dylan Wynkoop came up with six.

The seventh grade team defeated Wawasee, 25-20, to advance to the semifinals as well.

 

Crestview girls fall to Edgewood in 7th & 8th grade basketball

The Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team lost to visiting Edgewood, 31-23, on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Ariene Butler paced the Cougars, 4-5, with nine points and five rebounds. Kylie Kaylor added eight points to the team's cause.

The seventh grade team also fell to Edgewood, 26-18.

Crestview, 6-3, was led by Karmen Koch's seven points and four apiece by Peyton Butler and Hollyn Anderson.

 

 

Crestview girls sweep McCulloch in basketball action

The Crestview Middle School girls' seventh grade basketball team spread the ball around on offense and defeated visiting McCulloch of Marion, 31-21, on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Hollyn Anderson led the Cougars, 7-3, with 11 points and four rebounds. Karmen Koch added six points and three boards to the team's cause, Peyton Butler supplied four points, Sydney Kyle delivered three points and as many rebounds and Rileigh Johnson, Katie Paolillo and Megan Gilpin each tossed in two points.

The eighth grade team trounced McCulloch of Marion, 21-9.

 

Viking gymnasts earn win at Warsaw

Huntington North High School varsity gymnasts took firsts in two individual events, leading the team to a close win over the host Lady Tigers team in a meet Thursday, Jan. 24, in Warsaw.

The Vikings finished the meet with 97.6 points to the Lady Tigers' 96.05 total.
Viking Mavin Chaney led the way on vault with a score of 7.75, with teammates Hannah Bomba, Carly Snyder and Robyn Karst, all scoring at 8.5, tying for second place. Mikayla Carpenter placed fifth for HNHS.

 

HU men drop game to Marian

Host Marian University couldn't miss in the second half of its game with the Huntington University men's basketball team on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and the Knights erased the Foresters' halftime lead and won 82-72.

Marian shot 78.3 percent in the game's second frame, sinking 18 of 23 shots. Jake Stafford led the scoring surge, tossing in 27 of his game-high 29 points after the break.

Nick Achille added 22 points to the Knights' offensive effort and Jason Riley had 15.

 

Two Viking bowlers advance to regionals

Adam Harris-Shoemaker and Tyler Krepp finished second and seventh, respectively, in sectional play to advance to regionals for the Huntington North High School boys' varsity bowling team.

The top eight bowlers advanced from the 43-man field, on the strength of three individual games. Harris-Shoemaker rolled a 646 while Krepp had a 589.

Harris-Shoemaker's score was good enough to advance him to the stepladder finals along with the other three top scorers, which determines the sectional champion.

 

HU women drop close game to Marian


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

A late surge by visiting Marian University sent the Huntington University women's basketball team to a 64-60 loss on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The Knights built small leads throughout the game's first half only to see them chipped away by the Foresters and entered halftime with only a 30-24 lead.

 

Trout leads all scorers in HNHS girls' varsity baskeball loss


Photo by Steve Clark.

Allyson Trout scored at least 20 points for the second game in a row, but it wasn't enough to lead the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team over visiting South Side on Tuesday, Jan. 22, as the team fell 57-49.

Trout did most of her damage from beyond the arc, where she made 5 of 10 en route to her 20-point total, a game-high. The senior also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out two assists.

 

HNHS gymnasts fall to Logansport

A close win on the vault was not enough to carry the Huntington North High School gymnastics team as it lost to host Logansport, 104.825-98.525 on Monday, Jan. 21.

The Lady Vikes' trio of Robyn Karst, Mikayla Carpenter and Carly Snyder nipped the hosts on the vault, 25.85-25.775, for the team's best showing of the meet.
Karst scored an 8.75 to place second, Carpenter was third with an 8.600 and Snyder was fifth with an 8.500.

 

Lady Viking gymnasts sixth at Carter Classic

The Huntington North High School gymnastics team grabbed sixth place among 16 teams competing at the 2013 Carter Classic at Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne.

The Lady Vikes scored 95.000 points to earn their finish. Valparaiso won the meet with a total of 109.175, just nipping Bishop Dwenger, which scored 108.150. Merrillville was third with 100.100 points, Carroll took fourth with 99.400 and Fort Wayne Northrop was fifth with 98.650.

 

Jolas wins conference crown as HNHS wrestlers third

The Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team placed third out of four teams at the North Central Conference championship on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Kyle Jolas, wrestling at 145 pounds, was the champion of his weight class. The junior went 3-0 on three pins.

Huntington North produced four runners-up: Alex Beal at 126, Tanner Shipley at 132, Layne Emery at 195 and Josh Danals at 220.

Beal went 2-1, getting a pin and a major decision; Shipley achieved a 2-1 mark on two pins; Emery finished 1-1, notching a pin; and Danals got a pair of decisions to go 2-1.

 

Four Hoosier athletes prepping for NFL with HU help


Photo provided.

Four Indiana athletes are preparing for the NFL's upcoming combine with the help of Huntington University's Bod Pod.

Darius Willis of Indiana University, Austin Coleman of the University of Saint Francis, Dre Muhammad of Indiana University and John Goodman of the University of Notre Dame visited the HU campus to use the university's state-of-the-art Bod Pod for body composition measurements.

 

Fourth quarter Viking comeback falls short


Photo by Steve Clark.

A fourth quarter comeback attempt fell short for the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team in its game against visiting New Castle on Saturday, Jan. 19, as the Vikings lost 66-63.

Huntington North trailed by just three at the half, but saw that deficit increase to 19 in the third quarter when the Trojans outscored them 23-7.

Huntington North responded by going off for 29 points in the game's final frame, but New Castle's 13 was just enough to give it the win.

 

Senior Trout comes up big to get Lady Vikes back in win column


Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Allyson Trout recorded season-highs in points and rebounds and the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team defeated visiting New Castle, 57-50, on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Trout turned in a 23-point performance on 7 of 9 shooting, which included a 5 for 5 showing from beyond the arc, and had 12 boards for the double-double.

Lindsey Foster supplied 11 points to the Lady Vikings' cause and Kelsey Hollowell added seven to go with a game-high eight assists.

 

USF snatches, lead, game from HU men


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Visiting Saint Francis snatched the lead from the Huntington University men's basketball team less than five minutes into their contest on Saturday, Jan. 19, and the Foresters spent the rest of the game trying to wrest it back, falling 61-50.

Coming out of halftime down 29-25, Huntington narrowed the Saint Francis lead to two in the opening minute of the second half. However, the Foresters would get no closer as the Cougars responded with an 11-0 run that put distance between themselves and the hosts for the rest of the game.

 

Saint Francis beats up on lackluster HU women, 65-42

The Huntington University women's basketball team had its most lackluster offensive performance of the season and fell to host Saint Francis, 65-42, on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The Foresters, 13-8, 5-5 in Crossroads League play, connected on only 14 of 58 attempts from the field for 24.1 percent, and even though they hit 11 of 12 free throw tires for 91.7 percent, still wound up with their lowest point total of the season.

 

Riverview 7 boys trounce Whitko

The Riverview Middle School boys' seventh grade basketball team trounced Whitko 43-23 on Monday, Jan. 14.

Joe Stoffel paced the Raiders, 11-1, with 14 points. Cade Reust added eight points to the team's cause and Ethan Shafer supplied six.

The eighth grade team won 47-34.

Riverview, 6-7, was led by Sam Daugherty's 12 points, Lucas Long's eight and Conner Bauer's seven.

 

 

Oak Lanes Winter Leagues

Oak Lanes Week of Jan. 7


Monday Early Bird
Men's High Game: Gus Ballance, 244; Billy Mundy, 205; Bill Reed, 204.
Men's High Series: Gus Ballance, 627; Billy Mundy, 558; Bill Reed, 557.
Women's High Game: Fran Bolton, 188; Madeline Scarbough, 165; Suzy McClure, 136.
Women's High Series: Fran Bolton, 521; Madeline Scarbough, 411; Suzy McClure, 357.
Over Average: Billy Mundy, +99; Fran Bolton, +83; Madeline Scarbough, +81.
Top Teams: The B's, 11-1; Old Goats, 9-3; Two G's, 7-5.

 

Hollowell leads CMS boys past Northfield

Hunter Hollowell led the Crestview Middle School boys' eighth grade basketball team over visiting Northfield, 39-26, on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Hollowell scored 16 points for the Cougars, 14-4. Patrick Miller added six points.

The seventh grade team was narrowly defeated, 29-25.

Logan Moreland and Ian McCutcheon scored seven points apiece for Crestview, 7-9.

 

 

Balanced scoring leads Crestview 7 girls over SW

A balanced offensive effort carried the Crestview Middle School girls' seventh grade basketball team to a 26-22 win over host Southern Wells on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Hollyn Anderson paced the Cougars, 5-2, with eight points, while Karmen Koch added six and Sid Kyle paired six points with as many rebounds.

The eighth grade team came up a point shy in its game, 24-23.

 

Carroll tops Lady Vike gymnasts

The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team was beaten by host Carroll, 103.975-97.525, on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The Chargers swept all four events, although the Lady Vikings made things tough on vault, with Robyn Karst turning in a score of 8.850 to tie for first place.

Hannah Bomba's 7.950 snagged her fourth place on uneven bars, Mikayla Carpenter's 8.050 was good enough for fifth on balance beam and Alexa Shoemaker's 8.800 landed her in fifth on the floor exercise.

 

Northrop's second-half shooting streak nails Lady Vikings


Photo by Scott Trauner.

A slim halftime lead didn't hold up for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team when visiting Northrop shot a scorching 78.6 percent in the second half of their game on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to send the Lady Vikings to a 36-24 defeat.

Huntington North, 3-13, held a 12-11 lead after the opening two quarters, but Northrop drained 11 of 14 shots from the field in the second half to help pull out the win. The Lady Bruins, 3-11, held a 26-19 lead after three quarters.

 

HU women start strong, but lose to Bethel

The Huntington University women's basketball team slowed down after a fast start against visiting Bethel College on Wednesday, Jan. 16, and suffered a 63-55 defeat.

The Foresters, 13-7, 5-4, jumped out to a 17-6 lead in the first nine minutes of the game only to have Bethel respond with a 15-3 to give it a 21-10 lead five minutes before halftime. The Pilots, 17-4, 7-2, went into the half with a 31-28 lead and were able to hang on for the win.

 

Foresters miss pair in loss to No. 16 Pilots

Missing scoring punch and size without Shane Merryman and T.J. Short, the Huntington University men's basketball team lost to host and 16th-ranked Bethel College, 83-65, on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The Foresters, 12-9, 3-6, got down by 12 points after the first half of play and trailed by as many as 24 points in the second half against the Pilots, 17-4, 8-1.

Ryan Boester scored 20 points to lead HU. Colin Featherston added 13 points, Alec Peterson had 11 points and Tyler Ault added nine.

 

Eagle pair pushes CC past Viking cagers

Daniel Woll and Derek Hinen combined for 58 points to lead host Columbia City past the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team, 71-64, on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The Vikings, 7-7, held a 33-27 lead after the first half of play, but the Eagles, 13-2, used a 24-13 third quarter advantage to take a 51-46 lead into the final frame, and from there it was a matter of the hosts hitting free throws.

Kalvin Miller had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Vikings. Noah Reed added 13 points and Trenton Kern had nine.

 

Brown signs at Danville


Photo by Steve Clark.

Evan Brown (seated center), a senior on the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team, signs a letter of intent to continue his baseball career collegiately with Danville Area Community College, in Danville, IL. Shown with Brown are (front row from left) his parents, Neil Brown and Dani Brown, and (second row from left) Danville baseball Assistant Coach Drew Locascio, Huntington North baseball Head Coach Kyle Daugherty and Danville baseball Head Coach Tim Bunton.

 

Riverview boys' basketball teams sweep Bluffton

The Riverview seventh grade boys' basketball team improved its record to 12-1 with a 45-31 victory over host Bluffton-Harrison on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The Raider eighth grade boys also won, taking down their Bluffton-Harrison foes, 46-23.

The Raider seventh-graders were led by Joe Stoffel with 12 points and Carson Bolinger and Ethan Shafer with 10 each.

The RMS eighth-graders, 7-7, were paced by Lucas Long with 11 points and Nolan Betterly with 10.

 

 

Viking bowlers moved on to regional

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity bowling team finished second in sectional play at Decatur on Monday, Jan. 14, to advance to regionals in Fort Wayne.

The Vikings were in first place after match play and five Baker matches. The last hurdle was a two-game Baker playoff with second place Norwell, where the teams play for the championship title with only the total score of those two games counting.

 

Crestview 8 girls fall in hoop tourney finals

The Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team beat Peru in the first game of the Crestview Middle School tournament, 35-27, but fell short in the championship game against Whitko, 43-25, on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Aubrie Eckert led the Cougars, 3-3, with 10 points and six steals against Peru. Ariene Butler added eight points and six rebounds and Jennifer Bartels produced six points.

Cannici supplied 10 points for Crestview in the title game versus Whitko, followed by Eckert's nine.

 

 

Crestview 7 girls win own hoops tourney

The Crestview Middle School girls' seventh grade basketball team won the Crestview Middle School tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12, with a 35-12 victory against Whitko in the championship game and a 33-26 victory over Peru in the opening round.

Karmen Koch led the Cougars, 4-2, with 10 points and three rebounds in the title game. Hollyn Anderson added seven points to the team's offensive effort, Sid Kyle tossed in six, Peyton Butler supplied four points and five boards and Mickey Gilpin delivered four points and as many rebounds.

 

Viking bowlers claim conference crown with state record

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity bowling team defeated visiting Bellmont, 1213-856, and claimed the 2012-13 Hoosier Conference championship at Oak Lanes Bowling Center, in Huntington, on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The Vikings' score was a state high for a team game, blasting the old record of 1179 by 34 pins.

In the first game, the team was paced by Zac Tackett's 269, Adam Harris-Shoemaker's 266, A.J. Bickel's 230 and Tyler Krepp and Jon Scott's matching tallies of 224.

Huntington North won the second game 901-823.

 

 

Riverview 7 boys overwhelm Northfield

The Riverview Middle School boys' seventh grade basketball team overwhelmed Northfield, 36-20, on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Joe Stoffel led the Raiders, 10-1, with 13 points while Ethan Shafer supplied eight.

The eighth grade team fell 32-23.

Sam Daugherty put up 10 points for Riverview, 5-7, and Lucas Long added six.

 

 

Krepp signs


Photo by Steve Clark.

Tyler Krepp (seated center), a senior on the Huntington North High School boys' varsity bowling team, signs a letter of intent to continue his bowling career collegiately at Indiana Tech University, in Fort Wayne, at Oak Lanes Bowling Center, in Huntington, on Saturday, Jan. 12. With Krepp are (front row from left) his parents, Lisa Merryman, and Bruce Merryman and (back row from left) Huntington North Head Coach Doug Scott, Huntington North Assistant Coach Bob Gottschalk and Indiana Tech Head Coach Larry Secrist.

 

Huntington County baseball, softball registration is continuing through Feb. 1

Huntington County baseball and softball registration is ongoing through Feb 1.

Evaluations for county players will be on Feb. 3 at the Huntington North High School fieldhouse, from noon to 4 p.m.

Additional county evaluations will be held on Feb. 10, from noon to 4 p.m.

City players will be evaluated on Feb. 4 at the fieldhouse, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Additional city evaluations will be on Feb. 11 at the same time.

 

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Jan. 20 at St. Mary’s

The Knights of Columbus will host its 2013 Free Throw Championship on Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., in the gymnasium of St. Mary's Church.

The local contest is open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14 as of Jan. 1, 2013.

Winners advance from local competition to district, state and national contests, if they keep winning.

International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. Last year, over 120,000 youth participated in over 3,600 local competitions.

 

Down the lane


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North's Zac Tackett unleashes a ball down the lane during the boys' varsity bowling team's position round meet at Oak Lanes Bowling Center, in Huntington, on Saturday, Jan. 12.

 

Speed's late burst leads HU women past Taylor


Photo by Steve Clark.

Pazia Speed broke a 59-59 tie with a basket and three-point play to lead the Huntington University women's basketball team past visiting Taylor University, 70-65, on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Speed took a Taylor Foley assist to the hoop off a Taylor turnover to put HU, 13-6, 5-3 in Crossroads League play, back on top at 61-59 with 3:01 left in the contest. Slightly more than a minute later, the 5-7 junior intercepted a cross court pass, went in for the score and hit the ensuing free throw after being fouled on the play to give HU a 64-59 lead.

 

Lady Vikings use team approach to place third at Valpo invite

The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team used the team approach to finish third out of nine teams in the Viking Invitational at Valparaiso on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Despite only having four top 10 finishers in the day's events, the Lady Vikings were steady across the board, racking up a point total of 95.450.

Individually, Carly Snyder took 10th in the all around with a score of 31.350.

 

Taylor beats punchless Foresters, 70-44

The Huntington University men's basketball team was down by 10 less than five minutes into its game with host Taylor University, which set the tone for the contest as the Foresters lost 70-44 on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Huntington, 12-8, 3-5 in Crossroads League play, never led against their conference opponents, who outshined them in field goal percentage, 45.8 to 34, on 27 for 59 shooting versus 16 for 47, respectively.

 

HU cheerleading clinic


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Allie Wolfe (center) performs a stunt with the help of Huntington University cheerleaders (from left) Hannah DeMara, Cara Harris and Charity Wendel as the HU cheerleaders hosted a clinic for younger girfls on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Complex.

 

Anderson press too much for Lady Vikes to handle


Photo by Steve Clark.

Visiting Anderson's press was too much for the Huntington North High School girls' basketball team to handle as it fell 68-30 on Friday, Jan. 11.

Dropping to 3-12, the Lady Vikes gave up 31 points off of 24 steals and 15 turnovers. It also didn't help that the Lady Indians hit 30 of 54 shots for 55.6 percent for the contest.

Anderson, 11-4, took a 12-7 lead after the first frame and expanded the margin to 31-15 by halftime. The visitors led 49-22 after three quarters.

Freshman Hannah Stoffel led HNHS with nine points.

 

Anderson scorches nets, Viking cagers

Host Anderson scorched the nets to the tune of 67 percent on Friday, Jan. 11, and sent the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team home with a 67-43 loss.

The Indians, 9-2, hit 23 of 34 shots from the field for 67.6 percent, and were never challenged by the Vikings after hanging a 23-6 second quarter on the board for a 39-17 lead.

Trenton Kern led the Vikings, 7-6, with 12 points. Matt Hogan scored nine.

The Vikings hit 13 of 31 shots from the field for 41.9 percent.

 

Crestview 8 boys' basketball team tops Bluffton

The Crestview Middle School boys' eighth grade basketball team edged host Bluffton Harrison, 43-37, on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Hunter Hollowell led the Cougars, 13-3, with 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Luke Pulver contributed 10 points to the team's offensive effort, Dylan Wynkoop tossed in seven and had six boards, Matt Guhl added six points and Patrick Miller dished out 10 assists.

The seventh grade team fell 42-37.

 

Crestview girls' hoop teams sweep Bluffton Harrison

The Crestview Middle School girls' seventh grade basketball team won big over visiting Bluffton Harrison, 38-8, on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Karmen Koch, Riliegh Johnson and Mickey Gilpin paced the Cougars, 2-2, with eight points apiece. Hollyn Anderson added six points to the team's cause while Gilpin pulled down five rebounds and Sid Kyle and Johnson each collected three.

The eighth grade team won 37-20.

Ariene Butler led Crestview, 2-2, with eight points and as many steals. Mackenzi Cannici and Madison Houser each added six points and Aubrie Eckert came up with five.

 

Riverview boys' hoop teams sweep Indian Springs

The Riverview Middle School boys' seventh grade basketball team beat Indian Springs, 44-20, on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Ethan Shafer paced the Raiders, 9-1, with 10 points, while Elliot Lesperance supplied six and eleven players scored overall.

The eighth grade team also triumphed over Indian Springs, 51-37.

Sam Daugherty and Lucas Long led Riverview, 5-6, with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

 

 

Viking matmen lose to Peru


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The Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team lost to visiting Peru, 54-19, on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Tanner Shipley, wrestling at 132 pounds, and Sebastian Eckert, at 152, both recorded pins for HNHS.

Also winning for the Vikings was Kyle Jolas, at 145, and Josh Danals, at 220, on a 12-4 major decision and a 2-1 decision, respectively.

Alex Beal at 126, Ian Hiers at 138, Chandler Updike at 160, Dakota Plasterer at 170, Layne Emery at 195 and Shawn Renz at heavyweight each lost.

 

 

Foresters blow away Goshen, 75-50


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Shane Merryman scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the second half as the Huntington University men's basketball team blew away visiting Goshen, 75-50, on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Merryman, a junior, connected on 9 of 13 shots from the field and all 10 of his free throw tries to lead the Foresters to their 12th win of the season in 19 games.

HU held a 36-21 lead at halftime and expanded the margin as high as 35 points in the second half.

Alec Peterson added 15 points and Colin Featherston had 11 for HU.

 

Forester women dump Goshen


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Amelia Recker scored 18 points to lead four Foresters in double figures as the Huntington University women's basketball team dumped host Goshen College, 70-50, on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Taylor Foley backed up Recker with 13 points, Pazia Speed scored 11 and Sara Miller-Jennings added 10 points as the Foresters improved to 12-6 on the season, 4-3 in the Crossroads League.

 

Viking bowlers nip Bellmont in showdown of leaders

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity bowling team, leaders of the Hoosier Conference, overcame second-ranked Bellmont, 12-8, at Decatur on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

The match was a Baker style position round, where five bowlers rotate every frame, combining their individual frame score into one team score. Two points are awarded per win.

The Vikings snatched just one win in their first four games, 196-182, as the Braves dominated in the early going, winning 198-137, 153-149 and 212-207.

 

Junior Merryman joins Foresters’ 1,000-point club in basketball


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Huntington University junior Shane Merryman, of Fort Wayne, has reached a milestone in his career as a Forester.

Heading into the game against Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Jan. 5, the 6-5 forward needed just two points to become the 43rd player to join Huntington's 1,000-point club.

He reached this mark less than four minutes into the contest when he muscled one in down low.

 

Fall co-ed softball lower bracket champs


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Winners of the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department's fall co-ed tournament lower bracket is Neff Designs. The champions are (front row from left) Deja Marshall, Brandy Bruner, Sarah Goble, Brenda Williams, Regan Perky, Nikki Reust; and (back row from left) Rob Hunnicutt, Terry Snyder, Randy Mygrant, Randy Neff, Eric Marshall, Kelly Williams, Jim Powers and Nate Petro.

 

Fall co-ed softball upper bracket champs


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Winner of the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department's fall co-ed softball tournament upper bracket is Fincannon Ford. The champions are (front row from left) Brittany Gower, Tony Land, Brandon Leist, Lisa Leist and Kari Ricker; and (back row from left) Robert Adamson, Annette Adamson, Adam Hendryx, RJ Falcone, Jennifer Jerabek and Taylor Foley.

 

Greene leads HU women over Spring Arbor


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Allison Greene came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points and lead the Huntington University women's basketball team to a 66-40 win over visiting Spring Arbor on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Sarah Miller-Jennings scored 13 points and Amelia Recker had 11 for the Foresters, 11-6 overall and 3-3 in the Crossroads League.

HU took a 25-19 lead after the first half after holding a margin as high as 12 points. Recker led the way for HU with seven points.

 

Lady Vikes let game slip away in loss to Jay County

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team lost a 10-point lead in the final quarter and fell to host Jay County, 28-27, on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The Lady Vikings, 3-11, were up 25-15 in the final frame but saw the hosts score 13 of the game's final 15 points. The winning score was the only time Jay County led in the contest.

With a slow pace and neither team showing much marksmanship from the field, the Lady Vikes led 4-2 after the first quarter, 10-4 after two quarters and 14-9 after three quarters.

 

Big night by Cougar guard stops HU men

One game after overcoming a 40-point performance by an opponent, the Huntington University men's basketball team couldn't overcome a 38-point effort by another and fell to host Spring Arbor University, 86-79, on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Guard Chris Bellamy poured in 38 points for Spring Arbor, but unlike the Foresters' last effort, Bellamy was able to get help from three other double figure scorers to overcome five HU double figure performers.

 

Cestview 8 girls overwhelm Oak Hill

The Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team overwhelmed host Oak Hill, 31-5, on Monday, Jan. 7.

Aubrie Eckert put up nine points for the Cougars, 1-2. Ariene Butler added eight points and Mackenzi Cannici provided six.

The girls' seventh grade team edged Oak Hill, 16-14.

Crestview, 1-2, got six points from Meg Gilpin, four apiece from Karmen Koch and Hollyn Anderson. Rileigh Johnson grabbed three rebounds.

 

 

Crestview 8 boys beat Wabash

The Crestview Middle School boys' eighth grade basketball team defeated visiting Wabash, 43-24, on Monday, Jan. 7.

A balanced offensive effort carried the Cougars, 12-3, to the win, as Trevor Szelis and Luke Pulver scored six points apiece and Spencer Kryder and Dane Eherenman each added five.

Dylan Wynkoop led the team with 10 rebounds and Kryder grabbed seven.

The boys' seventh grade team fell to Wabash, 40-33.

Logan Moreland led Crestview, 7-6, with 10 points. Ian McCutcheon supplied nine points to the team's cause.

 

 

Viking frosh Kramer claims JV conference crown

Huntington North High School boys' junior varsity bowling team member Chad Kramer won the Hoosier Conference Junior Varsity Singles tournament at Oak Lanes Bowling Center, in Huntington, on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Kramer, a freshman, defeated Lady Viking Kaitlyn Conley in the championship match, 192-175. Kramer and Conley were two of 10 participants in the field of 47 to come from either the Huntington North boys' or girls' junior varsity teams.

The cut was made to the top 12 bowlers after three games, with seven Huntington North bowlers qualifying for bracket play.

 

Merryman gets league accolade

Huntington University junior Shane Merryman closed out 2012 as the Crossroads League Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 24-30.

It marks the second time this season Merryman has been selected for this honor.

Merryman, a physical education management major from Fort Wayne's Carroll High School, led his team to six straight wins to wrap up the 2012 portion of the Forester schedule.

 

Viking bowlers best Norwell

The Hoosier Conference-leading Huntington North High School boys' varsity bowling team clashed with second place Norwell at Decatur on Thursday, Jan. 3, and emerged victorious, winning 12-8.

Zac Tackett rolled a 210 for the Vikings in the first game. Tyler Krepp followed with a 187, Jon Scott spun a 164, A.J. Bickel got a 149 and Adam Harris-Shoemaker had a 136. The team won three of five games and bested Norwell in pin fall, 846 to 775, to win five bonus points.

 

Big second half by Logansport dooms Lady Viking win string

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team was up by nine points on host Logansport at halftime, but got outscored 40-14 in the second half to lose 56-39 on Saturday, Jan. 5, snapping its three-game win streak.

Allyson Trout put up 17 points for the Lady Vikings, 3-10, on 6 of 9 shooting, which included a 4 for 5 showing from beyond the arc. Lindsey Foster added six points to the team's offensive effort and Paige Coolman pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

 

Late shot derails HU women's comeback bid against MVNU

Camaranne Myles hit a shot with 1.7 seconds left to help host Mount Vernon Nazarene edge the Huntington University women's basketball team after a late HU comeback attempt, 63-61, on Saturday, Jan. 5.

The Foresters, 9-6, trailed the Cougars by 10 ponts with 5:06 remaining before Amelia Recker nailed a jumper to spark a run. Pazia Speed followed with a jumper and Recker sustained the series with a layup and another jumper. A pair of clutch free throws by Taylor Foley knotted things up, 59-59, bringing the game to its seventh tie.

 

Viking wrestlers have tough tournament at Avon

Standout performances by Sebastian Eckert, Kyle Jolas and Tanner Shipley weren't enough to keep the Huntington North High School boys' varsity wrestling team from going 0-5 at the Avon Super 6 Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The Vikings fell to Avon, 43-21; Fishers, 48-21; Danville, 68-6; Carmel, 39-26; and Harrison, 48-31.

Eckert, wrestling at 152 pounds, went 5-0, racking up four pins and a decision. Jolas, at 145, went 4-1 with three pins and a technical fall. Shipley, at 132, also went 4-1, getting two pins and two decisions.

 

Foresters use team approach to beat MVU

Dawson's 40 not enough as 5 Foresters hit double figures


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It took five players scoring in double figures, but the Huntington University men's basketball team withstood a 40-point outburst by Jason Dawson of visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene to win 82-69 on Saturday, Jan. 5.

The Foresters, 11-6, struggled to contain Dawson, who made 12 of 16 shots, including 6 of 8 from beyond the arc, and all 10 of his free throws attempts.

However, Shane Merryman countered with 23 for Huntington, followed by Alec Peterson's 16, Ryan Boester's 14, T.J. Short's 12 and Colin Featherston's 10 to tip the scales in the hosts' favor.

 

Lady Vike gymnasts edge DeKalb in season-opener


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The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team edged visiting DeKalb, 96.100-95.500, in its season-opener on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

The Lady Vikings won beam and floor. Mavin Chaney tied for tops on beam with a score of 8.050 and Robyn Karst was runner-up on floor with an 8.450.

Hannah Bomba was second on bars with a 7.450, followed by Carly Snyder and Chaney, who tied for third with scores of 7.400.

Robyn Karst took third on vault with a score of 8.500, with Mikayla Carpenter, Chaney and Snyder sharing fourth with scores of 8.400.

 

HNHS gymnastics season-opener


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Mavin Chaney concentrates as she tries to keep her feet off the mat during her run on the uneven parallel bars on Wednesday, Jan. 2, as Huntington North played host to visiting DeKalb in the season-opening gymnastics meet.

 

Lady Vikings win big over Lady Redskins for third straight


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The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team outscored visiting North Side in every quarter of its contest on Wednesday, Jan. 2, to win its third straight game big, 61-26.

Hannah Stoffel led the Lady Vikings, 3-9, with game-highs of 11 points and five steals as well as six rebounds. Allyson Trout added 10 points, Paige Coolman supplied eight and grabbed as many rebounds and Kelsey Hollowell tossed in seven.

 

Undefeated Wildcats blast Forester women's hoop team

Undefeated host Indiana Wesleyan blasted the Huntington University women's basketball team by 24 in the first half of their tilt on Wednesday, Jan. 2, to put things out of reach early and send the Foresters to an 82-44 defeat.

Allison Greene paced the Foresters, 10-5, with 18 points. The senior was the only player to reach double figures for Huntington, which made only 17 of 55 shots for the game for 30.9 percent.

 

Foresters can't hold on against No. 3 Wildcats

The Huntington University men's basketball team was up on visiting Indiana Wesleyan at halftime, but couldn't keep up with the third-ranked Wildcats in the second half, losing 86-76, on Tuesday, Jan. 2, to bring its six-game win streak to an end.

Shane Merryman put up 22 points for the Foresters, 10-6. Ryan Boester supplied 16 points, T.J. Short added 14 and Alec Peterson had 13 on 5 of 7 shooting.

 

Vikings' big comeback falls short against Bulldogs

The Huntington North High School boy's varsity basketball team couldn't quite come back from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter and lost to New Haven, 58-54, in the Super Teams Shootout on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the Fort Wayne Coliseum.

The Vikings, 7-5, were down 46-28 in the third quarter but outscored New Haven 26-12 the rest of the way to throw a major scare into the 4-3 Bulldogs.

 

Krepp wins Hoosier Conference singles tourney crown


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Huntington North High School senior Tyler Krepp won the Hoosier Conference Boys' Varsity Singles Bowling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Bluffton.

Krepp dominated Dylan Retherford of Norwell in the final, 231-158, to earn his title after being the second seed for the top 16 bowlers.

Krepp beat teammate and 15th seed A.J. Bickel in the first playoff round, then topped 10th seeded Trevor Sanders of Bellmont, 222-191, in the quarterfinals. Krepp took down third-seeded Jared Rife of South Adams, 204-195, to advance to the finals.