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Stoffel gets two tickets to state meet, Koch gets one

Huntington North senior Hannah Stoffel (left) hangs just off the right shoulder of Homestead runner Grace Walter in the early going of the 1,600-meter run at the Marion Girls' Track Regional on Tuesday, May 24. Stoffel placed third to qualify for state in the event, and the senior won the ,3200-meter run to qualify in that event as well.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Hannah Stoffel punched a pair of tickets to the state meet and sophomore Karmen Koch also got one at the Marion Girls' Track Regional on Tuesday, May 24.

Karst-Fryman move on in individual tennis sectional

Emily Karst (left) and Sarah Fryman.
Photos by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls' tennis doubles team of Emily Karst and Sarah Fryman beat their opponent from Fort Wayne Concordia, 6-1, 6-4, on Tuesday, May 24, and will continue individual sectional play against a doubles team from Homestead today, Wednesday, at 6 p.m. at Carroll.

 

 

Late rally falls short as Lady Vikes lose sectional opener

Mackenzi Cannici, a junior on the Huntington North High School softball team, gets a piece of the ball versus Homestead in the opening game of the Lady Spartans’ sectional tournament on Monday, May 23. The Lady Vikings rallied late, but it wasn’t enough and their season came to an end with a 10-8 loss.
Photo by Steve Clark.

After getting shut out for four innings, the Huntington North High School softball team came to life offensively in the final three, but it wasn’t enough and the Lady Vikings fell to Homestead, 10-8, in the opening game of the Lady Spartans’ sectional tournament on Monday, May 23.

Huntington North found itself in a 5-0 hole through the first four innings. Homestead scored two runs in the first frame, two more in the second and one in the fourth while blanking the Lady Vikings.

Vikings split with Anderson on diamond


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team split a doubleheader with visiting Anderson, dropping the first game, 1-0, before winning the second, 4-2, on Saturday, May 21, at Forest Glen Park.

Viking golfers fourth at conference tourney

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity golf team placed fourth at the Northeast 8 Conference Tournament, held Saturday, May 21, at East Noble.

The Vikings were led by senior Jacob Vinson and freshman Martin Harold, who each fired an 82. Both were named honorable mentions, with Vinson placing 14th and Harold 15th.

Senior Michael May and junior Nolan Betterly carded an 83 and 84, respectively, to help Huntington North finish with a score of 331. Senior Luke Stroud shot a non-scoring 85.

'I got it!'


Photo by Steve Clark.

Mackenzi Cannici, a junior on the Huntington North High School varsity softball team, makes a catch in center field during a game against visiting Norwell on Friday, May 20. The Vikings lost, 4-0, to fall to 12-8.

Pair of early runs seals Lady Vikes' fate

A pair of runs in the first inning ended up being all host DeKalb needed to defeat the Huntington North High School varsity softball team, sticking the Lady Vikings with a 2-1 loss on Wednesday, May 18.

Even though the Lady Vikings’ pitcher, Hannah Middlebrooks, shut out the Lady Barons after their offensive spurt in the opening frame, she and her teammates couldn’t get going at the plate.

Middlebrooks plated fellow junior Aubrie Eckert with a single in the fourth inning, but that was all the scoring Coach Darci Brown’s squad, 12-7, could muster.

Guy nails first career ace at Clear Creek

Tim Guy, of Huntington, hit a hole-in-one on the 11th hole at Clear Creek Golf Course on Thursday, May 19.

The ace, Guy’s first ever, was achieved from the hole’s 138-yard Senior tee with a 9 iron.

Jack Guy and Geoffrey Guy witnessed the feat.

Vikings have two sectional champs among six regional qualifiers

Huntington North’s Ricky Haught (first from left) accepts the baton from teammate Zach Baldridge (second from left) to run the anchor leg of the 400-meter relay at the New Haven Boys' Track Sectional on Thursday, May 19. The Vikings clocked in at :45.22 for fourth place, and earned an at-large regional-qualifying spot.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys' track team had two sectional champions among six regional qualifiers at the New Haven Boys' Track Sectional on Thursday, May 19.

Champions for the Vikings and thus among the top three placers, who advance to the regional next week at Marion, were the 3,200-meter relay team of Cody Jones, Brock Spahr, Aaron Hendryx and Elijah Chesterman and freshman pole vaulter Ricky Haught. The relay team edged out South Adams by .08 seconds with its win in 8:11.26, and Haught topped 11-6 to claim his title.

Knights slide past Vikings, 7-6

Host Norwell pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to slide past the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team, 7-6, on Thursday, May 19.

The Vikings, 16-6, and the Knights both scored three runs in the second inning, but while Huntington North got two more in the fourth, Norwell tallied three in the bottom of the frame. The Vikings tied it up in the top of the seventh before Norwell untied it.

Reliever Cody Barton got tagged with the loss after allowing a bloop double, an intentional walk and a run-scoring hit in the seventh.

Doubles team moves on but Lady Vike netgirls lose at sectional

Emily Karst (left) and Sarah Fryman.
Photos by Steve Clark.

The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School girls’ tennis team at the Norwell Sectional on Wednesday, May 18, with a 2-3 loss to Bellmont.

Finishing the year with four wins against 14 losses, the Lady Vikings’ two victories on the day came courtesy of seniors Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst at first doubles and freshman Jessica Henline at third singles.

Fryman and Karst eked out a 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) victory against the Lady Braves’ Morgan Ellsworth and Lizah Okoniewski while Henline topped Kaley Butler, 6-4, 6-1.

Lady Vike track team sending eight to regionals

Huntington North sophomore Karmen Koch flies over a hurdle during a third place effort in the 300-meter hurdles at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, May 17. The performance earned Koch a trip to regional next week.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls' track team has eight qualifiers for next week's regional at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, May 17.

Senior Hannah Stoffel and sophomore Karmen Koch each earned two spots at the Marion regional next Tuesday. Stoffel was runner-up in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run, in 5:05.25 and 11:23.85, respectively, while Koch was second in the high jump at 5-2 and third in the 300-meter hurdles in :49.49.

New Haven comes back on Viking diamond boys

Host New Haven pushed across three runs in the final two innings to shade the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team, 3-2, on Tuesday, May 17.

The Vikings, 16-5 on the season and 4-2 in the Northeast 8 Conference, pushed across solo tallies in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 2-0 lead before New Haven began its comeback against Viking senior Alex McCutcheon, 4-2.

McCutcheon gave up five hits and three runs, two earned, with eight strikeouts and three walks.

Betterly leads Vike golfers to thrashing of New Haven

Junior Nolan Betterly fired a personal best nine-hole score to lead the Huntington North High School varsity golf team to a 152-212 thrashing of host New Haven on Tuesday, May 17.

Betterly shot a 1-under par 35 to lead the Vikings, 4-5 overall and 2-5 in the Northeastern 8 Conference, to their lowest scoring round of the year. Jacob Vinson shot a 1-over par 37, Michael May followed with a 39 and Martin Harold shot a 41.

Luke Stroud was non-scorer with a 43.

Dream season ends for HU softball team

The Huntington University softball team had a dream season come to an end on Tuesday, May 17, with a pair of losses at the 2016 NAIA Tournament opening round at the Reinhardt Bracket at Waleska, GA.

The Foresters, finishing with a school best 37 wins against 19 losses, lost to Webber International University, 2-1, in eight innings Tuesday afternoon, then fell 5-1 to William Carey University in an elimination game Tuesday night.

Viking golfers fall to Leo, EN

The Huntington North High School boys' golf team fell to Leo and host East Noble at Noble Hawk Golf Course on Monday, May 16.

Leo won the match with a 153, followed by East Noble with a 161 and Huntington North with a 166.

Martin Harold led the Vikings, 1-5 in conference, with a 40. Michael May and Nolan Betterly each fired rounds of 41, and Jacob Vinson and Luke Stroud both posted rounds of 44.

Vikes hang on against Carroll

Photo by Steve Clark.
Thomas Parker

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team jumped off to an 11-3 lead and then hung on for a 12-9 win over host Carroll on Monday, May 16, in a battle of area heavyweights.

Senior Thomas Parker slugged a pair of home runs and a double and knocked in a career-best seven runs to lead the Vikings, 16-4, over the Chargers, 17-7.

Parker hit a two-run bomb in the fist inning as the Vikings put up a three-spot for a 3-1 lead. He then followed that up with a three-run dinger to right in the second frame as the Vikings took a 7-2 lead.

Lady Vike netgirls grit out win over Norwell

The Huntington North High School varsity tennis team got two gritty wins in singles and a win in doubles to defeat host Norwell, 3-2, on Monday, May 16.

Junior Katie Hunt at second singles outlasted Cierra Middleton, 7-6, 6-4, and freshman Jessica Henline at third singles held on for a 7-6, 6-2 win over Caitlyn Griggs as the Lady Vikings improved to 4-13 on the season.

The number one doubles team of seniors Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst sealed the deal with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kylie Gerbers and Madison Oaks.

O'Leary walk-off dinger gives HU tourney win

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Emily O'Leary

Emily O’Leary clobbered a home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Huntington University softball team a 2-1, walk-off win over Reinhardt University on Monday, May 16, in the second game of the Reinhardt Bracket, held in Waleska, GA, in the 2016 NAIA Softball Opening Round.

The third-seeded Foresters, 37-17, will now face fourth-seeded Webber International, 28-14, on Tuesday, May 17, at 11 a.m. Webber upset top-seeded William Carey University, 4-1, in the bracket’s opening game on Monday.

Young Viking trackmen clean up at own invite

Gage Bustos, a sophomore on the Huntington North High School boys’ track and field team, glides over the bar in pole vault during the Huntington North 9 & 10 Invitational, held at Kriegbaum Field on Saturday, May 14. The Vikings won the nine-team meet, which featured only freshmen and sophomores.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Behind six first place finishes, the Huntington North High School boys’ track and field dominated its own Huntington North 9 & 10 Invitational on Saturday, May 14.

Tallying 177.5 points, the Vikings finished more than 60 points beyond the second-place finisher at the nine-team meet, which featured only freshmen and sophomores.

Foday heading to nationals in javelin

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Kai Foday

Kai Foday, a senior on the Huntington University men’s track and field team, punched his ticket to nationals in javelin at the Dr. Keeler Track & Field Invitational, hosted by North Central College on Thursday, May 12, and Friday, May 13.

Foday, a Huntington native, took third in his specialty, hitting the provisional mark with a personal-best toss of 180-06.25. His personal-record mark also moved him from third to second in the Forester record books.

The 2016 NAIA Track and Field National Championships are slated for May 26 to 28 in Gulf Shores, AL.

HU's Donaldson qualifies for national in javelin

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Jean Donaldson

Jean Donaldson, a junior on the Huntington University women’s track and field team, qualified for nationals in javelin at the Dr. Keeler Track & Field Invitational, hosted by North Central College on Thursday, May 12, and Friday, May 13.

Donaldson not only hit the NAIA “A” standard with her third-place toss of 131-06.50 to qualify for the big stage, she also shattered her previous personal record by over 10 feet and set a new school record in javelin.

First inning scoring spree propels Vikings past Leo

Thomas Parker, a senior on the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team, smacks a double in the first inning of a game against visiting Leo on Friday, May 13. Parker’s hit plated junior Carson Wright for the first score of the game, which the Vikings went on to win, 12-4.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A first-inning scoring spree propelled the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team to a 12-4 win over visiting Leo on Friday, May 13.

The Vikings, 15-4, 4-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference, tallied eight runs in the opening frame to seize control of the game early. The Lions responded with four runs in the ensuing five innings to cut Huntington North’s lead in half, but the hosts bumped their lead back out to eight with a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth.

Henline win bright spot for netgirls in loss

A singles win by Jessica Henline was the lone bright spot for the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team in a 1-4 loss to visiting Leo on Friday, May 13.

Henline, a freshman, outlasted Emili Runestad in the third singles tilt, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, to help the Lady Vikings, 3-12, avoid the sweep.

Homestead handles Lady Vike netgirls

Huntington North High School's second singles player, Katie Hunt, gets on her tiptoes to return a shot to Homestead's Katie Stephens in action Wednesday afternoon, May 11, at Huntington North. The Lady Vikings lost, 1-4.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

A win at second doubles was all the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team could muster against visiting Homestead as it suffered a 1-4 defeat on Wednesday, May 11.

The Lady Vikings’ Olivia Bowman and Anna Schroeder dueled the Lady Spartans’ Sami Laws and Lauren Ottinger for three sets. The Huntington North duo won the opening set, 6-3, but the Homestead twosome evened things with a 6-1 victory in the second. Bowman and Schroeder had the final cheer, though, posting a 6-4 win in the final set to log the Lady Vikes’ lone triumph of the day.

Golf tourney fund-raiser for Legion fireworks

American Legion Post 7 will have a four-person scramble golf outing on Saturday, May 21, at Clear Creek Golf Course. The outing will benefit the Post 7’s fireworks display.

The outing begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch is included in the team entry fee, with cash prizes for first, second and third place. A 50/50 and prize raffle will also take place.

Teams can register by email at thehunts71203 @hotmail.com or by calling Clear Creek Golf Course at 344-1665.

Lady Berries whitewash Lady Vikes

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team lost to host Logansport, 8-0, on Tuesday, May 10.

Ariene Butler got the lone hit of the night for the Lady Vikes, 12-5 on the season.

Hannah Middlebrooks took the loss in the circle, throwing seven innings and giving up nine hits, with three strikeouts and one walk.

Forester women head to Georgia for national tourney opener

It will be a road trip to Waleska, GA, for the Huntington University softball team as it competes in the 2016 NAIA National Championship opening round on May 16 to 18.

Huntington, 36-17, received the No. 3 seed and will face second-seeded Reinhardt University, 41-10, in game one on opening day.

The formart for the opening round is a double-elimination, four-team tournament at each of 10 host sites. The 10 winners will then converge on Sioux City, IA, from May 27 to June 2 for the 36th annual NAIA World Series.

Report scores from PAL baseball leagues

Play commenced in all three levels of the Huntington Police Athletic League on Saturday, May 7.

Coaches Pitch, Little League and Pony League results are as follows:

Trio from HU on all-conference SB squad

(From left) Emily Puterbaugh, Alyssa Hiple and Natalie McGuire.
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Huntington University’s Emily Puterbaugh was named co-pitcher of the year by the Crossroads League when it announced its 2016 softball awards on May 5.

The regular season saw Puterbaugh, a senior, boast a 1.05 earned run average and hold opponents to a .181 batting average. The Foresters’ ace, 19-4, pitched 160.1 innings, striking out 162 batters while surrendering 105 hits and a mere 23 walks.

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