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Hollowell signs with Cougars


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Hunter Hollowell (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Monday, March 27, to continue his basketball career at the University of Saint Francis, in Fort Wayne. Present at the signing were his grandmother (seated left), Mary Keefer, and grandfather (seated right), Kevin Keefer, and (standing from left) USF Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chad LaCross and Matt Hinds, an assistant coach for the HNHS boys’ varsity basketball team.

HU's Moore is Crossroads League pitcher of week

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DJ Moore

DJ Moore, a sophomore on the Huntington University baseball team, was named the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 27.

Moore recorded two wins last week. His first victory came at the expense of Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday, March 21, and saw him throw a two-hit, complete-game shutout for the Foresters, who won 6-0. The Fort Wayne native also defeated Spring Arbor University on Saturday, March 25, yielding six hits and one run while striking out eight in six innings on the mound. Huntington won 19-3.

Donaldson win highlight for HU track teams at Polar Bear Invite

Senior Jean Donaldson brought home the only first place for the Huntington University track teams at the Indiana Wesleyan University Polar Bear Invitational on Saturday, March 25.

Donaldson heaved the javelin 37.93 meters to claim her gold, with teammate Brooke Saylor taking third with a toss of 29.70 meters.

The Foresters also claimed three of the top five finishes in the 800-meter run. Rachael Smelser led the HU pack with a second place finish in 2:41.73, followed by Bianca Tisdale with third in 2:42.83 and Kelsey Graber in fifth at 2:47.62.

HU golfers eighth at Taylor invite

The Huntington University men's golf team brought home an eighth place finish at the Purgatory Intercollegiate Invitational host by Taylor University this weekend.

After shooting a 329 on Friday, the Foresters fired a 315 on Saturday to post a 644 and finish in the middle of the pack in the 15-team field.

Cale Carr led the Foresters with an 11 over-par 155 to claim 16th out of 80 golfers.
Luis Esteban placed 27th overall with a 158, while Zach Borntreger had a 162 for 42nd place.

Vike distance medley team 16th at HSR

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity track team placed 16th in the 4,000-meter distance medley relay at the large-school finals of the Hoosier State Relays on Saturday, March 25, at Indiana University’s Gladstein Fieldhouse.

The Vikings’ relay squad, comprised of seniors Alex Wiedenhoeft, Cody Jones, Elijah Chesterman and sophomore Brock Spahr, clocked in at 10:57.83 for its placement in the 25-team field.

HU softball team drops pair to Taylor

The Huntington University softball team got swept by host Taylor University, losing by scores of 10-4 and 5-3 on Saturday, March 25.

The Foresters appeared to be heading toward a split in the second game with 3-2 lead through five innings. The Trojans, however, had other ideas and pushed three runs across in the sixth after registering solo tallies in the fourth and fifth frames to snatch the lead.

Taylor reliever Dani Wyse then kept the visitors at bay in the seventh to seal the late win and send Huntington to 9-10-1 overall and 4-6 in Crossroads League action.

HU golfwomen open spring season with 4th at Trojan Invite

The Huntington University women's golf team opened up the spring portion of its schedule with a fourth place finish at the Taylor University Trojan Invitational on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, at Purgatory Golf Club, in Noblesville.

The Foresters carded a 377 on Friday followed by a 378 on Saturday to finish with a score of 755 at the five-team invite.

HU netwomen lose to Olivet

The Huntington University women’s tennis team suffered a 2-7 loss to Olivet College on Saturday, March 25, at Minges Creek Athletic Club, in Battle Creek, MI.

With only five players, the Foresters opened the match in an 0-2 hole due to forfeits, and never climbed out, falling to 1-1 this spring and 9-4 overall.

Huntington’s lone wins came at first and second singles. In the No. 1 match, Meg Dolde dispatched Maddy Drikakis, 6-4, 6-2, while the second tilt saw Anastasiia Evstifeeva top Rachel Hager, 6-4, 7-5.

Foresters go 2-1 in weekend series against SAU

Huntington University pitcher Tanner Wyse gets ready to fire one home against visiting Spring Arbor University on Friday afternoon, March 24. Wyse got the win as the Foresters triumphed 10-6.
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The Huntington University baseball team went 2-1 against visiting Spring Arbor University in a three-game series played on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25.

The Foresters kicked off the trio of games with a 10-6 win on Friday. The Cougars evened the series with a 10-9 triumph later on Friday before Coach Mike Frame’s squad came back to win the rubber match on Saturday in dominant fashion, 19-3.

Safe at home


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Huntington North runner Sam Daugherty beats the throw to home from the Wabash catcher to pitcher in a scrimmage baseball game on Friday, March 24. Daugherty took off from third when the ball got past the Wabash catcher.

Dropping the bunt


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Huntington North High School softball player Aubrie Eckert drops a bunt down in an scrimmage game against visiting Wabash on Friday, March 24.

Sisk wins $1,000 scholarship with victory over Richmond in Empire

Tournament Manager Eric Tackett (left) congratulates Jakob Sisk after the latter won the fourth annual Empire Open bowling tournament on Sunday, March 19, at Rainbow Lanes, in Huntington.
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Jakob Sisk won a $1,000 scholarship for winning the fourth annual Empire Open bowling tournament on Sunday, March 19, at Rainbow Lanes, in Huntington.

Sisk topped Matt Richmond in the two-game championship roll-off, 426-343.

Sisk, who placed second in his division with 1,062 pins after five games to receive one of four byes into the second round of match play, beat Jarracah Heibel and Joey Litton to make the finals against Richmond, who took home $600 for his runner-up finish.

Signing at Hope


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Huntington North High School senior football player Andrew Schenkel (front center) signed to play collegiate ball with Hope College, in Holland MI, on Wendesday afternoon, March 22. Joining him at the signing are his parents (front from left) Cindy and Mark Schenkel and HNHS Head Football Coach Rick Burnau.

Furrow blast earns HU softball team twinbill sweep over MVNU

Huntington University pitcher Lairen Miller winds up to deliver a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday, March 21. MIller pitched a three-hitter as the Foresters swept the Cougars.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A two-run home run by Camille Furrow proved to be the game-winner in the second game and earned the Huntington University softball team a doubleheader sweep over visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday, March 21.

The Foresters, 8-7-1, won the first game, 3-1, behind a three-hitter by pitcher Lairen Miller, but trailed MVNU, 4-2, entering the bottom of the fourth inning. A Casey Lehman sacrifice fly and a Cougar error helped the Foresters knot the contest at 4-4 before Furrow launched a moon shot over the center field fence for what turned out to be game-winner.

Moore gem gives Foresters twinbill split with MVNU

Huntington University first baseman Shea Beauchamp gloves a throw to retire Brant Miller of Mount Vernon Nazarene University in first-game action at Forest Glen Park on Tuesday, March 21. HU split a twinbill with the Cougars, winning the first game, 6-0, but losing the second, 7-5.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Sophomore D.J. Moore threw a two-hit shutout in the first game to lead the Huntington University baseball team to a split with visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday, March 22.

The Foresters, 8-6, won the opener, 6-0, before losing the nightcap, 7-5.

Moore, a right-hander from Fort Wayne, struck out six and walked only one to tame the Cougars, 15-9.

His teammates gave him all the support he needed in the first inning when Adam Roser was hit by a pitch and came around to score on singles by Shea Beauchamp and Tyler Zimkse.

HU's Palmer an NAIA First Team All-America pick

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Miranda Palmer

Miranda Palmer, a senior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, is one of 10 athletes recently named NAIA First Team All-America this season.

An honorable mention pick as sophomore and second team selection last year, Palmer led the Foresters in points, 21.3; assists, 3.7; and steals, 1.9, to go along with pulling down 2.9 rebounds per outing in her final campaign.

Marian pitching shuts out HU women twice

The Huntington University softball team couldn’t crack the Marian University pitching staff and suffered a pair of shutout losses, 3-0 and 7-0, on Saturday, March 18, at Marian.

The Foresters, 5-6-1, were limited to seven hits in the doubleheader, which was their Crossroads League season-opener.

Pitching committee helps HU baseball team past Indiana Tech

The Huntington University baseball team threw nine pitchers at visiting Indiana Tech and the legion of hurlers came through for the Foresters, pitching them to a 4-2 win in a nine-inning game on Saturday, March 18.

Forester diamond men upset No. 22 Reinhard twice

While the weather limited the Huntington University baseball team to just two games over spring break, the Foresters made the most of it by upsetting No. 22 Reinhardt University twice on the Eagles’ home field, 9-2, 3-1, on Tuesday, March 14.

The Foresters, 6-5, struck early and often in game one to take control, 6-1, by the fourth inning with the Eagles’ only run up to that point coming in the second.

Furrow heroics push HU women to softball split

Strong pitching and hitting by Camille Furrow led the Huntington University softball team to a 5-3 win over Valley City State University on Wednesday, March 15, at the Tucson Invitational Games.

The Foresters’ second game of the day, against Purdue University Northwest, saw the team fall in nine innings, 8-7, to finish its spring break trip with a 4-4 record.

Foust heading to Bluffton


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Huntington North High School senior Scott Foust (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Tuesday, March 14, to continue his football career at Bluffton University, in Bluffton, OH. Present at the signing were his father, Shane (seated left), and mother, Candace (seated right), and HNHS Head Football Coach Rick Burnau.

Honoring the honored


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State Sen. Andy Zay (right), R-Huntington, honors EJ Tackett (center) with Senate Concurrent Resolution 31 in front of the full Senate on Monday, March 13. The resolution recognized Tackett for being named the 2016 GEICO Chris Schenkel Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year. At left is Ed Tackett, EJ’s father.

Huntington University cagers to host 15th annual hoop camp in June

The Huntington University men’s basketball team will host its 15th-annual summer basketball camp from June 19 to 22, at the Merillat Complex Platt Arena.

The camp is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through ninth grade.

There is a fee to attend, which is reduced for those who register and pay by June 1. Registration forms for the camp are available in the Huntington University athletic office or campers can register online at www.huntington.edu/athletics/mens-basketball.

6th-grade JLVs are champs


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The sixth-grade Junior Lady Vikings basketball team emerged as the champion of the Homestead Tournament on March 4. Team members are (front row from left) Alyse Geiger, Avery Bonewitz, Kianna Jennings, Kinsey Strine and Gabby Leichty; and (back row from left) Coach Dathan Strine, Emma Szelis, Skyla Tomasek, Taylor Double, Emma Holzinger and Coach Brian Double.

4th-grade JLVs win it all


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The Junior Lady Vikings fourth-grade basketball team took first place at the Homestead Tournament on Saturday, March 4. Team members are (front row from left) Haiden Bailey, Molly Daugherty, Addi Funk and Camryn Working; and (back row from left) Coach Phil Bailey, Brookelynn Buzzard, Emma Daugherty, Marisa Trout, Phoenix Coon and Coach Kamie Tomasek.

Special Olympics to hold first track practice

Huntington County Special Olympics will hold its first track and field practice on Thursday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington North High School Fieldhouse.

Track meets this season will be at Trine University, in Angola, and Bluffton High School, with the Area 3 Games being hosted by Homestead High School, in Fort Wayne.

Huntington United Soccer accepting registrations

Huntington United Soccer is currently accepting registrations for its spring soccer league.

HUS is a collaboration between the Parkview Huntington Family YM-CA, Huntington Parks and Recreation Department and Huntington Police Athletic League. The coed league features seven age groups: 4U, 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U.

Practices are scheduled to begin the week of April 10, weather permitting. The seven-game season will run from April 29 through June 17. Tournaments for 8U and older will be held the week of June 19.

Splash


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Colton Schulte, a member of the Blue Racers middle school swim team, churns through the water during the 200-yard freestyle at a tri-meet hosted by the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Tuesday, March 7.

Deep breath


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Adalyn Harvey, a member of the Blue Racers middle school swim team, takes a breath as she competes in the 200-yard freestyle at a tri-meet hosted by the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Tuesday, March 7.

HU women make quick work of Alma in spring net opener

The Huntington University women's tennis team made quick work of host Alma College in its spring season-opener on Saturday, March 11, winning 6-3.

The Foresters won six of the seven matches contested, yielding victories at sixth singles and third doubles due to be short-staffed.

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