HU women’s basketball team to host annual Pink Out Saturday

The Huntington University women’s basketball team will host its annual Pink Out on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. at the University’s Merillat Complex.

Pink Out is an event to raise awareness and resources to advance breast cancer education and research. Proceeds from gate receipts, donations and “pink” popcorn sales will benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. The foundation has contributed more than $23 million to the research being conducted at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.

Triumphant Junior Lady Vikes

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The fifth grade Junior Lady Vikes travel basketball team recently won the Jay County Boomer City Tip Off tournament.  Teams members are (front row, from left) Kenadie Working, Jadyn Bennett, Grace Sell, Chelsea Swada and Chloe Kauffman; and (back row, from left) Addy Wiley, Leah Campbell, Meg Camomile, Kendra Sandlin and Hailee Kline. The team is coached by head coach Stacy Wiley and assistant coach Clint Gradeless.

Local Special Olympics to host invitational hoops tourney Jan. 31

Huntington County Schools Special Olympics will host the eighth annual Huntington County Invitational Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The tournament will take place at Riverview Middle School and the Horace Mann Education Center. The competition tips off at 8 a.m. with opening ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. Games continue throughout the day.

Tournament organizers are expecting 36 teams from nine Indiana counties. More than 300 Special Olympic athletes will be participating in 5-on-5 games, 3-on-3 half-court games and basketball skills events.

Viking swimmers sweep past Marion

Huntington North senior Nathan Lundy strokes to victory in the 200-yard freestyle against visiting Marion on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys' swim team swept wins in all 11 events on the way to a 125-44 pounding of visiting Marion on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

The Vikings recorded top three sweeps in three of their 11 wins, doing so in the 200-yard individual medley, the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke.

Schenkel leads HNHS swimgirls past Marion

Huntington North's Alivia Eiting swims for the wall in the 100-yard butterfly against visiting Marion at the Parkview Family YMCA on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Eiting finished fourth as HNHS won, 100-70.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Katie Schenkel won two individual events and participated on two winning relay teams to lead the Huntington North High School girls' swim team past visiting Marion, 100-70, on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Schenkel took the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke as the Lady Vikings won nine of the 11 events contested.

HU men continue slide with loss to SAU

The Huntington University men's basketball team continued its recent slide with a 69-64 loss to host Spring Arbor University on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

The Foresters, 13-10 overall and 3-8 in the Crossroads League, hit just 23 of 59 shots from the field for 39 percent to lose for the sixth time in their last seven outings. Spring Arbor, 11-12 overall, kept the Foresters in the game by shooting only slightly better at 23 of 56 for 41.1 percent.

Turnovers cost Lady Vikes in loss to South Side

Huntington North junior Hannah Stoffel (left) sends a South Side defender flying on this drive to the basket that netted the HNHS star an offensive foul on Tuesday night, Jan. 27, at North Arena. The Lady Vikings lost, 59-52.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Turnovers once again proved the problem for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team as it lost to visiting Fort Wayne South Side, 59-52, on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

The Lady Vikings, 6-11, had 15 turnovers compared to just five for the visitors, and South Side converted those miscues into 19 key points, compared to HNHS getting just six off the Lady Archers' miscues.

HNHS boys' frosh hoop team to 8-5

The Huntington North boys’ freshmen basketball team improved to 8-5 with wins over Bluffton and Marion recently.

Against the host Tigers on Thursday, Jan. 22, the Vikings won 35-26.

Cade Reust led Coach Sam Ryan’s squad with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Carson Bollinger supplied seven points while Collin Landrum and Mitchell Geller each added five.

Landrum facilitated the offense with four assists while harassing Bluffton’s “O” with seven steals.

Geller produced five steals.

Huntington North topped visiting Marion, 33-25, on Monday, Jan. 26.

HU's Gerke second in Findlay Classic heptathlon

Brooks Gerke, a member of the Huntington University men’s track and field team, competed in the heptathlon at the University of Findlay Classic, held Saturday, Jan. 24, and Sunday, Jan. 25, where he finished second out of seven competitors with 4,202 points.

Gerke posted three first-place finishes, which included long jump, at 6.16 meters; shot put, at 10.99; and pole vault, at 4.45.

The sophomore also took second in the 60-meter dash, in :07.53; second in high jump, at 1.79; sixth in the 60-meter hurdles, in :10.07; and sixth in the 1,000-meter run, in 3:25.06.

Riverview girls' hoop teams defeat Crestview

The Crestview Middle School girls’ eighth grade basketball team fell to visiting Riverview, 23-17, on Monday, Jan. 26.

The Lady Cougars, 2-4, got six points from Peyton Dorsett, five from Maddi Robrock and four from Erika Vinson.

Riverview pulls even on the season at 4-4.

Crestview’s seventh grade team also lost to their crosstown rivals, 22-19.

Meg McDonald tallied eight points for the Lady Cougs, 4-2, while Ashlyn Foster netted six and Taylor Reust added five.

The Lady Raiders improve to 6-2.