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Smeltzer comes off bench with big bat as HNHS frosh dump Wabash

Keaton Smeltzer had two doubles and five runs batted in coming off the Huntington North bench to lead the HNHS freshman baseball team to a 14-4 triumph over visiting Wabash on Thursday, May 21.

Logan Moreland picked up the win on the mound for HNHS.

Tomlinson drives in 5 as Lady Vikes' JV routs Kokomo

Natalea Tomlinson drove in five runs to highlight a 15-4 rout of host Kokomo by the Huntington North junior varsity softball team on Wednesday, May 20.

Tomlinson, a sophomore, was one of five Lady Vikings with multiple runs batted in. Freshmen Kendra Arnold, Peyton Butler, Bailey Hughes and Josilyn Platt each supplied two RBI to the team’s effort. Sophomores Brook Shoemaker and Jordyn Poulson rounded out the offensive assault with an RBI apiece.

HN frosh top Carroll

The Huntington North freshmen baseball team topped visiting Carroll, 8-5, on Wednesday, May 20.

Gage Sandlin, Matt Hahn and Collin Landrum each handled pitching duties for the Vikings, with Sandlin picking up the win.

Konner Morris and Ethan Shafer accounted for half of Huntington North’s runs, with each crossing home plate twice.

Viking golfers triumph over North Side

Senior Zac Tackett fired an even-par 32 to lead the Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team to a 151-170 win over host Fort Wayne North Side on Thursday, May 21.

Michael May fired a 38, Jacob Vinson shot a 40 and Nolan Betterly fired a 41 to complete the HNHS team scoring.

Bramely Shultz was non-scorer with a 42.

Lady Viking netgirls into sectional championship match tonight

A singles sweep gave the Huntington North High School varsity tennis team a 3-2 win over Adams Central in the semifinals of the Norwell Girls' Tennis Sectional on Thursday, May 21, and moved it into the finals on Friday night against South Adams.

Kylie Frederick at first singles, Ana Eckert at second and Emily Ehernman at third carried the day for HNHS, now 17-3 on the season. Frederick topped Jenna Lehman, 6-1, 6-3; Eckert took down Anna Burkhart, 6-2, 6-1; and Eherenman downed Dharma Steffen, 6-3, 6-1.

Fawcett wins sectional long jump among several Viking regional track qualifiers

Huntington North senior Drew Fawcett tries for his best distance during the long jump competition at the Fort Wayne Wayne Boys' Track Sectional on Thursday, May 21. Fawcett won the event and led several Vikings on to next week's regional at Marion.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Drew Fawcett won the long jump and four other individual Huntington North teammates and two relay teams will join him at regional next week with their efforts Thursday, May 21, at the Fort Wayne Wayne Boys' Track Sectional.

Fawcett, a senior, flew 20-7.75 to win his event and place in one of the three qualifying spots for next Thursday's Marion regional.

He will be joined by sophomore Jared Coolman, who placed second in the shot put, Houston Lehman, the third place finisher in the pole vault and the 400-meter and 3,200-meter relay teams, which also placed third.

Lady Vike netgirls sweep Bluffton in sectional opener

Huntington North's second singles player, Ana Eckert, steps into a backhand during her sectional match against Bluffton's Lauren Stauffer in the opening round of the Norwell Girls' Tennis Sectional on Wednesday, May 20. Eckert and the Lady Vikings won, 5-0 to move on.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North girls’ tennis team opened postseason play with a bang, blanking Bluffton, 5-0, in the first round of the Norwell Sectional on Wednesday, May 20.

Senior Emily Eherenman highlighted the Lady Vikings’ domination with a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the third singles match over Madison Meyer.

Senior Kylie Frederick was just a game away from notching a shutout of her own, dispatching Molly Williams, 6-1, 6-0, at first singles, while Ana Eckert, also a senior, capped the Huntington North singles sweep with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Lauren Stauffer in the second match.

Huntington North back in win column

The Huntington North varsity baseball team edged visiting Blackford, 4-1, on Wednesday, May 20.

The Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but failed to expand that advantage and the Bruins knotted things up in the top of the fifth. The hosts’ response was quick, however, and they slipped back in front with a solo tally of their own in the bottom of the frame. Coach Brian Abbott’s squad then gave itself some breathing room with a pair of runs in the sixth while holding the visitors scoreless to seal the win.

Lady Vikes take lumps against East Noble

The Huntington North varsity softball team suffered a 13-4 loss to visiting East Noble on Tuesday, May 19.

The Lady Vikings sent both Hannah Middlebrooks and Kendra Arnold to the circle and neither had an answer for the Lady Knights’ hitters. Middlebrooks, a sophomore, allowed seven hits and issued a walk in the first four innings while Arnold, a freshman, gave up six base pokes and walked four over the final two frames.

Sophomore Mackenzi Cannici and freshman Erin Burke each produced two hits with a run batted in for Coach Darci Brown’s squad, 10-17.

Kyu students


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Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana has announced students who have been promoted to new kyu ranks. Those students were awarded certificates by Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana Dojo at Champs Academy after successfully passing examinations. Included in the picture are (from left) Jaiden Kirk, yellow belt; Olivia Anderson, yellow belt; and Zackery Lane, yellow belt. Not pictured are Jeremy Clarke, yellow belt, one stripe; Thain Kelly, purple belt; and Tom Edwards, green belt.

Stoffel, Koch qualify for regional twice at girls' track sectional

Huntington North junior Hannah Stoffel (No. 143) runs in the middle of the pack in the 1,600-meter run at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, May 19. Stoffel eventually placed second to earn one of her two advancements to next week's Marion regional.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Junior Hannah Stoffel and freshman Karmen Koch each qualified for regional in two individual events and a relay to pace the fourth-place efforts of Huntington North High School at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, May 19.

The Lady Vikings will send a total of seven individuals and two relay teams on to regionals.

Needing a top three finish to advance, Stoffel got in with a pair of runner-up slots, taking No. 2 in the 1,600-meter run in 5:12.89 and coming back for a second in the 800-meter run in 2:19.40.

Kokomo rally sends Vikings home empty-handed

Host Kokomo rallied for four runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team, 6-5, on Tuesday, May 19.

The Vikings, 15-7, held a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh before the Wildkats used three hits, two walks, a wild pitch and two Huntington North errors to walk off with the victory, their seventh in 21 games this season.

Morris no-hitter, homer lead HNHS frosh over Peru

Konner Morris threw a no-hitter to lead the Huntington North freshmen baseball team past host Peru, 10-1, on Monday, May 18.

Morris also helped his own cause with a home run in the first inning. Jarret Gray scored three runs for the Vikings while Mason Landrum crossed home twice.

Crestview soccergirls defeat Riverview

The Crestview Middle School girls’ soccer team defeated host Riverview, 5-1, in its regular season finale on Monday, May 18.

Autumn Anderson and Dairian Goelz each scored a pair of goals for the Lady Cougars, who also got a score from Erika Vinson.

Goelz also supplied two assists while Anderson logged one assist.

Phelicia Shomo recorded seven saves in goal.

The tilt between the Crestview and Riverview boys’ squads was stopped due to lightning and resulted in a 1-1 tie.

Aidan Hosler scored the Cougars’ lone goal. Isaac Brown made three stops in goal.

Vikings lose lead and game to Carroll

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team saw a 5-0 lead disappear in one inning and wound up being beaten by visiting Carroll, 10-5, on Monday, May 18.

The Vikings, 15-6, scored five runs on five hits in the second inning but surrendered six runs in the fourth inning and another four in the seventh.

A two-run double by Walker Spahr highlighted the Vikes' big frame, but North starter Blake Gray was unabled to get past the fourth inning as he surrendered six hits and six earned runs in the top of the fourth.

Poulson dinger leads Lady Vikes' JV in slugest win over Blackford

Jordan Poulson smashed a three-run home run to lead the Huntington North High School junior varsity softball team to a 22-7 thrashing of visiting Blackford on Monday, May 18.

Abby Kindler had a triple in the slugfest, Bailey Hughes and Kristen Reed each had a pair of doubles and Kendra Arnold also had a double as the Lady Vikings improved to 9-2 on the season.

Tackett all-conference as Viking golfers place 7th in NCC

An all-conference finish by Zac Tackett highlighted a trip to the North Central Conference Tournament by the Huntington North boys’ varsity golf team, which carded a 365 to finish seventh on Saturday, May 16, at Legends Golf Club, in Franklin.

Tackett, a senior, went sub-80, carding a 78 to earn his all-conference honors.

Junior Michael May shot an 86, junior Jacob Vinson fired a 96 and sophomore Nolan Betterly finished with a 105 to cap the Vikings’ score.

Junior Zane Cozad hit a non-scoring 111.

Harrison topped the 10-team field with a 304.

Lady Vikings drop pair in NCC tourney

The Huntington North varsity softball team suffered a pair of losses in the North Central Conference Tournament, losing a shootout with Anderson, 14-12, after falling to Harrison, 11-1, on Saturday, May 16, in Westfield.

Heritage Days 5K run set for June 20

The Heritage Days 5K run will take place Saturday, June 20, at Kriegbaum Field, located at the corner of North Jefferson Street and Stadium Drive.

Registration and race number pickup begins at 8 a.m. with the start of the race set for 9:50 a.m. Awards will be presented in the stadium at 10:45 a.m.

There are separate entry fees for adults, those18 and younger and families (up to four entries). The first 50 registrants will receive a T-shirt.

Baseball at HU


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Caleb Landrum (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Friday, May 15, in the Huntington University Merillat PLEX to continue his baseball career at HU. Present at the signing were Landrum’s parents (seated from left) Amy and Jim and (standing from left) Todd Armstrong, Summit City Sluggers coach; Brian Abbott, HNHS head baseball coach; and Mike Frame, HU head baseball coach.

Soccer at USF


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Huntington North High School senior Corinne Tester (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Tuesday, May 5, to continue her soccer career at the University of Saint Francis. Present at the signing were Tester’s parents (seated from left) Todd and Holly Tester, and (standing from left) Ashley Stemen, HNHS assistant girls’ soccer coach; Christy Young, USF head women’s soccer coach; and Jeremy Steele, HNHS head girls’ soccer coach.

Football at Taylor


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Huntington North High School senior Brady Hill (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Tuesday, May 5, to continue his football career at Taylor University. Present at the signing were Hill’s parents (seated from left) Mike and Cheri Hill and (standing from left) grandmother Diana McCullough, sister Allie Clarke, sister Abby Clarke, brother Isaac Hill, brother Jeremy Clarke, sister Bailey Clarke and TU Head Football Coach TJ Ragan.

Football at Defiance


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Huntington North High School senior Layne Neal (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Tuesday, May 5, to continue his football career at Defiance College. Present at the signing were Neal’s parents (seated from left) Lamont Neal and Shelby Madsen, and (standing) Mike Hill, HNHS assistant football coach.

Football at Trine


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Huntington North High School senior Drew Fawcett (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Tuesday, May 5, to continue his football career at Trine University. Present at the signing were Fawcett’s parents (seated from left) Eric and Kelly Fawcett and (standing) Mike Hill, HNHS assistant football coach.

Football at Trine


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Huntington North High School senior Adam Woods (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Tuesday, May 5, to continue his football career at Trine University. Present at the signing were Woods’ father, Kipp (left), and Mike Hill, HNHS assistant football coach.

Football at Manchester


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Huntington North High School senior Jared Bartrom (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Tuesday, May 5, to continue his football career at Manchester University. Present at the signing were Bartrom’s parents (seated from left) Tracy and Mary Jane Bartrom, and (standing) Mike Hill, HNHS assistant football coach.

Football at Manchester


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Huntington North High School senior Colten Nall (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Tuesday, May 5, to continue his football career at Manchester University. Present at the signing were (seated from left) Nall’s stepmother, Tracy Nall, and mother, Chris Tackett, and (standing from left) father Bryan Nall and Mike Hill, HNHS assistant football coach.

Coolman's twin wins lead HNHS tracboys at own 9/10 Invitational

Devon Rooney, a freshman on the Huntington North boys’ junior varsity track and field team, twists over the bar in high jump during the 9/10 Invitational on Saturday, May 16, which the Vikings hosted.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Wins by Jared Coolman in discus and shot put led the Huntington North boys’ junior varsity track and field team to third place at the 9/10 Invitational, hosted by the Vikings on Saturday, May 16.

Coolman, a sophomore, topped discus with a toss of 130-08 and shot put with a heave of 44-02, helping Coach Scott Bower’s squad tally 116 points in the nine-team field.

Viking baseball team loses pitchers' duel in NCC tourney

The Huntington North varsity baseball team lost a pitchers’ duel to McCutcheon, 1-0, in the semifinals of the North Central Conference Tournament onSaturday, May 16, in Westfield.

The Vikings’ Kory Goodrich and the Mavericks’ Jackson Smeltz were each outstanding on the mound, allowing only six hits between them for the contest.

Koch's three wins, distance domination pace HNHS trackgirls over Bellmont

Photo by Steve Clark.
Karmen Koch.

Three wins by Karmen Koch and dominance in distance races propelled the Huntington North girls’ varsity track and field team to a 94-38 win over host Bellmont on Thursday, May 14.

Koch, the Lady Vikings’ freshman standout, topped the 100 and 300-meter hurdles and also high jump. The rookie took the shorter hurdles in :17.0, the longer hurdles in :49.4 and the field event with a leap of 5-0.

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