Koch, Tillett each 'hat' as soccergirls trounce EN

Karmen Koch (left) and Hannah Tillett
Photos by Scott Trauner.

Karmen Koch and Hannah Tillett each scored a hat trick as the Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team trounced visiting East Noble, 9-2, on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Autumn Anderson added a pair of goals for HNHS, 4-0 on the season, and Bella Bercik also found the back of the net.

HNHS has scored 29 goals in its last three games.

The Lady Vikings jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first half.

HNHS goalie Brooke Trice had two saves.

Benkel, Smith lead soccerboys over EN

Felix Benkel scored his seventh goal of the season and Caleb Smith also found the back of the net to lead the Huntington North High School boys' varsity soccer team to  a 2-1 win over host East Noble on Thursday, Aug. 25.

The Vikings went into halftime with the eventual final score up on the board and were able to hold off the hosts in the final 40 minutes to improve to 4-0-1 on the season.

Junior Sam Poling got the win in goal behind a six-save effort.

Carson Bolinger and Peyton Miller recorded assists for the Vikings.

Marygrove scores late to top HU soccermen

Host Marygrove College scored with four minutes to go to beat the Huntington University men's soccer team, 2-1, in the HU season-opener on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Guilherme Lins Souza put HU up with a goal approximately 10 minutes into the second half of the contest to break up a scoreless tie, but Marygrove got the equalizer 14 minutes after that and then scored the game-winner with four minutes to go.

HU women drop 3-0 tilt to Lawrence Tech

The Huntington University women' soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to host Lawrence Tech on Thursday, Aug. 25.

The hosts scored twice within the first 24 minutes of the contest. They added an insurance goal in the 68th minute.

HU goalkeeper Toby Carman notched 15 saves on the afternoon despite giving up the three goals.

HU drops to 0-1-1 on the season.

Stephan, Mettler lead spikers past Northrop

Kaitlyn Stephan (left) and Allyson Mettler.
Photos by Scott Trauner.

Kaitlyn Stephan piled up 37 assists and Allyson Mettler knocked down 17 kills to lead the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team to a four-set win over visiting Fort Wayne Northrop on Thursday, Aug. 25.

The Lady Vikings improved to 6-2 on the season by scores of 25-15, 25-21, 16-25, 25-14.

Kalee Platt smacked four aces to aid the Lady Vikes on offense.

On the defensive side, Ariene Butler had 19 digs and Mackenzi Cannici had a pair of blocks.

The Lady Vikes' junior varsity took a 2-0 win over Northrop to improve to 3-1 on the season.

HU women battle Rochester to 0-0 tie

The Huntington University women’s soccer team opened up its season with a scoreless, double-overtime tie versus host Rochester College on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Forester goalkeeper Paige Coolman was solid in her first start between the pipes since 2014. The junior, a former Huntington North High School standout, stopped all six shots that came her way.

Unfortunately for Huntington, 0-0-1, Rochester got good play from its goalie, too. Barbara Bronco-Lazarini recorded eight saves for the Warriors, the last of which came in the second overtime period to preserve the tie.

Poncio gets lone win as HU netmen fall

Ignacio Poncio recorded the lone win for the Huntington University men’s tennis team in a 1-8 loss to host Lawrence Tech University on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Poncio, a sophomore, won his No. 1 singles match against Sergio Lopez, 7-6, 6-2.

County’s Special Olympics bowling starts Aug. 27

Huntington County Special Olympics bowling begins on Aug. 27 at 3 p.m. at Rainbow Lanes, in Huntington.

Individuals must be at least 8 years old and have been identified as having an intellectual disability to be eligible to compete in Huntington County Special Olympics.

Families and friends are encouraged to attend all practices and competitions to cheer on the athletes. Parents are requested to attend the first practice to complete any necessary paperwork.

29 foursomes take on Parkview Golf Classic

Twenty-nine foursomes competed in the 26th-annual Parkview Huntington Foundation Golf Classic, held Aug. 11 at Norwood Golf Course, Huntington.

Proceeds from the event purchased a slit lamp for Parkview Huntington Hospital’s Emergency Department. The device allows physicians to examine and assess patients who arrive at the emergency department with vision-related ailments.

Parkview Huntington Foundation organized the event. More than 20 hospital employees and community members volunteered to assist throughout the day.

Lady Vike spikers clean up South Side

Photo by Scott Trauner.
Kalee Platt

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team cleaned up Fort Wayne South Side in three games on Tuesday, Aug. 23, winning 25-9, 25-5, 25-8.

Kalee Platt had nine kills and five aces on the evening. Kaitlyn Stephan added 15 assists to the cause as the Lady Vikings improved to 5-2 on the season.

Brooke Richison also had five assists for HNHS, Ariene Butler had 13 digs.

The Lady Vikes' junior varsity was a 2-0 winner over South Side, triumphing 25-18, 25-7.

Corynn Barton had five aces and Lydia Riggers had eight assists to lead HNHS.

Tillett scores four as Lady Vike soccergirls blast Mississinewa

Huntington North junior Karmen Koch shoots the ball past the Mississinewa goalie en route to the Lady Vikings winning 10-0 on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Junior Hannah Tillett rammed in four goals and Karmen Koch added two as the Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team blasted visiting Mississinewa, 10-0, on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Lady Viking goalie Brooke Trice only had to make one save on the day to register her first shutout of the season for HNHS, now 3-0.

Tillett added an assist to her day's production and Koch, also a junior, added three assists to her goal total as HNHS scored 10 goals for the second straight game.

Viking netboys blitz Bluffton

Huntington North's No. 2 singles player Auden Eckert strains to return a shot in his match against Evan Bamgardtner of Bluffton on Tuesday, Auyg. 23. Eckert and the rest of the Vikings won all the matches on the day.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity boys' tennis blitzed visiting Bluffton, 5-0, on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Senior Nick May led the way to the Vikings' third win in four outings, whitewashing Mitchell Kuhlenbeck at first singles, 6-0, 6-0.

Auden Eckert at second singles took a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Evan Baumgartner, and at third singles sophomore Adam Zahn scrambled back from a 4-6 loss in the opening set to win the next two, 7-5, 7-6.

Bellmont stops Lady Vike golfers

Visiting Bellmont sent the Huntington North High School girls' varsity golf team under the .500 mark by beating the Lady Vikings, 172-194, on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Ashley Hall fired a 44 and Amara Eckert recorded a 45 to lead HNHS, 2-3 on the season. Laura Ham had a 52 and Jaclyn Boyd fired a 53.

Alysa Gray was non-scorer with a 54.

Danielle Gonser fired a career-best 48 to lead the junior varsity to a score of 203. Bellmont did not field a full squad.

Sarah Malone had a 49 for the Lady Vike JV, Leah Kitchen added a 50 and McKenzie Haneline had a 56.

Viking soccerboys blank Mississinewa

Photo by Scott Trauner.
Felix Benkel

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity soccer team turned a 1-0 halftime advantage into a 4-0 laugher by game's end to defeat host Mississinewa on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The Vikings got goals from four different players and shutout goalkeeping from Sam Poling and Aidan Hosler to improve to 3-0-1 on the season.

Senior Felix Benkel tallied a goal and an assist to pace HNHS, which also got goals from junior Jacob Foster, sophomore Eric Allred and freshman Peyton Miller.

Carson Bolinger, Caleb Smith and Andrew Kaylor racked up assists.

HNHS netters outlast Adams Central

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity tennis team outlasted host Adams Central, 3-2, on Monday, Aug. 22.

Lady Vikes rout New Haven behind trio

(From left) Autumn Anderson, Karmen Koch and Hanna Tillett.
Photos by Scott Trauner.

Autumn Anderson, Karmen Koch and Hannah Tillett each scored a pair of goals as the Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team routed visiting New Haven, 10-1, on Monday, Aug. 22.

The Lady Vikes, 2-0, did all their scoring in the opening frame. Adding in the remaining HNHS goals were junior Emily Johnson, sophomore Amaya Sunderman and freshmen Bella Bercik and Ashlynn Foster.

Sydney Kyle led the playmakers with a pair of assists. Courtney Christle and Megan Thomas each had one assist.

Brooke Trice had the win in goal for HNHS.

Benkel scores four as Viking booters batter New Haven

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Felix Benkel

Senior Felix Benkel scored four goals and the Huntington North High School boys' soccer team battered host New Haven, 9-2, on Monday, Aug. 22.

The Vikings, 2-0-1, blitzed New Haven with seven second half goals to break a 2-2 halftime tie.

Other Vikings finding the back of the net included juniors Caleb Smith and Andrew Kaylor, sophomore Eric Allred and freshmen Tyler Christle and Peyton Miller.

Smith and Kaylor also had an assist apiece for HNHS. Aidan Hinesley had three assists to lead the way, and Kasey Konz, Carl Danarp and Carson Bolinger also had assists.

Homestead too powerful for HNHS golfgirls

Visiting Homestead was just two powerful for the Huntington North High School girls varsity golf team and defeated the Lady Vikings, 158-189 on Monday, Aug. 22.

Ashley Hall carded a 44 to lead HNHS, 2-2 on the season. Laura Ham scored a 47, Jaclyn Boyd fired a 48 and Amara Eckert had a 50.

Sarah Malone was non-scorer with a 51.

The HNHS junior varsity suffered its first defeat of the season falling to Homestead 185-210.

Sprint triathlon

Photo by Steve Clark.

Alyssa Plisco (left) and Alyssa Haselby disembark from the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on their bikes during the second stage of the ninth-annual Sprint Triathlon, held Saturday, Aug. 20. The YMCA and the United Way of Huntington County co-sponsored the event.

Vikings 9th at Huntington North Cross County Invitational

Brock Spahr (right), a sophomore on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity cross country team, dashes past Noah Detwiler, of Northridge, near the end of the Huntington North Invitational, held Saturday, Aug. 20, on the Huntington University Cross Country Course. Spahr led the Vikings with a time of 17:30.2, good for 20th place.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity cross country team finished ninth out of 18 teams at its own invitational, held Saturday, Aug. 20, on the Huntington University Cross County Course.

The Vikings were paced by sophomore Brock Spahr, who captured 20th in 17:30.2. Junior JJ Whicker posted a time of 18:29.7 to claim 50th while sophomore Drew Davis clocked in at 18:41.1, good for 55th. Junior Nolan Young and senior Alex Wiedenhoeft finished 63rd and 64th, in 18:59.6 and 19:00.5, respectively, to cap Huntington North’s score at 252.

Lady Vike cross country squad 9th at own invite

Chloe Scheiber (front), a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity cross country team, leads two other runners down a hill toward the end of the Huntington North Invitational, held Saturday, Aug. 20, on the Huntington University Cross Country Course. Scheiber led the Lady Vikings with a 23rd-place showing in 21:09.3.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity cross country team placed ninth out of 14 teams at its own invitational, held Saturday, Aug. 20, on the Huntington University Cross County Course.

Junior Chloe Scheiber led the Lady Vikings, crossing the finish line in 21:09.3 for 23rd place. Sophomore Kyler Hoopingarner claimed 35th, clocking in at 21:44.0. Sophomore Alena Miller took 46th, stepping over the end stripe in 22:11.7. With a time of 22:47.0, senior Jenna Henline attained 53rd while senior Aliyah Kelsey notched 59th in 23:11.9 to cap the team’s score at 216.

Viking soccer team dispatches Manchester for first win

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Sam Poling

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team dispatched visiting Manchester, 3-0, on Saturday, Aug. 20, to pick up its first win of the season.

The Vikings, 1-0-1, did all of their scoring in the first half. Senior Felix Benkel, junior Andrew Kaylor and freshman Peyton Miller each found the back of the net.

Junior Caleb Smith aided the team’s offensive effort with two assists.

Junior Sam Poling recorded four saves in goal to post his first shutout of the season.

Lady Vike spikers 2-2 at LaPorte Invitational

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team went 2-2 at the LaPorte Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The Lady Vikings, 4-2, kicked off the invite with 2-0 sweeps of Merrillville and Highland before suffering an 0-2 defeat to LaPorte and a 1-2 setback versus New Prairie.

Huntington North defeated Merrillville by scores of 25-9 and 25-21.

Senior Allyson Mettler and junior Kalee Platt led the Lady Viking offense, producing five kills apiece. Junior Kaitlyn Stephan swatted three aces and also dished out eight assists.

HU goes 3-0 as host of own V-ball invite

The Huntington University volleyball team kicked off its season with 3-0 showing at the Forester Invitational, which it hosted on Friday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 20.

The Foresters, 3-0, swept William Penn University on Friday, 3-0, before outlasting Roosevelt University, 3-2, and blanking Robert Morris University, 3-0, on Saturday.

Huntington dispatched William Penn by scores of 25-15, 25-8, 25-18.

Vikes fade against Marion in opening loss

Huntington North sophomore running back Logan Hippensteel makes a cut against a Marion defender trying to gain more yardage on Friday night in the Vikings' 39-14 loss at Marion in both teams' season-opening football games.
Photo by Steve Clark.

After a back-and-forth opening quarter, the Huntington North High School varsity football team faded down the stretch against host Marion, losing 39-14 in its season opener on Friday, Aug. 19.

Lady Vike golfers to 2-1 with win over CC

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity golf team pushed its record to 2-1 with a 191-216 win over host Columbia City on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Jaclyn Boyd led the way for HNHS with a 44, followed by Amara Eckert with a 46 and Ashley Hall with a 47. McKenzie Haneline completed the scoring with a 54.

Crosley Stanley was non-scorer with a 57.

The Lady Vikings' junior varsity won 207-266 behind Laura Ham's low round of 40. Sarah Malone shot a 50, Leah Kitchen had a 52 and Alysa Gray had a 65.

Lady Vike spikers roar back to defeat Warsaw

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team roared back from a 0-2 hole to defeat visiting Warsaw 3-2, on Thursday night, Aug. 18.

The Lady Vikes lost a pair of close sets to start the match, falling 23-25 and 22-25, but then gritted out wins of 25-21, 26-24 and 15-9 to push their record to 2-0 on the young season.

Kylie Kaylor and Kaitlyn Stephan shared the assists mantle with 15 apiece on the night, while Kalee Platt slammed down 12 kills in addition to serving four aces.

Lady Vikes overcome deficit to beat defending champs

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Sydney Kyle

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team overcame a halftime deficit to defeat two-time defending state champion Fort Wayne Canterbury, 3-2,  on Thursday night, Aug. 18, at Canterbury.

Junior Sydney Kyle scored a pair of goals and fellow junior Hannah Tillett added one as the Lady Vikings scored three times in the second half to erase a 1-0 Canterbury lead at halftime.

Canterbury won the Class A championship in 2014 and 2015.

Junior Karmen Koch had a pair of assists and freshman Autumn Anderson had one for the Lady Vikings.

Viking netters fall to Warsaw

A win by Nick May was the lone bright spot for the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity tennis team in a 1-4 loss to host Warsaw on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

May, a senior, dispatched the Tigers’ Colton Lind in the first singles match, 6-1, 6-1, to help the Vikings, 1-1, avoid getting swept.

Huntington North’s Auden Eckert, a junior, battled with Andrew Gauger over the course of three sets at second singles, but ultimately fell short, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7.

Sophomore Adam Zahn rounded out singles play for the Vikes with an 0-6, 0-6 loss to David Homme in the third match.

Huntington golfer nails hole-in-one recently on Clear Creek’s eighth hole

Dennis Kern, of Huntington, hit a hole-in-one on the eighth hole of Clear Creek Golf Course, in Huntington, on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Kern achieved his ace from the hole’s senior tee, which is 110 yards away from the cup.

Witnessing the feat were Mike Briggs, Ken Dowden and Tom Dilling.