Sports

Snyder leads gymnasts to second at Marion Invite

Carly Snyder's victory on the balance beam help the Huntington North High School gymnastics team place second at the Marion Gymnastics Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Snyder, a senior, scored a 9.475 on the beam to help the Lady Vikings pile up 153.75 points for runner-up honors behind champion Homestead, which had 171.250 points.

Snyder finished fourth in all-around with a total of 35.525 points after adding third place on the floor exercise with a 9.275, sixth on the vault with an 8.700 and seventh on the uneven parallel bars with an 8.075.

HU trackwoman Sparks heading to nationals

Christine Sparks, a junior on the Huntington University women’s track and field team, earned a berth in the NAIA Indoor National Championships with her effort in the 1,000-meter run at the Joe Bank Invitational, hosted by Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Sparks clocked in at 3:03.25 to secure her spot at nationals, which are slated for March 3 to 5 in Johnson City, TN. The junior also won the race with her effort, finishing nearly seven seconds faster than the second-place finisher to dominate the 22-runner field.

HU's Nash qualifies for nationals in high jump

Jake Nash, a senior on the Huntington University men’s track and field team, qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Championships by hitting the provisional mark in high jump at the Joe Bank Invitational, hosted by Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Nash’s leap of 2.01 meters not only punched his ticket to nationals, which are slated for March 3 to 5 in Johnson City, TN, but earned him first place in the event out of 17 jumpers. The senior also captured first in triple jump with a bound of 12.89 meters.

HU tennis women fall in first match of spring sked

The Huntington University women’s tennis team fell to host Aquinas College, 1-8, on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the first match of its spring schedule.

Freshman Alexis Allen was the Foresters’ lone winner, defeating MJ Bothma, 6-4, 6-2, at third singles.

Making her college debut, rookie Kathleen Morrical forced a super tiebreaker at No. 6 singles before being outlasted by Kasey Jacobs, 7-5, 4-6 (5-10).

Vikings top visiting Bulldogs, 56-38

Huntington North’s Chazz Bruce (left) tosses the ball over a pair of defenders from visiting New Haven during a boys’ varsity basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 6. Bruce finished with 14 points and the Vikings won 56-38.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team topped visiting New Haven, 56-38, on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Although the conference rivals were deadlocked at 12 after the first quarter, the Vikings doubled the Bulldogs’ offensive production in the second to surge ahead, 32-22. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad then tossed in 12 points to the visitors’ eight in each of the following two frames to put the game out of reach. The hosts enjoyed a 44-30 advantage at the end of three quarters before expanding their lead to its widest margin of the game by the final buzzer.

Goshen dispatches HU cagers, 72-52

The Huntington University men’s basketball team got dispatched by visiting Goshen College, 72-52, on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The Maple Leafs limited the Foresters’ leading scorers, Derek Hinen and Daniel Woll, to just 10 and six points, respectively. Despite the suppression of its stars, Huntington was in the game throughout the opening half, trailing by just a point, 29-28, with 2:51 until halftime before Goshen ended the stanza on an 8-1 run to take a 37-29 lead into the break.

Lady Vike relays cut times, but don't advance to state swim meet

Two Huntington North High School relay teams cut significant time from their preliminary clockings in the Warsaw Girls Swim Sectional Finals on Saturday, Feb. 6, but still won't be advancing to the state meet next week.

Freshman Macy Lange also won't be advancing in her individual events, the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke.

Winners in the finals, along with anyone swimming a state standard time and then the next-fastest swimmers to fill a 32-person field advance to the state meet on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13, at the Indiana University Natatorium.

Comeback attempt falls short for HU women

A fourth-quarter comeback attempt by the Huntington University women’s basketball team fell short and host Goshen defeated the Foresters, 75-72, on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Huntington trailed the entire contest and entered the final frame stuck in a 67-53 hole. Miranda Palmer, limited to just eight points for the Foresters through the game’s first three quarters, came to life in the period, tallying nine points to help Huntington make a game of it.

Johnson lone Viking to qualify for mat semi-state

Jerry Gardner (left), a senior on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, has hold of Garrett’s Cordell Camp during their opening-round match in the heavyweight division of the Carroll Regional, held Saturday, Feb. 6. Gardner’s season came to an end with a 3-2 loss.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Zack Johnson, a junior on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, placed second in the 113-pound weight class at the Carroll Regional on Saturday, Feb. 6, to earn a spot at semi-state.

Of the six Vikings to make the trip to Carroll, Johnson was the only one to punch his ticket to the New Haven Semi-state, slated for Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne. To advance, a wrestler needed to win in the opening round.

Lady Vikes’ season ends with loss to South Side

Sarah Fryman (right), a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team, fires a three-pointer during a game against South Side in the semifinals of the Homestead Sectional on Friday, Feb. 5. Fryman finished with a game-high 18 points, but the Lady Vikings lost, 58-48, brining their season to an end.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team came up short to South Side in the semifinals of the Homestead Sectional, 58-48, on Friday, Feb. 5.

Lange, 2 Lady Vike relay teams earn finals at swim sectional

Bailey Harris, a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, churns through the water during the 100-yard freestyle at the preliminaries of the Warsaw Sectional on Thursday, Feb. 4.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Macy Lange and a pair of relay teams were still in the running for the state meet as they earned spots in the finals of the Warsaw Girls Swim Sectional on Thursday night, Feb. 4.

Lange, a freshman, placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke, in 1:20.05, and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:01.01, to earn her invitation back to Warsaw for the finals and a chance at state on Saturday, Feb. 6.

HU women upset by last-place Grace

Huntington University senior guard Kelsey Hubble (right) is about to challenge Grace's Sarah Feasby on a lay-up attempt in action Wednesday night at Platt Arena. Hubble scored on the play but HU lost the game, 61-55.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington University women’s basketball team fell to visiting Grace College, 61-55, on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Carroll buries Vikes with second-half FTs

Huntington North's Sam Daugherty goes strong to the basket against visiting Carroll on Wednesday night in the Vikings' 62-44 loss.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Visiting Carroll buried the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team with free throws in the second half of their game on Wednesday, Feb. 3, sticking the Vikings with a 62-44 loss.

The Chargers clicked on 19 of 23 freebie tries for 82.6 percent in the second stanza, turning a 24-20 halftime lead into a 39-30 advantage after three quarters before doubling it to a cushion of 60-42 in the final frame for its widest margin of the game.

HU women’s basketball team to host 8th annual Pink Out

The Huntington University women’s basketball team will host its eighth annual Pink Out on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. in the school’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.

Foresters hang on for nail-biter win over Grace

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Daniel Woll

Daniel Woll blocked a potential game-winning shot by a Grace University player at the buzzer and the Huntington University men's basketball team held on for a 71-70 win over the host Lancers Tuesday night, Feb. 2.

The Foresters, 13-12 overall and 7-6 in the Crossroads League, were clinging to the lead in part thanks to a Devon Merder three-ball that had them up 70-66 with just under two minutes left in the contest.

Hicks breaks trio of HU records at Trine invite

Christina Hicks, a junior on the Huntington University women’s track and field team, won three events to highlight the team’s stop at the Trine University Don and Riley Zimmer Classic, held Friday, Jan. 29.

Hicks topped triple jump with a leap of 11.40 meters. The effort not only broke the school record, which Hicks already held, but met the NAIA qualifying mark, securing her a spot at the indoor national championships, set for March 3 through 5 in Johnson City, TN.

Nash a double-winner at Trine invite

Jake Nash was a two-time winner for the Huntington University men’s track and field team at the Trine University Don and Riley Zimmer Classic, held Friday, Jan. 29.

Nash, a senior, won high jump and triple jump with leaps of 1.98 meters and 13.19 meters, respectively.

Sophomore Codi Wiersema logged Huntington’s only other podium finish, placing second out of 25 competitors in the 3,000-meter run with a clocking of 9:32.52.

Frosh hoop team at 13-1

The Huntington North High School boys’ freshmen basketball team walloped host DeKalb, 40-17, on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Sawyer Stoltz and Trey Williams led the Vikings, 13-1, with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Stoltz also produced five rebounds, as many steals, and two blocks while Williams dished out five assists and notched four boards.

Forester women unravel in 4th against Marian

The No. 24 Huntington University women’s basketball team put a scare into third-ranked Marian University, but went cold in the fourth quarter to see its upset bid dissolve into a 71-56 loss at the Knights’ house on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Hinen's 27 lead Foresters past Marian

Huntington University’s Derek Hinen (left) zips by a defender from visiting Marian University in the first half of a men’s basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 30. Hinen scored a game-high 27 points and the Foresters won, 88-79.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Derek Hinen scored 27 points to lead the Huntington University men’s basketball team over visiting Marian University, 88-79, on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Hinen, a junior, tossed in six points for the Foresters during a 13-2 run in the opening half that saw them turn a one-point lead, 25-24, into a 12-point advantage, 38-26, with 5:30 remaining until halftime.

Vikings take advantage of Barons' swoon to collect win

Photo by Steve Clark.
Konner Platt

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team took advantage of a second-half swoon by host DeKalb and picked up a 58-43 victory on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Heavyweight champ Gardner leads five Vike matmen to regional

Gavin Rosen (middle), a sophomore on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, pins Woodlan’s Shawn Roemer in the second round of the New Haven Sectional, held Saturday, Jan. 30. Five Vikings punched their tickets to regionals.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Led by heavyweight champion Jerry Gardner, five members of the Huntington North High School wrestling team advanced from the New Haven Sectional, held Saturday, Jan. 30.

Wrestlers placing fourth or higher punched their tickets to the Carroll Regional, set for Saturday, Feb. 6. As a team, the Vikings finished seventh at the 10-team meet with a register of 122.

Gardner, a senior, pinned James Morua, of Heritage, in 3:20 to claim his weight division’s crown. With the win, Gardner runs his record to 31-5.

Trying for the takedown


Photo by Steve Clark.

Logan McQuinn (right), a senior on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, grips the waist of his Woodlan opponent and tries to sling him to the mat during second-round action at 220 pounds at the New Haven Wrestling Sectional on Saturday, Jan. 30. The sectional is still in progress.

Tearing upcourt


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Truby Parker of the Huntington Senior Vikings tears upcourt with a defender from the Howard Senior Wildkats in hot pursuit during action Saturday morning, Jan. 30, at the ninth annual Huntington County Special Olympics Invitational Basketball Tournament, at North Arena. A total of 50 teams from 13 Indiana counties participated in the day-long tourney.

Lady Vikes get senior night victory over DeKalb

Huntington North senior guard Ellie Lawson surveys the landscape looking for an open teammate in action Friday night, Jan. 29, against visiting DeKalb. The Lady Vikings won, 52-36, to finish regular season play at 16-6.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The seniors of the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team celebrated senior night by combining for 47 points in a 52-36 win over visiting DeKalb on Friday night, Jan. 29.

Sarah Fryman led the way for HNHS, 16-6 overall and 5-2 in the NorthEast 8, with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Madi Canady added nine points, seven rebounds and six assists. Ellie Lawson and Hannah Williams each scored eight points, and Hannah Stoffel rounded out the senior contingent with four points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Senior duo leads Viking swimmers over Manchester

Seniors Jacob Koons and Zane Cozad each won a pair of events and swam legs on winning relay teams to lead the Huntington North High School boys' swim team to a 102-49 win over host Manchester on Thursday, Jan. 28.

The Vikings, back to .500 at 8-8 on the season, got victories in all but one event contested. Aidan Hinesley, Cody Barton and Keegan Mautz each also picked up individual wins.

Lange wins pair but Lady Vike swimmers lose

Freshman Macy Lange won two events and swam on a winning relay team but the Huntington North High School girls'; swim team fell to host Manchester, 88-76, on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Lange won the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:35.90, and came back later to take the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:04.52. She also swam lead-off on the Lady Vikes' victorious 400-yard freestyle relay team, which touched home in 4:32.02 and included Alivia Eiting, Kaitlin Biehl and Emma Gordon.

Ice-cold Forester women lose to USF

Huntington University guard Kelsey Hubble kicks out a pass to a teammate during action Wednesday night, Jan. 27, against the University of Saint Francis at Platt Arena. The Foresters lost, 50-39.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington University women’s basketball team posted its lowest point-total of the season in a 50-39 loss to visiting University of Saint Francis on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The Foresters shot just 25.5 percent for the contest, going 13 of 51 from the field, which included a 3 for 17 showing from the beyond the arc for 17.6 percent.

Lady Vikes collecting for food drive

The Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team is collecting granola bars and fruit cups, along with monetary donations, at its senior night game on Friday, Jan. 29, to support Blessings in a Backpack.

The team is asking other Huntington North teams and clubs to also join in and bring items to donate.

HCB taking baseball, softball registrations

Huntington County Baseball is currently accepting registrations for its baseball and softball leagues.

Boys and girls ages 4 to 18 are invited to participate in one of the nine leagues offered by HCB. Baseball leagues are T-ball, 8U, 11U, 14U and 18U while softball leagues are 8U, 11U, 14U and 18U.

There is a fee to participate in each league.

The Lengerich Meats fund-raiser will again be offered to offset up to 100 percent of the player fees. Need-based scholarships are also available on a limited basis through the Richard “Dick” Haines Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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