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.
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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.
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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

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.


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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.

HU netmen suffer first loss of spring season

The Huntington University men's tennis team suffered its first loss of the spring season on Saturday, March 11, falling 2-7 to host Alma College.

Second singles player Jacob Shelton and third singles player Brody Worl got the wins for Coach Kreg Eckert's squad, 2-1 in spring action and 9-7 overall. Shelton defeated Luke Van Fleet, 6-7. 6-4, 1-0, while Worl straight-setted Jonathon Groening, 6-4, 6-2.

Vikings' get one first at Trine indoor qualifier

The Huntington North High School boys' track team took one first place at the indoor Trine HSR Qualifier #2 on Saturday, March 11.

The 4,00-meter distance medley relay team of Alex Wiedenhoeft, Cody Jones, Elijah Chesterman and Brock Spahr took the gold in 11:06.07. Wiedenhoeft ran the 1,200-meter lead-off leg, Jones went 400 meters, Chesterman ran 800 and Spahr anchored with a 1,600-meter leg.

New organization holding baseball gear drive

The Round ’Em All Foundation, a new organization based at Huntington North High School, is hosting a baseball drive to give back to the community.

The foundation is seeking donations of  gently used or new baseball equipment, including cleats, gloves and pants.

Drop-off points are located at the PAL Club near the bathrooms, the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA front entrance and at Huntington North High School.

Through the air

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Lindsay Johnson, a Level 3 gymnast with the Huntington Gymnastics Academy, lunges through the air during her routine in the floor exercise at the Peppermint Twist Championship Meet, held by HGA in the Huntington North High School Fieldhouse on Sunday, March 5. Johnson placed second in the event.

Coolman leads trackboys at New Haven Invite

A podium finish by Jared Coolman was the highlight of the day for the Huntington North High School boys’ track and field team at the indoor New Haven Invitational, held at IPFW on Saturday, March 4.

Coolman captured third place in shot put. The senior heaved the gray ball 47-6.

The 4,000-meter distance medley relay team took sixth place in 11:38.39. The 1,200, 400, 800 and 1,600 portions were run by Jacob Wust, Elijah Chesterman, Cody Jones and Aaron Hendryx, respectively.

HGA gymasts shine at own invitational

Several members of the Huntington Gymnastics Academy competed in the Peppermint Twist Championship Meet, held by HGA in the Huntington North High School Fieldhouse on Sunday, March 5.

Area gymnasts from levels 2 through 6 competed at the meet. HGA’s Level 2 team won its division while its Level 3 squad earned runner-up honors.

HU has pair of indoor track All-Americans

Huntington University athletes claimed a pair of All-America honors at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, held from Thursday, March 2, to Saturday, March 4, in Johnson City, TN.

Jake Nash, a senior, captured fifth place in high jump with a leap of 6-9.50 to net his third indoor All-America honor.

Christiana Hicks, also a senior, earned her first All-America accolade by placing sixth in triple jump. The senior entered the event seeded 20th and proceeded to easily out-jump that seeding with a leap of 38-3.50.

HU netmen sweep past Calumet, 9-0

The Huntington University men’s tennis team dominated host Calumet College of St. Joseph, 9-0, on Saturday, March 4.

After sweeping doubles play, the Foresters won every singles match in straight sets to record their second win in as many matches this spring.

HU diamond men perfect art of comeback in twinkilling of Cumberlands

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Shea Beauchamp

The Huntington University baseball team perfected the art of the comeback in a pair of narrow wins over host University of the Cumberlands on Saturday, March 4.

The Foresters overcame a 6-1 deficit in the opening game and a 7-6 margin in the nightcap to post wins of 9-7 and 9-8, respectively, and improve to 4-5.

Cumberlands edges Forester diamond men

The Huntington University baseball team got edged by host University of the Cumberlands, 3-1, on Friday, March 3.

The Patriots took a 1-0 lead on the Foresters in the second inning, but Coach Mike Frame’s squad countered in the seventh, getting a solo home run by Tyler Zimske to knot the game up. The deadlock would prove to be short-lived, however, as the hosts responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the game to its final tally.

Zimske finished with a team-high two hits for Huntington, 2-5, which logged six base pokes overall.

Season comes to swift end for Viking cagers

Luke Pulver (left), a senior on the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team, works against Muncie Central defender Kolby Mallory during a semifinal game in the Wayne Sectional on Friday, March 3. The Vikings lost, 44-36, ending their season.
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The season came to a swift end for the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team with a 44-36 loss to Muncie Central in the semifinals of the Wayne Sectional on Friday, March 3.