Four first place finishes help Vikings split three-way meet

Four first place finishes weren’t enough to push the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity track and field team past Norwell in a three-team meet at New Haven on Tuesday, May 3.

Behind that quartet of wins, the Vikings tallied 60 points, behind the Knights’ 74, but ahead of the Bulldogs’ 33.

Viking golfers lose close one to Bellmont

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team lost another close conference match, falling 172-176 to host Bellmont on Tuesday, May 3.

Jacob Vinson led HNHS with a 42 on what Coach Ron Vinson called a difficult Cross Creek course being played for the first time by the Vikings. Nolan Betterly shot a 44 and Martin Harold and Michael May both fired rounds of 45.

Zane Cozad was non-scorer with a 47.

The Vikings are 1-4 on the season, 1-3 in Northeast 8 Conference play.

The Viking junior varsity lost 179-203.

Norwell nips Lady Vike trackgirls by half-point

Despite sweeping two events, the Huntington North High School girls' varsity track team got nipped at the tape by Norwell by a half-point as it split a three-way meet on Tuesday, May 3, at Kriegbaum Field.

Norwell scored 74 points to the Lady Vikings'  73.5, with New Haven bringing up the rear with 19.5 points.

The Lady Vikes swept both the 800-meter run and the 1600-meter run, with Marissa Jamison having a big hand in both sweeps. The senior won the 1,600, in 5:29.00 and finished second to Hannah Stoffel in the 800, with Stoffel winning in 2:16.6.

Bellmont stops HNHS netgirls

Seniors Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst at first doubles picked up the lone win for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team in a 1-4 loss to host Bellmont on Tuesday, May 3.

Fryman and Karst were 6-3, 6-4 winners as the HNHS varsity dropped to 2-8 on the season.

At second doubles, Olivia bowman and Leann Ringenberg lost, 0-6, 2-6.

In singles, Kassidy Thompson lost at No. 1, 1-6, 1-6; Katie Hunt at No. 2 lost, 1-6, 4-6; and Alyssa Hewson at No. 3 fell, 1-6, 0-6.

The Lady Vikes junior varsity eked out a 3-2 win to improve its record to 9-1.

Goodrich sac fly in 10th gives Vikes win

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Kory Goodrich

Kory Goodrich hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give himself and the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team a 1-0 win over host Bellmont on Tuesday, May 3.

Goodrich's fly broke up a scoreless duel with the Braves Ryan Okonieiwski and helped HNHS improve to 12-3 on the season. The senior upped his consecutive innings scoreless streak to 34 when he set down the  Braves with one hit in the 10th to seal the win.

Goodrich gave up eight hits and had nine strikeouts with two walks to improve to 5-0.

Viking frosh improve to 6-3

The Huntington North High School freshman baseball team improved to 6-3 with a 5-1 win over visiting Northfield on Tuesday, May 3.

Keegan Bartrom and Brock Eltzroth led the offensive charge, with each smacking a double.

Darian Karriker, Jack Curless and Mason Anderson contributed on the mound.

The frosh Vikes got a no-hitter from Trey Williams and defeated host Eastbrook, 14-0, on Thursday, April 28.

Hoch wraps up golf career with all-conference mark

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Lance Hoch

Senior Lance Hoch wrapped up his Huntington University golf team career by earning his third consecutive all-conference honors at the Crossroads League Championship in Angola on Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and May 3.

Despite Hoch placing sixth overall with a score of 220, HU as a team finished tied for eighth with Bethel with a tally of 940.

Hoch, a Marion native, fired a 77 in the first round, a two-under 70 in the second round and a 73 in the final round.

Beauchamp bomb helps Foresters gain split with Taylor

Shea Beauchamp unloaded a two-run bomb in the first inning of the second game and Tarrin Beachy made it stand up as the Huntington University baseball team split a doubleheader with visiting Taylor on Tuesday, May 4.

The Foresters, 19-26 overall and 14-10 in the Crossroads League, fell to Taylor 4-1 in the opener but got the Trojans by the same score in the nightcap.

Foresters burn Grace for twinbill sweep

Following a season-high offensive output in the first game, the Foresters scored late in the second contest to sweep a doubleheader from host Grace College on Monday, May 2.

The Foresters pounded out 21 hits in the opener on the way to a 16-5 win, then scored three runs in the final two innings for a 5-2 win in the nightcap, improving their overall record to 18-25 and 13-9 in Crossroads League play.

Viking golfers sixth at Rochester Invitational

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team captured sixth place out of 14 teams at the Rochester Invitational on Saturday, April 30.

Senior Michael May led the Vikings with an 88. Freshman Martin Harold shot an 89, senior Jacob Vinson carded a 91 and junior Nolan Betterly capped the team's score at 360 with a 92.

Senior Zane Cozad posted a non-scoring 107.

Northfield won the invite with a tally of 337.

Lady Vikings pulverize Warsaw in sweep

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Hannah Middlebrooks

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team pulverized host Warsaw, winning the first game, 19-1, and the second, 20-2, in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 30.

In the opener, Hannah Middlebrooks limited the Lady Tigers to five hits in as many innings. The junior also fanned two and walked only one to earn the win.

Lady Vikes beat Blackford

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team defeated visiting Blackford, 9-4, on Friday, April 29.

The Lady Vikings, 9-3, were led by junior Ariene Butler, who produced a single and three runs batted in. Junior Mackenzie Cannici chipped in two hits and as many RBI while junior Erin Burke supplied a single and two RBI and senior Alexa Hill added a pair of base pokes and an RBI.

Salamonie Summer Festival Golf Outing set for May 21 at Dogwood

The Salamonie Summer Festival Golf Outing will be held May 21 at Dogwood Golf course in Warren. 

Cost of the outing includes lunch. There will also be prizes given away. Proceeds will support the festival for 2016. 

To register a team, call 375-3284 and leave a message with the team name and number and the call will be returned by a member of the committee.

3,200 relay win helps Vikings to third at own Lime City Relays

Huntington North runner Isaac Smith (right) takes a quick look at the competition during the anchor leg of the 3,200-meter relay on Saturdyay, April 29, at the Lime City Relays at Kriegbaum Field. Smith and his cohorts captured the race to help HNHS place third as a team.
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A victory by the 3,200-meter relay team helped the Huntington North High School boys' track team place third out of seven teams at the Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 30, at Kriegbaum Field.

The quartet of Cody Jones, Elijah Chesterman, Brock Spahr and Isaac Smith destroyed the field by more than 18 seconds in winning in 8:34.84, helping the Vikings pile up 90.5 points.

Koch win helps Lady Vikes to fifth at Lime City Relays

Huntington North freshman Brooke Goodrich (right) strains for the finish line in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash at the Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 29, at Huntington North.
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Sophomore Karmen Koch won one event and scored in two more individually as the Huntington North High school girls' track team placed fifth out of seven teams at the Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 30.

Koch's triumph in the 300-meter hurdles was the lone win of the day for the Lady Vikings, who tallied  68 points at the meet, well behind champion Homestead's score of 112.

Koch sped to her win in :47.98 to beat runner-up Kyara Muhammad of Fort Wayne Northrop by more than a second.

HCB opening night parade

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Members of the Intricut Little League team ride down the parade route in Huntington and throw candy during the annual Huntington County Baseball opening day parade on Friday night, April 29.

Foresters wrap up No. 2 CL spot

The Huntington University softball team wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the final regular season Crossroads League standings by splitting a doubleheader with host Spring Arbor University on Saturday, April 30, winning the first game, 2-0, but falling in the second, 8-6.

The Foresters, 33-15 overall, finished with a CL record of 26-10, tying Indiana Wesleyan University for second but gaining the spot by having three wins in four outings against the Wildcats.

Fourth inning outburst pushes Vikings over North Side

A scoring outburst in the fourth inning propelled the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team to a 12-5 win over visiting North Side on Saturday, April 30.

Reliable pitching pair helps Foresters bag pair of wins

Huntington University hitter Alyssa Hiple drives the ball in the first game of a doubleheader with visiting Bethel College on Friday, April 29. The Foresters won both games.
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Behind reliably good pitching from Emily Puterbaugh and Ariel Sheets, the Huntington University softball team swept visiting Bethel College, 4-1 and 1-0, on Friday, April 29.

McCutcheon tosses 2-hit gem as Vikes blast CC

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Alex McCutcheon

Alex McCutcheon tossed a two-hitter to help the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team dispatch visiting Columbia City with ease, 11-1, on Friday, April 29.

McCutcheon, a senior, pitched all five innings, yielding just the two base pokes and an earned run while fanning eight to earn his fourth win in as many starts.

Sophomore Ian McCutcheon backed up his older brother’s pitching with three hits and four runs batted in. Seniors Anthony Capozza, Logan Green and Thomas Parker, along with junior Hunter Welch, each added an RBI to the Vikings’ 11-hit attack.

Lady Vikes' JV SB bombs Southwood

The Huntington North High School junior varsity softball team defeated host Southwood, 37-12, on Tuesday, April 26, to improve to 3-5 on the season.

Maddie Heal pitched all five innings and had three strikeouts.

Doubles wins help push HNHS netgirls past CC

Victories in both doubles help push the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team past visiting Columbia City, 3-2, on Thursday, April 28.

Katie Hunt at second singles took a three-set win to help HNHS improve its record to 2-7 on the season. Hunt came back to top Hannah Behman, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

The Lady Vikes' first doubles team of Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst threw a 6-0, 6-0 whitewashing at Katie Weigel and Macenzie Lane, and the No. 2 unit of Olivia Bowman and Leann Ringenberg worked out a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Leah Mills and Jayma Acres.

Revamped lineup gets HN netgirls close

Sporting a revamped lineup, the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team pushed host Bluffton hard, but came up short, 2-3, on Wednesday, April 27.

Emily Karst and Sarah Fryman, the Lady Vikings’ reliable first doubles duo, shifted to first and second singles, respectively. The two kept up their winning ways, with Karst defeating Maddison Heller, 6-3, 6-3, and Fryman dispatching Claudia Williams, 6-2, 6-2.

Lady Vikes dispatch CC on diamond

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team dispatched host Columbia City, 8-3, on Wednesday, April 27.

The Lady Vikings got the scoring started with three runs in the third inning. The visitors then scored once in the fourth and three times in the fifth before the Lady Eagles finally got on the board with a trio of runs in the sixth. It was too little, too late, though, and a solo tally by Huntington North in the seventh brought the game’s scoring to a close.

Season for Huntington County Baseball opens on Friday

Huntington County Baseball will open its 2016 season on Friday, April 29.

Ballplayers will participate in a parade on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Huntington North High School. The parade will travel down Jefferson Street to Evergreen Road, then to Homier Park.

Games will be played on  all diamonds Friday after the parade. The games will be followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Games will be held all day on Saturday, April 30.

Puterbaugh, Sheets slam door on USF in twinbill sweep

Emily Puterbaugh (left) and Ariel Sheets.
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Emily Puterbaugh and Ariel Sheets allowed only one run on the day to lead the Huntington University softball team to a twinbill sweep of host University of Saint Francis, 5-1, and 6-0, on Tuesday, April 26.

Puterbaugh handcuffed the Cougars on five hits in the opener, allowing the only USF run of the day, before Sheets gave up only six hits, with no runs as HU improved to 30-14 overall, 23-9 in Crossroads League play.

Foresters walk to extra innings win to split twinbill with Bethel

Brock Gower pitched six innings of one-run ball and the Huntington University baseball team pushed across two runs in the 10th inning of the second game with two bases-loaded walks to salvage a doubleheader split with host Bethel College on Tuesday, April 26.

The Foresters absorbed an 11-0 shellacking in the first game, but captured game two, 5-3, to improve to 16-25 on the season overall, 11-9 in the Crossroads League.

HU women's golf team last at Crossroads League Championships

The Huntington University women's golf team wrapped up its inaugural season with a last place finish at the Crossroads League Championships on Monday and Tuesday, April 25 and 26, at the NorthStar Golf Club, hosted by Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

After shooting rounds of 402 and 413 on Monday, HU saved its best for last as the Foresters shot a season-low 394 in their final 18 holes on Tuesday to finish with a 1,209.

As has been the case all season, freshman Abby Poole paced the Foresters with a 259 to finish 18th out of 44 golfers.

Lady Vikes SB loses slulgfest to Whitko, 15-9

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team lost a 15-9 slugfest to host Whitko on Tuesday, April 26.

The Lady Vikes, 7-3, got three hits and three runs batted in from Aubrie Eckert and three hits from Kelsie Vogleman. Mackenzi Cannici had two hits and three RBI, Ariene Butler had two hits and an RBI and Alexa Hill and Erin Burke each had a hit and a ribby.

Arnold couldn't stop Whitko at all, throwing a complete game of six innings and giving up 15 hits, with five strikeouts and three walks.

Doubles win lone highlight for Lady Vike netgirls in loss

The first doubles team of Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst picked up the lone win on the day for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team as it fell to host East Noble, 1-4, on Tuesday, April 26.

The Lady Viking seniors lost the first set, 3-6, before bouncing back with sets of 7-5 and 6-2 to get the lone HNHS victory as the team dropped to 1-6 on the season.