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And they're off!


Photo by Scott Trauner

Runners head out at the start of the 13th annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus Turkey Trot 5K from in front of McDonald's in Huntington earlier today, Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 23. McDonald's is the host sponsor for the fund-raising event.

HU hoopwomen notch seventh straight win

The Huntington University women’s basketball team pulled off a second-half comeback and defeated host Goshen College, 51-44, on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

After trailing 12-8 after the first quarter and 21-20 at halftime, the Foresters knotted the game up by the end of three frames, 34-34, and scored 17 points in the final period while holding Goshen to 10 to take the game.

With the victory, Huntington, 7-1, extends its win streak to seven games. The Foresters also open Crossroads League play with a 1-0 mark.

Lady Vikes lose big to defending state champs on hardwood

Rileigh Johnson, a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, dribbles the ball upcourt during a game against visiting Homestead on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Lady Vikings fell to the Lady Spartans, 71-45.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team suffered a 71-45 defeat to defending Class 4A state champion Homestead on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at North Arena.

Three-point shooting propelled the Lady Spartans to the decisive win. Coach Rod Parker’s squad drained 12 of 22 attempts from beyond the arc for 54.5 percent. In contrast, the Lady Vikings took just five shots from long range, hitting two for 40 percent.

HU men come up short to Goshen

The Huntington University men’s basketball team came up short to host Goshen College, 90-84, on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The Foresters, 4-5, 0-1 in Crossroads League play, found themselves in a manageable 50-46 hole at halftime, but went on to trail by as many as 13 points in the second half before cutting the deficit back down to single digits by the end buzzer.

Viking wrestlers 4-1 at Warsaw Invite

The Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team cruised to a 4-1 record at the Warsaw Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 18.

A quartet of wrestlers went undefeated for the Vikings. Logging perfect days for Coach Neil Teusch were Preston Teusch, at 106 pounds; Darryn Kuhl, at 113; Jacob Hall, at 126; and Kaleb McVoy, at 152.

Saylor's big effort leads HU women past IU Southeast in tourney championship game

Huntington University's Sarah Fryman unleashes a shot over an IU Southeast defender in the championship game of the Huntington University Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Foresters won, 61-41.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Junior Brooke Saylor had one of the biggest games of her career to lead the Huntington University women’s basketball team to a 61-41 win over IU Southeast in the championship game of the Huntington University Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Saylor, a 5-10 forward, had game-highs of 16 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks as she walked away with tournament most valuable player honors.

Johnson leads Lady Viking hoopsters past Northfield

Huntington North High School center Maddy Robrock goes up with a short shot against Northfield on Saturday night, Nov. 18. Robrock scored 13 points in the Lady Vikes' 50-44 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Rileigh Johnson scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team past visiting Northfield, 50-44, on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Junior Maddy Robrock added 13 points and six rebounds to help coach Heidi Lawson’s crew climb above .500 at 3-2 on the season.

The Lady Vikes trailed 12-11 after the first quarter and 28-27 after two quarters, but pulled ahead, 38-35, by the end of the third frame.

HU men win in OT in Hoops for Hope Tourney second game

The Huntington University men’s basketball team topped Grace Bible College in overtime, 79-71, on the second day of the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Grace College.

The opening half saw the Foresters craft a 39-30 halftime lead, which the Tigers whittled away in the second stanza, tying the game up at 65 by the end of regulation. In the bonus period, however, Huntington held Grace Bible to just six points while tossing in 14 of its own to take the game.

Clarke comes back on HU in second half to win in tourney tilt

A second-half comeback by Clarke University resulted in an 87-79 loss for the Huntington University men’s basketball team on the first day of the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Tournament on Friday, Nov. 17, at Grace College.

The Foresters enjoyed a 40-35 lead at halftime, but the Pride took control of the game in the second stanza, outscoring Coach Ty Platt’s squad by a double-digit margin, 52-39, to claim the win.

Huge HU second quarter does in Wright State in tourney

The Huntington University women’s basketball team blew visiting Wright State University Lake off the court in the second quarter and wound up with a 78-40 win at the Huntington University Tournament on Friday night, Nov. 17.

Improving to 5-1 on the season, the Foresters turned a 10-9 first quarter deficit into a 34-15 halftime lead by outscoring Wright State 25-5 in the second frame. The Foresters then dumped another 25-point barrage on the visitors in the third quarter to lead 59-26 heading into the final frame.

Lady Vikes get out to big lead, cruise past Whitko

The Huntington North high School girls’ varsity basketball team jumped off to an 18-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in a 44-27 win over host Whitko on Friday, Nov. 17.

The Lady Vikings, 2-2, slowed down on offense after the big first quarter, but their defense stayed stingy as Whitko scored only four more points in the second quarter, had seven in the third and finally got to double figures with 12 in the fourth. The Lady Vikings led 27-8 at halftime and 34-15 after three quarters of play.

HU women bowlers 3rd out of 25 at Raider Classic

The Huntington University women’s bowling team claimed third place out of 25 teams at the Roto Grip Raider Classic, held Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12, at Beaver Vu Bowl, in Beavercreek, OH.

Lily Rutherford had a big weekend for the Foresters, averaging a school record of 225.2 for five games to win the singles portion of the competition. The freshman scored a five-game total of 1,126, with games of 212, 254, 196, 227 and 237 to out average second place by 15 pins per game.

HU men bowlers sixth at Raider Classic

The Huntington University men’s bowling team captured sixth place out of 27 teams at the Roto Grip Raider Classic, held Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12, at Beaver Vu Bowl, in Beavercreek, OH.

The Foresters were led by Justin Coleman, who averaged 215 over the course of five team games on Saturday. Huntington ended the day with a total of 4,881 pins, which left them in 10th place. On Sunday, the Foresters shot a 4,120 in 20 baker games, which was the fourth-highest pin fall total of the day to finish sixth, which is their best placement this season.

HU hoopsters trounce Wright State-Lake Campus

The Huntington University men’s basketball team trounced host Wright State University Lake Campus, 92-68, on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The Foresters, 3-3, shot 56.9 percent for the game, sinking 33 of 58 field goal attempts. They added 17 points in 24 attempts at the free-throw line for 70.8 percent.

Tyler Arens highlighted Huntington’s offensive attack with 25 points on 9 of 13 marksmanship from the field. The junior also pulled down 12 rebounds to record his fourth double-double of the season. His efforts on the glass helped give the Foresters a 40-35 edge in that department.

Aschliman takes runner-up spot as Lady Vike swimmers seventh at NHS Invite

A second place finish by sophomore Allie Aschliman was the top performance of the meet as the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team placed seventh among 11 teams at the NHS Girls’ Invitational.

Aschliman was runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly, in 1:07.93, in addition to  placing fifth in the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:34.30. She also teamed with fellow sophomores Alyssa Brinkman and Laney Shaw and junior Macy Lange to place fifth in the 400-yard freestyle relay, in 4:21.10.

Lange got a top-six finish in the 100-yard freestyle, touching home in 1:01.82.

Lady Vikes stick close but lose to Carroll

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team stuck with host Carroll for most of the game but couldn’t quite get it done in a 61-51 defeat on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The Lady Vikings, 1-2, trailed only 12-10 after the first quarter and went into the break at halftime down by just one at 27-26. The Lady Chargers gave themselves some breathing room with a four-point advantage in the third frame to widen the score to 43-38 heading into the final frame.

Bluffton edges Lady Vike swimmers

Huntington North swimmer Crosley Stanley competes in the 100-yard freestyle in a dual meet against visiting Bluffton on Tuesday evening, Nov. 14, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Sophomores Allie Aschliman and Laney Shaw each captured two wins but the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team came up just a little short to visiting Bluffton, 87-83, on Tuesday night, Nov. 14.

Aschliman won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly while Shaw took the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle to lead the Lady Vikes to six wins out of 11 events, but the visitors piled up enough points with their depth to squeak out the win.

HU soccerwomen Knispel, Spear are all-conference first-teamers

Brandi Spear (left) and Matea Knispel.
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Matea Knispel and Brandi Spear, members of the Huntington University women’s soccer team, were named first-team all-conference by the Crossroads League.

Knispel, a junior, led the Forester offense. The midfielder scored 18 goals, seven of which were game-winners. She was previously honored by the league as a freshmen all-conference designee in 2014.

Spear was Huntington’s other offensive standout. The senior forward tallied 11 goals, one of which was a game-clincher. She also logged four assists.

Huntington Gymnastics youth place at own meet

Jersey Hacker, a Level 3 gymnast with Huntington Gymnastic Academy, competes on balance beam during the Turkey Tumble meet, conducted by the academy on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Huntington North High School Fieldhouse. Hacker captured first place on beam.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Several members of the Huntington Gymnastics Academy placed at the Turkey Tumble meet, conducted by the academy, on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Huntington North High School Fieldhouse.

In Level 2 competition, Norah Fisher captured first place on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around and second on vault. Olivia Rosen claimed second on bars, beam, floor and in the all-around, plus third on vault. Carlee Strunk took third on floor and in the all-around. Brailey Norris placed first on vault and fourth in the all-around while Kaylea Baker placed fifth in the all-around.

Turkey trot style


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Students and supporters of Pathfinder Kids Kampus show off the new T-shirts for the upcoming 13th annual Turkey Trot event, which starts off from the Huntington McDonald’s restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. Pictured are (seated, from left) Aria Brown, Brynlee Henderson and Kids Kampus Interim Administrator and Early Head Start Director Elizabeth Hire; (second row, from left) Britt Sather of McDonald’s, Mya Willour, Ethan Lehman and Becky Scheiber of PNC Bank; and (back row, from left) Loretta Mottram of Pathfinder Services and Dr.

Several Men in Black runners take on New York City Marathon recently

Four members of the Men in Black Running Club, a local running group comprised of friends and alums of the Huntington North High School boys’ cross country team, competed in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5. Pictured are (from left) Tracy Blocker, Brad Prather, Austen Davenport and Dan Meyer.
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Members of the Men in Black Running Club do much of their running in Huntington County.

Earlier this month, though, four of the club’s members ventured outside the county to do some running.

How far outside?
The quartet traveled to New York City, NY. And along with 51,303 other runners, the foursome participated in the city’s annual marathon.

Veterans Day 5K


Photo by Steve Clark.

Kyler Hoopingarner and Charlotte Borland (second and third from left, respectively) keep pace with another runner as the three proceed up Bartlett Street during a running competition that proceeded the Huntington Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Big second quarter does it for Forester women in win over Judson

Sam Hammel (left) and Sarah Fryman.
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A big second quarter was the difference for the Huntington University women’s basketball team in a 79-69 win over host Judson University on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Trailing the Eagles at the end of the first quarter, 20-16, the Foresters turned the game on its head in the second, pouring in 29 points while holding the hosts to 18 to capture the lead, 45-38, going into the half. The third quarter saw the Foresters bump their advantage out to 57-48 while the final frame saw them lead by as many as 16 before they settled for the 10-point triumph.

Second half bombing pushes TIU past Foresters in HOF championship game

Strong second-half shooting helped Trinity International University hand the Huntington University men’s basketball team a 90-77 loss in the championship game of the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament at Platt Arena on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Strong second quarter propels Warsaw past Lady Vikes

Rileigh Johnson (second from left), a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, attempts to get a shot off as defenders from visiting Warsaw converge on her position during the Lady Vikings’ home opener on Friday, Nov. 10. Huntington North lost, 55-48.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A strong second quarter helped propel visiting Warsaw to a 55-48 win over the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team on Friday, Nov. 10.

After leading by just a point at the end of the first quarter, 9-8, the Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Vikings by a wide margin in the second, 18-9, to craft a 27-17 advantage going into the break. Coach Heidi Lawson’s squad tried catching up in the second stanza, but only managed to chip two points off the deficit by the close of three frames, 40-32, and one more beyond that by the end buzzer.

HU men outlast IU Northwest in Ness Bros. HOF tilt

Mason Coverstone (left), a junior on the Huntington University men’s basketball team, twists around a pair of defenders as he elevates for a layup during a game against visiting Indiana University Northwest in the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament on Friday, Nov. 10. The Foresters beat the Redhawks, 99-92.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men’s basketball team outlasted visiting Indiana University Northwest, 99-92, on Friday, Nov. 10, to advance to the championship game of the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament.

Fourth quarter run helps HU women hold off Holy Cross

A fourth-quarter run helped the Huntington University women’s basketball team dispatch host Holy Cross College, 77-64, on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Arens, Foresters swat Lawrence Tech for first win

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Tyler Arens

Tyler Arens swatted down a career-best six shots to lead a stingy defense as the Huntington University men’s basketball team stopped visiting Lawrence Tech, 71-57, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, for its first win of the season.

Lawrence Tech entered the game averaging 76 points per contest through its first two games, but the Foresters limited the Blue Devils to a 19 of 59, 32.2 percent shooting performance. Led by Arens, the Foresters were relentless in the paint, giving up just 18 points in the lane while blocking 10 shots.

Lady Vikes hold off Snider in season-opener

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team held off a fourth quarter rally by host Fort Wayne Snider and hung on for a 51-49 win in the HNHS season-opener on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The Lady Vikings went into the final quarter with a 42-28 lead, but the hosts outscored HNHS 21-9 in the frame put the game in doubt until the final buzzer.

Junior Maddy Robrock led the way for North with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Rileigh Johnson added 12 points and seven rebounds and Karmen Koch netted 13 points and had three assists.

Hollyn Anderson had five assists.

Honorary captains


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Classic, sponsored by Real Living Ness Bros. Real Estate & Auction Co., has announced its 2017 honorary captains.

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