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First place ‘Hot Shots’


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The Huntington Hot Shots third grade girls' basketball team won first place at the Bruin Classic held in Hartford City. Team members are (from left) Kendra Sandlin, Skyla Tomasek, Meg Camomile, Taryn Jojola, Addy Wiley, Chelsea Swada, Layla McLeod, Grace Sell and Leah Campbell.

 

Shooting woes sink Vikings in sectional opener


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team picked a poor time for one of its worst shooting performances of the season and got beaten by Homestead, 59-33, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in opening-round action at the Huntington North Boys' Basketball Sectional.

Finishing their season at 10-13, the Vikings hit just 10 of 42 shots from the field for 23.8 percent, and never seriously challenged the 17-6 Spartans. The Vikes were down 10-2 after the first quarter, were in a 27-15 hole at halftime and trailed 46-26 after three quarters.

 

HU diamond men start 0-3

The Huntington University baseball team opened its season 0-3 after dropping a pair of games to host St. Catharine College before losing to the University of Northwestern Ohio.

The Foresters lost to St. Catharine, 7-3, on Friday and 8-6, on Saturday, before falling to Northwestern, 4-3, also on Saturday.

Blake Ayers and Josh Lanphier led the HU attack in the first game against St. Catharine with two hits each, and Ayers had an RBI.

Brian Kirschbaum took the loss, giving up seven hits, three walks and three runs while striking out five in five innings.

 

HU women tie for third at Wilt Indoor Invitational

The Huntington University women's track and field team totaled 77 points at the Fred Wilt Memorial Invitational at Anderson University on Saturday, Feb. 23, tying for third place out of 10 teams.

Krista Wood was the top-performing Forester, winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:33.97.

 

HU trackmen second at Fred Wilt Invite

The Huntington University men's track and field team tallied 74 points in the Fred Wilt Memorial Indoor Invitational at Anderson University on Saturday, Feb. 23, propelling it to a second-place finish out of 15 teams.

Daniel DeBoni and Ethan Medley captured first-place finishes for the Foresters, as the former won the 200-meter dash with a new personal record of 23.08 and the latter took the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:31.58.

 

Reversal attempt


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Crestview Middle School wrestler Russell Teusch (left) attempts a reversal during his match at 95 pounds against a Southern Wells opponent on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Cougar Wrestling Invitational.

 

Going for the pin


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Crestview Middle School wrestler Griffin Brundige goes for the pin against an opponent from Summit Middle School in their match at 100 pounds at the Cougar Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 23.

 

Second upset not in cards for Foresters at Crossroads tourney

The eighth-seeded Huntington University men's basketball team couldn't pull off another upset in the Crossroads League men's basketball tournament, falling to fifth-seeded Bethel on the road, 81-75, on Saturday, Feb. 23.

A game after knocking off the top-seed in the tourney, the Foresters found themselves on the wrong end of a 39-30 halftime score against Taylor. Their 45-42 scoring edge in the second half, however, wasn't enough to add another chapter to its Cinderella story.

 

Poor first half costs HU women against IWU in tourney

The fifth-seeded Huntington University women's basketball team couldn't recover from a poor first half against host Indiana Wesleyan and fell to the top-seeded Wildcats, 64-53, in the second round of the Crossroads League women's basketball tournament on Friday, Feb. 22.

 

Late Norwell free throw spoils Vikings' regular season finale


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A late free throw by visiting Norwell became the game-winner as the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball tem lost a 68-67 nailbiter in its regular season finale on Friday, Feb. 22.

Huntington North's Noah Reed hit earlier two free throws to knot the score at 67-67, the fifth tie of the night. But after the Knights' free throw gave them the lead, a desperation halfcourt heave by the Vikings' Kalvin Miller was off the mark.

 

HNHS boys' fall to Norwell 68-67


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Huntington North's Noah Reed (right) tries to put up a shot over Cam Denney (left) toward the end of the fourth quarter during the boys' varsity basketball team's game against visiting Norwell on Friday, Feb. 22. Reed, a senior, was fouled, but made both free throws to tie the game up at 67-67. Norwell, however, prevailed, 68-67.

 

Johnson, Anderson pace Crestview 7 girls' hoop win

Two players scored in double figures for the Crestview Middle School girls' seventh grade basketball team and helped beat Columbia at Logansport, 42-22, on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Rileigh Johnson and Hollyn Anderson each scored 12 points for the Cougars, 14-4. Megan Gilpin contributed eight points to the team's cause and Karmen Koch tallied four.

Koch and Peyton Butler tied for the team lead in rebounds with five, while Anderson dished out as many assists, which was the team-high.

The eighth grade team trounced Columbia, 38-13.

 

CMS 7 girls blitz Southwood

Every player on the Crestview Middle School girls' seventh grade basketball team scored in the first half of the team's game with visiting Southwood on Monday, Feb. 18, and the Cougars won big, 39-4.

Crestview, 13-4, was paced by Megan Gilpin's six points, Peyton Harvey's five and four apiece from Karmen Koch, Rileigh Johnson, Emily Johnson, Megan Thomas and Haley Burnau.

The team was also active on the boards, with Burnau's six rebounds leading the team, followed by five from Harvey and Emily Johnson.

The eighth grade team lost by a slim margin, 29-27.

 

Richison signs


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Caleb Richison (front middle) signs a letter of intent on Thursday, Feb. 21, to play football and baseball for Manchester University, in North Manchester. With him are (seated from left) his father, Brad Richison, and mother, Anna Richison, and (standing from left) Huntington North Head Football Coach Trent Fine and Huntington North Head Baseball Coach Kyle Daugherty.

 

HU men upset top-seed IWU in Crossroads tourney

Double-digit scoring sprees in each half carried the eighth-seeded Huntington University men's basketball team to a big upset of top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan, 81-69, in the first round of the Crossroads League men's basketball tournament, at Indiana Wesleyan, on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

 

Girls’ Kim League champions


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The Fever won the girls' third and fourth grade Kim League basketball tournament at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Saturday, Feb. 16, with a 16-14 victory in overtime. Team members are (front row from left) Chloe Kauffman, Ainsley Melcher, Alayna Pohler, Zoie Lavine and (back row from left) Coach Mike Arnold, Peyton Jackson, Katlynn Arnold, Naomi Richison, Eliana Miller, Maggie Park and Alayna Broom.

 

Buckeyes crowned Kim League champions


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The Flint Springs Buckeyes were crowned champions in the third grade division of the Kim League on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Team members are (front, from left) Coach Chris Oswalt, Tyler Amor, Cameron Updike, Alex Kramer and Coach Jeff Thompson; and (back row, from left) Sam Thompson, Austin Oswalt, Collin Lloyd-Romig, Samson Slagel, Garrett Palmer and Zachariah Setser.

 

Smith leads HNHS frosh to season-ending win

Isaac Smith scored 16 points as the Huntington North High School freshman boys' basketball team closed out its season with a 45-39 win over visiting Norwell.

Granville Shultz scored 10 points, pulled down five rebounds and had four steals for HNHS, 14-8.

Isaac Garber added six points and six rebounds and Kory Goodrich had six points, five rebounds and three assists.

 

 

Forester women drop Taylor in Crossroads opener


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Allison Greene's three-pointer with 7:15 left in the game gave the Huntington University women's basketball team a lead it would not surrender and the Foresters held on to beat host Taylor University in the opening round of the Crossroads League Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Greene's shot broke the ninth tie of the game and gave ffith-seeded HU, 18-12, a 55-52 lead. Taylor, the fourth seed, twice cut the margin to one point, but could never regain the advantage, and four free throws in the final 20 seconds sealed the win for Huntington.

 

Hang time


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School gymnast Molly Smith gets some air underneath her on a jump above the balance beam during the Lady Vikings' competition on Monday, Feb. 18, against visiting Fort Wayne Wayne and Fort Wayne South Side.

 

Sectional hoop tix for sale now

Tickets for the Huntington North High School boys' basketball sectional are on sale now at the high school main and athletic offices, and will be available through Tuesday, Feb. 26, at noon.

The season pass for the entire sectional is $10. Single session tickets will be sold at the door for $6.

The first game of the sectional will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. and will feature Fort Wayne Wayne against Fort Wayne South Side. Huntington North will host Homestead in the second game, slated for 7:30 p.m.

 

HU men third at DePauw Invite

Two first-place finishes by Forester runners helped the Huntington University men's track and field team capture third place out of 11 teams with 80 points at the DePauw Indoor Classic on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Matt Bittner topped the 600-meter run with a new personal record of 1:31.31, and Antonio Castillo was the leader of the pack in the 1,000-meter run with a 2:42.64.

Second place finishes came from Lance Wood in the 5,000-meter run with personal record time of 15:54.47 and Daniel DeBoni in the 60-meter dash with a personal record-tying :07.19.

 

G. Spahr's record leads HU trackwomen to fourth at DePauw

Sparked by Gretchen Spahr's school record in the 5,000-meter run, the Huntington University women's track and field team finished fourth out of 12 teams with 96 points at the DePauw Indoor Classic on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Spahr, a sophomore from Huntington, ran a time of 18:10.46 in the 5,000-meter run, which not only secured her second place, but a spot in the Huntington record books, as her time broke the old record by over 25 seconds, and a place at the NAIA Indoor Championships.

 

Girls claim 10th at state bowling finals

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity bowling team finished 10th at the Indiana High School Bowling State Finals on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Mike Aulby's Arrowhead Bowl in Lafayette.

 

HU men, women open tourney play this week

The Huntington University men's and women's basketball teams will face Indiana Wesleyan University and Taylor University, respectively, in the first round of the Crossroads League Tournament this week.

The eighth-seeded Forester men will visit the top-seeded Wildcats on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.

The women's team, seeded fifth, will travel to fourth-seeded Taylor and play the Lancers on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

Indiana Wesleyan swept the season series with the men's team, winning 86-76 at Platt Arena on Jan. 2 and 61-58 at home on Jan. 29.

 

HNHS to open sectional play against Homestead

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team will open sectional play against Homestead on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The Vikings host Class 4A Sectional 6.

Other teams in the sectional include Wayne, South Side, New Haven and Jay County.

 

 

HU men lose contact with, game to SAU


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The Huntington University men's basketball team and visiting Spring Arbor University exchanged the lead nine times in the first 10 minutes of their game on Saturday, Feb. 16, before the Cougars built a lead that they wouldn't relinquish, sending the Foresters to a 75-58 defeat.

 

HU women beat Spring Arbor, 70-60


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The Huntington University women's basketball team put four players in double figures and beat host Spring Arbor University, 70-60, on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Pazia Speed led the Foresters, 17-12, 9-9 in the Crossroads League, with 18 points. Huntington got double-doubles from Sarah Miller-Jennings, who paired 15 points with 10 rebounds and five assists, and Taylor Foley, who matched 15 points and 12 boards, while Allison Greene rounded out the team's offensive effort with 12 points and five assists.

 

Viking swimmers end season at Warsaw sectional

State hopes for the Huntington North High School boys' varsity swimming team in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay ended at the Warsaw Boys' Swimming Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 16, when both teams replicated their eight-place finishes from two days prior.

Placing eighth on the sectional's first day of competition on Thursday, Feb. 14, earned each team a shot at swimming for state on Saturday, but only a first-place finish or meeting the state standard time granted advancement to the state finals.

 

Crestview 7 girls defeat Indian Springs

The Crestview Middle School girls' seventh grade basketball team spread the ball around on offense and defeated visiting Indian Springs, 35-20, on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Hollyn Anderson tossed in nine points and Karmen Koch and Rileigh Johnson each added eight for the Cougars, 12-4. Johnson led the team's rebounding effort with six, followed by Koch's three and Megan Gilpin's three, which she also paired with six points.

The eighth grade team fell 41-31.

 

Kaylor's OT burst carries CMS 8 girls over Riverview

Kylie Kaylor scored eight points in overtime for the Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team, leading the Cougars to a 27-22 win over host Riverview on Monday, Feb. 11.

Kaylor tossed in 10 points for Crestview, 9-6. Ariene Butler contributed nine points and four steals and Mackenzi Cannici supplied four points and six boards to the Cougars' cause.

 

 

Blue Racers swim teams fall to Summit

A visit to Summit on Monday, Feb. 11, yielded losses for both Blue Racer swimming teams, with the boys' team falling 142-132 and the girls' team losing 197-89.

First-place finishers were Corbin Cozad for the boys in the 100-yard backstroke and Emma Helmich for the girls in the 50-yard butterfly.

 

Eckert places eighth at state wrestling tourney

Huntington North High School wrestler Sebastian Eckert officially placed eighth at 152 pounds at the Indiana State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Eckert, a senior, lost to Nick Borta of North Montgomery, 10-4, in the match for seventh place at Bankers' Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Eckert finished his season at 34-9.

Eckert went 0-3 on the day, losing to eventual champion Josh Farrell of Greenfield Central in the quarterfinals before falling to Jackson Bennett of Hamilton Southeastern and Borta in the consolation brackets.

 

Vikes battle back but come up short against Berries


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The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team spent the second half of its game with visiting Logansport on Friday, Feb. 15, battling back from a nine-point halftime deficit, only to come up a point short, 68-67.

The Vikings trailed just 15-13 after the first quarter, but the Berries doubled their offensive production in the second, outscoring the Vikings 14-7, to create a 29-20 halftime lead.

 

Eckert shoots for seventh place later today

Sebastian Eckert of Huntington North lost in his first consolation match at the Indinaa State Wrestling Tournament earlier today, Saturday, Feb. 16, and will be vying for seventh place at 152 pounds when he has his last match of the tournament later today.

Eckert, 34-8, will face 38-6 Nick Borta of North Montgomery, who earlier today lost to Brayden Montgomery of Danville in his first consolation match.

 

Eckert's state title dreams end at quarterfinals


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The dreams of a state wrestling title for Huntington North High School senior Sebastian Eckert were dashed moments ago, on Saturday morning, Feb. 16, as he lost on a major decision to undefeated Josh Farrell of Greenfield Central in the quarterfinals at the Indiana State Wrestling Tournament.

Wrestling at 152 pounds, Eckert was dominated in a 20-7 loss as Farrell, a senior, improved his record to 46-0 and moved into the semifinals, where he will face 35-3 Conner Brummett of DeKalb. Farrell is the top seed at 152.

 

Miller to continue hoop career locally


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Huntington North High School senior Kalvin Miller (center front) signs a letter of commitment to continue his basketball career next year at Huntington University. Joining Miller for the signing are (front row from left) his parents, Keith and Dawn Miller, and (back row from left) HU Head Coach Ty Platt and HNHS Head Coach Rob Irwin.

 

Eckert wins opening match at state, advances to quarterfinals this morning

Jolas loses in decision


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Huntington North High School's Sebastian Eckert won his first round match at 152 pounds by pin on Friday, Feb. 15, and will wrestle today, Saturday, Feb. 16, in the quarterfinals at the Indiana State Wrestling Finals.

Teammate Kyle Jolas, at 145 pounds, lost his first round match 4-2 to Shabaka Johns of Warren Central and ends his season with a 41-5 mark.

Eckert, a senior, pinned Kody Henshaw of Evansville Memorial at 3:19 to improve his record to 34-6 and will face top-seeded Josh Farrell, 45-0, of Greenfield Central in the quarterfinals.

 

Good luck


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Huntington North High School Athletic Director Michael Gasaway (right) talks to wrestlers Kyle Jolas (left) and Sebastian Eckert on Friday, Feb. 15, during a school send-off celebration. The school honored both wrestlers, the girls' bowling team and male bowler Tyler Krepp, all of whom are headed to state competitions tonight, Friday, Feb. 15, and tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 16.

 

2 Viking relay teams keep state hopes alive at swimming sectional

Finals, consolation finals to take place Saturday, Feb. 16


Photo by Steve Clark.

A pair of Huntington North High School relay teams are still in the hunt for a spot in the state swim championships next week as they reached their event finals at the Warsaw Boys' Swim-ming Sectional on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The Viking's 200-yard medley relay team and the 400-yard freestyle relay team made the sec-tional finals on Saturday, Feb. 16, by finishing in the top eight of their respective events.

 

Sectional breaststroke


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Huntington North junior Kellen Hughes is all concentration as he competes in the Warsaw Boys' Swimming Sectional 100-yard breaststroke preliminaries on Thursday, Feb. 14.

 

Frosh at 13-8 after splitting pair

The Huntington North High School freshman boys' basketball team split a pair of games this past week, losing to visiting Columbia City, 40-27, but topping host Manchester, 56-29.

The team's record now stands at 13-8.

Isaac Smith scored 12 points and had seven steals and Kory Goodrich had 11 points and four assists in the loss to Columbia City.

Smith put up 20 points and had six steals in the win over Manchester. Granville Shultz added 15 points and three steals and Jake Stephan had seven points and eight rebounds.

 

 

HU women back on mark in big win over Goshen


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The Huntington University women's basketball team followed up its weakest offensive performance of the season with its second-strongest, dismantling visiting Goshen University, 84-47, on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The Foresters put up just 41 points in their 67-41 loss to Taylor University on Saturday, Feb. 9, but points weren't hard to come by against the Maple Leafs. Huntington led by double digits less than three minutes into the game at 12-2, and didn't let up, taking a 47-18 lead into the half. The Foresters remained hot in the second half, leading by as many as 41.

 

Huntington Hot Shots win basketball tournament


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The Huntington Hot Shots third grade girls' basketball team recently won first place at the Kids Helping Kids basketball tournament held at the Spiece Fieldhouse.  Team members are (front row, from left) Chelsea Swada, Kendra Sandlin, Grace Sell and Taryn Jojola; (second row, from left) Skyla Tomasek, Addy Wiley, Layla McLeod, Leah Campbell and Meg Camomile; and (back row, from left) Coach Rich Swada, Assistant Coach Kamie Tomasek and Assistant Coach Stacy Wiley. Team sponsors are Frederick's Photography, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Dr. Robert H.

 

Batting instruction


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Kodi Douglass (right) receives batting instruction from Herb Bergman, assistant coach for the Huntington North High School varsity softball team, during a softball camp hosted by the Lady Vikings at the school's fieldhouse for area softball players on Saturday,

 

Merryman's career-high, Short's FT accuracy lead Foresters to win


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Shane Merryman scored a career-high 35 points and T.J. Short hit 8 of 9 free throws down the stretch to lead the Huntington University men's basketball team past host Goshen, 82-70, on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Merryman was everywhere the Foresters needed him to be as he hit 12 of 21 field goal attempts, including both of his 3-point tries, went a perfect 9 of 9 from the free-throw line, picked off a team-high nine rebounds and added three assists and two steals for good measure.

 

Jay County edges Lady Vike gymnasts

The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team was edged by host Jay County on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 100.70-98.70.

The Lady Vikings had their best team showing on the uneven parallel bars as they topped the hosts thanks to Hannah Bomba tying for second with a score of 8.125 and Erica Friese taking third with an 8.075. Robyn Karst was the third HNHS scorer with an 8.000.

The Lady Vikings got their most points on the vault as they tallied a 26.400. Karst took third with a score of 8.875, Carly Snyder scored an 8.800 and Mavin Chaney tallied an 8.725.

 

Gradeless 3 at buzzer lifts HNHS frosh past Bellmont

A three-pointer at the buzzer by Bryson Gradeless carried the Huntington North High School boys' freshman basketball team over host Bellmont, 38-37, on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Gradeless led the Vikings, 12-7, with 11 points and five rebounds. Isaac Smith contributed nine points and four steals to the team's cause and Kory Goodrich added seven points, six assists and three steals.

 

 

CMS girls split games at lakeview tournament

After each losing their first game in the Lakeview Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9, the Crestview Middle School girls' seventh and eighth grade basketball teams both won their second game.

The seventh grade team, 10-4, dismantled host Lakeview, 41-18.

Hollyn Anderson scored 14 points and collected three rebounds for the Cougars, followed by Karmen Koch's eight points, Rileigh Johnson's seven points and seven boards and Sydney Kyle's four points and five rebounds.

The eighth grade team climbed over .500 with its 35-26 win over Northside.

 

Moore leads HU women at Taylor Indoor Invite

Hannah Moore led the Huntington University women's track and field team with a third place finish in the 3,000-meter run on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Taylor University Indoor Invitational.

Moore completed the race in 11:14.09, good for the ninth-fastest time in Forester history.

 

DeBoni has two high placings for Forester trackmen

Daniel DeBoni record a pair of high finishes for the Huntington University men's track and field team on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Taylor University Indoor Invitational.

The freshman raced to a secondplace finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.11 and a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter dash with a :06.64.

Scott Skiles and Josh Graham ran to second-place finishes in their respective races, with Skiles completing the 400-meter dash in :52.58 and Graham finishing the mile in 4:39.68.

 

Vikings' Krepp heading to state bowling tourney


Photo by Steve Clark.

Tyler Krepp, a senior on the Huntington North High School boys' varsity bowling team, advanced to the Indiana High School Bowling State Finals after competing in the South Bend Singles Semi-State at Chippewa Bowl in South Bend on Saturday, Feb. 9.

With the top 12 bowlers advancing to state, Krepp rolled a three-game total of 618 to place fourth, qualifying him for state and putting him in contention for the semi-state title in the stepladder finals.

In the finals, Krepp bowled against South Bend Adams' Nicholas Klebusits, but fell by a score of 201-169.

 

Lady Viking bowlers heading to state


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The Huntington North High School girls' varsity bowling team advanced to the Indiana High School Bowling State Finals after finishing third at the South Bend Semi-State at Chippewa Bowl in South Bend on Sat. Feb. 9.

The South Bend Semi-State contained the state's top four teams and seven of the state's top 10 teams, plus seven others, hoping to grab one of six advancing spots to the state finals. The fourth-ranked Lady Vikings staged a big comeback in the final two Baker games to jump from eighth place to fourth and into the stepladder finals with a chance of winning semi-state.

 

Opening round pairings set for state wrestling tourney


Photos by Steve Clark.

Opening round pairings have been announced for the 75th annual State Wrestling Tournament, to be held Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Huntington North junior Kyle Jolas, 41-4, will face Warren Central senior Shabaka Johns, 36-3, at 145 pounds, and Viking senior Sebastian Eckert, 33-6, will take on Evansville Memorial senior Kody Henshaw, 38-7, at 152 pounds.

Friday night action starts at 6 p.m. Quarterfinals start Saturday morning at 9:30, with consolation matches at 5 p.m. and Finals starting at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Back-to-back champs


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The Huntington Catholic fifth and sixth grade boys' basketball team is the champion of the Catholic Youth Organization for the second year in a row. Team members are (front row from left) Dylan Hasty, Reid Johnson, Nicolas Mickley, Martin Harold (second row from left) Samuel Mickley, Justin Albertson, Graham Scher, Gage Swada and (back row) Head Coach Rich Swada.

 

Warming up


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Aubrie Eckert (kneeling) tosses the ball to batter Shaelynn Bills during evaluations for the 2013 season of Huntington County Baseball/Softball on Monday, Feb. 4, in the Huntington North High School fieldhouse. The final evaluation session will be held today, Monday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the fieldhouse.

 

Merryman helps HU dig out of hole as Foresters top Trojans


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Junior Shane Merryman keyed a 14-0 run late in the first half to erase a 13-point deficit and the Huntington University men's basketball team held off visiting Taylor University , 63-59, on Saturday, Feb. 9.

 

Lady Vike gymnasts nab second at Marion Invitational


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team produced no individual champions at the Marion Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 9, but finished second out of six squads with a strong team performance.

The Lady Vikings landed at least two gymnasts in the top 10 in every event, totaling 96.250 points.

 

Vikings back to .500 with humbling of Bellmont

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team had a slim 22-18 lead on host Bellmont at the half of their game on Saturday, Feb. 9, but held the Braves to only nine points for the rest of the contest to win big, 50-27.

The Vikings, 10-10, gave a superior defensive effort, grabbing nine steals to the Braves' one and scoring 16 points off turnovers to none for the hosts.

Noah Reed's 16 points paced the Vikings, followed by Kalvin Miller's 12 and Caleb Landrum's nine.

 

Poor second half costs HU women

The Huntington University women's basketball team and host Taylor University played a tight first half on Saturday, Feb. 9, but things got out of hand in the second when the Trojans outscored the Foresters 41-18, hanging Huntington with a 67-41 loss.

The Foresters' 41 points is their lowest offensive output of the season, as the team made only 13 of 53 shots for 24.5 percent.

Sarah Miller-Jennings managed 14 points for Huntington, 15-12, 7-9 in the Crossroads League.

 

Eckert, Jolas punch tickets to state at wrestling semi-state

Junior Jolas earns third state trip


Photo by Steve Clark.

Two members of the Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team punched their tickets to state at the Snider Wrestling Semi-State at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Senior Sebastian Eckert, wrestling at 152 pounds, and junior Kyle Jolas at 145 both finished third in their weight class to qualify for the state wrestling finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis, on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16.

 

Lady Vikings push Homestead hard before falling in sectional


Photo by Steve Clark.

A suffocating defensive effort by the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team limited host Homestead to 15 percent shooting in the first half of their game in the Homestead Sectional on Friday, Feb. 8, but the Spartans found their shot in the second half and staved off the upset bid, 43-35, ending the Lady Vikings' season.

 

CMS girls sweep Wabash

The Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team blasted host Wabash, 36-18, on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Ariene Butler led the Cougars, 7-5, with 13 points, five rebounds and six steals. Kenzie Estep provided seven points to the team's cause, Kylie Kaylor supplied six points and five rebounds and Jennifer Bartels came up with four points.

The seventh grade team was active on the boards and defeated Wabash 24-16.

Hollyn Anderson scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds for Crestview, 9-3.

 

Eckert moves on at semi-state


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Sebastian Eckert (right) gains control of Logan Neher in first round action at 152 pounds earlier today, Saturday, Febl. 9, at the Fort Wayne Snider Semi-State Wrestling Tournament at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum. Eckert pinned Neeher to move on to second round action.

 

Jolas grinds out first round win at semi-state


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Huntington North High School junior Kyle Jolas (top) has the advantage over Zac Yoder of Adams Central in his first round match at 145 pounds at the Forst Wayne Snider Semi-State Wrestling Tournament earlier today, Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum. Jolas earned an 8-4 win to move on to second round action.

 

Shipley wrestles at semi-state


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Huntington North High School sophomore Tanner Shipley (left) makes a move against Devin Gill of Wes-Del in first round action at 132 pounds at the Fort Wayne Snider Semi-State Wrestling Tournament earlier today, Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Fort Wayne Coliseum. Shipley won, 6-4, to advance to the next round.

 

Season ends with near-upset for Lady Viking cagers


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Paige Coolman (left), a junior on the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team, grabs an offensive rebound against host Homestead in the second round of the Homestead Sectional on Friday, Feb. 8. The Lady Vikings lost 43-35, bringing their season to an end.

 

Rowe to continue running


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Huntington North High School girls' cross country and track runner Karson Rowe (front center) signs a letter of intent to continue her career at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne next year. With her for the signing are her parents (front row from left) Amy Jehl and Don Rowe and (back row from left) HNHS Assistant Cross Country Coach Carrie Boxell, Head Cross Country Coach Don Cotton and Assistant Track Coach Matt Ditzler.

 

Marion slips away from Viking cagers in last quarter


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team let a tight contest slip away in the final quarter and lost to visiting Marion, 77-60, on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The Vikings, 9-10, trailed after the first quarter, 22-18, but took a 35-33 lead into the locker room at halftime. They were down 49-45 after three quarters before Marion, 9-11, pulled away in the final frame with a 28-15 advantage.

The game featured 14 lead changes and three ties.
Noah Reed tallied a game-high 19 points for HNHS, with Kalvin Miller adding 15 and Trenton Kern tossing in eight.

 

#15 Bethel downs HU women

When the Huntington University women's basketball team got close to host Bethel College during their game on Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Lady Pilots went on scoring runs and the Foresters couldn't keep up, losing 65-56.

Huntington snuck ahead of Bethel, 11-8, at the 10:07 mark of the first half before the 15th-ranked Lady Pilots went on a 13-2 tear to re-establish their lead and help give themselves a 30-20 halftime advantage.

 

Local bowling association holds annual city bowling tournament

The Huntington USBC Women's Bowling Association recently held its annual city bowling tournament.

Team "Suckadenies," with members Stefani Williams, Heidi McCoy, Kodi Elliott and Buffy Householder earned top honors with a score of 2,288.

Williams and McCoy also won the doubles event.

The singles event was won by Stefni Scharland with a score of 641 and Buffy Householder won the "all events" title, with a total of 1,858 over three events.

The association will hold its annual meeting and awards presentation on March 6, at the Huntington Pizza Hut, at 7 p.m.

 

Teusch wins national title


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Preston Teusch, of Roanoke, competed in the Indy National Wrestling Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, in Indianapolis. Wrestling in the intermediate 65-pound weight class, Teusch went 4-0 to win the national title, facing competition from Ohio, Illinois, Georgia and Indiana. His parents are Neil and Kimberly Teusch.

 

Blue Racers tie, lose to Bluffton

The Blue Racers swimming team visited Bluffton Harrison on Monday, Feb. 4, and the girls' team came away with an 85-85 tie while the boys' team fell 82-56.

The girls' team, 0-0-1, got firstplace finishes from its 200-yard medley relay team consisting of Macy Lange, Alexis Miller, Emma Helmich and Alexandra Short; Emma Gordon in the 200-yard freestyle; Helmich in the 100-yard individual medley; Lange in the 400-yard freestyle; Lexi Miller in the 100-yard breaststroke; and the 300-yard freestyle relay team comprised of Gordon, Short, Helmich and Lange.

 

Pair of firsts not enough for HNHS gymnasts


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School gymnastics team got firsts from Hannah Bomba and Alexa Shoemaker but couldn't overcome visiting Fort Wayne Northrop on Tuesday, Feb. 5, falling 101.300-99.400.

Bomba scored an 8.150 to capture the uneven parallel bars, and Shoemaker scored an 8.650 to claim victory on the floor exercise for the Lady Vikings' highlights.

Mikayla Carpenter placed second on the floor with an 8.450 and Robyn Karst placed sixth with an 8.250 for the Lady Vikings' best event placings of the meet.

 

HU men hang on to upset 14th-ranked Pilots, 61-59


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men's basketball team gave up most of a late 11-point lead but hung on just enough to clip visiting, 14th-ranked Bethel College on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 61-59.

Improving to 14-13 on the season with their second straight win, the Foresters held an 11-point lead at 58-47 with 6:03 left before the Pilots made their comeback. After Bethel's Zach Miller drilled a 3-pointer to cut the Foresters' lead to 60-57 with 1:49 left, the Foresters tallied just one more point, but Bethel, 20-7, could only manage just a single field goal, enabling HU to hold on.

 

Oak Lanes Winter Leagues

Oak Lanes Week of Jan. 28


Monday Early Bird
Men's High Game: Gerald Black, 196; Gus Ballance, 192; Bill Kusler, 177.
Men's High Series: Gerald Black, 522; Bill Kusler, 511; Gus Ballance, 488.
Women's High Game: Suzy McClure, 168; Fran Bolton, 145; Madeline Scarbough, 123.
Women's High Series: Suzy McClure, 449; Fran Bolton, 396; Madeline Scarbough, 348.
Over Average: Suzy McClure, +65; Gerald Black, +48; Thurman Glassburn, +40.
Top Teams: The B's, 20-4; Old Goats, 16-8; Two G's, 13-11.

 

Lady Vike bowlers on to semi-state


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The Huntington North High School girls' varsity bowling team punched its ticket to semi-state with a fourth-place finish at the regional team bowling tournament at Pro Bowl West, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Feb. 2.

 

Crestview girls rout Churubusco

The Crestview Middle School girls' seventh grade basketball team routed visiting Churubusco, 41-14, on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Hollyn Anderson scored 12 points for the Cougars, 8-3. Peyton Butler supplied seven points and four rebounds to the team's cause, Katie Paolillo netted six points and Sydney Kyle, Emily Johnson and Megan Gilpin each added four. Peyton Harvey led the team's rebounding effort with five and Gilpin pulled down three.

The eighth grade team also won big, defeating Churubusco 35-7.

 

Vikings' Krepp wins regional singles bowling crown


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Tyler Krepp won the regional singles bowling tournament at Pro Bowl West, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Feb. 2, to advance to semi-state.

Krepp, a senior, trounced Wayne's Colton Adams, 254-180, in the stepladder final that determined the regional champion. Prior to that, Krepp rolled games of 203, 206 and 239 for a 648 series that secured him the top seed going into the stepladder.

Adam Harris-Shoemaker, also a senior, rolled games of 170, 200 and 154 for a series of 524 and missed out on going to semi-state by just 31 pins.

 

3 Viking matmen head to semi-state as regional champions


Photo by Steve Clark.

Three members of the Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team are advancing to semi-state after claiming regional crowns at the Carroll Wrestling Regional on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Sophomore Tanner Shipley at 132 pounds, junior Kyle Jolas at 145 and senior Sebastian Eckert at 152 each won their weight class, compiling 75 points for the Vikings, which earned them fifth-place honors among the 20 teams at the regional.

Semi-state is on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne.

 

Despite solid showings, Lady Vike swimmers end season at sectional

Despite a strong showing by Cassy Lange in the 100-yard backstroke and solid performances by its 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams, the Huntington North High School girls' varsity swimming team saw its season come to an end on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Warsaw Swimming and Diving Sectional.

Although the Lady Vikings tallied 138 points and finished seventh out of 13 teams at the sectional, they couldn't manage first-place finishes in any of their events or meet the state standard times, which advance one to competition at state.

 

Board play carries HU women past Mount Vernon Nazarene


Photo by Steve Clark.

A superior rebounding effort carried the Huntington University women's basketball team over visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 55-51, on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Foresters battered the Cougars on the boards, 33 to 20, and netted 15 second-chance points to just one for Mount Vernon Nazarene.

 

6 local youths compete at Knights of Columbus district free throw competition


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Six local youths advanced to the Knights of Columbus district free throw competition after earning top scores in the local contest sponsored by Msgr. Dillon Council 1014 of the Catholic fraternal organization.

Winners in the Jan. 20 contest at the Huntington Catholic School gym are Sam Thompson, 10-year-old boys division; Graham Scher, 11-year-old boys division; Taylor Reust, 11-year-old girls division; Adam Zahn, 12-year-old boys division; Ian McCutcheon, 13-year-old boys division; and Pat Miller, 14-year-old boys division.

 

HU men snap six-game loss string by beating MVN

The Huntington University men's basketball team spread the ball around on offense and defeated host Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 64-58, on Saturday, Feb. 2, snapping a six-game losing streak.

It was a tight contest, with the Foresters leading the Cougars by only two at halftime, 24-22, and the teams playing to nine ties overall. The game's last tie came at the 4:15 mark in the second half on a Ryan Boester free throw that made things 50-50. After that, Huntington outscored Mount Vernon Nazarene 14-8 and picked up another six points at the charity stripe to seal the victory.

 

Special Olympics hoop tourney


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington team member Truby Parker (left) dribbles past teammate Nick McKoon during the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament Saturday, Feb. 2, at Riverview Middle School.

 

Big Kokomo first quarter stymies Vikes despite Reed's 32


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team got outscored 21-0 by host Kokomo in the first quarter of their game on Friday, Feb. 1, and not even 32 points by Noah Reed could bring the Vikings back as they fell 72-58.

The Vikings equaled the Wildkats' point production in the second and third quarters, scoring 15 and 17 points, respectively, and outscored them 26-19 in the game's final frame, but the damage had already been done as the Vikes fell to 9-9 on the season overall, 2-3 in the North Central Conference.

 

Regional peek


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North's 132-pound wrestler, Tanner Shipley,takes a peek at the referee in his match against Kyle Egolf of Columbia City in first round action at the Carroll Wrestling Regional earlier today, Saturday, Feb. 2. Shipley, a sophomore, won the match to advance to the semifinal.

 

Seeking a way out


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North wrestler Ian Hiers seeks an escape route from the grasp of Garrett's Austun McCray in their first round match at 138 pounds at the Carroll Wrestling Regional earlier today, Saturday, Feb. 2. Hiers, a senior lost to end his season at 20-16.

 

McCann, Schenkel have pair of chances at state swim meet

Lange, 2 relays also have shot


Photo by Steve Clark.

Samantha McCann and Katie Schenkel each finished in the top eight in two events for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity swimming team in the Warsaw Swimming and Diving Sectional on Thursday, Jan. 31, to earn shots at advancing to state during competition on Saturday, Feb. 2.

McCann took fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 200-yard freestyle, while Schenkel placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 500-yard freestyle.

 

Chaney wins beam as Lady Vike gymnasts split

Mavin Chaney won balance beam for the Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team as Lady Vikings placed second in a meet against host Homestead and Heritage on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Chaney's 8.05 secured her the top spot for the Lady Vikings, which accumulated 96.05 points, ahead of Heritage's 95.20, but behind Homestead's 97.65, which won the meet.

Carly Snyder finished two spots behind Chaney on balance beam, landing in third with a 7.60.

 

Lady Vikes lose halftime lead and regular-season finale to CC

A halftime lead for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team over host Columbia City evaporated in the second half and the Lady Vikings suffered a defeat in their regular season finale, 53-49.

Huntington North, 5-15, went into the half leading 27-23, but Columbia City, 8-14, outpaced the Lady Vikings by eight points in the third quarter to seize the lead, 38-34. Huntington North tried to make up the deficit in the game's final frame, but Columbia City matched the Lady Viking's 15 points with 15 of its own to secure the win.

 

Local Special Olympics to host 6th annual hoop tourney on Saturday

Huntington County Schools Special Olympics will host the sixth annual Huntington County Invitational Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 2.

First games begin at 8 a.m., with a pause for opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. The opening ceremonies and most games will take place at Riverview Middle School, with several games played at the neighboring Horace Mann Education Center.