Lady Vike booters see lead, game disappear at sectional

Hannah Tillett (right), a sophomore midfielder on the Huntington North High School girls’ soccer team, goes up to head the ball alongside Homestead defender Natalia Torrez in the championship game of the Homestead Sectional on Thursday, Oct. 8. The Lady Vikings’ season came to an end with a 3-2 loss.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ soccer team watched an early lead disappear as Homestead came back and won the championship game of its own sectional, 3-2, on Thursday, Oct. 8.

HU soccermen can't dig out from early hole

The Huntington University men's soccer team got in an early 2-0 hole and wasn't able to dig out in a 5-1 loss to host Bethel College on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Bethel got and nailed two free kicks in the game's first 15 minutes for an early lead, and the Pilots added a  third goal at the 33:05 mark. Former Huntington North star Isaac Wust helped get one goal back for HU on a corner kicks to Miguel de Sousa about a minute later, but Bethel added on another two scores by game's end to send HU to 7-4-1 on the season.

HU soccerwomen get first conference win in convincing fashion

The Huntington University women's soccer team collected its first conference win in convincing fashion with a 6-0 shutout over Bethel College on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Senior Rachel TerMarsch and junior Olivia Kinspel each scored twice in the first 36 minutes of the contest to blow the game open, and Becca Grimes and Samantha McCoy put the finishing touches on the day with scores in the second half.

The Foresters, 7-6 overall, scored their goals on 10 shots on frame.

HU spikers snap long loss streak to Bethel

The Huntington University volleyball team snapped a winless streak of nearly four years against visiting Bethel College on Wednesday, Oct. 7, by winning a five-set thriller.

HU, 5-6 on the season, lost the first game, 19-25, came back to win the second, 25-20, dropped the third, 21-25 and won the fourth, 25-21, before capturing the decisive fifth, 15-11.

Homestead squeaks past Viking soccerboys in sectional

Austin Kaylor (left), a senior forward on the Huntington North High School boys’ soccer team, maneuvers the ball with a Homestead defender on his heels during a semifinal game in the Homestead Sectional on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The Vikings’ season came to an end with a 1-0 loss.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Homestead squeaked past the Huntington North High School boys’ soccer team, 1-0, in the semifinals of its own sectional on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The Spartans’ Marco Navarro took a pass from teammate Mason Cole and slipped the ball past Viking keeper Sam Poling with 2:07 left in the first half. The hosts’ defense then made the slim lead stick to end Huntington North’s season at 12-3-2.

Though the Vikings didn’t manage to crack the Spartan D in the second half, Poling kept his squad in the game. The sophomore finished with 10 saves.

HU netwomen race past USF in Crossroads League tourney

Only the rain held up the Huntington University women's tennis team as it streaked past visiting Saint Francis, 9-0, on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 6, in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament.

A short rain delay was almost more of a hold-up for the third-seeded Foresters as they recorded their fifth sweep of the season on the way to improving to 10-2 on the season. USF could win no more than five games in any match.

Frosh Carr leads way for Foresters at Cougar invite

Freshman Cale Carr's top 10 finish helped the Huntington University men's golf team finish sixth out of eight teams at the Saint Francis Cougar Fall Invitational held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5 and 6.

Carr shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 10th out of 49 golfers. The rookie carded a 79 in the first round on Monday to finish with a seven-over-par 151.

Logan Demaa posted HU's second-best score with a 156, tying for 21st place.  Zach Borntreger and Lance Hoch each shot scores of 160 to tie for 29th.

IWU makes quick work of HU in CL men's tennis tourney

Host Indiana Wesleyan University made quick work of the Huntington University men's tennis team in quarterfinal action of the Crossroads League men's tennis tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with a 7-2 victory.

Ignacio Poncio had a hand in both Forester wins on the day. He beat Gavin White, 7-5, 7-5, at No. 2 singles, and he teamed up with Joseph Straznicky for an 8-4 win over Leonard Mathews and Brandon Dubuque at first doubles.

The Foresters dropped to 4-9 on the season.

Lady Vike spikers rally back against Bellmont

Photo by Scott Trauner.
Kalee Platt.

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team turned a 1-2 deficit into a 3-2 triumph on Tuesday, Oct. 6, against visiting Bellmont.

The Lady Vikings were in trouble after losing the first and third games against Bellmont, but picked themselves up with a 25-20 win to even things at 2-all before winning the decisive fifth game, 15-6, to improve to 24-7 on the season, 5-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Kalee Platt led the Lady Vikes with 23 kills and 24 digs, and just for good measure she also topped the squad in aces with three.

Koch leads HNHS soccergirls into sectional finals

Huntington North midfielder Hannah Tillett maneuvers against Kia Alman of Columbia City during the Homestead sectional contest between the teams on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The Lady Vikings won, 4-0, and advance to the championship game Thursday, Oct. 8.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Sophomore Karmen Koch scored a pair of goals and assisted on the other two scores to lead the Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team over Columbia City, 4-0, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and into the Homestead sectional championship game on Thursday, Oct. 8.

The Lady Vikings, 11-5-1, on the season, will face the host school at 5:30 p.m. Homestead advanced by defeating Fort Wayne Concordia, 3-1, on Tuesday.

Freshman Amaya Sunderman and sophomore Hannah Tillett were the beneficiaries of Koch's passing for the other two HNHS goals.

I want that

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School forward Taylor Conley (left) tries to get the ball away from Columbia City defender Amanda Nordman in a corner of the field in action between the teams on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Homestead Girls' Soccer Sectional. The Lady Vikings won, 4-0, to advance to the championship game Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m.

Crestview 7 volleyball team wins own invite

The Crestview Middle School seventh grade volleyball team beat Peru and Riverview to win its own invitational, held Saturday, Oct. 3.

The Lady Cougars kicked off the tournament with a 25-12, 25-14 win over the Lady Tigers before logging a 25-10, 25-21 victory against the Lady Raiders in the title match.

Victoria Myers led Crestview with 12 aces. Carly Collins chipped in six aces and four kills.

RMS boys' XC team squeaks past Crestview

The Riverview Middle School boys’ cross country team squeaked past Crestview, 27-29, on Monday, Oct. 5.

Wilson Whicker and Nathan Sizemore placed first and second, respectively, for the Raiders, 28-13. Clayton Johnson and Sam Williams sealed the win for Riverview with sprints to the finish line. Johnson captured fourth place while Williams grabbed ninth. Cole Little claimed 11th to round out the Raiders’ day.

RMS girls' cross country team slams Crestview

The Riverview Middle School girls’ cross country team dispatched Crestview with ease, 19-40, on Monday, Oct. 5.

Addy Wiley claimed first for the Lady Raiders, 33-8. The squad’s next four finishers, Lesley Zook, Kendyl Coles, Adalyn Harvey and Anna Guerre, finished third through sixth, respectively, to round out Riverview’s dominance.

Frosh leads HNHS harriers to fifth at NE8

Led by Brock Spahr’s top 10 finish, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity cross country team claimed fifth at the Northeast 8 Conference meet Saturday, Oct. 3, at the IPFW Cross Country Course.

HU baseball stadium rededication

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (standing), president of Huntington University, speaks at a dedication ceremony held for the newly-renovated Forest Glen Baseball Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 3. Seated are (from left) Michael Crowley, HU baseball player; Mark Parker, former HU baseball player; Mike Frame, HU head baseball coach; and Vince Haupert, HU vice president for advancement.

HU golfers host first Rumble at the Rock

The Huntington University men’s golf team hosted its first ever Rumble at the Rock at Rock Hollow Golf Club on Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3.

The invitational featured three rounds of match play. In first round action, Huntington dominated Manchester, 4-1, to win the head-to-head match-up. Cale Carr, 4 and 2, Lance Hoch, 5 and 3, Logan DeMaa, 4 and 2, and Zach Borntreger, 4 and 2, each beat their Spartan counterparts for the early lead on Friday.

HU women golfers fourth at own invite

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Abby Poole.

The Huntington University women’s golf team placed fourth at its own invitational, held at Norwood Golf Club on Saturday, Oct. 3, behind the play of medalist Abby Poole.

The freshman claimed top honors for the first time in her Forester career by firing a five-over-par 78.

Sara Scott, 107, and Hannah Lochner, 110, finished within three strokes of each other to place 33rd and 34th, respectively. Sarah Moloney carded a 121 for 38th place while Sophie Frazier rounded out the team’s scoring with a 122, good for 39th place.

HU women harriers third at own Baker Invitational

The Huntington University women’s cross country team took third at the E. DeWitt Baker Invitational, which it hosted on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Junior Hannah Moore paced the Foresters by running a 19:40 to finish sixth out of 83 runners.

Less than 90 seconds separated Huntington’s top five runners, with Aspen Dirr clocking in next for the Foresters in 20:30 to finish 16th. Krista Wood posted a 20:34 to cross the line four runners later. Christine Sparks, 20:58, and Marie Ditzler, 21:08, rounded out Huntington’s scoring by claiming 20th and 26th respectively.

Herber leads HU harriers to fifth at Baker Invitational

Tyler Herber captured fifth place to help the Huntington University men’s cross country team finish fifth at the E. DeWitt Baker Invitational, which it hosted on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Among a field of 89 runners, Herber, a senior, clocked in at 26:54. Austin Presnell was next for Huntington at 27:41 for 19th place. Only four seconds separated the next two Foresters with Kevin Moser, 28:08, and Zach McIntyre, 28:12, finishing 27th and 30th, respectively. Codi Wiersema clocked in next for Huntington in 28:44, good for 44th place.

Tossing downfield

Photo by Steve Clark.

Dakota Johnson (middle), a senior on the Huntington North High School varsity football team, tosses the ball downfield during the Vikings’ game against visiting Leo on Friday, Oct. 3. The Vikings lost, 42-12, to fall to 1-6, 0-5 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Lady Vike spikers runner-up at Southwood Invitational

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team fell to Muncie Central, 0-2, in the championship match of the Southwood Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Huntington North lost 13-25, 18-25 to finish as the invite’s runner-up.

The Lady Vikings, 23-7, got seven kills from junior Allyson Mettler. Junior Brook Shoemaker served up two aces while senior Alexa Hill aided the offense with 11 assists.

Junior Ariene Butler and sophomore Kalee Platt produced five digs apiece while junior Mackenzi Cannici posted three blocks to pace the team defensively.

Lady Vike harriers third at NE8 meet

The Huntington North High School girls’ cross country team captured third at the Northeast 8 Conference meet Saturday, Oct. 3, on the IPFW Cross Country Course.

HU soccermen top Grace

Huntington University’s Marcos Salinas (left) and Grace College’s Justin Festa collide as they battle for possession of the ball in the first half of a men’s soccer game at King Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Foresters won, 2-1.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men’s soccer team topped Grace College, 2-1, on Saturday, Oct. 3, at King Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, senior Joey Newbery set up freshman Tyler George for his first collegiate goal in the 51st minute. Newbury then turned scorer himself, giving the Foresters a 2-0 advantage just under 20 minutes later. Though the Lancers managed to find the back of the net in the 84th minute, Coach Russ Lawson’s squad was able to hang on for the win and send its fans, watching the game as part of Huntington’s homecoming celebration, away happy.

Grace soccerwomen sink Foresters

A pair of goals in the opening half by host Grace College ended up sinking the Huntington University women’s soccer team, 2-0, on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The Lancers’ first goal came a little over 11 minutes into the game, courtesy of Mallory Rondeau. Grace struck again in the 28th minute, as Jordan Hairgrove planted a pass from Carianne Sobey in the back of the net to give her squad a two-goal cushion that would stick.

HU closes fall dual-meet season with loss to IWU

The Huntington University men's tennis team closed out its fall dual-meet season with a 1-8 loss to visiting Indiana Wesleyan University on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The No. 1 doubles team of Joseph Straznicky and Ignacio Poncio got the lone HU win on the day as the Foresters dropped to 4-8 on the season, 3-5 in Crossroads League play. Straznicky and Poncio defeated Gavin White and Leonard Matthews, 8-6.

HU netwomen come up empty at IWU

The Huntington University women's tennis team came up empty against the league's best in a 0-9 loss to host Indiana Wesleyan University on  Thursday, Oct. 1.

The loss in the fall season dual finale drops HU to 9-2 on the season, while IWU stands a perfect 11-0.

Leo ends Lady Vike spikers' win string

Host Leo slowed the high-flying Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team with a 3-0 sweep on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Leo won the tight contest, 22-25, 20-25 and 22-25 to put the brakes to the Lady Vikings' nine-match win string. HNHS is now 20-6 on the season, 4-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Allyson Mettler had 11 kills and Alexa Hill had 20 assists to pace the HNHS offense. Ariene Butler had 13 digs to lead the defense.

Almalahi, Sorg, Baldridge lead HNHS soccerboys to win

Sophomore Mohamed Almalahi scored another two goals and seniors Trey Sorg and Zach Baldridge each had a goal and an assist as the Huntington North High School boys' varsity soccer team downed visiting Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 5-1, on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The Vikings jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the visitors in the first half and outscored them 2-1 in the second frame to impove to 12-2-2 on the season.

Senior Brendan Sharkey got the remaining HNHS goal, and fellow seniors Alex Hosler and Aaron Webb had additional assists.

MVNU uses late scores to down HU soccermen

A pair of late second half scores by visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene sunk the Huntington University men’s soccer team, 2-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

After a scoreless first half and more of the same in the second, the Cougars found the back of the net in the 66th minute to take a 1-0 lead on the Foresters. Huntington remained in the game until minutes before its conclusion, when the visitors cushioned their lead with a score at the 86:33 mark to ice the win.