Spahr, McCutcheon pitch HNHS past Anderson

Walker Spahr (left) and Ian McCutcheon.
Photos by Steve Clark.

Superb pitching by Walker Spahr and Alex McCutcheon helped the Huntington North varsity baseball team sweep host Anderson, 7-2, 2-1, on Friday, April 24.

The Viking hurlers dominated the Indians, surrendering just five hits across both tilts to send their team to 6-0 in North Central Conference play and 7-4 overall.

Spahr tossed a one-hitter in the opener, yielding a pair of runs, only one of which was earned. The senior, improving to 3-0, walked three and struck out four.

Foresters roll late, crunch Robert Morris, 10-4

After a slow start, the Huntington University baseball team surged past host Robert Morris, 10-4, on Thursday, April 23.

The Eagles enjoyed a 4-1 lead on the Foresters through five innings when Coach Mike Frame’s squad pushed three runners across in the sixth frame to knot things up. It was all Huntington after that, as the visitors put up solo tallies in the seventh and eighth innings before scoring four insurance runs in the ninth to make for the lopsided win.

HNHS netgirls suffer first loss of season

Emily Karst, a junior on the Huntington North girls’ varsity tennis team, slaps the ball back to her opponents from visiting Marion during her No. 1 doubles match with senior Ana Eckert on Thursday, April 23. The Lady Vikings lost, 0-5.
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The Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team lost its first match of the season in four outings on Thursday, April 23, falling to visiting Marion, 0-5.

Kylie Frederick was the only singles player to even win a game on the afternoon as she fell to Sasha Glickfield at No. 1, 4-6, 0-6. Emily Eherenman at second singles was blanked by Sabrina Porter, 0-6, 0-6, and Katie Hunt at third singles suffered the same fate at the hands of Lauren Brown.

Lady Vikes blast Wayne behind Burke's 4 hits

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Erin Burke.

Erin Burke had four hits with three runs batted in and three stolen bases to highlight a huge offensive night for the Huntington North High School varsity softball team in a 26-0 blasting of visiting Fort Wayne Wayne on Thursday, April 23.

Mackenzi Cannici added three hits with four RBI, Hannah Middlebrooks unloaded a three-run home run and Ariene Butler, Aubrie Eckert, Alexa Hill and Morgan Butler each had two hits in the explosion. Eckert's hit total included a double and she had three ribbies and a pair of stolen bases, and Hill and Morgan Butler each came up with two RBI.

Sands leads HNHS trackgirls over Columbia City

Abbey Ness (second from left), a junior on the Huntington North girls’ varsity track and field team, is sandwiched between Columbia City runners while competing in the 800-meter run during the Lady Vikings’ meet against the visiting Lady Eagles on Thursday, April 24. Ness finished third and Huntington North won the meet, 78-54.
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Led by senior Lauren Sands, the Huntington North High School girls' track team won four of five field events on the way to a 78-54 win over visiting Columbia City on Thursday, April 23.

Sands led a Huntington North sweep in the discus with a winning throw of 87-6, and she led a 1-2 finish in the shot put with a toss of 32-9.5. Amaya Torres placed second and Brooke Trice added third in the discus, and Torres got the runner-up spot in the shot.

HU golfers sixth at Knight Invitational

Battling inclement weather as much as opposing teams, the Huntington University men’s golf team finished sixth out of nine teams at the Calvin College Knight Invitational, held Tuesday, April 21, at Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club in Pierson, MI.

Playing in 30-degree temperatures with occasional rain, snow, sleet and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour, the Foresters submitted a score of 331. Senior Lance Hoch led Coach Pete Schownir’s squad with a 79, which tied him for eighth overall.

Vikings again run rule Bearcats

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Carson Wright.

For the second time in as many days, the Huntington North varsity baseball team scored a dozen runs against Muncie Central and trounced the visiting Bearcats, 12-2, on Wednesday, April 22.

The Vikings pasted their North Central Conference foes the day before, 12-1, and had little trouble beating them again, racking up 14 hits.

Champion Hill Toppers Base Ball Club starts 11th season Saturday

The Champion Hill Toppers open their 11th season of vintage base ball on Saturday, April 25, with a 1 p.m. game at Lake Clare. Team members include (front row, from left) “Beans” Meyer, “Splinter” Redner, “Lightfoot” Cox and “Weege” Bugge; and (back row, from left) “Toots” Redner, “Dodger” Rowe, “Judge” Young, “Pops” Wiegmann and “Youngblood” Cox.
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The Huntington Champion Hill Toppers Base Ball Club begins its 11th season of bringing vintage base ball (1862 rules) to life on Saturday, April 25, at Olde Republic Field at Lake Clare just off Bus.-24.  The match will start at 1 p.m.

Coolman gets pair of wins as HNHS trackboys lose to Marion

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Jared Coolman.

Jared Coolman earned a pair of wins but the Huntington North High School boys' varsity track team lost to host Marion, 70-62, on Tuesday, April 21.

Coolman was top shelf in discus, with a toss of 108-5, and sot put, with a heave of 44-6, to grab one-third of the Vikings' wins on the day.

Drew Fawcett and Houston Lehman also got field events wins for HNHS. Fawcett flew 20-6.75 to win the long jump, and Lehman captured the pole vault at 12-0.

HU splits with Bethel

Huntington University batter Andy Roser lays down a sacrifice bunt in the second inning of the second game of a doubleheader against visiting Bethel on Tuesday, April 21. The Foresters split the twinbill, losing the first, 3-2, but winning the second, 6-2.
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The Huntington University baseball team came back after a 3-2 first-game defeat to pin a 6-2 loss on visiting Bethel in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 21.

Tanner Wyse pitched a complete game win in the nightcap to help HU improve to 20-12 overall and 16-6 in the Crossroads League. The sophomore right-hander gave up two earned runs on eight hits, with a pair of strikeouts and one walk.

Tackett leads HNHS golfers to Northrop Invitational crown

Senior Zac Tackett fired a medalist 74 to lead the Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team to the championship of the Northrop Invitational on Saturday, April 18.

Michael May added an 83 and Nolan Betterly and Zane Cozad each turned in scores of 85 as the Vikings shot a 327.

Aidan Wright was non-scorer with a 94.

The HNHS junior varsity took third place at the Rochester Invitational, led by Alex Bickel firing a 93. Bramely Shults scored a 100, Hunter Schwob tallied a 102 and Logan Sizemore shot a 103.

Noah Gass was non-scorer with a 105.

HNHS baseball team cruises past Muncie Central

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Derek Snyder.

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team posted a six-spot on the board in the first inning and cruised to a 12-1 victory over host Muncie Central in five innings on Tuesday, April 21.

The Vikings, improving to 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the North Central Conference, smacked around Bearcat pitching for 12 safeties, including three by Derek Snyder, to make it easy for pitcher Kory Goodrich to rack up his second win of the season. Goodrich gave up five hits and one earned run, with four strikeouts and one walk.

HNHS trackgirls top North Side

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Karmen Koch.

A balanced performance propelled the Huntington North girls’ varsity track and field team past host North Side, 69-53, on Monday, April 20.

The Lady Vikings topped every distance race and all but one field event while freshman Karmen Koch won both hurdling races.

Koch finished the 100-meter race in :16.8 and the 300-meter length in :50.4. Huntington North swept the former race, with junior Allie Christian and sophomore Josie Graft taking second and third, respectively. Christian also claimed second in the longer race, crossing the finish line in :52.6.

Hiple homers twice as HU grabs pair of easy wins

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Alyssa Hiple.

Former Huntington North star Alyssa Hiple homered in each game and the Huntington University softball team recorded a pair of easy wins over host Goshen on Monday, April 20.

Hiple, a freshman, hit a solo home run as one of 14 HU hits in a 12-5 win in the opener, then she smacked a three-run blast as one of 13 hits in an 11-3 second game win.

The Foresters had five different players with multiple hits in the opener, and six more in the nightcap as they improved to 19-21 on the season, 16-16 in the Crossroads League.

3 bombs push Lady Vikes past Homestead on diamond

A trio of two-run home runs pushed the Huntington North High School varsity softball team past host Homestead, 6-5, on Monday, April 20.

The big bombers were Maddi Kennedy, Ariene Butler and Aubrie Eckert, who helped HNHS improve to 3-7 on the season.

Kelsie Vogleman added three hits to the Lady Vikings' cause and helped make a winner of Hannah Middlebrooks in the circle. Middlebrooks went all seven innings, yielding seven hits, with two strikeouts and two walks.

Kennedy had a second hit and a stolen base on the day.

HU netwomen 1-2 on weekend

The Huntington University women's tennis team went 1-2 over this past weekend at the Mark Richards Classic at Indiana Wesleyan.

The Foresters, 9-11, took a 5-4 nail-biter in their opening match against Taylor on Friday, April 17, before getting shelled on Saturday, April 18, by No. 25 IWU, 0-9. They then lost a 4-5 nail-biter to IU-Southeast.

Constance Golz at No. 1 singles took a three-setter from Katherine Marquez, 4-6, 7-5, 10-1, to give HU the opening match win.

HU trackwomen third at own invitational

The Huntington University women's track team used three victories to place third on Saturday, April 18, at the Huntington University Invitational.

Hannah Moore ran to a first place finish in the 3,000-meter run as one of three Foresters to score points in the race. Moore posted a winning time of 10:51.52, with teammates Gretchen Pyper third, in 11:03.68, and Natalie Spahr seventh, in 12:08.71.

Nash gets school HJ mark to lead HU trackmen to 4th at own invite

Huntington University's Jacob Johnson stretches for more distance during the long jump on Saturday, April 18, at the Huntington University Invitational.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Jake Nash got a new school record and two wins to lead the Huntington University men's track team to a fourth-place effort at its own Huntington University Invitational on Saturday, April 18.

Nash took the HU high jump record to 6-9.25 to blow away the rest of the field before capturing the triple jump with a mark of 42-4.75.

Brooks Gerke in the pole vault and Kai Foday in the javelin also got first place finishes for the Foresters, who scored 102.5 points. Gerke vaulted 13-11.5 in the pole vault and Foday won the javelin with a personal-best of 162-10.75.

Vincennes crushes HU netmen

The Huntington University men's tennis team wrapped up its short spring season with a 0-9 mauling at the hands of host Vincennes University on Saturday, April 18.

At first singles, Joseph Straznicky lost to Nicolas Rouanet, 2-6, 1-6; Julian Massa lost at second singles to Stefan Gonzalez, 2-6 2-6; Adrian Beloqui at third singles took a 1-6, 1-6 loss to Patricio Zarazua; Voldymyr Kohut at fourth singles lost to Austin Hensley, 4-6, 1-6; Jacob Cross at fifth singles fell to Zach Mustin, 2-6, 1-6; and Mark Lewandowski was blanked 0-6, 0-6 by Brennan Buchanan at sixth singles.

Puterbaugh, Sheets pace HU to twinbill sweep of Bethel

Emily Puterbaugh pitched the Huntington University softball team to a 3-0 victory in 10 innings against host Bethel College on Friday, April 17.

Good pitching in the back end of the doubleheader, this time by Ariel Sheets, also helped the Foresters win, 5-1, and improve to 13-15 in the Crossroads League and 16-20 overall.

Puterbaugh, a junior, locked in a pitchers’ duel with Bethel’s Natalie Newell. Both hurlers went the distance in the circle for their respective teams, yielding only five hits apiece.

Longtime coach honor

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Former Huntington North High School baseball coach Jeff Phillips (third from left), who retired this year after coaching at the high school for 18 years, was honored Tuesday, April 14, for his service before the Vikings’ home-opener. Joining Phillips are the coaches he worked under at HNHS (from left) Kyle Daugherty, Brian Abbott, Don Sherman, Chad Daugherty and Russ Degitz.

HNHS teams with medical pair to offer sports physicals June 4

The Huntington North Athletic Department, Parkview Huntington Hospital and SportONE Ortho Northeast will hold a physical clinic on Thursday, June 4, at Huntington North High School.

The doors (No. 28) will open at 6 p.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. These physicals are for athletes entering grades 6-12.

There is a cost for the physicals, with an optional EKG available for high school students for an extra cost. Parents who plan to have an EKG done for their child entering grades 9-12 must submit the EKG paperwork to the athletic trainers by May 15.


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Huntington University junior Krista Wood gets airborne off a barrier trying to avoid as much of the water as she can during the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday, April 18, at the Huntington Univeristy Invitational. Wood won the race.

HU baseball team has pair of laughers in sweep over Goshen

The Huntington University baseball team outhit visiting Goshen 29-5 on the day and wound up with a pair of laughers in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, April 18, winning 11-1 and 10-0.

The Foresters' Garrett Scott limited Goshen to just two safeties and a solo third-inning run while his teammates were lighting up four Goshen hurlers four 16 hits in the first contest. Following that, Tarrin Beacy threw a three-hit shutout at Goshen and his teammates backed him with another 13 hits.

The Foresters are now 19-15 overall and 11-5 in the Crossroads League.

HU rallies back in second game for twinbill split with Grace

Huntington University batter Natalie McGuire gets plunked by a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Grace College on Saturday, April 18. The Foresters dropped the first game but rallied back in the second to earn a split on the day.
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The Huntington University softball team rallied back from a four-run deficit in the second game to earn a doubleheader split with visiting Grace College on Saturday, April 18.

The Foresters, who had dropped six of their previous nine games, including a 5-0 loss in the opener, dug out of a 4-0 hole after four innings of the second game to record a nine-inning 5-4 win in the nightcap.

Lady Vike trackgirls third at Marion Relays

The 3,200-meter relay team and shotputter Lauren Sands came home with gold medals from the 64th annual Marion Relays on Saturday, April 18, as the Huntington North High School girls' track team placed third.

The relay quartet of Stephanie McElhaney, Abbey Ness, Marissa Jamison and Hannah Stoffel won its race handily in 10:07.90 to beat runner-up Oak Hill by more than two seconds.

Sands got a top podium placing with her heave of 36-6.50, and teammate Amaya Torres added to the fun and points by placing fifth at 32-10.

Coolman leads way as HNHS boys seventh at North Side Relays

Shotputter Jared Coolman led the way for the Huntington North High School boys' track team as it placed seventh out of 17 teams at the North Side Relays in Fort Wayne on Saturday, April 18.

Coolman heaved the steel ball 47-11.5 to win the "A" flight title to lead HNHS to 61 points.

Also scoring at the "A" level for HNHS was Houston Lehman, who placed second in pole vault at 12-6 and fourth in high jump at 5-10.

Pole vaulter Adam Woods led the HNHS "B" flight efforts, taking runner-up in his specialty at 12-0.

Roanoke's Prather easy winner of Discover Roanoke 10K

Brad Prather, of Roanoke, runs onto Main Street in Roanoke as past of his winning effort in the Discover Roanoke 10K on Saturday, April 18. Prather won by more than two minutes.
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Brad Prather, of Roanoke, was the easy overall winner of the Discover Roanoke 10K on Saturday, April 18, in Roanoke.

Prather, 43, crossed the finish line in 35:23.6 to win by more than two minutes over runner-up Dustin Campbell, of Huntington, who crossed the finish line in 38:03.0 and won the men's 1 to 19 age group.

Tracy Blocker, of Huntington, was third overall and won the men's 36 to 49 with a time of 39:38.8, with Isaiah Clampitt of Huntington, fourth in 43:12.0, and Adam Dyer, of Fort Wayne, was fifth overall in 43:21.5, which earned him the title in men's 20 to 35.

Foresters crush Goshen in first game of twinbill split

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Shea Beauchamp.

Sophomore Shea Beauchamp knocked in six runs as the Huntington University baseball team swamped host Goshen, 15-2, in the opener of a doubleheader split on Friday, April 17.

The Foresters. 17-11, 13-5 in the Crossroads League, lost the nightcap, 4-1.

Davenport crushes HU netmen in return to court

The Huntington University men's tennis team opened up the spring portion of its schedule with a 1-8 loss to Davenport University on Friday, April 17.

Only Joseph Straznicky at first singles was able to win for HU, now 5-11 on the year. Straznicky defeated Steven Vink in three sets, 4-6, 7-6, 10-5.