On the national stage

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Karmen Koch, a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team, darts past a California Elite defender during a game at the U.S. Youth Soccer Presidents Cup National Championship, which took place July 14 to 17 in Tulsa, OK. Koch played for the U16 Fort Wayne Sport Club Strikers, doing so alongside fellow Huntington County resident Megan Gilpin. The Strikers finished as the tournament’s runner-up, falling to California Elite in the championship game, 3-0.

Travel softball program sets tryouts Aug. 6 through 14

The Indiana Shock travel softball program is looking for players to complete 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U rosters.

The program is a collection of girls’ fast-pitch travel teams and is based in North Manchester. The teams will play in competitive tournaments from fall 2016 through summer 2017.

The Shock teams have access to both indoor and outdoor facilities throughout the year for practices.

All tryouts will be held on the Manchester University softball fields, located at 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester.

Registration open for Parkview Huntington Golf Classic

Registration is open for the 26th annual Parkview Huntington Golf Classic to be held on Aug. 11.

The event features a friendly competition and food, as well as an assortment of auction items and prizes.

The architectural firm Moake Park Group is host sponsor for the event, which takes place at Norwood Golf Course, 5961 W. Maple Grove Rd., west of Huntington.   

Coaches Pitch champs

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Freiburger and Sons Trucking won the Roanoke Youth Sports Coaches Pitch Tournament. Team members are (front row from left) Caden Baker, Nolan Mangan, Aubriana Jones, Cole Ellet, Davin Steele and Samantha Walter; and (second row from left) Tyler Gross, Dean VanRyn, Will Gradeless, Blaine Freiburger, Matthew Gross and Brayden Freiburger; and (back row from left) Scott Mangan and Annette Freiburger.

Top 10K finishers

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The top three finishers of the 10K portion of the Huntington County Run 4-Health were (from left) Nick Alles, Anette Lane and Roxann Grog, who finished first, second and third, respectively, in the race, which was held Saturday, July 9, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

5K winners

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Jon Williams (left) won the 5K portion of the Huntington County Run 4-Health, held Saturday, July 9, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds, while Tim Deal placed first in the 5K’s 51-60 age group. Photo provided.

Pair of Michigan clubs too much for Hill Toppers

Gerald “Grizz” Cox, of the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers, pitches in a vintage base ball game against the visiting Rochester Grangers on Saturday, July 16, at Olde Republic Field. The two clubs also played the visiting Bay City Independents.
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If God ever provided a better day for base ball in Huntington County this reporter hasn’t seen it.

The sky was so blue you could almost drink it in and the soft white clouds were so fluffy that they could put one to sleep. With the famous Indiana humidity missing and a light breeze from the west, spectators and ballists agreed Huntington was the place for a base ball match.

Huntington native Johnson falls short of Rio Olympics shot

Lauren Johnson fell short of qualifying for the Summer Olympic Games, finishing eighth in the women’s 1,500-meter run final on Sunday, July 10, at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, OR.

Johnson, a Huntington native who now resides in Oregon, clocked in at 4:10.29 in the 12-person field. To qualify for the Olympics, Johnson needed to post a top-three finish.

Fancy footwork

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Under the watch of Coach Clint Gradeless (middle), Reagan Harvey (left) and Kianna Jennings (right) perform a footwork drill during the speed and agility portion of the Huntington North High School Girls’ Basketball Summer Camp on Monday, July 11, in the school’s arena.

Viking football camp July 25-27 at Kriegbaum

The Viking Football Fun-damentals Camp, conducted by the Huntington North High School football team, will run Monday, July 25, through Wednesday, July 27, at Kriegbaum Field.

Ages 9 to 11 will attend from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. while ages 12 to 14 will attend from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day. Incoming freshman may not participate at the camp. If there is inclement weather, the camp will be held in the Huntington North fieldhouse.

Novae slides past Builders Mart to win PAL LL Tournament

Novae topped Builders Mart in the championship game of the Little League Tournament in the Huntington Police Athletic League on Monday, July 11. Novae posted an 8-7 win to take the tourney title.

In Pony League Tournament action, Pearson’s Body Shop dispatched Andrews, 11-10.

First Doug Boone Memorial Golf Outing to raise funds for hospice

Doug Boone
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The first Doug Boone Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Aug. 14 at Norwood Golf Course, with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Parkview Hospice Care.

The tournament will be played in a four-person scramble format with teams playing in groups of eight. There is a limit of 36 teams.

The event will include a 50/50 drawing, skins game and raffles for a new Scotty Cameron putter and a new Titleist driver.

14U softball champions

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VFW Women’s Auxiliary won the Huntington County Baseball 14U Softball Tournament, edging Z-Place Pizza, 5-4, in the championship game at Homier Park on Thursday, June 30. Team members are (front row from left) Cheyenne Cottrell, Sydney Selvage, Kennady Chapin, Ashlyn Davis, Jesi Goble, Avery Drabenstot, Grace Sell and Sydney Joseph; and (back row from left) Assistant Wendy Joseph, Coach Talia Finney, Makenna Haston, Manager Shane Haston, Sydney Smekens, Lexi Princell, Audra Neal and Maddax Huftel.

Huntington County Amateur Golf Championship

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Roger Hosler putts during the Huntington County Amateur Golf Championship Tournament on Saturday, June 9, at Etna Acres Golf Club.

PAL postseason tournaments continue

Results for the Huntington Police Athletic League postseason tournaments are as follows:

Coaches Pitch
Metro Kiwanis dispatched Kindler Landscaping, 26-16, on July 6.

Little League
Novae blanked Builders Mart, 11-0, and Andrews II edged Habitat for Humanity, 10-9, on July 6. The following day, Builders Mart posted a 17-6 win over Andrews II.

Ready to fire

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IntriCut pitcher Corbin Harmon prepares to fire one in there during his team's tournament game against Wayne Metals on Wednesday night, July 6, in the 11U Little League Tournament for Huntington County Baseball at Homier Park.

Proper form

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Dave Shondell (right), head coach of the Purdue University women's volleyball team, demonstrates the proper form for a drill at the Shondell Day Camp, held in Huntington University’s Merillat Complex on Tuesday, July 5. Huntington’s head volleyball coach, Kyle Shondell, organized the camp, which also featured instruction from John Shondell, associate head women's volleyball coach at Purdue, and Steve Shondell, who recently retired as head coach of the Ball State University women’s volleyball team.

S&S Keller finishes PAL Pony League reg. season unbeaten

The Huntington Police Athletic League Pony League finished its regular season on Saturday, July 2.

S&S Keller capped off a perfect campaign, posting 10 wins against zero losses.

Pearson’s Body Shop finished second, racking up eight victories against three defeats. Parkview Huntington Hospital placed third with a mark of 4-6, one loss better than Andrews, which took fourth at 4-7. Troxel Equiment rounded out the league with a record of 1-10.

Johnson gearing up for shot at Olympic team

Huntington North High School and Huntington University alumnus Lauren Johnson will be competing for a spot on the United States Olympic track team for the Rio deJaneiro Olympics this summer. Johnson needs to be one of the top three finishers in her race, the 1,500-meter run.
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Huntington North High School and Huntington University alum Lauren Davenport Johnson is less than one week away from potentially turning her dream of competing in the Olympics into reality.

On Thursday, July 7, at 6:26 p.m. PDT, Johnson will be one of 30 athletes to toe the line in the 1,500 meters at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to vie for the opportunity to make the Team USA roster that will compete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August.

HU men’s basketball team sponsors 22nd annual Summer Golf Outing

The Huntington University men’s basketball team is holding its 22nd annual Summer Golf Outing at Norwood Golf Course, in Huntington, on Saturday, July 30.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Following a noon lunch in the clubhouse, the outing will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

There is a fee to attend the outing, which benefits the team. Green fees, cart rental, lunch, door prizes and a season ticket are included in the fee.

The outing is limited to 36 teams of four.

Huntington County Amateur Golf Championship July 9-10 at Etna Acres

The Huntington County Amateur Golf Championship is set for July 9 and 10 at Etna Acres Golf Club and Norwood Golf Course, respectively.

Participants must be residents of Huntington County or a member of a golf course in the county. The tournament will feature assigned tee times, which will be announced the day before play commences. Following the first day of the tournament, players will be positioned into a first flight and a championship flight.

New Belts

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Students were awarded certificates by Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana Dojo at Champs Academy after passing examinations on June 4. Pictured are (from left) Sensei Dawn Anderson; Lextin Keefer, yellow belt; Aiden Miller, yellow belt; Jaiden Kirk, purple belt, one stripe; and Olivia Anderson, purple belt, one stripe.

HU hoop camp

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Steve Platt (middle), the former head coach of the Huntington University men’s basketball team, coordinates children at the Forester Basketball Camp, held Thursday, June 23, in Platt Arena. Platt is the father of Huntington’s current head coach, Ty Platt, who ran the four-day camp along with his staff and players.

State champion rings

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The Huntington North High School girls' bowling team receiving its state champion rings on Wednesday, June 22, for winning the title back in February. Proudly displaying those rings are (from left) Manager Brooke Dafforn, Elizabeth Manes, Caila Kline, Mackenzie Faurote, Kylie Kaiser, Karli Cannici and Rachel Fields.

County duo help soccer team punch ticket to national contest

Huntington County residents Megan Gilpin (left) and Karmen Koch helped lead the Fort Wayne Sports Club Strikers U16 girls’ soccer team to a 3-0-1 record at the Region II President’s Cup, a tournament that ran from June 16 to 20 at Grand Park Sports Complex, in Westfield. With their performance at the tournament, the Strikers earned a trip to the National Presidents Cup, set for July 14 to 17 in Tulsa, OK, for the first time ever.
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Huntington County residents Megan Gilpin and Karmen Koch recently helped their Fort Wayne Sports Club ‘00 Academy Strikers soccer team advance to the National President’s Cup for the first time ever.

Gilpin, a junior attending Bishop Luers High School and Koch, a junior at Huntington North High School, helped their team advance with three wins and a tie in the Region II (Midwest) President’s Cup held at Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield from June 16 to 20.

Lewis. Lohman tops in Heritage Days 5K

Cordell Lewis and Elizabeth Lohman were the top male and female finishers, respectively, of the 2016 Heritage Days 5K, held Saturday, June 18, in Huntington.

Lewis was the top finisher overall, crossing the finish line in 16:13.7. The Huntington native competed in the 20 to 25 age division.

Lohman, a competitor in the 15 to 19 age bracket, stepped over the end stripe in 23:01 for her win.

Samuel Eckert, of Roanoke, won the boys’ 0 to 9 division with a time of 40:35.4.

Huntington University V-ball team holding four camps in July at Merillat Complex

The Huntington University volleyball team is holding four camps in July. Each camp will be held in the school’s Merillat Complex.

Former Olympian visits library

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Mary Beth Dunnichay, of Elwood, shares her experiences as a diver on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team with a group at the Huntington branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Tuesday, June 14. After several years of competitive diving, Dunnichay retired from the sport in March.

HCB leagues standings

Huntington County Baseball and Softball standings for the week of June 13:

18U Baseball
Roanoke sat atop the league at 4-1, just a game ahead of TCP, 3-1. Paving & Sealing was near the top, too, with four wins against two losses. MSM was at .500 with a 3-3 mark. Clear Creek was 2-3 and Optimist was searching for its first win at 0-6.

14U Softball
Z-Place and VFW paced the league with records of 8-1 and 8-2, respectively. Andrews and Clear Creek had matching 4-5 marks while Mettler was winless at 0-10.

Huntington PAL baseball results

Huntington Police Athletic League standings for the week ending June 11: