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Robrock, R. Johnson lead Lady Vikes back to .500

Huntington North guard Karmen Koch squeezes her way in between a pair of Leo defenders on her flight to the basket during the Lady Vikes' 48-41 win over the visiting Lady Lions on Saturday night, Dec. 17.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Maddy Robrock scored 18 points and Rileigh Johnson notched 16 to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team past visiting Leo, 48-41, on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Climbing back to .500 at 6-6, the Lady Vikings had only four players score in the contest, with Larissa Johnson adding eight points and Karmen Koch putting in the remaining six.

HNHS got off to a 14-10 lead after the first eight minutes and pushed the advantage to 31-23 by halftime. The lady Vikes led 38-32 heading into the final frame.

Vikings back on winning track with triumph over Kokomo

Zach Daugherty scored 13 points and Sawyer Stoltz added 12 points as the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team downed host Kokomo, 47-35 on Saturday, Dec. 16.

The Vikings jumped off to a 13-7 after the first quarter of play and led at halftime, 21-17. A 14-6 edge in the third quarter had them ahead by their largest margin at 35-23 entering the final frame on the way to their sixth win against just one loss.

Cumberland buzzer-beater stops HU women

A buzzer-beating shot by Cumberland University saddled the visiting Huntington University women’s basketball team with a 53-51 defeat on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Sharpshooting Leo sends Vikings to first hoop loss of season

Sharpshooting Leo was too much for the visiting Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team  and sent the Vikings to their first defeat of the season, 64-53, on Friday, Dec. 15.

The Lions connected on 23 of 37 shots from the field for 62.2 percent as they sent the Vikings to 5-1 on the season. Leo jumped on top, 20-16, after the first frame, improved the margin to 34-26 by halftime and went into the final frame with a 44-32 advantage.

Viking grapplers to 9-2 with big win over East Noble

The Huntington North high School varsity wrestling team ran its record to 9-2 with a 39-18 walloping of visiting East Noble on Thursday, Dec. 14.

The Vikings got wins from Preston Teusch at 106 pounds, Darryl Kuhl at 113, Brady Lewis at 120, Jacob Hall at 126, Ricky Haught at 132, Kaleb McVoy at 152, Cade MacAleese at 182, Charlie Agnew at 195 and Christian Graft at 220.

Huntington's Garde gets all conference second team at Taylor

Huntington native Austin Garde, a member of the Taylor University football team, was named to the Mid-States Football Association second team.

A senior left guard for the Trojans, Garde helped anchor an offensive line that yielded only 14 sacks during the regular season, good for 21st in the NAIA. He also helped Taylor gain 109.8 yards on the ground per game.

The award is the first MSFA honor of Garde’s career.

Garde is a 2013 graduate of Huntington North High School.

HNHS swimboys no match for Columbia City

The Huntington North High School boys’ swim team was no match for host Columbia City, losing 129-39 on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Keegan Mautz posted the Vikings’ best finish, a runner-up effort in the 100-yard breaststroke. The junior clocked in at 1:23.39.

A pair of third place efforts were Huntington North’s only other podium finishes in individual races. Senior Conner Mason swam to bronze in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 2:17.50, while sophomore Nathan York took the No. 3 spot in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.52.

Aschliman's win lone bright spot for HNHS swimgirls

A win by Allie Aschliman was the lone bright spot for the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team in a 112-58 loss to host Columbia City on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Aschliman, a sophomore, topped the 200-yard freestyle, clocking in at 2:16.96. She followed that up with a silver showing in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 1:10.94.

Macy Lange was a two-time runner-up for the Lady Vikings. The junior raced to second in the 50-yard freestyle, stopping the timer in :28.46, before grabbing the No. 2 spot in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:22.38.

Honor to EJ Tackett


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North graduate EJ Tackett (center) was presented an honorary letter at North Arena prior to the start of the boys’ varsity basketball game on Saturday night, Dec. 9. Tackett, the 2009 Indiana State champ,  has had a successful career in the Professional Bowlers Association since he graduated in 2011, including winning PBA Player of the Year honors in 2016. Joining Tackett are HNHS Principal Russ Degitz and Athletic Director Kris Teusch. Tackett gave HNHS his Team USA jersey.

HNHS swimgirls come up just short against Bellmont

Adalyn Harvey, a freshman on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, swims the backstroke portion of the 200-yard individual medley during a meet against visiting Bellmont on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The Lady Vikings narrowly lost, 87-83.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ swim team got two wins apiece from Allie Aschliman and Laney Shaw, but came up short to visiting Bellmont, 87-83.

Aschliman topped the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly while Shaw triumphed in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles.

Aschliman, a sophomore, won the medley in 2:33.67 and the butterfly in 1:07.19. Shaw, also a sophomore, took the shorter freestyle in :28.07 and the longer one in 1:02.29.

HNHS swimboys lose to Bellmont

Aidan Miller, a junior on the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team, competes in the 200-yard individual medley during a meet against visiting Bellmont on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The Vikings lost, 110-49.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ swim team suffered a 110-49 defeat to visiting Bellmont on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Keegan Mautz and Nathan York paced the Vikings, each posting first and second-place finishes. Mautz, a junior, won the 50-yard freestyle in :26.75 before taking second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.24. York, a sophomore, topped the 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.40 and was runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.31.

Viking swimmers eighth at Norwell Invite

The Huntington North High School boys’ swim team tallied 23 points to place eighth at the Norwell Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Junior Keegan Mautz and sophomore Nathan York each posted a top-10 finish for the Vikings. Mautz placed 10th in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 1:00.08. With a clocking of 1:13.24, York claimed 10th in the 100-yard backstroke.

Mautz additionally swam to 11th place in the 200-yard individual medley, stopping the timer in 2:34.61. York took 12th in the 50-yard freestyle, coming home in :26.96.

Viking wrestlers 2-1 at triple dual

The Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team posted a 2-1 record at a Northeast 8 Conference triple dual meet on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Vikings suffered a 37-33 setback to New Haven, but triumphed over Columbia City, 42-35, and Leo, 39-30.

Going undefeated for Huntington North, 8-2, were Preston Teusch, Darryn Kuhl, Jacob Hall and Ricky Haught.

Free-throw gods favor HU women at end in win over IU Northwest

The free-throw gods finished the game on the side of the Huntington University women’s basketball team in a 57-55 win over host IU Northwest.

After fighting back from a first-half deficit of 11 points, HU, 9-3, was up by three points after missing a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds left, but  Northwest’s Gina Rubino  couldn’t knock down the three free throws she needed to for a tie as time expired.

Aquinas' Arrington too much for HU in 85-73 loss

Aquinas College’s Arsenio Arrington almost doubled his season average by pouring in 29 points as the visiting Saints handed the Huntington University men’s basketball team an 85-73 loss on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Arrington, a 6-9 senior, came into the game averaging 16.1 points, but the Chicago native outdid that in a big way to send the Foresters to their seventh loss in 13 outings this season.

Lady Vikes hang tough, but finally fall to 10-2 Marion

Host Marion took control in the final minutes of the game to down the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, 56-50, on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Lady Vikes, 5-6, battled the 10-2 Lady Giants even through the first three quarters, leading by a single point at 39-38 heading into the final frame.

Rileigh Johnson had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lady Vikings, while Hollyn Anderson added 13 points and Maddy Robrock added 12.

Marion was led by Jazmyn Turner with 22 points and Rashaya Kyle with 17.

Viking cagers blast Manchester behind Pulver, Daugherty

Huntington North's Hank Pulver unleashes a three-pointer over Manchester's Kamdyn Lester in action at North Arena on Saturday, Dec. 9. Pulver had a game-high 18 as the Vikings won big, 59-32.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Hank Pulver and Zach Daugherty combined for more points than the entire visiting Manchester  team as the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team blasted the Squires, 59-32, on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Viking juniors rang up 34 points as HNHS glided to its season-opening fifth straight win. Pulver knocked down a game-high 18 points and Daugherty was right behind with 16.

Pulver also had game-highs with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots on the night.

Lady Vikes put defensive hammer down on New Haven in big win

(From left) Maddy Robrock, Rileigh Johnson and Karmen Koch.
Photos by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team got off to a nice lead early and then put the defensive hammer down in the second half in a 61-29 laugher over visiting New Haven on Friday, Dec. 8.

The Lady Vikings, 5-5, took a 17-9 lead after the first quarter and carried a 27-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. Coach Heidi Lawson’s squad then notched up the defense, limiting the Lady Bulldogs to only four points in the third frame and just six in the final quarter.

SA gets measure of Lady Vike swimmers

Laney Shaw and the 400-yard relay team got the only wins on the evening for the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team as it lost to host South Adams, 100-80, on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Shaw, a sophomore, touched the wall in 1:01.97 to claim the 100-yard freestyle.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team came home in 4:47.32 for its win and was composed of Alayna Stroup, Morgan Cogar, Anna Manry and Alyssa Brinkman.

Shaw also placed second for HNHS in the 50-yard freestyle, in :27.92, with Brinkman third in :30.65.

Viking swimmers fall to South Adams

The Huntington North High School boys’ swim team lost to host South Adams, 110-57, on Thursday, Dec. 7.

The Vikings only had one win on the evening, capturing the final event, the 400-yard relay. The team of Keegan Mautz, Aidan Miller, Conner Mason and Nathan York touched the wall in 4:14.36 for the win.

Viking wrestlers blast Norwell

The Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team trounced visiting Norwell, 57-16, on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Posting wins for the Vikings, 6-1, were Preston Teusch, Darryn Kuhl, Jacob Hall, Ricky Haught and Matthew Kline. Also winning were Adrien George, Clay Bryce, Charlie Agnew, Dayne Pefley and Christian Graft.

In junior varsity action, Huntington North and Norwell tied, 6-6.

Big third quarter carries Grace by HU women

A big third quarter by host Grace College helped the Lancers stick the Huntington University women’s basketball team with a 67-61 loss on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Arnold to pitch for Grace


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Kendra Arnold (seated center) signs a letter of intent on Monday, Dec. 4, to continue her softball career at Grace College. Present at the signing are her father (seated left), Mike, and mother (seated right), Traci, and (standing from left) Grace Head Softball Coach Nora Reece, HNHS Head Softball Coach Paris Seibold and HNHS Assistant Softball Coach Pete Eckert.

Tillett is all-state first team, Koch third team for soccer heroics

Hannah Tillett (left) and Karmen Koch were chosen to the all-state girls' soccer first and third team, respectively, by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association.
Photos by Steve Clark.

Huntington North senior Hannah Tillett was named a first team all state selection by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association.

Her teammate, fellow senior Karmen Koch, was honored with a third team all state nod by the coaches group.

Tillett led the 16-2 Lady Vikes with 45 goals, 40 assists and 130 points this season.

Koch was the Lady Vikes runner-up in all three categories, tallying 31 goals, passing out 16 assists and piling up 78 points.

Arens has career night as HU men stop Grace

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Tyler Arens

Junior forward Tyler Arens had a career night with 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Huntington University men’s basketball team to a 92-83 triumph over host Grace College on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The 6-8 Arens nailed 11 of 13 shots from the floor and all eight of his free throw tries as HU upped its record to 6-6 on the season, 2-2 in the Crossroads League.

R. Johnson leads Lady Vikes over Manchester

Rileigh Johnson had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team to a 50-37 win over visiting Manchester on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The Lady Vikings, 4-5, got out to a 17-13 lead after the first quarter and upped the margin to 30-17 by halftime. The Lady Squires cut the margin to 36-28 after three quarters but HNHS held on and expanded the lead in the final frame.

Maddy Robrock chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Karmen Koch and Hollyn Anderson each scored eight points.

Mason, Mautz, York lead Viking swimboys past Blackford

The trio of Conner Mason, Keegan Mautz and Nathan York led the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team to a 79-71 victory over visiting Blackford on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Each member of the triumvirate logged first and second place finishes, plus swam legs on two first place relay teams.

Mason won the 100-yard backstroke, clocking it at 1:18.11. The senior put forth his silver effort in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 1:18.34.

North swimgirls dominate Blackford

Anna Manry, a freshman on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, competes in the 200-yard individual medley during a meet against visiting Blackford on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The Lady Vikings won big, 116-50.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ swim team dominated visiting Blackford, 116-50, on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Macy Lange and Allie Aschliman highlighted the Lady Vikings’ domination with two victories apiece. Lange, a junior, topped the 200-yard individual medley in 2:41.41, followed by the 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.76. Aschliman, a sophomore, took the 200-yard freestyle in 2:20.51, then followed it up with a win in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 1:13.12.

HU midfielder NAIA All-American honorable mention

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Matea Knispel

Matéa Knispel, a junior on the Huntington University women’s soccer team, has been recognized as an honorable mention All-American by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Knispel, just the second Forester in program history to earn All-American honors, finished the year with 18 goals for 36 points to help guide her team to an overall record of 10-8-2 and a fourth-place finish in the Crossroads League with a 5-3-1 mark.

Frosh wins twice as HU kicks off indoor track season

Freshman Benedicte Nzombi-Fenner was a double-winner for the Huntington University women’s track team as it competed at the Sean Brady Conditioner on Saturday, Dec. 2, against host Trine University and Grace College.

Logan Daniel claimed the only win of the day for the HU men as they also competed at the meet.

Nzombi-Fenner, a freshman, ran into third place in the HU record books by winning the 60-meter dash in :08.06. She also won the long jump at 4.91meters, another mark that landed her in the top 10 in the HU record book.

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