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Snyder, Freise lead HN gymnasts past Wayne, South

Carly Snyder and Erica Freise helped the Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team tally 95.150 points to beat host Fort Wayne Wayne and Fort Wayne South Side on Monday, Feb. 24.

Snyder, a sophomore, and Freise, a junior, each recorded a pair of top finishes to power the Lady Vikings past the Lady Generals' register of 71.200 and the Lady Archers' total of 55.750.

Snyder won vault with an 8.350 and balance beam with an 8.200 while Freise topped the uneven parallel bars with an 8.400 and the floor exercise with an 8.200.

 

Downtown shooting woes sink Foresters in CL tourney


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Three-point shooting woes sank the Huntington University men's basketball team against visiting Grace, 56-54, in the opening round of the Crossroads League tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The third-seeded Foresters connected on only 4 of 20 attempts from beyond the arc for 20 percent, lowlighted by a 2 for 13 showing for 15.4 percent in the first half. Coach Ty Platt's squad never led by more than three in the period, deadlocking six times with the sixth-seeded Lancers on the way to trailing by five at halftime, 27-22.

 

Tri-Star champs


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The Huntington Optimist Club recently held its annual Tri-Star Basketball Skills Competition. Tri-Star Basketball is a contest testing the skills of passing, dribbling and shooting. The contest is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Winners of the competition are (from left) Aric Hosler, Ashton Hosler, Adam Zahn, Alayna Pohler and WesleyHuff. Not pictured is Aiden Hosler. They will advance to the state finals in New Castle on Sunday, March 2.

 

Boys’ hoop sectional tickets on sale at Huntington North until March 4

Tickets for Class 4A Sectional 6 boys' basketball games at Huntington North High School will be on sale at the school during school hours until Tuesday, March 4, at noon.

Huntington North and Homestead will play Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. Jay County and South Side will play Friday, March 7, at 6 p.m., with a game between Wayne and the winner of game one to follow. The championship game will be Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Huntington North is located at 450 MacGahan St., Huntington, and school hours are 7:40 a.m. to 2:57 p.m.

 

 

March 22 runs set at Huntington Baptist

Huntington Baptist will sponsor its 12th annual community 5K Run and Fun Run on Saturday, March 22.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Huntington Baptist Church, located at 2435 Waterworks Rd. The one-mile fun run will follow.

Information and registration forms may be found online at www.huntingtonbaptist.org or FWTC.org.

This free event is open to the community and participants of all ages.

Free T-shirts are available to the first 75 who pre-register.

Door prizes, refreshments and awards will follow the race.

 

 

Drew signs with Mount Union


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Jessie Drew (front center) announced on Tuesday, Feb. 25, that she would continue her volleyball career at the University of Mount Union. Present at the signing are (seated from left) Myrna Peterman, Drew's grandmother, and Leanne Drew, her mother, and (standing from left) Mark Peterman, her grandfather, Cassie Grieves, HNHS assistant volleyball coach and Jae Hampton, her club volleyball coach.

 

Baker, Palmer lead way as HU women cruise in CL tourney


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Led by guards Courtney Baker and Miranda Palmer, the Huntington Univeristy women's basketball team built a 41-12 halftime lead and cruised to a 78-41 win over visiting Bethel in the opening round of the Crossroads League Tournament.

Baker, a junior, scored 12 of her 14 first-half points in the game's first 11 minutes as HU raced out to a 21-9 lead and never looked back. The 5-5 floor general also had six rebounds and three assists in the opening frame.

 

Three Foresters earn Crossroads League accolades


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Three members of the Huntington University men's basketball team were honored by the Crossroads League when it announced its 2013-14 awards on Monday, Feb. 24.

 

Four Forester women earn Crossroads League honors


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Four members of the Huntington University women's basketball team were honored by the Crossroads League when it announced its 2013-14 awards on Monday, Feb. 24.

Senior Pazia Speed was selected first team all-conference. The 5-6 guard is currently averaging a team-best 17.4 points which places her third among her conference peers. A member of the Crossroads' All-Newcomer Team as a freshman and honorable mention honoree as a junior, she also averages 3.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per outing for the Foresters this season.

 

Crestviews girls romp over Southwood

The Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team smoked host Southwood, 34-5, on Monday, Feb. 24.

Rileigh Johnson led the way with nine points. Peyton Harvey supplied five points while Hollyn Anderson and Sydney Kyle both chipped in four as the Cougars picked up their 10th win of the season against two losses.

The seventh grade team also won, 37-25.

 

Riverview girl cagers top Churubusco

The Riverview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team topped host Churubusco, 34-22, on Monday, Feb. 24.

The Raiders improve to 2-8.

The seventh grade team also won, 24-18, and evens its record at 5-5.

 

 

Nash leads HU men at DePauw Classic

Behind Jake Nash's first place finish in high jump, the Huntington University men's track team finished ninth among 15 schools at the DePauw Indoor Classic on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Nash bettered his best and re-established his school record with a winning leap of 6-8 as the Foresters' only top finisher.

Brian Menzie turned in a fifth place showing in the mile in 4:38.03 as did Logan Knox in weight throw, 47-2.75. Menzie also earned a point in the 1,000-meter run with his eightth place finish in 2:43.63.

 

HU women 10th at DePauw Classic

The Huntington University women's track team placed 10th at the 17-team DePauw Indoor Classic on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Christine Sparks turned in the Foresters top finish by crossing the line second in the 1,000 meters in 3:02.37, which proved to be the second fastest time in the school's record books.

Hannah Moore established a new personal-record in the 5,000-meter run with her third-place time of 18:36.82. Other point-getters for Huntington included Gretchen Spahr in 3,000-meter run, seventh in 11:17.46, and Heather Johnson in pole vault, fourth in 9-6.25.

 

HN gymnasts second in conference meet

The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team earned runner-up honors at the North Central Conference Championships, hosted by Logansport, on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The Lady Vikings compiled 98.250 points, finishing behind Logansport's 107.800. Marion slid into third with 97.550, followed by Richmond with 93.650 and Muncie Central with 92.400.

 

Tryouts for Huntington Hornets 12 softball team two days in March

All girls born in 2001 and 2002 are invited to attend tryouts for the Huntington Hornets 12U girls' softball on Sunday, March 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. and Monday, March 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Crestview Middle School.

Attendance is required at only one of the tryout days. Participants need to bring all softball gear.

Team decisions will be made before March 14. Costs, fund-raising and schedules will be available at both tryout dates.

 

Lady Eagles finish second in state

The Huntington Lady Eagles came up one game short of winning their fourth state championship, falling to the Indianapolis Trailblazers, 61-28, at the Indiana Christian Basketball Alliance state tournament at The Summit, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Feb. 22.

It was the sixth time the two teams have squared off for the title, with each club winning three times.

The title game was tight for the first quarter before the Trailblazers pulled away. The Eagles found themselves down 12-9 with the Sickafoose sisters accounting for all of their points.

 

Hacker's fourth best HNHS finish at swim sectional finals


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North junior Walter Hacker captured fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly to record the Vikings' best finish of the day at the finals of the Warsaw Boys' Swim Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Hacker touched the wall in :58.71, but despite his high placing, only race winners or those swimmers who meet the state standard times advance to the state finals, which are set for Saturday, March 1, at the Indiana-Purdue University Natatorium, in Indianapolis.

 

Jolas wins last 2 matches to get fifth at state mat tourney


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Huntington North senior Kyle Jolas capped off his high school wrestling career with a fifth place finish in the 160-pound weight class at the Indiana State Wrestling Tournament, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Feb. 22.

After losing to Vinny Corsaro of Indianapolis Cathedral in the quarterfinals to drop to the consolation bracket, Jolas topped Maximilian Dole of East Central, 8-3, before edging North Montgomery's Nick Borta, 5-4, to capture fifth and end the season at 35-3.

 

HU women capitalize on miscues to down Taylor

The Huntington University women's basketball team capitalized on miscues by host Taylor to outlast the Trojans, 59-50, on Saturday, Feb. 22.

With Taylor in position to record an upset of the No. 20 Foresters after Kelsey Bryant cut their lead down to one, 40-39, with a pair of free throws at the 8:55 mark in the second half, Coach Lori Culler's squad proceeded to outscore the hosts 17-5 over the next six and half minutes, getting 11 of those points off turnovers on the way to finishing with 21 for the game.

 

Foresters dispatch Taylor to finish regular season 24-6

Timely runs by the Huntington University men's basketball team helped it dispatch visiting Taylor, 55-44, in a defensive battle on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The Foresters limited the Trojans to 33.3 percent shooting on a 14 for 42 effort while being held themselves to a shooting mark of 35.7 percent on a 15 for 42 showing.

 

Jolas falls in quarterfinals at state mat tourney

Huntington North High School wrestler Kyle Jolas lost in the 160-pound quarterfinals at the Indiana State Wrestling Tournament and will drop to the consolation bracket with a shot a fifth place later today, Saturday, Feb. 22.

Jolas, 33-3, fell to unbeaten Vinny Corsaro of Indianapolis Cathedral, 10-5, to end his run at a state title. Corsaro, a senior, is now 47-0.

Jolas will face Maximilian Dole of East Central, 46-4, for his shot at fifth. Dole is also a senior.

 

 

Edgewood shoves around RMS girls

The Riverview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team fell to visiting Edgewood, 39-6, on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

With the loss, the Raiders drop to 2-6.

The seventh grade team also lost, 29-14, to fall to 3-5.

 

 

Vikings hold off Berries for 71-67 win

Caleb Landrum scored a career-high 26 points and Konner Platt came off the bench to score a career-high 18 as the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team held off host Logansport, 71-67, on Friday, Feb. 21.

Kyle Platt also scored 18 points for the Vikings, 12-9 overall and 2-4 in the North Central Conference, who had a 14 point lead late in the third quarter before Logansport made a comeback attempt.

 

Crestview, Riverview girls split

The Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team dispatched cross-town rival Riverview, 35-21, on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Rileigh Johnson knocked 10 points, Karmen Koch supplied eight and Peyton Butler produced six as the Cougars improve to 9-2 and the Raiders fall to 2-7.

Riverview emerged the victor in the seventh grade game, 24-20, pulling to 4-5 while Crestview drops to 4-7.

 

 

CMS girls beat up on Churubusco

The Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team won comfortably over host Churubusco, 31-18, on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Karmen Koch, Rileigh Johnson, Hollyn Anderson and Meg Gilpin tossed in six points apiece and Peyton Butler netted five to give the Cougars their eighth win against two losses.

The seventh grade team also won big, 47-19.

Madi Robrock starred for Crestview, notching a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Faith Leist and Lydia Riggers rounded out the offensive effort with six points apiece as the Cougars improve to 4-6.

 

RMS girls fall to Oak Hill

The Riverview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team lost to host Oak Hill, 36-14, on Thursday, Dec. 19.

Taylor Conley paced the Raiders, 0-2, with eight points.

The seventh grade team also fell, 27-8, evening its record at 1-1.

 

 

Cougar girls split at Lakeview Invite

The Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team went 1-1 at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Cougars got edged by Northridge in their first game, 27-26.

Rileigh Johnson paced Crestview with 12 points. Megan Gilpin added six.

In the second game, Crestview won in a rout over Northside, 31-6. Karmen Koch led a balanced offensive attack, tossing in seven points, while Johnson, Hollyn Anderson and Skylar Houser each netted four to propel the Cougars to 7-2.

 

Viking Jolas wins first round match at state wrestling tourney


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Huntington North senior wrestler Kyle Jolas advanced to the second round of the Indiana State Wrestling Tournament with a 4-3 tiebreak win over Isaiah Kemper of Evansville Central in the 160-pound wieght class on Friday night, Feb. 21, in Indianapolis.

Jolas, 33-2, was down in the second overtime, 3-1, but came back to square things at 3-3 before getting the win over Kemper, a junior, who was 44-2 entering the match.

 

Snyder leads HNHS gymnasts past Wawasee


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Carly Snyder won two events on the way to claiming the all-around title, leading the Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team over visiting Wawasee, 99.150-95.350, on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Snyder, a sophomore, topped vault with an 8.800 and balance beam with a 9.000, while earning runner-up honors on the uneven parallel bars and in the floor exercise, posting a 7.875 and an 8.800, respectively, to triumph in the all-around with a register of 34.475.

 

Vikings get 3 solos, 2 relays to swim sectional finals Saturday


Photo by Steve Clark.

Juniors Walter Hacker and Josh Young and sophomore Zane Cozad each competed in the Warsaw Boys' Swim Sectional finals on Saturday, Feb. 22, with a chance to advance to the state swim meet next Saturday.

The trio also swam legs on both of the Viking relay teams competing for a spot at state, joining with freshman Cody Barton.

 

Lady Eagles advance to final four with win over Cornerstone

The Huntington Lady Eagles advanced to the final four of the state championship in the Indiana Christian Basketball Alliance by defeating the Cornerstone Warriors on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The final four was played Saturday, Feb. 22, at The Summit in Fort Wayne.

The Lady Eagles went into the opening round with the advantage of a bye, but Cornerstone pushed them to the brink before succumbing, 56-50. Coach Mark Shultz's squad held a 46-36 lead heading into the final frame before Cornerstone cut into the lead.

 

Game Foresters go cold late in loss to No. 1 USF


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The Huntington University women's basketball team gave unbeaten No. 1 Saint Francis all it could handle before going cold late to lose 62-53 on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Platt Arena.

The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Foresters, 21-7, 13-4 in the Crossroads League, who came into the game ranked 20th in NAIA Division II.

The Cougars, 29-0 overall and 17-0 in conference, seized the lead three minutes into the game and looked like they were going to run away things when they expanded their advantage to 31-20 with 3:25 remaining in the first half.

 

USF nips Foresters with game-winning trey at buzzer

Host University of Saint Francis capped a late comeback with a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to nip the Huntington University men's basketball team, 62-60, on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Scott Kohne hit a fall-away trey from the win as the 19th-ranked Cougars completed a comeback from 13 points down midway through the second half to send the 12th-ranked Foresters to their sixth loss of the season against 23 wins.

 

HU women bowlers in top third at weekend tourney

The Huntington University women's bowling team claimed 20th at the 64-team Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic at Western Bowl, in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16.

Huntington got off to a slow start, dipping as low as 41st before climbing back up to 20th with 7,889 pins. Ranked 25th going into the weekend, the Foresters averaged 876 per game and beat eight teams ranked above them.

Ayla Yeiter led Huntington by finishing 35th out of 415 bowlers with a nine-game average of 186.3. Close behind was Shelby New, who posted a 185.5 average to place 39th.

 

HU men's bowling team has good weekend

The Huntington University men's bowling team beat 18 teams ranked above it on the way to finishing 36th out of 78 teams at the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic at Western Bowl, in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16.

The Foresters averaged 914 per game and made history in their second game when they rolled a 1,009 for the program's first team game over 1,000 pins..

 

HU's Hinen is Crossroads League Player of Week


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Huntington University freshman guard Derek Hinen was named the Crossroads League Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 17 in addition to being named the Forester Athlete of the Week.

In the Foresters' 87-81 upset of No. 12 Bethel College on Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Columbia City native poured in a career-best 33 points on 11 for 13 shooting which included six treys. He also knocked down all six of his freebies in the final 20 seconds, dished out a game-high five assists and made two steals.

 

Snyder, Carpenter pace Lady Vike gymnasts to 3rd at Marion

Carly Snyder placed fourth and Mikayla Carpenter took eighth in the all-around to lead the Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team to third place out of 11 teams at the Marion Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Lady Vikes turned in the top team performance on floor exercise on the way to a total of 97.675 points. Fort Wayne Northrop won the meet with 99.20 points and Homestead was runner-up with 97.875 points.

Snyder, a sophomore, compiled 33.625 points and Carpenter, a senior, totalled 32.700 for their pair of top-10 finishes in the all-around.

 

Tackett wins state bowling title


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Huntington North High School junior Zac Tackett won the Indiana boys' bowling individual state championship at Woodland Bowl, in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Tackett squared off against Tayler Peters, of Highland, for the title. The two locked in a duel through five frames before Tackett threw six consecutive strikes to claim the state crown, 224-203.

"It feels great," says Tackett.

Tackett started his day by rolling a 233, followed by a 259 and then a 245 to take the lead heading into the stepladder finals.

 

Lady Vike bowlers runner-up at state

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity bowling team finished runner-up at the Indiana girls' bowling team state finals at Woodland Bowl, in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Lady Vikings fell in the championship match to Lafayette Jefferson, 366-342.

Huntington North started the day off hot, rolling a 1,049 to take the lead, but cooled off after that, tossing an 867 to fall to third. The team threw Baker games of 181, 193, 194, 138 and 143 to squeak into the stepladder finals by 24 pins, in the fourth and final qualifying spot.

 

Viking frosh finish season at 12-4

The Huntington North High School boys' freshman basketball team ran its record to 12-4 with wins over Marion and Bellmont on Feb. 13 and 15, respectively.

The Vikings handed the Giants their second loss of the season, 43-38. Luke Pulver led the team with 13 points and four assists. Nolan Betterly chipped in nine points, Noah Gass supplied five and Uriah DeWeese produced four points and five rebounds.

In their final home game of the season, Coach Sam Ryan's squad trounced the Braves, 62-18.

 

Lady Eagles wrap up best regular season at 18-4

The Huntington Lady Eagles girls' varsity basketball team ended its regular season with two wins on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Salamonie Elementary School, in Warren.

The victories move the Lady Eagles to 18-4 on the season for the team's best-ever regular season record.

Game one featured two top 25 teams in the National Homeschool Rankings, pitting No. 21 Huntington against the No. 25 CHAP Chariots from East Lansing, MI. The Chariots entered the contest with only one loss, from the Lady Eagles in the championship game of the Fort Wayne Guard Tournament earlier this season.

 

Jolas heads to state wrestling tourney for fourth time


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Huntington North High School senior wrestler Kyle Jolas earned runner-up honors in the 160-pound weight class at the Snider Semi-State on Saturday, Feb. 15, to advance to the state wrestling tournament for the fourth time.

Jolas will be the Vikings' lone representative at the season's final meet, after teammates Tanner Shipley and Bailey Shockome, wrestling at 132 and 145 pounds, respectively, both failed to capture one of their weight class's four advancing spots out of semi-state, which was held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne.

 

Viking 'D' stymies Bellmont


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The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team submitted its best defensive performance of the season, holding Bellmont to only three points after halftime in a 64-32 win at North Arena on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Vikings, 11-9, posted a shutout in the fourth quarter and limited the Braves to just 8.33 percent shooting in the second half overall on a 1 of 12 showing. It was a dramatic turnaround for Coach Rob Irwin's squad, which allowed Bellmont to shoot 57.1 percent in the first half on a 12 of 21 effort and take a 16-13 lead after the first frame.

 

Forester women, Speed spoil Grace senior day

The Huntington University women's basketball team played spoiler to senior day at Grace College on Saturday, Feb. 15, handing the Lancers a 57-39 loss to wrap up the season sweep.

The Foresters' Pazia Speed celebrated her own senior day, scoring a game-high 22 points for HU, 21-6 overall and 13-3 in Crossroads League play.

 

HU men outlast Grace, 64-62

The Huntington University men's basketball team outlasted visiting Grace, 64-62, on Saturday, Feb. 15.

 

On to IWU


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Kaylynn Rosen (front center) signed a letter of intent on Thursday, Feb. 13, to continue her softball career at Indiana Wesleyan University. Present at the signing are (seated from left) Sue Hensley, her grandmother, and Beverly Rosen, her mother, and (standing from left) Brent Bardo, head coach of Rosen's travel softball team, the Indiana Waverunners, IWU Head Softball Coach Steve Babinski and HNHS Head Softball Coach Paris Seibold.

 

State champion bowler


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School junior Zac Tackett, shown here competing at Oak Lanes earlier this season, won the state singles bowling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, in Indianapolis. Tackett rolled a 737 qualifying series and rolled a 224 and 203 in the final rounds to win, according to HNHS Athleitc Director Michael Gasaway.

 

Homestead overwhelms HNHS girls in hoop sectional


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Homestead overwhelmed the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team on both sides of the court, handing the Lady Vikings a 79-46 season-ending defeat in the semifinals of the South Side Sectional on Friday, Feb. 14.

 

Anderson leads CMS 8 girls past Wabash

Hollyn Anderson put up 13 points to lead the Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team over visiting Wabash, 28-24, on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Anderson's offensive effort, along with five points from Rileigh Johnson and four from Megan Gilpin, helped the Cougars improve to 6-1.

The seventh grade team won its game comfortably, 28-14.

Madi Robrock led Crestview, 2-5, with 10 points and six rebounds. Faith Leist chipped in eight points and two assists while Peyton Dorsett added four points and three boards.

 

 

Vikings' comeback pushes Marion to OT in loss

Kyle Platt nails career-high 29


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The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team fought back from a 20-point halftime deficit to tie the game in regulation, but lost to host Marion in overtime, 101-92, on Thursday, Feb. 13

The Vikings, 10-9, got a career-high 29 points from senior Kyle Platt as they had the 13-4 Giants reeling after coming back from a halftime deficit of 47-27 to tie the game in regulation at 80-all. But Marion, which got 48 points from Indiana University recruit James Blackmon, won the extra frame 21-12 for the win.

 

HU women keglers sixth at Norse Classic

The Huntington University women's bowling team captured sixth place out of 19 teams at the Norse Collegiate Classic at Super Bowl Erlanger in Erlanger, KY, on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Emily O'Leary led the Foresters through five regular games and 12 Baker games on an Autobahn lane pattern, posting a five-game average of 198.4 with a high game of 223 to finish seventh out of 131 bowlers and miss All-Tournament honors by just a few pins.

Shelby New also had a strong outing, registering a 181.4 average to finish 26th overall.

 

Forester men bowlers 12 at Norse Classic

The Huntington University men's bowling team finished 12th at the 18-team Norse Collegiate Classic at Super Bowl Erlanger in Erlanger, KY, on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The Foresters rolled five regular games and 12 Baker games on a Broadway lane pattern, with Tyler Neff's five-game average of 195.2 leading the way, good for 20th overall out of 165 bowlers.

Seth Walker enjoyed a 190.0 average, good for 32nd. Adam Harris-Shoemaker was the only other Forester to roll all five games, taking 63rd with an average of 171.6.

 

HU women get comfortable win over cold-shooting Pilots

The Huntington University women's basketball team recorded a comfortable 69-38 road victory over cold-shooting Bethel on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The Pilots converted only 13 of 62 field goals for a meager 21 percent, the lowest offensive output by a Forester opponent this season. Coach Lori Culler's squad didn't burn the nets either, shooting 22 for 56 for 39.9 percent, but it was more than enough to sweep Bethel for the season and move to 20-6 overall,12-3 in the Crossroads League.

 

Beaver donation honors many kids, grandkids in sports


Photo by Steve Clark.

Dean Beaver, of Huntington, has no idea how many sporting events he's attended over the years on behalf of his children and grandchildren.

But as a father of six and grandfather of 11, it's been quite a few..
That run is coming to an end, though, with his youngest grandchild set to graduate from Huntington North High School this year.

The importance of the milestone isn't lost on Beaver - which is why he made a $1,000 donation to the Huntington North Athletic Department in between a basketball doubleheader at the school on Friday, Feb. 7.

 

Weaver, Ballinger lead Lady Eagles to win

The Huntington Lady Eagles girls' varsity basketball team topped the host Cornerstone Warriors of Whitley County, 52-32, on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Seniors Catherine Weaver and Abby Ballinger accounted for 47 of the Lady Eagles' 52 points, helping the team improve to 16-4.

Huntington led 15-6 after the first quarter and 30-20 at halftime. Coach Mark Shultz's squad held the Warriors to just four points in the third frame while scoring 12 of its own to cushion its advantage to 42-24 and dropped in 10 more points in the final period to cap the 20-point win.

 

 

Frosh Palmer gets Crossroads honor for week


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Miranda Palmer, a freshman on the Huntington University women's basketball team, was named the Crossroads League Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 10.

Palmer is the third Forester to receive the league's player of the week honor this season.

 

Hinen's career night propels HU past Bethel


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Freshman Derek Hinen scored a career-high 33 points and he and Shane Merryman keyed a late run that propelled the Huntington University men's basketball team past visiting Bethel, 87-81, on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

 

Vikes' second half shooting earns win over NC

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team toasted the nets in the second half and beat host New Castle, 56-44, on Monday, Feb. 10.

The Vikings hit 13 of 21 shots from the field for 61.9 percent to erase a 27-23 halftime deficit and improve to 10-8 overall and 1-3 in the NCC.

Caleb Landrum and Matt Hogan led the way for the Vikings with a game-high 20 and 15 points, respectively. Kyle Platt added nine points and was a monster on the backboards with 14 rebounds.

 

Lady Vikes, Smart punch tickets to state

The Huntington North High School girls' bowling team was the runner-up of the semi-state team tournament at ProBowl West, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Feb. 8, and moved on to the state team tourney.

Additionally, Lauren Smart, a senior for the Lady Vikings, took seventh in the semi-state singles tournament that same day to advance to state as an individual.

Huntington North shot Baker games of 955, 840 and 968 for a total of 2,763 that netted third place and one of the five advancing spots to state, set for Saturday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, in Indianapolis

 

Tackett earns trip to state bowling tourney

Huntington North High School boys' bowling team junior Zac Tackett punched his ticket from semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 8, to the singles state bowling tournament.

Competing at ProBowl West in Fort Wayne, Tackett rolled a 683 to finish seventh, grabbing one of the 10 advancing spots to state, set for Saturday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, in Indianapolis.

Tackett, who is making his first trip to state, missed the top four stepladder finals by just 25 pins.

The state finals will be streamed live starting at 11:45 a.m. online at www.ihsb.org.

 

 

Viking freshmen trounce Kokomo

The Huntington North High School boys' freshman basketball team trounced visiting Kokomo, 33-15, on Friday, Feb. 7.

Luke Pulver produced seven points and six rebounds while Garrett Heaston supplied five points and seven boards to help the Vikings improve to 10-4.

Nolan Betterly, Matt Guhl and Spencer Kryder added four points apiece.

 

 

Nash gets second HU track mark in two weeks at Banks Invite

Another record-breaking weekend for Jake Nash helped the Huntington University men's track and field team finish fourth at the Joe Banks Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Feb. 8.

One week after breaking the school record in the high jump, Nash shattered the triple jump indoor record by nearly a foot with his second place leap of 43-8.50. He also picked up gold in high jump, where he flew 6-6.25.

 

HU women fifth at Joe Banks Invite

The Huntington University women's track and field team took fifth at the Joe Banks Invitational hosted by Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Hannah Moore shaved 20 seconds off her personal record in the 5,000-meter run to claim the Foresters' only top finish. She clocked in at 19:04.24 to move up two spots into third in the Forester record books.

Alyssa Haselby also logged a personal best, in the 60-meter dash, where she finished third in :8.33.

 

DeHaven earns state baseball Hall of Fame accolade


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Gary DeHaven's journey to the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame began in the 1960s when he was a Little Leaguer in Warren.

"I have great memories of growing up in Huntington County," says DeHaven, who was inducted to the hall with four others in a ceremony on Jan. 24. "I always enjoyed living there. It's a great community. They've always loved their sports and their Little League and Pony League programs are probably (some) of the best in the state."

 

Hubble 3s help HU women bury Goshen, 95-55


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Kelsey Hubble was on fire from beyond the arc, hitting eight three-pointers in the Huntington University women's basketball team's 95-55 pasting of visiting Goshen on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Hubble, a sophomore, missed only one of her nine long-range attempts to finish with 26 points, good for the game-high and also her season-best.

Four other Foresters reached double figures as Coach Lori Culler's squad ran its record to 19-6 overall, 11-3 in the Crossroads League, and avenged a 64-63 loss to the Maple Leafs earlier the season.

 

HU men too much for Maple Leafs


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Host Goshen was outmatched from the opening whistle as the Huntington University men's basketball team logged a comfortable 87-66 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The Foresters, 21-5, 10-4 in the Crossroads League, opened the game with a 15-4 run that saw senior Shane Merryman and freshman Daniel Woll both toss in four points on the way to scoring 14 apiece in the opening half. Goshen trimmed Huntington's lead to as few as five, but behind Merryman and Woll, the Foresters went into the break up by double digits, 49-39.

 

Helmich caps off strong frosh year to lead Lady Vikes at swim sectional

Emma Helmich capped off a strong freshman season with the team's best showings on the day, capturing third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.55 and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.87.

Helmich also teamed with senior Cassy Lange, junior Katie Schenkel and sophomore Maggie Warpup to take third in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:00.82.

The quartet participated in the 200-yard medley relay as well, earning fifth in 2:02.33.

 

Jolas' 4th regional mat crown leads trio of Vikes to semi-state


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Kyle Jolas claimed his fourth regional crown for the Huntington North High School wrestling team and a trio of Vikings advanced to semi-state from the Carroll Regional on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Jolas, a senior, topped the 160-pound weight class while junior Tanner Shipley and sophomore Bailey Shockome were the runners-up of the 132 and 145-pound divisions, respectively, to punch their tickets to the Snider Semi-State at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 15.

 

Wildkats' sharp shooting hangs Vikings with loss


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Sharp shooting by visiting Kokomo hung the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team with a 69-51 loss on Friday, Feb. 7.

The Wildkats scorched the nets, shooting 29 of 46 for 63 percent. The Vikings held a 14-8 lead after the first quarter, but got blitzed by Kokomo in the second as the visitors outscored them 22-4 to build a 30-18 halftime advantage. The Wildkats led 44-32 after three frames and dropped in 25 more points in the final period to cap off the lopsided win and improve to 9-6, 2-2 in the North Central Conference.

 

Lady Vikes withstand comeback attempt to beat CC


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The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team withstood a late comeback attempt from visiting Columbia City for a 49-42 win on Friday, Feb. 7.

The Lady Vikings were up 36-23 on the Lady Eagles in the third quarter for their largest lead of the contest before the visitors narrowed things to 36-27 by the end of the period. Columbia City carried that momentum into final frame, outscoring the hosts 15-13 to make Huntington North sweat out its sixth win of the season against 10 losses.

 

Lady Vikings beat rival Lady Eagles


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Lady Viking Hannah Stoffel goes up for a basket against the visiting Columbia City Eagles on Friday, Feb. 7. Stoffel came off the bench to score 12 points to match teammate Paige Coolman for game-high honors as Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team beat Columbia City, 49-42.

 

Vikings fall to Wildcats


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Kyle Platt of Huntington North looks for an outlet pass as the swarming defense of the Kokomo Wildcats closes in. The host HNHS Vikings were outscored by the Wildcats 22-4 in the second quarter and lost the varsity basketball game 69-51 on Friday, Feb. 7.

 

Hiple to continue softball career at HU


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Huntington North High School senior Alyssa Hiple (front center) signed a letter of intent on Friday, Feb. 7, to continue her softball career at Huntington University. Present at the signing are (seated from left) Hiple's mother, Amy, and sister, Brook, and (back row from left) HNHS Head Softball Coach Paris Seibold and HU Head Softball Coach Doug Gower.

 

HNHS girls still have nine chances to advance to state swim meet


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Led by senior Cassy Lange, sophomore Maggie Warpup and freshman Emma Helmich, the Huntington North High School girls' swim team still had nine chances of advancing on to state at the Warsaw Swimming sectionals as of Thursday night, Feb. 6.

Lange, Warpup and Helmich placed in the top eight in two individual events and were part of two top-eight relay teams to earn a place at the finals on Saturday, Feb. 8, and a chance to advance to state.

 

Palmer comes off bench firing to lead HU past IWU


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Miranda Palmer scored a game-high 22 points off the bench to help the Huntington University women's basketball team edge visiting Indiana Wesleyan, 51-49, on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The win, the 500th of Coach Lori Culler's career, helped the No. 24 Foresters take second place in the Crossroads League from the Wildcats and improve to 10-3 in conference, 18-6 overall.

 

Hot-shooting Wildcats hand Foresters 82-71 loss

The Huntington University men's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting host Indiana Wesleyan University team on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and came up an 82-71 loser.

The Wildcats clicked on 25 of 44 field goal tries for 56.8 percent for the evening while Coach Ty Platt's team hit only 26 of 62 field goal attempts for 41.9 percent. IWU added to that by hitting 27 of 32 free throw for 84.4 percent, while the Foresters went to the line only 16 times and hit 10 for 62.5 percent.

 

Lady Vikes fade late at Kokomo

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team battled gamely for three quarters but faded in the final frame and fell to host Kokomo, 54-41, on Monday, Feb. 3.

The Lady Vikes, 5-10, were down 36-33 after three quarters in a game featuring seven lead changes and six ties, but the hosts used an 18-8 advantage in the final frame to pull away to victory.

 

Lady Viking bowlers win regional crown

The Huntington North High School girls' bowling team won the Bluffton Team Regional on Saturday, Feb. 1, to advance to semi-state.

The undefeated Lady Vikings crushed their competition, leading qualifying by 141 pins. Facing Warsaw for the regional crown, Huntington North rolled Baker games of 233 and 213 for a total of 446, besting the Lady Tigers' register of 368 from games of 189 and 179 to capture the title and move on to semi-state at ProBowl West, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m.

 

 

Lady Vike Smart wins regional bowling crown

Huntington North High School girls' bowling team member Lauren Smart won the Bluffton Singles Regional on Saturday, Feb. 1, to punch her ticket to semi-state.

Mackenzie Faurote finished fourth to join Smart at semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 8, at ProBowl West, in Fort Wayne, at 9 a.m.

Smart topped qualifying with a 678 series and Faurote slotted third with a 602. In the stepladder finals, Smart captured the regional crown with a 199-160 victory while Faurote came up short in her match, 194-190.

Megan Manes missed the cut with a 501.

 

 

Tackett to be lone Viking at bowling semi-state

Zac Tackett will represent the Huntington North High School boys' bowling team at semi-state after advancing from the Bluffton Singles Regional on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The Vikings fell in the team regional at Bluffton that same day, leaving Tackett as the squad's lone torchbearer at semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 8, at ProBowl West, in Fort Wayne, at 9 a.m.

Tackett, a junior, overcame a slow start to make the cut by nine pins. After kicking things off with a 152 game, he shot a 216 and a 242 to keep his season alive.

 

 

Sparks leads HU trackwomen at Taylor invite

Christine Sparks led the Huntington University women's track and field team with two top five finishes at the Taylor University Indoor Track and Field Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Sparks ran a fourth-place time of 5:26.14 in the mile, nearly six seconds faster than her previous personal record, to move from sixth to fourth in the Forester record books. She also picked up fifth in the 800-meters run with a time of 2:31.16.

 

Nash's leap at Taylor earns him spot at nationals

Jake Nash's first place leap of 6-7 not only set a new high jump record for the Huntington University men's track and field team, competing at the Taylor University Indoor Track and Field Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 1, but also landed him a spot at the 2014 NAIA Indoor National Championships.

It was a strong meet for Nash, who also brought home a top finish in triple jump where he registered a jump of 41-11.75.

 

Sectional champion Shockome leads 7 HNHS matmen to regionals


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Bailey Shockome was a champion and one of seven Huntington North High School wrestlers to advance to regionals after competing in the New Haven Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Shockome, wrestling at 145 pounds, claimed the lone crown for the Vikings, who finished fourth overall at the meet with 156 points. The sophomore ran his record to 18-7 as he and six teammates move on to regionals at Carroll on Saturday, Feb. 8.

 

HNHS girls no match for Lady Berries in 78-44 loss


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The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team couldn't crack visiting Logansport's defense, nor contain Miss Basketball candidate Whitney Jennings on offense in a 78-44 loss on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The Lady Vikings were limited to 25.8 percent shooting on a 16 for 62 effort. They trailed 18-8 after the first quarter and were down 37-20 by halftime. The Lady Berries outscored the hosts 21-6 in the third frame before knocking down 20 more points in the final period to hang Huntington North with its ninth loss against five wins.

 

Viking offense clicking in win over Northfield


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The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team was clicking on offense and trounced host Northfield, 61-38, on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Junior Cody Adams produced season-highs of 12 points and 10 rebounds to record a double-double for the Vikings, 9-7. Sophomore Konner Platt tossed in 12 points off the bench and senior Matt Hogan added eight.

 

Forester women capitalize on Mount Vernon meltdown


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The Huntington University women's basketball team capitalized on a second half collapse by host Mount Vernon Nazarene to turn a close contest into a 72-50 pasting on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The hosts led by as many as 10 points in the opening half but hit only three field goals in the final 17 minutes of the game and HU took advantage to improved to 17-6, 9-3 in the Crossroads League.

HU, whilch got 21 points and eight asissts from senior Pazia Speed, ended the game on a 31-9 tear after Amy Daniels of MVNU had knotted things at 41 with 16:59 left in the contest.

 

Foresters ride three-ball markmanship to win over MVNU

The Huntington University men's basketball team rode hot three-point shooting to an 83-67 win over visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The Foresters drained six treys in each half to improve to 19-5, 9-3 in the Crossroads League. Senior TJ Short was one of three Foresters to score in double figures, netting 15 of his 17 points from long range, while freshman Derek Hinen and senior Shane Merryman combined to make 5 of 6 threes on the way to scoring 21 and 18 points, respectively.

 

Special Olympics invitational


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Zach Wilcox (left) of the Huntington County School 5 v 5 Vikings team gets a bump from a Howard County Senior Wildkats player as he gets ready to shoot during the seventh annual Huntington County Invitational Basketball Tournament for Special Olympics on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Riverview Elementary School. Several local teams were among the participants in the tourney, which included both five-on-five and three-on-three, and also took place at the Horace Mann Education Center.

 

Muncie Central hangs loss on Vikes

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team hung with host Muncie Central for a quarter, but faded after that to get hung with a 60-43 loss on Friday, Jan. 31.

 

Lady Vikes lose halftime lead, game to MC

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team watched a halftime lead disappear against host Muncie Central in a 45-43 loss on Friday, Jan. 31.

The Lady Vikings, 5-8, 1-3 in the North Central Conference, led 11-9 after the first quarter and expanded their advantage to 23-18 at the half. The Lady Bearcats battled back in the third frame, however, outscoring Coach BreAnne Dyer's squad 12-6 to lead 30-29 going into the final period. It was a fight to the finish, with Muncie Central putting in 15 points to Huntington North's 14 to record the narrow win.

 

Cozad, Hacker pace HNHS swimboys to win over Manchester

Zane Cozad and Walter Hacker each won two individual events and participated on two winning relays teams to lead the Huntington North High School boys' swim team past host Manchester 95-64, on Thursday, Jan. 30.

 

Helmich leads HNHS swimgirls past Manchester

Freshman Emma Helmich won two individual events and swam on two winning relays to lead the Huntington North High School girls' swim team past host Manchester and Whitko on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Junior Samantha McCann also won two individual events for the Lady Vikings, who scored 98 points to 61 for Manchester and 10 for Whitko.

 

Newsome signs with Ancilla


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Huntington North High School senior Tori Newsome (front center) signed a letter of intent on Thursday, Jan. 30, to continue her softball career at Ancilla College. Present at the signing were Newsome's parents (seated from left), father Chad and mother Tami and (back row from left) HNHS Assistant Softball Coach Herb Bergman, Ancilla Head Softball Coach Scott Reese and HNHS Head Softball Coach Paris Seibold.

 

RMS girl cagers get big wins over Blackford

The Riverview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team overwhelmed visiting Blackford, 47-12, on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Taylor Conley and Larissa Johnson led the scoring spree with 18 and 16 points, respectively, to help the Raiders improve to 2-3.

The seventh grade team also logged a big win, 28-5.

Amara Eckert netted eight points and Kyler Hoopingarner added seven for Crestview, 3-2.

 

 

Crestview girl cagers split with Marion

The Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team dispatched host Marion McCulloch, 42-33, on Thursday, Jan. 30.

Karmen Koch knocked down 14 points while Hollyn Anderson and Rileigh Johnson each added 10 to help the Cougars pick up their fifth win against one loss.

The seventh grade team lost a squeaker, 24-22.

Madi Robrock tossed in nine points and collected seven rebounds for Crestview, 1-5. Jessy Henline supplied six points and as many boards.

 

 

Crestview 8 girls lose first of season

The Crestview Middle School girls' eighth grade basketball team got hung with its first loss of the season, a 31-21 setback to host Edgewood on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Karmen Koch paced the Cougars, 4-1, with seven points. Hollyn Anderson added three.

The seventh grade team also lost, 39-24.

Lydia Riggers scored six points and collected as many rebounds. Madi Robrock paired six points with five boards while Peyton Dorsett and Erika Vinson supplied five points apiece for Crestview, 1-4.