HU baseball stadium rededication

Photo by Steve Clark.

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

HU golfers host first Rumble at the Rock

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

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

HU women golfers fourth at own invite

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Abby Poole.

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

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

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

HU women harriers third at own Baker Invitational

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

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

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

Herber leads HU harriers to fifth at Baker Invitational

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

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

Tossing downfield

Photo by Steve Clark.

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

Lady Vike spikers runner-up at Southwood Invitational

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

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

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

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

Lady Vike harriers third at NE8 meet

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

HU soccermen top Grace

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

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

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

Grace soccerwomen sink Foresters

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

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

HU closes fall dual-meet season with loss to IWU

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

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

HU netwomen come up empty at IWU

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

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

Leo ends Lady Vike spikers' win string

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

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

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

Almalahi, Sorg, Baldridge lead HNHS soccerboys to win

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

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

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

MVNU uses late scores to down HU soccermen

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

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

HU volleyball team comes up short against Goshen

The Huntington University volleyball team came up short in a five-set thriller with visiting Goshen College, losing 2-3 on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The Maple Leafs struck first, winning the opening set, 25-15, but the Foresters countered with a 25-20 victory in the following frame to even things. Though Goshen went back in front with a 25-21 decision in the third set, Huntington won by that same score in the fourth to deadlock things once more. The visitors had the last cheer, however, edging the Foresters in the final frame, 15-11.

Viking netmen fall one win shy of advancing in sectional

Nick May, a junior on the Huntington North High School boys’ tennis team, pops up to hit the ball during his match at No. 1 singles versus Bellmont’s Austin O’Campo in the first round of the Norwell Sectional on Wednesday, Sept. 30. May won, 6-1, 6-0, but the Vikings lost, 2-3, to see their season come to an end.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ tennis team fell one game shy of advancing to the Norwell Sectional semifinals as it lost a squeaker to Bellmont, 2-3, on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Junior Nick May and sophomore Auden Eckert each won a singles match to give the Vikings a chance, but the Tigers’ Alex Alanis was able to outlast sophomore Matt Karst in the third singles contest to end Huntington North’s season at 6-10.

Karst lost 6-7, (5-7), 1-6.

Crestview boys third, girls fifth at Wabash XC Invitational

The Crestview Middle School boys’ cross country team captured third at the Wabash Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Cougars competed against 14 other teams to achieve their bronze placement.

The Crestview girls took fifth in their race, which also boasted 14 squads.

HU men's bowling team fifth at Cardinal Classic

The Huntington University men's bowling team picked up three spots on Sunday to finish fifth out of nine teams at the Ball State Cardinal Classic over the weekend.

Lagging in eighth place after the first day of play, the Foresters picked off three teams on the final day to finish with 7,017 pins. Northern Ohio won the classic with 7,656 pins, followed by Wright State at 7,393, Clarke with 7,178 and Bowling Green with 7,088.

The HU men's team consisted of Jess Meyers, Adam Harris-Shoemaker, Seth Walker, James Knapp, Derek Beckler, Joe Miller and Daniel Miller.

HU women bowlers runner-up at opening tourney

The Huntington University women's bowling team opened up the 2015-16 season in a big way by placing second over the past weekend at the Ball State Cardinal Classic in Tier II.

The Forester women got the runner-up spot for the second straight year, with Wright State again being the one team to top them. Wright State defended its title with 7,185 pins, while HU knocked down 6,968.

Northern Ohio took third place with 6,684 pins, Bowling Green was fourth with a 6,510 pinfall, Clarke was fifth with 6,461 pins and Ball State was sixth with a total of 6,279.

5-minute lapse spells disaster for HU soccerwomen

A five-minute lapse spelled disaster for the Huntington University women’s soccer team in a 3-0 loss to host and 20th-ranked Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 29.

The Cougars, 8-3, found back netting three times in that disastrous five minutes to turn a 0-0 stalemate into a 3-0 lead that would stick, dropping HU to 6-5 on the season.

MVNU started the streak in the 54th minute and was wrapped up by the 58:12 mark compliments of three different Cougars.

Lady Vike spikers get to 20-win mark

Lady Vikings (from second left) Mackenzi Cannici and Brooke Richison put up a blocking front against Anika Hoffer of New Haven in volleyball action Tuesday night, Sept. 29, at North Arena. The Lady Vikings won in three straight games to improve to 20-5 on the season.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Mackenzi Cannici had 10 kills and four blocks to lead the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team to a 3-0 win over visiting New Haven on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The Lady Vikings won 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 to improve their record to 20-5 on the season, 4-0 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Alexa Hill provided the oil to the Lady Vikes' offensive engine with 20 assists on the night, and Kaylee Platt rallied the defensive troops with 17 digs.

The Lady Vikes' junior varsity won, 2-0, to improve to 16-6 on the season.

Scores were 25-6, 25-14.

Almalahi leads Viking booters past Norwell

Mohamed Almalahi scored a pair of goals and had a assist to lead the Huntington North High School boys' varsity soccer team to a 5-1 win over visiting Norwell on Monday, Sept. 28.

The Vikings, 11-2-2, turned a 1-1 halftime tie into a runway with four unanswered goals in the second half.

Almalahi, the Vikes' sophomore sensation, upped his team-leading goals to 24 for the season. Seniors Nathan Park and Zach Baldridge and sophomore Caleb Smith got the other scores for HNHS.

Sam Poling got two saves in net for the win.

Two frosh lead way for HNHS soccergirls

Freshman Amaya Sunderman had a goal and an assist and freshman goalkeeper Phelicia Shomo got her first varsity win as the Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team edged host Norwell, 2-1, on Monday, Sept. 28.

Sunderman assisted on sophomore Taylor Conley's goal as the Lady Vikings, 10-5-1, took a 1-0 lead into halftime and then matched Norwell at a score each in the second half.

Shomo stopped four of the five shots on net to make the two HNHS scores hold up.

Forester women to 9-0 on courts

Huntington University’s Constanze Golz angles her racket to the ball during her match at first singles against Quincy Banini from visiting Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Sept. 26. Golz won, 6-3, 7-5, and the Foresters triumphed, 7-2.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Spring Arbor University gave the Huntington University women’s tennis team a competitive match, but the Foresters proved up to the challenge, dispatching the Cougars, 7-2, on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Klopfenstein Courts.

The Foresters, 9-0, 6-0 in the Crossroads League, encountered resistance in all but a few of their matches as they endeavored to keep their undefeated season rolling. Morgan Bemisderfer faced the toughest test at No. 2 singles, versus Mary-Kate McShane. The Huntington junior fell in the first set, 3-6, before rallying to win the second, 6-2, and the third, 10-4.

HU netmen dispatch Spring Arbor

The Huntington University men’s tennis team dispatched visiting Spring Arbor University, 7-2, on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Foresters, 3-6, 3-3 in the Crossroads League, picked up four wins in singles play. Senior Joseph Straznicky led the way, dispatching Jesse DeBoer in the first match, 6-2, 6-2. Freshman Ignacio Poncio was a 6-2, 6-1 winner in the second contest versus Nick Romano. The No. 3 bout saw freshman Giovanni Martinez top Vincent McShane, 6-3, 6-3, while the fifth tilt featured a 6-3, 6-2 win by freshman Jokubas Zadeikis over Josh Scott.

Vineyard 5K at Two-EE’s

The Vineyard Trail 5K will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Two-EE’s Winery.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the charity “Our Turn to Serve,” which helps wounded veterans acclimating to life back home. Services include training aid dogs rescued from the SPCA and helping customize the veteran’s home to allow the veteran to be self-sufficient.

The run begins at 8 a.m. at the winery, located at 6808 N. U.S.-24 East, Huntington. Packet must be picked up at Fleet Feet Sports on Oct. 2 between noon and 7 p.m. There will be no packet pick-up the day of the race.

Huntington University hires Braidic as asst. basketball coach

Tyler Braidic
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Huntington University head coach Ty Platt has announced the hiring of Tyler Braidic as an assistant coach for the Forester men’s basketball program.

Braidic has been in the coaching ranks since 2010 having most recently served as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division II Hawaii Pacific University for two seasons where he was responsible for guard preparation and play, recruiting, scouting and pre and post season workouts.

IWU zips past HU spikers

The Huntington University volleyball team was defeated in straight sets by host Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Foresters lost 12-25, 18-25, 16-25 to suffer their fifth defeat against four victories, all in the Crossroads League.

Junior Audrey Mallers paced Huntington with seven kills. Sophomore Danielle Gurwell contributed five kills to the team’s offensive effort, which was supported by sophomore Emily Hubby and junior Suzanne Grimm, who doled out 12 and seven assists, respectively.

Grace outlasts HU spikers in five

Grace College outlasted the Huntington University volleyball team in a five-set thriller on Friday, Sept. 25, in Platt Arena.

The Lancers kicked off the match with a 25-22 victory, but the Foresters immediately countered, taking the second set, 25-23. After Grace edged Huntington in the third frame, 26-24, Coach Kyle Shondell’s squad rallied for a 25-22 win in the fourth set to force a fifth and final frame. It was the Lancers who had the final cheer, though, as they won 15-7 to escape Huntington with a victory.