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Christner, Ayers smacked HRs as Foresters again sweep Grace


Photo by Steve Clark.

Adam Christner and Blake Ayers each smacked home runs in a 5-2 first game win and the Huntington University baseball team took a doubleheader sweep of visiting Grace College on Saturday, March 30.

Beating Grace for the fourth time in two days to improve their season record to 4-12, the Foresters topped the Lancers, 8-3, in the second contest.

Two Forester pitchers limited Grace to four hits each in both games. John Ripke got the first game win with five innings of two-hit ball, and Derek McKinney got the nightcap win by throwing 5.1 innings of three-hit ball.

 

O'Leary, Greene push HU softball team to twinbill split

Emily O'Leary and Allison Greene combined for seven runs batted in to lead the Huntington University softball team past visiting Siena Heights, 12-4, in the second game for a split of its doubleheader on Saturday, March 30.

The Foresters, 5-5, lost the first contest, 5-4.

O'Leary, a freshman from Hebron, had four RBI, and Greene, a senior, added three as the Foresters got the second game win. Although they took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, it was a seven-run fourth that broke open a close 5-4 game.

 

Forester softball team splits comeback battle with MVNU


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University softball team had its first comeback attempt against visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University fall short, 9-8, but won in its second attempt, 11-10, in doubleheader action on Friday, March 29.

In the win, the Foresters were down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, when they found their swing and made up the deficit in one inning, tying things at 4-4.

Huntington then held the Cougars scoreless in the sixth and continued its offensive barrage in the bottom half of the inning, putting up five runs to create a dominating 9-4 lead.

 

Forester diamond men get first two wins of season

The Huntington University baseball team picked up its first two wins of the season by defeating host Grace College 4-0 and 10-3 in a doubleheader on Friday, March 29.

Xyan Adkisson pitched a two-hit shutout and Jamon Hammel had a double and three runs batted in to lead the Foresters to their first win of the season in the opener.

Adam Christner, Josh Lanphier and Marc Bowers each knocked in two runs to lead HU in the nightcap.

 

Forester track teams get three wins at IWU Polar Bear Invitational

The Huntington University track and field teams kicked off the outdoor portion of its season at Indiana Wesleyan University's Polar Bear Invitational on Saturday, March 23, capturing three top finishes on the day.

 

Forester softball team falls twice to ONU


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University softball team dropped a pair of games to visiting Olivet Nazarene University, 4-1, 8-0, on Saturday, March 23.

In game one, the Tigers managed to keep the Foresters, 2-2, off the board for the first five innings and built a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.

 

Catch!


Photo by Steve Clark.

Pazia Speed, a junior on the Huntington University softball team, makes a catch in the outfield in the top of the fifth inning for the Foresters in their contest against visiting Olivet Nazarene University on Saturday, March 23.

 

Marian double dips winless HU baseball team

The Huntington University baseball team dropped a pair of games to host Marian University on Saturday, March 23, losing 5-4 and 4-3.

In game one, the Foresters picked up a run in the top of the first only to have the Knights respond with three of their own in the bottom of the inning. Another run by Marian in the second put Huntington in a 4-1 hole heading into the third.

The Foresters rallied, though, plating runners in the third, fifth and sixth innings while holding the Knights scoreless to tie the game up 4-4 going into Marian's half of the sixth.

 

HU men’s tennis trounces Indiana Tech


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men's tennis team trounced visiting Indiana Tech 7-2 on Friday, March 22.

Joseph Straznicky won his match at second singles against Fernando Gonzalez, 6-4, 6-3, Diego Inurritegui triumphed over Nic Tripanon at fourth singles, 6-2, 6-1 and Zakk Sparks turned back Vini Silva in the sixth singles match, 6-4, 6-4.

Vlad Khudziy at first singles and Jose Hungria at third singles faced tougher tests, but still emerged victorious, with Khudziy beating Joaquin Ferrando, 6-7, 6-2, 10-8, and Hungria edging Sriram Aranganathan, 6-2, 7-6, 7-4.

 

2 Lady Vike relay teams medal at state indoor

A pair of Huntington North High School girls' varsity track and field relay teams came away with medals at the Hoosier State Relays indoor state finals at Indiana Wesleyan University's Troyer Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 16.

The 3,200-meter relay squad of Hannah Stoffel, Kayla Patrick, Karson Rowe and Stephanie McElhaney turned in a time of 9:51.79, good for sixth place. The 1,600-meter relay team, comprised of Patrick, Alexis Wygant, Lindsey Foster and Machaela Mertz, ran to a sixth place finish as well, with a time of 4:09.77.

 

5 HNHS basketball players earn academic all-state honorable mention

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) announced its first team and honorable mention Academic All-State lists on Friday, March 15, and members of the Huntington North High School boys' and girls' varsity basketball teams were among the honorable mentions.

Trenton Kern and Noah Reed were named from the boys' team and Kelsey Hollowell, Kayla Patrick and Allyson Trout were named from the girls' team.

 

Oak Lanes Winter Bowling Leagues

Week of March 11


Monday Early Bird
Men's High Game: Bill Reed, 237; Gerald Black, 222; Bill Kusler, 208.
Men's High Series: Bill Reed, 575; Bill Kusler, 569; Gerald Black, 558.
Women's High Game: Suzy McClure, 180; Fran Bolton, 156; Madeline Scarbough, 142.
Women's High Series: Suzy McClure, 478; Fran Bolton, 448; Madeline Scarbough, 385.
Over Average: Suzy McClure, +85; Gerald Black, +78; Madeline Scarbough, +43.
Top Teams: The B's, 32-16; Two G's, 30-18; Mad Suzy, 25-23.

 

Forester diamond men get hurt late, drop trio to MMC

Despite an early lead in each of its games over the weekend, on Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, the Huntington University baseball team couldn't hang on as host Martin Methodist College leaned on clutch hitting to record a three-game sweep over the Foresters, 8-3, 12-3, 10-7.

 

Special Olympics track program starts Thursday

Regisration for the Huntington County Schools Special Olympics track and field program will be held on Thursday, March 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Huntington North High School fieldhouse.

The first practice will also be held at that time.

Athletes between the ages of 8 and 21 who have an intellectual disability are encouraged to participate.

Parents are asked to attend the first practice to complete paperwork.

 

Huffman scholarship winner


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The winner of The Raymond Huffman Memorial Wrestling Scholarship sponsored by the Huntington County Wrestling Club is Sebastian Eckert (back row third from left). On hand for the Monday, March 11, announcement of the $1,500 award are (front row kneeling) Karl Huffman (middle row from left) Aliah Eckert; Joshua Huffman holding his son Raymond; and Megan Huffman and (back row from left) Richard Huffman, vice president of the Huntington County Wrestling Club; Andy Eckert; Sebastian Eckert; Stephanie Eckert; and Cheryl Huffman.

 

Gymnast Chaney finishes in middle of the pack at state


Huntington North's Mavin Chaney turned in a score of 8.400 in competition on balance beam at the State Gymnastics Finals at Ball State University on Saturday, March 16.

The sophomore's tally landed her in a tie for 36th-place among 52 competitors.

The trip to state was Chaney's first. Though her 8.400 score was below the 9.025 she achieved in regionals, it matched her score in sectionals.

Anna Watkin, of Owen Valley, won balance beam with a 9.575.

 

Huntington University junior earns third team All-America accolade


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The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2012-13 Division II Men's Basketball All-America teams and among the list of third team honorees was Huntington University's Shane Merryman.

Merryman was one of nine Crossroads League players to receive All-America honors.

 

Blue Racers third out of six teams at Oak Hill Swimming Invitational

The Blue Racers boys' and girls' swimming teams used the team approach to finish third out of six teams at the Oak Hill Swimming Invitational on Saturday, March 9.

Despite only producing two first-place winners, the Blue Racers totaled 260 points, finishing behind champion Norwell, with 299 points, and Kokomo with 291.

Corbin Cozad produced one of the Blue Racers' first-place finishes, topping the 100-yard backstroke, while Cody Barton grabbed the other in the 100-yard breaststroke.

 

HU baseball team still seeks first win

The Huntington University baseball team is still looking for its first win after going 0-4 over Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, against host Brescia University and Judson University.

 

Lots to cheer about


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Girls participating in the Upward cheerleading program wave their pom poms in the air as they perform during the Upward end-of-season celebration on Sunday, March 10, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Huntington. Clowns from the Joy Pleasers group and local comedian David Dean entertained the children who participated in the cheerleading and basketball programs and their parents.

 

HU softball team wins first 2

The Huntington University softball team kicked off its season with back-to-back 6-2 wins over host Brescia University on Saturday, March 9.

Katie Bowers had the big stick for the Foresters, 2-0, in the first game, going 2 for 3, one of those hits a two-run homer, with three RBI overall.

The senior also scored two runs and stole three bases.

The Foresters led 1-0 after the first inning when Bowers knocked in Annie Weaver, then pushed that advantage to 3-0 in the third on a two-run single by Katie Knous.

 

6th by distance medley top Viking finish at Trine qualifier

A sixth-place finish by the distance medley relay team was the highlight of the day for the Huntington North High School boys' varsity track and field team on Saturday, March 9, at a Hoosier State Relays Qualifier at Trine University.

The squad of Cordell Lewis, Andrew Sizemore, Jordan Utter and Charlie Mettler secured sixth with their time of 11:29.70.

 

3,200 relay win highlights Lady Vikes' day at Anderson qualifier

A first-place finish by its 3,200-meter relay team was the strongest performance on the day for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity track and field team during its stop at a Hoosier State Relays Qualifier at Anderson University on Saturday, March 9.

The quartet of Hannah Stoffel, Lauren Daas, Karson Rowe and Kayla Patrick claimed the top spot for the Lady Vikings with a time of 9:54.6.

The 1,600-meter relay team of Patrick, Alexis Wygant, Lindsey Foster and Machaela Mertz captured third in 4:09.58.

 

HU men's tennis 2-1 at Alma Round Robin

The Huntington University men's tennis team went 2-1 at the Alma College Round Robin Tourney over Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, kicking off the spring portion of its schedule.

The Foresters, 7-9, defeated Alma College in the their first match, 7-2, and then blasted Manchester University, 8-1. They fell in their third, match, however, losing 4-5 to Lake Superior University.

 

Moving on


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North softball player Audrey Hiner (seated center) signs her letter of intent to continue her career with the Butler Lady Bulldogs on Friday, March 8. Also on hand for the signing were Hiner's parents (seated from left) Gary and Mollie Hiner and (back row from left) Herb Bergman, assistant softball coach at Huntington North; Paris Seibold, HN's head softball coach; and Mike Stevenson, Hiner's travel team softball coach.

 

PAL seeking umpires for summer baseball, Coaches Pitch, Little League

The Police Activities League is in need of umpires for its summer baseball leagues, Coaches Pitch and Little League.

Umpires will be paid per game.

Anyone interested should contact Matt Hughes at 224-4948. When leaving a message, callers should provide a contact name and number and indicate the reason for calling.

 

 

Sophomore Chaney heads to state gymnastics tourney


Photo by Steve Clark.

The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team at its own regional on Friday, March 8, but a strong showing on beam helped Mavin Chaney keep her season alive and advance to state as an individual.

Chaney, a sophomore, captured sixth on beam with a 9.025.

The top six place winners qualified for state at Ball State University on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m.

Junior Alexa Shoemaker narrowly missed joining Chaney, placing eighth on floor with an 8.675, just .125 points out of sixth.

 

Regional competition


Photo by Steve Clark.

Alexa Shoemaker tries to land on her feet during her floor routine for the Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team during the Huntington North Gymnastics Regional on Friday, March 8. Shoemaker finished eighth, just two places away from advancing to state.

 

Karst headed to IWU


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Robyn Karst (front row center) signs a letter of intent to compete in cross country and track and field for Indiana Wesleyan University. With her for the signing are her parents (front row from left), Terry and FlavAnn Karst and (back row from left) HNHS Assistant Cross Country Coach Carrie Boxell, Head Cross Country Coach Don Cotton and Head Gymnastics Coach Mandy Barton.

 

Gretchen Spahr places 17th in NAIA 5,000-meter run

Huntington University women's track team member Gretchen Spahr placed 17th in the 5,000-meter run on day one of the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH, on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Spahr, seeded 11th, finished the race in 18:27.33.

The sophomore punched her ticket to indoor nationals, her second trip in as many seasons, by capturing second-place in the 5,000-meter run at the DePauw University Indoor Classic on Feb. 16 in 18:10.46.

 

Third annual DiscoverRoanoke run/walk picks up trio of sponsors


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Three major sponsors have been announced for the third annual DiscoverRoanoke 10K/5K/1M run/walk, which will be held April 20 in downtown Roanoke.

Activities begin at 9 a.m.OnTurf Sports, the event organizer, has announced that Edward Jones Investments, Parkview Physician's Group and the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce have agreed to serve as major sponsors.

They join United REMC, Bippus State Bank, Lassus Brothers, J.O. Wolf Tool and Die, American Specialty Insurance and Dick's Sporting Goods as official sponsors of the event.

 

All about balance


Photo by André B. Laird.

Huntington Gymnastics Academy member Sarah Malone is all focus during her routine on beam, on Sunday, March 3. The academy hosted an invitational at Huntington North High School in the fieldhouse.

 

Info meeting for parks dept. softball leagues

The Huntington Parks & Recreation Department will be holding an informational and sign-up meeting for their upcoming spring/summer softball leagues for men's and co-ed teams.

The meeting will be held on Sunday, March 10, at 4 p.m. inside Heritage Hall at Hier's Park, located at 547 S. Briant St.

The parks department will be discussing the upcoming season as well as registering teams for both the men's and co-ed leagues.

The season begins in early May and includes 18 regular-season games for the men's league and 14 regular-season games for the co-ed league.

 

Huntington Baptist to host 5K

Huntington Baptist Church will host its annual 5K and one-mile fun run on March 23, starting at 9 a.m.

The races start and end at the church, 2435 Waterworks Rd., right next to Riverview Middle School. The 5K will start at 9 a.m., followed by the one-mile fun run.

Registration information is available online at www.huntingtonbaptist.org or FWTC.org. Free T-shirts are available to the first 75 racers who register.

Door prizes, refreshments and awards will be handed out following the race.

 

 

Viking track team ties for 8th at FW Invite

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity track team had two scorers in a pair of events to help it place in an eighth place tie on Saturday, March 2, at the Fort Wayne Invitational indoor track meet.

Seniors Jon Rentschler and Alex Kaylor placed second and seventh, respectively, in the shot put, and senior Cordell Lewis and junior Charlie Mettler placed third and seventh, respectively, in the 3,200-meter run.

 

Lady Viking gymnasts advance to regional


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School gymnastics team used its strategy of team consistency over star power to place second in the Muncie Central Gymnastics Sectional on Saturday, March 2, and advance on to the regional tournament this Friday, March 8, at HNHS.

 

Heading toward regional


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North junior Mikayla Carpenter is head over heels during her floor exercise routine on Saturday, March 2, at the Muncie Central gymnastics Sectional. Carpenter placed third in the event to help the Lady Vikings advance to regional as a team.

 

Blue Racer boys win, girls lose agaisnt South Adams

The Blue Racer swimming teams experienced different outcomes against host South Adams on Thursday, Feb. 28, as the boys' team picked up its first win of the season, 100-60, while the girls' team lost 135-45.

Finishing first for the boys was the unit of Kevin King, Cody Barton, Paul Helmich and Hale Brown in the 200-yard medley relay and 300-yard freestyle relay and Barton in the 100-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke.

Emma Helmich captured a pair of firsts for the girls in the 50-yard butterfly and 100-yard individual medley.

 

CMS 7 girls lose squeaker

The Crestview Middle School girls' seventh grade basketball team lost a squeaker to visiting Edgewood in the Northeast Lakes Middle School Conference tournament, 32-30, on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Rileigh Johnson led the Cougars, 14-5, with 11 points. Karmen Koch contributed nine points and five rebounds to the team's cause, Megan Gilpin supplied eight points and six boards and Hollyn Anderson added three assists.

The eighth grade team lost 34-21.

Crestview, 10-9, got eight points from Kylie Kaylor, five from Aubrie Eckert and eight rebounds from Ariene Butler.

 

G. Spahr 17th at NAIA indoor nationals

Huntington University women's track team member Gretchen Spahr placed 17th in the 5,000-meter run on day one of the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH, on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Spahr, seeded 11th, finished the race in 18:27.33.

The sophomore punched her ticket to indoor nationals, her second trip in as many seasons, by capturing second-place in the 5,000-meter run at the DePauw University Indoor Classic on Feb. 16 in 18:10.46.