HU trackwomen 11th at Little State

The Huntington University women’s track team placed 11th out of 14 teams at the Little State Championship hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University this weekend.

The Foresters were led by their 3,200-meter relay team of Bianca Tisdale, Jordan Adam, Racheal Smelser and Erin Manchess, which placed fourth in 11:10.19.

Nicole Pennington placed fifth in the 100-meter dash, in :12.79, and teammate Bendicte Nzombi-Fenner added eighth place points in the event.

Elise Cormany took eighth in pole vault at 9-8, and Brooke Saylor in javelin took eighth with a toss of 98-3.

HU trackmen seventh at Little State

Freshman sprinter Peyton Depriest earned points in three events to lead the Huntington University men’s track to seventh place out of 14 teams at the 113th annual Little State Championships hosted by Indiana Wesleyan this past weekend.

Depriest took fourth place in the 400-meter dash by clocking in at :49.2, and he also took fifth in the 200-meter dash, in :22.79. He teamed with Heath Atkins, Bradey Gerke and Avniel Barrow to claim second in the 400-meter relay, in a school-record :42.58.

Koch leads HNHS girls to sixth at Penn Invite

Karmen Koch won the 300-meter hurdles to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ track team to a sixth place finish at the Lady Kingsmen Invite at Penn on Saturday, April 21.

Koch, a senior, nipped Alexis Grider of Fort Wayne South Side by .1 to claim the 10 points for the Lady Vikings, crossing the finish line in :47.0.

HNHS earned 36 points for its sixth place. Penn won the 16-team invite with 90 points. Fort Wayne Northrop was second with 78, Homestead was third with 69, Carroll was fourth with 53 and Angola with fifth with 47.

Warren Health and Fitness hosts PoWar Fitness Festival on May 5

In its mission to try to get as many people active and fit as possible, Warren Health and Fitness, in Warren, is sponsoring the PoWar Fitness Festival on Saturday, May 5, starting at 8 a.m., at Salamonie School.

The event features both individual and team contests. For individuals, there are both adult and youth mud runs, a 5K race, track and field events, a push-up contest, a pull-up contest, a bench press contest, a Frisbee golf tournament and a gypsy face painter. Team events are a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a cornhole tournament.

Lady Vikings lose 7-1 on diamond

The Huntington North High School softball team lost to visiting Westfield, 7-1, on Saturday, April 21.

Things started off good for the Lady Vikes, 3-2, as a Laney Shaw first-inning double knocked in Sydney Selvage for a 1-0 HNHS lead, but that was as good as it got. Westfield reached Lady Viking hurler Kendra Arnold for two runs in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and then two more in the sixth.

Arnold wound up yielding 13 hits, with six strikeouts and seven walks.

Spahr claims distance double as Viking trackboys second at Muncie Central Relays

Junior Brock Spahr won both distance races to lead the Huntington North High School boys’ track team to a second place finish on Saturday, April 21, at the Muncie Central Relays.

The Vikings got a third win on the day from their 4,000-meter distance medley team to score 108 points in Class A, just 6.5 behind winner Anderson. Delta was third with 83 points, Kokomo scored 77, Yorktown had 62, Mucnie Central notched 54.5, New Castle had 30 and Jay County scored 12.

Williams' hit gives Viking diamond boys sweep of Adams

Huntington North hitter Levi Bennett makes contact with a pitch in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 21, against South Bend John Adams. The Vikings won both games.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Trey Williams’ run-scoring single in the eighth inning of the second game gave the Huntington North High School baseball team a 5-4 win and doubleheader sweep of visiting South Bend John Adams on Saturday, April 21.

The Vikings, 9-1, won the opener 6-3.

Jarret Gray got the winning rally started in the second game with a single up the middle, then stole second. After Levi Bennett was walked, Zach Daugherty reached base on an Adams’ error, and with the bags full of Vikings, Williams singled through the hole at short to win the game.

Forester softball team drops rare tripleheader

The Huntington University softball team didn’t have an answer for host Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday, April 21, losing all three games of a rare tripleheader, 4-1, 9-3 and 4-0.

The tripleheader came about due to the weather cancelling the schools’ earlier meeting and Saturday being on the schedule as a twinbill.

With the losses, HU fell back to the .500 mark at 18-18 overall.

HU women end tennis season with twin losses

The Huntington University women’s tennis team couldn’t overcome being a player down and fell 0-5 in both of its matches this weekend at the Mark Richards Classic at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Wrapping up their season with a 14-6 record, the Foresters fell to the host school on Friday, April 20, before losing to Aquinas on Saturday, April 21.

Against both teams, the hosts got HU forfeits at sixth singles and third doubles, won the remaining two doubles matches and got the clincher in singles.

HU netmen win two, lose one at Richards Classic

The Huntington University men’s tennis team won both of its matches on Saturday, April 21, on day two of the Mark Richards Classic at Indiana Wesleyan after losing its opener against 22-ranked IWU on Friday, April 20.

The Foresters defeated Taylor and Grace by 5-0 scores after losing to IWU by the 0-5 mark.

The Foresters won all three doubles matches and got the two clinchers at singles to shorten both winning matches.

Against Taylor, Rodrigo Manzo at second singles topped Savador Lo Cascio, 6-1, 6-3, and Giovanni Martinez at third topped Stephen All, 6-2, 6-1.

HU women golfers last at own invite

The Huntington University women’s golf team finished last at its own Battle at Brookwood on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21.

The Foresters’ score of 656 included a program low of 326 on Saturday.

Abby Poole shot a 159 to claim 11th out of 35 golfers. Alexandria Maris carded a 162, Leah Thompson shot a 170 and Betsy Schroeder had a 171.

Megan Higgins was non-scorer with a 180.

Bethel won the invitational with a score of 623. Indiana Wesleyan was runner-up with a 627, Saint Francis notched a 629 and Marian notched a 638.

Punches throws shutout as Foresters split with Bethel

Colton Punches tossed a five-hit shutout to help the Huntington University baseball team split a doubleheader with visiting Bethel College on Saturday, April 21.

Punches’ effort led HU to a 3-0 win in the nightcap after Bethel took a 2-1 decision in the opener.

Punches, a senior, went all nine innings and had six strikeouts and two walks in his big effort, which helped HU improve to 15-17 overall, 13-5 in the Crossroads League.

IWU SB shows HU why it's No. 11 in twinbill sweep

Huntington University pitcher Lairen Miller starts her delivery in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Indiana Wesleyan University on Friday, April 20. HU dropped both games.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Visiting Indiana Wesleyan University showed the Huntington University softball team why it has the number 11 national ranking in a 2-0, 6-1 doubleheader sweep on Friday, April 20.

HU pitcher Lairen Miller gave up just three hits, but was outdone by IWU’s Carlie Weaver, who pitched a one-hit shutout.

IWU scored twice in the second inning, courtesy of a hit and two HU errors, making both scores unearned.

Miller hasd one strikeout and no walks.

Paige Eichelberger got the line HU hit.

Foresters get 'run-off' against Bethel

It was more a run-off than a walk-off for the Huntington University baseball team as senior Jamar Weaver scooted home on a passed ball in the ninth inning to give HU a 7-6 win over visiting Bethel College on Friday, April 20.

The win pushes the Foresters to 12-4 in Crossroads League play as they fight for the top spot.

Lady Vike netgirls suffer first loss of season

Only Kassidy Thompson at second singles earned a win as the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team dropped a 1-4 decision to visiting Marion on Friday, April 20.

Thompson, a senior, squeaked past Makenzie Nelson, 6-4, 7-6, but the Lady Vikings dropped to 5-1 on the season.

The first doubles team of Macy Wohlford and Jule Nogaj pushed Maria Porter and Elizabeth Wuertley to three sets before falling, 6-4, 5-7, 0-6.

The second doubles team of Braxtyn Maroney and Leann Ringerberg lost 4-6, 0-6, to Courtney Kreischer and Sophia Kitts.

Four Vikings combine on one-hitter in win over Snider

Four pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team blanked host Fort Wayne Snider, 8-0, on Friday, April 20.

Levi Bennett went the first 3.1 innings and got the win, yielding the lone Snider hit while striking out three and walking four. Trey Williams then went 1.2 innings, with a strikeout and walk, and Ian McCutcheon and Jarret Gray each pitched an inning, and both got one strikeout.

HNHS JV baseball team splits pair

The Huntington North High School junior varsity baseball team split a pair of games last week,  losing to visiting Concordia Lutheran, 5-1, on Wednesday April 18, and defeating host Logansport, 11-1, on Thursday, April 19.

Matt Schnepp was the winning pitcher in the win over Logansport. He got three hits of support from Bryce Thompson and two apiece from Cameron Foust and Brooks Nicely, with one of Foust’s being a triple and once of Nicely’s being a double.

Schnepp also helped himself by smacking a double.

Nicely took the mound loss against Concordia.

HU softball team splits with SAU

Sophia Beachy racked up three hits to lead the Huntington University softball team past host Spring Arbor University, 5-3, in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday, April 19.

The Foresters lost the opener, 6-3, as they ran their record to 18-13 on the season, 13-8 in the Crossroads League.

Beachy added a run batted in to her second game heroics for HU and Paige Eichelberger and Audra Klopfenstein added two hits to the cause.

Vikings mercy-rule Apaches with late runs

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team exploded for 10 runs in the final two innings to wax visiting Wabash, 14-4, on Thursday, April 19.

The Vikings, 6-1, turned a 4-1 advantage into a 9-1 lead with five runs in the fifth inning, then after Wabash scored three runs in the top of the sixth, the Vikings came back with another five-spot to end the game on the mercy rule.

Lady Vike netgirls to 5-0

The Huntington North High School varsity tennis team ran its record to 5-0 with a 4-1 win over visiting Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger on Thursday, April 19.

The Lady Vikings swept the singles matches, led by first singles player Jessica Henline and second singles player Kassidy Thompson both winning easily in straight sets. Henline topped Cassidy Klinker, 6-4, 6-0, and Thompson downed Laura Brust, 6-1, 6-4.

Tarah Zumbrun at third singles pulled out a three-setter against Eden Carrison-Kitch, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.

Taylor sends Forester baseball team to third straight loss

The Huntington University baseball team suffered a 9-1 loss to Taylor University on Wednesday, April 18, at Forest Glen Park.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning, the Foresters watched the Trojans seize the lead with four runs in the third. The visitors then scored four more runs in the seventh before tacking on an insurance tally in the ninth.

Junior Matt Kunce plated the lone run for the Huntington offense, which finished with 10 hits. Senior Jamar Weaver and juniors Adam Roser and Jake Hansen each produced a pair of base pokes.

Lady Vike diamond girls short against Carroll

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team came up short against visiting Carroll, losing 3-2 on Wednesday, April 18.

The Lady Chargers scored a run in both of the first two innings before the Lady Vikings countered with a solo tally of their own in the bottom of the second. The visitors regained their two-run advantage with another solo tally in the third, then held off a late run by Coach Paris Seibold’s squad in the final frame. Freshman Sophie Eckert smacked a single, plating junior Lydia Riggers, but Carroll allowed no more scores after that.

Lady Viking netgirls steamroll New Haven

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team steamrolled visiting New Haven, triumphing 5-0 on Wednesday, April 18.

In singles play, junior Jessica Henline defeated Erica Miller in the first match, 6-1, 6-1. Senior Tarah Zumbrun recorded a 6-1, 6-1 victory as well, beating Gabrielle Shuler in the third contest. Senior Kassidy Thompson rounded out the Lady Vikings’ solo wins with a 6-2, 6-2 decision versus Hannah Bethay in the second tilt.

Vike trackboys trounce New Haven

Viking 1,600-meter runners (from left) JJ Whicker, Isaiah Clampitt and Alex Bishop head around the track en route to a top-three sweep in the event against visiting New Haven on Wednesday afternoon, April 18.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity track team trounced visiting New Haven, winning 94-38 on Wednesday, April 18.

Mitchell Geller highlighted the Vikings’ domination with a pair of first-place finishes. The senior won the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in :16.6, and also the high jump, completing a leap of 6-1.

HNHS trackgirls crush New Haven

Huntington North runners Hollyn Anderson (left) and Lesley Zook run 1-2 in the 1,600-meter run on Wednesday, April 18, against visiting New Haven. The pair finished first and second, respectively, as HNHS crushed the Lady Bulldogs, 96-32.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity track team crushed visiting New Haven, winning 96-32 on Wednesday, April 18.

Charlotte Borland led the Lady Vikings to their big win with a pair of golden finishes. The senior was victorious in the 100-meter dash, posting a time of :14.6, as well as in long jump, completing a leap of 14-11.

Borland led a sweep in the 100 dash, as freshmen Preslee Williams and Lily Clanin finished after her with matching times of :14.7.

In long jump, senior Laora Pampaloni placed second after Borland with a bound of 14-4.

HU women golfers get first win in program history

The Huntington University women’s golf team achieved its first win in program history, topping Taylor University’s Ackerman-Allen Shoot Out on Tuesday, April 17.

The Foresters posted a score of 336 to catapult themselves, a three-year-old program, to the momentous triumph.

Huntington was led by Leah Thompson, who carded a 77 to earn medalist honors. She is only the second golfer in program history to accomplish that feat.

Forester diamond men short twice against IWU

The Huntington University baseball team came up short to Indiana Wesleyan University twice, losing 5-4 and 5-2 on Tuesday, April 17, at Forest Glen Park.

The opening contest saw the Wildcats score twice in the top of the second inning. The Foresters wasted no time countering, tallying three runs in their half of the frame to go back on top. Coach Mike Frame’s squad scored once more in the fifth, but the visitors had a late run in them, plating three runners in the sixth to take the game.

Field events strength carries Lady Vikes to 2nd at Marion Relays

Strong showings in field events helped propel the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity track team to second place at the Marion Relays on Saturday, April 14.

The Lady Vikings took two of the top three spots in discus. Senior Tabi Smith captured second with a throw of 104-4 while senior Amaya Torres claimed third with a toss of 102-2.

Amaya Sunderman secured second in shot put. The junior heaved the gray ball 35-10.

Junior Veronika Russell earned runner-up honors in pole vault. She registered a leap of 8-0.

HU trackmen take own invitational

The Huntington University men’s track and field team tallied 175 points to win its own invitational, held Saturday, April 14.

Avniel Barrow and Peyton Depriest led the Foresters to their top finish. Barrow, a sophomore, won the 100-meter dash, clocking in at :11.25. The sprinter also anchored Huntington’s 400-meter relay team, which took top honors. Barrow also put forth a silver effort in the 200-meter dash, stopping the timer in :22.79.

HU trackwomen edge USF to claim own invite

The Huntington University women’s track and field team edged the University of Saint Francis by a point to win the Huntington University Invitational on Saturday, April 14.

The Foresters tallied 120 points while the Cougars totaled 119 at the meet, which also featured Grace College, 74; Goshen College, 70; and Indiana Wesleyan University, 52.