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Smith, Konz net five as Vikings romp on pitch

Caleb Smith (left) and Kasey Konz
Photos by Steve Clark.

Seniors Caleb Smith and Kasey Konz combined for five goals as the Huntington North High school boys’ varsity soccer team drilled visiting Norwell, 8-0, on Monday, Sept. 25.

Fellow seniors Carson Bolinger, Andrew Kaylor and Jacob Foster also scored for the Vikings, who improved to 11-3-1 on the year.

Sam Poling had one save in 65 minutes in goal for the Vikings, with Aidan Hosler getting 15 minutes of pipe time.

Smith notched three goals to run his team-high total to 16 on the season, and Konz scored his eighth and ninth of the year.

Koch, Tillett split goals as Lady Vikes whitewash Norwell

Hannah Tillett (left) and Karmen Koch
Photos by Steve Clark.

Senior stars Karmen Koch and Hannah Tillett evenly split all four goals to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team past host Norwell, 4-0, on Monday, Sept. 25.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kodi Douglas recorded five saves on the afternoon to post another shutout as the Lady Vikings improved to 14-1 on the season overall, and 6-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Tillett added to her day’s work with a pair of assists, and Koch also had one.

Scheiber leads Lady Vike harriers to sixth at New Haven Classic

Behind a top-10 finish by Chloe Scheiber, the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity cross country team captured sixth place out of 15 teams at the New Haven Classic on Saturday, Sept. 23, at The Plex North, in Fort Wayne.

HU netwomen get second sweep of day against IU-K

The Huntington University women’s tennis team recorded its seventh sweep of the year with a 9-0 blanking of visiting Indiana University Kokomo on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The Foresters, 9-2, recorded shutouts in three of the six singles matches. Sophomore Meg Dolde was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Brianne Abrahamson in the second contest. Freshman Charlotte Seth won by that same score versus Katie Hart in the fourth tilt and Anastasiia Evstifeeva followed suit in the sixth match against Kelsey Jones.

HU netwomen whitewashing Bethel

The Huntington University women’s tennis team dominated host Bethel College, posting a 9-0 win on Saturday, Sept. 23.

With the sweep, the Foresters’ sixth of the season, they improve to 8-2, 5-2 in Crossroads League play.

HU netmen dispatch Pilots, 8-1

The Huntington University men’s tennis team had no trouble with host Bethel College, dispatching the Pilots, 8-1, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

HU spikers lose five-set thriller to Marian

Danielle Gurwell (right), a senior on the Huntington University volleyball team, sticks her hands up to block a scoring attempt by Hannah Trout during a match against visiting Marian University on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Foresters got edged by the Knights, 2-3.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University volleyball team lost a five-set thriller to visiting Marian University, 2-3, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The Knights kicked off the match with a 25-21 victory in the opening frame. The Foresters countered with a 25-20 triumph in the following set, then seized the lead with a 25-19 win in the third. Marian, however, knotted up the match with a 25-16 decision in the fourth. The Knights then posted a 15-6 victory in the fifth to escape Platt Arena with the win.

Eckert, Ham narrowly miss ticket to state golf as Lady Vikes place 10th at regional

Laura Ham, a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ golf team, chips onto the green on the first hole at Noble Hawk Golf Links, in Kendallville, during the East Noble Regional on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Lady Vikings placed 10th with a score of 357 and did not qualify for state.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Amara Eckert and Laura Ham narrowly missed advancing to state as individuals for the Huntington North High School girls’ golf team, which finished 10th at the East Noble Regional on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Noble Hawk Golf Links, in Kendallville.

Eckert, a junior, shot a 79, which was just one stroke shy of forcing a playoff with Angola’s Gabby Kelly and Northwood’s Mackenzie Weaver for the final two advancing spots to state. Ham, also a junior, carded an 80.

Vike gridders let game slip away in fourth quarter

Richard Gutierrez (right), a senior wide receiver on the Huntington North High School varsity football team, prepares to stiff-arm defensive back Aidan Friedel (left) during a game against DeKalb at Kriegbaum Field on Friday, Sept. 22. The Vikings lost, 41-23.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A close game slipped away from the Huntington North High School varsity football team in the fourth quarter, resulting in a 41-23 loss to DeKalb on Friday, Sept. 22.

Down 28-17 to the Barons at the start of the final frame, the Vikings narrowed that deficit in dramatic fashion just over two minutes into the quarter. Huntington North linebacker Charlie Agnew recovered a fumble by DeKalb quarterback Kyle Dunham and ran the ball back 73 yards for a touchdown. While the hosts failed on a two-point conversion attempt, they still trailed their guests by less than a touchdown, 28-23.

Spear, Knispel notch seven goals as soccerwomen romp

Brandi Spear (left) and Matea Knispel
Photos provided.

Brandi Spear and Matea Knispel combined for seven goals in a dominating 8-0 win by the Huntington University women’s soccer team over host Bluffton University on Friday, Sept. 22.

Spear, a senior, racked up four goals while Knispel, a junior, tallied three for the Foresters, 4-4-1. Junior Tessy Geiss scored as well for Huntington, which found the back of the net seven times in the first half and once in the second.

HU spikers fall to MVNU

The Huntington University volleyball team fell to host Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 1-3, on Friday, Sept. 22.

After dropping the first two sets, 9-25, 21-25, the Foresters got on the board with a 25-21 victory in the third frame. The ensuing set saw Coach Kyle Shondell’s squad nearly tie up the match before coming up short, 24-26.

Koch hat trick leads Lady Vike booters

Huntington North's Karmen Koch maneuvers with the ball despite the efforts of a visiting Homestead defender in the Lady Vikes' 4-0 win on Thursday, Sept. 21. Koch scored a hat trick to lead the win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Karmen Koch scored a hat trick in the second half to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team to a 4-0 win over visiting Homestead on Thursday, Sept. 21.

After spending the first half on defense, Koch switched over to offense for the second half and scored her first goal early in the frame to double the HNHS halftime lead. She later scored twice more to ensure the Lady Vikings improved to 13-1 on the season.

Amaya Sunderman scored the Lady Vikes’ first-half goal.

HNHS soccerboys score twice in second half to defeat Wayne

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team broke a 1-1 halftime tie with a pair of goals in the second half to defeat visiting Fort Wayne Wayne, 3-1, on Sept. 21.

Seniors Kasey Konz, Caleb Smith and Jacob Foster each found back netting for the Vikings, 10-3-1 on the season.

Sam Poling, also a senior, had three saves in goal to get the win.

Kyle McGinnis added an assist for HNHS.

Lady Vike spikers take five-set thriller from East Noble

Maddy Robrock knocked down 22 kills and Kaitlyn Stephan handed out 62 assists as the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team edged host East Noble, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The Lady Vikings, improving to 17-7 on the season, captured the first game, 25-13, but were edged in the second, 23-25. They regained the edge with a 25-15 win in the third set but East Noble clipped them 21-25 in the fourth before HNHS came up with a 15-11 triumph in the deciding set.

Vike netboys rip Columbia City

Including a pair of shutouts, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsiy tennis team ripped visiting Columbia City, 5-0, on Thursday, Sept. 21.

First singles player Auden Eckert and the second doubles team of Jarrett Gray and Adam Zahn each recorded 6-0, 6-0 shutouts as the Vikings improved to 7-8 on the season. Eckert nailed Garrett Anspach and the doubles team crushed Jackson Longenbaugh and David Kyler.

At second singles, Matt Karst had little trouble with Brader Baker in a 6-2, 6-1 win and Thomas Schweller at third singles cruised past Eli Jones, 6-4, 6-0.

HU golfwomen fifth at Pure Michigan Invite

The Huntington University women’s golf team finished fifth at the Pure Michigan Invitational, held by Grace College at Quail Ridge Golf Club in Ada, MI, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Betsy Schroeder shot a 25-over-par 169 to claim fifth overall out of 38 golfers for the Foresters. Alexandria Maris finished second for the team with a 189, good for 19th place.

HU netwomen rout Adrian

The Huntington University women’s tennis team routed host Adrian College, 9-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

With the sweep, the Foresters’ fifth of the season, they picked up their seventh win against two losses.

Huntington posted two shutouts in singles play. Charlotte Seth blanked McKenzie Krieg at third singles, 6-0, 6-0, and Lisa Colling did the same to Mckayla Jorgensen in the sixth match.

HU spikers sweep Bethel

The Huntington University volleyball team swept visiting Bethel College, 3-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The Foresters won by scores of 25-20, 25-10, 25-14 to up their record to 9-8, with a 4-3 mark in Crossroads League play.

Senior Danielle Gurwell spearheaded Huntington’s offensive effort with 14 kills. Senior Emily Hubby and junior Breanna Levings helped facilitate the scoring with 16 and 15 assists, respectively. Sophomore Elaine Bredensteiner chipped in four aces.

Strong first half propels HU soccermen to win

A strong first half propelled the Huntington University men’s soccer team to a 4-0 victory over visiting Defiance College on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The Foresters tallied their quartet of goals in the opening stanza to build an impressive lead that would stick for their fourth win against two losses and as many ties.

Three-setters go Norwell's way as HN netboys lose

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity tennis team wound up on the short end of four three-set matches to suffer a 1-4 defeat to host Norwell on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

It was the Knights’ day as they managed to outlast the Vikings in the quartet of three-frame affairs, which came at second and third singles and in doubles play.

Huntington North, 6-8, picked up its lone win at first singles, where senior Auden Eckert dispatched Ian Gerber, 6-0, 7-5.

Run, walk, ride set for Vets’ Day

A 5K run, walk and bike ride will be held on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to raise funds to expand the war memorial at Huntington’s Memorial Park.

The event begins at 10 a.m. on Jefferson Street at MacGahan Street. Runners will lead the Veterans Day parade down Jefferson Street and out West Park Drive.

Runners can register online at runrace.net and will be guaranteed a race shirt. The race day registration fee is higher and a shirt is not guaranteed.

HU pair show well at ITA Regionals

Two Huntington University men’s tennis team players made it to the Sweet 16 in singles action at the ITA Regional Championships hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University over the weekend.

Playing in the main draw as the No. 9 seed, Ignacio Poncio cruised to a pair of wins over Crossroads League foes before dropping a 0-6, 4-6 decision to Gjorgii Popovski, while Rodrigo Manzo at No. 14 lost to Artur Culilcovschi of UNOH, 2-6, 1-6, after earlier dispatching a pair of foes.

IWU downs HU netmen

Huntington University tennis player Rodrigo Manzo returns a forehand during the second doubles match against visiting Indiana Wesleyan University on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Foresters lost, 2-7.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men’s tennis team fell in convincing fashion to visting Indiana Wesleyan University, 2-7, on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The Foresters’ lone wins came at first and second singles. Ignacio Poncio disposed of Eli Steiner, 6-1, 6-3, at first singles, and Rodrigo Manzo cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Daniel Zolnikov at second singles.

The Foresters dropped to 5-3 overall, 4-2 in Crossroads League action.

HU netwomen suffer second loss of season

Anastasiia Evstifeeva, one half of Huntington Univeristy's third doubles team, returns a shot during action against visiting Indiana Wesleyan University on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 19. The Foresters lost, 1-8.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University women’s tennis team suffered its second loss of the season in eight outings as it was dropped, 1-8, by visiting Indiana Wesleyan University, the top team in the Crossroads League.

The Foresters’ lone win came at No. 6 singles, where Lisa Colling knocked off Sabrina Porter, 6-2, 6-3. The rest of the day belonged to IWU, unbeaten in league play at 6-0.

HU stands at 6-2 overall, 4-2 in Crossroads League play.

Robrock's net domination leads spikers past DeKalb

Photo by Steve Clark.
Maddy Robrock

Maddy Robrock dominated at the net to help the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team sweep past host DeKalb, 3-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Robrock, a junior, put down 11 kills and added four blocks as the Lady Vikings won 25-18, 25-18, 25-15, to improve to 16-7 on the season.

Kaitlyn Stephan facilitated the offense with 29 assists and Kalee Platt hammered in seven aces.

Rileigh Johnson sparked the defense with 15 digs.

The Huntington North junior varsity won, 2-0, on scores of 25-17, 25-14.

Lady Vike soccergirls rout Wayne, 9-0

Photo by Steve Clark.
Kodi Douglas

Hannah Tillett and Karmen Koch combined for six goals and eight assists as the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team routed host Fort Wayne Wayne, 9-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The Lady Vikings took a 3-0 lead in the first half and added six more goals in the second to run their record to 12-1 on the season.

Sophomore goalie Kodi Douglas made four saves in 75 minutes of play for the shutout.

HU golfers ninth at SAU Fall Classic

The Huntington University men’s golf team placed ninth out of 14 teams competing at the Spring Arbor University Fall Classic on Monday, Sept. 18, at Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath, MI.

Cale Carr paced the Foresters by turning in a 148 for 36 holes to share 11th place out of 75 golfers.

HU finished with a 43-over par 619 for its placing.

Andrew Weisheit was Mr. Consistency for HU, shooting a 75 on both days to finish tied for 15th with a 150. Zak Cummings posted a 158 for 38th place and Luis Esteban finished with a 163 to round out HU’s scoring.

Dynamic duo nets four more in Lady Vike soccergirls' win

Hannah Tillett (left) and Karmen Koch.
Photos by Steve Clark.

Seniors Hannah Tillett and Karmen Koch scored two goals apiece to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team to a 5-0 win over visiting Leo on Monday, Sept. 18.

The Lady Vikings scored three times in the first half and twice in the second while shutting the Lady Lions out to run their record to 11-1, 5-1 in Northeast 8 Conference play.

Tillett assisted on both of Koch’s scores, as well as on the team’s other goal, by sophomore Autumn Anderson. She has now scored 33 goals and supplied 30 assists on the season.

Miller's pair of goals leads HNHS soccerboys to win

Photo by Steve Clark.
Peyton Miller

Sophomore Peyton Miller tallied his second goal of the game in the second half to break a 1-1 tie and lead the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team past host Leo, 2-1, on Monday, Sept. 18.

Senior goalkeeper Sam Poling made 12 saves in the contest as the Vikings improved to 9-3-1 on the season.

Miller matched Leo in the first half with his seventh goal of the campaign before knocking in his eighth goal of the season for the game-winner.

Spahr leads HN runners to 8th at Flashrock

A top-20 finish by Brock Spahr helped the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity cross country team place eighth at the Flashrock Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 16, in Carmel.

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