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Huntington North High School senior Hannah Stoffel (seated right) signed a letter of intent on Thursday, May 5, to continue her cross country and track career at Indiana University. Present at the signing were her mother, Annette (seated left), and (standing from left) Matt Ditzler, HNHS cross country and track assistant coach; Kelsey Knox, HNHS head girls’ track coach; and Carrie Boxell, HNHS head girls’ cross country coach.

First-inning run proves HNHS undoing on diamond

Visiting DeKalb scored the only run of the game in the first inning and made it stand up in a 1-0 win over the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team on Thursday, May 5.

DeKalb got two of the three hits it would get off Viking pitcher Alex McCutcheon in the first inning and Baron hurler Brandon Dunham made that stand up by pitching four-hit ball.

The first Dekalb hitter got an infield single, and following a force at second, Qinton Rumsey doubled in the run that proved to be the game-winner.

Lady Viking netgirls sweep DeKalb

Visiting DeKalb was just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team as the Lady Vikings swept the match, 5-0, on Thursday, May 5.

The second doubles team of Olivia Bowman and Leann Ringenberg was pushed to three sets, but the other four matches were pretty much run-throughs for the Lady Vikings, 3-9 on the season.

Viking golfers blow out Manchester

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team blew out visiting Manchester by 24 strokes, 165-189, on Thursday, May 5, at Norwood Golf Course.

Nolan Betterly led the charge for the Vikes, 3-3, with a 38, and Jacob Vinson was just a stroke off with a 39. Martin Harold fired a 41 and Luke Stroud closed it out with a 47.

Michael May was the non-scorer with a 49.

The Viking junior varsity had a 40-stroke win, clubbing Manchester 188-228.

Viking frosh blast Tipp Valley

The Huntington North High School freshman baseball team blasted visiting Tippecanoe Valley, 11-0, in six innings on Thursday, May 5.

Garrett Trout and Levi Bennett combined their efforts on the mound for the Vikings, 7-3. Ten Vikings had hits to spearhead the offensive charge.

O'Leary's blast highlights HU CL comeback win

Emily O'Leary smoked a two-run home run in the sixth inning to highlight a 5-4 comeback win by the Huntington University softball team over host Taylor on Thursday evening, May 5, in the second round of the Crossroads League Tournament.

O'Leary's dinger knotted the score at 4-4 after Taylor had taken a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Foresters then scored th game-winner in the seventh when Katie DePew singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came home from second when Audra Klopfenstein's single was bobbled in the outfield.

Sheets pitches HU into second round of CL tourney

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Ariel Sheets

Ariel Sheets tossed a two-hit shutout to lead the Huntington University softball team over Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 4-0, in the first round of the Crossroads League tournament, held at Taylor University on Thursday, May 6.

Sheets, a senior, yielded just a walk and recorded a strikeout in seven innings to collect the win, her 14th against seven losses.

With the victory, second-seeded Huntington, 34-15, 26-10 in league play, advanced to play sixth-seeded Taylor later on that day.

Capozza pitches Vikes past South Side at Parkview Field

Huntington North pitcher Anthony Capozza follows through after releasing a pitch against Fort Wayne South Side on Wednesday night at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne. Capozza threw a two-hitter and the Vikings won, 5-1.
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Anthony Capozza pitched a two-hitter to lead the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team to a 5-1 win over Fort Wayne South Side at Parkview Field.

Ian McCutcheon, Carson Wright and Logan Green each had two hits for HNHS, 13-3, at the home of the Fort Wayne Tincaps.

The Vikings scored single runs in the third and fourth innings, put up two runs in the fourth and scored their last run in the sixth on the way to a 5-0 lead before South Side pushed a run across in the seventh to ruin Capozza's shutout bid.

Lady Vike netgirls lose to Manchester

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team fell to host Manchester, 2-3, on Wednesday, May 4.

Third singles player Jessica Henline and the first doubles team of Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst got wins for the Lady Vikes, 2-9 on the season.

Henline lost the first set to Leiah Brandenburg, 3-6, but came back to win the next two sets, 6-2, 6-2, for her win. The doubles team dominated Reilly Ruppert and Kelsey Eichenauer, 6-1, 6-0, for its triumph.

Viking golfers stun 10th-ranked Homestead

The Huntington North High School boys varsity golf team shot its best round of the a year and took down visiting 10th-ranked Homestead, 154-157, on Wednesday, May 4.

Martin Harold and Michael May shot rounds of 38 and Jacob Vinson and Luke Stroud each fired rounds of 39 despite the poor weather conditions as Huntington improved to 2-3 on the season.

Nolan Betterly fired a 42 and Zane Cozad shot a 49 as the non-scorers, with each school playing six varsity and six junior varsity.

Stroud was playing in only his second varsity match of the year.

PAL baseball leagues set to host opening day celebration Saturday

The Huntington Police Athletic League will hold its opening day celebration on Saturday, May 7.

The celebration will commence with a parade departing from Huntington North High School at 9:30 a.m. The parade will end at the PAL and a brief ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The ceremony will feature American Legion Post 85 raising the flag, the national anthem and an opening pitch.

Following the ceremony, all teams in the four PAL leagues – T-ball, coaches pitch, Little League and Pony League – will play over the course of the day.

Four first place finishes help Vikings split three-way meet

Four first place finishes weren’t enough to push the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity track and field team past Norwell in a three-team meet at New Haven on Tuesday, May 3.

Behind that quartet of wins, the Vikings tallied 60 points, behind the Knights’ 74, but ahead of the Bulldogs’ 33.

Viking golfers lose close one to Bellmont

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team lost another close conference match, falling 172-176 to host Bellmont on Tuesday, May 3.

Jacob Vinson led HNHS with a 42 on what Coach Ron Vinson called a difficult Cross Creek course being played for the first time by the Vikings. Nolan Betterly shot a 44 and Martin Harold and Michael May both fired rounds of 45.

Zane Cozad was non-scorer with a 47.

The Vikings are 1-4 on the season, 1-3 in Northeast 8 Conference play.

The Viking junior varsity lost 179-203.

Norwell nips Lady Vike trackgirls by half-point

Despite sweeping two events, the Huntington North High School girls' varsity track team got nipped at the tape by Norwell by a half-point as it split a three-way meet on Tuesday, May 3, at Kriegbaum Field.

Norwell scored 74 points to the Lady Vikings'  73.5, with New Haven bringing up the rear with 19.5 points.

The Lady Vikes swept both the 800-meter run and the 1600-meter run, with Marissa Jamison having a big hand in both sweeps. The senior won the 1,600, in 5:29.00 and finished second to Hannah Stoffel in the 800, with Stoffel winning in 2:16.6.

Bellmont stops HNHS netgirls

Seniors Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst at first doubles picked up the lone win for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team in a 1-4 loss to host Bellmont on Tuesday, May 3.

Fryman and Karst were 6-3, 6-4 winners as the HNHS varsity dropped to 2-8 on the season.

At second doubles, Olivia bowman and Leann Ringenberg lost, 0-6, 2-6.

In singles, Kassidy Thompson lost at No. 1, 1-6, 1-6; Katie Hunt at No. 2 lost, 1-6, 4-6; and Alyssa Hewson at No. 3 fell, 1-6, 0-6.

The Lady Vikes junior varsity eked out a 3-2 win to improve its record to 9-1.

Goodrich sac fly in 10th gives Vikes win

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Kory Goodrich

Kory Goodrich hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give himself and the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team a 1-0 win over host Bellmont on Tuesday, May 3.

Goodrich's fly broke up a scoreless duel with the Braves Ryan Okonieiwski and helped HNHS improve to 13-3 on the season. The senior upped his consecutive innings scoreless streak to 34 when he set down the  Braves with one hit in the 10th to seal the win.

Goodrich gave up eight hits and had nine strikeouts with two walks to improve to 5-0.

Viking frosh improve to 6-3

The Huntington North High School freshman baseball team improved to 6-3 with a 5-1 win over visiting Northfield on Tuesday, May 3.

Keegan Bartrom and Brock Eltzroth led the offensive charge, with each smacking a double.

Darian Karriker, Jack Curless and Mason Anderson contributed on the mound.

The frosh Vikes got a no-hitter from Trey Williams and defeated host Eastbrook, 14-0, on Thursday, April 28.

Hoch wraps up golf career with all-conference mark

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Lance Hoch

Senior Lance Hoch wrapped up his Huntington University golf team career by earning his third consecutive all-conference honors at the Crossroads League Championship in Angola on Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and May 3.

Despite Hoch placing sixth overall with a score of 220, HU as a team finished tied for eighth with Bethel with a tally of 940.

Hoch, a Marion native, fired a 77 in the first round, a two-under 70 in the second round and a 73 in the final round.

Beauchamp bomb helps Foresters gain split with Taylor

Shea Beauchamp unloaded a two-run bomb in the first inning of the second game and Tarrin Beachy made it stand up as the Huntington University baseball team split a doubleheader with visiting Taylor on Tuesday, May 4.

The Foresters, 19-26 overall and 14-10 in the Crossroads League, fell to Taylor 4-1 in the opener but got the Trojans by the same score in the nightcap.

Foresters burn Grace for twinbill sweep

Following a season-high offensive output in the first game, the Foresters scored late in the second contest to sweep a doubleheader from host Grace College on Monday, May 2.

The Foresters pounded out 21 hits in the opener on the way to a 16-5 win, then scored three runs in the final two innings for a 5-2 win in the nightcap, improving their overall record to 18-25 and 13-9 in Crossroads League play.

Viking golfers sixth at Rochester Invitational

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team captured sixth place out of 14 teams at the Rochester Invitational on Saturday, April 30.

Senior Michael May led the Vikings with an 88. Freshman Martin Harold shot an 89, senior Jacob Vinson carded a 91 and junior Nolan Betterly capped the team's score at 360 with a 92.

Senior Zane Cozad posted a non-scoring 107.

Northfield won the invite with a tally of 337.

Lady Vikings pulverize Warsaw in sweep

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Hannah Middlebrooks

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team pulverized host Warsaw, winning the first game, 19-1, and the second, 20-2, in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 30.

In the opener, Hannah Middlebrooks limited the Lady Tigers to five hits in as many innings. The junior also fanned two and walked only one to earn the win.

Lady Vikes beat Blackford

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team defeated visiting Blackford, 9-4, on Friday, April 29.

The Lady Vikings, 9-3, were led by junior Ariene Butler, who produced a single and three runs batted in. Junior Mackenzie Cannici chipped in two hits and as many RBI while junior Erin Burke supplied a single and two RBI and senior Alexa Hill added a pair of base pokes and an RBI.

Salamonie Summer Festival Golf Outing set for May 21 at Dogwood

The Salamonie Summer Festival Golf Outing will be held May 21 at Dogwood Golf course in Warren. 

Cost of the outing includes lunch. There will also be prizes given away. Proceeds will support the festival for 2016. 

To register a team, call 375-3284 and leave a message with the team name and number and the call will be returned by a member of the committee.

3,200 relay win helps Vikings to third at own Lime City Relays

Huntington North runner Isaac Smith (right) takes a quick look at the competition during the anchor leg of the 3,200-meter relay on Saturdyay, April 29, at the Lime City Relays at Kriegbaum Field. Smith and his cohorts captured the race to help HNHS place third as a team.
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A victory by the 3,200-meter relay team helped the Huntington North High School boys' track team place third out of seven teams at the Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 30, at Kriegbaum Field.

The quartet of Cody Jones, Elijah Chesterman, Brock Spahr and Isaac Smith destroyed the field by more than 18 seconds in winning in 8:34.84, helping the Vikings pile up 90.5 points.

Koch win helps Lady Vikes to fifth at Lime City Relays

Huntington North freshman Brooke Goodrich (right) strains for the finish line in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash at the Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 29, at Huntington North.
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Sophomore Karmen Koch won one event and scored in two more individually as the Huntington North High school girls' track team placed fifth out of seven teams at the Lime City Relays on Saturday, April 30.

Koch's triumph in the 300-meter hurdles was the lone win of the day for the Lady Vikings, who tallied  68 points at the meet, well behind champion Homestead's score of 112.

Koch sped to her win in :47.98 to beat runner-up Kyara Muhammad of Fort Wayne Northrop by more than a second.

HCB opening night parade


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Members of the Intricut Little League team ride down the parade route in Huntington and throw candy during the annual Huntington County Baseball opening day parade on Friday night, April 29.

Foresters wrap up No. 2 CL spot

The Huntington University softball team wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the final regular season Crossroads League standings by splitting a doubleheader with host Spring Arbor University on Saturday, April 30, winning the first game, 2-0, but falling in the second, 8-6.

The Foresters, 33-15 overall, finished with a CL record of 26-10, tying Indiana Wesleyan University for second but gaining the spot by having three wins in four outings against the Wildcats.

Fourth inning outburst pushes Vikings over North Side

A scoring outburst in the fourth inning propelled the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team to a 12-5 win over visiting North Side on Saturday, April 30.

Reliable pitching pair helps Foresters bag pair of wins

Huntington University hitter Alyssa Hiple drives the ball in the first game of a doubleheader with visiting Bethel College on Friday, April 29. The Foresters won both games.
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Behind reliably good pitching from Emily Puterbaugh and Ariel Sheets, the Huntington University softball team swept visiting Bethel College, 4-1 and 1-0, on Friday, April 29.

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