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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.
Photo by Steve Clark.

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.

McCutcheon tosses 2-hit gem as Vikes blast CC

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Alex McCutcheon

Alex McCutcheon tossed a two-hitter to help the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team dispatch visiting Columbia City with ease, 11-1, on Friday, April 29.

McCutcheon, a senior, pitched all five innings, yielding just the two base pokes and an earned run while fanning eight to earn his fourth win in as many starts.

Sophomore Ian McCutcheon backed up his older brother’s pitching with three hits and four runs batted in. Seniors Anthony Capozza, Logan Green and Thomas Parker, along with junior Hunter Welch, each added an RBI to the Vikings’ 11-hit attack.

Lady Vikes' JV SB bombs Southwood

The Huntington North High School junior varsity softball team defeated host Southwood, 37-12, on Tuesday, April 26, to improve to 3-5 on the season.

Maddie Heal pitched all five innings and had three strikeouts.

Doubles wins help push HNHS netgirls past CC

Victories in both doubles help push the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team past visiting Columbia City, 3-2, on Thursday, April 28.

Katie Hunt at second singles took a three-set win to help HNHS improve its record to 2-7 on the season. Hunt came back to top Hannah Behman, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

The Lady Vikes' first doubles team of Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst threw a 6-0, 6-0 whitewashing at Katie Weigel and Macenzie Lane, and the No. 2 unit of Olivia Bowman and Leann Ringenberg worked out a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Leah Mills and Jayma Acres.

Revamped lineup gets HN netgirls close

Sporting a revamped lineup, the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team pushed host Bluffton hard, but came up short, 2-3, on Wednesday, April 27.

Emily Karst and Sarah Fryman, the Lady Vikings’ reliable first doubles duo, shifted to first and second singles, respectively. The two kept up their winning ways, with Karst defeating Maddison Heller, 6-3, 6-3, and Fryman dispatching Claudia Williams, 6-2, 6-2.

Lady Vikes dispatch CC on diamond

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team dispatched host Columbia City, 8-3, on Wednesday, April 27.

The Lady Vikings got the scoring started with three runs in the third inning. The visitors then scored once in the fourth and three times in the fifth before the Lady Eagles finally got on the board with a trio of runs in the sixth. It was too little, too late, though, and a solo tally by Huntington North in the seventh brought the game’s scoring to a close.

Season for Huntington County Baseball opens on Friday

Huntington County Baseball will open its 2016 season on Friday, April 29.

Ballplayers will participate in a parade on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Huntington North High School. The parade will travel down Jefferson Street to Evergreen Road, then to Homier Park.

Games will be played on  all diamonds Friday after the parade. The games will be followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Games will be held all day on Saturday, April 30.

Puterbaugh, Sheets slam door on USF in twinbill sweep

Emily Puterbaugh (left) and Ariel Sheets.
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Emily Puterbaugh and Ariel Sheets allowed only one run on the day to lead the Huntington University softball team to a twinbill sweep of host University of Saint Francis, 5-1, and 6-0, on Tuesday, April 26.

Puterbaugh handcuffed the Cougars on five hits in the opener, allowing the only USF run of the day, before Sheets gave up only six hits, with no runs as HU improved to 30-14 overall, 23-9 in Crossroads League play.

Foresters walk to extra innings win to split twinbill with Bethel

Brock Gower pitched six innings of one-run ball and the Huntington University baseball team pushed across two runs in the 10th inning of the second game with two bases-loaded walks to salvage a doubleheader split with host Bethel College on Tuesday, April 26.

The Foresters absorbed an 11-0 shellacking in the first game, but captured game two, 5-3, to improve to 16-25 on the season overall, 11-9 in the Crossroads League.

HU women's golf team last at Crossroads League Championships

The Huntington University women's golf team wrapped up its inaugural season with a last place finish at the Crossroads League Championships on Monday and Tuesday, April 25 and 26, at the NorthStar Golf Club, hosted by Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

After shooting rounds of 402 and 413 on Monday, HU saved its best for last as the Foresters shot a season-low 394 in their final 18 holes on Tuesday to finish with a 1,209.

As has been the case all season, freshman Abby Poole paced the Foresters with a 259 to finish 18th out of 44 golfers.

Lady Vikes SB loses slulgfest to Whitko, 15-9

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team lost a 15-9 slugfest to host Whitko on Tuesday, April 26.

The Lady Vikes, 7-3, got three hits and three runs batted in from Aubrie Eckert and three hits from Kelsie Vogleman. Mackenzi Cannici had two hits and three RBI, Ariene Butler had two hits and an RBI and Alexa Hill and Erin Burke each had a hit and a ribby.

Arnold couldn't stop Whitko at all, throwing a complete game of six innings and giving up 15 hits, with five strikeouts and three walks.

Doubles win lone highlight for Lady Vike netgirls in loss

The first doubles team of Sarah Fryman and Emily Karst picked up the lone win on the day for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team as it fell to host East Noble, 1-4, on Tuesday, April 26.

The Lady Viking seniors lost the first set, 3-6, before bouncing back with sets of 7-5 and 6-2 to get the lone HNHS victory as the team dropped to 1-6 on the season.

Viking golfers lose by a stroke to Norwell

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team lost by a stroke to host Norwell, 172-173, on Tuesday, April 26.

Nolan Betterly and Michael May each posted rounds of 42 to lead the Vikings, 1-3 overall and 1-2 in Northeast 8 Conference play. Martin Harold was a shot back at 43 and Jacob Vinson posted a 46.

Zane Cozad fired a non-scoring 53.

The HNHS junior varsity took a close win, 196-200.

Luke Stroud topped the JV with a 46, Jack Young fired a 47, Hunter Schwob shot a 49 and Jared Smith completed the team with a 54.

Full-team effort earns Viking trackboys three-way win

Mohamed Almalahi flies through the air on his way to winning the junior varsity long jump competition during a three-way meet the Huntington North High School boys' varsity track team hosted against Leo and DeKalb.
Photo by Steve Clark.

It was a full-team effort as the Huntington North High School boys' varsity track team narrowly edged Leo to win a three-way meet with DeKalb at Kriegbaum Field on Tuesday, April 26.

Getting four wins, the Vikings scored 64.5 points while Leo pulled in 60.5 and DeKalb scored 42.

Brock Spahr led three Vikings across the finish line for points in the 1,600-meter run to lead to HNHS' best points total of the afternoon. Spahr won the race in 4:40.0, with teammates Jacob Wust and Jackson Wright placing third and fourth, respectively, in 4:55.4 and 4:57.1.

Goodrich, Vikings blank Knight

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Kory Goodrich

Kory Goodrich pitched his usual shutout and his teammates supported him with eight runs as the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team beat up host East Noble, 8-0, on Tuesday, April 26.

Huntington's Tackett captures second career PBA title

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EJ Tackett

Huntington native EJ Tackett captured his second career title on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, winning the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open on Sunday, April 24.

Tackett defeated Ryan Ciminelli, 217-210, in the championship match of the tournament, which was held at Liberty Lanes, in Carpentersville, IL.

The tourney commenced on Saturday, April 23, with a pair of eight-game sessions that saw the top 16 players move on. Tackett posted a score of 1,975 in his session to advance in third place.

Karst to continue tennis career


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Huntington North High School senior Emily Karst (seated center) signs a letter of intent on Monday, April 25, to continue her tennis career at Hanover College. Present at the signing are Karst’s parents (seated from left) mother Julie and father Kevin and (back row from left) Blake Childs, head coach of the HNHS girls’ tennis team, and Matt Karst, Karst’s brother and a member of the HNHS boys’ tennis team.

Butler's two dingers go for naught in loss to EN

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Ariene Butler

Ariene Butler blasted two home runs but the Huntington North High School varsity softball team still took it on the chin against East Noble, 15-6, on Monday, April 25.

Alyssa Voght also smacked a homer and both she and Butler knocked in two runs apiece for the Lady Vikes, 7-2 overall and 0-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

East Noble rocked Lady Vike hurler Hannah Middlebrooks for 14 hits and eight earned runs in six innings. Middlebrooks had three strikeouts and no walks. Kendra Arnold finished up the final inning, giving up three hits, with two strikeouts and one walk.

Viking golfers third at own invite

Jared Smith, a junior on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity golf team, chips the ball of the 11th hole at Norwood Golf Club during the Huntington North Invitational on Saturday, April 23. The Vikings placed third at the invite with a 336.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Jacob Vinson fired an 82 to lead the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity golf team to third place at its own invitational, held Saturday, April 23, at Norwood Golf Club.

Vinson’s score earned him fourth place overall at the invite. Freshman Martin Harold and junior Nolan Betterly both finished just a stroke behind their teammate, with matching scores of 83, while senior Michael May carded an 88 to cap the Vikings’ score at 336.

Junior Jared Smith shot a non-scoring 90.

HNHS SB dominates twice

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team dominated Culver Academies, 21-6, and Maconaquah, 11-6, in a doubleheader hosted by Culver on Saturday, April 23.

Koch leads HNHS trackgirls at Penn

Karmen Koch won the 300-meter hurdles and finished in the top four in two other events to help the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity track and field team place seventh at the Lady Kingsmen Invitational, hosted by Penn on Saturday, April 23.

Koch edged Northrop’s Kyara Muhammad by a tenth of a second for gold in the 300 hurdles, crossing the finish line in :46.10. The sophomore competed in the 100-meter hurdles as well, claiming fifth in :16.22. She rounded out her big day with a fourth-place finish in high jump, leaping 5-02.

HU hires alum Fred Miller as its head cross country coach

Huntington University Athletic Director Lori Culler announced the hiring of Fred Miller as the Forester men’s and women’s head cross country coach on Thursday, April 21.

Miller has several years of coaching under his belt having spent a year as the cross country and track and field coach at Manchester High School before serving as an assistant men’s and women’s coach for both the track and field and cross country programs at NCAA Division II Eastern New Mexico University.

HU trackmen fifth at Night Moves Invite

The Huntington University men’s track and field team took fifth at the Night Moves Invitational, hosted Wilmington College on Friday, April 22.

The Foresters were paced by Kai Foday’s first-place finish in javelin, achieved with a throw of 168-00.75, and the 3,200-meter relay team that earned Huntington’s only other top finish. The foursome of Codi Wiersema, Kevin Moser, Austin Presnell and Tyler Herber won the relay in 8:37.93.

Presnell also ran a 10:10.00 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, good for second place.

Hicks leads HU women to third at Night Moves Invitational

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Christiana Hicks

The Huntington University women’s track and field team placed third at the Night Moves Invitational, hosted Wilmington College on Friday, April 22.

Christiana Hicks was a double-winner for the Foresters. The junior took top honors in triple jump with a mark of 37-0.75 and teamed up with Nicole Pennington, Samantha McCoy and Mariah Harter to win the 400-meter relay with a clocking of :49.77, nearly two seconds ahead of second place Wilmington. Hicks also earned points in the 100-meter dash, finishing third in :12.83.

HU golfers seventh at own invite

The Huntington University men's golf team was a gracious host as it placed seventh out of nine teams at its own Huntington University Spring Invitational at The Trophy Club in Lebanon.

Senior Lance Hoch paced the Foresters to a 632 team score by placing in a 17th place tie with a 156. Logan De Maa shot a 157 to place 20th, Zach Borntreger shared 21st with a 159 and Cale Carr shot a 160.

Logan Choka was non-scorer with a 172.

Coolman, Spahr wins lead HN trackboys to 2nd at Muncie Relays

Jared Coolman (left) and Brock Spahr.
Photos by Steve Clark.

Wins by Jared Coolman in shot put and Brock Spahr in the 3,200-meter run helped the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity track and field team capture second in Class A competition at the Muncie Central Relays on Saturday, April 23.

Coolman, a junior, heaved the grey ball 49-06.25 for his top placement while Spahr, a freshman, crossed the end stripe in 10:10.20 for his.

Viking diamond boys sweep SB Adams

Kory Goodrich (left), a senior on the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team, takes a big swing in the second of two games against visiting South Bend Adams on Saturday, April 23. The Vikings swept the doubleheader.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team swept visiting South Bend Adams, 8-1 and 6-2, on Saturday, April 23.

In the opening game, the Vikings, 9-3, took a 1-0 led in the first inning when junior Hunter Welch singled down the left-field line, plating sophomore Ian McCutcheon, who’d also reached base with a one-bagger. Coach Brian Abbott’s squad clung to that slim lead until the fourth, when it scored three runs to give itself some breathing room.

HU baseball team regroups for split against Goshen

After suffering a 14-0 defeat to visiting Goshen College, the Huntington University baseball team regrouped and stuck the Maple Leafs with an 8-4 loss to forge a doubleheader split on Saturday, April 23.

Whereas the Maple Leafs dominated the opener, the Foresters controlled the nightcap, leading 7-0 through five innings before the visitors showed some life on offense, coming up with four runs in the final two frames. It was too little, too late, however, and Huntington sealed the win to improve to 15-24, 10-8 in the Crossroads League.

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