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HU men upset Marian in CL tourney

The Huntington University men’s basketball team took an early lead and never looked back, upsetting host Marian University, 102-91, in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Senior Mike Bush and junior Tyler Arens both scored over 30 points to lead the fifth-seeded Foresters to the upset of the fourth-seeded, No. 24 Knights. With the win, Huntington, 14-17, 9-9 in league play, moves on to the tournament semifinals, where it will face top seed Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m.

Lady Vike gymnasts top Wayne and South Side

The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team totaled a score of 104.375 to defeat host Wayne, 93.600, and South Side, 24.450, on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The Lady Vikings were led by Danielle Korporal, who posted a top-three finish in all four events. The senior captured first place on the balance beam, logging a score of 9.425. She earned runner-up honors on the uneven bars, producing an 8.450, and took third on vault and in the floor exercise, tallying an 8.850 in both events.

Korporal’s efforts earned her second place in the all-around with a grand total of 35.575.

Viking defense stifles Norse in big win

A stifling defensive performance helped the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team steamroll host Northfield, 61-30, on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The Vikings quashed the Norse offense in the opening quarter, not yielding a single point while tallying 18 of their own to take a commanding lead. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad limited the hosts to eight points in the following frame while scoring 13 to widen its advantage to 31-8 by halftime. Overall, the first half saw Huntington North hold Northfield to 16.7 percent shooting on 3 of 18 marksmanship from the field.

Season comes to end for HU women's hoop

The season came to an end for the Huntington University women’s basketball team with a 75-65 loss to host Grace College in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The fifth-seeded Foresters took a 17-13 lead in the first quarter, but the Lancers, seeded fourth, managed to knot the game by halftime at 27-27. Grace then seized the lead in the third quarter, 54-47, and protected that advantage in the final frame to advance in the tournament.

Huntington finishes the season 16-14, with a 9-9 mark in Crossroads League play.

Heading to Middle Tennessee


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Huntington North High School standout soccer player Hannah Tillett (seated, center) signs her letter of intent to attend Middle Tennessee State University Thursday, Feb. 15. Witnessing the occasion are (seated, from left) her father, Chris Tillett, her mother, Amy Tillett; and (standing, from left) Huntington North Soccer Coach Jeremy Steele and Claire Ward of Fort Wayne United Soccer Club. The university is located in Murfreesboro, TN.

Haught takes first round loss at state mat finals

Ricky Haught, a junior on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, lost in the first round of the state finals on Friday, Feb. 16, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis.

Haught, competing in the 132-pound weight class, saw his season ended by Indianapolis Cathedral’s Alex Mosconi. He lost via technical fall, 15-0, in four minutes.

Mosconi, 34-3, went on to advance to the championship match, where he lost to Graham Rooks of Columbus East.

Haught’s campaign concludes with 37 wins against nine losses.

HU diamond men drop another pair to Reinhardt

The Huntington University baseball team got swept by host Reinhardt University, 3-2 and 4-0, on Sunday, Feb. 18.

The opening contest saw Huntington knot the game up twice before ultimately succumbing to Reinhardt. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, which the Foresters erased with a solo tally of their own in the top of the fourth. The hosts went up again, 2-1, in the fifth, only to see the visitors deadlock the tilt at 2-2 in the seventh. Reinhardt, however, wasted no time breaking that tie, taking a 3-2 lead in its half of the seventh that stood up.

HU wins regular season finale

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Konner Platt

Konner Platt had a second-straight 28-point effort to lead the Huntington University men’s basketball team to a 95-87 win over visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Foresters regular-season finale.

Winning for the seventh time in their last 10 games, the Foresters built a 42-28 halftime advantage and hung on to improve to 17-13 overall and 9-9 in Crossroads League play.

Platt nailed 10 of 13 shots from the field and added 4 of 6 from the free-throw line for his second consecutive 28-point effort.

Third quarter lead evaporates into loss for HU women

A nine-point lead midway through the third quarter evaporated into a 73-67 regular-season ending loss for the Huntington University women’s basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 17, against visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

In a game of spurts, MVNU had the last one of the afternoon, a 14-3 burst which took the Cougars from a 45-36 deficit to a 50-48 advantage heading into the final frame.

Sophomore York has best Viking showing at swim sectional

Huntington North freshman Cole Davidson competes Friday night in the 100-yard butterfly at the Warsaw Boys' Swim Sectional.
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Nathan York was the only Huntington North boys’ swim team member to make a final at the Warsaw Boys’ Swim Sectional and wound up eighth in the 100-yard butterfly on Saturday, Feb. 17.

York, a sophomore, knocked about four seconds off his seed time on Friday night, Feb. 16, at the preliminaries by grabbing the eighth and last spot in the finals with a time of 1:06.17. He then swam to a time of 1:07.50 to finish eighth in the finals on Saturday.

Ian Deming, of Warsaw, won the event with a time of :53.32.

Foresters start diamond season with a pair of losses

The Huntington University baseball team kicked off its season on Friday, Feb. 16, with a pair of losses to Reinhardt University.

Playing at an off-site venue at LakePoint due to inclement weather, the Foresters fell, 8-5, 8-3.

Daugherty beats buzzer as Vikes edge Pilgrims

Viking forward Mitch Geller ducks under the defensive pressure of a Plymouth player on his way to the hoop in action Friday night, Feb. 16, at North Arena. The Vikings won, 51-48.

Zach Daugherty beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to give the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team a 51-48 win over visiting Plymouth on Friday night, Feb. 16.

Daugherty, a junior, connected on all four of his three-pointers in the contest and 5 of 6 from the field overall on his way to a game-high 16 points, but obviously none bigger than the final shot, off a Sawyer Stoltz pass.

Wawasee tops HNHS gymnastics team

Huntington North gymnast Laora Pampaloni flies through the air on vault in action against visiting Wawasee on Thursday, Feb. 15. Pampaloni won the event,but HNHS lost the meet.

Visiting Wawasee topped the Huntington North High School gymnastics team, 105.100-104.200, on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The teams split the four events, but the visitors piled up enough points in the events they won to take the meet.

Led by Laora Pampaloni and Aleah Eckert, HNHS won the vault and the floor exercise. Pampaloni was the individual winner in the vault, with a score of 9.1 as HNHS won, 26.600-26.475. Eckert was champ on the floor, with a score of 9.350 as HNHS had an advantage of 27.775-26.250.

HU women suffer worst loss of season

The Huntington University women’s basketball team suffered its worst loss of the season to host Taylor University, 69-51, on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The Foresters, 16-12 overall, 9-8 in the Crossroads League, hit just 17 of 51 shots from the field for 33.3 percent on the evening. The fell behind after one quarter of play, 15-13, and were down at halftime, 33-23. They trailed the 16th-rnaked Trojans after three quarters, 51-35.

Sarah Fryman led HU with 12 points. Hailey Krewald and Maddie Richer each tallied 11 points and Sam Hammel knocked down 10.

Viking grappler Haught earns ticket to state wrestling finals


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Ricky Haught (first from left), a junior on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, placed fourth at the New Haven Semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne. Wrestlers who placed in the top four of their weight class advanced to the state finals, which are set for Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis. Of the six Huntington North wrestlers who competed at semi-state, Haught ended up being the lone Viking to make it to state.

Bush buzzer-beater stops Taylor in OT

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Trevor Lockwood

Mike Bush drained a long three-pointer just ahead of the buzzer in overtime to give the Huntington University men’s basketball team a 102-99 win over host Taylor University on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Bush tallied a game-high 31 points as HU improved to 12-17 on the season, 8-9 in the Crossroads League.

HU women eighth at CL Indoor Invitational

The Huntington University women’s track team claimed eighth place at the Crossroads League Indoor Invitational, held Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Nicole Pennington earned points for the Foresters in two events. She finished fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of :8.09 and eighth in the 200-meter dash by running a personal-record :27.26. Benedicte Nzombi-Fenner also ran the 60 meters and finished sixth in :8.19.

HU men ninth at CL Indoor Invite

The Huntington University men’s track team placed ninth at the Crossroads League Indoor Invitational, held Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Adam Woods claimed the Foresters’ only first place finish by winning the heptathlon with 3,837 points. For his efforts, he received all-conference honors.

Johnson adds state track hall of fame spot to her growing resume of honors

Garrett Davenport (seated, third from left) represents his daughter, Lauren Johnson, at the 2018 Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC) Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Feb. 2 at the Sheraton Hotel at Keystone Crossing, in Indianapolis. Johnson, a professional runner from Huntington, was unable to attend the ceremony as she was preparing for a race in New York, NY. Hall of fame inductees were (seated from left) Ricke Stucker, Shannon Kelley Dragoo and Davenport representing Johnson; and (standing from left) Marty Hill, Michael Fout, Allen Dunn representing Fred Seward, Rudy Skorupa, Bryce Brown and Thomas D. Haynes representing Thomas M. Haynes.
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Lauren Johnson was inducted to the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IAT-CCC) Hall of Fame on Feb. 2.

Johnson, however, was unable to attend the ceremony. The Huntington native, though, had a good excuse: she was in New York City, preparing for her latest race.

Johnson, a professional runner, competed in the Wanamaker Mile at the New York Road Runners Millrose Games the following day, Feb. 3.

That she couldn’t attend the ceremony due to a running commitment shines a light on what makes her a unique inductee for the hall of fame.

Haught earns spot at state wrestling finals

Huntington North junior Charlie Agnew has control of Oak Hill's Stewart Mossholder in an opening round match at 195 pounds at the New Haven Semi-state Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 10. Agnew won this match but lost his next to end his day.
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Huntington North High School Junior Ricky Haught earned a spot at the Indiana State Wrestling Tournament next week by placing fourth at 132 pounds at the New Haven Semi-state Wrestling Tournament in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Haught, who entered the tourney 37-8, won his first two matches of the day to qualify for state. He lost his third match of the day in the semifinals to go to the consolation round, where he lost again to place fourth.

Second half comeback by Vikes ruined in OT loss

A second-half comeback by the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team was ruined in overtime as host Fort Wayne Wayne pulled out a 57-52 win on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The Vikings came back from a 41-32 deficit to start the final quarter to even the contest at 47-47 after regulation, but Wayne had the last hurrah by outscoring HNHS 10-5 in the extra frame.

Mitch Geller led the Vikings, 15-6, with a game-high 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists on the night. Geller hit 11 of 13 shots from the field and both of his free throws.

Marian gets early lead, hangs on to beat HU women

Two-time defending national champion Marian built a 16-point halftime advantage and won by that margin over the visiting Huntington University women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10.

The fifth-ranked Knights, 26-2 overall, 15-1 in the Crossroads League, turned five offensive rebounds into nine points and got eight easy points by outsprinting HU to the basket after HU misses to build their first-half advantage.

Last 98 seconds costly for HU men in loss to Marian

The Huntington University men’s basketball team got outscored 7-0 in the game’s final 98 seconds to lose to host Marian University, 95-88, on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10.

With the score tied at 88-all with 1:38 remaining, Marian got a Reggie Kissoonlal bucket on each side of a Christian Stewart long ball to account for the game’s final seven points while the Foresters came up empty on their final three possessions to fall to 11-17 overall, 7-9 in the Crossroads League.

Aschliman improves time but doesn't make state swim finals

Huntington North High School sophomore Allie Aschliman improved her time but did not advance to the finals at the Indiana State Girls Swimming/Diving Championship at Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 9.

Aschliman, who won the Warsaw sectional in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.67, lowered her mark to 1:00.93 in the Friday preliminaries, but all that got her was 29th place among the 32 girls competing in the event.

Geller fires in 15 as Vikings get 15th win

Viking Hank Pulver gets ready to drop in two points in action against visiting Norwell on Friday night, Feb. 9. Pulver had a perfect night, connecting on all four shots from the field and all three free throw tries, as the Vikings won, 49-40.
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Senior Mitch Geller fired in 15 points to lead the Huntington North high School boys’ varsity basketball team to a 49-40 win over visiting Norwell on Friday night, Feb. 9.

Geller connected on 5 of 7 shots from the field and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line to help the Vikings improve to 15-5 on the season overall, 4-3 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Hank Pulver was perfect on all four of his shots from the field and all three of his free throws for 11 points, and Sawyer Stoltz added nine points.

Forester women also upset ranked USF

Five players scored in double figures to propel the Huntington University women’s basketball team past 25th-ranked University of Saint Francis, 78-73, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Platt Arena.

Sophomore Sarah Fryman led the Foresters’ offensive effort with 20 points, dropping in 8 of 9 shots from the field. Brooke Saylor matched her teammate’s shooting effort, finishing with 16 points.

Saylor also pulled down 12 rebounds to record her 15th double-double of the season. Behind the junior’s rebounding effort, Huntington enjoyed a 36-25 advantage on the boards.

Viking grapplers reach semi-state


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Six members of the Huntington North High School wrestling team punched their tickets to the New Haven Semi-state by placing in the top four of their respective weight classes at the Carroll Regional on Saturday, Feb. 3. Pictured are (from left) junior Christian Graft, 220 pounds, fourth place; senior Jacob Hall, 126 pounds, second place; freshman Preston Teusch, 106 pounds, champion; junior Ricky Haught, 132 pounds, champion; sophomore Darryn Kuhl, 113 pounds, fourth place; and junior Charlie Agnew, 195 pounds, second place. The New Haven Semi-state is set for Saturday, Feb.

Viking swimmers fall hard against Bluffton

Huntington North senior Conner Mason churns for home in the 200-yard freestyle in the Vikings' meet against Bluffton at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Mason placed third in the event.
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Two individual seconds and three in relays were the best the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team could manage in a 120-50 loss to visiting Bluffton on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Nathan York in the 100-yard backstroke and Cole Davidson in the 100-yard breaststroke got the individual seconds for the Vikings. York, a sophomore, touched the wall in 1:09.25 for his backstroke runner-up, and Davidson, a freshman, went 1:24.86 for his breaststroke runner-up.

Foresters rain shots on No. 3 USF in 97-71 upset

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Mike Bush

The Huntington University men’s basketball team rained shots from near and far on visiting, third-ranked University of Saint Francis on the way to a 97-71 upset of the third-ranked NAIA squad on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

HNHS bowlers claim third at state tourney

The Huntington North High School boys’ bowling team finished third at the Indiana High School Bowling State Finals on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Championship Lanes, in Anderson.

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