Knispel pushes HU soccerwomen past Rochester

Olivia Knispel scored with four minutes remaining to break open a tie game and give the Huntington University women’s soccer team a season-opening 2-1 win over visiting Rochester College on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Knispel found the back of the net at the 85:53 mark in the second half for the Foresters, wiping out a 1-1 deadlock that had persisted since late in the opening period. The junior’s freshman sister, Matéa, assisted on the game-winning score.

HU men's soccer team loses lead in opening loss

After taking a 2-0 lead in the opening half, the Huntington University men’s soccer team watched host St. Francis score three unanswered goals in the second to hang it with a 3-2 season-opening loss.

Freshman Matheus Louzada put the Foresters on the board a little over nine minutes into the game. Junior Isaac Wust, a former Huntington North High School star, assisted on the goal, then turned goal-scorer himself, netting the ball two minutes later off an assist from freshman Miguel de Sousa to give the hosts their 2-0 advantage.

Lady Vike golfers easily dispatch North Side

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity golf team dispatched North Side with ease, 182-255, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at McMillen Golf Course in Fort Wayne.

Junior Leah Kitchen carded a 42 for the Lady Vikings, who improve to 4-3 in dual matches. Junior Ashley Hall and sophomore Jaclyn Boyd both shot under 50 as well, each posting a 45, while sophomore Sarah Malone supplied a 50 to cap the team’s score.

Junior McKenzie Haneline tallied a non-scoring 52.

Frosh spikers edge Logansport

The Huntington North High School freshmen volleyball team edged visiting Logansport, 25-23, 25-21, on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Isabella Kryder swatted three aces and doled out 13 assists for the Lady Vikings, 2-0. Macy Wohlford contributed four kills to the team’s offensive effort.

Lydia Riggers was the defensive standout, recording two blocks and seven digs.

Johnson just falls short of World finals race

Huntington University alum Lauren Johnson fell eight tenths of a second short from qualifying for the 1,500-meter finals at the IAAF World Championships, in Beijing, China.

The Andrews native ran a 4:10.01 to finish eighth in her heat on Sunday, Aug. 23, in semifinal action.

The top five finishers in both heats, as well as the next two fastest times, moved on to the finals. Despite running five seconds faster than the top finisher in heat one, Johnson was edged out by Poland’s Angelika Cichocka, who posted a 4:09.19 in Johnson’s heat to claim the final spot.

Another Tackett moving up in bowling ranks

Eric Tackett, of Huntington, stands with gear from bowling goods manufacturer MOTIV at Rainbow Lanes, in Huntington. Tackett secured a contract with MOTIV earlier this summer at a tournament in Michigan.
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Eric Tackett, of Huntington, was awarded a contract with bowling goods manufacturer MOTIV this summer.

Tackett competes on both the PBA Tour and the PBA Regional Tour. In July, the 25-year-old participated in the MOTIV Revolution Tournament, held in Allen Park, MI, at Thunderbowl Lanes. A cut was made after 20 games and any bowlers making the cut got the chance to ink a deal with MOTIV.

Calling the tournament “a very stressful two days,” Tackett was in danger of not making the cut through 18 games.

Following a poor game, he switched bowling balls.

HCB assembling all-star squads for baseball leagues for 2016

Huntington County Baseball is assembling all-star teams for the 13U, 12U and 11U age groups in baseball for the 2016 HCB season.

HCB will be holding a tryout on Sept. 6 at Homier Park at 3 p.m.

HCB is adding this opportunity for youths to be able to compete at the local level, but also experience other competition. The goal is to give HCB players another level of experience and coaching. Furthermore, it provides HCB a chance to showcase the talent it has within its league.

Koch, Tillett hat tricks pace Lady Vike soccergirfls to big win

Karmen Koch (left) and Hannah Tillett.
Photos by Scott Trauner.

Sophomore Karmen Koch netted her second straight hat trick and fellow sophomore Hannah Tillett also scored three goals as the Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team swamped host Mississinewa, 10-0, on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

The Lady Vikings took a 3-0 lead into halftime and exploded for seven more goals after the intermission to run their record to 2-1 on the season.

Amaya Sunderman added a pair of goals and Sydney Kyle and Hannah Williams each scored one goal for Huntington North. Williams also had a pair of assists, as did Taylor Conley

Almalahi nets 3 more goals in win over MIssissinewa

Huntington North senior defenseman Zach Baldridge moves the ball away from Mississinewa's Trey Frye in the Vikings' 5-0 win over Mississinewa on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Sophomore forward Mohamed Almalahi scored a hat trick in the opening half and the Huntington North High School boys' varsity soccer team went on to defeat visiting Mississinewa 5-0, on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Coming off a 4-goal performance on Monday, Almalahi put one by the Mississinewa goalie at 29:55 of the first half to give the Vikings a lead they would never relinquish. A little more than six minutes later, at 23:26, he doubled the lead with his second goal, and not quite three minutes later Zach Baldridge fed the sophomore for his third score of the contest, coming at 20:55.

Lady Vike harriers third at Warsaw Classic

Even with top runner Hannah Stoffel not competing, the Huntington North High School girls' cross country team finished third out of 10 teams at the Warsaw Cross Country Classic on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Senior Marissa Jamison led the way for HNHS with a 13th place finish in 20:23.9 on the 5-kilometer course. Sophomore Chloe Scheiber then placed 21st in 21:45.1, before Alena Miller, Jenna Henline and Kyler Hoopingarner took 23rd through 25th, respectively.

Lady Vike golfers score well but lose to Bellmont

Although all four scoring golfers shot under 50, the Huntington North High School girls' varsity golf team came up a 167-180 loser to host Bellmont at Cross Creek Golf Course on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Jaclyn Boyd and Ashley Hall led the way for Coach Ron Vinson's squad with rounds of 42 and 43, respectively. Sarah Fryman shot a 46 and Leah Kitchen added a 49 as the Lady Vikings fell to 3-3 on the season.

Another singles sweep leads Vike netboys to win

(From left) Nick May, Auden Eckert and Matt Karst.
Photos by Scott Trauner.

Another singles sweep earned the Huntington North High School boys' varsity tennis team a 3-2 win over host Bluffton on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Lady Vike spikers rip through FW South Side in 3 straight

Photo by Scott Trauner.
Mackenzi Cannici.

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team ripped through visiting Fort Wayne South Side in straight sets on Tuesday, Aug. 25, winning 25-4, 25-8, 25-6.

Mackenzi Cannici had seven kills and Alexa Hill had 17 assists to lead the offense for the Lady Vikes, 2-2 on the season. Cannici also had three aces, as did Allyson Mettler and Ariene Butler.

Butler added five digs to the HNHS cause, and Cannici and Brooke Richsion each had a block.

Peyton Butler had 11 assists and 10 aces to help the Lady Vikes' junior varsity to a 2-0 win, 25-5, 25-4.

Williams, Koch both net hat trick as Lady Vike soccergirls rout New Haven

Hannah Williams (left) and Karmen Koch.
Photos by Scott Trauner.

Senior Hannah Williams and sophomore Karmen Koch scored three goals apiece to highlight an 11-0 rout of host New Haven by the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team on Monday, Aug. 24.

In addition to Williams and Koch’s hat tricks, sophomore Taylor Conley put the ball in the net twice for the Lady Vikings, who improve to 1-1.

Huntington North scored 10 of its goals in the first half to put the game out of reach by halftime.

Sophomores Hannah Tillett and Sydney Kyle each contributed a goal to the Lady Vikings’ scoring blitz.

Almalahi lights up New Haven with 4 goals in Viking soccer win

Photo by Scott Trauner.
Mohamed Almalahi.

Mohamed Almalahi scored four goals for the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team in a 6-2 win over visiting New Haven on Monday, Aug. 24.

Almalahi, a sophomore, found the back of the net three times in the game’s opening half. Senior Zach Baldridge and sophomore Caleb Smith each scored as well to give the Vikings a commanding 5-0 lead at the break.

Almalahi tacked on an insurance tally for the hosts in the second half, which saw the Bulldogs score two goals of their own to avoid the shutout.

Viking netboys fall to Adams Central, 2-3

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity tennis team got easy victories in the first two singles matches but visiting Adams Central got the rest of the wins and beat the Vikings, 3-2, on Monday, Aug. 24.

Junior Nick May and sophomore Auden Eckert cruised past their foes at first and second singles, respectively, before Adams Central took over and dropped the Vikings to 1-2 on the season. May handcuffed Ben Kahlert at first singles, 6-0, 6-1, and Eckert topped Jared Ripley, 6-3, 6-0, at second.

Lady Vikes' JV spikers go 3-1 at Lafayette Jeff

The Huntington North High School junior varsity volleyball team went 3-1 at the Lafayette Jeff Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The Lady Vikes started off the day with a 2-0 win over Merrillville, then lost to Brownsburg, 1-2. That was followed by 2-0 wins over Plainfield and the host school.

Rileigh Johnson led the Lady Vike offense with 25 kills, and Peyton Butler dished out 59 assists on the day. Brette Fawcett had 11 aces.

Katie Jamison sparked the defense with 20 digs, and Larissa Johnson and Macy Niswander each recorded two blocks.

Making a ‘putt’

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Matt Ackerman, of Huntington, practices “putting” with a Frisbee on the 18-hole Frisbee golf course Thursday, Aug. 20, at Memorial Park. Ackerman is part of a Frisbee golf league that plays on Tuesdays.

St. Peter’s FCC, YMCA team up for 2nd Drover Town 5K on Sept. 12

St. Peter’s First Community Church and the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA have teamed up to hold the second Drover Town 5K Run and Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The fun run/walk gets under way at 9 a.m., beginning and ending near the church, located at 206 Etna Ave., Huntington.

Roanoke Summer Classic

Photo by Steve Clark.

Granville Shultz (left) attempts a jumper over defender Brock Reinig during a game in the Roanoke Summer Classic, a basketball tournament held Saturday, Aug. 22, in the Roanoke Town Park. Proceeds from the event benefited the park.

Lady Vike harriers seventh at own invitational

Huntington North’s Hannah Stoffel (right) tries to stay a step ahead of Warsaw’s Mia Beckham during the Huntington North Cross Country Invitational, held Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Huntington University Cross Country Course.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity cross country team took seventh at its own invitational on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Huntington University Cross Country Course.

Hannah Stoffel placed 10th to lead the Lady Vikings to a tally of 204 points in the 18-team field. Stoffel, a senior, crossed the finish line in 19:52.5.

Viking harriers 11th at own invite

Huntington North freshman Jacob Wust (left) keeps pace with Leo’s Nathan Werling at the Huntington North Cross Country Invitational, held Saturday, Aug. 22, on the Huntington University Cross Country Course.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity cross country team finished 11th at its own invitational on Saturday, Aug. 22, on the Huntington University Cross County Course.

Brock Spahr helped the Vikings to a register of 299 points in the 19-team field. The freshman captured 19th, passing the end stripe in 17:07.7.

Sophomore Hale Bowen clocked in at 18:16.0, good for 58th. Freshman Jacob Wust earned 64th in 18:22.4, sophomore Nolan Young took 71st in 18:37.8 and freshman Drew Davis claimed 87th in 19:08.6 to round out the Huntington North score.

HNHS soccerboys tie with Manchester

Photo by Scott Trauner.
Al Tirado.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team tied with host Manchester, 3-3, on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The Squires netted their trio of goals in the first half while the Vikings scored twice to go into the break down by one. Coach Steve Saddington’s squad then punched in the equalizing score in the second half while holding the hosts at bay to move to 1-0-1 on the season.

Junior Al Tirado produced two of Huntington North’s goals. Senior Trey Sorg came up with the other while also logging an assist.

Viking aerial assault humbles Giants in season-opener

Huntington North junior Garrett Heaston goes high to snag a pass in front of a Marion defender in the Vikings' 36-28 win on Friday, Aug. 21, at Kriegbaum Field.
Photo by Steve Clark.

An aerial assault by the Huntington North High School varsity football team carried it to a 36-28 win in its season-opener against visiting Marion on Friday, Aug. 21.

Quarterback Dakota Johnson orchestrated the Vikings’ attack through air, passing for 233 yards on 19 completions in 33 attempts. Johnson’s favorite target was senior Alex McCutcheon, who hauled in nine passes for 124 yards.

Extra yardage

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School quarterback Dakota Johnson puts a hand down and stretches for extra yardage after being upended by a Marion defender in the Vikings' 36-28 win over the Giants on Friday, Aug. 21, in the team's season-opener at Kriegbaum Field.

Hill's efforts not enough as Lady Vike spikers fall to Warsaw

Photo by Scott Trauner.
Alexa Hill.

An all-around performance by Alexa Hill was not enough for the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team as it lost to host Warsaw, 0-3, falling 18-25, 20-25 and 17-25, on Thursday, Aug. 20.

Hill, a senior, topped HNHS in assists with 12 and aces with three and matched Mackenzi Cannici in blocks with two as the Lady Vikings fell to 1-2 on the young season

Josi Barscz added five kills to the HNHS list of accomplishments and Ariene Butler sparked the defense with 26 digs.

The Lady Vikings lost the junior varsity match, 0-2, falling 18-25, 7-25.

Lady Vike golfers win third straight

The Huntington North High School girls' golf team won its third straight match by defeating visiting Columbia City, 199-209, on Thursday, Aug. 20, at Norwood Golf Course.

Sophomore Jaclyn Boyd led the way for HNHS, 3-1 in dual meets, with a 47, and senior Sarah Fryman followed that with a 49. Laura Ham added a 50 and Ashley Hall rounded out the scoring with a 53.

Sarah Malone was non-scorer with a 57.

The Lady Vikings easily won the junior varsity match, 223-248.

Singles sweep gives Viking netboys first win

(From left) Nick May, Auden Eckert and Matt Karst.
Photos by Scott Trauner.

A singles sweep led the Huntington North High School varsity tennis team to a 3-2 win over host Peru on Thursday, Aug. 20.

The Vikings evened their season mark at 1-1 on the strength of wins by Nick May at first singles, Auden Eckert at second singles and Matt Karst at third singles. None of the Vikings lost more than four games in their matches.

May, a junior, ripped Braden Bates, 6-1, 6-1, and Eckert, a sophomore, took down Carson Ray, 6-2, 6-2. Karst, also a sophomore, dispatched Ethan Hyde, 6-2, 6-1.

Lady Vike golfers drop Warsaw

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity golf team beat visiting Warsaw, 185-193, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Norwood Golf Club.

Senior Sarah Fryman shot a 40 to lead the Lady Vikings, who improve to 2-1 in dual meets. Junior Ashley Hall and freshman Laura Ham each carded a 48 while sophomore Jaclyn Boyd logged a 49 to cap the team’s score.

Junior Leah Kitchen posted a non-scoring 52.

Vike netmen drop opener to Warsaw

Huntington North High School sophomore Auden Eckert puts on the brakes and returns a shot to Warsaw's David Homme in their second singles match on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at HNHS. Eckert won but the Vikings fell, 2-3.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity tennis team fell to visiting Warsaw, 2-3, in its season opener on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The Vikings, 0-1, picked up their wins at first and second singles. Junior Nick May dispatched Justin Stout in the No. 1 match, 6-1, 6-3, while sophomore Auden Eckert edged David Homme in the second, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Sophomore Matt Karst rounded out singles play for Coach Blake Childs’ squad with a 4-6, 2-6 setback to Ryan Wettschurack.