Betterly's third place sparks HNHS golfers to runner-up at own invite

Sawyer Stoltz, a sophomore on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity golf team, watches his iron shot on the edge of a pond at Norwood Golf Course during the Huntington North Invitational on Saturday, April 22. The Vikings finished second.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Nolan Betterly placed third as an individual to lead the Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team to a runner-up finish at its own Huntington North Golf Invitational on Saturday, April 22, at Norwood Golf Course.

Betterly posted an 18-hole total of 83, two strokes more than medalist Alex Dose of Northridge, which won the team championship.

The Vikings shot a team score of 346 for the event, with Bramley Shultz carding an 86, Luke Pulver firing a 97 and Hank Pulver and Jared Smith both recording scores of 90.

Viking diamond boys sweep SB Adams

A 14-hit attack in the second game yielded a dozen runs as the Huntington North High School baseball team swept host South Bend Adams in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 22, winning 7-3 and 12-6.

The second game hitfest for HNHS, 6-4, was led by Jarret Gray and Cody Barton with three safeties apiece. Ian McCutcheon and Mason Landrum added a pair of hits apiece.

Barton picked up three runs batted in while Gray and Pat Miller accounted for two each.

Foresters claim share of CL baseball title with twinbill sweep of Taylor

The Huntington University baseball team clinched at least a share of the Crossroads League regular-season title by completing a three-game sweep of host Taylor University on Saturday, April 22.

In claiming a share of the conference title, the 24th-ranked Foresters punched their ticket to the opening round of the NAIA World Series, set to start May 15. Also, with one win in their final four league games, the Foresters can win the conference title outright. As a result of the sweep, Taylor dropped into a tie with Marian University for second place in league standings.

Mississinewa edges Lady Vikes SB

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team got edged by host Mississinewa, 7-6, on Saturday, April 22.

Pitching helps HU SB sweep Goshen

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Lairen Miller

Solid outings by its pitchers propelled the Huntington University softball team to a sweep of host Goshen College, 3-1 and 3-0, on Saturday, April 22.

Freshmen Lairen Miller and Camille Furrow both went the distance in the circle for the Foresters, 23-16-1, 18-12 in Crossroads League play.

Miller posted her third shutout of the season in the second game, yielding just four hits. The rookie issued no walks and struck out one as she earned her 13th win against eight defeats.

Spahr wins twice as Viking trackboys at Muncie Central Relays

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Brock Spahr

A pair of top finishes by distance runner Brock Spahr helped the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity track team capture second place at the Muncie Central Relays on Saturday, April 22.

Spahr posted first-place finishes in the 1,600 and the 3,200-meter runs for the Vikings. The sophomore won the shorter race in 4:49.24 and the longer one in 10:10.09.

Jared Coolman also put forth a golden effort for Coach Scott Bower’s squad, triumphing in shot put. A senior, Coolman tossed the gray ball 48-0 to take the top spot.

HU women golfers ninth at IWU Rumble at the Rock

The Huntington University women’s golf team took ninth place at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Rumble at the Rock, held at Rock Hollow Golf Club, in Peru, across Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22.

Although the Foresters finished last at the meet, they managed to better their first-day score of 380 by 17 strokes the second day to finish with a 743.

HU humbles Taylor in battle of top CL baseball teams

In a matchup between the top two squads in the Crossroads League, the conference-leading Huntington University baseball team humbled host Taylor University, 13-2, on Friday, April 21.

The first contest in a three-game series scheduled to be completed on Saturday, April 22, the Foresters showed why they’re the 24th-ranked team in the nation. Coach Mike Frame’s squad dominated in both phases of the game, banging out 10 hits while limiting the Trojans to just four.

HU softball squad downs USF, 4-1

The Huntington University softball team topped visiting Saint Francis, 4-1, on Friday, April 21.

The Foresters, 21-16-1, 16-12 in Crossroads League play, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Coach Doug Gower’s squad doubled its advantage to 4-0 in the third before the Cougars managed to spoil Lairen Miller’s shutout bid in the seventh with their lone run of the game.

Miller earned the win in the circle to improve to 12-8. The freshman limited Saint Francis to six hits and the one run in seven frames. She notched five strikeouts and issued no walks.

Lady Vikes' softball team wallops Wayne

Kelsie Vogleman, a senior on the Huntington North High School varsity softball team, connects with a pitch in a game against visiting Wayne on Friday, April 21. The Lady Vikings won big, 14-1.
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The Huntington North High School varsity softball team walloped visiting Wayne, 14-1, on Friday, April 21.

The Lady Vikings wasted no time building a double-digit lead on their overmatched opponent, tallying four runs in the first inning before adding six more in the second to craft a 10-0 advantage. Coach Paris Seibold’s squad tacked on three more runs in the third before exchanging solo tallies with the Lady Generals in the fourth to take the contest to its final tally.

Vikings upend Northfield on diamond

CJ Landrum (right), a senior on the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team, locks in on a pitch in a game against visiting Northfield on Friday, April 21. The Vikings won, 11-1. Photo by Steve Clark.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team upended visiting Northfield, 11-1, on Friday, April 21.

The game got away from the Norse in the second inning, which saw the Vikings score four runs to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 lead. Coach Jared Hammel’s squad never looked back, scoring three times in the fourth before tacking on a solo tally in the fifth and another pair of runs in the sixth to end the game via the 10-run rule.

Bishop Dwenger shades HNHS netgirls

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team dropped a tough one to visiting Bishop Dwenger, 2-3, on Thursday, April 20.

The Lady Vikings, 3-3, got a three-set win from Tarah Zumbrun at third singles and a straight set win from the first doubles team of Macy Wohlford and Kassidy Thompson, but the closest they could come after that was three-set loss at third doubles. Anna Schroeder and Alyssa Hewson enjoyed a 6-1 win in their first set of their match against Samantha Rehloff and Savanna Henry, but dropped the next two, 4-6, 1-6.

Late comeback by Lady Vikes falls short against Carroll

A late comeback attempt by the Huntington North High School varsity softball team fell short in a 7-6 loss to host Carroll on Wednesday, April 19.

Down 6-3 to the Lady Chargers going into the sixth inning, the Lady Vikings pushed three runs across to knot the game. Carroll, though, didn’t waste any time breaking the tie, plating one runner in its half of the frame before shutting out Huntington North in the top of the seventh to seal the win.

Steady offense leads HU baseball team over Grace

The Huntington University baseball team triumphed over host Grace College, 7-3, on Wednesday, April 19.

A steady offensive effort propelled the Foresters to the victory. After taking a 3-2 lead in the second inning, Coach Mike Frame’s squad added solo tallies in the third, sixth, eighth and ninth innings while limiting the Lancers to a single run to secure the win.

With the victory, Huntington improves to 24-8 and stays atop the Crossroads League with a 17-3 mark.

Dodgeball tourney to benefit West family

A dodgeball tournament to benefit the family of Conner West will be held May 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Huntington North High School.

West is being treated for leukemia.

Six-member teams will be divided into three age groups from fourth grade through adult. Twenty teams will be accepted in each age group.

An entry fee is charged as well as an admission fee for spectators. T-shirts and refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.

Team captains can register by calling Angie Cartwright at 571-6852 or Amy Szelis at 519-0935.

Coolman golden twice but EN nips Vike trackboys

A pair of wins by senior Jared Coolman in the throwing events wasn't quite enough for the Huntington North High School boys' track team as it was edged by host East Noble, 58.5-57.5 in a three-way meet with Bellmont on Tuesday, April 18.

Bellmont finished third with 51 points.

Coolman earned two of the five HNHS wins on the day, taking the shot put with a heave of 47-10.75 and the discus with a heave of 135-9.

Doubles wins lead way for Lady Vike netgirls over New Haven

The doubles teams led the way for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team in a 3-2 win over visiting New Haven on Tuesday, April 18.

The No. 1 doubles team of Macy Wohlford and Kassidy Thompson took down Allison Mason and Hannah Bathey, 6-0, 6-4, while the second doubles team of Anna Schroeder and Alyssa Hewson took a 6-2, 7-5 decision over Gabby Shuler and Emily Bricker. That paired with a win by Jessica Henline at first singles, 6-2, 6-1 over Lindsey DeCamp, to push the Lady Vikings to 3-2 on the season.

Early fast start doesn't translate to win for Viking diamond boys

The Huntington North High School baseball team put up a five-spot in the first inning but then never scored again the rest of the game and fell to visiting Northrop, 6-5, on Tuesday, April 18.

Northrop tallied three runs in the top of the first but the Vikings, 4-4, responded with their big first inning to take a 5-3 lead, but that proved to be it for the HNHS offense. The Bruins scored once in the second and then got the eventual game-winners in the fourth.

Lady Vike trackgirls second at home three-way

Josie Graft (right) reaches the baton out to Katie McQuinn  on an exchange in the 400-meter relay in a home three-way girls' track meet on Tuesday, April 18.
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The Huntington North High School girls' varsity track team got four wins, but only could muster a second-place tie in a three-way meet with visiting Bellmont and East Noble on Tuesday, April 18.

Karmen Koch won the 300-meter hurdles and the Lady Vikings captured a trio of field events on the way to finishing with 48 points, tying with Bellmont, while East Noble captured the meet with 71 points.

Koch, a junior, clocked in at :49 to win her race, with teammate Amara Eckert placing third in :54.9.

HU golfers eighth at Ackerman-Allen Classic

The Huntington University men's golf team placed eighth out of nine squads at the Ackerman-Allen Classic hosted by Taylor University on Monday, April 17.

Cale Carr led the Foresters with a 3-over par 147 to place 15th out of 59 golfers. Luis Esteban carded a 151, Zak Cummings had a 156 and Zach Borntreger shot a 158.

Chandler Rang shot a 170 to complete the HU team.

HU women split with Taylor

The Huntington University softball team got a walk-off win in the opener but Taylor came back decisively in the second game for a doubleheader split on Tuesday afternoon, April 18.

Freshman Karley Blankenship smacked a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give HU a 4-3 win in the first game before Taylor dominated the nightcap to the tune of 10-2.

Reese, Whitney set new marks at Discover Roanoke 5K

Runners head out from the start line of the eighth annual Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1-Mile Run on Saturday, April 15, in downtown Roanoke.
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Tyler Reese and Hanna Whitney were the top male and female finishers, respectively, of the 5K portion of the Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1 Mile Race, held Saturday, April 15, in downtown Roanoke.

Reese and Whitney both set course records en route to their victories. Reese, a 28-year-old from Paulding, OH, crossed the finish line in 18:32.7. Whitney, a 14-year-old from Roanoke, stepped over the end stripe in 21:31.6.

Eckert, Cannici come up big as Lady Vikes top Homestead on diamond

Mackenzi Cannici (left) and Aubrie Eckert.
Photos by Steve Clark.

Aubrie Eckert and Mackenzi Cannici combined for five hits, two home runs and six runs batted in to lead the Huntington North High School varsity softball team to a 14-11 win over host Homestead.

Eckert had two hits with a homer and four RBI and Cannici had three hits with a homer and two RBI as HNHS improved to 4-2 on the season.

Faith Leist added two hits and two RBI to the offensive melee for HNHS and Hannah Middlebrooks also had a pair of safeties.

Kendra Arnold got the win in the circle.

Foresters put wood to Bethel, 21-5

Dalton Combs led off the game with a home run and Andy Roser hit a grand slam minutes later as the Huntington University baseball team blasted host Bethel College, 21-5, on Monday, April 17.

The Foresters, 23-8, then exploded for 10 more runs on seven hits -- including a Michael Crowley three-run dinger, in the second inning for a 15-0 lead, finally ending the game after seven innings due to the mercy rule.

Marion overpowers Lady Vike netters

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team was simply overpowered by visiting Marion, 0-5, on Monday, April 17.

Marion recorded at least one shutout in every match to drop HNHS to 2-2 on the season.

At first singles, Jessica Henline fell to Kayla Dubuque, 0-6, 1-6, while Katie Hunt at second singles lost to Makenzie Nelson, 3-6, 0-6. Tarah Zumbrun at No. 3 lost to Claire Hendricks, 0-6, 2-6.

Lady Vike trackgirls second at Marion Relays

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity track team captured second place at the Marion Relays on Saturday, April 15.

Veronika Russell highlighted the Lady Vikings’ runner-up effort with a win in pole vault. A sophomore, Russell cleared 8-0 to post her top finish, which was the team’s lone gold showing on the day.

Karmen Koch put forth two podium efforts for Huntington North. The junior claimed second in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in :16.35, and third in high jump, leaping 4-10.

Foresters club Marian in nightcap after win streak stopped

Forester shortstop Adam Roser takes a mighty swipe at a baseball in action Saturday, April 15, against visiting Marian. The Foresters split a doubleheader.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University baseball team didn't waste any time getting back on track after seeing its 12-game win streak snapped in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 15, clubbing visiting Marian University, 10-0 in the nightcap.

After collecting just five hits in a 6-2 loss in game one, the Foresters battered three Marian pitchers for 16 safeties in the nightcap laugher, which included home runs by Shea Beauchamp and TJ Lindstrand.

Miller pitches HU past MVNU twice

The Huntington University softball team swept host Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday, April 15, winning 5-1, 5-3, behind a double mound win effort by freshman Lairen Miller.

Miller was stellar in the circle in the first game, yielding just one run on sixth hits in the complete game win. She then hurled three innings of scoreless relief in the nightcap to gain her 10th win of the campaign.

Casey Lehman had the biggest bat in the opener with a perfect 4 for 4 effort at the plate, with two runs batted in. Audra Klopfenstein added three hits.

Coolman scores best finishes for HNHS at North Side Relays

Senior Jared Coolman had the best placings of the day for the Huntington North High School boys' track team as it finished 12th out of 15 teams at the North Side Relays on Saturday, April 15.

Competing in "A" flight, Coolman took third in the shot put with a heave of 47-9 and fifth in the discus with a toss of 130-2.

The Vikings had three individuals score in "B" flight. Mitch McElhaney took fourth in the discus with a toss of 108-8, while Damon Kaylor place fifth in shot with  a heave of 42-1.5 and Jacob Wust was fifth in the 3,200-meter run at 10:22.34.

Vikes' 3,200 relay quartet scores 6th at Flashes

Huntington North High School's track team scored a sixth place with its 3,200-meter relay team at the Flashes Showcase at Franklin Central on Friday, April 14.

The quartet of Alex Wiedenhoeft, Brock Spahr, Elijah Chesterman and Cody Jones turned in a clocking of 8:14.29 to get their placing.

Competing in the freshman one-mile run, Wilson Whicker clocked at 4:57.01, Nathan Sizemore recorded a 5:08.34 and Isaiah Clampitt had a 5:09.43.