Sports

Viking wrestlers beat Norwell

The Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team beat host Norwell, 37-30, on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Juniors Jacob Hall and Gage Bustos and sophomores Charlie Agnew and Christian Graft recorded pins on the evening.

Seniors Scott Foust and Wilson Lopshire and sophomores Ricky Haught and Zach Nevil logged wins by decision for the Vikings.

Huntington North winners in the junior varsity contest were sophomore Veronika Russell and freshmen Luke Bangma and Cade MacAleese.

Grace edges Forester women

The Huntington University women’s basketball team got edged by visiting Grace College, 72-70, on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

It was a close game throughout, with the Lancers leading 17-15 in the first quarter, only to see the Foresters sneak ahead by halftime, 34-28. The visitors retook the lead in the third, 52-51, then narrowly held off their hosts in the final frame, outscoring them 20-19 to escape Platt Arena with the win.

HN girls upend Manchester

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team upended host Manchester, 50-36, on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The Lady Vikings led by three after the first quarter, 11-8, and bumped their advantage out to nine by halftime, 25-16. Coach Heidi Lawson’s squad was up 35-28 at the end of three quarters, then outscored its hosts 15-8 in the final frame to cap the win.

Huntington North, 5-4, got 15 points and seven rebounds from junior Rileigh Johnson and 14 points and six boards from junior Larissa Johnson.

Lady Viking swimmers club Blackford

Huntington North freshman Laney Shaw churns through the water en route to winning the 200-yard freestyle against Blackford on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Macy Lange had two wins and six other Lady Vikings also got wins as the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team clubbed visiting Blackford, 121-43, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.

Lange, a sophomore, took the 50-yard freestyle, in :28.87, and the 100-yard breaststroke, in 1:24.11, the latter leading one of two top-three sweeps for the Lady Vikings, 3-2.

Gabby Line finished second to Lange in the breaststroke, in 1:26.76, and Paige Hoeppner placed third in 1:37.59.

Trio of twin-winners leads HNHS swimboys over Blackford

Huntington North sophomore Keegan Mautz swims the backstroke leg during the 200-yard individual medley against visiting Blackford High School on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Mautz won the event in 2:37.20 on his way to two wins, and the Vikings won, 71-53.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A trio of twin-winners led the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team past visiting Blackford, 71-53, on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Senior Cody Barton, junior Conner Mason and sophomore Keegan Mautz each won a pair of individual events as the Vikings improved their record to 2-3 on the season.

Barton took the 100-yard butterfly, in 101.86, and the 100-yard breaststroke, in 1:07.91, while Mason took the 200-yard freestyle, in 2:21.40, and the 500-yard freestyle, in 6:23.33. Mautz was golden in the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:37.20, and the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:01.96.

Helmich wins not enough for Lady Vike swimmers

Senior Emma Helmich picked up two solo wins and assisted on a relay victory but the Huntington North High School girls' swim team fell to visiting Columbia City, 96-74, on Monday, Dec. 5.

Helmich won the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. She touched the wall in 2:14.45 in the free and came home on 1:03.64 to win the fly.

She later teamed with freshman Laney Shaw, senior Emma Gordon and frosh Allie Aschliman to capture the 400-yard freestyle relay, in 4:16.47.

Mason, Barton pick up wins as swimboys fall to CC

Conner Mason and Cody Barton picked up individual wins as the Huntington North High School boys' swim team lost to visiting Columbia City, 97-55, on Monday, Dec. 5.

Mason, a junior, captured the 50-yard freestyle in :28.28, while Barton, a senior, claimed the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.14 as the Vikings fell to 1-3 on the season.

The pair teamed with sophomores Keegan Mautz and Aidan Miller to also win the 200-yard medley relay, in 2:09.28.

Foresters burn nets; pound Grace

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Mike Bush

The Huntington University men's basketball team burned the nets for 62 percent marksmanship on the way to a 99-70 pounding of visiting Grace College on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Led by Mike Bush with 20 points, six Foresters hit double figures in scoring as HU upped its season record to 7-5 overall, 1-3 in the Crossroads League.

15 HU students earn NAIA Scholar Athlete status for fall season

Fifteen student-athletes at Huntington University earned NAIA Scholar Athlete status for the fall sports season.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

Forester student-athletes to receive the honor were:

Men’s cross country
Michael Bowman, senior, LaFontaine; and Codi Wiersema, junior, Byron Center, MI.

Nash, Gerke post wins for HU at Trine track event

Jake Nash and Brooks Gerke posted wins for the Huntington University men’s track and field team at the Sean Brady Conditioner, hosted by Trine University on Saturday, Dec. 3.

One of the NAIA’s top high jumpers, Nash secured a spot at the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships with his winning leap of 2.09 meters at the three-team meet.

Gerke claimed his first-place finish for the Foresters in pole vault with a mark of 4.27 meters.

Pennington, Hicks lead HU women at Trine track event

Nicole Pennington and Christiana Hicks both logged victories for the Huntington University women’s track and field team at the Sean Brady Conditioner, hosted by Trine University on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Pennington started off the Foresters’ indoor season with a bang by turning in two personal-record performances. The junior speedster won the 60-meter dash in :8.14, which is the fourth-fastest time in team history. She also finished second in the 200-meter dash by clocking in at :27.69, which lands her in the 10th spot in the Huntington history books.   

Viking baseball to have camp

Huntington North High School Athletics will sponsor a Viking baseball youth camp on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the HNHS Field House.

Camp for grades K-5 will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the session for grades 6 through 8 will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Instruction will be differentiated and provided by the baseball coaching staff and the program’s best returning role models.

There is a cost per camper for the program. Free T-shirts will be given if registered by Dec. 14.

Seventh-graders win it all


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The seventh-grade Junior Lady Vikings basketball team recently won its division at the Jay County Tournament. Team members are (front row from left) Chloe Kauffman, Grace Sell, Leah Campbell and Taylor Double; and (back row from left) Coach Stacy Wiley, Addy Wiley, Meg Camomile, Hailee Kline and Coach Brian Double. Not pictured is Jadyn Bennett.

Victorious fourth-graders


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The fourth-grade Junior Lady Vikings basketball team recently won its division at the Jay County Tournament. Team members are (front row from left) Brooklynn Buzzard, Camryn Working, Addi Funk and Haiden Bailey; and (back row from left) Emma Daugherty, Marissa Trout, Molly Daugherty and Coach Kamie Tomasek.

Third-grade champs


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The third-grade Junior Lady Vikings basketball team recently won its division at the Jay County Tournament. Team members are (front row from left) Layla Tibbs, Audrey Moreland, Addison Strine and Lynnsey Degitz; and (back row from left) Coach Brandy Tibbs, Reagan Double and Lainey Thompson.

HU men suffer lopsided defeat to IWU

The Huntington University men’s basketball team suffered a lopsided defeat to third-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University, 93-67, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Luckey Arena.

While the Foresters were within striking distance at the half, 43-36, the Wildcats erased any thought of an upset in the second stanza, tossing in 50 points while holding their guests to 31.

IWU stops HU women in 4 overtimes

The Huntington University women’s basketball team and host Indiana Wesleyan University played to quadruple overtime, with the Foresters ending up on the short end of a 101-92 decision on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Viking upset bid against Warsaw falls short in OT

Huntington North’s Mitchell Geller (right) fires a jumper in the first half of a boys’ varsity basketball game versus Warsaw on Saturday, Dec. 3, in North Arena. The Vikings pushed the fifth-ranked Tigers hard, but came up short, 44-40, in overtime.
Photo by Steve Clark.

An upset bid by the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team fell short as it lost in overtime to fifth-ranked Warsaw, 44-40, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at North Arena.

Lady Vikes edge Norwell in overtime

Karmen Koch, a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, dashes past a defender from visiting Norwell during the first half of a game on Friday, Dec. 2. The Lady Vikings won in overtime, 57-56.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team edged visiting Norwell in overtime, 57-56, on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Northeast 8 Conference rivals went into the extra period deadlocked at 44. The two squads kept pace with one another, each tossing in 12 points to keep the game knotted up at 56. The winning point for the Lady Vikings came from junior Hollyn Anderson, who sank a free throw with less than a minute remaining to give her squad its fourth win against as many losses.

Vikings withstand late run by Southwood

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team withstood a late run by host Southwood to post a 62-58 win on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Vikings entered the fourth quarter with a 50-39 lead, but the Knights chipped away at that advantage with a 19-point outburst that deflated Huntington North’s cushion to single digits. The effort was too little, too late, however, as the Vikings held on for the win, their second in three games this season.

Butler signs to stay in town


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Huntington North senior Ariene Butler (front center) signs a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Huntington University next fall. With Butler are (front row from left) parents Matt and Jami Okuly and (back row from left HU Head Volleybal Coach Kyle Shondell and HNHS Head Coach Trinda Goings.

Adkins heading to Trine


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Connor Adkins (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Monday, Nov. 28, to continue his baseball career at Trine University, in Angola. Present at the signing were his mother, Tracy (seated left), and father, Paul (seated right), and (standing) Jarod Hammel, HNHS head varsity baseball coach.

Viking wrestlers get eight pins on way to big win over DeKalb

The Huntington North High school wrestling team got eight pins en route to a 64-9 shellacking of visiting DeKalb in the season-opener on Thursday evening, Dec. 1.

Sticking their foes to the mat were Darryn Kuhl, Brady Lewis, Ricky Haught, Gavin Rosen, Wilson Lopshire, Eli Parrett, Christian Graft and Scott Foust.

Jacob Hall, Zach Nevil, Kaleb McVoy and Gage Bustos got decision wins.

The Vikings' junior varsity squad won 13-6.

Girl bowlers dispatch Bluffton

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity bowling team dispatched Bluffton, 16-4, at Villa Lanes, in Decatur, on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Rachel Fields rolled a 349 while Caila Kline compiled a 332 to lead the Lady Vikings.

As a team, Huntington North felled 1,613 pins to pick up its fifth win in seven tries this season.  

HNHS bowlers crush South Adams

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity bowling team defeated South Adams, 18-2, at Villa Lanes, in Decatur, on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Mathew Elmore led the Vikings with a 446. Zach Cochran rolled a 435 while Austin Eddingfield posted a 419 for the squad.

As a team, Huntington North toppled 1,973 pins to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Strong second half propels HU women past Bethel

A strong second half propelled the Huntington University women’s basketball team past host Bethel College, 62-52, on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Down 13-10 after the first quarter and 26-24 at halftime, the Foresters pulled ahead in the third, tallying 19 points to the Pilots’ 12 to craft a 43-38 advantage. Coach Lori Culler’s squad then outscored Bethel 19-14 in the final frame to double its lead by the end buzzer.

Lady Vikes run away from Bishop Luers in fourth quarter

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team turned a one-point lead after three quarters into a 59-45 win over host Bishop Luers on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The Lady Vikings, 3-4, trailed by eight points early in the contest before turning up the defensive pressure and forcing Luers into 26 turnovers. The Vikings and Luers were tied after the first quarter at 12-all and Luers had a 27-25 halftime lead before the Vikings took a 34-33 lead into the final frame.

Poor shooting night dooms Foresters against 17th-ranked Pilots

The Huntington University men's basketball team picked the wrong time to have its worst shooting night of the season as it fell to host 17th-ranked Bethel, 86-64, on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The Foresters, 6-4, went into the game shooting better than 53 percent on the season, the second highest percentage in NAIA Division II, but a 25 of 61 effort for 41 percent against Bethel was not what the doctor ordered. Bethel, 8-2, took a 46-31 lead after the first half of play and expanded the margin by another seven points by game's end.

Pair of twin-winners not enough for HNHS swimgirls in loss

Huntington North freshman Allie Aschliman strokes to victory in the 100-yard butterfly against East Noble on Tuesday evening, Nov. 29, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Emma Helmich and freshman Allie Aschliman each won a pair of races but it wasn't enough as the Huntington North High School girls' swim team fell to visiting East Noble, 96-74, on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Helmich was stop step in the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:29.07, and the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:00.64, and Aschliman won the 100-yard butterfly, in 1:06.33, and the 100-yard backstroke, in 1:10.50, but the Lady Vikings still fell to 2-1 on the season.

The Lady Vikings could only add to that with five runner-up spots, three by relay teams.

Vikings get one win in swim loss to East Noble

Huntington North's Keegan Mautz swims the backstroke leg during the 200-yard individual medley race against East Noble on Tuesday evening, Nov. 29, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Mautz earned second in the race but HNHS lost.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay was the lone win of the night for the Huntington North High School boys' swim team against visiting East Noble on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in a 118-38 loss.

The quartet of senior Cody Barton, freshman Nathan York, sophomore Keegan Mautz and junior Conner Mason touched out an East Noble crew for victory in 1:49.82 for the Vikings' lone top-shelf finish as they fell to 1-2 on the season.

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