HU closes fall dual-meet season with loss to IWU

The Huntington University men's tennis team closed out its fall dual-meet season with a 1-8 loss to visiting Indiana Wesleyan University on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The No. 1 doubles team of Joseph Straznicky and Ignacio Poncio got the lone HU win on the day as the Foresters dropped to 4-8 on the season, 3-5 in Crossroads League play. Straznicky and Poncio defeated Gavin White and Leonard Matthews, 8-6.

HU netwomen come up empty at IWU

The Huntington University women's tennis team came up empty against the league's best in a 0-9 loss to host Indiana Wesleyan University on  Thursday, Oct. 1.

The loss in the fall season dual finale drops HU to 9-2 on the season, while IWU stands a perfect 11-0.

Leo ends Lady Vike spikers' win string

Host Leo slowed the high-flying Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team with a 3-0 sweep on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Leo won the tight contest, 22-25, 20-25 and 22-25 to put the brakes to the Lady Vikings' nine-match win string. HNHS is now 20-6 on the season, 4-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Allyson Mettler had 11 kills and Alexa Hill had 20 assists to pace the HNHS offense. Ariene Butler had 13 digs to lead the defense.

Almalahi, Sorg, Baldridge lead HNHS soccerboys to win

Sophomore Mohamed Almalahi scored another two goals and seniors Trey Sorg and Zach Baldridge each had a goal and an assist as the Huntington North High School boys' varsity soccer team downed visiting Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 5-1, on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The Vikings jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the visitors in the first half and outscored them 2-1 in the second frame to impove to 12-2-2 on the season.

Senior Brendan Sharkey got the remaining HNHS goal, and fellow seniors Alex Hosler and Aaron Webb had additional assists.

MVNU uses late scores to down HU soccermen

A pair of late second half scores by visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene sunk the Huntington University men’s soccer team, 2-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

After a scoreless first half and more of the same in the second, the Cougars found the back of the net in the 66th minute to take a 1-0 lead on the Foresters. Huntington remained in the game until minutes before its conclusion, when the visitors cushioned their lead with a score at the 86:33 mark to ice the win.

HU volleyball team comes up short against Goshen

The Huntington University volleyball team came up short in a five-set thriller with visiting Goshen College, losing 2-3 on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The Maple Leafs struck first, winning the opening set, 25-15, but the Foresters countered with a 25-20 victory in the following frame to even things. Though Goshen went back in front with a 25-21 decision in the third set, Huntington won by that same score in the fourth to deadlock things once more. The visitors had the last cheer, however, edging the Foresters in the final frame, 15-11.

Viking netmen fall one win shy of advancing in sectional

Nick May, a junior on the Huntington North High School boys’ tennis team, pops up to hit the ball during his match at No. 1 singles versus Bellmont’s Austin O’Campo in the first round of the Norwell Sectional on Wednesday, Sept. 30. May won, 6-1, 6-0, but the Vikings lost, 2-3, to see their season come to an end.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ tennis team fell one game shy of advancing to the Norwell Sectional semifinals as it lost a squeaker to Bellmont, 2-3, on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Junior Nick May and sophomore Auden Eckert each won a singles match to give the Vikings a chance, but the Tigers’ Alex Alanis was able to outlast sophomore Matt Karst in the third singles contest to end Huntington North’s season at 6-10.

Karst lost 6-7, (5-7), 1-6.

Crestview boys third, girls fifth at Wabash XC Invitational

The Crestview Middle School boys’ cross country team captured third at the Wabash Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Cougars competed against 14 other teams to achieve their bronze placement.

The Crestview girls took fifth in their race, which also boasted 14 squads.

HU men's bowling team fifth at Cardinal Classic

The Huntington University men's bowling team picked up three spots on Sunday to finish fifth out of nine teams at the Ball State Cardinal Classic over the weekend.

Lagging in eighth place after the first day of play, the Foresters picked off three teams on the final day to finish with 7,017 pins. Northern Ohio won the classic with 7,656 pins, followed by Wright State at 7,393, Clarke with 7,178 and Bowling Green with 7,088.

The HU men's team consisted of Jess Meyers, Adam Harris-Shoemaker, Seth Walker, James Knapp, Derek Beckler, Joe Miller and Daniel Miller.

HU women bowlers runner-up at opening tourney

The Huntington University women's bowling team opened up the 2015-16 season in a big way by placing second over the past weekend at the Ball State Cardinal Classic in Tier II.

The Forester women got the runner-up spot for the second straight year, with Wright State again being the one team to top them. Wright State defended its title with 7,185 pins, while HU knocked down 6,968.

Northern Ohio took third place with 6,684 pins, Bowling Green was fourth with a 6,510 pinfall, Clarke was fifth with 6,461 pins and Ball State was sixth with a total of 6,279.

5-minute lapse spells disaster for HU soccerwomen

A five-minute lapse spelled disaster for the Huntington University women’s soccer team in a 3-0 loss to host and 20th-ranked Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 29.

The Cougars, 8-3, found back netting three times in that disastrous five minutes to turn a 0-0 stalemate into a 3-0 lead that would stick, dropping HU to 6-5 on the season.

MVNU started the streak in the 54th minute and was wrapped up by the 58:12 mark compliments of three different Cougars.

Lady Vike spikers get to 20-win mark

Lady Vikings (from second left) Mackenzi Cannici and Brooke Richison put up a blocking front against Anika Hoffer of New Haven in volleyball action Tuesday night, Sept. 29, at North Arena. The Lady Vikings won in three straight games to improve to 20-5 on the season.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Mackenzi Cannici had 10 kills and four blocks to lead the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team to a 3-0 win over visiting New Haven on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The Lady Vikings won 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 to improve their record to 20-5 on the season, 4-0 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Alexa Hill provided the oil to the Lady Vikes' offensive engine with 20 assists on the night, and Kaylee Platt rallied the defensive troops with 17 digs.

The Lady Vikes' junior varsity won, 2-0, to improve to 16-6 on the season.

Scores were 25-6, 25-14.

Almalahi leads Viking booters past Norwell

Mohamed Almalahi scored a pair of goals and had a assist to lead the Huntington North High School boys' varsity soccer team to a 5-1 win over visiting Norwell on Monday, Sept. 28.

The Vikings, 11-2-2, turned a 1-1 halftime tie into a runway with four unanswered goals in the second half.

Almalahi, the Vikes' sophomore sensation, upped his team-leading goals to 24 for the season. Seniors Nathan Park and Zach Baldridge and sophomore Caleb Smith got the other scores for HNHS.

Sam Poling got two saves in net for the win.

Two frosh lead way for HNHS soccergirls

Freshman Amaya Sunderman had a goal and an assist and freshman goalkeeper Phelicia Shomo got her first varsity win as the Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team edged host Norwell, 2-1, on Monday, Sept. 28.

Sunderman assisted on sophomore Taylor Conley's goal as the Lady Vikings, 10-5-1, took a 1-0 lead into halftime and then matched Norwell at a score each in the second half.

Shomo stopped four of the five shots on net to make the two HNHS scores hold up.

Forester women to 9-0 on courts

Huntington University’s Constanze Golz angles her racket to the ball during her match at first singles against Quincy Banini from visiting Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Sept. 26. Golz won, 6-3, 7-5, and the Foresters triumphed, 7-2.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Spring Arbor University gave the Huntington University women’s tennis team a competitive match, but the Foresters proved up to the challenge, dispatching the Cougars, 7-2, on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Klopfenstein Courts.

The Foresters, 9-0, 6-0 in the Crossroads League, encountered resistance in all but a few of their matches as they endeavored to keep their undefeated season rolling. Morgan Bemisderfer faced the toughest test at No. 2 singles, versus Mary-Kate McShane. The Huntington junior fell in the first set, 3-6, before rallying to win the second, 6-2, and the third, 10-4.

HU netmen dispatch Spring Arbor

The Huntington University men’s tennis team dispatched visiting Spring Arbor University, 7-2, on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Foresters, 3-6, 3-3 in the Crossroads League, picked up four wins in singles play. Senior Joseph Straznicky led the way, dispatching Jesse DeBoer in the first match, 6-2, 6-2. Freshman Ignacio Poncio was a 6-2, 6-1 winner in the second contest versus Nick Romano. The No. 3 bout saw freshman Giovanni Martinez top Vincent McShane, 6-3, 6-3, while the fifth tilt featured a 6-3, 6-2 win by freshman Jokubas Zadeikis over Josh Scott.

Vineyard 5K at Two-EE’s

The Vineyard Trail 5K will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Two-EE’s Winery.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the charity “Our Turn to Serve,” which helps wounded veterans acclimating to life back home. Services include training aid dogs rescued from the SPCA and helping customize the veteran’s home to allow the veteran to be self-sufficient.

The run begins at 8 a.m. at the winery, located at 6808 N. U.S.-24 East, Huntington. Packet must be picked up at Fleet Feet Sports on Oct. 2 between noon and 7 p.m. There will be no packet pick-up the day of the race.

Huntington University hires Braidic as asst. basketball coach

Tyler Braidic
Photo provided.

Huntington University head coach Ty Platt has announced the hiring of Tyler Braidic as an assistant coach for the Forester men’s basketball program.

Braidic has been in the coaching ranks since 2010 having most recently served as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division II Hawaii Pacific University for two seasons where he was responsible for guard preparation and play, recruiting, scouting and pre and post season workouts.

IWU zips past HU spikers

The Huntington University volleyball team was defeated in straight sets by host Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Foresters lost 12-25, 18-25, 16-25 to suffer their fifth defeat against four victories, all in the Crossroads League.

Junior Audrey Mallers paced Huntington with seven kills. Sophomore Danielle Gurwell contributed five kills to the team’s offensive effort, which was supported by sophomore Emily Hubby and junior Suzanne Grimm, who doled out 12 and seven assists, respectively.

Grace outlasts HU spikers in five

Grace College outlasted the Huntington University volleyball team in a five-set thriller on Friday, Sept. 25, in Platt Arena.

The Lancers kicked off the match with a 25-22 victory, but the Foresters immediately countered, taking the second set, 25-23. After Grace edged Huntington in the third frame, 26-24, Coach Kyle Shondell’s squad rallied for a 25-22 win in the fourth set to force a fifth and final frame. It was the Lancers who had the final cheer, though, as they won 15-7 to escape Huntington with a victory.

SAU scores early, goes on to down HU soccermen

The Huntington University men’s soccer team gave up a goal to host Spring Arbor University less than a minute into their game on Saturday, Sept. 26, and was forced to play catch-up the rest of the contest, which it went on to lose, 3-0.

The Cougars’ early lead came courtesy of Morris Kamara, who planted a pass from Adam Hunt in the back of the net just 51 ticks into the match. Spring Arbor expanded its advantage on a header by Michael Caccavo off a Cory Swartzendruber corner kick in the 44th minute, giving it a 2-0 cushion at intermission.

SAU shoots down Forester soccerwomen, 2-0

Spring Arbor University shot the ball early and often, hanging the Huntington University women’s soccer team with a 2-0 loss on Saturday, Sept. 26, at King Stadium.

In a game where the Cougars fired 31 shots, the Foresters were kept alive by goalkeeper Toby Carman. The sophomore hustled to make 14 saves, a career high.

Lady Vike harriers third at New Haven Classic

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity cross country team captured third place at the New Haven Classic on Saturday, Sept. 26.

A top 10 finish by Hannah Stoffel helped the Lady Vikings to their bronze placement. The senior crossed the finish line in 19:18.29, good for eighth.

Season ends at regional for Lady Vike golfers

Sarah Fryman, a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ golf team, chips onto the second green from a bunker at Noble Hawk Golf Links, in Kendallville, during the East Noble Regional on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Lady Vikings placed 14th.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School girls’ golf team at the East Noble Regional, held at Noble Hawk Golf Links on Saturday, Sept. 26, with a 14th-place showing.

Sophomore Jaclyn Boyd fired a 90 to lead the Lady Vikings. Senior Sarah Fryman shot a 96 and junior Ashley Hall posted a 99. Junior Leah Kitchen supplied a 100 to cap the team’s score at 385.

Junior Jessica Wiley carded a non-scoring 101.

Penn won the regional title with a register of 315. The Lady Kingsmen were led by medalist Cassidy Jurkaites, who tallied a 71.

DeKalb ruins homecoming for Viking gridders

Andrew Schenkel (middle), a linebacker for the Huntington North High School varsity football team, leaps up to deflect a pass thrown by DeKalb’s Harrison Price (foreground) during the first half of a game at Kriegbaum Field on Friday, Sept. 25. The Vikings lost, 46-21.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity football team was in striking distance of visiting DeKalb at halftime, but the Barons pulled away in the second half to stick the Vikings with a 46-21 loss on homecoming night, Friday, Sept. 25.

Lady Vike spikers ruin EN comeback effort

Huntington North High School sophomore Kalee Platt (right) smacks the ball over the net while Taylor Lahee, of visiting East Noble, goes up for the block during a varsity volleyball match on Thursday, Sept. 24. The Lady Vikings won in five sets.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School volleyball team fought off a comeback attempt by visiting East Noble and hung on for a 3-2 win on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The Lady Vikings won the first two sets, 25-14, 25-18, before East Noble took the next pair, 26-24, 25-20. The Lady Vikings won the decisive game, 15-12, to improve to 19-5 on the season, 3-0 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Allyson Mettler pounded down 16 kills and Alexa Hill came up with 32 assists to pace the HNHS offense. Josi Barscz added three aces to those efforts.

HU netwomen get fourth sweep in blanking of Indiana Tech

Alexis Allen at fifth singles and the number two doubles team both recorded shutout wins to highlight a 9-0 win by the Huntington University women's tennis team over visiting Indiana Tech.

Allen whitewashed Helen Wourms, 6-0, 6-0, and the duo of Constance Golz and Haley Kuppler whitewashed Raquel Manzoni and Wourms, 8-0, as the Foresters improved to 8-0 on the season with their fourth sweep of the year.

HNHS soccerboys zip Wayne, 6-0

Photo by Scott Trauner.
Aaron Webb.

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity soccer team dropped in three goals in each half to defeat visiting Fort Wayne Wayne, 6-0, on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Senior Aaron Webb led the scoring parade with two goals as the Vikings improved to 10-2-2 on the season. Mohamed Almalahi scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the year and Kasey Konz, Brendan Sharkey and Trey Sorg also put balls behind the Wayne goalkeeper.

Caleb Smith got an assist.

On the other end of the field, Viking goalie Sam Poling stopped both shots he faced to earn his ninth shutout of the season.

Viking netboys rip through Columbia City

Nick May (left) and Matt Karst.
Photos by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity tennis team ripped though visiting Columbia City, 5-0, on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The Vikings singles players lost just one game to the visitors as both Nick May at No. 1 and Matt Karst at No. 3 threw shutouts at their foes. The two Viking doubles teams lost only five games between them as the team improved to 6-9 on the season.

May, a junior, smoked Dillon Reed, 6-0, 6-0, and Karst, a sophomore, whitewashed Matt Kennedy, 6-0, 6-0. Auden Eckert, at second singles, whipped Andrew Jagger, 6-1, 6-0.

HN netboys steamroll Northrop

Dane Eherenman (left) and Garrett Smith.
Photos by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity tennis team steamrolled host Northrop, 5-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The Bruins managed to win only three games against the Vikings, who improve to 5-9.

In singles action, sophomore Auden Eckert swept Orie Imhoff, 6-0, 6-0, in the second match. Junior Nick May was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Gavin Neyman in the No. 1 contest. The third tilt saw sophomore Matt Karst topple Brandon Tang, 6-0, 6-1.