HU hoop camp

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington University Men's Basketball Coach Ty Platt (center) speaks to attendees of the 11th annual Huntington University Summer Basketball Camp, hosted by Platt's team, at the school's Merillat Complex, on Thursday, June 27.


In play

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Huntington North's Preston Husband (right) puts the ball into play in the bottom of the second inning in a game against the visiting Fort Wayne Franchise in Summer League action on Thursday, June 27.


Lewis, Ridenour tops at Heritage Days 5K

Sean Lewis and Crystina Ridenour were the top male and female finishers, respectively, in the Huntington Heritage Days 5K held on Saturday, June 22.

Lewis, of Huntington, clocked in at 15:44.3 and Ridenour, of Fort Wayne, crossed the finish line in 18:14.5.

Masters winners were Brad Prather, of Roanoke, on the men's side, submitting a 16:57.6, and Kelly Wiedenhoeft, of Roanoke, on the women's side with a 23:26.6.

Adalyn Harvey, of Huntington, took the top spot in the girls' 1-9 age division with a 33:32.1.


Former HNHS golfer Tara Boone to coach MU men’s team, too

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Manchester University has announced that Tara Boone, of Huntington, will assume head coaching duties for the Spartans' men's golf program.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity," she said. "It's a great group of men who are ready to work hard to improve individually and make the team better. I feel fortunate, too, that I was able to get to know them a little bit last year as both teams practiced at the same course."


Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame honors local man Bob Pearson

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Bob Pearson, of Huntington, received the President's Distinguished Service Award at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's annual induction banquet held in Indianapolis earlier this year.

Marvin Tudor, president of the hall and also from Huntington, presented the award.


Toppers save best for last

"The turnout of Toppers who found their way out of the charities and churches was impressive. Fourteen of the lads both old and new, old and young turned up on the warm day to host the always competitive and entertaining Deep River Grinders from Northwest Indiana.


Schnitz duo captures top honors at CC Father-Son/Daughter scramble

Clear Creek Golf Course held its Father-Son/Daughter golf scramble on June 16.

The father/son team of Mike and Brad Schnitz captured top honors.

Ron and Jacob Vinson teamed up for a second place finish and the duo of Don and Tom Bartrom rounded out the top three.

The father/daughter combo of Glenn Hall and Jill Plucklebaum won first place as well.

Plucklebaum won the long drive for daughter on the seventh hole.

Tom Bartrom took first place in the long drive for son category.

The long drive for dad division was captured by Mike Schnitz.


Norwood Golf Course to host HU men’s basketball fund-raiser

Norwood Golf Club will host a summer golf outing to benefit the Huntington University men's basketball program on July 13 at 1 p.m.

Registration on July 13 will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is scheduled for noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

There is a cost per person or foursome and includes green fees, cart rental, lunch, an $80 season ticket and door prizes.

Registration forms for the outing are available at the Huntington University Athletic Office.

The outing is limited to 36 teams.


Builders Mart goes 3-0 in PAL Little League

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Karing for Kids to host golf outing

Karing for Kids will host its first annual golf outing on Saturday, July 13, at LaFontaine Golf Club, in Huntington. Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Registration forms are available at the Markle Church of Christ or online at

There is a fee for individuals and a fee for teams. Registrations are due by July 10. Payment may be made online with PayPal by visiting the charity's website.


Oh, yeah!

Photo by Steve Clark.

Hunter Glenn of Frederick's Photography likes the pitch he sees coming and starts his swing in PAL Coaches Pitch action against Metro Kiwanis on Tuesday, June 18, in Huntington.


Making the play

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Hayden Newsome (right), playing for Tam-A-Sak, throws to first base after fielding the ball in Police Athletic League T-Ball action in Huntington on Monday, June 17.


Trying to connect

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Averyana Dawson (right), playing for Tam-A-Sak, tries to connect the ball with the bat during Police Athletic League T-Ball action in Huntington on Monday, June 17.


Farm Bureau bombs pair in PAL Coaches Pitch

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Farm Bureau recorded big wins over Horace Mann, 23-5, and Frederick's Photography, 20-7. Metro Kiwanis also showed some offensive firepower, beating Horace Mann, 21-12 and Bailey Love, 27-1. Craig Martz was a two-time winner, topping Bippus Bank, 11-4, and Bailey Love, 27-2. Dirt Trucking also went 2-0, defeating Firefighters Local 680 and Optimist by counts of 15-11 and 10-8, respectively. Frederick's Photography won against Andrews 1, 24-8, and Horace Mann took down RE/MAX, 17-7.


Local ARCA racer Schenkel does career finale at Michigan IS

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Kent Schenkel, Huntington resident and driver in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA), participated in his final race last week.

An ARCA driver since 2009, Schenkel decided that last Friday's Michigan ARCA 200, at Michigan International Speedway, in Brooklyn, MI, would be his last hurrah.

"It's time," he says. "I'm not getting any younger."

Schenkel, 63, started participating in racing schools across the country upon his retirement in 2000. Four years ago, he obtained his ARCA Master License.


HNHS cross country alumni host 2nd annual MIB Runway Mile

Alumni of the Huntington North High School cross country team will host the second annual Men In Black Runway Mile Walk/Run at the Huntington Municipal Airport on Friday, July 19, at 8:15 p.m.

The race is a completely straight and flat full mile run on the entire length of the airport's runway.

Chip timing will be used to get accurate results and prizes for overall male and female winners, as well as age group winners, will be given.

Registration forms can be found on the event's website, runwaymile.


Huntington County Baseball 12U all-stars compete in Sluggers’ tourney

The Huntington County Baseball 12U all-star team recently participated in the Summit City Sluggers/Vera Bradley "Strikeout Breast Cancer" event, hosted by Homier Park.

The team won two games, beating the New Haven All Stars and the Auburn All Stars.

Team coaches are Marc Cady, Matt Anderson, Jason McQueen and Shane Elzroth.

The team is sponsored by Indiana Fluid Power, in Fort Wayne.



Warren Hillcrest Church of Nazarene to host 2013 5K walk/run on July 6

Warren Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene will host the 2013 5K Walk/Run on July 6 at 8 a.m.

The event starts with race day registration at 7 a.m. and registrants will be asked to sign a waiver.

Awards will be handed out to male and female winners in various age brackets.

Pre-registration can be done through June 24 at a small discount and the price includes a T-shirt. A limited number of shirts will be available on race day.

For more information on the race or registration, visit or call 388-3882.



Air gulp

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Mary Cate Pruitt comes up for a gulp of air during the girls' 10 & under 880 open water race at the 2013 IN PRO Huntington Mile, also known at the Glen Hummer Mile, on Saturday, June 15, at Lake Clare in Huntington.


Hustling in

Photo by Steve Clark.

Roger Hershberger lowers his racket to return a shot in the 40 and over singles division of the Viking Classic at the Huntington North High School tennis courts on Thursday, June 13.


Men in Black to host Heritage Days 5K on June 22

Huntington North High School's Men in Black Running Club will sponsor a Heritage Days 5K on Saturday, June 22.

Race day registration and number pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues until 9:15 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field, in Huntington. The race begins at 9:50 a.m. and traditionally follows the parade route.

Awards will be presented at 10:45 a.m. at Kriegbaum. The top overall male and female finishers will receive awards, as will the top male and female finishers in each of 13 age groups.

The entry fee is discounted until June 18.


SPARK program kicks off

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The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department has begun the 13th summer of the Summer Parks and Recreation for Kids (S.P.A.R.K.) program at five local parks. Each park is staffed by two S.P.A.R.K. directors. They are (front row, from left) Colin Spencer, Megan Leedy, Abby Armstrong, Paul Hernandez and Lindsay McElhaney; and (back row, from left) Adam Rucker, Kaitlyn Campbell, Anne Hacker, Katie Shomo and Tyler Blocker. For information about the program, call 358-2323.


Making waves

Photo by André B. Laird.

On Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, the Indiana Championship boat races were held at Lake Clare. Racers competed for best lap times and points to advance to the next stage. Here a contestant races his way through the first heat.


HNHS moving to new athletic conference

Starting in the 2015-16 school year, Huntington North High School will leave the North Central Conference (NCC) and begin competing in a new athletic conference.

The announcement came last week, Thursday, June 6. The new conference has not yet been named, but will contain six schools - Bellmont, Columbia City, DeKalb, East Noble, New Haven and Norwell - from the Northeast Hoosier Conference, which is disbanding after the 2014-15 school year.


HNHS boys’ golf team hosting outing at LaFontaine Golf Club

The Huntington North High School boys' golf team is hosting an outing at LaFontaine Golf Club, in Huntington, on July 7 at 8 a.m.

There will be payouts for first, second and third place.

Longest drive and closest-to-pin competitions, as well as a putting contest, will also be featured.

Entry forms can be picked up at LaFontaine or by e-mailing Scott Winter, head coach of the boys' golf team, for one at

There is a registration fee, which covers the cost of a meal. All proceeds from the outing will support the boys' golf team.


HNHS volleyball coach, staff to conduct camp July 22-24 at HNHS

A volleyball camp conducted by Jessica Fuller, head coach of the Huntington North High School volleyball team, and her staff, will be offered at the high school from July 22 through July 24.

The camp is open to youths entering grades six through eight. Time for the camp each day is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is a registration fee, which covers the cost of a camp T-shirt.

Entry forms are available on Huntington North's website, hnhs.hccsc., as well as on the glass-top case outside the athletic department at the school.


HNHS track staffs hosting summer skills camp at Kriegbaum in June

The coaching staffs of the Huntington North High School boys' and girls' track and field teams are offering a summer skills camp at Kriegbaum Field, in Huntington, every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the rest of June.

All current middle school and high school students are invited to attend the camp, which is free.

The camp's emphasis will be on technical events, which includes field events such as long jump, high jump and pole vault, and track events such as hurdles.


Throwing to first

Photo by Steve Clark.

Aydon Eppard (front right) of Star Excavating starts to make a throw to first base after fielding the ball during Clemente League baseball action at Homier Park in Huntington on Tuesday, June 11.


Getting the bunt down

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Caleb Kohler (right), a member of the 13U Blue, is all concentration as he prepares to bunt in a game against the 13U Gold at Homier Park, in Huntington, during the Summit City Sluggers' 2013 Strike-Out Breast Cancer event on Sunday, June 9.


Just missed

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Josh McQueen (right), a member of Huntington RMA, just misses the ball in a 12U game against New Haven on Sunday, June 9, during the Summit City Sluggers' 2013 Strike-Out Breast Cancer event at Homier Park, in Huntington.


PAL baseball scores for week ending June 6

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Huntington North High School to host co-ed soccer camp June 24-27

Huntington North High School will host a co-ed soccer camp June 24-27 for youth in grades two through seven.

The camp will be held at the Huntington North soccer fields, on the north side of the high school.

There is a cost per camper and each must bring his or her own ball, shin guards, rain gear and water bottle.

Parents will also be asked to sign a waiver.

There is a cost for registration per camper, but there are discounts from multiple registrations from the same family. The price includes a T-shirt.

The deadline for registration is June 20.


First annual Karing for Kids Golf Outing set for July 13 at LaFontaine Golf Club

On July 13, Markle Health & Rehabilitation will help sponsor the first annual Karing for Kids Golf Outing at LaFontaine Golf Club in Huntington to raise money for the organization.

Hole sponsors and donors are being recruited now and include Heritage Park, Bethlehem Woods, Glenbrook Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing, Summit City Nursing and Rehabilitation, Betz Nursing Home and Coventry Meadows - all American Senior Communities locations in the Greater Fort Wayne area.

There is a cost for hole sponsorship.


Local Red Cross holds Clara Barton Classic

The American Red Cross of Huntington County will host the seventh annual Clara Barton Golf Classic on June 29, at Norwood Golf Club, in Huntington.

The four-man scramble has a shotgun start time of 8 a.m.

There is a cost for registration per person or foursome and the cost includes green fees, cart, driving range and luncheon.

Hole sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Registration forms are available at the American Red Cross office, by calling 356-2910 or via e-mail at


Salamonie Summer Festival golf fund-raiser on June 29

A golf outing will be held on Saturday, June 29 at Dogwood Glen in Warren for the Salamonie Summer Festival.

A four-man scramble will start at 8 a.m. with a cost per man or per team. Lunch will be served.

Call Joyce at 917-1541 to register.



Lady Vikings’ Rethlake earns Gatorade Indiana Player of Year

Photo by Steve Clark.

Erin Rethlake of the Huntington North High School softball team has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade Indiana Softball Player of the Year by The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports.

Rethlake is the second Gatorade Indiana Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Huntington North, joining Katie Hackney, who won the award for the 2007-08 school year.


HU sponsoring TinCaps picnic pavilion this year

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Huntington University has expanded its partnership with the Fort Wayne TinCaps by sponsoring the picnic pavilion at Parkview Field.

HU began its partnership with Fort Wayne minor league baseball in 2001, beginning with the Wizards and following the team's move to Parkview Field as the TinCaps. HU has sponsored foul poles and outfield signs and has hosted a 300-person student orientation event each year.


Huntington North spring athletes claim their share of NCC honors

The North Central Conference (NCC) has announced the names of athletes in spring sports receiving All-NCC First and Second Team honors.

Athletes recognized from Huntington North are:

First Team

Natasha Grover, Alyssa Hiple, Maddi Kennedy, Erin Rethlake and Kaylynn Rosen.

Second Team
Tiffany Burke, Audrey Hiner and Makayla Whaley.
The NCC also announced that Huntington North Head Softball Coach Paris Seibold was named the conference's Softball Coach of the Year.


Zanesville Lions 5K set for Saturday, June 22, at United Methodist Church

The eighth annual Zanesville Lions Club 5K will be held Saturday, June 22, at the Zanesville United Methodist Church.

The one-mile fun run for children ages 12 and under will start at 8 a.m., with the 5K run/walk to follow at 8:15 a.m.

Awards will be handed out at 9 a.m.

The top four male and female finishers overall will receive trophies. The first and second place finishers in each age group will also receive recognition.

There is a fee for both races, with a reduced rate offered for those who register in advance for the 5K.


Huntington University has dozen earn NAIA scholar-athlete honors

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced its spring sports scholar athletes and 12 Huntington University student-athletes representing six different teams were among the list of honorees.

They are:

Josh McIntyre and Lance Wood, men's track and field; Rachel Bayon, Miranda Boyts, Holly Lutton and Cendall Ogle, women's track and field; Jamon Hammel and Josh Lanphier, baseball; Kate Knous, softball; Vlad Khudziy, men's tennis; and Stacie Cressman and Aleksandra Spasic, women's tennis.


Big hit

Photo by Steve Clark.

Craig Martz player Caleb Reust follows the flight of the ball he just hit in PAL Coaches Pitch baseball action against Dirt Trucking on Tuesday, June 4.


Swing batter, batter

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Bailey Love player Mackenzie Johnson closes her eyes and takes a cut at a pitch in PAL Coaches Pitch baseball action against Horace Mann on Tuesday, June 5.


Schnitz signs

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Huntington North High School senior Drew Schnitz signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball and football careers at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Friday, May 31. Also present for the signing were Schnitz's parents (seated from left) Mike and Christine Schnitz and (back row from left) Kyle Daugherty, HNHS head baseball coach, and Trent Fine, HNHS head football coach.


Foster earns all-state with seventh place finish at state meet

Huntington North's Lindsey Foster captured seventh place in long jump at the Indiana State Track and Field Championships at Indiana University on Saturday, June 1, to earn an all-state designation and record the school's best finish on the day.


Backing off

Huntington North's Tori Newsome (right) bends back to avoid getting hit by a pitch in in the Lady Vikings' first round game at the Harrison Semi-State Softball Tournament against the host team on Saturday, June 1.


Lady Vikes fall one out short of state trip in extra-innings semi-state loss to Portage

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Only one out stood between the Huntington North High School softball team and playing for the Class 4A state title for the second year in a row when foe Portage knotted the game up 1-1, sending things into extra innings, where the Lady Vikings eventually lost the Harrison Softball Semi-State championship game 2-1 in nine innings on Saturday, June 1.

Huntington North advanced out of semifinals earlier in the day with a 6-0 win over Harrison, but offense wasn't nearly as easy to come by against Portage.


Season ends at sectional for HNHS golfboys

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The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School boys' varsity golf team at the Warsaw Sectional at Stonehenge Golf & Country Club, in Warsaw, on Friday, May 31, as its tally of 338 landed it in sixth place, outside of the top three advancing spots.

The Vikings were led by Grant Meese, who fired an 81 and missed out on advancing as an individual by just one stroke.

Meese's teammates were close behind, with Zac Tackett carding an 83, Sebastian Eckert shooting an 85 and Dakota Hunt submitting an 89.

Dakota Wibel was non-scorer with a 106.


PHH Golf Classic is June 27 at LaF GC

The 23rd annual Parkview Huntington Golf Classic will be held on June 27 at LaFontaine Golf Club.

The event will feature an auction with a wide variety of items as well as prizes for golfers.

Check-in begins at 11 a.m., with a buffet lunch for golfers at 11:30 a.m. The shotgun start for the Florida scramble is at 12:30 p.m.

The day will conclude with a light dinner buffet and awards for the top foursomes, prizes for course contests, a silent auction and a live auction conducted by Scheerer McCulloch Auctioneers.


Huntington University track team members Wood, Ogle outperform rankings at nationals

Huntington University track and field team members Lance Wood and Cendall Ogle were among the hundreds of athletes competing in the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University, May 23-25.

Wood capped off his collegiate running career Saturday morning by outrunning his ranking in the marathon. The senior entered the race as the 64th seed and finished in 2:37:25.50 to capture 21st place.