Willliams nets hat trick as Lady Vike soccergirls roll

Lady Viking sophomore Karmen Koch maneuvers with the soccer ball against a Columbia City defender on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Koch scored two goals as the Lady Vikes defeated the visitors, 7-0.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Hannah Williams scored a hat trick as the Huntington North High School girls' varsity volleyball team routed visiting Columbia City, 7-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Sophomore Karmen Koch scored two more goals to bring her team-leading total to 10 and she also added an assist on the evening. Fellow sophomore Hannah Tillett added a goal and an assist, as did freshman Amaya Sunderman.

Senior Carly Jagger turned away one shot in goal in 55 minutes of action and junior Brooke Trice didn't face any shots on net in her 25 minutes of play to ring up the shutout.

Baldridge nets pair as Vike soccerboys top CC

Zach Baldridge (left) and Sam Poling.
Photos by Scott Trauner.

Senior Zach Baldridge notched a pair of goals to lead the Huntington North High school boys' varsity soccer team past host Columbia City, 4-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The Vikings secured a pair of goals in each half on their way to improving their record to 5-0-1. Sophomores Mohamed Almalahi and Kasey Konz got the other goals, Almalahi scoring his team-leading 13th.

Assists went to Aaron Webb, Aidan Hinesley and Andrew Kaylor.

Sophomore Sam Poling made five saves to get the shutout.

Lady Vike golfers shoot season-best, cruise past Mississinewa

A season-best nine-hole score allowed the Huntington North High School girls' varsity golf team to cruise past host Mississinewa, 173-199, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Marion Elks Country Club.

Improving to 5-3 in dual meets, Huntington North had a total of nine girls break 50, led by Leah Kitchen with a personal-best score of 40. Sarah Malone added a personal-best score of 43, Sarah Fryman shot a 44 and McKenzie Haneline and Ashley Hall both fired rounds of 46.

Viking netboys down Concordia, 4-1

Only a three-set loss at third singles prevented the Huntington North High School boys' varsity tennis team from sweeping visiting Fort Wayne Concordia on Monday, Aug. 31, as the Vikings took a 4-1 decision.

Sophomore Auden Eckert at second singles ran through his foe with the least resistance, taking a 6-0, 6-2 win over Carter Waldron to lead the Vikings to their third win in five outings.

Rongos-Bemisderfer lead HU at doubles tourney

A third place finish by Celine Rongos and Morgan Bemisderfer highlighted the Huntington University women’s tennis team’s trip to the Marian University Doubles Tournament at Riverside Park, in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Aug. 29.

HU's Straznicky, Kolhut snare third at doubles tourney

Huntington University men’s tennis team members Joseph Straznicky and Volodymyr Kohut placed third at the Marian University Doubles Tournament at Riverside Park, in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Viking harriers 10th at Noblesville Hokum Karem

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity cross country team finished 10th at the Noblesville Hokum Karem on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the White River Elementary Cross Country Course.

The race was a six-mile relay that saw runners compete in pairs and run alternating miles. Huntington North competed in the 10-team AA Division.


Photo by Steve Clark.

Lucas Grady (foreground) strains as he approaches the finish line of the Huntington County Youth Services Bureau 5K for Kids on Saturday, Aug. 29. Trailing Grady is Mike Wesley. The race was a fund-raiser for the YSB.

Lady Vike spikers 2-1 at Heritage Invitational

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team went 2-1 at the Heritage Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 29.

The Lady Vikings, 4-4, swept New Haven and Canterbury but were swept themselves by the host Lady Patriots.

Coach Trinda Goings’ squad won 25-23, 25-17 against New Haven. Senior Alexa Hill swatted six aces and dished out 18 assists. Junior Allyson Mettler, junior Mackenzi Cannici and sophomore Josi Barscz tallied six kills apiece.

Lady Vike harriers runner-up at DeKalb Classic

Photo by Scott Trauner.
Hannah Stoffel.

With five runners in the top 20, the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity cross country team earned runner-up honors at the DeKalb Classic on Saturday, Aug. 29.

The Lady Vikings posted a score of 71 in the 12-team field, just three points shy of East Noble’s winning tally of 68.

Eastbrook running attack sinks Viking gridders

Huntington North’s Patrick Miller (left) nearly intercepts a pass intended for Eastbrook’s Justen Reece during a game between the Vikings and host Panthers on Friday, Aug. 28.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Eastbrook ran early and often on the Huntington North High School varsity football team and hung the visiting Vikings with a 48-7 loss on Friday, Aug. 28.

The Panthers, 2-0, racked up 440 rushing yards on Coach Rick Burnau’s squad, 1-1, toting the rock 56 times.

Soccergirls notch third straight win

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

Karmen Koch notched two more goals and Hannah Tillett had a goal and three assists as the Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team topped host East Noble, 4-2, on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Senior Hannah Williams scored the remaining goal for the Lady Vikes, who improved to 3-1 with their third straight win. Koch, a sophomore, has scored eight goals in that win streak.

Senior Carly Jaggers got the win in goal, making two saves on the day. Both teams did all of their scoring in the opening half.

Viking booters whitewash East Noble

Photo by Scott Trauner.
Sam Poling.

Mohamed Almalahi scored another goal and goalkeeper Sam Poling made the only two saves he needed as the Huntington North High School boys' varsity soccer team blanked visiting East Noble, 3-0, on Thursday, Aug. 27.

While scoring his eighth goal in the last three games, Almalahi got help from fellow sophomore Kasey Konz and senior Trey Sorg, who each put one behind the East Noble keeper.

Andrew Kaylor and Aaron Webb got assists on the night as Huntington North upped its record to 4-0-1.

Combative spikers fall short in comeback try at Northrop

A combative Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team couldn't quite pull off the come-from-behind victory and lost to host Northrop, 2-3, on Thursday, Aug. 27.

The Lady Vikings, 2-3, came back from a 1-2 deficit with a 25-22 fourth game win, but fell in the final set, 11-15. They won the first game 25-22, lost in the second 23-25 and fell in the third, 22-25 before mounting their comeback.

Allyson Mettler was the big stick on offense with 17 kills, and Alexa Hill had 23 assists on the night. Hill and Mettler tied for the ace leadership with a pair apiece.

QB Spahr, defense star as JV gridders blank Marion

Austin Spahr threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and the defense threw up a goose egg on the scoreboard as the Huntington North High School junior varsity football team blanked host Marion, 46-0, on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Spahr went 7 for 11 passing for 83 yards to go with his scoring strikes. He also rushed 10 times for 85 yards and another TD.

Elijah Chesterman was the recipient of four throws for 59 yards and one score.

Gage Bustos rushed six times for 54 yards and a touchdown. Jake Reust had three rushes for 39 yards and a score.

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.