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Fryman to play college ball at HU


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Sarah Fryman (seated center) signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 10, to continue her basketball career at Huntington University. Present at the signing are (seated from left) Fryman’s grandfather, Ken Dowden, her mother, Joyce, and (back row from left) Lori Culler, HU head women’s basketball coach, and Heidi Lawson, HNHS head girls’ basketball coach.

Bethel hands HU women fifth straight loss

Host Bethel College handed the Huntington University women’s basketball team its fifth straight loss, 71-63, on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

The Foresters trailed 17-14 after the first quarter, but kept pace with the Pilots in the second to keep their deficit at just three points, 33-30. The hosts bumped their lead out by a point, 51-47, after three frames before outscoring their Crossroads League rivals, 20-16, in the final period to seal the win.

Blue Racer girls lose to Bluffton Harrison

The Blue Racer girls’ swim team lost to visiting Bluffton Harrison on Monday, Feb. 8.

First-place finishers for the hosts were Alyssa Brinkman, 100-yard individual medley; Allie Aschliman, 50-yard butterfly; Alayna Stroup, 400-yard freestyle; Alivia Schulte, 100-yard backstroke; and Gabby Line, 100-yard breaststroke.

The Blue Racers also won the 200-yard medley and 300-yard freestyle relays. Schulte, Line, Brinkman and Aschliman comprised the medley squad while Stroup replaced Schulte in that lineup for the freestyle race.

Blue Racer boy swimmers fall to Bluffton Harrison

The Blue Racer boys’ swim team fell to visiting Bluffton Harrison on Monday, Feb. 8.

A trio of swimmers claimed silver medals for the hosts. Jacob Daugherty was second in the 100-yard individual medley, as was Joe Alleman in the 50-yard freestyle and Isaac Brown in the 100-yard freestyle.

Daugherty and Brown also teamed up with Cole Davidson and Isaiah Clampitt to earn runner-up honors in the 200-yard medley relay.

Davidson and Clampitt were a part of the third-place 200-yard freestyle relay team as well. Alleman and Marshal Watts joined them on that squad.

HNHS frosh cagers to 15-1

The Huntington North High School boys’ freshmen basketball team ran its record to 15-1 with victories over Carroll and New Haven.

The Vikings trounced the host Chargers, 46-21, on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Trey Williams and Sawyer Stoltz led Huntington North with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Williams dished out four assists, as did Hank Pulver, who also collected six rebounds.

Coach Sam Ryan’s squad posted its highest point-total of the season in a 61-50 win over visiting New Haven on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Tough Bluffton squad downs HNHS swimboys

Huntington North senior Nathan Park competes in the 100-yard backstroke against visiting Bluffton on Tuesday night, Sept. 9, at the Parkview Huntington YMCA.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

One relay win was all the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity swim team could muster against a tough Bluffton squad in a 119-48 defeat at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The quartet of senior Zane Cozad, senior Gunnar Wibel, freshman Keegan Mautz and junior Cody Barton swam the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:47.41 to produce the Vikings’ lone victory of the evening.

Bethel clips never-say-die Foresters in OT

The Huntington University men’s basketball team got edged by Bethel College in overtime, 103-100, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Platt Arena.

Updike to wrestle for Indiana Tech


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School senior wrestler Chandler Updike (front center) signs a letter of commitment to continue his wrestling career in college at Indiana Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Updike, the Vikings' 182-pound wrestler, went 26-11 this past season. Joining him for the signing are his parents (seated from left) Amanda and Brian Updike, and (standing) Indiana Tech Head Wrestling Coach Thomas Pompei.

Snyder leads gymnasts to second at Marion Invite

Carly Snyder's victory on the balance beam help the Huntington North High School gymnastics team place second at the Marion Gymnastics Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Snyder, a senior, scored a 9.475 on the beam to help the Lady Vikings pile up 153.75 points for runner-up honors behind champion Homestead, which had 171.250 points.

Snyder finished fourth in all-around with a total of 35.525 points after adding third place on the floor exercise with a 9.275, sixth on the vault with an 8.700 and seventh on the uneven parallel bars with an 8.075.

HU trackwoman Sparks heading to nationals

Christine Sparks, a junior on the Huntington University women’s track and field team, earned a berth in the NAIA Indoor National Championships with her effort in the 1,000-meter run at the Joe Bank Invitational, hosted by Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Sparks clocked in at 3:03.25 to secure her spot at nationals, which are slated for March 3 to 5 in Johnson City, TN. The junior also won the race with her effort, finishing nearly seven seconds faster than the second-place finisher to dominate the 22-runner field.

HU's Nash qualifies for nationals in high jump

Jake Nash, a senior on the Huntington University men’s track and field team, qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Championships by hitting the provisional mark in high jump at the Joe Bank Invitational, hosted by Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Nash’s leap of 2.01 meters not only punched his ticket to nationals, which are slated for March 3 to 5 in Johnson City, TN, but earned him first place in the event out of 17 jumpers. The senior also captured first in triple jump with a bound of 12.89 meters.

HU tennis women fall in first match of spring sked

The Huntington University women’s tennis team fell to host Aquinas College, 1-8, on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the first match of its spring schedule.

Freshman Alexis Allen was the Foresters’ lone winner, defeating MJ Bothma, 6-4, 6-2, at third singles.

Making her college debut, rookie Kathleen Morrical forced a super tiebreaker at No. 6 singles before being outlasted by Kasey Jacobs, 7-5, 4-6 (5-10).

Vikings top visiting Bulldogs, 56-38

Huntington North’s Chazz Bruce (left) tosses the ball over a pair of defenders from visiting New Haven during a boys’ varsity basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 6. Bruce finished with 14 points and the Vikings won 56-38.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team topped visiting New Haven, 56-38, on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Although the conference rivals were deadlocked at 12 after the first quarter, the Vikings doubled the Bulldogs’ offensive production in the second to surge ahead, 32-22. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad then tossed in 12 points to the visitors’ eight in each of the following two frames to put the game out of reach. The hosts enjoyed a 44-30 advantage at the end of three quarters before expanding their lead to its widest margin of the game by the final buzzer.

Goshen dispatches HU cagers, 72-52

The Huntington University men’s basketball team got dispatched by visiting Goshen College, 72-52, on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The Maple Leafs limited the Foresters’ leading scorers, Derek Hinen and Daniel Woll, to just 10 and six points, respectively. Despite the suppression of its stars, Huntington was in the game throughout the opening half, trailing by just a point, 29-28, with 2:51 until halftime before Goshen ended the stanza on an 8-1 run to take a 37-29 lead into the break.

Lady Vike relays cut times, but don't advance to state swim meet

Two Huntington North High School relay teams cut significant time from their preliminary clockings in the Warsaw Girls Swim Sectional Finals on Saturday, Feb. 6, but still won't be advancing to the state meet next week.

Freshman Macy Lange also won't be advancing in her individual events, the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke.

Winners in the finals, along with anyone swimming a state standard time and then the next-fastest swimmers to fill a 32-person field advance to the state meet on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13, at the Indiana University Natatorium.

Comeback attempt falls short for HU women

A fourth-quarter comeback attempt by the Huntington University women’s basketball team fell short and host Goshen defeated the Foresters, 75-72, on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Huntington trailed the entire contest and entered the final frame stuck in a 67-53 hole. Miranda Palmer, limited to just eight points for the Foresters through the game’s first three quarters, came to life in the period, tallying nine points to help Huntington make a game of it.

Johnson lone Viking to qualify for mat semi-state

Jerry Gardner (left), a senior on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, has hold of Garrett’s Cordell Camp during their opening-round match in the heavyweight division of the Carroll Regional, held Saturday, Feb. 6. Gardner’s season came to an end with a 3-2 loss.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Zack Johnson, a junior on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, placed second in the 113-pound weight class at the Carroll Regional on Saturday, Feb. 6, to earn a spot at semi-state.

Of the six Vikings to make the trip to Carroll, Johnson was the only one to punch his ticket to the New Haven Semi-state, slated for Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne. To advance, a wrestler needed to win in the opening round.

Lady Vikes’ season ends with loss to South Side

Sarah Fryman (right), a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team, fires a three-pointer during a game against South Side in the semifinals of the Homestead Sectional on Friday, Feb. 5. Fryman finished with a game-high 18 points, but the Lady Vikings lost, 58-48, brining their season to an end.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team came up short to South Side in the semifinals of the Homestead Sectional, 58-48, on Friday, Feb. 5.

Lange, 2 Lady Vike relay teams earn finals at swim sectional

Bailey Harris, a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, churns through the water during the 100-yard freestyle at the preliminaries of the Warsaw Sectional on Thursday, Feb. 4.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Macy Lange and a pair of relay teams were still in the running for the state meet as they earned spots in the finals of the Warsaw Girls Swim Sectional on Thursday night, Feb. 4.

Lange, a freshman, placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke, in 1:20.05, and eighth in the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:01.01, to earn her invitation back to Warsaw for the finals and a chance at state on Saturday, Feb. 6.

HU women upset by last-place Grace

Huntington University senior guard Kelsey Hubble (right) is about to challenge Grace's Sarah Feasby on a lay-up attempt in action Wednesday night at Platt Arena. Hubble scored on the play but HU lost the game, 61-55.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington University women’s basketball team fell to visiting Grace College, 61-55, on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Carroll buries Vikes with second-half FTs

Huntington North's Sam Daugherty goes strong to the basket against visiting Carroll on Wednesday night in the Vikings' 62-44 loss.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Visiting Carroll buried the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team with free throws in the second half of their game on Wednesday, Feb. 3, sticking the Vikings with a 62-44 loss.

The Chargers clicked on 19 of 23 freebie tries for 82.6 percent in the second stanza, turning a 24-20 halftime lead into a 39-30 advantage after three quarters before doubling it to a cushion of 60-42 in the final frame for its widest margin of the game.

HU women’s basketball team to host 8th annual Pink Out

The Huntington University women’s basketball team will host its eighth annual Pink Out on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. in the school’s Merillat Complex.

Pink Out is an event to raise awareness and resources to advance breast cancer education and research. Proceeds from gate receipts, donations and “pink” popcorn sales will benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Foresters hang on for nail-biter win over Grace

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Daniel Woll

Daniel Woll blocked a potential game-winning shot by a Grace University player at the buzzer and the Huntington University men's basketball team held on for a 71-70 win over the host Lancers Tuesday night, Feb. 2.

The Foresters, 13-12 overall and 7-6 in the Crossroads League, were clinging to the lead in part thanks to a Devon Merder three-ball that had them up 70-66 with just under two minutes left in the contest.

Hicks breaks trio of HU records at Trine invite

Christina Hicks, a junior on the Huntington University women’s track and field team, won three events to highlight the team’s stop at the Trine University Don and Riley Zimmer Classic, held Friday, Jan. 29.

Hicks topped triple jump with a leap of 11.40 meters. The effort not only broke the school record, which Hicks already held, but met the NAIA qualifying mark, securing her a spot at the indoor national championships, set for March 3 through 5 in Johnson City, TN.

Nash a double-winner at Trine invite

Jake Nash was a two-time winner for the Huntington University men’s track and field team at the Trine University Don and Riley Zimmer Classic, held Friday, Jan. 29.

Nash, a senior, won high jump and triple jump with leaps of 1.98 meters and 13.19 meters, respectively.

Sophomore Codi Wiersema logged Huntington’s only other podium finish, placing second out of 25 competitors in the 3,000-meter run with a clocking of 9:32.52.

Frosh hoop team at 13-1

The Huntington North High School boys’ freshmen basketball team walloped host DeKalb, 40-17, on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Sawyer Stoltz and Trey Williams led the Vikings, 13-1, with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Stoltz also produced five rebounds, as many steals, and two blocks while Williams dished out five assists and notched four boards.

Forester women unravel in 4th against Marian

The No. 24 Huntington University women’s basketball team put a scare into third-ranked Marian University, but went cold in the fourth quarter to see its upset bid dissolve into a 71-56 loss at the Knights’ house on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Hinen's 27 lead Foresters past Marian

Huntington University’s Derek Hinen (left) zips by a defender from visiting Marian University in the first half of a men’s basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 30. Hinen scored a game-high 27 points and the Foresters won, 88-79.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Derek Hinen scored 27 points to lead the Huntington University men’s basketball team over visiting Marian University, 88-79, on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Hinen, a junior, tossed in six points for the Foresters during a 13-2 run in the opening half that saw them turn a one-point lead, 25-24, into a 12-point advantage, 38-26, with 5:30 remaining until halftime.

Vikings take advantage of Barons' swoon to collect win

Photo by Steve Clark.
Konner Platt

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team took advantage of a second-half swoon by host DeKalb and picked up a 58-43 victory on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Heavyweight champ Gardner leads five Vike matmen to regional

Gavin Rosen (middle), a sophomore on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, pins Woodlan’s Shawn Roemer in the second round of the New Haven Sectional, held Saturday, Jan. 30. Five Vikings punched their tickets to regionals.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Led by heavyweight champion Jerry Gardner, five members of the Huntington North High School wrestling team advanced from the New Haven Sectional, held Saturday, Jan. 30.

Wrestlers placing fourth or higher punched their tickets to the Carroll Regional, set for Saturday, Feb. 6. As a team, the Vikings finished seventh at the 10-team meet with a register of 122.

Gardner, a senior, pinned James Morua, of Heritage, in 3:20 to claim his weight division’s crown. With the win, Gardner runs his record to 31-5.

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