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Ott, Oleksak garner top athlete honors

Steven Ott of the Indiana Wesleyan University cross country and track programs has been named the 2021-2022 Crossroad League’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Ott led the Wildcats throughout the 2021-2022 year in each of their cross country, indoor track and outdoor track seasons, piling up a host of awards and accomplishments along the way and helping IWU to several strong team performances during his senior year.

“Steven always puts God first and team second,” commented IWU head men’s cross country coach John Foss.

Wiley honored for track prowess

In its 37th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade announced Addy Wiley of Huntington North High School is the 2021-22 Gatorade Indiana Girls Track & Field Player of the Year. Wiley is the first Gatorade Indiana Girls Track & Field Player of the Year to be chosen from Huntington North High School.

IHSAA announces changes to basketball tourneys

The Executive Committee of the Indiana High School Athletic Association voted to make a significant change to the format of the annual boys and girls basketball state tournaments Thursday, June 23.  

In its final meeting of the 2021-22 school year, the group of school principals and athletic directors voted 15-2 to make the regional round a single game and the semi-state round a two-game format beginning with next winter’s tournaments. The previous format of a two-round regional and a single semi-state game had been in place since 2002.

21 teams compete in Jr.-Sr. tourney

Etna Acres hosted a Junior-Senior tournament Sunday, June 26 with 21 teams competing in three different categories.

Jackson Nicola and Zach Roth won the 9 & under group with a 52, edging Carson McKee and Robert Cole, who also shot a 52, by criteria. Placing third was the team of Milo and Nathan Jones with a 63.

Riley and Greg Baldwin, Sawyer and Dan Boggs, and Stella and Brenda Williams also competed. No scores were available.

County tourney set for July 9-10

Huntington County Amateur Golf Tournament planned for July 9-10.

All Huntington County amateur golfers are invited to compete in the Huntington County Amateur Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10.

The 2-day event is open to Huntington County residents or members of Huntington County Golf Courses.

The tournament begins Saturday, July 9 at Maple Grove Golf Course and concludes on Sunday, July 10 at Clear Creek Golf Course.

Little City Golf Tour completes 2 rounds

The 2022 Little City Tour has had two golf meets so far this season.

Middle school and high school golfers competed on June 17 at Etna Acres Golf Course in Andrews and on June 21 at Arbor Trace Golf Course in Marion.
Javin Gray shot a three-over-par 75 to win the high school boys competition.

Second place went to Rowdy Frey with a 76, while Griffin Chambers was third with a 77.

HNHS baseball players earn conference recognition

Four members of the Huntington North baseball team earned recognition for their accomplishments in the 2022 season.

Cam McCarver was named to the first team as a designated player while Jack Eckert was placed on the second team in the outfield.
Pitcher Austin Oswalt and catcher Lucas Thorn were each named honorable mention.

The complete NE8 All-Conference team is below.

Lady Vikings take softball honors

Six members of the Huntington North softball team were named to the Northeast 8 Conference All-Conference team for the 2022 season.

Emma Helvie was named to the first team as a corner infielder while Megan Stephan received the same honor at catcher.
Placed on the second team were Ava Poulson at pitcher, Kianna Jennings at middle infielder, Mara Hendryx in the outfield.
Reece Douglass earned honorable mention at corner infield.

Wiley wins 2 state track titles

Huntington North’s Addy Wiley added to her already historic running career by winning two state titles in her final high school meet and placing third in the other at the IHSAA State Finals Friday, June 3 at Indiana University-Bloomington.
With those three races, Wiley garnered 27 points, which allowed the Huntington North girls track and field team to place fifth overall in the state.

­Wiley advances to state in 800 and 1600 Lady Vikings place fourth at track regional

Huntington North’s Addy Wiley looks to defend her state championships in both the 800 and 1600 meter runs and will complete in the 4x400m relay at the IHSAA Track & Field Championships on Friday, June 3.

Wiley placed first in the 800m and 1600m run at the Marion Sectional and was part of the second-place 4x400m relay team.
The Lady Vikings placed fourth as a team with 49 points. Fort Wayne Northrop won the team title with 82 points, followed by Carroll (Fort Wayne) with 73, and Homestead with 63.

Lady Vikings doubles team falls in sectional

The Huntington North girls tennis No. 1 doubles team of Avery Bonewitz and Morgan Betterly ended their season at the Carroll Individual Sectional last week.

No. 1 doubles teams and No. 1 singles players who remained unbeaten after their teams were defeated during the team sectional tournament qualified for the individual tournament.

Bonewitz and Betterly won their opening match against Northrop by a score of 6-4, 6-2, Tuesday, May 24.
They moved on to face Norwell in the next round but fell short in a 6-3, 6-2 loss to end their postseason run.

Niswander advances to state

Harrison Niswander is going to State.
The Huntington North distance runner won the 1600 meter run at the Marion Track & Field Regional Thursday night, May 26.
Niswander won the 1600 with a time of 4 minutes 21.56 seconds, 1.19 seconds head of Fort Wayne Concordia’s Gabriel Connelly.
Niswander qualified for regional in the 800m run but didn’t compete in the event.

Vikings fall in sectional

The Huntington North baseball team ended its season in their sectional opener on their home field against Homestead Thursday, May 26.
After 4 1/2 scoreless innings, Homestead, the home team for the neutral-field game, scored two runs in the second inning and one in the six to take a 3-0 lead.