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Lady Vike Koch one of 13 in state to earn Cato Scholarship

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Karmen Koch

Karmen Koch, a senior at Huntington North High School, has been named a recipient of a 2018 C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award.

Koch is one of 13 seniors from around the state to receive this scholarship, which rewards the efforts of Indiana’s top student-athletes.

Discover Roanoke runs set for April 14 in downtown Roanoke

Runners Brittany Shuler (left) and Brenda Kalb participate in a past Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1 mile run/walk. This year’s race will be held Saturday, April 14 in downtown Roanoke.
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The ninth annual Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1 mile run/walk race benefiting the Roanoke Lions Club will be held on April 14 at 9 a.m. in down-town Roanoke.

Long-sleeved event shirts will be available to 10K and 5K participants as supplies last. Long-sleeved event shirts will be available for purchase by one-mile participants as supplies last.

For more information and to register from the new website, visit onturfs ports.com/Powered/Races/DiscoverRoanoke.html.

SSF committee hosting golf ball run on April 22

The Salamonie Summer Festival Committee is hosting a golf ball run on Sunday, April 22. at 1 p.m. in conjunction with the Yergy’s pulled pork luncheon at the Knight Bergman Civic Center in Warren.

Viking diamond boys start season with twin wins

The Huntington North High School baseball team opened its season with a doubleheader sweep of host Columbus East on Saturday, March 31, winning 7-6 and 5-3.

Levi Bennett had three hits and two runs batted in and pitched 3.2 innings of hitless ball in relief for a save to lead the Vikings in the opener. Ian McCutcheon added another three hits and Collin Landrum added a pair.

Landrum had three more hits in the second game to help Elliott Lesperance and Ian McCutcheon pitch the Vikings past the Olympians.

HU softball squad splits with Grace

The Huntington University softball team split a doubleheader with host Grace College, taking the opening contest, 4-2, before falling in the second, 5-4, on Friday, March 30.

The first game saw the Foresters come through in the clutch. Trailing 2-1 heading into the seventh inning, Coach Doug Gower’s squad proceeded to plate three runners, then shut out the Lancers in the bottom of the frame to earn the win.

HU golfers ninth at CU Phoenix Invitational

The Huntington University men’s golf team placed ninth at the Cumberland University Phoenix Invitational, held Monday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 27, at Old Hickory Country Club, in Old Hickory, TN.

The Foresters fired a 315 on Monday to sit in a tie for seventh place, but slipped a few spots after Tuesday’s round of 320 to finish with a team total of 635. Cale Carr paced Coach Rick Sholund’s crew with a 154 to claim 23rd out of 90 golfers.

HU women's golf team 11th at CU Phoenix Invitational

The Huntington University women’s golf team finished 11th at the Cumberland University Phoenix Invitational, held Monday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 27, at Old Hickory Country Club, in Old Hickory, TN.

The Foresters carded a 725 for the invitational, a single stroke behind 10th-place Martin Methodist, by shooting a 368 on Monday and a 357 on Tuesday. It was a balanced attack for the team, with Leah Thompson leading the way with a 180, good for 49th out of 61 golfers, followed by Betsy Schroeder with a 181.

IWU blanks HU softball team twice

The Huntington University softball team got shut out by host Indiana Wesleyan University in a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday, March 28.

After dropping the first game, 11-0, the Foresters proceeded to fall in the second, 2-0, to slip to 11-9, 6-4 in Crossroads League play.

HU softball team double-dips Saint Mary

Lairen Miller and Meghan Fretz combined for a one-hitter in the opener as the Huntington University softball team swept host Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in a doubleheader on Monday, March 26, winning 1-0 and 8-3.

The Foresters scored the only run on the first game in the first inning, and Miller and Fretz made the slim margin stand up with zeroes on the scoreboard.

Once again the clutch RBI went to Casey Lehman, who has made a habit out of that this season as the Foresters improved to 11-7 overall, 6-2, in the Crossroads League.

Foresters to 5-0 in CL with sweep

The Huntington University baseball team ran its Crossroads League record to 5-0 on the season with a doubleheader sweep over host Mount Vernon University on Monday, March, 26.

The Foresters, 7-12 overall, won 7-4 in the opener and then took an 8-4 10-inning decision in the nightcap.

Tyler Zimske smacked a home run and had two runs batted in to lead the Foresters in the opener. Daniel Lichty, Adrian Perez and Hunter Losekamp all had two hits.

Forester keglers earn eighth at NAIA Invite Tournament

The Huntington University men’s bowling team earned eighth place at the NAIA Invitational Tournament, held Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25, at Plaza Lanes in Highland.

Friday was a day with ups and downs as the Foresters climbed as high as seventh before lunch before falling down to the 19th seed by day’s end. Huntington finished the day with a total score of 4,499 for a 187 per game average.

HU women bowlers 18th at NAIA Tournament

The Huntington University women’s bowling team finished 18th at the NAIA Invitational Tournament, held Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25, at Plaza Lanes in Highland.

The Foresters finished Friday in a tie for 18th place out of 20 teams with a score of 4,307 for a 179 per game average. Huntington faced No. 15 Aquinas in the first round of match play on Saturday morning and came out on the short end of a 1-3 decision, 173-199, 200-178, 170-179, 196-205.

Homestead tournament champs


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The Jr. Lady Vikes defeated Columbia City in the championship game to win a basketball tournament at Homestead on March 4. Team members are (from left) Jadyn Bennett, Chloe Kauffman, Kenadie Working, Hailee Kline, Grace Sell, Meg Camomile, Taylor Double, Leah Campbell and Coach Brian Double. Not pictured is Addy Wiley.

Huntington Baptist holding 16th annual Community 5K

Huntington Baptist Church is holding its 16th-annual Community 5K Run and Fun Run on April 21 at 9 a.m.

The races will start and finish at the church, which is located at 2435 Waterworks Rd., Huntington. The 5K race will be conducted first, with the one-mile fun run to follow. The event is free and open to participants of all ages.

Gerke breaks 25-year-old HU pole vault record

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Brooks Gerke

Senior Brooks Gerke broke a 25-year-old school record in the pole vault to highlight the performances of the Huntington University men’s and women’s track teams at the 27th annual Polar Bear Invitational hosted by Indiana Wesleyan on Friday, March 23.

Gerke cleared 4.60 meters -- 15-1.125 feet to top Mark Green’s 1993 mark of 15 feet in the vault, which earned him a ticket to the 2018 NAIA National Championship meet as well.

Gerke had previously held the No. 5 spot in the HU record for the vault.

HU women golfers sixth at Purgatory Intercollegiate

The Huntington University women’s golf team placed sixth out of seven teams at the Taylor University Purgatory Intercollegiate this week.

The Foresters shot a 365 on Thursday, then came back on Friday with a 356 for a total of 721.

Betsy Schroeder paced HU with a 176 to finish 21st out of 40 golfers. Abby Poole shot a 179 for 26th place, Alexandria Maris shot a 184 and Leah Thompson posted a 187.

Megan Higgins shot a 190 as HU’s non-scorer.

Rachel Blauert shot a 202 playing as an individual.

HU men's golf team showing improvement at tourney

The Huntington University men’s golf team shot its second-lowest total of th eyear this weekend and finished 11th out of 16 teams at the Taylor University Purgatory Intercollegiate.

The Foresters shot a 314 on Thursday, then turned in a 308 on Friday for a 622 total.

Indian Hills CC won the event with a 560, followed by Taylor with a 577 and Cardinal Stritch with a 593.

Andrew Weisheit, playing the No. 3 spot for HU, posted a team-low 149 to finish 17th out of 88 golfers. Cale Carr fired a 151 for 24th, Zach Borntreger had a 158 and Zakry Cummings shot a 164.

HU softball team gets thrilling win, tough loss in twinbill split

Huntington University left fielder Karley Blankenship lunges for the ball in action against visiting Spring Arbor University on Friday, March 23. The Foresters split a pair of games.
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The Huntington University softball team got to experience a thrilling win and a heartbreaking loss in a doubleheader split with visiting Spring Arbor University on Friday, March 23.

The Foresters, 9-7, took a 10-inning battle in the first game, 5-4, but then saw Spring Arbor squeak out a 1-0 win in the second game.

Davit raps six hits as Foresters sweep Grace

Huntington University hitter Daniel Lichty smacks an RBI-double in the first game of a Forester sweep of visiting Grace College on Friday, March 23.
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Freshman Nick Davit piled up six hits and three runs batted in as the Huntington University baseball team swept visiting Grace College on Friday, March 23, winning 8-3 and 11-3.

Davit had three hits and three ribbies as the Foresters took the opener behind a three-hitter from Colton Punches and Tarrin Beachy. The Homestead product then added another three hits and his teammates mashed 13 more in the big second game win.

HU women sweep Indiana Tech

Lairen Miller, a sophomore on the Huntington University softball team, winds up for a pitch in the first of two games against visiting Indiana Tech on Thursday, March 22. The Foresters swept the Warriors, 4-3, 8-5.
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The Huntington University softball team swept visiting Indiana Tech, winning 4-3 and 8-5, on Thursday, March 22.

Fund-raiser banquet for local BMX racer Bickel

A banquet for local bicycle motocross racer Paul Bickel will be held Saturday, March 24, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689, in Huntington, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The banquet will feature a silent auction, with all proceeds going to Bickel to help defray the cost of traveling to Baku, Azerbaijan and competing in the UCI BMX World Championship Race, set for June 3 to 9.

Auction items will include a hot air balloon ride, gift cards, BMX jerseys and more.

Food and drinks will be available, with freewill donations welcomed.

State tourney next stop


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After winning their sectional division recently at Monroe Central High School, the Huntington County Senior Vikings will play this Saturday in the Special Olympics Indiana State Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis. Team members are (front row from left) Jacob Sprinkle, Christian Smith, Rebecca Paolillo and Truby Parker and (back row from left) coach Tracy Johnson, Joe Johnson, Nicholas Gonsolus and Austin Tarr.

State tourney team


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After winning their sectional division recently at Monroe Central High School, the Huntington County Vikings will play this Saturday in the Special Olympics Indiana State Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis. Team members are (front row from left) Jill England, Nick McKoon, Matthew Hartley, John McCormack, Luke Wood and Jacob Parker and (back row from left) Darin Thomas, Zack Wilcox and Ryan Thomas.

Miller gem gets HU softball team twinbill split

Sophomore hurler Lairen Miller pitched a two-hit shutout in the opener as the Huntington University softball team split a doubleheader with host Taylor University on Monday, March 19, winning 1-0, before losing 5-2.

Miller struck out two and didn’t allow a walk in her gem in the opener. Her teammates made her a winner with a run in the top of the third inning as Kennedy Krull hit a single to shallow center, moved up on a Marty Harris walk and then went to third on Joelle Beals’ sacrifice bunt before Sophia Beachy got her home with a sacrifice fly.

HU baseball team starts off league play with win

The Huntington University baseball team kicked off league play with an 8-4 win over host Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Monday afternoon, March 19.

The Foresters, 3-12, exploded for four runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and then added on two more insurance runs in the ninth to earn the win.

Jake Hansen had the big hit for HU in the decisive eighth inning, bringing in three runs with a bases-cleaning double.

HU senior guard Bush earns honorable mention All-American

Mike Bush
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Mike Bush, a senior on the Huntington University men’s basketball team, was named an honorable mention All-American by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics on Thursday, March 15.

A third-team pick last year, Bush led the nation in assists for the second straight year with his 8.5 assists per-game average. The 5-7 point guard also tossed in 17.6 points, grabbed 2.7 rebounds and swiped a team-best 1.0 steals per night in his final season.

Jazz claims the title


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The Jazz recently won the championship game in the girls’ elementary division of the KIM League at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. The Jazz defeated the Lady Falcons, 14-9. Team members are (front row from left) Leah Hertel, Francie McDonald, Aubrey Linker and Madison Riggers; and (back row from left) Codie Sumner, Charleigh Rupert, Grace Michel, Samantha Amor and Head Coach Chelsie Sumner.

Spurs emerge victorious


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The Spurs recently won the championship game in the middle school division of the KIM League at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. The team defeated the Cavaliers, 45-35. Team members are (front row from left) Noah Bruce, Braxton Tharp, Cole McCarver and Braden Patrick; and (back row from left) Assistant Coach Scott Dohrman, Dalton Heister, Dakota Chapman, Dominic Cadwell, Harrison Niswander, Cam McCarver, Wyatt Dohrman, Branson Bales, Head Coach Terry Stoffel and Assistant Coach Andy Tharp. Not pictured is Tiler Carr.

Scheiber wins Howenstine Award


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Isaac Scheiber (middle) was the male recipient of the Kim Howenstine Award in the KIM League at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. The award recognizes an individual who has played in the league for multiple years and grown into a leadership role with their team. The recipient’s character and sportsmanship set an example for teammates and made a positive impact on the league. With Scheiber are his parents, Debbie Scheiber (left) and Dan Scheiber.

Boilers win it all


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The Roanoke Boilers recently won the championship game in the boys’ third and fourth-grade division of the KIM League at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. The Boilers defeated the Lancaster Cornhuskers, 40-24. Team members are (front row from left) Brayden Hieber, Norman Wilkinson, Davin Steele, Gage Byerly and Nolan Hess; and (back row from left) Assistant Coach Scott Husband, Charlie Lilly, Grant Campbell, Josiah Smith, Dalton Husband, Zack Wall and Head Coach Trevor Byerly.

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