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Vikes move to sectional soccer title game on penalty kicks

Kolton Foster (right), a freshman on the Huntington North High School boys’ soccer team, handles a pass from a teammate as Wayne’s Refik Dogruyol closes in on his position during a game in the semifinals of the Homestead Sectional on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The game came down to penalty kicks, with the Vikings topping the Generals to post a 2-1 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Penalty kicks propelled the Huntington North High School boys’ soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Wayne in the semifinals of the Homestead Sectional on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

It was déjà vu for both teams as the Vikings topped the Generals, 2-1, on penalty kicks last postseason as well. With the victory, Huntington North, 8-7-3, advances to the sectional championship game, where it will face Homestead, 10-5-3, on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Warsaw at 7 p.m. Homestead beat South Side, 4-1, on Wednesday to punch its ticket to the title tilt.

Marian routs HU women's soccer team

The Huntington University women’s soccer team got routed by host Marian University, suffering a 4-0 loss on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The 17th-ranked Knights scored two goals in each half while shutting the Foresters out to improve their record to 6-3-2, 1-1-1 in Crossroads League action.

Huntington, 3-9, 0-3 in conference, mustered eight shots, half of which were on goal, while Spring Arbor besieged the Forester defense with 23 shots, 10 on which were on frame.

Spring Arbor sweeps HU spikers

The Huntington University volleyball team lost to Spring Arbor University in straight sets on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Platt Arena.

While the match resulted in a sweep, the Foresters put up a fight in every set, falling by narrow scores of 23-25, 29-31, 18-25.

Huntington, 7-16, 3-8 in Crossroads League play, was paced by sophomore Paige Eakright, who produced 12 kills. Sophomore Jenna Tacosik and senior Breanna Levings supported her efforts with 16 and 11 assists, respectively. Tacosik also got in on the scoring herself with four aces.

Bellmont sweeps Lady Vike spikers

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team befell a sweep to host Bellmont on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The Lady Vikings fell by scores of 10-25, 10-25, 20-25 to slip to 19-11, 4-2 in Northeast 8 Conference play.

Huntington North was paced on offense by Macy Niswander, who registered seven kills. The senior also contributed defensively with three blocks.

Junior Morgan Robrock helped facilitate the team’s scoring with 15 assists.

Junior Morgan Richison led the Lady Vikes’ defensive effort with nine digs.

Miller scores pair as Vike soccerboys win sectional opener

Huntington North High School goalkeeper Aidan Hosler stops a Fort Wayne North Side shot Monday, Oct. 1, in first round action at the Homestead Boys' Soccer Sectional. The Vikings won, 3-1.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Peyton Miller scored twice and goalkeeper Aidan Hosler turned away a dozen shots on net as the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team downed Fort Wayne North Side, 3-1, on Monday, Oct. 1, in first-round action at the Homestead Boys’ Soccer Sectional.

The Vikings, 7-7-3 on the season, will face Fort Wayne Wayne on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 5, with the winner advancing to the finals on Saturday, Oct 6, at 7 p.m. at Warsaw.

Spahr, Vike harriers third at NE8 meet

Three members of the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity cross country team, (from right) Jarid Miller, Isaiah Clampitt and Harrison Niswander, compete at the Northeast 8 Conference championship meet on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Huntington University Cross Country Course. The Vikings claimed third place with a score of 90.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Brock Spahr captured third place to lead the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity cross country team to the same placement at the Northeast 8 Conference championship meet on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Huntington University Cross Country Course.

Lady Vike harriers sixth at conference meet

Kyler Hoopingarner, a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ cross country team, competes at the Northeast 8 Conference championship meet on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Huntington University Cross Country Course. The Lady Vikings posted a score of 120 to place sixth.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity cross country team claimed sixth place at the Northeast 8 Conference championship meet on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Huntington University Cross Country Course.

HU's De Maa ties for fifth at Saint Francis Invite

Senior Logan De Maa tied for fifth place but the Huntington University men’s golf team placed sixth out of seven teams at the Saint Francis Invitational over the weekend.

De Maa fired a seven-over-par 151 for his top-five out of 48 individuals, but HU as a team played to a 640.

Indiana Wesleyan topped the field with a 609. Saint Francis followed with a 613 and Mount Vernon was third with a 619.

HU distaff golfers get program record at Saint Francis Invite

The Huntington University women’s golf team finished fifth out of eight teams at the Saint Francis Invitational over the weekend.

Coach Rick Sholund’s squad fired a program-record 640 for the tourney, which included a 322 on Friday, Sept. 28, and a 318 on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Huntington’s top three players finished within a stroke of each other. Alexandria Maris and Betsy Schroeder each carded scores of 160 and titled for 14th, and Leah Thompson was at 161 for 17th. Megan Higgins was just two strokes further back at 163 for 20th place to complete the HU scoring.

HU volleyball squad ends weekend on up note

The Huntington University volleyball team ended the weekend on a high note with a five-set victory over Cumberland as it went 1-3 at the Indiana Wesleyan Tournament.

Paige Eakright knocked down 18 kills to pace the Foresters’ 25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 20-25, 15-8 win and help HU improve to 7-15 on the season.

Brandy Michie added 14 kills to the HU attack and Breanna Levings and Jenna Tacosik added 29 and 27 assists, respectively.

Ariene Butler had a career-tying 28 digs.

Greenfield, Forester soccermen blank IWU

Sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Greenfield notched his fourth shutout of the season to help the Huntington University men’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over host Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Greenfield stood tall on all four shots he faced, and Ty Sproat and Jack Erlandson scored as the Foresters upped their record to 6-4-1 on the season, 1-1 in Crossroads League play.

Sproat got what would be the game-winner in the first half off an assist from Jordan Morris. Erlandson got the capper off  a header on a scramble after a corner kick midway through the second half.

IWU drops HU soccerwomen

Visiting Indiana Wesleyan sprinted out to a 3-0 first half lead and then held on to beat the Huntington University women’s soccer team, 3-1, on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Tia Sanford scored two of the three IWU goals -- all scored within a five-minute window, as HU dropped to 3-8 on the season, 0-2 in the crossroads League.

Matea Knispel scored her seventh goal of the season at the 36:42 mark to pull HU within a pair of goals with more than a half to play, but the Wildcats were able to hang on for their eighth win in 10 outings.

Big Leo second quarter bites HNHS gridders

A big second quarter helped host Leo stick the Huntington North High School varsity football team with a 42-21 defeat on Friday, Sept. 28.

After crafting a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, the Lions distanced themselves from the Vikings in the second, outscoring the visitors 29-7. The hosts then tacked on an insurance touchdown in the third quarter before Coach Rick Burnau’s squad rounded out the game’s scoring with a pair of end zone trips in the final frame.

Viking tennnis season ends at sectional

Adam Zahn, a senior on the Huntington North High School boys’ tennis team, gets low to return the ball during his No. 2 singles match against Adams Central’s Cameron Burkhart at the Norwell Sectional on Thursday, Sept. 27. Zahn fell to Burkhart, 1-6, 3-6, and the Vikings suffered a season-ending loss to the Jets, 1-4.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A win at third singles by Carson Kitchen was the lone highlight for the Huntington North High School boys’ tennis team in a 1-4, season-ending loss to Adams Central in the semifinals of the Norwell Sectional on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Kitchen, a freshman, swept Lucas Harvey, 6-3, 7-5, for the Vikings, who finish the season 10-7. It’s the team’s third loss to Adams Central in as many postseasons.

At first singles, sophomore Thomas Schweller fell to Jaxson Rinkenberger, 3-6, 0-6. In the second singles match, senior Adam Zahn suffered 1-6, 3-6 defeat to Cameron Burkhart.

Leo sweeps Lady Vike spikers

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team got swept by visiting Leo on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The Lady Vikings, 16-9, 4-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference, lost by scores of 13-25, 21-25, 16-25.

Morgan Robrock did a little bit of everything for Huntington North. The junior dispensed 18 assists, registered six digs and served up two aces.

Senior Macy Niswander paced the Lady Vikes’ offense with 11 kills and two aces. Junior Taylor Reust also produced a pair of aces.

Senior Maddy Robrock made her presence felt on defense with two blocks.

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