HU baseball team falls twice to IUSE

The Huntington University baseball team dropped its first two games of the season on Friday, Feb. 22, against host IU Southeast, losing 2-0 and 13-7.

The Foresters, 3-2, got only one hit in the opener, but DJ Moore held the hosts scoreless for the first five innings. IUSE scratched out its two runs in the sixth on a pair of hits and a pair of sacrifice flies.

Moore wound up giving up all five IUSE hits and both runs, with seven strikeouts and three walks in 5.1 frames. Alex McCutcheon pitched 2.2 innings of hitless, scoreless relief, with five strikeouts and one walk.

Eckert coming home for regional gymnastics floor exercise

Huntington North freshman Emma Wilson competes on the balance beam at the Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran Gymnastics Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Lady Vikes finished seventh out of 13 teams.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Junior Aleah Eckert earned a chance to compete on her home floor at next week’s Huntington North Gymnastics Regional by tying for third on floor exercise at the Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran Gymnastics Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Eckert scored a 9.550 to tie with Ashelynn Steinke of Carroll for third and punch her ticket to regional, which will be held Saturday, March 2, starting at noon at Huntington  North.

The top six finishers in all events and all around move on to regional.

Season ends quietly for HU hoopmen

The season drew to a close for the seventh-seeded Huntington University men’s basketball team with a 94-62 defeat at the hands of second-seeded Indiana Wesleyan University in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Indiana Wesleyan.

The Wildcats built a double-digit lead on the Foresters a little over eight minutes into the game and never looked back. They took a 48-27 lead into the half and didn’t let up in the second stanza, expanding their advantage into 30-point territory by the end buzzer.

State Walk

Photo by Steve Clark.

Members of the Huntington North High School wrestling team bound for the State Finals receive applause from their classmates as they depart school for the competition in Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 15. All Huntington North students lined the hallways of the school and cheered on the wrestlers as they left. Wrestlers are (foreground from left) Preston Teusch and Charlie Agnew and (background from left) Cody McCune and Christian Graft.

Forester women fall in OT in CL Tourney

The fifth-seeded Huntington University women’s basketball team narrowly lost to fourth-seeded University of Saint Francis, 84-80, in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at USF.

After trailing the Cougars by double digits at halftime, 41-29, the Foresters proceeded to fight their way back into the game. Coach Lori Culler’s squad narrowed the deficit to 55-47 at the end of the third quarter, then went on to score 27 points in the fourth while holding USF to 19 to deadlock the game at 74-74.

Huntington North boys trounce Northfield by 30

Huntington North guard Deven Newcomb goes up for a shot against Northfield at North Arena on Tuesday night, Feb. 20. The Vikings won, 71-41, to improve to 18-4 on the season.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Behind three double-digit scoring efforts, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team trounced visiting Northfield, 71-41, on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The senior trio of Zach Daugherty, Sawyer Stoltz and Hank Pulver put forth the big offensive effort for the Vikings. Daugherty scored 14 points, Stoltz tallied 13 and Pulver netted 12 for Coach Craig Teagle’s squad.

With the offense clicking, Huntington North took a 14-7 lead in the first quarter and expanded it to 39-14 by the half. The hosts enjoyed a 57-26 advantage by the end of three frames.

Vikings start with Homestead at Wayne Hoop Sectional

The Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team will play Homestead in the opening game of the Wayne Boys' Basketball Sectional on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the pairings for the state tournament on Feb. 17.

As of Feb. 18, the Vikings were 17-4 on the season while the Spartans were 18-2. The teams opened the season against each other on Nov. 21, with Homestead winning, 46-41.

Registering now for 10th annual Discover Roanoke races April 13

The 10th annual Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1-mile race is set for April 13 in downtown Roanoke at 9 a.m.

Race sponsors are Parkview Health, Ironclad Excavating, Southwest Auto Sales, Intri-Cut Tool Company, Bippus State Bank, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and Subway of Roanoke.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Roanoke Lions Club.

Participants in the 5K and 10K portions of the race who sign up before April 1 will be guaranteed to receive a 10th anniversary race T-shirt.

Instruction time

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North Assistant Softball Coach Pete Eckert gives some instruction before the start of a drill at the HNHS Softball Camp on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the HNHS Fieldhouse.

Fryman comes up money as HU women hold off Bethel

Huntington University forward Brooke Saylor lays the ball in for two points during the Foresters' regular season finale at Platt Arena on Saturday, Feb. 16. HU held off a big Bethel rally for a 71-69 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University women’s basketball team withstood a furious second-half comeback by visiting Bethel College for a 71-69 win on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The Foresters, finishing the regular season 18-11 overall and 11-7 in the Crossroads League, saw a 24-point third-quarter lead all but disappear, but Sarah Fryman came up money on four three throws  in the final nine seconds to enable HU to hang on.

Fryman finished with a game-best 20 points on the afternoon and was aided by Brooke Saylor and Erin Mohr with 17 and 12 points, respectively.

Schulte tops Viking swimmers at Warsaw sectional

A fifth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay was the best showing of the day for the four-boy Huntington North swim team on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Warsaw Swimming and Diving Sectional.

The relay team of freshman Colten Schulte, sophomore Cole Davidson, senior Keegan Mautz and junior Nathan York clocked in at 1:56.31 and garnered 28 points on the way to the team finishing 10th among 14 squads with 86 points.

Schulte had the best individual finish of the meet for HNHS, taking sixth in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.06.

Platt's 31 not enough for HU in loss to No. 17 Pilots

Konner Platt pumped in 31 points but the Huntington University men’s basketball team came up short against visiting No. 17 Bethel College, 89-82, on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16.

Platt’s season-best offensive output came on the wings of a 12 of 19 shooting performance, which included 7 of 8 from two-point range. The junior also added four asissts and a pair of steals, but it was not enough to keep HU from dropping to 16-14 on the season.

Eleven of HU’s losses have come against ranked opponents.

Caleb Middlesworth added 20 points and Zac Owens had 19 for HU.

HU miler Gentrie punches ticket to nationals

Sophomore Adrien Gentie punched his first ticket to the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Champhionships by placing second in the mile on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the 2019 Flag City Open  hosted by the University of Findlay.

Gentrie earned the trip with a clocking of 4:21.64, second only to HU Head Coach Nick Johnson in the school’s record books.

Elijah Chesterman won the 1,000-meter run for HU in a personal best time of 2:34.23.

Dirr adds another NAIA qualification to resume

Huntington University senior Aspen Dirr qualified for a fifth individual race at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships by setting a new school record in the 1,000-meter run on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the 2019 Flag City Open host by the University of Findlay.

Dirr hit the mark for nationals by winning the 1,000 in 2:58.46.

She also won the 600-meterr run, clocking in at 1:39.84.

In addition to the 1,000, Dirr has also qualified for nationals in the 800-meter run, the mile, the 3,00-meter run and the 5,000-meter run.

Agnew claims all-state with eighth place finish at state mat finals

Huntington North senior Charlie Agnew claimed all-state wrestling honors with an eighth place finish Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Indiana State Wrestling Finals in Indianapolis.

Agnew, the New Haven semi-state champion at 195 pounds, earned the honor by winning his first match on Friday night to advance on. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class earned all-state designation.

Agnew defeated Grant Johnson, of New Prairie, 11-6.

Nick Wilham, of Greenwood Community, ended Agnew’s hopes for a state title by pinning the Viking senior at 2:43 in the quarterfinals.