Stretching for the throw

Photo by Matt Murphy.

First baseman Nick Perry of Video Vault and Tanning stretches to catch the ball during action at Coach's Pitch play at Roanoke Park on Wednesday, June 17.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results -- Summer Leagues

Wednesday High School Development
Men's High Game: EJ Tackett, 266; Mike Gottschalk, 245; Mel Fruit Jr., 243.
Men's High Series: EJ Tackett, 716; Adam Fruit, 655; Mike Gottschalk, 635.
Women's High Game: Sierra Rice, 226; Elizabeth Bischoff, 215; Kaitlyn Conley, 172.
Women's High Series: Elizabeth Bischoff, 573; Sierra Rice, 557; Alex Rittenhouse, 465.
Top Teams: Adam Fruit, 22-6; Mel Fruit Jr., 16-12; EJ Tackett, 16-12.

Huntington County Baseball releases results from week6

Huntington County Baseball has released scores and results for week 6 of play.

Clemente League
On June 8, Ness Brothers Real Estate (Roanoke) beat VFW 19-2.
On June 9, Roanoke won over Frederick's Photography 11-2.
On June 10, Bippus State Bank edged out Midwest Metals 5-3.

Games were also made up from the previous week:
Midwest Metals powered over Bippus State Bank 21-11.
Midwest Metals also beat Frederick's Photography.

PAL announces results from week 6

The Huntington Police Athletic League has announced results for week 6 of play.

Games were rained out on June 11.

Coach's Pitch
On June 9, F.O.P. 77 beat I.M.I., Inc. 17-6.
Bailey-Love Mortuary won over El Shaddai Screen Printing 13-5.
Zay Leasing fell to Metro Kiwanis 15-7.

Young Vikings finish eighth at regional golf tournament

"Wait ‘til next year'' has good meaning for the Huntington North High School boys' golf team, which will return four of five golfers who placed eighth in the Muncie Central Golf Regional Tournament on Friday, June 12.

The Vikings recorded a 327 at The Player's Club to end their season, but only senior Brandon Whitesell ended his high school career. Garrett Bracht, a senior next season, fired a 76 to lead the young Vikings, who will also return current sophomore EJ Tackett and Neal Hamilton and current freshman Jordan Sweet.

Chambers, Cotton earn NCC track coaches of year honors

The Huntington North Vikings captured two North Central Conference titles this spring, both in track.

Which then makes for no surprise that both track coaches, Clark Chambers, for the boys, and Don Cotton, for the girls, are being honored as NCC track coaches of the year.

"It's a very nice award to receive from your peers," says Chambers. "But with that being said, I had very little to do with it. My assistant coaches are fabulous ... they make my job easy."

HCB releases scores and standings from weeks 4 and 5

Huntington County Baseball has released its standings for weeks 4 and 5 of play.

Clemente League
The Clemente League has posted scores for games from May 22 through June 4.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results -- Summer Leagues

Wednesday High School Development
Men's High Game: EJ Tackett, 240; Adam Fruit, 234; Mel Fruit Jr., 223.
Men's High Series: EJ Tackett, 653; Mel Fruit Jr., 640; Adam Fruit, 639.
Women's High Game: Stacey Hebert, 236; Elizabeth Bischoff, 195; Alex Rittenhouse, 193.
Women's High Series: Stacey Hebert, 625; Elizabeth Bischoff, 557; Alex Rittenhouse, 507.
Top Teams: Adam Fruit, 19-5; Trent Kline, 15-9; Alex Rittenhouse, 14.5-9.5.

PAL announces results from week 5

The Huntington County Police Athletic League has announced results from week 5 of play.

Coach's Pitch League
On Tuesday, June 2, Bailey-Love Mortuary beat Fredrick's Photography 11-4

Metro Kiwanis flew past El Shaddai Screen Printing 15-5.
I.M.I. Inc. trumped Zay Leasing 13-4.

On Thursday, June 4, Bailey-Love Funeral Home powered over I.M.I. Inc., 25-8.

Frederick's Photography skated past Zay Leasing 8-2.
F.O.P. 77 fell to El Shaddai Screen Printing 25-6.

HNHS' Hurlburt misses all-state track honor by narrowest of margins

By the narrowest of margins, Huntington North High School senior Alyssa Hurlburt missed all-state honors in the long jump at the Indiana High School Athletic Association Girls' State Track Meet on Saturday, June 6.

Hurlburt pulled off a personal best jump of 17 feet, 4 inches to match with freshman Ayren Cobb of Benton Central for the ninth-best effort, but lost the final all-state placing on the tie-breaker of each girl's second best effort.

Rebecca Neville of Merrillville won the event with a leap of 19-01.75.

Drabenstot's last HS competition a success as HNHS senior makes all-state with fourth place

Rex Drabenstot made his last competition as a high school athlete a successful one as the Huntington North High School senior earned an all-state track medal by placing fourth in the shot put at the Indiana State High School Athletic Association Boys' State Meet on Friday, June 5.

Coming off his regional championship last week, Drabenstot launched a throw of 57 feet, 1 inch on the fifth of his six attempts to claim his all-state honor.

Hamilton, Tackett lead HNHS golfers to regional

Sophomores Neal Hamilton and EJ Tackett fired rounds of 76 and 78, respectively, on Friday, June 5, at the Huntington North Boys' golf Sectional Tournament to lead Huntington North into regional play next week.

The Vikings fired a score of 321 to place second behind champion Norwell and earn one of three team regional tickets to Muncie next Friday.

Norwell recorded a score of 300 to easily out-distance Huntington North, with Bellmont placing third among 13 teams with a 327.

Sliding home

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Anna Nevil of Metro Kiwanis slides into home on Tuesday, June 2, during action in the PAL Coaches Pitch League.

Cruising in

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Alex Wall of Metro Kiwanis (right) looks quite pleased with himself as he cruises into a base during action on Tuesday, June 2, in the PAL Coaches Pitch League.

Huntington County Baseball results

Huntington County Baseball has released results and standings for week 4 of play. In addition, several leagues have results from previous weeks.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results -- Summer Leagues

Wednesday High School Development
Men's High Game: E.J. Tackett, 270; Zac Tackett, 258; Adam Fruit, 230.
Men's High Series: E.J. Tackett, 708; Zac Tackett, 675; Adam Fruit, 610.
Women's High Game: Sierra Rice, 208; Lesley Love, 190; Stacey Hebert, 181.
Women's High Series: Sierra Rice, 594; Eleni Newsome, 502; Elizabeth Bischoff, 498.
Top Teams: Adam Fruit, 15-5; Alex Rittenhouse, 12.5-7.5; Mel Fruit Jr., 11-9.

Homestead pitcher shackles HNHS on two hits in sectiomal championship

Huntington North Hgih School batter Billy Ray gets out of the way of a high and tight pitch agianst Homestead in the championship game of the Homestead Sectional Baseball Tournament on Monday, June 1. The Vikings lost 5-1.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington North High School baseball team got just two hits and lost to Homestead in the championship game of the Homestead Sectional Baseball Tournament, 5-1, on Monday, June 1.

Things started off great for the Vikings as leadoff batter Jamon Hammel opened the contest with a home run to give HNHS a quick 1-0 lead, but Spartan hurler Charles Weaver allowed only one other hit - a single by Taylor Harris - in seven innings to put 24-3 Homestead into the regional.

Announce first four weeks results from PAL baseball season

Huntington County Police Athletic League began its season on May 5.

Below are the results from the first four weeks of play.

Coach's Pitch League

El Shaddai Screen Printing fell to Bailey-Love Funeral Home 17-6.

I.M.I., Inc. beat Zay Leasing 11-8.

Metro Kiwanis edged past F.O.P. #77 9-8.

Bailey-Love also played a second game that day, in which they beat Frederick's Photography 29-3

On Tuesday, May 12, Bailey-Love shut out Zay Leasing 26-0.

F.O.P. #77 lost to El Shaddai 20-4.

Hammel signs with Huntington University to continue diamond career

Huntington North High School baseball player Jamon Hammel (front center) looks over his letter of intent to play college ball at Huntington University.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School baseball standout Jamon Hammel recently sign his letter of commitment to continue his career at Huntington University.

Hammel signed his letter of intent on Friday, May 28, in the presence of his parents, Huntington North Head Baseball Coach Russ Degitz and Huntington University Head Baseball Coach Mike Frame.

Hammel's senior season statistics include a .348 batting average, third highest on the varsity squad and second in RBI with 18. He is the Vikings's starting shortstop.

Hammel is the son of Jeff and Marie Hammel.

Diving back

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School first baseman Kameron Smith keeps his eye on the ball as a Fort Wayne South Side baserunner dives back into the bag during second round play Saturday, May 30, at the Homestead Sectional Baseball Touranment. The Vikings beat South Side, 8-3. Weather permitting, the Vikings and Homestead will square off tonight, Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m. in the championship game.

Firing one home

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School pitcher Wes Carroll puts all of himself into this pitch during the Vikings game against Fort Wayne South Side in the second round of the Homestead Baseball Sectional Tournament on Saturday, May 30. The Vikings won the game, 8-3, and advance to the sectional championship game against Homeastead on Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m.

Smith's homer makes himself, Vikings winners in second round of sectional

Huntington North High School shortstop Jamon Hammel catches a Fort Wayne South Side runner in the face with his tag during play in the second round of the Homestead Baseball Sectional Tournament on Saturday, May 30.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Kameron Smith made himself the winning pitcher with a go-ahead two-run home run in the fourth inning as the Huntington North High School baseball team beat Fort Wayne South Side, 8-3, on Saturday, May 30, in second round action at the Homestead Baseball Sectional Tournament.

The Vikings, 15-12, will face Homestead Monday at 5 p.m. in the championship contest. The Spartans advanced with a hard-fought 5-4 win in seven innings over Marion.

Tackett's low score not enough as Viking golfers fall to CC, Warsaw

E.J. Tackett tied for low score of the day but it wasn't enough for the Huntington North High School boys' golf team as it lost to both Warsaw and host Columbia City on Friday, May 29.

The Vikings, 6-3, finished with a 169 total, while Columbia City won the match with a 155 and Warsaw recorded a 169.

Tackett fired a one over par 37 to match Columbia City's David Mills for low score on the day, but the sophomore's effort couldn't help HNHS overcome Columbia City having three scorers under 40.

Regional champion Drabenstot leads four Viking trackmen to state

Senior shotputter Rex Drabenstot claimed a championship and the Huntington North High School boys' track team will be sending three other athletes to the state track meet from their performances at the Fort Wayne Wayne Boys' Regional Track Meet on Thursday, May 28.

Junior Josh Graham qualified twice for state, and senior Rob Sands and junior Ross Ochs will also be making the trip to Indiana University on Friday, June 5.

Golfers shoot season-best 322 to beat Marion

Huntington North High School golfer Tyler Scher plays a chip shot towards the hole, during the team’s outing against Marion, on Thursday, May 28. Both the varsity and junior varsity teams won their match ups.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School's boys' varsity and junior varsity golf teams were in action against Marion, on Thursday, May 28.

The varsity team carded a season-best team score of 322 to beat Marion, which carded a 334.

Top Viking on the day was Neal Hamilton, with a 79. Other scores were Garrett Bracht, 80; Brandon Whitesell, 81; E.J. Tackett, 82 and Tyler Shearer, 98.

The JV team also won its nine-hole match up, carding a 182 to Marion's 207.

A swing ... and a miss

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Ellie Lawson of the Tincaps swings and misses as Huntington LIons' catcher Brooke Hiple reaches for the ball during softball action from Huntington County Baseball at Homier Field on Thursday, May 28.

Letting it fly

Photo by Matt Murphy.

As Connor Kreider of Paesan's PIzza waits to score a run, MacSteel's Brock Eckert pitches on Tuesday, May 26, in Huntington County Baseball League action at Homier Park.


HU seniors Davenport, Johnson earn All-America honors

Huntington University seniors Lauren Davenport and Nick Johnson finished fourth in their respective events at the NAIA Track & Field National Championships recently to earn All-America honors.

Davenport eclipsed her own school record in the 800-meter run with a 2:07.38 to earn her first All-America honor on the track.

Johnson shaved nearly three seconds off his personal best time with a 14:43.18 in the 5,000- meter run.

HNHS fall sports physicals set for Tuesday, June 2, at North Arena

Huntington County students who plan to participate in high school and middle school sports programs this fall can receive a sports physical Tuesday, June 2, at 5:30 p.m. at North Arena.

The physicals are for athletes who are not currently under a doctor's care for an injury or medical condition. Anyone with a chronic condition that requires constant monitoring by a doctor, such as diabetes or blood pressure, must have a physical form filled out by their own doctor.

Long jumper Hurlburt qualifies for state meet

Huntington North High School long jumper Alyssa Hurlburt takes off under the watchful eyes of officials during regional competition on Tuesday, May 26. Hurlburt advanced on to next week's state meet.
Photo provided.

Long jumper Alyssa Hurlburt was the lone Huntington North High School track team member to advance to the state meet with her performance Tuesday, May 26, at the Fort Wayne Northrop Girls' Track Regional.

Hurlburt, a senior, took third place in the event - with three places moving on - and also surpassed the state qualifying standard of 17 feet with her leap of 17-2. That mark was almost six inches better than her seed mark heading into the regional.

The state meet will be held Friday, June 6, at Indiana University.