Clearing kick

Huntington North HIgh School soccer player Sam Schaffter prepares to send the ball upfield during the team's match against Snider on Wednesday, Aug. 18. The Vikings lost, 4-0.

Huntington North's EJ Tackett garnishes state bowler of year award

Huntington North varsity bowler EJ Tackett (left) accepts the Kathryn Hotzel Indiana State Youth Bowler of the Year Award recently in Indianapolis.
Photo provided.

Huntington North High School varsity bowler EJ Tackett was one of three youth bowlers from around the state to receive the Kathryn Hotzel Indiana State Youth Bowler of the Year Award in Indianapolis.

Tackett, a junior this fall at Huntington North, was chosen based on his dominating performances during the 2008-09 youth bowling season.

Hard tackle

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School varsity soccer player Carlos Hernandez (17) braces for a slide tackle from Tyler Gerardot, of Heritage High School, during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 13, at HNHS.

Hurricanes 12U softball team holding 2010 tryouts

The Huntington Hurricanes 12U Girls' Fast Pitch Softball team will hold tryouts for the 2010 spring and summer season on Aug. 22 and 29 at 10 a.m.

Tryouts will be held at the Huntington University softball field.

Girls born after Jan. 1, 1997, and before Jan. 1, 1999, are eligible to play. Huntington Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes are registered as an NSA sanctioned team and play weekend tournaments throughout the tri-state area from April through July.

Huntington QB Club hosting Ultimate Tailgate Party Friday

The Huntington Quarterback Club will host the Ultimate Tailgate Party on Friday, Aug. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kriegbaum Field.

The even will feature all-you-can-eat hot dogs, burgers, ribeye steak sandwiches and Nick's tenderloins.

There is a cost for adults, with a discount for children 12 years and younger.


From the past

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington Hill Topper pitcher Russ "Limpy" Kaufman tosses one to a member of the Ohio Village Muffins during the team's game on Saturday, Aug. 9. The teams dressed in old-fashioned baseball attire and played by early rules of the game.

This week in Viking athletics

Thursday, Aug. 13 8 a.m. - Girls' varsity golf at Bruin Reserve Invitational. (Colonial Oaks).
4:30 p.m. - Boys' varsity tennis at Warsaw.

Friday, Aug. 14
7 p.m. - Varsity football at North Side.
Monday, Aug. 17
4:30 p.m. - Girls' varsity golf vs. Warsaw.

Summit City Sluggers to hold open tryouts for its 2010 team on Aug. 16

The Summit City Sluggers baseball organization will hold open tryouts for its 2010 teams on Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Concordia High School varsity field in Fort Wayne.

Registration begins at 10 a.m.

Players should bring their own equipment and plenty of water. Teams are anticipated for age groups 12 and under through 18 and under. Eligible birthdates include May 1, 1991, through April 30, 1998.

Players have the opportunity to be evaluated by high school and college coaches and pro-fessional scouts.

HNHS AD announces new year sports ticket information

Michael Gasaway, athletic director at Huntington North High School, has announced this year's athletic ticket information.

Football season tickets may be purchased by going to the Huntington North main office and completing an order card.

HNHS girl golfers place fifth in own summer invite

Madie Meese hits her approach shot on number 13 at Lafontaine Golf Course during the Huntington North Invitational on Thursday, Aug. 6. Meese shot 94 for the Vikings as they finished fifth in the 13-team field.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Huntington North High School girls' golf team placed fifth in the Huntington North Invitational on Thursday, Aug. 6.

The invite was won by Warsaw with a team score of 339.

The individual medalist was Ashley Kees from Carrol with 77. Kees won the individual title last year as well.

The Lady Vikings were led by Kelly Myers and Liz Conley, both with the score of 89.

Also scoring for the Vikings were Madie Meese, 94, and Morgan O'Banion, 113. The non-scorer was Paige Widner with 120.

Reese League champions

Photo provided.

The Huntington Exchange Club team won the Huntington County Baseball Pee Wee Reese (11 and 12 year olds) League Championship. Team members are (front row from left) Luke Juillerat, Austin Horn, Derek Snyder, Austin Lang, Austin Rasmussen and Dustin Adamson; and (back row from left) Coach Lyle Juillerat, Coach Matt Adams, Caleb Ross, Dew Fawcett, Bailey Huey, Cody Adams, Griff Blocker, Cody Thomas and Coach Jeff Snyder.

A Division champs

Photo provided.

New York Life defeated Garrison Motorsports 16-11 Thursday, July 16, at Yeoman Park to claim the championship of the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department's Men's Softball League's A Division. Team members are (front row from left) Levi Sell, Aaron Drummond, Tony Land and Kyle Worthington; and (back row from left) Tim Schultz, Sam Ryan, Ben Ryan, Andrew Drummond, Michael Kocher and Bobby Schultz. Not pictured are Travis Penrod, Chris Kramer and Andrew Brauchla.

PAL football program taking registrations now

Registrations are now being accepted for the Huntington PAL football program.

Both tackle and flag football are offered for bys and girls. Tackle football is open to youth ages 9-12, and flag football is open to youth ages 6-18.

Games are played on Saturdays beginning in early September and ending the last week of October.

There is a registration fee, although participants have the option of selling fundraiser items instead of paying the fee outright.

PAL Little League champion

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The OnlyInternet team won the PAL Little League tournament on Monday, July 13, defeating McElhaney-Hart 6-3 in the championship game. OnlyInternet team members are (front row from left) Maclure Thompson, Kane Cohen, Braxton Proctor, Alex Hosler, Trent Ditton and Will Harvey; (second row from left)  Brent Krieger and Seth Thompson; (third row from left) Luke Gordon, Fiona Sackett, Matt Albright and Taylor Clark; and (back row from left) coaches Sage Thompson, Gene Gordon and Ray Albright.

Mad dash

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Olivia Ely of Ness Trucking dashes to third base as members of IMG Insurance (Clear Creek) do their best to stop the play during game 7 of the Huntington County Baseball U16 Softball Tournament on Thursday, July 9, at Homier Field.

McElhaney-Hart to face OnlyInternet in PAL Little League championship

Scott Foust of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home slides into third base during the team's victory over F.O.P. 77 on Thursday, July 9, in the PAL Little League Tournament.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Police Athletic League continued its Little League and Coach's Pitch Tournaments on Thursday, July 9. Below are the results for the two games:

Coach's Pitch
Bailey-Love Mortuary beat Metro Kiwanis 8-6.
Zay Leasing dominated El Shaddai Screen Printing 17-7.

Little League
McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home triumphed over F.O.P. 77 10-2.

Thursday's game eliminated F.O.P. 77 from the tournament, and it sends McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home to the championship game against Only Internet on Monday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m.

HU athletes shine in classroom

Huntington University athletes earned 32 spots on the Mid-Central College Conference's 2008-09 MCC Academic All-Conference Team.

Student-athletes from all nine member institutions who are in their third, fourth, or fifth year of eligibility and achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or greater for the entire academic year are eligible for the award.

HNHS offers junior golf camps

Huntington North High School is offering Junior Golf Camps to female golfers between the ages of 10 and 18 years old.

The camps will be held July 27 through 30 at Norwood Golf Club, from 10:15 a.m. to noon each day.

The program will focus on teaching the game of golf to new and experienced junior female golfers.

The instructional program will focus on the fundamentals of golf including: grip, setup, posture, alignment and full-swing principles.

PAL Baseball Tournament heading to finish

The Huntington Police Athletic League continued its double-elimination Coach's Pitch and Little League Tournaments on Tuesday, July 7.

The results are:

Coach's Pitch
Zay Leasing won over I.M.I. Inc. 17-6.
El Shaddai Screen Printing dominated Frederick's Photography 23-6.

Little League
Only Internet beat F.O.P. Lodge 77 8-3.
McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home ousted Star Insurance 18-8.

July 6 results from PAL baseball tournaments

The Huntington Police Athletic League continued its double-elimination Coach's Pitch and Little League Tournaments on Monday, July 6. Below are the results for those games.

Coach's Pitch
Metro Kiwanis beat Zay Leasing 12-2.
El Shaddai Screen Printing fell to Bailey-Love Mortuary 15-7.
F.O.P. Lodge 77 won by forfeit over I.M.I. Inc.

Little League
McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home beat Farm Bureau Insurance 12-2.
Star Insurance ousted Huntington County Federal Credit Union 6-4.

Huntington County Baseball announces scores and standings for week 7 and 8

Huntington County Baseball has announced scores and standings for weeks 7 and 8 of play.

Clemente League

The Clemente League has announced results from weeks 7 and 8 of play.

PAL Tournament Results

The Huntington PAL Club tournament action continued on Thursday, July 2.

In Little League action, the F.O.P. Lodge #77 and Only Internet earned victories.

F.O.P. Lodge #77 defeated Star Insurance by a score of 9-7.

Only Internet claimed a win in 10 innings over McElhaney Hart Funeral Home with a score of 4-3.

In the Coach's Pitch tournament, Bailey Love Funeral Home, Zay Leasing, and El Shaddai were all winners.

Bailey Love Funeral Home defeated IMI, Inc. by a score of 29-5.

Lassus Handy Dandy, Champions

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Owen Wills of Mike Gibson State Farm Insurance throws the ball to second to try and get an out during the championship game of the Roanoke Youth Sports Coach's Pitch League on Thursday, July 2, at Roanoke Park. The opponent, Lassus Handy Dandy, won the game.

Reese League Action

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Drew Fawcett of Huntington Exchange Club grabs the ball to try and thwart a steal by Joe Bentz of Doctor Construction (Clear Creek) during Huntington County Baseball's Reese League action at Homier Field on July 2. This was the last scheduled game of the season for the Reese League.

Oak Lanes to host seventh annual Huntington County Bowling Camp

Oak Lanes bowling alley in Huntington will play host to the seventh annual Huntington County Bowling Camp, which will begin on Tuesday, July 14, for children and adults ages 7 to 21.

Participants will receive focused instruction and practice on aspects of technique and rules of the game, including learning to keep score, striking corner pins, the follow-through and the approach.

Tackett, Bischoff help Indiana bowlers defeat Kentucky

Huntington North High School bowling team members EJ Tackett and Elizabeth Bischoff helped the Indiana All-Stars defeat the Kentucky All-Stars 23,359 to 22,498 for the overall title for the third consecutive year

Competition was held June 27 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

Both the Indiana girls and boys also defeated their Kentucky counterparts.

In the morning team competition, Bischoff was partnered with 2009 Queen's champion Lisa Hunt of Indianapolis, 2007 Indiana High School champion Christina Oschman of Evansville and Heather LeBaute of Elkhart.

Fouled off

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Chad Champion of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home hits a foul ball as Jayden Stepp of Huntington County Federal Credit Union is poised to catch the pitch during the first game of the PAL Little League Tournament on July 1 at the PAL Athletic Complex. McElhaney-Hart won the match-up.

Star Insurance, McElhaney-Hart win opening games of PAL Little League tourney

Star Insurance and McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home won the first games in the PAL Little League tournament on Tuesday, June 30.

Star Insurance beat Farm Bureau Insurance by a score of 8-7.

McElhaney-Hart came from behind to defeat Huntington County Federal Credit Union 19-16.

The tournament resumes on Thursday, July 2. Star Insurance will face F.O.P. Lodge 77, and McElhaney-Hart will play Only Internet. F.O.P. and McElhaney-Hart received byes in the tournament.


Thunder wins tourney in Michigan

Members of the Indiana Thunder pose for their team photo after winning the 12U division of the Compuware Classic in Canton, MI, recently.
Photo provided.

The Indiana Thunder '96 softball team won the 12U division of the Compuware Classic in Canton, MI, in late June.

The team opened elimination play with a victory over the Michigan Warriors by a score of 11-1, with Erin Rethlake, of Huntington, and Lexy Britt sharing duties on the mound. Brooke Herendeen had two singles, Sarah Thompson, Britt, Rene Spaulding and Ashley Ousley each one.

Announce week 8 PAL baseball results

The Huntington Police Athletic League has announced scores for week 8 of play.

Games rained out in previous weeks were made up on Monday, June 22.