Viking gridders’ comeback attempt falls short against Homestead

Huntington North quarterback Keenan Leichty (middle) looks down the field for an open receiver while his blockers keep the pass rush off him during the varsity football team’s season opener against visiting Homestead on Friday, Aug. 23.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School football team lost its season opener to visiting Homestead, 37-28, on Friday, Aug. 23, when a fourth quarter comeback attempt fell short.

Trailing the Spartans 30-14 after three frames, the Vikings narrowed the gap to eight when quarterback Keenan Leichty connected with Kole Hale for six and the team was successful on a two-point conversion try. After an onside kick recovery, Huntington North scored again, this time on a Leichty scoring toss to Elliot Forth. The team's two-point try, however, was no good, leaving the score 30-28, Homestead.

Lady Vike booters lose early lead, game to Canterbury

An early lead didn't hold up for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team as it fell to visiting Canterbury, 4-2, on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Junior Corinne Tester and freshman Bailey Martin each had a goal and an assist as the Lady Vikings, 1-1, took a 2-0 lead in the first half, but Canterbury's Sydney Colby struck for her of her three goals and Reagan West also tallied as the visitors took a 3-2 lead into halftime.

Crosby's last goal was the only score of the second half.

Lady Vike spikers miss shot at revenge in loss to Carroll

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team missed its shot at getting some payback against visiting Carroll for last season's regional defeat, falling 13-25, 18-25, 28-30, on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Josie Beaver and Jessie Drew led the Lady Vikings, 1-1, with eight and seven kills, respectively.

Alexa Hill served up 35 assists while Mikayla Carpenter collected 15 digs.

Jaqueline Quade and Charlotte Conser led Carroll as Quade recorded a game-high 13 kills while Conser supplied 10.


Warsaw sweeps Viking netboys

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity tennis team got swept by host Warsaw, 0-5, on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

In a match that had originally been scheduled for Aug. 14, Andrew Smith and Nick May at second doubles delivered Huntington North's strongest performance of the day. The duo went down 3-6 in their first set to Nikos Schltt and Christopher Herenduen, but battled back in the next, winning 7-6 (7-3). The duo, however, fell short in the third set, 5-7.

At first doubles, Matt Sieberns and Graham Sereno lost to Nic Jansan and Will Petro 2-6, 2-6.

HU soccerwomen lose opener to Concordia

The Huntington University women's soccer team lost its season opener to visiting Concordia University, 2-1, on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Laura Beth Johnston slipped two goals past Forester keeper Korynne Kik in the first half to put the Cardinals in front.

Mary Whybrew relieved Kik in goal in the second half and held Concordia scoreless the rest of the way, making four saves.

Although Kaitlyn Dreman squeezed a goal past Concordia keeper Stephanie Finilla at the 78:36 mark to put Huntington, 0-1, on the board, it proved to be all the Forester offense could muster.

Wust makes his first collegiate goal count in HU OT win

Freshman Isaac Wust's first collegiate goal lifted the Huntington University men's soccer team to a 3-2 overtime victory over visiting Concordia University in the team's season-opener on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Wust, a former Huntington North star, took a Brooks Gerke pass and put the ball past Concordia's goalie just 27 seconds into overtime to give the Foresters the win.

Concordia's Zain Qureshi fired a shot past Forester goalie Drew Mattingly at the 66:47 mark in the second half to knot things up 2-2.

Huntington Bicycle Challenge

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The 10th Annual Huntington Bicycle Challenge will be held on Sept. 21 and this year's sponsor is Spokesmen Cycling, in Huntington. The even benefits Pathfinder Services and Parkview Home Health and Hospice. Organizers and sponsors include (from left) Loretta Mottram, senior business director at Pathfinder Services; Amanda Ruckman, intern of special projects at Pathfinder; Rose Meldrum, Huntington Bicycle Challenge organizer; Terri Edmiston, Parkview Hospice clinical manager; and Larry Buzzard, owner of Spokesmen Cycling.

World champion pitchers here locally for Seibold Special Horseshoe Tourney

The Seibold Special Horseshoe Tournament, featuring a trio of current and former world champion pitchers, will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, beginning at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park.

Spectators are welcome. In the event of rain, the tournament will be canceled.

The reigning world champion horseshoe pitcher, Ohio resident Alan Francis, is among the competitors. Francis averages 91 percent ringers.

Special Olympics bowling kicks off season on Aug. 24

This season of Huntington County Schools Special Olympics bowling begins on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Rainbow Lanes, in Huntington, at 3 p.m.

To be eligible to compete in Huntington County Schools Special Olympics, individuals must be between the ages of 8 and 21 years old and have been identified as having an intellectual disability.

Parents are encouraged to attend the first practice to complete necessary paperwork. Families and friends are also encouraged to attend practices to cheer on the athletes.

Viking harriers place fourth at DeKalb Invitational

Junior Matt Dewitt's 12th place finish helped the Huntington North High School boys' varsity cross country team place fourth among 12 teams at the DeKalb Invitational on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Dewitt crossed the finished line in 18:12.5 for the 5K as the only Viking in the top 20, helping the squad to 136 points. Carroll dominated the meet with 37 points, Homestead was second with 74 and DeKalb was third with 88.

Stoffel leads Lady Viking harriers to fourth at DeKalb

With sophomore Hannah Stoffel leading the way, the Huntington North High School girls' cross country team place fourth among 11 teams at the DeKalb Invitational on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Stoffel placed fourth in 20:21.41 over the 5,000-meter course to lead the Lady Vikings to 93 points, two points behind third place Fremont. Carroll won the meet with 52 points, followed by Homestead with 67.

Frosh Martin's second goal gives Lady Vike booters opening win

Freshman Bailey Martin scored her second goal of the game with just 1:57 left in the contest to give the Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team a 2-1 win over host East Noble on Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the season-opener for both teams.

Martin scored the first goal of her high school career in the first half, but East Noble tied the contest with just 6:18 left on a goal by Taylor Rex.


Second doubles team lone victor in season-opening net loss for Vikings

A win by the second doubles team of Andrew Smith and Nick May was the highlight of the day for the Huntington North High School boy's varsity tennis team as it lost its opener to visiting Peru, 1-4, on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Smith, a senior, and May, a freshman, hung tough in a 6-4, 6-4 win over Kameron Graham and Carson Ray.

In singles play, senior Tommy Bolinger fell 1-6, 1-6, to Logan Presno at No. 1, senior Wyatt Nave was a 2-6, 3-6 victim of Bralen Bales at No. 2 and Cameron Buzzard fell 5-7, 1-6, to Jack Zuers at No. 3.

Viking booters lose opener to Snider

Huntington North midfielder Trey Sorg fights off Aidan Hinesley of Snider for possession of the ball during the Vikings' home soccer match on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Danny Becker brought the Huntington North High School boys' varsity soccer team within a goal in the second half but then visiting Fort Wayne Snider ran off three more goals as the Vikings lost 5-1 in their season-opener on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Becker's goal, off an assist from Eric Fruit, brought the Vikings to within 2-1 after Sam Schlegal's two first-half goals had given the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, it proved to be the Vikings' lone tally, and Snider put three more shots past Viking goalie Caleb Stoffel before the game ended.

Lady Vike spikers start season with sweep

Huntington North defenders (from center) Madi Canady and Josie Beaver put up a wall of hands as Bluffton's Emma Thompson tries to spike the ball in volleyball play at HNHS on Monday night, Aug. 19.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Senior Jessie Drew had 12 kills and 11 blocks as the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team swept past visiting Bluffton in three games, 25-20, 25-15, 25-15, on Monday, Aug. 19, in its season-opener.

Sophomore Alexa Hill had 22 assists to help move the offense, and senior Emiley Gray added seven kills, three aces and 10 digs.

Mikayla Carpenter was the defensive leader with 18 digs.