Forester diamond squad at 7-8 after spring break trip

The Huntington University baseball team on Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, won two of its final three games on its spring break trip in Florida, blowing out Grand View, 11-1, and Rio Grande, 10-1, then falling 11-7 to Ohio Dominican.

The Foresters finished their Florida run at 7-8.

HU softball team wins 2 of 3 on final day in Arizona

On their fourth day of games in Tucson, AZ, the Huntington University softball team went 2-1, with a 6-0 loss to NAIA fifth-ranked Dickinson State to begin the day followed by a 12-4 win over Cardinal Stritch and a 10-4 victory over Mayville State.

In the first game, HU managed just four hits against Dickinson State and committed two errors that led to three unearned Blue Hawk runs.

Dickinson scored once in the second and fourth and then took control of the game with three runs in the fifth.

Baker finishes in top half on beam at state gymnastics finals

Jessica Baker.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School gymnast Jessica Baker finished in the upper half of the pack on the balance beam Saturday, March 21, at the IHSAA Gymnastics State Finals, at Perry Meridian High School.

Baker, a freshman placed 22nd out of 50 competitors on the beam with a score of 8.700.

In her other event, the vault, she placed 39th, with a score of 8.8.

Kellie Kidd, of Valparaiso, won both events on the way to leading her team to the state championship. Kidd scored a 9.600 to capture the beam and a 9.800 to win the vault.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

Men's High Game: Bill Reed, 213; Bill Kusler, 191; Thurman Glassburn, 181.
Men's High Series: Bill Reed, 585; Bill Kusler, 525; Billy Mundy, 468.
Women's High Game: Rosalyn Hughes, 134; Billie Smith, 122; Sharon Wymer, 119.
Women's High Series: Sharon Wymer, 343; Billie Smith, 188; Rosalyn Hughes, 320
Most Over: Monty Miller, +79; Rosalyn Hughes, +32; Bill Reed, +27.
Top Teams: The B's, 43-5; Team #2, 28-20; Team #3, 26-22.

Five-run fifth sinks HU softball team

Hastings College used a five-run fifth inning to take command of the game and held off a rally attempt by the Huntington University softball team to win 6-3 on Wednesday, March 18, on the Foresters' spring break trip.

The Broncos took a 1-0 lead in the first and then blew the game open with five runs on six hits in the top of the fifth. HU got two of them back in its half of the fifth and added one more in the sixth, but it was as close as it would get.

Five-run sixth pushes HU baseball team to fifth win

The Huntington University baseball team used a five-run sixth inning on the way to a 7-1 victory over William Woods on Tuesday, March 17, on the team's spring break Florida trip.

Edwin Rodriguez went 3-4 with three RBI to lead HU, 5-7.

HU softball team racks up 3 wins in 1 day

Day two of the spring break trip to Arizona for the Huntington University softball team was very profitable as HU put three in the win column on Tuesday, March 17.

The Foresters beat Mayville State, 9-1, shut out Trinity Christian, 8-0, and squeaked out a 3-2 win in eight innings over Missouri Valley.

Ashley Scally got a lot of run support to go along with her two-hit performance on the mound to give HU it's first win of the day. Scally allowed the Comets just one run on the two hits and three walks while striking out eight.

HU baseball team splits pair with William Woods

On day two of Huntington University baseball team spring break trip to Daytona Beach, the Foresters went 1-1 against William Woods University, dropping the opener 9-5, but winning the nightcap 4-2 on Monday, March 16.

In the opener, HU owned a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the third, but William Woods plated three in the inning to go up 4-2. The Owls added four more in the fourth to extend the lead to 8-2. After trading a run in the sixth, HU pushed two more across in the top of the seventh, but the rally attempt ended there.

HU softball team opens season 1-1

The Huntington University softball team opened its spring season in Tucson, AZ, on Monday, March 16, and split a pair of games with a 10-0 win over Trinity Christian College and an 8-2 loss to Minot State University.

Forester hurler Lauren Ward threw a one-hit shutout and got plenty of help from the offense to take down Trinity Christian in the opener. Ward gave up the lone single in the top of the first and struck out 12 without a walk in her five-inning complete-game effort.

HU puts on hitting clinic against Olivet Nazarene

The Huntington University baseball team put on a hitting clinic against Olivet Nazarene University, pounding out 20 hits -- including eight for extra bases -- in a 20-1 romp on Saturday, March 14.

HU, 3-6, opened with four runs in the first inning, all after there were two outs. Olivet Nazarene pitcher Chad Steinborn walked the bases loaded and Justin Branock doubled in all three. Jarod Hammel then singled to left to plate Branock for a 4-0 lead.

Rainbow Lanes Bowling Results

Men's High Game: Alex Smart, 277; Jeff Gray, 258.
Men's High Series: Mark Parker, 702; Monte Davis, 691.
Men's Most Over: Jim Satchwill, +100, Jeff Gottschalk, +65.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

Men's High Game: Russell Roberts, 255; Chris Trainer, 222; Tom Waters, 222.
Men's High Series: Chris Trainer, 634; Russell Roberts, 599; Eric Jones, 572.
Women's High Game: Refa Chopson, 192; Judy Quinn, 182; Edie Okuly, 181.
Women's High Series: Angie Tackett, 509; Jennifer Gray, 499; Judy Quinn, 491.
Most Over: Brittney Chopson, +52; Tony Shockome, +52; Tonia Okuly, +51.
Top Teams: Mixed Nuts, 39-13; Team #2, 33-19; Them & Us, 28-24.

Huntington hosts Folkstyle wrestling state finals

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington North High School Arena was the site of the Folkstyle wresting state finals this past weekend, March 14-15. Wrestlers, coaches and referees filled the gymnasium on both days.


Frosh Baker to compete twice at state gymnastics meet

Huntington North High School freshman gymnast Jessica Baker concentrates as she performs on the balance beam on Friday evening, March 13, during the Huntington North Girls' Sectional Gymnastics Tournament.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School freshman Jessica Baker qualified for the state gymnastics meet in Indianapolis next week in two events on Friday, March 13, at the Huntington North Gymnastics Regional Tournament.

Baker placed fourth in the vault, with a 9.35, and fifth on the balance beam, also with a 9.35, to punch her ticket to state. Top six finishers in each event earned a state slot.

Baker just missed qualifying in the all-around, placing seventh with a total of 36.075, and she added 12th place on the uneven parallel bars, scoring an 8.300.

Top-seed Davenport too much for HU in NAIA women's tourney

The top-seeded team in the bracket was too much for the Huntington University women's basketball team as it lost to Davenport University, 72-58, in the second round of the NAIA Division II National Championship on Friday, March 13.

The Forester women got behind in the first half and trailed at the break, 34-29. A 7-2 run early in the second half pushed the Davenport lead to double figures, and HU never recovered.

Jenna Donaldson led HU, which finished at 25-7, with 19 points. Courtney Beerbower scored 11 points and Lauren Davenport had 10 points and six steals.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

Men's High Game: Billy Mundy, 223; Bill Kusler, 205; Bill Reed, 193.
Men's High Series: Bill Kusler, 562; Bill Reed, 562; Billy Mundy, 515.
Women's High Game: Billie Smith, 125; Sharon Wymer, 122; Rosalyn Hughes, 111.
Women's High Series: Billie Smith, 342; Rosalyn Hughes, 300; Sharon Wymer, 297.
Most Over: Bill Kusler, +43; Billy Mundy, +29; Rosalyn Hughes, +12.
Top Teams: The B's, 40-4; Team #2, 25-19; Team #3, 24-20.

Davenport leads HU women past Jamestown in NAIA opener

Huntington University guard Lauren Davenport drives toward the basket against Jamestown in the NAIA Division II Women's National Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 12.
Huntington University photo.

Senior guard Lauren Davenport scored 19 points to lead the Huntington University women’s basketball team past Jamestown (ND), 64-54, in first round action Thursday, March 12, at the NAIA Division II Women’s National Basketball Tournament, at Sioux City, IA.

Davenport also had a team-high five steals, and tied for team highs in rebounds and assists with six and three, respectively, to help HU, 25-6, move on to the second round of competition.

The Forester women will face Davenport University (MI), 30-2, today, Friday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. CST.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

Men's High Game: Roy Okuly, 223; Joe McCune, 218; Larry Quinn, 212.
Men's High Series: Joe McCune, 610; Larry Quinn, 592; Eric Jones, 571.
Women's High Game: Tara Trainer, 198; Brandie Roberts, 194; Rainelle Shockome, 190.
Women's High Series: Brandie Roberts, 546; Tara Trainer, 514; Judy Quinn, 510.
Most Over: Tara Trainer, + 70; Rob Stankus, +68; Joe McCune, +61.
Top Teams: Mixed Nuts 36-12; Team #12, 30-18; Ball Breakers, 27-21.

Rainbow Lanes Bowling Results

Men's High Game: Matt Elzey, 299; Jim Satchwill, 297.
Men's High Series: Matt Elzey, 762; Alan Burris, 727.
Men's Most Over: Jim Satchwill, +90; Matt Elzey, +80.

HU's Beach, Johnson earn All-America status at indoor nationals

Lucas Beach (left) and Nick Johnson.
Photos provided.

Two Huntington University seniors, Lucas Beach and Nick Johnson, brought home NAIA All-America honors after finishing fourth in their respective events at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships lasts week in Johnson City,TN.

Beach, a Bible and religion and physical education double major from Lucerne, earned his third indoor All-America honor in the shot put with his toss of 53-08.25. His fourth place finish was the best of his career after placing fifth in the event as a freshman and sixth as a sophomore.

Frosh Baker qualifies four times for gymnastics regional

Jessica Baker.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington North High School freshman Jessica Baker won the balance beam and qualified for regional in four events at the Muncie Central Girls' Gymnastics Sectional on Saturday, March 7.

The Lady Vikings as a team finished fourth, missing by one spot of advancing on to next week's regional, to be held Friday, March 13, at North Arena.

HNHS scored a 96.600. Marion won the team contest with 101.975 points, Jay County finished second with 98.213 and Muncie Central got the last qualifying spot with a 96.975.

Twelve teams competed.

HNHS boys fall to Marion in sectional championship

Viking guard Taylor Harris challenges a taller Marion defender in the Huntington North Boys' Basketball Sectional championship game on Saturday, March 7.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Scott Wood pumped in 27 points to lead visiting Marion over the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team, 52-36, in the championship game of the Huntington North Sectional Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 7.

The Vikings, finishing their season at 8-14, fought the 20-3 Giants to a 10-10 draw after the first quarter of play, but then scored only six points in each of the next two frames to put themselves in a 34-22 deficit heading into the final period.

Vikings to face Marion in sectional finals Saturday night

Huntington North High School forward Jordan Beaver goes up for a shot over Drew Sery of Homestead in the Vikings' 56-47 sectional win on Friday night, March 6.
Photo by Andre Laird.

The Huntington North High School boy’s basketball team advanced to the championship of the Huntington North Sectional Basketball Tournament by beating Homestead, 56-47, on Friday, March 6.

The Vikings, 8-13, will face North Central Conference foe Marion, 19-3, in the finals tonight, Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at North Arena. Marion got the championship contest by defeating Jay County, 47-32, on Friday night.

Tannan Peters and Taylor Harris led the Vikings with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Peters also led the team in rebounding with eight boards.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

Men's High Game: Bill Kusler, 233; Bill Reed, 192; Billy Mundy, 187.
Men's High Series: Bill Kusler, 581; Bill Reed, 507; Billy Mundy, 493.
Women's High Game: Rosalyn Hughes, 133; Sharon Wymer, 126; Billie Smith, 124.
Women's High Series: Billie Smith, 349; Rosalyn Hughes, 341; Sharon Wymer 336.
Most Over: Bill Kusler, +65; Rosalyn Hughes, +59; Dick Wymer, +34.
Top Teams: The B's, 36-4; Team #3, 24-16; Team #2, 22-18.

HU to face Jamestown in NAIA Division II basketball tournament opener

Huntington University women's basketball team coach, Lori Culler, cuts down a piece of the net after HU beat Taylor last Monday night, March 2, to win the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament crown.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Huntington University will face the No. 8 at-large team, Jamestown, from North Dakota, on Thursday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m. in its opening round game of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament in Sioux City, IA.

The HU women, 24-6, drew the fourth seed in their bracket, while Jamestown, 20-9, drew the No. 5 seed.

HU earned its ticket to the tourney by winning the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament last Monday night, March 2. The Forester women defeated Taylor, 65-60.

7 HU track and field athletes at indoor nationals

Nick Johnson.
Photo provided.

Seven Huntington University track and field athletes will compete in the NAIA Indoor National Track and Field Championships Thursday, March 5, through Saturday, March 7 in Johnson City, TN.

The group of seven includes former Huntington North High School track standout Nick Johnson, who earned his fourth consecutive opportunity to compete at nationals by qualifying in the 5,000-meter race. His time of 14:59.58 on Feb. 14 at the DePauw Indoor Invitational has him seeded ninth in the event.

Johnson is a senior exercise science major.

HU women beat Taylor to win MCC tournament

Huntington University women's basketball player Ryleigh Carr goes in for two points during the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament championship game against Taylor on Monday, March 3.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Jenna Donaldson hit a clutch 3-pointer late in the game and added four free throws in the waning moments to help the Huntington University women’s basketball team claim the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament crown over visiting Taylor University, 65-60 on Monday, March 2.

Donaldson’s trey with 8:30 to play gave the Forester women, 24-6, the lead for good at 49-47. She then hit four free throws as time wound down to help HU, ranked 16th in the NAIA, hold off the 25th-ranked Taylor women.

Rainbow Lanes Bowling Results

Men's High Game: Dave Satchwill, 267; Allan Burris, 258.
Men's High Series: Allan Burris, 725; Dave Satchwill, 706.
Most Over: Josh Bowers, +82; Rex Luey, +66.

Women's High Game: Stacey Bischoff, 243; Jenni Elzey, 212.
Women's High Series: Stacey Bischoff, 637; Jenni Elzey, 539.
Most Over: Stacey Bischoff, +62; Jenni Elzey, +36.
Men's High Game: Eric Allred, 246; Ivan Wilhelm, 233.
Men's High Series: Kevin Allred, 639; Matt Elzey, 635.
Most Over: Ivan Wilhelm, +65; Greg McHenry, +64.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

Men's High Game: Bill Kusler, 212; Billy Mundy, 211; Bill Reed, 210.
Men's High Series: Bill Kusler, 607; Bill Reed, 602; Billy Mundy, 508.
Women's High Game: Sharon Wymer, 183; Billie Smith, 123; Rosalyn Hughes, 123.
Women's High Series: Sharon Wymer, 407; Billie Smith, 334; Rosalyn Hughes, 293.
Most Over: Bill Kusler, +94; Sharon Wymer, +65; Bill Reed, +44.
Top Teams: The B's, 32-4; Team #3, 23-13; Team #2, 19-17.