HU's Dirr adds 2 more All-American badges to resume

The Huntington University women's 3,200-meter relay team placed seventh at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, May 24, to earn an All-American designation. Team members are (from left) Jessica Chojnacki, Aspen Dirr, Mara McFarland and Molly Mitchell.
Photo provided.

Recently graduated Huntington University senior Aspen Dirr added two more All-American badges to her resume as she picked up one individual and one as part of a relay at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend at Gulf Shores, AL.

On Friday, Dirr teamed with Jessica Chojnacki, Mara McFarland and Molly Mitchell to place seventh in the 3,200-meter relay. Then on Saturday, she placed fourth in the 800-meter run to collect her fifth All-American badge of her career, with all five coming in this, her senior season.

Vikes fall at sectional

Photo by Steve Clark.

Zach Daugherty, a senior on the Huntington North High School baseball team, attempts to tag a South Side baserunner out during a pick-off attempt in the Vikings’ game against the Archers on Friday, May 24, in the semifinals of the Huntington North Sectional at Forest Glen Park. The Vikings lost, 6-4, bringing their season to an end.

Haught's school-record jump gets him to state

A school record long jump by Ricky Haught earned the Huntington North High School senior a chance to compete in the Indiana State Track Meet on Friday, May 31, in Bloomington.

Haught’s leap of 22-1.5 placed him fifth at the Marion Track Regional on Thursday, but the state meet competitors’ list is determined by the top three finishers at the regionals and the next best results to complete the field. Haught’s leap got him the last callback posi-tion for the jump.

Haught's jump beat by one inch the mark set in 2009 by Rob Sands.

Senior Scramble League at Etna Acres continues play

The Senior Scramble League at Etna Acres Golf Course, in rural Andrews, continued play on Tuesday, May 21.

The team of Bob Clabaugh, Bill Tackitt and Gary Sutton shot a 35, which was the low score. The squad of Don Sweet, Larry Sprowl, Paul Schroeter and Larey Harshman was second with a register of 36.

Closest-to-the-pin honors went to Schroeter on 12 and Clabaugh on 16. Schroeter also hit the long drive on 10. The other long drive of the day was by Jim Karst on 14.

Vikes' track season ends at regional

The Huntington North High School boys track team will not be sending anyone to the state meet this year as it had no top-3 finishes at the Marion Boys’ track Regional on Thursday, May 23.

Junior Nate Burns came the closest to qualifying, placing fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in :40.0.

Senior Ricky Haught placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 22-1.5.

Senior Brock Spahr also recorded a fifth place finish in the 1,600-mer run clocking in at 4:27.74.

Senior Drew Davis placed 16th in the 3,200-meter run, crossing the  tape in 10:32.49.

Homestead ends Lady Vikes' SB season at sectional

Lady Viking Erika Vinson drives in two runs with a single against Homestead in the Homestead Softball Sectional on Thursday night, May 23. The Lady Vikings lost, 12-9, to end their season.

Host Homestead put up a pair of four-run innings and went on to beat the Huntington North High School varsity softball team, 12-9, at the Homestead Softball Sectional on Thursday, May 23.

The Lady Vikings, ending at 10-12 on the season, had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the second when Homestead put up its first four spot in the bottom of the frame for a 6-3 lead. HNHS got one of those runs back in the top of the third inning but Homestead put up four more runs in the third for a 10-4 lead.

HNHS diamond boys dispatch Wayne in sectional quarters

Huntington North pitcher Mason Anderson gets ready to fire the ball homeward in sectional action Wednesday night against Fort Wayne Wayne at Huntington University's Forest Glen Park. The Vikings won, 8-2.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North High School baseball team dispatched Wayne, 8-2, in the quarterfinals of the Huntington North Sectional on Wednesday, May 22, at Huntington University’s Forest Glen Park.

With the win, Huntington North, 13-11, advances to the semifinal round, where it will take on South Side, 2-15, on Friday, May 24.

Wiley heading to state in two races

Addy Wiley captured first place in the 1,600-meter run and third place in the 800-meter run to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ track team to sixth place at the Marion Regional on Tuesday, May 21, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

After winning the 1,600 at the New Haven Sectional in 5:20.35, Wiley reduced her time to 4:55.19 to top the race once again. In the 800, she clocked in at 2:18.47 for her bronze placement.

Behind those top-three finishes, Wiley qualified for the state finals, set for June 1 at Indiana University, in Bloomington.

Lady Vikes denied back-to-back sectional net titles

The Huntington North High School girls’ tennis team was denied back-to-back sectional titles, losing to Norwell, 0-5, in the championship match of the Norwell Sectional on Friday, May 17.

After beating out the Lady Knights for the sectional crown last season, 3-2, the Lady Vikings saw the hosts write a different ending this time around, taking four of the five matches in straight sets.

Setting it straight

Photo provided.

Members of the Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department use some heavy manpower to set up a 14-foot “warped wall” at the Lake Clare Fitness Park recently. Park organizer Stan Bippus says a platform will be added to the wall in the coming days along with a 10-foot warped wall that will be built adjacent to the 14-foot wall.

Sectional play

Photo by Steve Clark.

Maisy Kesler, one-half of the Huntington North first doubles team, returns a shot in the Norwell Girls' Tennis Sectional championship match against the host team on Friday night, May 17. The Lady Vikings lost, 0-5.

Bartrom leads Vikings past DeKalb

Keegan Bartrom smacked three doubles and knocked in three runs to help lead the Huntington North High School baseball team over host DeKalb, 12-8, on Thursday, May 16.

The Vikings, 9-11, scored five runs in the third inning to take a 6-3 lead on the Barons, but Dekalb put up four runs in the fourth to take back the lead at 7-6. The Vikings then tacked on three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, while Dekalb only got one more run.

HNHS boys' track team sending four and relay to regional

Huntington North senior Ricky Haught tries to get a little more distance on his long jump during the New Haven Boys Track Sectional on Thursday, May 16. Haught finished second to advance to regional.

The Huntington North High School boys’ track team will be sending four individuals and a relay team on to regionals after their performances at the New Haven Sectional on Thursday, May 16.

Seniors Brock Spahr and Ricky Haught had the best finishes of the day for the Vikings, as each was a runner-up. Spahr was second in the 1,600-meter run, in 4:32.03, and Haught was No. 2 in the long jump, with a flight of 21-1.5.

The top three finishers in each event advanced to the Marion Regional, to be held Thursday, May 23, at Indiana Wesleyan University, in Marion.

Lady Vikes explode for big win over New Haven

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team exploded for 11 runs in the third inning and ran past visiting New Haven, 12-2, on Thursday, May 16.

Laney Shaw hit a two-run dinger and Maddie Levy had a three-run blast to highlight the big inning, which helped the Lady Vikings improve to 10-11 on the season, 2-5 in the Northeast 8.

Viking golfers get season-best in win over Eastbrook

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity golf team put together its best nine-hole score of the season on the way to defeating host Eastbrook, 164-173, on Thursday, May 16.

Hank Pulver led the way for the Vikings, 5-5, with a 2-over par 38. Caden Brubaker and Sawyer Stoltz shot rounds of 41, and Graham Scher shot a 44.

Ethan Vaught was the non-scorer with a 46.

Although there was no junior varsity match, four Viking JV golfers played and shot a combined 187. Chase Mickley shot a 43 and Luke Eckert, Ryon Magnuson and Cameron Richison all shot rounds of 48.