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Eichelberger bat earns HU softball split

Paige Eichelberger went 4 for 4 with a triple and two runs batted in to lead the Huntington University softball team to a 10-5 first-game win in a doubleheader split with visiting Goshen College on Tuesday, April 9.

The Foresters lost the nightcap, 10-1, to move to 11-19 on the season, 7-13 in Crossroads League play.

Marty Harris had three hits and Denaia Rice added two hits including a triple and three RBI for the Foresters in the opener as they piled up 15 hits. Kiera Stacy and Sophia Beachy also had two hits, and Beachy crossed home plate three times.

Singles sweep carries HNHS netgirls to season-opening win

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team swept singles play and edged host Bishop Dwenger, 3-2, in its first match of the season on Monday, April 8.

The Lady Vikings, 1-0, took two of the three solo matches with ease. Senior Jessica Henline, at first singles, blanked Savanna Henry, 6-0, 6-0, while junior Emily Daas, at third singles, lost just a pair of games to Leah Lashurl in a 6-1, 6-1 triumph. Senior Emily Bokel completed the sweep with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 win over Laura Beust.

Burke blanks USF as HU splits SB twinbill

Freshman MacKyndsea Burke pitched a complete game shutout in the opener of a doubleheader split for the Huntington University softball team against visiting University of Saint Francis on Monday, April 8.

Burke gave up seven hits and had three strikeouts without a walk in the first win of her collegiate career as HU won the opener, 7-0, before falling in the nightcap, 3-2.

HU is now 10-17 on the season, 6-11 in Crossroads League play.

Burke nursed a 2-0 lead through five innings before HU put up a four-spot in its half of the fifth inning.

Viking diamond boys 1-1 on Saturday

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team went 1-1 on Saturday, April 6, beating Harrison, 7-0, before falling to Lafayette Jefferson, 6-2, on the second day of the Joe Heath Classic in Tippecanoe County.

In the win over Harrison, the Vikings, 1-2, scored twice in the first inning and three times in the third. The visitors then logged insurance tallies in the fourth and sixth frames to take the game to its final register.

Lady Vikes sweep Mishawaka

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team swept visiting Mishawaka, winning 12-5 and 8-7 on Saturday, April 6.

Trailing 2-0 going into the bottom of the second inning of the opener, junior Kodi Douglass reached base with a single for the Lady Vikings. Junior Katie Melcher then stepped up to the plate and smacked the first pitch she saw over the left-field fence, deadlocking the game at 2-2. The hosts then seized the lead in the third, scoring six runs, and never looked back.

Vikings open season with loss to McCutcheon

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team opened its season with a 5-1 loss to host McCutcheon on Friday, April 5, on the first day of the Joe Heath Classic.

The Mavericks struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning. While the Vikings deadlocked the game with a solo tally of their own in the fourth, the hosts countered with four runs in the sixth to retake the lead for good.

Walker garners another honor

Bill Walker
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Bill Walker, of Huntington, has been named a recipient of the Virgil Sweet Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

According to the IBCA, the award is given to individuals who have provided meritorious service in the promotion of basketball in the state. This annual accolade is handed out to individuals from each of the three IBCA districts. Walker is the District 1 honoree.

Local man gaining media exposure thanks to BSU NCAA hoop coverage

Huntington native Jarin Matheny (left), a sophomore at Ball State University, in Muncie, broadcasts a Ball State athletic event on ESPN3 with classmate Jack Kizer. Matheny, a telecommunications major, has gained sports media experience through his participation in Sports Link, a digital sports production program at Ball State.
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Huntington native Jarin Matheny, a sophomore at Ball State University, can now be seen on the NCAA women’s basketball social media accounts in a studio show, “Tourney Watch.”

Matheny and other Ball State students with Sports Link, the nation’s first digital sports production program, have created the ESPN-like studio show through their partnership with the NCAA to talk everything women’s basketball with a large focus on the current tournament.

Here's the pitch ...


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North pitcher Sydney Selvage gets full extension on her windup in action Saturday, April 6, against visiting Mishawaka.

HU women golfers ninth at Otter Creek Intercollegiate

The Huntington University women’s golf team placed ninth out of 10 teams this weekend at the Otter Creek Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Saint Francis at Timbergate Golf Course.

The HU women shot a score of 692. Indiana Tech took home the title with a mark of 611.

Alexandria Maris and Betsy Schroeder led HU with scores of 162 and 163, respectively. Megan Higgins turned in a 179 and Rachel Blauert shot a 188.

Sara Scott was non-scorer with a 197.

HU golfers seventh at Otter Creek Intercollegiate

Logan DeMaa finished ninth overall to lead the Huntington University men’s golf team to a seventh place finish this past weekend at the Otter Creek Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Saint Francis at Timbergate Golf Course.

DeMaa, a junior, shot a 148 in the event covering Friday and Saturday. He fired a 1-under-par 71 on the second day of the tourney.

HU wound up at 55-over-par 631. Indinaa Wesleyan took the event with a score of 585 among the eight teams competing.

Cale Carr was two shots back of DeMaa with a 150 for 12th among the 43 golfers.

HU netmen lose to IUSE at IWU Invitational

The Huntington University men’s tennis team was on the wrong end of the 3-5 decision to visiting IU Southeast on Saturday afternoon, April 6 at Klopfenstein Courts as part of the IWU Invitational.

Sebastian Salas had a hand in two of HU wins, winning at fourth singles and teaming with Illia Turaba at second doubles for the victory. Sebastian topped Daulton Fensler, 4-6, 6-1, 10-6, and he and Turaba defeated Brock Winchell and Fensler, 8-3.

Ignacio Poncio at first singles got the remaining HU win, downing Garrett Fensler, 6-2, 6-3.

HU is 11-8 on the full season.

HU netwomen top IUSE

The Huntington University women’s tennis team topped IU Southeast, 5-2, on Saturday, April 6, at Klopfenstein Courts on day two of the IWU Invitational.

The Foresters got three wins in four finished singles matches to seal their 12th win against five losses on the season.

Meg Dolde at first singles defeated Lauren Winchell, 6-1, 7-5; Morgan Fitzpatrick at second topped Alexis Applegate, 6-3, 6-1; and Lisa Colling at third down Anne-Marie Mattox, 6-4, 6-1.

HU trackwomen also win Grizzly Invitational

The Huntington University women’s track team won seven events on the way to capturing the Grizzly Invitational on Saturday, April 6, at Franklin College.

Molly Mitchell won the mile in 5:27.88 and Saige Norris claimed the top spot in the 3,000-meter run in 11:25.10 to help HU pile up 86 points, four more than runner-up Mount St. Joseph among five schools competing.

Barrow helps HU trackmen capture Grizzly Invite

Avniel Barrow won two races and anchored a third victory as the Huntington University men’s track team won the Grizzly Invitational on Saturday, April 6, at Franklin College.

Barrow, a junior, won the 100-meter dash in :11.20 and the 200-meter dash in :23.02 and anchored the 400-meter relay team win in :43.22. That squad also included Andrew Zachary, Heath Atkins and Cameron Worsham.

HU got six other wins on the day as it piled up 109 points, 43 more than runner-up Mount St. Joseph among the six teams competing.

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