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Leo hangs 42-12 defeat on Vike gridders

Huntington North High School quarterback Austin Spahr (left) looks for a receiver downfield while running back Mason Landrum keeps an eye out for attacking defenders in the Vikings' 42-12 loss to visiting Leo at Kriegbaum Field on Friday night, Sept.29.
Photo by Steve Clark.

After a competitive first half, the Huntington North High School varsity football team faded in the second and suffered a 42-12 defeat to Leo on Friday, Sept. 29, at Kriegbaum Field.

The opening quarter saw the Vikings produce the game’s first score when quarterback Austin Spahr broke off a 45-yard touchdown run. While the Lions countered with two touchdowns of their own in the second frame, the Vikings remained within striking distance at the half, down 14-6.

Colling leads HU netwomen over St. Mary's

Led by fifth singles player Lisa Colling, the Huntington University women’s tennis team pummeled host St. Mary’s College, 8-1, on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Colling, a freshman, fired blanks at Lilly Chamberlin in their match at fifth singles, winning 6-0, 6-0, for the biggest margin of the day.

At first singles, Constance Golz defeated Christian Lombardi, 6-1, 6-2; Meg Dolde at second singles took down Monica Davy, 6-3, 6-2; Lanae Singleton at third singles beat Megan Davy, 6-1, 6-2; and Charlotte Seth at fourth singles crunched Kelsey Kopf, 6-3, 6-0.

Even without top player, HU netmen dispatch Purdue Northwest

Even without top singles player Ignacio Poncio, the Huntington University men’s tennis team easily dispatched visiting Purdue Northwest, 6-3, on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Leo shuts down high-flying Lady Vike spikers

Host Leo shut down the high-flying Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team in three sets Thursday, Sept. 28, as the Lady Vikings lost, 17-25, 20-25, 13-25.

Macy Niswander recorded nine kills for the Lady Vikings, now 18-8. Kaitlyn Stephan added 22 assists and Kalee Platt had a pair of aces.

Riley Johnson had 13 digs on the evening.

The Huntington North junior varsity lost 0-2 on scores of 24-25, 23-25.

Morgan Robrock had eight assists and two aces and Maddi Layman had five assists for the HNHS offense.

Five score goals as Vikings trounce Luers

Five different players scored as the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team trounced host Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 5-1, on Thursday, Sept. 28.

The Vikings, 12-3-1, took a 2-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and tallied three more times in the second half while Luers was only able to get on the scoreboard once.

Viking goal-scorers were seniors Caleb Smith and Jacob Foster, sophomores Peyton Miller and Kyle McGinnis and freshman Alex Gass.

Smith and fellow senior Kasey Konz picked up assists.

Tillett scores, Douglas saves as Lady Vike booters blank Concordia

Hannah Tillett (left) and Kodi Douglas
Photos by Steve Clark.

Hannah Tillett scored another hat trick and Kodi Douglas made seven saves as the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team blanked visiting Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, 4-0, on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Sydney Kyle added the fourth goal for the Lady Vikings as they improved to 15-1 on the season.

The Lady Vikings scored a pair of goals in each half and Douglas kept the visitors off the scoreboard.

Tillett, a senior, upped her goal total to 42 to go along with 39 assists for the season.

HU spikers fall short to USF

The Huntington University volleyball team came up short to host University of Saint Francis, 1-3, on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

After winning the opening set, 25-22, the Foresters got edged in the ensuing three frames, 17-25, 19-25, 18-25, to fall to 9-11, 4-6 in Crossroads League play.

Huntington’s offensive effort was spearheaded by senior Danielle Gurwell and freshmen Lauren Cresse and Brandy Michie, who logged seven kills apiece. Senior Emily Hubby and freshman Jenna Tacosik supported them with 19 and 11 assists, respectively.

Eckert to state


Photos by Steve Clark.

Auden Eckert, a senior on the Huntington North High School boys’ tennis team, lays a hit on the ball during his match at No. 1 singles versus Jaxson Rinkenberger, of Adams Central, in the opening round of the Norwell Sectional on Wednesday, Sept. 27. While the Vikings lost, 1-4, Eckert defeated Rinkenberger, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, to move on to the state singles tournament, set to commence the week of Oct. 2.

Eckert continues on but Viking netmen fall

Matt Karst, a senior on the Huntington North High School boys’ tennis team, lowers his racket to the ball during his match at second singles in the opening round of the Norwell Sectional on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Karst was defeated, 0-6, 3-6, as were the Vikings, 1-4, ending their season.
Photos by Steve Clark.

A win at first singles was all the Huntington North High School boys’ tennis team could muster against Adams Central in a season-ending 1-4 loss in the opening round of the Norwell Sectional on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Senior Auden Eckert recorded the Vikings’ lone victory, beating Jaxson Rinkenberger. After dropping the first set, 2-6, Eckert rebounded with wins of 6-2, 6-1 to take the match. With the win, he advances to the state singles tournament, which is set to commence the week of Oct. 2.

Forester netmen rock Spring Arbor, 8-1

Sweeping doubles and taking five of six singles matches, the Huntington University men’s tennis team rocked visiting Spring Arbor University 8-1, on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The Foresters improved to 7-3 overall, 6-2 in the Crossroads League.

Ignacio Poncio and Mariano Echevarria at first doubles topped Nick Romano and Jacob Engle, 8-4; Rodrigo Manzo and Giovanni Martinez at second doubles beat Alex Reinbold and Ryan MacLean, 8-6; and Luke Buttermore and Jacob Shelton at third singles handled Josh Scott and Thomas Hall, 8-6.

Singleton blanks foe as Forester netwomen cruise

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Lanae Singleton

Lanae Singleton whitewashed her opponent at third singles to pace the Huntington University men’s tennis team to an 8-1 wino over visiting Spring Arbor University on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Klopfenstein Courts.

Singleton blanked Katelyn Dykema, 6-0, 6-0, as the Foresters won all but the first singles match on the way to improving to 10-2 overall, 6-2 in Crossroads League play.

Stephan, Niswander come up big as Lady Vike spikers sweep

Macy Niswander tries a spike over two New Haven blockers during varsity volleyball action at Huntington North on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Lady Vikings swept to improve to 18-7 on the season.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Kaitlyn Stephan and Macy Niswander had big nights to lead the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over visiting New Haven on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Stephan, a senior, had 31 assists and 10 digs and Niswander, a junior, racked up 13 kills and had four blocks as the Lady Vikings cruised past New Haven in the first two games, 25-10, 25-9, then pulled out a 28-26 thriller in the third game.

The win boosted the Lady Vikes’ record to 18-7 on the season.

Kalee Platt blasted six aces on the night.

Smith, Konz net five as Vikings romp on pitch

Caleb Smith (left) and Kasey Konz
Photos by Steve Clark.

Seniors Caleb Smith and Kasey Konz combined for five goals as the Huntington North High school boys’ varsity soccer team drilled visiting Norwell, 8-0, on Monday, Sept. 25.

Fellow seniors Carson Bolinger, Andrew Kaylor and Jacob Foster also scored for the Vikings, who improved to 11-3-1 on the year.

Sam Poling had one save in 65 minutes in goal for the Vikings, with Aidan Hosler getting 15 minutes of pipe time.

Smith notched three goals to run his team-high total to 16 on the season, and Konz scored his eighth and ninth of the year.

Koch, Tillett split goals as Lady Vikes whitewash Norwell

Hannah Tillett (left) and Karmen Koch
Photos by Steve Clark.

Senior stars Karmen Koch and Hannah Tillett evenly split all four goals to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team past host Norwell, 4-0, on Monday, Sept. 25.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kodi Douglas recorded five saves on the afternoon to post another shutout as the Lady Vikings improved to 14-1 on the season overall, and 6-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Tillett added to her day’s work with a pair of assists, and Koch also had one.

Scheiber leads Lady Vike harriers to sixth at New Haven Classic

Behind a top-10 finish by Chloe Scheiber, the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity cross country team captured sixth place out of 15 teams at the New Haven Classic on Saturday, Sept. 23, at The Plex North, in Fort Wayne.

HU netwomen get second sweep of day against IU-K

The Huntington University women’s tennis team recorded its seventh sweep of the year with a 9-0 blanking of visiting Indiana University Kokomo on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The Foresters, 9-2, recorded shutouts in three of the six singles matches. Sophomore Meg Dolde was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Brianne Abrahamson in the second contest. Freshman Charlotte Seth won by that same score versus Katie Hart in the fourth tilt and Anastasiia Evstifeeva followed suit in the sixth match against Kelsey Jones.

HU netwomen whitewashing Bethel

The Huntington University women’s tennis team dominated host Bethel College, posting a 9-0 win on Saturday, Sept. 23.

With the sweep, the Foresters’ sixth of the season, they improve to 8-2, 5-2 in Crossroads League play.

HU netmen dispatch Pilots, 8-1

The Huntington University men’s tennis team had no trouble with host Bethel College, dispatching the Pilots, 8-1, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

HU spikers lose five-set thriller to Marian

Danielle Gurwell (right), a senior on the Huntington University volleyball team, sticks her hands up to block a scoring attempt by Hannah Trout during a match against visiting Marian University on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Foresters got edged by the Knights, 2-3.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University volleyball team lost a five-set thriller to visiting Marian University, 2-3, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The Knights kicked off the match with a 25-21 victory in the opening frame. The Foresters countered with a 25-20 triumph in the following set, then seized the lead with a 25-19 win in the third. Marian, however, knotted up the match with a 25-16 decision in the fourth. The Knights then posted a 15-6 victory in the fifth to escape Platt Arena with the win.

Eckert, Ham narrowly miss ticket to state golf as Lady Vikes place 10th at regional

Laura Ham, a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ golf team, chips onto the green on the first hole at Noble Hawk Golf Links, in Kendallville, during the East Noble Regional on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Lady Vikings placed 10th with a score of 357 and did not qualify for state.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Amara Eckert and Laura Ham narrowly missed advancing to state as individuals for the Huntington North High School girls’ golf team, which finished 10th at the East Noble Regional on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Noble Hawk Golf Links, in Kendallville.

Eckert, a junior, shot a 79, which was just one stroke shy of forcing a playoff with Angola’s Gabby Kelly and Northwood’s Mackenzie Weaver for the final two advancing spots to state. Ham, also a junior, carded an 80.

Vike gridders let game slip away in fourth quarter

Richard Gutierrez (right), a senior wide receiver on the Huntington North High School varsity football team, prepares to stiff-arm defensive back Aidan Friedel (left) during a game against DeKalb at Kriegbaum Field on Friday, Sept. 22. The Vikings lost, 41-23.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A close game slipped away from the Huntington North High School varsity football team in the fourth quarter, resulting in a 41-23 loss to DeKalb on Friday, Sept. 22.

Down 28-17 to the Barons at the start of the final frame, the Vikings narrowed that deficit in dramatic fashion just over two minutes into the quarter. Huntington North linebacker Charlie Agnew recovered a fumble by DeKalb quarterback Kyle Dunham and ran the ball back 73 yards for a touchdown. While the hosts failed on a two-point conversion attempt, they still trailed their guests by less than a touchdown, 28-23.

Spear, Knispel notch seven goals as soccerwomen romp

Brandi Spear (left) and Matea Knispel
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Brandi Spear and Matea Knispel combined for seven goals in a dominating 8-0 win by the Huntington University women’s soccer team over host Bluffton University on Friday, Sept. 22.

Spear, a senior, racked up four goals while Knispel, a junior, tallied three for the Foresters, 4-4-1. Junior Tessy Geiss scored as well for Huntington, which found the back of the net seven times in the first half and once in the second.

HU spikers fall to MVNU

The Huntington University volleyball team fell to host Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 1-3, on Friday, Sept. 22.

After dropping the first two sets, 9-25, 21-25, the Foresters got on the board with a 25-21 victory in the third frame. The ensuing set saw Coach Kyle Shondell’s squad nearly tie up the match before coming up short, 24-26.

Koch hat trick leads Lady Vike booters

Huntington North's Karmen Koch maneuvers with the ball despite the efforts of a visiting Homestead defender in the Lady Vikes' 4-0 win on Thursday, Sept. 21. Koch scored a hat trick to lead the win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Karmen Koch scored a hat trick in the second half to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team to a 4-0 win over visiting Homestead on Thursday, Sept. 21.

After spending the first half on defense, Koch switched over to offense for the second half and scored her first goal early in the frame to double the HNHS halftime lead. She later scored twice more to ensure the Lady Vikings improved to 13-1 on the season.

Amaya Sunderman scored the Lady Vikes’ first-half goal.

HNHS soccerboys score twice in second half to defeat Wayne

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team broke a 1-1 halftime tie with a pair of goals in the second half to defeat visiting Fort Wayne Wayne, 3-1, on Sept. 21.

Seniors Kasey Konz, Caleb Smith and Jacob Foster each found back netting for the Vikings, 10-3-1 on the season.

Sam Poling, also a senior, had three saves in goal to get the win.

Kyle McGinnis added an assist for HNHS.

Lady Vike spikers take five-set thriller from East Noble

Maddy Robrock knocked down 22 kills and Kaitlyn Stephan handed out 62 assists as the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team edged host East Noble, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The Lady Vikings, improving to 17-7 on the season, captured the first game, 25-13, but were edged in the second, 23-25. They regained the edge with a 25-15 win in the third set but East Noble clipped them 21-25 in the fourth before HNHS came up with a 15-11 triumph in the deciding set.

Vike netboys rip Columbia City

Including a pair of shutouts, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsiy tennis team ripped visiting Columbia City, 5-0, on Thursday, Sept. 21.

First singles player Auden Eckert and the second doubles team of Jarrett Gray and Adam Zahn each recorded 6-0, 6-0 shutouts as the Vikings improved to 7-8 on the season. Eckert nailed Garrett Anspach and the doubles team crushed Jackson Longenbaugh and David Kyler.

At second singles, Matt Karst had little trouble with Brader Baker in a 6-2, 6-1 win and Thomas Schweller at third singles cruised past Eli Jones, 6-4, 6-0.

HU golfwomen fifth at Pure Michigan Invite

The Huntington University women’s golf team finished fifth at the Pure Michigan Invitational, held by Grace College at Quail Ridge Golf Club in Ada, MI, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Betsy Schroeder shot a 25-over-par 169 to claim fifth overall out of 38 golfers for the Foresters. Alexandria Maris finished second for the team with a 189, good for 19th place.

HU netwomen rout Adrian

The Huntington University women’s tennis team routed host Adrian College, 9-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

With the sweep, the Foresters’ fifth of the season, they picked up their seventh win against two losses.

Huntington posted two shutouts in singles play. Charlotte Seth blanked McKenzie Krieg at third singles, 6-0, 6-0, and Lisa Colling did the same to Mckayla Jorgensen in the sixth match.

HU spikers sweep Bethel

The Huntington University volleyball team swept visiting Bethel College, 3-0, on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The Foresters won by scores of 25-20, 25-10, 25-14 to up their record to 9-8, with a 4-3 mark in Crossroads League play.

Senior Danielle Gurwell spearheaded Huntington’s offensive effort with 14 kills. Senior Emily Hubby and junior Breanna Levings helped facilitate the scoring with 16 and 15 assists, respectively. Sophomore Elaine Bredensteiner chipped in four aces.

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