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HU women suffer worst loss of season

The Huntington University women’s basketball team suffered its worst loss of the season to host Taylor University, 69-51, on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The Foresters, 16-12 overall, 9-8 in the Crossroads League, hit just 17 of 51 shots from the field for 33.3 percent on the evening. The fell behind after one quarter of play, 15-13, and were down at halftime, 33-23. They trailed the 16th-rnaked Trojans after three quarters, 51-35.

Sarah Fryman led HU with 12 points. Hailey Krewald and Maddie Richer each tallied 11 points and Sam Hammel knocked down 10.

Viking grappler Haught earns ticket to state wrestling finals


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Ricky Haught (first from left), a junior on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, placed fourth at the New Haven Semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne. Wrestlers who placed in the top four of their weight class advanced to the state finals, which are set for Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis. Of the six Huntington North wrestlers who competed at semi-state, Haught ended up being the lone Viking to make it to state.

Bush buzzer-beater stops Taylor in OT

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Trevor Lockwood

Mike Bush drained a long three-pointer just ahead of the buzzer in overtime to give the Huntington University men’s basketball team a 102-99 win over host Taylor University on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Bush tallied a game-high 31 points as HU improved to 12-17 on the season, 8-9 in the Crossroads League.

HU women eighth at CL Indoor Invitational

The Huntington University women’s track team claimed eighth place at the Crossroads League Indoor Invitational, held Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Nicole Pennington earned points for the Foresters in two events. She finished fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of :8.09 and eighth in the 200-meter dash by running a personal-record :27.26. Benedicte Nzombi-Fenner also ran the 60 meters and finished sixth in :8.19.

HU men ninth at CL Indoor Invite

The Huntington University men’s track team placed ninth at the Crossroads League Indoor Invitational, held Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Adam Woods claimed the Foresters’ only first place finish by winning the heptathlon with 3,837 points. For his efforts, he received all-conference honors.

Johnson adds state track hall of fame spot to her growing resume of honors

Garrett Davenport (seated, third from left) represents his daughter, Lauren Johnson, at the 2018 Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC) Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Feb. 2 at the Sheraton Hotel at Keystone Crossing, in Indianapolis. Johnson, a professional runner from Huntington, was unable to attend the ceremony as she was preparing for a race in New York, NY. Hall of fame inductees were (seated from left) Ricke Stucker, Shannon Kelley Dragoo and Davenport representing Johnson; and (standing from left) Marty Hill, Michael Fout, Allen Dunn representing Fred Seward, Rudy Skorupa, Bryce Brown and Thomas D. Haynes representing Thomas M. Haynes.
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Lauren Johnson was inducted to the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IAT-CCC) Hall of Fame on Feb. 2.

Johnson, however, was unable to attend the ceremony. The Huntington native, though, had a good excuse: she was in New York City, preparing for her latest race.

Johnson, a professional runner, competed in the Wanamaker Mile at the New York Road Runners Millrose Games the following day, Feb. 3.

That she couldn’t attend the ceremony due to a running commitment shines a light on what makes her a unique inductee for the hall of fame.

Haught earns spot at state wrestling finals

Huntington North junior Charlie Agnew has control of Oak Hill's Stewart Mossholder in an opening round match at 195 pounds at the New Haven Semi-state Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 10. Agnew won this match but lost his next to end his day.
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Huntington North High School Junior Ricky Haught earned a spot at the Indiana State Wrestling Tournament next week by placing fourth at 132 pounds at the New Haven Semi-state Wrestling Tournament in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Haught, who entered the tourney 37-8, won his first two matches of the day to qualify for state. He lost his third match of the day in the semifinals to go to the consolation round, where he lost again to place fourth.

Second half comeback by Vikes ruined in OT loss

A second-half comeback by the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team was ruined in overtime as host Fort Wayne Wayne pulled out a 57-52 win on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The Vikings came back from a 41-32 deficit to start the final quarter to even the contest at 47-47 after regulation, but Wayne had the last hurrah by outscoring HNHS 10-5 in the extra frame.

Mitch Geller led the Vikings, 15-6, with a game-high 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists on the night. Geller hit 11 of 13 shots from the field and both of his free throws.

Marian gets early lead, hangs on to beat HU women

Two-time defending national champion Marian built a 16-point halftime advantage and won by that margin over the visiting Huntington University women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10.

The fifth-ranked Knights, 26-2 overall, 15-1 in the Crossroads League, turned five offensive rebounds into nine points and got eight easy points by outsprinting HU to the basket after HU misses to build their first-half advantage.

Last 98 seconds costly for HU men in loss to Marian

The Huntington University men’s basketball team got outscored 7-0 in the game’s final 98 seconds to lose to host Marian University, 95-88, on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10.

With the score tied at 88-all with 1:38 remaining, Marian got a Reggie Kissoonlal bucket on each side of a Christian Stewart long ball to account for the game’s final seven points while the Foresters came up empty on their final three possessions to fall to 11-17 overall, 7-9 in the Crossroads League.

Aschliman improves time but doesn't make state swim finals

Huntington North High School sophomore Allie Aschliman improved her time but did not advance to the finals at the Indiana State Girls Swimming/Diving Championship at Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 9.

Aschliman, who won the Warsaw sectional in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.67, lowered her mark to 1:00.93 in the Friday preliminaries, but all that got her was 29th place among the 32 girls competing in the event.

Geller fires in 15 as Vikings get 15th win

Viking Hank Pulver gets ready to drop in two points in action against visiting Norwell on Friday night, Feb. 9. Pulver had a perfect night, connecting on all four shots from the field and all three free throw tries, as the Vikings won, 49-40.
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Senior Mitch Geller fired in 15 points to lead the Huntington North high School boys’ varsity basketball team to a 49-40 win over visiting Norwell on Friday night, Feb. 9.

Geller connected on 5 of 7 shots from the field and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line to help the Vikings improve to 15-5 on the season overall, 4-3 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Hank Pulver was perfect on all four of his shots from the field and all three of his free throws for 11 points, and Sawyer Stoltz added nine points.

Forester women also upset ranked USF

Five players scored in double figures to propel the Huntington University women’s basketball team past 25th-ranked University of Saint Francis, 78-73, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Platt Arena.

Sophomore Sarah Fryman led the Foresters’ offensive effort with 20 points, dropping in 8 of 9 shots from the field. Brooke Saylor matched her teammate’s shooting effort, finishing with 16 points.

Saylor also pulled down 12 rebounds to record her 15th double-double of the season. Behind the junior’s rebounding effort, Huntington enjoyed a 36-25 advantage on the boards.

Viking grapplers reach semi-state


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Six members of the Huntington North High School wrestling team punched their tickets to the New Haven Semi-state by placing in the top four of their respective weight classes at the Carroll Regional on Saturday, Feb. 3. Pictured are (from left) junior Christian Graft, 220 pounds, fourth place; senior Jacob Hall, 126 pounds, second place; freshman Preston Teusch, 106 pounds, champion; junior Ricky Haught, 132 pounds, champion; sophomore Darryn Kuhl, 113 pounds, fourth place; and junior Charlie Agnew, 195 pounds, second place. The New Haven Semi-state is set for Saturday, Feb.

Viking swimmers fall hard against Bluffton

Huntington North senior Conner Mason churns for home in the 200-yard freestyle in the Vikings' meet against Bluffton at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Mason placed third in the event.
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Two individual seconds and three in relays were the best the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team could manage in a 120-50 loss to visiting Bluffton on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Nathan York in the 100-yard backstroke and Cole Davidson in the 100-yard breaststroke got the individual seconds for the Vikings. York, a sophomore, touched the wall in 1:09.25 for his backstroke runner-up, and Davidson, a freshman, went 1:24.86 for his breaststroke runner-up.

Foresters rain shots on No. 3 USF in 97-71 upset

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The Huntington University men’s basketball team rained shots from near and far on visiting, third-ranked University of Saint Francis on the way to a 97-71 upset of the third-ranked NAIA squad on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

HNHS bowlers claim third at state tourney

The Huntington North High School boys’ bowling team finished third at the Indiana High School Bowling State Finals on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Championship Lanes, in Anderson.

HNHS bowling girls sixth at state tourney

The Huntington North High School girls’ bowling team finished sixth at the Indiana High School Bowling State Finals on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Championship Lanes, in Anderson.

The Lady Vikings knocked down 1,877 pins across 12 Baker games for their placement. They missed advancement to the stepladder finals by two spots.

Third-seeded Portage won the state title with a 359-346 victory over No. 1 seed Michigan City.

HU women fourth at Trine invite

Field events strength helped the Huntington University women’s track team to a fourth place finish this past weekend at the Don & Riley Zimmer Classic at Trine University.

Breanna Metz won the high jump with a leap of 4-5.25, and Jessica Chojnakci brought home first place in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:46.11.

The Foresters scored 57 points. Defending national champion Indiana Tech won the meet with 150 points, followed by Trine with 117.5, Adrian with 88.5, HU, Indiana Tech Developmental with 55 and Rochester with 10.

Woods' win pushes HU trackmen to third at Trine invite

Adam Woods won the heptathlon to lead the Huntington University men’s track team to third place at the Don & Riley Zimmer Classic hosted by Trine University this weekend.

Woods, a former Huntington North athlete, piled up 4,109 points for the win. He won the pole vault at 4.215 meters and took second place finishes in the 60-meter dash, the long jump and shot put to highlight his performance.

Six Viking matmen advance to semi-state

Huntington North junior Ricky Haught works the arm of Eric Reust of Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in s semifinal match at 132 pounds at the Carroll Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3. Haught went on to win the title at 132 to advance to next week's semi-state.
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Six of the seven Huntington North High School wrestlers who advanced to the Carroll Regional Wrestling Tournament advanced to next week’s New Haven Semi-state, led by champions Preston Teusch and Ricky Haught.

Teusch, a freshman, was champion at 106 pounds, and Haught, a junior, took the top spot at 132.

Joining them at semi-state are senior Jacob Hall, runner-up at 126, junior Charlie Agnew, runner-up at 195, sophomore Darryn Kuhl, fourth at 113 and junior Christian Graft, fourth at 220.

The top four finishers in each weight class earn advancement.

Poor shooting again plagues Vikings in loss

Viking forward Mitch Geller drives to the hoop against visiting New Haven on Saturday night, Feb. 3, in boys' varsity basketball action at North Arena. The Vikings lost 59-45.
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Poor shooting cost the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team in a 59-45 loss to visiting New Haven on Saturday, Feb. 3.

For the second time in recent weeks, the normally steady shooting Vikings had a subpar night from the field, hitting on just 15 of 45 shots for 33.3 percent and falling to 14-5 on the season. They trailed the Bulldogs, 12-5 overall, 13-10 after one quarter, 25-20 at halftime and 41-32 after three quarters.

Sawyer Stoltz led the Vikings with game-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Zach Daugherty added 10 points t the Viking cause.

Forester comeback falls short in final seconds against IWU women

Sarah Fryman and Hailey Krewald sparked an inspired comeback in the final period but host Indiana Wesleyan University was able to hang on to defeat the Huntington University women’s basketball team, 67-64, on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The Foresters faced their biggest deficit of the game at 56-43 early in the fourth quarter, but Fryman and Krewald combined for 15 points down the stretch to bring HU within a point at 65-64 with less than 30 seconds to go. The Foresters even had a chance to take the lead, but a turnover cost them the shot.

Wildcats get big revenge on Foresters

Host Indiana Wesleyan avenged an earlier loss to the Huntington University men’s basketball team with a 100-73 beating on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The Foresters, dropping to 10-16 overall and 6-8 in Crossroads League play, were down by 12 at the half at 45-33, before the eighth-ranked Wildcats dropped 55 more points on them in the second half.

Tyler Arens scored 21 points in just under 21 minutes of play off the bench to lead the Foresters. Zach Owens came off the HU bench with 17 more points, and Konner Platt put up 11 points.

Aschliman earns shot at state swim meet

Huntington North sophomore Allie Aschliman earned a spot in the state championship meet next week by winning the 100-yard butterfly at the Warsaw Girls’ Swimming Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Aschliman, the second place finisher in the preliminaries on Thursday night, knocked off more than a second from her prelim time to win, touching the wall in 1:01.67. That time was more than a half-second faster than runner-up Marisol Karmel, of Lewis Cass, who took second in 1:02.19.

South Side pulls away from Lady Vikes in second half at SS sectional

Huntington North guard Karmen Koch floats in the lane against a trio of South Side defenders as she lets go of a layup attempt on Friday night, Feb. 2, in semifinal action at the Fort Wayne South Side Girls' Basketball Sectional. The Lady Vikings season ended with a 76-59 loss.
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After a hotly contested first half, South Side pulled away from the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team in the third quarter and ended the Lady Vikings’ season with a 76-59 defeat in the semifinals of the South Side Sectional on Friday, Feb. 2.

Aschliman leads several Lady Vike swimmers to sectional finals

Crosley Stanley, a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, competes in the 100-yard butterfly in the preliminaries of the Warsaw Sectional on Thursday, Feb. 1.
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Allie Aschliman, a sophomore on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, punched her ticket to the finals of the Warsaw Sectional with a pair of qualifying placements at the preliminary meet on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Any swimmer placing in the top eight of a race advanced to the sectional finals on Saturday, Feb. 3. Competitors finishing ninth through 16th clinched spots in the consolation finals.

Aschliman captured second place in the 100-yard butterfly and third in the 200-yard freestyle. She swam the butterfly in 1:03.23 and the freestyle in 2:06.66.

Powerful Homestead gymnasts down Lady Vikes

The Huntington North High School gymnastics team lost to a powerful visiting Homestead squad on Thursday, Feb. 1, 106.175-100.500.

Homestead took top honors on every apparatus and all-around, and the best the Lady Vikings could do was a pair of second place finishes. Laora Pampaloni scored an 8.750 for runner-up in the vault, and Aleah Eckert received a 9.325 for second on the floor exercise.

Poor second quarter costly for Vikes in loss to Carroll

A poor second quarter doomed the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team, leading to a 56-43 loss to host Carroll on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

After taking a 17-11 lead on the Chargers in the first quarter, the Vikings got outscored 23-6 in the second to fall behind 34-23 at the half. The hosts bumped their advantage up to 48-34 in the third before settling for the 13-point win.

With the loss, Huntington North falls to 14-4. Carroll, a winner of nine straight, improves to 13-2.

Shooting woes hurt HU women in loss to Grace

Lackluster shooting sank the Huntington University women’s basketball team against visiting Grace College, resulting in a 77-62 loss on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The Foresters shot 38.1 percent from the field on 24 of 63 marksmanship. The Lancers countered with a 55.6 percent shooting effort on 25 of 45 precision, which helped them go up 21-16 in the first quarter and 38-23 by halftime. While Coach Lori Culler’s squad managed to narrow the deficit to 55-50 in the third, Grace outscored the hosts by 10 in the final frame to secure the win.

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