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North swimgirls dominate Blackford

Anna Manry, a freshman on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, competes in the 200-yard individual medley during a meet against visiting Blackford on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The Lady Vikings won big, 116-50.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ swim team dominated visiting Blackford, 116-50, on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Macy Lange and Allie Aschliman highlighted the Lady Vikings’ domination with two victories apiece. Lange, a junior, topped the 200-yard individual medley in 2:41.41, followed by the 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.76. Aschliman, a sophomore, took the 200-yard freestyle in 2:20.51, then followed it up with a win in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 1:13.12.

HU midfielder NAIA All-American honorable mention

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Matea Knispel

Matéa Knispel, a junior on the Huntington University women’s soccer team, has been recognized as an honorable mention All-American by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Knispel, just the second Forester in program history to earn All-American honors, finished the year with 18 goals for 36 points to help guide her team to an overall record of 10-8-2 and a fourth-place finish in the Crossroads League with a 5-3-1 mark.

Frosh wins twice as HU kicks off indoor track season

Freshman Benedicte Nzombi-Fenner was a double-winner for the Huntington University women’s track team as it competed at the Sean Brady Conditioner on Saturday, Dec. 2, against host Trine University and Grace College.

Logan Daniel claimed the only win of the day for the HU men as they also competed at the meet.

Nzombi-Fenner, a freshman, ran into third place in the HU record books by winning the 60-meter dash in :08.06. She also won the long jump at 4.91meters, another mark that landed her in the top 10 in the HU record book.

Vikings to 4-0 with win over Warsaw

A dominant first half propelled the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team over host Warsaw, 44-36, on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Coach Craig Teagle’s squad owned both ends of the court in the opening half. Offensively, the Vikings sizzled the nets, draining 11 of 16 shots from the field – with a 5 of 7 effort from three-point land – for 68.8 percent. Defensively, they let the Tigers convert only three of 19 field goal attempts for a mere 15.8 percent. Huntington North charged out to a 16-3 lead in the first quarter and upped its advantage to 28-8 by halftime.

No. 23 IWU slips past HU women

Huntington University point guard Maddie Richer drives past Jene'e Goodwin of Indiana Wesleyan University on the baseline in action Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2, at Platt Arena. The Foresters lost to the No. 23 Wildcats, 60-59.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University women’s basketball team got edged by visiting Indiana Wesleyan University, 60-59, on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with the Crossroads League rivals playing to four deadlocks before the end buzzer. After the second of those ties, a 52-52 knot at the 4:59 mark, junior Brooke Saylor scored to give Huntington the lead, but 23rd-ranked Indiana Wesleyan countered with a three-pointer by Katie Key and a basket by Nicole Ignasiak to go in front, 57-54, with 3:34 remaining.

Second-half scoring spree leads HU men past No. 4 IWU

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Mike Bush

A second-half scoring spree propelled the Huntington University men’s basketball team to an 87-84 upset of fourth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Platt Arena.

Vikes hang on to beat Southwood, 49-46

Trey Williams (right), a junior on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team, fires a shot from three-point land over Southwood’s Dallas Holmes during a game on Friday, Dec. 1, at North Arena. The Vikings held on for a 49-46 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

After giving back a 17-point second quarter lead, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team hung on for a 49-46 win over visiting Southwood on Friday, Dec. 1.

The Vikings saw a 28-11 advantage late in the second quarter turned into a 34-34 tie by the end of the third frame and had to scramble in the final quarter to improve their record to 3-0 on the season.

Fourth quarter burst pushes Norwell past Lady Vikes

A big fourth quarter by host Norwell was too much for the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team could handle as the Lady Vikings fell, 60-45, on Friday, Dec. 1.

The Lady Vikings, 3-5, led at halftime, 24-22, and trailed by only one point at 39-38 heading into the final frame before Norwell, 4-2, ripped off a 21-7 closing frame to win going away.

Riley Johnson led HNHS with a game-high 18 points and six rebounds. Hollyn Anderson added eight points and seven assists.

'Krewald Show' leads Foresters past Bethel

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Brooke Saylor

Hailey Krewald scored nine of her 12 points for the game late in the second quarter to help give the Huntington University women’s basketball team a 13-point halftime edge and the Foresters went on to beat visiting Bethel, 66-52, on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Brooke Saylor matched a team record with 21 rebounds and added 13 points, a career-high six blocks and a team-best four assists as HU improved to 8-1 overall, 2-0 in Crossroads League play.

‘Christmas Clash’ wrestling show back again

In character as KC Thunder, Kasey Geyer (foreground) gazes out at the crowd during last year’s Christmas Clash wrestling show. The event will return this week on Saturday, Dec. 2, at First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall on the Huntington County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. Geyer, a Huntington native, says this year’s show will help support local charity Mittens for Millions, which collects and distributes winter apparel to those in need.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Kasey Geyer got so busy planning last year’s Christmas Clash that he forgot to check if his wrestling boots still fit.

Geyer wrestled professionally for many years and sought to bring a wrestling event to his hometown, Huntington. To that end, he set out to organize the first-ever Christmas Clash, a W.A.R. Wrestling event. In addition to helping arrange the show,

5th grade Junior Lady Vikes win it all


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The Junior Lady Vikes fifth-grade basketball team won the Jay County League Championship on Nov. 12. Team members are (front row from left) Ava Geiger, Molly Daugherty, Addi Funk, Brookelynn Buzzard, Leah Hertel and Camryn Working; and (back row from left) Haiden Bailey, Grace Michel, Emma Daugherty, Hannah Haupert, Marisa Trout and Coach Phil Bailey.

7th grade Junior Lady Vikes are tops


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The Junior Lady Vikes seventh-grade basketball team captured the Jay County League Championship on Nov. 12. Team members are (front row from left) Avery Bonewitz, Hannah Szelis, Alysse Geiger and Emma Szelis; and (back row from left) Coach Stacy Wiley, Emma Holzinger, Skyla Tomasek, Taylor Double, Kianna Jennings and Coach Kamie Tomasek. Not pictured is Gabby Leichty.

Mautz gets lone win for Vike swimmers in loss to EN

Keegan Mautz got the lone win of the evening for the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team as it lost to host East Noble, 117-50, on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Mautz touched in first in the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:32.42 as HNHS dropped to 0-3 on the season.

Mautz also got a second for the Vikings in the 100-yard freestyle, in :59.39.

Conner Mason added seconds in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle, touching home in 2:30.31in the shorter race and 6:37.71 in the longer.

East Noble swims past Lady Vikes

Five second place finishes were the best the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team could do against host East Noble on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in a 123-53 loss.

Allie Aschliman took a pair of seconds, Laney Shaw got one and the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams also got runner-up spots as HNHS dropped to 3-3 on the season.

Aschliman was runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:34.99, and the 100-yard butterfly, in 1:07.25, and Shaw was No. 2 in the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:02.73.

Vike swimboys lose to South Side

Conner Mason won two more events but the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team fell to visiting Fort Wayne South Side on Monday, Nov. 27.

Mason, a senior, took the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles to lead the Vikings to seven wins on the night. Two of those seven wins came in relays, and Mason had a hand in both of those as well.

The senior clocked in at 1:04.76 to win the shorter race, and he came home in 2:22.05 to win the longer.

Aschliman, Lady Vike swim team swamp South Side

Allie Aschliman again won two events and received more than ample back-up from her teammates as the Huntington North High School girls’s swim team dispatched visiting Fort Wayne South Side, 121-48, on Monday, Nov. 27.

Aschliman, a sophomore, led a top-three sweep in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard breaststroke. She won the fly in 1:08.47, with teammates Bekah Brunner and Crosley Stanley second and third, respectively, and she captured the breast in 1:26.97, leading Adalyn Harvey and Sara Lacey across the finish line, respectively.

HU men lose to No. 16 Bethel

A 9-1 run at the end of the first half put No. 16 Bethel in the driver’s seat and paved the way for the visiting Pilots to defeat the Huntington University men’s basketball team, 85-63, on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Bethel, 9-1, led HU by 33-28 with just under 3:30 to go in the first half, but the spurt improved the Pilots’ margin to 42-29 heading into intermission, starting the Foresters on their way to their sixth loss in 10 outings.

Lady Vikings fall to Bishop Luers

Huntington North junior Rylee Williams maneuvers in tight with the ball against a Bishop Luers defender in action at North Arena Tuesday night, Nov. 28. The Lady Vikings lost, 62-51.
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The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team fell to visiting Bishop Luers, 62-51, on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Maddy Robrock led the Lady Vikes, 3-4, with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Hollyn Anderson added season-highs of 14 points and eight assists.

Rileigh Johnson added eight points and six rebounds to the HNHS cause and Karmen Koch had four assists.

Bishop Luers took a 19-14 lead after the first quarter and stretched the margin to 31-21 by halftime. The visitors went into the final frame leading 49-34.

Aschliman, Lange lead HNHS swimgirls to big win over Canterbury

Allie Aschliman and Macy Lange both won two individual events and swam on two winning relay teams to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team to a 112-55 thumping of host Canterbury on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Aschliman and Lange teamed with Alyssa Brinkman and Laney Shaw to win the 200-yard medley relay in the first event, in 2:10.59, and the Lady Vikings were never headed.

Mason gets two wins but HNHS swimboys lose opener

Conner Mason got two of the four Huntington North wins on the night as the HNHS boys’ swim team fell to host Canterbury, 88-49, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in its first meet of the season.

Mason won the 200-yard freestyle, in 2:21.78, and was the only competitor in the 500-yard freestyle, in which he crossed the finish line in 6:41.30.

Keegan Mautz and Cole Davidson got the other HNHS wins. Mautz claimed the 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.38 and Davidson took the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:29.42.

Junior Sunderman joins seniors Tillett, Koch on all-NE8 soccer first team

Three members of the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team were named to the Northeast 8 Conference first team.

Seniors Hannah Tillett and Karmen Koch and junior Amaya Sunderman were the Lady Vikings’ first-team honorees.

Tillett led Huntington North in goals and assists, with 45 and 40, respectively. The midfielder departs the program as its all-time leader in both categories, with totals of 112 goals and 98 assists.

Koch was the Lady Vikings’ runner-up in goal and assist production. The forward tallied 31 goals while recording 16 assists.

Vikings land 3 on first team for NE8 soccer

A trio of players from the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team received first-team recognition in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Seniors Sam Poling, Caleb Smith and Andrew Kaylor earned the first-team honors for the Vikings.

Poling, the team’s starting goalkeeper, posted an 11-4-1 record in front of the net, notching four shutouts. He racked up 89 saves while permitting only 22 goals.

Smith led the Huntington North offense. The midfielder scored a team-high 18 goals. He also dispensed four assists.

Upward cheerleading, hoop registration Dec. 9

Registrations and evaluations for Upward basketball and cheerleading will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Family Life Center at College Park Church, 1945 College Ave., Huntington.

Sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon both days. A registration fee is charged.

The programs are open to boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade. Practices and games will begin in January.

For more information, call Gary Mast at 519-2489.

Defense key as Viking cagers get second win

Limiting host Mississinewa to just seven points in the middle two periods, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team got a 36-30 win on Saturday, Nov. 25, to go to 2-0 on the young season.

The Viking defense limited Mississinewa, 1-1, to only 15 points through the first three quarters, taking  a 22-15 lead into the final frame.

The Vikings were led by Zach Daugherty with 11 points and Mitch Geller with eight.

Viking hoopsters open season by trouncing Homestead

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team opened its season in dominant fashion, trouncing Homestead, 69-46, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at North Arena.

The Vikings, 1-0, torched the Spartans’ defense while shutting them down on offense. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad sank 25 of 37 shots from the field for a sizzling 67.6 percent. The hosts also drained 13 of 15 free throw attempts for 86.7 percent.

And they're off!


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Runners head out at the start of the 13th annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus Turkey Trot 5K from in front of McDonald's in Huntington earlier today, Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 23. McDonald's is the host sponsor for the fund-raising event.

HU hoopwomen notch seventh straight win

The Huntington University women’s basketball team pulled off a second-half comeback and defeated host Goshen College, 51-44, on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

After trailing 12-8 after the first quarter and 21-20 at halftime, the Foresters knotted the game up by the end of three frames, 34-34, and scored 17 points in the final period while holding Goshen to 10 to take the game.

With the victory, Huntington, 7-1, extends its win streak to seven games. The Foresters also open Crossroads League play with a 1-0 mark.

Lady Vikes lose big to defending state champs on hardwood

Rileigh Johnson, a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, dribbles the ball upcourt during a game against visiting Homestead on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Lady Vikings fell to the Lady Spartans, 71-45.
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The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team suffered a 71-45 defeat to defending Class 4A state champion Homestead on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at North Arena.

Three-point shooting propelled the Lady Spartans to the decisive win. Coach Rod Parker’s squad drained 12 of 22 attempts from beyond the arc for 54.5 percent. In contrast, the Lady Vikings took just five shots from long range, hitting two for 40 percent.

HU men come up short to Goshen

The Huntington University men’s basketball team came up short to host Goshen College, 90-84, on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The Foresters, 4-5, 0-1 in Crossroads League play, found themselves in a manageable 50-46 hole at halftime, but went on to trail by as many as 13 points in the second half before cutting the deficit back down to single digits by the end buzzer.

Viking wrestlers 4-1 at Warsaw Invite

The Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team cruised to a 4-1 record at the Warsaw Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 18.

A quartet of wrestlers went undefeated for the Vikings. Logging perfect days for Coach Neil Teusch were Preston Teusch, at 106 pounds; Darryn Kuhl, at 113; Jacob Hall, at 126; and Kaleb McVoy, at 152.

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