Letting it fly

Photo by Matt Murphy.

As Connor Kreider of Paesan's PIzza waits to score a run, MacSteel's Brock Eckert pitches on Tuesday, May 26, in Huntington County Baseball League action at Homier Park.


HU seniors Davenport, Johnson earn All-America honors

Huntington University seniors Lauren Davenport and Nick Johnson finished fourth in their respective events at the NAIA Track & Field National Championships recently to earn All-America honors.

Davenport eclipsed her own school record in the 800-meter run with a 2:07.38 to earn her first All-America honor on the track.

Johnson shaved nearly three seconds off his personal best time with a 14:43.18 in the 5,000- meter run.

HNHS fall sports physicals set for Tuesday, June 2, at North Arena

Huntington County students who plan to participate in high school and middle school sports programs this fall can receive a sports physical Tuesday, June 2, at 5:30 p.m. at North Arena.

The physicals are for athletes who are not currently under a doctor's care for an injury or medical condition. Anyone with a chronic condition that requires constant monitoring by a doctor, such as diabetes or blood pressure, must have a physical form filled out by their own doctor.

Long jumper Hurlburt qualifies for state meet

Huntington North High School long jumper Alyssa Hurlburt takes off under the watchful eyes of officials during regional competition on Tuesday, May 26. Hurlburt advanced on to next week's state meet.
Photo provided.

Long jumper Alyssa Hurlburt was the lone Huntington North High School track team member to advance to the state meet with her performance Tuesday, May 26, at the Fort Wayne Northrop Girls' Track Regional.

Hurlburt, a senior, took third place in the event - with three places moving on - and also surpassed the state qualifying standard of 17 feet with her leap of 17-2. That mark was almost six inches better than her seed mark heading into the regional.

The state meet will be held Friday, June 6, at Indiana University.

Huntington County Baseball announces results of weeks 1-3

Huntington County Baseball League began its season on May 2.

Below is a listing of the results for the first three weeks of play.

Clemente League

Week 1 Frederick's Photography won over Kiwanis Club 17-8 on opening day.

Also on May 2, Bippus State Bank beat the Veterans of Foreign Wars 16-4.

Clear Creek then proceeded to roll over Bippus 19-1.
Ness Brothers Real Estate (Roanoke) beat Midwest Metals 13-2.

On May 4, Clear Creek beat Midwest Metals 13-1.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results — Summer Leagues

Men's High Game: Zac Tackett, 219; Mel Fruit Jr., 204; Tyler Neff, 200.
Men's High Series: Mel Fruit Jr., 596; Zac Tackett, 557; Tyler Neff, 513.
Women's High Game: Lesley Love, 225; Stacey Hebert, 204; Elizabeth Bischoff, 189.
Women's High Series: Stacey Hebert, 551; Lesley Love, 549; Elizabeth Bischoff, 543.
Top Teams: Adam Fruit, 11-5; Connor Brown, 10-6; Tyler Krepp, 10-6.

Lady Vikes' win string broken in double defeat against Richmond

Huntington North High School softball player Megan Burnworth squares around to bunt during the Lady Vikings' first game against Richmond on Saturday, May 23.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington North High School softball team had its five-game win string broken and finished its regular season with a doubleheader loss to visiting Richmond, 11-1 and 7-6, on Saturday, May 23.

The Lady Vikings, 12-8, got spanked in the opener as Maureen Lund's streak of outstanding outings was stopped. Richmond got to the sophomore star for eight runs and five hits in just three innings, and the Lady Vikings' offense, with several junior varsity players making appearances, could only muster a single run, in the third inning.

West homers to help Vikings split with Anderson

Joey West homered and the Huntington North High School baseball team had two big innings on the way to beating host Anderson, 9-2, in the second game and salvaging a doubleheader split on Saturday, May 23.

The Vikings got crushed in the opener, 15-5.

After taking the big loss in the first game against a 19-5 Anderson squad, the Vikings came back in the nitecap with four runs in the third inning and five more in the fifth to back the pitching of Wes Carroll for the win.

The Vikings head into next week's sectional with a 14-12 mark.

Lund, Lady Viking offense smash Muncie Central, 12-0

Maureen Lund was almost unhittable and the Lady Vikings' offense provided plenty of support as the Huntington North High School softball team smashed host Muncie Central 12-0, on Friday, May 24.

Lund shut out the Lady Bearcats with just one hit and mowed down 15 via strikeout while giving up just one walk to lead HNHS to its fifth straight win, and 12th overall in 18 outings.

HNHS girls' tennis season ends at second round in sectional

The second round was as far as the Huntington North High School girls' tennis team could go in the Norwell sectional, falling to Bellmont, 3-2, on Friday, May 22, after beating Bluffton by the same score on Thursday, May 21.

Abby Berry at second singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Taylor Willcox and Karissa Miller both won three-set matches for HNHS, which finishes at 10-6 on the season.

Both Berry and the doubles team took tough 5-7 losses in the first set, but then scrapped out 6-3, 6-2 wins.
Whitney Neuenschwander at first singles lost 1-6, 3-6,

Carroll scores trio in first, holds off HNHS diamond men, 5-3

Visiting Carroll struck for three runs in the first inning and held on for a 5-3 win over the Huntington North High School baseball team on Thursday, May 21.

Four hits and three steals in the opening frame led to Carroll's three runs. The visitors also scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to hold off the Vikes, who tallied solo runs of their own in the first, third and fifth innings.

Jamon Hammel had two hits, including a triple, and two runs scored for HNHS, now 13-11 on the season. Brett Wiley knocked in three runs.

Lund's arm, bat leads HNHS past Columbia City, 1-0

HNHS sophomore pitcher Maureen Lund winds up to fire one home in the Lady Vikings' 1-0 win over visiting Columbia City on Thursday, May 21.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Sophomore Maureen Lund pitched yet another shutout and knocked in the game's only run as the Huntington North High School softball team squeezed past visiting Columbia City, 1-0, on Thursday, May 21.

Lund pitched a five-hitter with 10 strikeouts, and led the offense as well with two hits and the lone RBI. Alecia Johnson also had two hits for the Lady Vikings, now 11-6.

Lauren Chanley scored the game's only run in the first inning. She led off the HNHS half of the frame with a single, moved up on a walk to Megan Burnworth and rode home on Lund's first hit.


Sweet fires 35 to lead HNHS golfers past North Side

Freshman Jordan Sweet fired a 35 to lead the Huntington North High School boys' golf team past host Fort Wayne North Side,153-173, on Thursday, May 21.

E.J. Tackett and Garrett Brach both fired rounds of 39 and Neal Hamilton and Brandon Whitesell both had scores of 40 as the Vikings won for the fifth time in six dual meet decisions.


Ochs wins distance double to lead HNHS trackmen to second at sectional

Ross Ochs.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ross Ochs won both distance events to lead the Huntington North High School boys' track team to a second place finish at the Marion Track Sectional on Thursday, May 21.

Ochs, a junior, narrowly edged teammate Josh Graham for the title in the 1,600-meter run, clocking in at 4:31.96 to Graham's 4:32.14. Ochs then came back to claim the 3,200-meter crown in 9:45.68, nosing out Marion's Michael Waymire by .21 seconds.

Those thrilling finishes help HNHS pile up 121 points, 26 back of team champion Marion.

Miller's five-hitter leads Vikings over Wildkats, 4-1

Huntington North High School's Jamon Hammel tries to beat the throw to first base during action against visiting Kokomo on Wednesday, May 20. Hammel was out, but the Vikings won the contest, 4-1.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Nick Miller pitched five-hit ball for 6-1/3 innings to lead the Huntington North High School baseball team past visiting Kokomo, 4-1, on Wednesday, May 20.

Miller improved his record to 4-1 with two-out relief help form Wes Carroll as the Vikings improved their mark to 13-10 overall and 8-4 in the North Central Conference.