No. 20 IWU sweeps HU spikers

The Huntington University volleyball team got taken down in straight sets, 0-3, by No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Platt Arena.

The Foresters lost by scores of 21-25, 13-25, 19-25 to fall to 8-7, 3-2 in Crossroads League play.

Senior Josie Beaver paced the Huntington offense with seven kills. Junior Breanna Levings did her part to facilitate the scoring with 11 assists.

Defensively, senior Kate Cobb registered 17 digs while Beaver had a hand in three blocks.

HU soccerwomen trounce Manchester

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Matea Knispel

The Huntington University women’s soccer team trounced host Manchester University, winning 5-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The Foresters, 2-3-1, did all of their scoring in the first half. Junior Matéa Knispel found the back of the net twice for Huntington, with sophomore Bailey O’Dell assisting on both occasions. Seniors Brandi Spear and Nicole Pennington also each scored a goal for the Foresters. The visitors’ other tally came on an own goal by the Spartans.

Huntington racked up 39 shots for the game, with 14 coming on frame.

Louzada's OT goal pushes Foresters past Manchester

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Matheus Louzada

Matheus Louzada scored in overtime to lift the Huntington University men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Manchester University on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Louzada, a junior, found the back of the net at the 95:36 mark, with freshman Noah Stanford assisting, to send the Foresters to 3-1-2.

Louzada played the role of facilitator on Huntington’s first goal of the game, assisting junior Miguel de Sousa on his score in the 42nd minute that deadlocked the game at 1-1 in the first half.

Doubles sweep vaults HU netwomen past Taylor

A sweep in doubles vaulted the Huntington University women’s tennis team past host Taylor, 7-2, on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The victory extended the Forestsers’ win string to five and improved their season mark to 6-1, 4-1 in Crossroads League play.

Constance Golz and Meg Dolde at first singles and Anastasiia Evstifeeva and Charlotte Seth at third doubles both beat their foes 8-2. Golz and Dolde made short work of the Trojans’ Molly Fletchall and Mikayla Schultz, while Evstifeeva and Seth zipped past Annika Zeilstra and Corinne Hoffman.

HU netmen win fourth straight match

The Huntington University men’s tennis team won its fourth straight match on Tuesday, Sept. 12, by beating host Taylor University, 6-3.

The Foresters, 5-2 overall and 4-1 in Crossroads League play, got twin wins from Ignacio Poncio, Rodrigo Manzo and Giovanni Martinez.

Versatile Stephan leads Lady Vike spikers past Homestead

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Kaitlyn Stephan

Kaitlyn Stephan made a difference on both offense and defense as the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team nipped visiting Homestead in five sets, 3-2, on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Stephan, a senior, racked up 42 assists and 22 digs on the evening as the Lady Vikings won, 25-20, 23-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12.

The Lady Vikings, 14-7, got 19 kills  and five blocks from sophomore Macy Niswander in the comeback victory. Maddy Robrock was also a force at the net with another five kills.

Kalee Platt added three aces to the action.

Leo brings Viking netmen back to earth

Adam Zahm, one half of the second doubles team for the Huntington North High School boys' varsity tennis team, returns a shot in a match against visiting Leo on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Zahn and his partner, Jarrett Gray, lost in three sets as the Vikings got shut out, 0-5.
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A powerhouse, visiting Leo team brought the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity tennis team back to earth with a 0-5 blanking on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The Vikings, winners of six of their last seven matches, won just one set on the day. The second doubles team of Jarrett Gray and Adam Zahm accomplished that in a 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 loss.

HNHS is now 6-6 on the season.

Konz' two goals lead Vike booters over DeKalb

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Kasey Konz

Senior Kasey Konz found the back of the net twice in the second half to give the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team at 2-1 triumph over host DeKalb on Monday, Sept. 11.

The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half, but while the hosts were able to put one ball behind HNHS goalie Sam Poling, Konz was able to double that effort against the host goalkeeper to push the Vikings to 7-3-1 on the season.

Caleb Smith and Peyton Miller each had an assist on the afternoon for the Vikings.

Poling made a pair of saves to get the win.

Streaking Vike netboys sweep South Adams

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Thomas Schweller

The streaking Huntington North tennis team won for the sixth time in its last seven outings with  a 5-0 sweep over host South Adams on Monday, Sept. 11.

Freshman Thomas Schweller led the way for HNHS, 6-5, with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout over Wes Stout at third singles.

The most games lost by any Viking was the three lost by No. 1 singles player Auden Eckert, who beat Davis Muselman, 6-1, 6-2. Matt Karst dropped only two games in a 6-1, 6-1 win over Cam Stevens at second singles.

DeKalb pins first loss on Lady Vike soccergirls

Visiting DeKalb pinned the Huntington North High  School girls’ varsity soccer team with its first loss of the season on Monday, Sept. 11, dropping the Lady Vikes 3-2.

DeKalb tallied the only goal of the first half, and both teams tallied twice in the second as HNHS goes to 9-1 on the season.

Karmen Koch and Amaya Sunderman had the Lady Viking goals. Hannah Tillett assisted on both of the scores, but was stopped from scoring at least a goal for the first time this season.

Goalie Maddie Husband stopped five shots from DeKalb.

Depleted Lady Vikes still dominate Blackford Invite

Even without two of its best runners, the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity cross country team still managed to win the Blackford Invitational in dominant fashion on Saturday, Sept. 9.

The Lady Vikings withstood the losses of senior Chloe Scheiber and junior Alena Miller, who were disqualified from the race after being directed the wrong way on the course. In their stead, Hanna Whitney, Kyler Hoopingarner and Emma Melcher posted top-10 finishes to propel Huntington North to first place at the eight-team meet.

Vike harriers show strong in Wildcat Classic

A pair of top-20 finishes helped the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity cross country team capture sixth place out of 25 teams at the Wildcat Classic Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Juniors Brock Spahr and Jacob Wust led the Vikings to their high finish. Spahr captured 12th place, crossing the finish line in 16:13.5. Wust finished five spots after him, taking 17th in 16:26.

HU golfers fifth at own invitational

The Huntington University men’s golf team placed fifth at its own invitational, held Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9 at Rock Hollow Golf Course, in Peru.

At the Foresters’ No. 1 spot, Cale Carr posted a 156 to finish eighth overall out of 47 golfers. Andrew Weisheit tied for 14th by carding a 158. Zakry Cummings shot a 163, good for a share of 26th place, while Luis Esteban and Chandler Rang recorded a 168 and 181, respectively, to round out the team.

HU women harriers ninth at Twilight Invite

The Huntington University women’s cross country team finished ninth at the Twilight Invitational on Friday, Sept. 8, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Out of 115 runners, Aspen Dirr paced the Foresters by finishing in just under 20 minutes at 19:59.0 to enjoy 24th place.

Kelsey Graber, 21:14.6, and Bianca Tisdale, 21:18.6, came in next for Huntington by placing 41st and 42nd, respectively. Erin Manchess posted a time of 22:25.3 for 53rd place and rounding out the scoring was Rachael Smelser, registering a time of 22:39.4 for 55th place.

Forester harriers mid-pack at Twilight Invitational

The Huntington University men’s cross country team finished fifth out of nine teams at the Twilight Invitational on Friday, Sept. 8, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

HU netwomen trounce MVNU, 9-0

The Huntington University women’s tennis team trounced visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 9-0, on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Half of the Foresters’ six victories in singles play were of the whitewash variety. Posting 6-0, 6-0 triumphs were Meg Dolde in the second match, versus Sarah Higgins; Charlotte Seth in the fourth tilt, against Ashley Weber; and Anastasiia Evstifeeva in the fifth contest, over Shelbi Keller.

HU netmen sweep MVNU

Huntington University men’s tennis player Mariano Echevarria unleashes a big serve during his match at first doubles with Ignacio Poncio versus Danny Mayotte and Logan Gauthier, of visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University, on Saturday, Sept. 9. The Foresters routed the Cougars, 9-0.
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The Huntington University men’s tennis team swept visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 9-0, on Saturday, Sept. 9.

The Foresters, 4-2, 3-1 in Crossroads League play, blanked the Cougars in four out of the six matches in singles play. Logging those 6-0, 6-0 wins were Mariano Echevarria in the third match versus Kevin Maurer; Luke Buttermore in the fourth tilt against Vince LoPrinzi; Brody Worl in the No. 5 spot versus Eric Miller; and Mark Lewandowski in the sixth contest against Neill Vilt.

Singles wins help HU netmen edge Judson

Four wins in singles play pushed the Huntington University men’s tennis team past visiting Judson University, 5-4, on Friday, Sept. 8.

The key victory for the Foresters, 3-2, was at sixth singles, where Brody Worl upended Joshua Gronowski, 3-6, 6-3 (10-5). The team’s other solo victories came in straight sets. Ignacio Poncio defeated John Mittvick at first singles, 6-3, 6-3. Rodrigo Manzo was a 6-0, 6-3 winner over Elish Hougland at second singles. Giovanni Martinez rounded out the wins with a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Michael Bruen in the No. 3 match.

Klopfenstein goal stands up for Foresters

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Audra Klopfenstein

A second-half goal by Audra Klopfenstein lifted the Huntington University women’s soccer team to its first win of the season, a 1-0 decision versus host Aquinas College on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Klopfenstein, a senior, tallied the goal 53 seconds into the half, getting an assist from junior Tessy Geiss.

The Foresters, 1-3-1, racked up 16 shots for the game, nine of which were on goal. Junior Matéa Knispel fired three shots on frame while junior Jaime Calvin logged two.

Lady Vike golfgirls second at conference meet

A trio of top 10 performances propelled the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity golf team to second place at the Northeast 8 Conference Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Cobblestone Golf Course, in Kendallville.

Junior Laura Ham placed fifth with an 85 while junior Amara Eckert took seventh with an 89 and senior Jaclyn Boyd claimed 10th with a 94 for the Lady Vikings. Ham’s performance earned her first-team all-conference honors. Eckert received a second-team nod while Boyd was an honorable mention designee.

Lady Vike spikers 1-2 at Zionsville Tournament

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team went 1-2 at the Zionsville Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 9.

The Lady Vikings, 13-7, opened the tourney with an 0-2 loss to Zionsville, 14-25, 10-25.

Senior Kalee Platt and sophomore Macy Niswander paced Huntington North with four kills apiece. Senior Kaitlyn Stephan supported their efforts with 11 assists.

Platt also made her presence felt on defense, tallying seven digs. Niswander recorded a block.

Coach Trinda Goings’ squad bounced back in its next match, sweeping Cardinal Ritter, 25-20, 25-11.

HU spikers make quick work of SAU

The Huntington University volleyball team made quick work of visiting Spring Arbor University, dispatching the Cougars in straight sets, 3-0, on Saturday, Sept. 9.

The Foresters, 8-6, 3-1 in Crossroads League play, opened the match with a narrow 25-22 win before taking the following two sets by identical scores of 25-19 to record the sweep.

Seniors Josie Beaver and Danielle Gurwell spearheaded Huntington’s offensive attack with 12 kills apiece. Freshmen Breanna Metz and Lauren Cresse added nine and eight kills, respectively.

South Side takes measure of HNHS soccerboys

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team surrendered a goal in each half and fell to host South Side, 2-0, on Saturday, Sept. 9.

The Vikings, 6-3-1, were limited to five shots on offense. Sophomore Kyle McGinnis logged three of those shots.

Senior Sam Poling took the loss in goal for Huntington North, yielding the pair of Archer scores while recording six saves.

With the win, South Side improves to 7-1-1.

Dynamic duo again leads Lady Vike soccergirls

Hannah Tillett (left) and Karmen Koch.
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The dynamic duo of Hannah Tillett and Karmen Koch led the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team to a 9-0 rout of host South Side on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Tillett and Koch, both seniors, scored four goals apiece for the Lady Vikings, who improve to 9-0. This latest scoring spree gives Tillett 29 goals on the year and Koch 20.

Tillett also supplied three assists, which upped her season total to 24. Koch provided one assist, as did senior Sydney Kyle and sophomores Autumn Anderson and Darian Goelz.

Columbia City spoils homecoming for Vikings

The Huntington North defense stacks up Columbia City running back Jacob Wigent in action at Kriegbaum Field on Friday night, Sept. 8. The Vikings lost, 20-10.
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Columbia City spoiled homecoming night for the Huntington North High School varsity football team, sticking the Vikings with a 20-10 loss on Friday, Sept. 8.

Lady Vike spikers let match slip away

The Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team let a 2-0 lead slip away into a 2-3 loss to host Blackhawk Christian on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Now 12-5, the Lady Vikes won the first game 25-19, and the second 25-13, before falling in the next three, 21-25, 24-26, 12-15.

Maddy Robrock was a force at the net for the Lady Vikings, knocking down 14 kills and making six blocks.

Kailtyn Stephan aided the offense with 25 assists and three aces.

Kalee Platt was the digs leader with 16.

The HNHS junior varsity won, 2-0, on scores of 25-8, 15-11.

Eckert, Ham go low as HNHS golfgirls beat pair

Amara Eckert and Laura Ham both dipped under 40 and the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity golf team defeated both Manchester and Warsaw at Norwood Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Eckert and Ham both fired rounds of 39, and were backed up by Jaclyn Boyd with a 42 and Sarah Malone with a 49 for a score of 169, six strokes better than Manchester and 15 clear of Warsaw.

The Lady Vikes are now 9-3 on the season.

Danielle Gonser shot a non-scoring 51.

The Lady Vikes’ junior varsity lost to Warsaw, 212-215.

HNHS netboys sweep pst New Haven

Getting shutouts at two of three singles, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity tennis team blanked host New Haven, 5-0, on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Improving to .500 on the season at 5-5, the Vikings got 6-0, 6-0 blank jobs from Auden Eckert at first singles and Thomas Schweller at second singles. Noah Zahn at third singles got a forfeit win.

The second doubles team of Jarrett Gray and Adam Zahm were just a tick off the shutout, defeating Chase Geier and Christopher Moore, 6-0, 6-1.

HU volleyball team starts strong but falters

The Huntington University volleyball team took the opening set versus host Taylor University, but fell short in the following three frames to suffer a 1-3 defeat on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

After opening the match with a 25-18 win, the Foresters dropped the following two sets by matching scores of 19-25 before getting edged in the fourth frame, 24-26.

Huntington County Junior Golf Tourney is this Sunday

The Huntington County Junior Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, Sept. 10, at Norwood Golf Course at 10 a.m.

The nine-hole tournament is open to boys and girls in three divisions: 7 to 9 years old, 10 to 12 and 13 through eighth grade.

There is a fee to participate, which does not include the cost of a cart.

To register, contact Norwood at 356-5929 or