Cougars drub Foresters with hail lof treys

Host University of Saint Francis rained 19 three-pointers down on the Huntington University in a 96-69 pasting of the Foresters on Saturday, Dec. 4.

The 19 treys were a season-best for the 17th-ranked Cougars and dropped the Foresters to 9-7 overall, 1-3 in the crossroads League.

The hosts, 13-3, held a 44-23 lead after the first half.

Caleb Middlesworth led HU with 22 points. Konner Platt had 16 points and Peyton West added 11.

Mary J. Lee

Mary J. Lee, 62, of Huntington, IN, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at 8:36 a.m. at Oakbrook Village.  

Mrs. Lee was a homemaker.
 
She was born May 14, 1957, in Huntington to William M. and Roxie Randall Barnes.

Dennis R. Opal

Dennis R. Opal, 77, of Fort Wayne, IN and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Jan. 3, 2020, at his residence.

Rough second quarter costs Vikes against Wabash

Viking forward Jordan Hollowell passes the ball during action Friday night against Wabash at North Arena. The Vikings lost, 45-37.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A one-point second quarter was too much for the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team to overcome as it fell to visiting Wabash for the first time in 41 years, 45-37, on Friday night, Jan. 3.

The Vikings, 3-7, trailed after the first quarter only 14-12, but Wabash held a 23-13 lead by halftime. The Vikes cut the margin to seven at 34-27 after three quarters.

Sam Thompson and Jordan Hollowell each scored 10 points to lead HNHS. Hollowell also grabbed seven rebounds.

Nancy S. Leming

Nancy S. Leming, 73, of Marion, IN, and with ties to Van Buren, IN, and LaFontaine, IN, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, at Ball Memorial Hospital, in Muncie.

Mrs. Leming worked for Grant County for more than 40 years in the auditor’s office, for the Grant County clerk and the Grant County assessor’s office. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Van Buren and a 55-year member of the LaFontaine Chapter 301 O.E.S, where she was a past matron. She bowled at Crest Lanes and had won many championships over the years.  

Betty Hackelton

Betty Hackelton, 82, of Decatur, IN, and having family in Uniondale, IN, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at Adams Woodcrest.

Mrs. Hackelton worked as a hairdresser.

She was born Sept. 6, 1937, in Dewitt, AR, to Barney and Carrie Williams Ellenburg. She married George P. Hackelton, and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Terry Hackelton, of Mobile, AL; a sister, Linda Joyce (Anthony) Augustyniak, of Hoagland; a brother, Barney (Vera) Ellenburg, of Uniondale; and two sisters, Hazel Bake, of Conway, AR, and Judy (Sherman) Crisp, of Florida.

Middlesworth's 33 lead HU to big win over Siena Heights

Caleb Middlesworth scored 25 first-half points and finished with 33 on the night to lead the Huntington University men’s basketball team to a 121-61 drubbing of visiting Siena Heights on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Middlesworth, a 6-8 sophomore, hit 13 of 17 shots from the field on the night, including 5 of 6 from three-point land, as HU improved to 9-6 on the season.

Spencer Ballinger added a 7 of 11 performance from the field on his way to a 20-point effort. Konner Platt chipped in with 16 points and newcomer Tim Abel added 10 points off the bench.

David L. Erickson

David Lee Erickson, 67, of Huntington, IN, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, from congestive heart failure.

He worked as a truck driver for 20 years and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 7 in Huntington.

 He was born Nov. 15, 1952 in Huntington to Robert W. Erickson and Shirley Jean Beady Sills. His mother survives in Huntington. And his father and stejpmother, Robert and Eleanor Erickson, survive in South Whitley.

Michael D. Hammel

Michael DeWayne Hammel, 73, of rural Columbia City, IN, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at 12:58 p.m. at his home.

Mr. Hammel began school in Roanoke, then moved to Whitley County, where he graduated from Columbia Joint High School in 1964. For 37 years, he was employed as a machinist by Dana/Weatherhead, Columbia City. A competitive skeet shooter, he participated several times in the National Skeet Championship.

Ray H. Giant

Ray Henry Giant, 88, of rural Larwill, IN, and having family in Huntington County, IN, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at his home.

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