Velma M. Gardner

Velma M. Gardner, 98, of LaFontaine, IN, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Rolling Meadows Health Care Center in LaFontaine.

Mrs. Gardner graduated from Sweetser High School in 1928. She was a homemaker and had worked at the JCPenney Co.

She was born Dec. 21, 1910, in Converse to Ora L. and Dorotheabelle Julian Highley. She married Kenneth A. Gardner on March 4, 1931. Her husband preceded her in death on March 3, 2009.

Tackett leads HNHS golfers to third at Rochester invite

E.J. Tackett's fourth place finish helped lead the Huntington North High School boys' golf team to a third place finish Saturday, May 2, at the Rochester Golf Invitational.

Tackett fired a 78 as HNHS finished with a score of 335, just four strokes off the first place number of Tippecanoe Valley. Rochester placed second with a 332.

Culver and Peru finished right behind HNHS in the 14-team invitational with matching scores of 338.

Drabenstot, Sands lead HNHS track boys to fifth at Lime City Relays

Rex Drabenstot won the shot put and Rob Sands scored highly in three events to lead the Huntington North High School boys' track team to a fifth place finish at its own Lime City Relays on Saturday, May 2.

Drabenstot took the shot with a throw of 55-4 for the only Viking win of the day, and Sands helped the HNHS cause in a big way by placing second in the long jump and 300-meter hurdles and third in the 110-meter hurdles.

Harris leads track girls to third at Lime City Relays

A pair of second place finishes by Alli Harris led the Huntington North High School girls' track team to third place in their own Lime City Relays on Saturday, May 2.

Harris, a senior, was runner-up in the shot put and discus to help HNHS accumulate 110 points on the day.

Carroll won the girls' competition with 145 points and Hamilton Southeastern scored 132. Northrop was just a point behind HNHS at 109 in the eight-team field.

Lund's pitching too much for Anderson as Lady Vikes sweep in softball

Maureen Lund got two wins on the mound - including a no-hitter in the first game - to lead the Huntington North High School softball team to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Anderson, 4-2 and 5-4.

Lund came on in relief in the second contest and got the victory as the Lady Vikings rallied back from a 4-1 deficit in the seventh inning. Lund helped her own cause with a two-run single, and she also scored the winning run.

Helping the Lady Vikes climb to 6-2 on the season, Lund had 13 strikeouts in the opener.

West's homer, 5 RBI in second game lead Vikings to split on diamond

Joey West.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Joey West hit a home run and knocked in five runs to lead the Huntington North High School baseball team to a 14-3 second game romp and split of its doubleheader with Muncie Central at Huntington North on Saturday, May 2.

Taylor Harris went 4 for 4, scored three runs and knocked in two as the Vikings banged out 13 hits to up their record to 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the North Central Conference.

The Vikings lost the opener 3-1.

Ruth Hasler

Ruth Marie Hasler, 89, of Uniondale, IN, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 12:24 p.m. at her daughter’s home in Farmington Hills, MI.

Rachel M. Ruppert

Rachel Marie Ruppert, 5, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having Huntington County, IN, relatives, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

She was born Jan. 22, 2004.

She is survived by her parents, Chris and Michelle Ruppert, of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Ryan Ruppert and Alex Ruppert, both of Fort Wayne; and grandparents, Mike and Linda Dennis, of Roanoke, and Dave and Carolyn Ruppert of Huntington.

Jennifer L. Primeau

Jennifer L. Primeau, 44, of Huntington, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at 8:07 p.m. at her home.

Mrs. Primeau was a graduate of Huntington North High School and the Vital for Healthy Living School of Massage Therapist in Fort Wayne. She worked as a stacker for Square D in Huntington for more than four years and Hayes Lemmerz for 14 years as a painter. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 85 of Huntington.

Bobby C. Thompson

Bobby Carl Thompson, 70, of Palm Bay, FL, and having family members in Huntington County, IN, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at his home.

Mr. Thompson retired in 1990 from the K-mart Distribution Center in Fort Wayne, where he worked for more than 22 years as a forklift driver. He served as ordained mister for many years in Huntington. He worked as a contractor in Huntington for many years after working in the coal mines of Kentucky.

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