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Foresters open baseball season with split in Tennessee

Senior Alex McCutcheon threw three-hit ball for 5.2 innings in the first game of a doubleheader split with host Bethel, of Tennessee, on Saturday, Feb. 15, to start its 2020 season.

The Foresters won the opener, 3-1, but got shaded in the second game, 2-1.

McCutcheon, a left-hander, fanned seven batters while walking just one to pick up the win. Camden Dice, a junior transfer, pitched 1.1 innings of hitless ball to pick up the save in his debut in Forester green.

Rongos comes off HU bench to lead Foresters to win

Alaina Rongos came off the bench with a team-high 21 points to lead the Huntington University women’s basketball team past host Bethel, 84-75, on Saturday afternoon.

Rongos, a freshman from Fort Wayne, nailed 10 of 15 shots from the field to lead five HU players in double figures. Dazia Drake had 13 points off the bench and starters Erin Mohr, Sam Hammel and Sarah Fryman each chipped in 10 as HU improved to 19-8 on the season, 8-7 in Crossroads League play.

Platt, Middlesworth lead HU men to upset of No. 9 Bethel

Konner Platt and Caleb Middlesworth combined for 50 points to lead the Huntington University men’s basketball team to an 83-79 upset over No. 9 host Bethel University on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Klajd Kiri hit a shot from the lane to put HU up 68-67 with 8:07 left to play and the Foresters defended the lead like their lives depended upon it the rest of the way to knot their season record at 14-14, 6-10 in the Crossroads League.

Vikes' McCune heading to state wrestling meet

Huntington North High School senior Darryn Kuhl is on top of Payne Blackburn of Delta in their first-round match at 126 pounds at the New Haven Wrestling Semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 15. Blackburn went on to win and ended Kuhl's season at 29-5.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Cody McCune placed third at the New Haven Wrestling Semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 15, and earned a trip to the state meet this coming weekend.

McCune, 36-2, defeated Eli Hilger of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, 7-0, in the consolation finals to be one of the top four finishers at 152 pounds and thus punch his ticket to the state meet in Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22.

Vikes rally big to force OT, but lose to South, 54-52

A furious fourth-quarter rally got the game into overtime but the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team came up a little short in extra frame in a 54-52 loss to host Fort Wayne South Side on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Vikings, 6-13, trailed after three quarters of play, 48-35, but outscored the hosts 16-3 in the final frame to knot things at 41-all by the end of regulation. South, however, outscored the Vikes 3-1 in the extra period to pull out the win.

One win, several school marks highlight HU men's track team effort at CL indoors

The Huntington University men’s track team came away with only one championship but had several school records in a sixth-place effort at the Crossroads League Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend at Indiana Wesleyan.

The Foresters’ lone win came from the distance medley relay team of Elijah Chesterman, Peyton Depriest, Josiah Sovine and Adrien Gentie, which won in a school-record and national qualifying time of 10:19.58.

Stoffel claims three individual titles at CL indoor championships

Hannah Stoffel won three individual titles in meet record times as the Huntington University women’s track team took fourth place at the third annual Crossroads League Indoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend at Indiana Wesleyan.

Aspen Dirr added also won an individual title in a meet record time as HU won a total of seven events.

Viking frosh win twice more

The Huntington North High School freshman boys’ basketball team won two more games in the last few days to improve its overall record to 16-1 on the season.

The Viking frosh defeated host Fort Wayne South Side, 42-24, on Saturday, Feb. 15, after stopping visiting Norwell, 43-13, on Friday night, Feb. 14.

Wes Huff had 13 points and six rebounds against South Side. Tiler Carr added eight points and Brayden Vogt had six points.

Landon Moreland added to the mix with four assists and four steals.

Vikings scare Norwell big-time before falling

Huntington North High School guard Zach Hubbartt launches a jumper over the Norwell defense on Friday night, Feb. 14, at North Arena. The Vikings lost 49-47 to the 18-1 Knights.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team had a big start and a big finish, but couldn’t quite make up for a mediocre middle and lost to visiting Norwell, 49-47, on Friday night, Feb. 14.

The Vikings, 6-12, had every intention of upsetting the now 18-1 Knights as they jumped off to a 17-10 lead after the first quarter. But Norwell knotted the game at 25-all by halftime and went into the final frame with a 40-31 lead before HNHS mounted a comeback that just fell short.

McDonald to run for HU


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School senior Meg McDonald (front center) signs a letter of intent to run cross country and track for Huntington University on Wednesday after, Feb. 12, at HNHS. Looking on are (front row from left) her parents, Lisa and Brad McDonald and (back row from left) HU Assistant Track Coach Joel Childs, HNHS Head Track Coach Brian Milton, HU Head Cross Country and Track Coach Nick Johnson and HU Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach Lauren Johnson.

Hosler to kick for USF


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School senior Aidan Hosler (front center) signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Saint Francis on Wendesday afdternoon at HNHS. Joining him for the signing are (front from left) his parents, Kriston and Ryan Hosler and (back row from left) HNHS Head Coach Bob Prescott, USF Assistant Coach Eric Wagoner and HNHS Assistant Coach Andy Tharp.

Robrock to play V-ball at HU


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School senior Morgan Robrock (front center) signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Huntington University on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 12, at HNHS. Looking on are (front from left) her parents, Shaan and Brad Robrock and (back row from left) HNHS Head Volleyball Coach Trinda Goings and HU Head Coach Kelsey Herber.

Fryman notches another 30-pointer, but HU loses

A 31-point effort by Sarah Fryman wasn’t enough for the Huntington University women’s basketball team as it lost, 56-52 to visiting Indiana Wesleyan University on Wednesday night, Feb. 12.

Fryman banged in 12 of 23 shots from the field and knocked down 5 of 5 free throw tries to finish with 31 points on the night, but it wasn’t enough to stop HU from getting its eighth loss of the season against 19 wins. HU is 8-7 in Crossroads League play.

No. 21 IWU improved to 20-7 on the season, 11-4 in the CL.

No. 3 IWU drubs HU men

Huntington University center Klajd Kiri goes up for a short jumper over Seth Maxwell of Indiana Wesleyan University in action at Platt Arena on Tuesday night, Feb. 11. The Foresters lost to the No. 3 Wildcats, 97-64.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington University men’s basketball team suffered a 97-64 drubbing at the hands of Indiana Wesleyan University on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Platt Arena.

The Foresters struggled to get going on offense versus the No. 3 Wildcats, shooting just 38.2 percent from the field on 21 of 55 marksmanship. The visitors experienced no such troubles, sinking 36 of 60 field goal attempts for a sizzling 60 percent. Their offensive prowess, coupled with their defensive tenacity, helped them craft a 48-22 lead by halftime, forcing the hosts to play catch up throughout the second stanza.

Huntington County Baseball hailing 70 years

The upcoming Huntington County Baseball season is a special one, with the youth baseball and softball organization celebrating its 70th season.

It’s a milestone that Jeff Phillips, president of the Huntington County Baseball Board of Directors, is proud of.

“I’ve been doing baseball for a long time and I’ve talked to a lot of people that can’t believe that a rec league like ours has lasted 70 years,” he says. “That’s a big thing.”

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