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Baseball tournament results from Huntington PAL

Tournament results from the Huntington Police Athletic League for Thursday, June 22, are as follows:

Coaches Pitch

Eagle Excavating defeated Eco Water comfortably, 18-3. Kindler Landscaping dispatched Carpet on Wheels with ease, 18-4, and Auto Brokers won big over Parkview First Care, 12-3.

The lone close game was between Metro Kiwanis and Fire Fighters, with Metro coming out on top, 9-8.

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Parkview First Care topped Novae, 17-6. Builders Mart posted an 11-3 victory over Mike’s Tree Service. ESCO Communications bested Helena Chemical, 4-2.

Firing one home


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Optimist pitcher Tylar Haney fires one home in a Pony League Tournament baseball game against American Legion on Wednesday evening, June 21, at the PAL Club.

Clear Creek names father-son, father-daughter winners

Duos comprised of fathers and sons and fathers and daughters competed in the Father’s Day Scramble at Clear Creek Golf Course, in Goblesville, on Sunday, June 18.

Ron and Jacob Vinson were the top father-son twosome while Dan Bickel and Danielle Albertson were the No. 1 father-daughter pairing.

Stan Bippus and Pat Maher placed second in the father-son competition.

Closest-to-the-pin winners were Danielle Albertson on holes 2 and 8, Ron Vinson on 11 and Glenn Hall on 14.

Huntington’s Platt named to board of Indiana state hoops hall of fame

Huntington basketball luminary Steve Platt was named a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s board of directors following the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday, June 15.

Platt, a 1996 hall of fame inductee, was one of five new members to join the board. He will serve a four-year term, beginning July 1.

Local teenager shoots first ace practicing for regional tourney

Martin Harold, of Huntington, hit a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at Stonehenge Golf Club, in Warsaw, on June 5.

Harold achieved the ace, his first ever, with a 4-iron on the 204-yard hole.

A sophomore on the Bishop Luers High School boys’ golf team, Harold accomplished the feat during a practice round for the Warsaw Regional Tournament.

Cannici competes at North/South All-Star Softball Game

Photo by Steve Clark.
Mackenzi Cannici

Mackenzi Cannici, a recently graduated standout from the Huntington North High School softball team, competed in the Indiana North/South All-Star Game on Saturday, June 17, at the Cherry Tree Softball Complex, in Carmel.

Cannici was selected as an all-star by District II coaches from the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. A shortstop and centerfielder, Cannici suited up for the North team, which won the opening game and was defeated in the second.

San Francisco Giants make HU’s Combs 35th-round pick at MLB draft

Dalton Combs, a 2017 Huntington University graduate who starred on the baseball team, will be continuing his baseball career with the San Francisco Giants organization after being selected by the team in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday, June 14.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Dalton Combs, a former standout on the Huntington University baseball team, was selected in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, June 14.

Combs, a 2017 HU graduate, was the draft’s 1,056th pick and is the ninth Forester in program history to get a chance in the big leagues. The left-hander led the Foresters in hitting in each of the last two seasons, with his biggest numbers coming this past spring when he cranked out 72 hits, 28 for extra bases, and posted a .402 batting average.

HU coaches Frame, Gower reach milestones

Doug Gower (left) and Mike Frame, head coaches of the Huntington University softball and baseball teams, respectively, hold plaques presented to them by the school for milestones they reached in their coaching careers this past season. Gower picked up his 300th win in April while Frame recorded his 800th victory in May.
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Huntington University head coaches Mike Frame and Doug Gower were recently presented with plaques to commemorate significant milestones in their baseball and softball coaching careers, respectively.

Frame, having just wrapped up his 33rd year at the helm of the HU baseball program, notched his 800th career win in the opening round of the Crossroads League tournament with an 11-1 decision over Bethel College on May 6.

Explaining the drill


Photo by Steve Clark.

Trinda Goings (middle), head coach of the Huntington North High School volleyball team, explains a drill to attendees of the school’s youth volleyball camp on Tuesday, June 13, in the Huntington North Fieldhouse. First through seventh-graders learned the fundamentals of volleyball from Goings and her players over the course of the four-day camp.

Jammin' in Roanoke


Photo by Steve Clark.

Cyclists proceed down Main Street in Roanoke on Saturday, June 17, at the outset of the Jammin’ in Roanoke cycling event, which raised funds for the Fort Wayne charity Out of a Jam, a culinary vocational skills program serving women dealing with tragedy, domestic abuse and addiction.

Soccer clinic in Roanoke July 18-21

A soccer clinic organized by the Roanoke Lions Club and the Huntington North High School girls’ soccer team will run from July 18 to July 21 at Roanoke Community Park.

The clinic will run from 9:15 a.m. to noon each day. It is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 12.

Clinic directors will be Huntington North Head Coach Jeremy Steele and Assistant Coach Chris Tillett while Huntington North players will serve as instructors.

PAL baseball scores for week ending June 10

Scores from the Police Athletic League for the week of play ending Saturday, June 10, are as follows:

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Kindler Landscaping went 4-0 to run its record to 9-0. The league leaders tallied 57 runs while holding their opposition to just five. Kindler shut out First Federal Savings Bank twice, 11-0 and 16-0, then beat Eagle Excavating, 13-4, and Eco Water, 17-1.

Eagle Excavating’s defeat was its first of the season. The league’s second-place team, 9-1, logged wins over Firefighters, 12-11, and Carpet on Wheels, 16-5.

Chesterman competes at Midwest Meet of Champions

Recent Huntington North High School graduate Elijah Chesterman competed in the 3,200-meter relay for the Indiana All-Star Team at the Midwest Meet of Champions on Saturday, June 10, at Ohio Wesleyan University, in Delaware, OH.

The Midwest Meet of Champions is a competition featuring the top seniors from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

Footwork


Photo by Steve Clark.

Graden Fields (left) displays his footwork for Steve Saddington (middle), head coach of the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity soccer team, while Jackson Garrott looks on at the Huntington North Co-ed Soccer Camp, held at the school on Wednesday, June 7.

Soccer minicamp at Bible Baptist

Bible Baptist Church, in Huntington, is hosting a soccer minicamp from Monday, June 26, to Wednesday, June 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

Open to 5-year-olds to youths who just completed sixth grade, the minicamp will feature soccer fundamentals, skill-development exercises and games.

High school, middle school and club coaches, along with college and high school players, will provide instruction.

After the minicamp’s first hour each session, there will be a 10-minute break. Parents are welcome to stay and watch every session.

Giving some direction


Photo by Steve Clark.

Heidi Lawson (left), head coach of the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, directs Harper Bailey during a drill at the Huntington North Girls’ Basketball Camp, held at the school on Wednesday, June 7.

PAL announces scores for week of May 29

Scores from the Police Athletic League for the week of play beginning Monday, May 29, are as follows:

Coaches Pitch
Eagle Excavating ran its record to 7-0 with victories over Eco Water and First Federal. The league-leaders logged wins of 13-0 and 15-5, respectively.

Kindler Landscaping remained undefeated at 5-0 with a 19-5 triumph over Auto Brokers. Firefighters moved to 6-1 with victories over Carpet on Wheels, 11-6, and C&C Auto, 18-0.

Huntington resident wins SAC golf title

Martin Harold
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Huntington resident Martin Harold, a sophomore on the Bishop Luers High School boys’ golf team, recently won the Summit Athletic Conference individual title at the SAC meet at Brookwood Golf Course, in Fort Wayne.

Harold, who played for Huntington North as a freshman, carded a 75, which was matched by Bishop Dwenger’s Luke Miller to force a playoff. On the first hole of the playoff, Harold bested Miller with a birdie.

Bishop Luers finished second to Bishop Dwenger in the team competition.

Giving some directions


Photo by Steve Clark.

Craig Teagle, head coach of the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team, directs third and fourth-graders at the team’s youth basketball camp on Thursday, June 1, in the school’s fieldhouse. The camp spanned four days and saw third through eighth-graders receive instruction from the team’s coaching staff and players.

Explaining the drill


Photo by Steve Clark.

Peter Kitchen (left), assistant coach of the Huntington North High School boys’ tennis team, takes a moment to explain the end of a drill to Noah Bolinger at the school’s youth tennis camp on Thursday, June 1. Boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade learned about the sport from the school’s coaches and players over the course of the four-day camp.

Speeding at Lake Clare


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Colin Handy leads his brother Connor Handy during a race at the Harry Brinkman Memorial  Regatta on Saturday, June 3, at Lake Clare in Huntington. The races, sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association, will also be held today, Sunday, June 4, from noon until 6 p.m.

Fishers stops Vikings in baseball regional semifinal

Huntington North's Elliott Lesperance bangs out a single in the top of the sixth inning against Fisher in the Lafayette Baseball Regional on Saturday, June 3. The Vikings lost to the third-ranked Tigers, 2-0, to end their season.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North High School baseball team gave third-ranked Fishers everything it wanted but couldn't quite get runners across the dish and fell 2-0 in the first game of the Lafayette Regional on Saturday, June 3.

The Vikings gave up single runs in the first and fourth innings and couldn't put any numbers on the scoreboard against the 27-5 Tigers to finish the year at 17-9. They left seven runners on base in the contest, including leaving the bases loaded in the first inning.

Chesterman makes final HNHS run a great one at state track meet

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Elijah Chesterman

Elijah Chesterman made his last appearance in a Huntington North uniform a great one as he placed sixth in the 800-meter run at the Indiana State Boys Track Meet at Indiana University on Friday, June 2, to earn all-state status.

Chesterman, a recently graduated senior, went a personal best 1:54.92 to finish as the second-faster 800 runner in school history and score four points for HNHS at the meet.

Samuel Voelz, of New Palestine, won the 800 with a time of 1.52.60.

Viking boys ninth at golf sectional

The Huntington North High School boys' golf team placed ninth among 11 teams at the Warsaw Golf Sectional on Friday, June 2, at Rozella Golf Course.

The Vikings fired a score of 354, with Nolan Betterly, Luke Pulver and Jack Young each posting scores of 87. Bramely Shultz shot a 93 to complete the scoring, and Hank Pulver had a non-scoring 95.

Warsaw won the meet with a total of 309, and will be joined at next week's Warsaw regional by Plymouth and Culver Academies, who both fired scores of 319, with Plymouth taking second on fifth golfer.

HU women netters are tops in grade point for year

The Huntington University women’s tennis team captured the school’s Academic Excellence Award for the 2016-17 sports season.

The annual award goes to the team with the highest team grade point average for the year. The women’s tennis team finished with a GPA of 3.559.

The women’s basketball team was runner-up, posting a GPA of 3.530, followed by women’s bowling, 3.481; women’s track, 3.474; women’s soccer, 3.471; men’s basketball, 3.419; softball, 3.414; and women’s cross country, 3.396.

Six Vikings on all NE8 baseball squad

The Northeast Eight Conference has named six members of the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team to all-conference squads.

Collin Landrum led the way for the Viking contingent as a first-team all-conference honoree. The junior was one of three outfielders to receive that distinction.

Three Huntington North players received second-team all-conference spots. The trio, all juniors, included corner infielder Jarret Gray, middle infielder Ian McCutcheon and outfielder Logan Moreland.

Boat races will return to Lake Clare this weekend

The seventh annual Harry Brinkman Memorial Regatta, featuring races sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association, will be held Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, at Lake Clare, in Huntington.

Testing starts at 11 a.m. and races begin at noon, continuing until approximately 6 p.m.

Championship races will be run on Saturday.
About 100 boats will race in more than a dozen categories.
In addition to the races, there will be an antique engine display.

Hiers, Forney team up to launch motorcycle races

Ken Forney (left) and Jeff Hiers have teamed up to create Forney Farms Flat Track Motorcycle Racing. A track owned by Forney in Warren will host half-mile flat track motorcycle races from June 10 through Oct. 22. Hiers, a retired professional motorcycle racer from Huntington, will promote the races.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Jeff Hiers remembers the first time he rode a motorcycle on Ken Forney’s track in Warren.

The track had only ever been utilized for horses since its construction in 1968, but Hiers, a professional motorcycle racer, received permission to exhibit his skills on it for a TV station from Fort Wayne.

“When I rode back here in ’96, I don’t think I ever shut the throttle off,” recollects Hiers. “I was 100 miles an hour all the way around the track, wide open.”

Vikings shade No. 10 Homestead for baseball sectional crown

The Huntington North High School baseball team defeated Homestead, 2-1, to win the Huntington North Sectional on Monday, May 29, at Forest Glen Park. The Vikings advance to the Lafayette Jefferson Regional, where they will face Fishers on Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. Team members are (front row from left) Manager Matt Warner, Ian McCutcheon, Collin Landrum, CJ Landrum, Mason Landrum, Logan Moreland, Elliott Lesperance, Levi Bennett, Assistant Coach Blake Hohlbein and (back row from left) assistant coaches Sam Ryan, Andrew Drummond, Gary Mast and Jamon Hammel and Sam Daugherty, Jarret Gray, Cody Barton, Mason Anderson, Dane Fife, Trey Williams, Gage Sandlin, Patrick Miller, Ethan Froehlke, Zach Daugherty, Keegan Bartrom, Head Coach Jared Hammel and Assistant Coach Nick Miller.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School baseball team conquered postseason nemesis Homestead, 2-1, in the championship game of the Huntington North Sectional on Monday, May 29, at Forest Glen Park.

Entering the game, the Vikings had seen their season ended by the Spartans in sectional play for five years in a row. This season, however, would prove to be different as Coach Jared Hammel’s squad scored both its runs in the opening frame and then stymied the No. 10 Homestead offense from there to claim the program’s first sectional crown since 2011.

Homestead edges Lady Vikings on last-inning rally in sectional championship

Huntington North's Aubrie Eckert hits the dirt as she steals second base against Homestead at the Homestead Softball Sectional championship game on Saturday afternoon, May 27.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Host Homestead pushed across the game-winning run on an error and a hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the Huntington North High School softball team, 4-3, in the championship game of the Homestead Softball Sectional on Saturday, May 27.

The Lady Vikings, 15-9, had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth on Hannah Middlebrooks' bases-loaded double off the left-center field fence, but Homestead, 20-6, used another of four HNHS errors and another hit to knot the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth.

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