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Viking swimmers eighth at Norwell Invite

The Huntington North High School boys’ swim team tallied 23 points to place eighth at the Norwell Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Junior Keegan Mautz and sophomore Nathan York each posted a top-10 finish for the Vikings. Mautz placed 10th in the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 1:00.08. With a clocking of 1:13.24, York claimed 10th in the 100-yard backstroke.

Mautz additionally swam to 11th place in the 200-yard individual medley, stopping the timer in 2:34.61. York took 12th in the 50-yard freestyle, coming home in :26.96.

Viking wrestlers 2-1 at triple dual

The Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team posted a 2-1 record at a Northeast 8 Conference triple dual meet on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Vikings suffered a 37-33 setback to New Haven, but triumphed over Columbia City, 42-35, and Leo, 39-30.

Going undefeated for Huntington North, 8-2, were Preston Teusch, Darryn Kuhl, Jacob Hall and Ricky Haught.

Free-throw gods favor HU women at end in win over IU Northwest

The free-throw gods finished the game on the side of the Huntington University women’s basketball team in a 57-55 win over host IU Northwest.

After fighting back from a first-half deficit of 11 points, HU, 9-3, was up by three points after missing a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds left, but  Northwest’s Gina Rubino  couldn’t knock down the three free throws she needed to for a tie as time expired.

Aquinas' Arrington too much for HU in 85-73 loss

Aquinas College’s Arsenio Arrington almost doubled his season average by pouring in 29 points as the visiting Saints handed the Huntington University men’s basketball team an 85-73 loss on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Arrington, a 6-9 senior, came into the game averaging 16.1 points, but the Chicago native outdid that in a big way to send the Foresters to their seventh loss in 13 outings this season.

Lady Vikes hang tough, but finally fall to 10-2 Marion

Host Marion took control in the final minutes of the game to down the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, 56-50, on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Lady Vikes, 5-6, battled the 10-2 Lady Giants even through the first three quarters, leading by a single point at 39-38 heading into the final frame.

Rileigh Johnson had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lady Vikings, while Hollyn Anderson added 13 points and Maddy Robrock added 12.

Marion was led by Jazmyn Turner with 22 points and Rashaya Kyle with 17.

Viking cagers blast Manchester behind Pulver, Daugherty

Huntington North's Hank Pulver unleashes a three-pointer over Manchester's Kamdyn Lester in action at North Arena on Saturday, Dec. 9. Pulver had a game-high 18 as the Vikings won big, 59-32.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Hank Pulver and Zac Daugherty combined for more points than the entire visiting Manchester  team as the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team blasted the Squires, 59-32, on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Viking juniors rang up 34 points as HNHS glided to its season-opening fifth straight win. Pulver knocked down a game-high 18 points and Daugherty was right behind with 16.

Pulver also had game-highs with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots on the night.

Lady Vikes put defensive hammer down on New Haven in big win

(From left) Maddy Robrock, Rileigh Johnson and Karmen Koch.
Photos by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team got off to a nice lead early and then put the defensive hammer down in the second half in a 61-29 laugher over visiting New Haven on Friday, Dec. 8.

The Lady Vikings, 5-5, took a 17-9 lead after the first quarter and carried a 27-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. Coach Heidi Lawson’s squad then notched up the defense, limiting the Lady Bulldogs to only four points in the third frame and just six in the final quarter.

SA gets measure of Lady Vike swimmers

Laney Shaw and the 400-yard relay team got the only wins on the evening for the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team as it lost to host South Adams, 100-80, on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Shaw, a sophomore, touched the wall in 1:01.97 to claim the 100-yard freestyle.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team came home in 4:47.32 for its win and was composed of Alayna Stroup, Morgan Cogar, Anna Manry and Alyssa Brinkman.

Shaw also placed second for HNHS in the 50-yard freestyle, in :27.92, with Brinkman third in :30.65.

Viking swimmers fall to South Adams

The Huntington North High School boys’ swim team lost to host South Adams, 110-57, on Thursday, Dec. 7.

The Vikings only had one win on the evening, capturing the final event, the 400-yard relay. The team of Keegan Mautz, Aidan Miller, Conner Mason and Nathan York touched the wall in 4:14.36 for the win.

Viking wrestlers blast Norwell

The Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team trounced visiting Norwell, 57-16, on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Posting wins for the Vikings, 6-1, were Preston Teusch, Darryn Kuhl, Jacob Hall, Ricky Haught and Matthew Kline. Also winning were Adrien George, Clay Bryce, Charlie Agnew, Dayne Pefley and Christian Graft.

In junior varsity action, Huntington North and Norwell tied, 6-6.

Big third quarter carries Grace by HU women

A big third quarter by host Grace College helped the Lancers stick the Huntington University women’s basketball team with a 67-61 loss on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Arnold to pitch for Grace


Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Kendra Arnold (seated center) signs a letter of intent on Monday, Dec. 4, to continue her softball career at Grace College. Present at the signing are her father (seated left), Mike, and mother (seated right), Traci, and (standing from left) Grace Head Softball Coach Nora Reece, HNHS Head Softball Coach Paris Seibold and HNHS Assistant Softball Coach Pete Eckert.

Tillett is all-state first team, Koch third team for soccer heroics

Hannah Tillett (left) and Karmen Koch were chosen to the all-state girls' soccer first and third team, respectively, by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association.
Photos by Steve Clark.

Huntington North senior Hannah Tillett was named a first team all state selection by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association.

Her teammate, fellow senior Karmen Koch, was honored with a third team all state nod by the coaches group.

Tillett led the 16-2 Lady Vikes with 45 goals, 40 assists and 130 points this season.

Koch was the Lady Vikes runner-up in all three categories, tallying 31 goals, passing out 16 assists and piling up 78 points.

Arens has career night as HU men stop Grace

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Tyler Arens

Junior forward Tyler Arens had a career night with 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Huntington University men’s basketball team to a 92-83 triumph over host Grace College on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The 6-8 Arens nailed 11 of 13 shots from the floor and all eight of his free throw tries as HU upped its record to 6-6 on the season, 2-2 in the Crossroads League.

R. Johnson leads Lady Vikes over Manchester

Rileigh Johnson had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team to a 50-37 win over visiting Manchester on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The Lady Vikings, 4-5, got out to a 17-13 lead after the first quarter and upped the margin to 30-17 by halftime. The Lady Squires cut the margin to 36-28 after three quarters but HNHS held on and expanded the lead in the final frame.

Maddy Robrock chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Karmen Koch and Hollyn Anderson each scored eight points.

Mason, Mautz, York lead Viking swimboys past Blackford

The trio of Conner Mason, Keegan Mautz and Nathan York led the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team to a 79-71 victory over visiting Blackford on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Each member of the triumvirate logged first and second place finishes, plus swam legs on two first place relay teams.

Mason won the 100-yard backstroke, clocking it at 1:18.11. The senior put forth his silver effort in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 1:18.34.

North swimgirls dominate Blackford

Anna Manry, a freshman on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, competes in the 200-yard individual medley during a meet against visiting Blackford on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The Lady Vikings won big, 116-50.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ swim team dominated visiting Blackford, 116-50, on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Macy Lange and Allie Aschliman highlighted the Lady Vikings’ domination with two victories apiece. Lange, a junior, topped the 200-yard individual medley in 2:41.41, followed by the 100-yard freestyle in 1:02.76. Aschliman, a sophomore, took the 200-yard freestyle in 2:20.51, then followed it up with a win in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 1:13.12.

HU midfielder NAIA All-American honorable mention

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Matea Knispel

Matéa Knispel, a junior on the Huntington University women’s soccer team, has been recognized as an honorable mention All-American by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Knispel, just the second Forester in program history to earn All-American honors, finished the year with 18 goals for 36 points to help guide her team to an overall record of 10-8-2 and a fourth-place finish in the Crossroads League with a 5-3-1 mark.

Frosh wins twice as HU kicks off indoor track season

Freshman Benedicte Nzombi-Fenner was a double-winner for the Huntington University women’s track team as it competed at the Sean Brady Conditioner on Saturday, Dec. 2, against host Trine University and Grace College.

Logan Daniel claimed the only win of the day for the HU men as they also competed at the meet.

Nzombi-Fenner, a freshman, ran into third place in the HU record books by winning the 60-meter dash in :08.06. She also won the long jump at 4.91meters, another mark that landed her in the top 10 in the HU record book.

Vikings to 4-0 with win over Warsaw

A dominant first half propelled the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team over host Warsaw, 44-36, on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Coach Craig Teagle’s squad owned both ends of the court in the opening half. Offensively, the Vikings sizzled the nets, draining 11 of 16 shots from the field – with a 5 of 7 effort from three-point land – for 68.8 percent. Defensively, they let the Tigers convert only three of 19 field goal attempts for a mere 15.8 percent. Huntington North charged out to a 16-3 lead in the first quarter and upped its advantage to 28-8 by halftime.

No. 23 IWU slips past HU women

Huntington University point guard Maddie Richer drives past Jene'e Goodwin of Indiana Wesleyan University on the baseline in action Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2, at Platt Arena. The Foresters lost to the No. 23 Wildcats, 60-59.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University women’s basketball team got edged by visiting Indiana Wesleyan University, 60-59, on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with the Crossroads League rivals playing to four deadlocks before the end buzzer. After the second of those ties, a 52-52 knot at the 4:59 mark, junior Brooke Saylor scored to give Huntington the lead, but 23rd-ranked Indiana Wesleyan countered with a three-pointer by Katie Key and a basket by Nicole Ignasiak to go in front, 57-54, with 3:34 remaining.

Second-half scoring spree leads HU men past No. 4 IWU

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Mike Bush

A second-half scoring spree propelled the Huntington University men’s basketball team to an 87-84 upset of fourth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Platt Arena.

Vikes hang on to beat Southwood, 49-46

Trey Williams (right), a junior on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team, fires a shot from three-point land over Southwood’s Dallas Holmes during a game on Friday, Dec. 1, at North Arena. The Vikings held on for a 49-46 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

After giving back a 17-point second quarter lead, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team hung on for a 49-46 win over visiting Southwood on Friday, Dec. 1.

The Vikings saw a 28-11 advantage late in the second quarter turned into a 34-34 tie by the end of the third frame and had to scramble in the final quarter to improve their record to 3-0 on the season.

Fourth quarter burst pushes Norwell past Lady Vikes

A big fourth quarter by host Norwell was too much for the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team could handle as the Lady Vikings fell, 60-45, on Friday, Dec. 1.

The Lady Vikings, 3-5, led at halftime, 24-22, and trailed by only one point at 39-38 heading into the final frame before Norwell, 4-2, ripped off a 21-7 closing frame to win going away.

Riley Johnson led HNHS with a game-high 18 points and six rebounds. Hollyn Anderson added eight points and seven assists.

'Krewald Show' leads Foresters past Bethel

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Brooke Saylor

Hailey Krewald scored nine of her 12 points for the game late in the second quarter to help give the Huntington University women’s basketball team a 13-point halftime edge and the Foresters went on to beat visiting Bethel, 66-52, on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Brooke Saylor matched a team record with 21 rebounds and added 13 points, a career-high six blocks and a team-best four assists as HU improved to 8-1 overall, 2-0 in Crossroads League play.

‘Christmas Clash’ wrestling show back again

In character as KC Thunder, Kasey Geyer (foreground) gazes out at the crowd during last year’s Christmas Clash wrestling show. The event will return this week on Saturday, Dec. 2, at First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall on the Huntington County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. Geyer, a Huntington native, says this year’s show will help support local charity Mittens for Millions, which collects and distributes winter apparel to those in need.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Kasey Geyer got so busy planning last year’s Christmas Clash that he forgot to check if his wrestling boots still fit.

Geyer wrestled professionally for many years and sought to bring a wrestling event to his hometown, Huntington. To that end, he set out to organize the first-ever Christmas Clash, a W.A.R. Wrestling event. In addition to helping arrange the show,

5th grade Junior Lady Vikes win it all


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The Junior Lady Vikes fifth-grade basketball team won the Jay County League Championship on Nov. 12. Team members are (front row from left) Ava Geiger, Molly Daugherty, Addi Funk, Brookelynn Buzzard, Leah Hertel and Camryn Working; and (back row from left) Haiden Bailey, Grace Michel, Emma Daugherty, Hannah Haupert, Marisa Trout and Coach Phil Bailey.

7th grade Junior Lady Vikes are tops


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The Junior Lady Vikes seventh-grade basketball team captured the Jay County League Championship on Nov. 12. Team members are (front row from left) Avery Bonewitz, Hannah Szelis, Alysse Geiger and Emma Szelis; and (back row from left) Coach Stacy Wiley, Emma Holzinger, Skyla Tomasek, Taylor Double, Kianna Jennings and Coach Kamie Tomasek. Not pictured is Gabby Leichty.

Mautz gets lone win for Vike swimmers in loss to EN

Keegan Mautz got the lone win of the evening for the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team as it lost to host East Noble, 117-50, on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Mautz touched in first in the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:32.42 as HNHS dropped to 0-3 on the season.

Mautz also got a second for the Vikings in the 100-yard freestyle, in :59.39.

Conner Mason added seconds in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle, touching home in 2:30.31in the shorter race and 6:37.71 in the longer.

East Noble swims past Lady Vikes

Five second place finishes were the best the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team could do against host East Noble on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in a 123-53 loss.

Allie Aschliman took a pair of seconds, Laney Shaw got one and the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams also got runner-up spots as HNHS dropped to 3-3 on the season.

Aschliman was runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley, in 2:34.99, and the 100-yard butterfly, in 1:07.25, and Shaw was No. 2 in the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:02.73.

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