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Vike grapplers done at semi-state

The season came to an end for the three remaining members of the Huntington North High School wrestling team with first-round defeats at the New Haven Semi-State, held Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne.

Charlie Agnew, at 195 pounds, lost via decision while Eli Parrett, at 182, and Darryn Kuhl, at 106, both got defeated by pins.

Agnew, a sophomore, lost 14-8 to Isaiah Baumgartner, of South Adams. He finishes the season 16-13.

Helmich places 30th at state swim meet


Emma Helmich

Emma Helmich, a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, placed 30th in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly at the Indiana Girls’ Swimming State Finals, held Friday, Feb. 10, at the Indiana University Natatorium, in Indianapolis.

Helmich touched the wall in 1:01.57 for her placement in the 32-swimmer field.

A top-eight finish would have qualified Helmich for the finals while placing ninth through 16th would have earned her a spot in the consolation finals, which were both held the following day, Saturday, Feb. 11.

Marian's late run sticks HU women with loss

Miranda White (left), a junior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, maneuvers around a defender from visiting Marian University in the lane during a game on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Foresters fell to the Knights, 84-74.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A late run helped visiting Marian University stick the Huntington University women’s basketball team with an 84-74 loss on Saturday, Feb. 11.

With the Foresters leading by a single tally, 72-71, with four minutes left in the game, the fourth-ranked Knights ended the game on a 13-2 scoring spree to seize the lead and escape Platt Arena with the win.

Jessica Almeida scored four points during the run to finish with a game-high 21 for Marian, 25-3, 15-1 in the Crossroads League.

Marian humbles Forester hoop team

The Huntington University men’s basketball team got handed a 77-60 loss by visiting Marian University on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The Foresters trailed 45-34 after the first half and by as many as 20 points in the second to drop to 15-13, 6-10 in Crossroads League play.

Huntington went 26 of 56 from the field for 46.4 percent, which included a frosty 4 of 22 effort from beyond the arc. The Foresters added four points in six attempts at the free throw line for 66.7 percent.

Balanced Vikings dispatch Wayne

Mitchell Geller (right), a junior on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team, attempts a jumper in the lane in front of Wayne defender Craig Young during a game on Saturday, Feb. 11, at North Arena. The Vikings defeated the Generals, 60-44.
Photo by Steve Clark.

With a balanced offensive effort, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team dispatched Wayne, 60-44, on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Four players posted double-digit point totals for the Vikings, who picked up their 16th win against just five losses. Sophomore Zach Daugherty led the scoring with 16 points. Senior Hunter Hollowell tallied 15 points while seniors Chazz Bruce and Luke Pulver netted 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Bruce also corralled 10 rebounds to notch a double-double for Huntington North, which got edged on the boards, 28-25.

Vikings finish off undefeated season in NE8 with win over Norwell

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team capped an undefeated season in the Northeast 8 Conference with a 49-42 win over host Norwell on Friday, Feb. 10.

With their 7-0 record, the Vikings won the conference title outright, avoiding a tie with 6-1 New Haven.

Sluggish start costs HU women in loss to USF

The Huntington University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a sluggish start and fell to host University of Saint Francis, 73-62, on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The Foresters trailed their Crossroad League foes by eight points at the end of the first quarter, 17-9, and by 19 after the second, 40-21, and the third, 60-41, making it a challenge to mount a comeback in the fourth.

EJ Tackett wins PBA Player of Year

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EJ Tackett

After a year in which he won four titles, one of which was his first career major, Huntington’s EJ Tackett was named the 2016 GEICO Chris Schenkel Player of the Year for the Professional Bowlers Association on Sunday, Feb. 5.

PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark made the announcement during the Main Event Terrell Owens PBA Super Clash, which was held in Katy, TX, and aired live on ESPN. The player of the year accolade is voted on by PBA members and international bowling news media representatives.

Youth baseball leagues in Huntington County taking registrations

IntriCut pitcher Corbin Harmon prepares to fire a pitch during his team’s tournament game against Wayne Metals last season in the 11U Little League Tournament for Huntington County Baseball at Homier Park. The youth baseball leagues of Huntington County are now accepting registrations for their upcoming seasons.
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Youth baseball leagues in Huntington County are now accepting registrations for their upcoming seasons.

Huntington County Baseball
Huntington County Baseball is accepting registrations through Feb. 28.

Swimboys wrap up regular season with loss

The Huntington North High School boys’ swim team wrapped up its regular season with a 142-35 loss to host Bluffton on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Cody Barton posted the Vikings’ lone win at the meet, topping the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:17.52. The senior was also a silver finisher in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 1:10.81.

Nathan York logged second and third place finishes for Huntington North. The freshman was runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:09.49, and the bronze finisher in the 200-yard individual medley, in 3:05.75.

HU men fall to USF, 87-72

The Huntington University men’s basketball team fell to host University of Saint Francis, 87-72, on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The Foresters trailed the No. 19 Cougars by just three points at halftime, 44-41, but their Crossroads League foes pulled away in the second half, outscoring them by 12.

Huntington, 15-12, 6-9 in league play, got 16 points apiece from senior Daniel Woll and junior Mike Bush, who also dished out nine assists. Junior Trevor Lockwood produced 12 points and seven rebounds while sophomore Mason Coverstone netted 10 points.

No. 2 Lady Spartans sink Lady Vikes in sectional final

The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team with a 93-51 defeat at the hands of Homestead in the championship game of the Homestead Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The Lady Vikings, finishing the year at 13-11, advanced to the title game with a 54-42 victory over Muncie Central on Friday, Feb. 3, in semifinals that snapped a six-year postseason losing streak.

Wall of defenders


Photo by Steve Clark.

Larissa Johnson (left), a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team, runs into a wall of Homestead defenders during the championship game of the Homestead Girls' Basketball Sectional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Lady Vikings lost to the second-ranked Lady Spartans, 93-51, ending their season.

Lady Vike swimmer Helmich heading back to state

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.
Emma Helmich

Emma Helmich is heading back to the state finals after winning the 100-yard butterfly for the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team at the finals of the Warsaw Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Helmich, a senior, advanced to state in the 100 butterfly in 2015. She punched her ticket there again with a golden finish in 1:00.53, which broke the Huntington North school record.

Tough shot


Photo by Steve Clark.

Rileigh Johnson (left), a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team, attempt to get off a shot underneath the hoop with Muncie Central defender DeKayla Elliott closing in on her during a semifinal game in the Homestead Sectional tournament on Friday, Feb. 3. The Lady Vikings won the game, 54-42, to advance to the sectional championship game on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Strong fourth quarter helps HU women down No. 17 IWU

Huntington University forward Paige Coolman launches a short jumper against Indiana Wesleyan University at Platt Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4. Coolman scored four points off the bench in the Foresters' 56-55 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A strong fourth quarter helped the Huntington University women’s basketball team edge No. 17 Indiana Wesleyan University, 56-55, on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Platt Arena.

Vikings pull away from New Haven for win

Photo by Steve Clark.
Hunter Hollowell

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team pulled away from host New Haven in the second half to post a 60-52 win on Saturday, Feb. 4.

With the game tied at the half, 25-25, the Vikings slipped ahead in the third quarter, 37-34. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad then proceeded to take its biggest lead of the contest, 56-46, in the final frame before riding out the eight-point victory.

With the win, Huntington North, 14-5, 6-0 in the Northeast 8 Conference, claims at least a share of the conference title.

Platt steps up as Foresters hold off IWU

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Konner Platt

Freshman Konner Platt made sure the Huntington University men’s basketball team hung on for a 93-90 win versus Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Platt Arena.

After going into the break with a 42-39 lead, the Foresters gradually expanded their advantage over the course of the second half and led by as many as 12 points, 82-70, with 4:44 left in the game. But the Wildcats, ranked sixth in the nation, weren’t finished. The visitors proceeded to chip away at Huntington’s lead over the following 4:03 and reduced it to a single point, 87-86, with 41 seconds remaining.

Three Viking wrestlers punch tickets to semi-state

Huntington North senior Wilson Lopshire (right, top) grapples with Eastside’s Laik Minnick while the referee looks on during action in the 170-pound quarterfinals at the Carroll Wrestling Regional on Saturday, Feb. 4. Lopshire lost, 6-4, ending his season. Of the Vikings’ nine regional qualifiers, three punched their tickets to semi-state.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Three members of the Huntington North High School wrestling team advanced to semi-state with wins at the Carroll Wrestling Regional on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Senior Eli Parrett at 182 pounds, sophomore Charlie Agnew at 195 and freshman Darryn Kuhl at 106 each punched their ticket to the New Haven Semi-State, set for Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne.

Agnew and Kuhl both placed third in their respective weight classes while Parrett finished fourth.

Lady Vikes sending several back to Warsaw with state dreams alive

Huntington North sophomore Crosley Stanley churns through the water in the 100-yard butterfly at the Warsaw Girls' Swim Sectional on Thursday evening, Feb. 2. Although Stanley was not among those qualifying for finals or consolation finals this Saturday morning, several Lady Vikes will be competing for a chance to advance to the state meet next Friday and Saturday, in Indianapolis.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls' swim team advanced seven individuals and two relay teams to the finals of the Warsaw Girls' Swim Sectionals in the prelimaries on Thursday night, Feb. 2.

The top eight finishers have the chance to advance to the state meet next Friday and Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis by winning the finals or reaching a state standard. Additionally, anyone reaching a state standard in the consolation finals could also advance.

Palmer claims HU women's scoring mark


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Shown earlier this season, Miranda Palmer, a senior guard on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, became the Foresters’ all-time leading scorer in a game against host Grace College on Wednesday, Feb. 1. The team’s previous scoring mark of 2,019 points had been set by Amy Bechtel.

Forester women come up short but Palmer grabs scoring mark

Although the Huntington University women’s basketball team came up short to host Grace College, 61-59, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Foresters still had something to celebrate as their senior star, Miranda Palmer, became the program’s all-time leading scorer.

With her second basket of the game, Palmer broke Amy Bechtel’s scoring record of 2,019 points. The 5-6 guard finished with 19 points for the contest, which led all scorers. She also dished out a game-best five assists.

Carroll nips Vikings in OT after late run

A late run by Carroll helped the host Chargers force overtime and edge the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team, 70-69, on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Comeback comes up short for HU men against Grace

A second-half comeback came up short for the Huntington University men's basketball team as it lost to host Grace College, 84-74, on Tuesday night, Jan. 31.

The Foresters, 14-11 overall and 5-8 in the Crossroads League, were down by 16 at halftime but had pulled within five points at 61-56 with less than eight minutes to play when Grace went to its big guys down low to stem the tide.

9 Viking wrestlers move on to regional

With the referee getting a close-up look at left, Huntington North's Jacob Hall (back) controls Alyssa Schuller of Woodlan in a quarterfinal round match at 126 pounds at the New Haven Wrestling Sectional on Saturday, Jan. 28. Hall pinned Schuller on the way to a second place finish at the event.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School wrestling team advanced nine of its 13 wrestlers and captured third place at the New Haven Sectional on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Of its advancing wrestlers, four earned runner-up honors for Huntington North, which finished with a register of 166 at the 10-team tournament. Posting a top-four finish granted a wrestler advancement to the Carroll Regional, which is slated for Saturday, Feb. 4.

Vikings dominate DeKalb, 45-22

Huntington North High School basketball player Zach Daugherty stretches out to get off a shot in traffic against visiting DeKalb on Saturday night, Jan. 28. The Vikings came up with a big 45-22 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team dominated visiting DeKalb, 45-22, on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The Vikings were as hot from the field as the Barons were cold. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad sizzled the nets, shooting 58.3 percent on 17 of 29 marksmanship while DeKalb shot just 19.4 percent, converting only 6 of 31 field goal attempts. DeKalb’s offensive performance tied for the second-worst ever by a Huntington North opponent.

The hosts led 10-4 at the end of the first quarter, 18-8 at halftime and 31-17 after three frames.

Palmer hits winner over SAU for yet another highlight

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Miranda Palmer

It was a game to remember for Miranda Palmer, who not only scored the 2,000th point of her career, but hit the game-winning shot for the Huntington University women’s basketball team in a 63-62 thriller versus host Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Jan. 28.

In a contest that featured a half-dozen lead changes and 11 ties, the last of those deadlocks came at the 2:24 mark in the fourth quarter and saw the game knotted up at 60. Palmer hit the basket that tied the game, getting an assist from fellow senior Allyson Trout.

Foresters fall to Spring Arbor on hardwood

The Huntington University men’s basketball team suffered an 85-72 defeat to host Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Free throws were the difference as the Cougars outscored the Foresters at the charity stripe by 15 points. Spring Arbor drained 23 of 29 shots at the line for 79.3 percent while Huntington tossed in 8 of just 12 shots for 66.7 percent.

The Cougars led 41-33 after the first half to force their guests to play catch-up in the second stanza.

Lady Vikes snap loss string with win over DeKalb

Photo by Steve Clark.
Kylie Kaylor

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 58-44 victory against host DeKalb on Friday, Jan. 27.

The Lady Vikings overcame their recent offensive struggles, which saw them unable to crack the 40-point barrier in any game during their skid.

South Side blows out Lady Vikes

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team got blown out by visiting South Side, 61-37, on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

A poor second quarter doomed the Lady Vikings. Trailing the Lady Archers by just four points, 15-11, after the first quarter, Coach Heidi Lawson’s squad proceeded to tally only four points in the entire second period while South Side tossed in 16 to craft a commanding 31-15 lead by halftime. The Lady Archers expanded their advantage to 52-26 by the end of three frames on the way to the lopsided win.

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