Vikings upend Northfield on diamond

CJ Landrum (right), a senior on the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team, locks in on a pitch in a game against visiting Northfield on Friday, April 21. The Vikings won, 11-1. Photo by Steve Clark.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team upended visiting Northfield, 11-1, on Friday, April 21.

The game got away from the Norse in the second inning, which saw the Vikings score four runs to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 lead. Coach Jared Hammel’s squad never looked back, scoring three times in the fourth before tacking on a solo tally in the fifth and another pair of runs in the sixth to end the game via the 10-run rule.

Bishop Dwenger shades HNHS netgirls

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team dropped a tough one to visiting Bishop Dwenger, 2-3, on Thursday, April 20.

The Lady Vikings, 3-3, got a three-set win from Tarah Zumbrun at third singles and a straight set win from the first doubles team of Macy Wohlford and Kassidy Thompson, but the closest they could come after that was three-set loss at third doubles. Anna Schroeder and Alyssa Hewson enjoyed a 6-1 win in their first set of their match against Samantha Rehloff and Savanna Henry, but dropped the next two, 4-6, 1-6.

Late comeback by Lady Vikes falls short against Carroll

A late comeback attempt by the Huntington North High School varsity softball team fell short in a 7-6 loss to host Carroll on Wednesday, April 19.

Down 6-3 to the Lady Chargers going into the sixth inning, the Lady Vikings pushed three runs across to knot the game. Carroll, though, didn’t waste any time breaking the tie, plating one runner in its half of the frame before shutting out Huntington North in the top of the seventh to seal the win.

Steady offense leads HU baseball team over Grace

The Huntington University baseball team triumphed over host Grace College, 7-3, on Wednesday, April 19.

A steady offensive effort propelled the Foresters to the victory. After taking a 3-2 lead in the second inning, Coach Mike Frame’s squad added solo tallies in the third, sixth, eighth and ninth innings while limiting the Lancers to a single run to secure the win.

With the victory, Huntington improves to 24-8 and stays atop the Crossroads League with a 17-3 mark.

Dodgeball tourney to benefit West family

A dodgeball tournament to benefit the family of Conner West will be held May 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Huntington North High School.

West is being treated for leukemia.

Six-member teams will be divided into three age groups from fourth grade through adult. Twenty teams will be accepted in each age group.

An entry fee is charged as well as an admission fee for spectators. T-shirts and refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.

Team captains can register by calling Angie Cartwright at 571-6852 or Amy Szelis at 519-0935.

Coolman golden twice but EN nips Vike trackboys

A pair of wins by senior Jared Coolman in the throwing events wasn't quite enough for the Huntington North High School boys' track team as it was edged by host East Noble, 58.5-57.5 in a three-way meet with Bellmont on Tuesday, April 18.

Bellmont finished third with 51 points.

Coolman earned two of the five HNHS wins on the day, taking the shot put with a heave of 47-10.75 and the discus with a heave of 135-9.

Doubles wins lead way for Lady Vike netgirls over New Haven

The doubles teams led the way for the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team in a 3-2 win over visiting New Haven on Tuesday, April 18.

The No. 1 doubles team of Macy Wohlford and Kassidy Thompson took down Allison Mason and Hannah Bathey, 6-0, 6-4, while the second doubles team of Anna Schroeder and Alyssa Hewson took a 6-2, 7-5 decision over Gabby Shuler and Emily Bricker. That paired with a win by Jessica Henline at first singles, 6-2, 6-1 over Lindsey DeCamp, to push the Lady Vikings to 3-2 on the season.

Early fast start doesn't translate to win for Viking diamond boys

The Huntington North High School baseball team put up a five-spot in the first inning but then never scored again the rest of the game and fell to visiting Northrop, 6-5, on Tuesday, April 18.

Northrop tallied three runs in the top of the first but the Vikings, 4-4, responded with their big first inning to take a 5-3 lead, but that proved to be it for the HNHS offense. The Bruins scored once in the second and then got the eventual game-winners in the fourth.

Lady Vike trackgirls second at home three-way

Josie Graft (right) reaches the baton out to Katie McQuinn  on an exchange in the 400-meter relay in a home three-way girls' track meet on Tuesday, April 18.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity track team got four wins, but only could muster a second-place tie in a three-way meet with visiting Bellmont and East Noble on Tuesday, April 18.

Karmen Koch won the 300-meter hurdles and the Lady Vikings captured a trio of field events on the way to finishing with 48 points, tying with Bellmont, while East Noble captured the meet with 71 points.

Koch, a junior, clocked in at :49 to win her race, with teammate Amara Eckert placing third in :54.9.

HU golfers eighth at Ackerman-Allen Classic

The Huntington University men's golf team placed eighth out of nine squads at the Ackerman-Allen Classic hosted by Taylor University on Monday, April 17.

Cale Carr led the Foresters with a 3-over par 147 to place 15th out of 59 golfers. Luis Esteban carded a 151, Zak Cummings had a 156 and Zach Borntreger shot a 158.

Chandler Rang shot a 170 to complete the HU team.

HU women split with Taylor

The Huntington University softball team got a walk-off win in the opener but Taylor came back decisively in the second game for a doubleheader split on Tuesday afternoon, April 18.

Freshman Karley Blankenship smacked a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give HU a 4-3 win in the first game before Taylor dominated the nightcap to the tune of 10-2.

Reese, Whitney set new marks at Discover Roanoke 5K

Runners head out from the start line of the eighth annual Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1-Mile Run on Saturday, April 15, in downtown Roanoke.
Photo provided.

Tyler Reese and Hanna Whitney were the top male and female finishers, respectively, of the 5K portion of the Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1 Mile Race, held Saturday, April 15, in downtown Roanoke.

Reese and Whitney both set course records en route to their victories. Reese, a 28-year-old from Paulding, OH, crossed the finish line in 18:32.7. Whitney, a 14-year-old from Roanoke, stepped over the end stripe in 21:31.6.

Eckert, Cannici come up big as Lady Vikes top Homestead on diamond

Mackenzi Cannici (left) and Aubrie Eckert.
Photos by Steve Clark.

Aubrie Eckert and Mackenzi Cannici combined for five hits, two home runs and six runs batted in to lead the Huntington North High School varsity softball team to a 14-11 win over host Homestead.

Eckert had two hits with a homer and four RBI and Cannici had three hits with a homer and two RBI as HNHS improved to 4-2 on the season.

Faith Leist added two hits and two RBI to the offensive melee for HNHS and Hannah Middlebrooks also had a pair of safeties.

Kendra Arnold got the win in the circle.

Foresters put wood to Bethel, 21-5

Dalton Combs led off the game with a home run and Andy Roser hit a grand slam minutes later as the Huntington University baseball team blasted host Bethel College, 21-5, on Monday, April 17.

The Foresters, 23-8, then exploded for 10 more runs on seven hits -- including a Michael Crowley three-run dinger, in the second inning for a 15-0 lead, finally ending the game after seven innings due to the mercy rule.

Marion overpowers Lady Vike netters

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team was simply overpowered by visiting Marion, 0-5, on Monday, April 17.

Marion recorded at least one shutout in every match to drop HNHS to 2-2 on the season.

At first singles, Jessica Henline fell to Kayla Dubuque, 0-6, 1-6, while Katie Hunt at second singles lost to Makenzie Nelson, 3-6, 0-6. Tarah Zumbrun at No. 3 lost to Claire Hendricks, 0-6, 2-6.

Lady Vike trackgirls second at Marion Relays

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity track team captured second place at the Marion Relays on Saturday, April 15.

Veronika Russell highlighted the Lady Vikings’ runner-up effort with a win in pole vault. A sophomore, Russell cleared 8-0 to post her top finish, which was the team’s lone gold showing on the day.

Karmen Koch put forth two podium efforts for Huntington North. The junior claimed second in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in :16.35, and third in high jump, leaping 4-10.

Foresters club Marian in nightcap after win streak stopped

Forester shortstop Adam Roser takes a mighty swipe at a baseball in action Saturday, April 15, against visiting Marian. The Foresters split a doubleheader.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University baseball team didn't waste any time getting back on track after seeing its 12-game win streak snapped in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 15, clubbing visiting Marian University, 10-0 in the nightcap.

After collecting just five hits in a 6-2 loss in game one, the Foresters battered three Marian pitchers for 16 safeties in the nightcap laugher, which included home runs by Shea Beauchamp and TJ Lindstrand.

Miller pitches HU past MVNU twice

The Huntington University softball team swept host Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday, April 15, winning 5-1, 5-3, behind a double mound win effort by freshman Lairen Miller.

Miller was stellar in the circle in the first game, yielding just one run on sixth hits in the complete game win. She then hurled three innings of scoreless relief in the nightcap to gain her 10th win of the campaign.

Casey Lehman had the biggest bat in the opener with a perfect 4 for 4 effort at the plate, with two runs batted in. Audra Klopfenstein added three hits.

Coolman scores best finishes for HNHS at North Side Relays

Senior Jared Coolman had the best placings of the day for the Huntington North High School boys' track team as it finished 12th out of 15 teams at the North Side Relays on Saturday, April 15.

Competing in "A" flight, Coolman took third in the shot put with a heave of 47-9 and fifth in the discus with a toss of 130-2.

The Vikings had three individuals score in "B" flight. Mitch McElhaney took fourth in the discus with a toss of 108-8, while Damon Kaylor place fifth in shot with  a heave of 42-1.5 and Jacob Wust was fifth in the 3,200-meter run at 10:22.34.

Vikes' 3,200 relay quartet scores 6th at Flashes

Huntington North High School's track team scored a sixth place with its 3,200-meter relay team at the Flashes Showcase at Franklin Central on Friday, April 14.

The quartet of Alex Wiedenhoeft, Brock Spahr, Elijah Chesterman and Cody Jones turned in a clocking of 8:14.29 to get their placing.

Competing in the freshman one-mile run, Wilson Whicker clocked at 4:57.01, Nathan Sizemore recorded a 5:08.34 and Isaiah Clampitt had a 5:09.43.

HU women golfers third at own invite

The Huntington University women's golf team placed third among four teams at its own Forester Spring Invitational on Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14,  at Brookwood Golf Course, in Fort Wayne.

The Foresters shot a 363 on Thursday but then improved 15 strokes on Friday with a 348 to finish at 711. Taylor won the invite with a 643, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was two strokes ahead of HU with a 709 and Grace B was fourth with an 827.

Season-best earns HU golfers 2nd at own invite

A season-best score of 598 earned the Huntington University men's golf team second place among five teams at its own Forester spring Invitational on Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14.

Vikings dispatch Apaches on diamond

Huntington North pitcher Pat Miller sends the ball homeward in action against visiting Wabash on Saturday, April 15. Miller and his Viking mates took an 11-4 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team dispatched visiting Wabash, 11-4, on Saturday, April 15.

After leading the Apaches by just a run, 3-2, at the end of three innings, the Vikings’ bats heated up in the ensuing frames. Coach Jared Hammel’s squad tallied three runs in the fourth inning, four in the fifth and one in the sixth while limiting Wabash to only two scores in the fifth to record the lopsided win.

HU softball team knocks off No. 4 Marian in twinbill split

Huntington University pitcher Camille Furrow gets ready to let one loose against visiting Marian University on Friday afternoon, March 14, in the second game of a doubleheader. The Foresters topped No. 4 Marian in the contest to gain a split on the day.

The Huntington University softball team posted its biggest win of the season, knocking off No. 4 Marian University, 6-5, on Friday, April 14, at Huntington.

Coming in the second game of a doubleheader, the Foresters’ victory snapped a 23-game winning streak for the Knights and was their first defeat in Crossroads League play this season.

With the triumph, Huntington improves to 17-15-1, with a 12-11 mark in conference. Before the big W, the Foresters dropped the first game of the twinbill, 6-1.

Adams Central sweeps Lady Vike netgirls

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team got swept by visiting Adams Central, 0-5, on Thursday, April 13.

In singles action, Jessica Henline fell to Jenna Lehman, 4-6, 3-6, in the first match. Katie Hunt suffered a 4-6, 1-6 setback in the second contest to Maddie DeRoo. The third tilt saw Alyssa Hewson get dispatched by Grace Faurote, 1-6, 1-6.

HU baseball team runs win string to dozen

The Huntington University baseball team ran its win streak to 12 games with an 11-5 triumph over Marian University on Thursday, April 13, at Forest Glen Park.

The Foresters, 21-7, 14-2 in Crossroads League play, slugged out 17 hits to the Knights’ 11. Despite leaving 13 runners stranded, Huntington scored at least a run in each of the first six innings to score in double digits for the sixth time this season.

Big sixth inning helps Vikes 10-run Warsaw

A big sixth inning helped the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team rout host Warsaw, 10-0, on Thursday, April 13.

Lady Vikes rally back to beat Woodlan on softball diamond

With a seventh-inning rally, the Huntington North High School varsity softball team edged host Woodlan, 3-2, on Thursday, April 13.

Trailing 2-0 going into the final frame, the Lady Vikings started to turn the tide when Alyssa Voght drew a one-out walk and her pinch-runner, Sydney Selvage, swiped second. Faith Leist then doubled down the third base line to bring Selvage home. Jordyn Poulson followed that hit with an infield base poke before Ariene Butler smacked the ball to the shortstop, who erred on her throw to first, allowing both Poulson and Butler to score.

HNHS netgirls trounce Southwood

Photo by Steve Clark.
Jessica Henline

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team trounced visiting Southwood, 4-1, on Wednesday, April 12.

The Lady Vikings swept doubles play and took two of three singles matches to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Junior Kassidy Thompson and sophomore Macy Wohlford, at first doubles, dispatched Hannah King and Brooke Wyatt, 6-1, 6-1. Juniors Anna Schroeder and Braxtyn Maroney won by that same score over Mary Sieberns and Emily Gwillum in the second match.

HU finishes eighth at NAIA Invitational Team Championships

The Huntington University men’s bowling team claimed eighth place at the NAIA Invitational Team Championships, held from Friday, March 31, to Sunday, April 2, in Lexington, KY.

The Foresters entered the tournament as the No. 18 seed in the field of 20 teams, but far out-bowled their ranking to finish in the Elite Eight.

The competition started with 24 Baker games to determine seeding for the double-elimination match play format. Huntington struggled during the qualifying session, earning a 17th-seed for match play with a total pin fall of 4,365 for a 181 per-game average.