NAIA announces cancellation of spring sports season nationwide

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that it is canceling the spring sports season, effective immediately.

Huntington University is an NAIA affiliate. Affected sports at Huntington include baseball, softball and men’s and women’s track, golf and tennis.

Karate champs

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Members of Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana Dojo, in Huntington, competed in the Best of the Best Karate Tournament held in Syracuse on March 1.  Pictured are (from left) Andy Norman - first place advanced men’s kata and first place advanced men’s kobudo kata and grand champion adult kata; Sensei Dawn Anderson – second place women’s 35+ year old black belt kata and second place women’s 35+ year old black belt kobudo kata; Mason Payton - first place in 9 to 10-year-old intermediate kata and fourth place 9 to 10-year-old intermediate kobudo kata; and Kevin McGregor – second place advanced

Bowlers recognized

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Three members of the Huntington North High School bowling teams were recognized for their accomplishments this past season. Pictured are (from left) junior Cheyenne Cottrell, northeast all-region team; senior Tylar Haney, northeast all-region team and all-state honorable mention; and senior Corbin Snow, academic all-state, second team all-state and northeast all-region team.

Hummer Memorial Mile added to Heritage Days

The Hummer Memorial Mile is a new addition to Huntington Heritage Days 2020. Organized by the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, the Hummer Memorial mile, a swimming event, will be held Saturday, June 20, at 1 p.m. at Lake Clare, located at the corner of Old U.S.-24 and Broadway.

HU SB opens league play with twin losses

The Huntington University softball team opened Crossroads League play with a pair of defeats to host Spring Arbor University, losing 7-3 and 5-1 on Thursday, March 12.

In the opening contest, the Cougars scored three runs in the second inning and another in the third to take a 4-0 lead on the Foresters. Freshman Kaela Robey ended the shutout in the fourth, smacking a two-run dinger for the visitors. She drove in fellow freshman Jenessa Hasty, who had reached base with a single.

Local youth wins 12-year-old division at state free throw contest

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Ethan Zahn, of Huntington, won the 12-year-old boys’ division at the Indiana Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Championship State Finals on Sunday, March 1, at St. Theodore Guerin Catholic High School, in Noblesville.

Zahn topped his division by sinking 22 of 25 free throws.

Before competing at the state finals, Zahn won events in Huntington, Wabash and Fort Wayne. Cumulatively, Zahn made 84 of 90 free throws.

HU hoop coach Platt retires

Ty Platt, head coach of the Huntington University men’s basketball team, has announced his retirement, effective this spring.

Forester SB wins twinbill

Masterful pitching in the opener and a big seventh inning explosion in the nightcap led the Huntington University softball team to a doubleheader win over host Manchester University on Monday, March 9.

The Foresters won the opener 5-1, and took the nightcap, 11-3.

Meghan Fretz was the star of the show in the opener as she pitched two-hit ball for the complete game win. She struck out eight and walked just one in the gem.

Jenessa Hasty took offensive matters into her own hands with a 3 for 3 effort at the plate with three runs batted in.

Foresters use improbable rally, win game in 10th

An improbable ninth-inning rally tied the game and the Huntington University baseball team pushed across the winning run in the 10th inning to beat Marian, 14-13, on Monday, March 9, at Logansport.

Trailing 13-11 heading into the bottom of the ninth, HU pieced together two walks, two wild pitches and three hit batsmen to knot the contest, then Jarret Gray sent HU home a winner with a game-ending RBI groundout in the 10th.

HU SB team thumps Montreat; splits pair

The Huntington University softball team thumped Montreat College, 15-5, on Saturday, March 7, at Georgetown College.

The Foresters played host Georgetown later that day and got edged, 4-0.

Huntington Baptist 5K Run, Walk is on March 28

Huntington Baptist Church will sponsor the annual Community 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, March 28. The run begins at 9 a.m.

This free event is open to the community and participants of all ages. The race begins and ends at Huntington Baptist Church, 2435 Waterworks Rd., next to Riverview Middle School.

Information and registration forms can be found online at or on the events calendar.

HU’s Fryman earns accolade as Crossroads League Player of Year

Pictured here in a game from this past season, Sarah Fryman (right), a senior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, has been named the Crossroads League Player of the Year.

Sarah Fryman, a senior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, has been named the Crossroads League Player of the Year.

The award, which is voted on by the league’s coaches, was announced on Wednesday, March 4.

Fryman, a 5-9 forward, joins a short list of Foresters to earn the award, which includes Miranda Palmer in 2017 and Amy Bechtel in 1999.
In her final campaign, Fryman set a new program record for points in a season with 715. That offensive output propelled her to 1,910 points for her career and third place on Huntington’s all-time scoring list.

HU pitching dominates in twinbill win over Marian

Huntington University pitching dominated Saturday, March 7, as the Foresters swept a doubleheader form visiting Marian, winning 2-0 and 4-2.

Senior Alex McCutcheon threw a one-hit shutout in the opener as HU improved to 4-7 with the twin wins. McCutcheon, a lefty, had three strikeouts and just one walk.

His teammates gave him the only run he needed in the first inning as Langston Ginder reached base on a Marian error and scored on Daniel Lichty’s single.

Eckert places 12th at regional

Huntington North senior Aleah Eckert splits in mid-air during her floor exercise performance at the Huntington North Regional Gymnastics Tournament on Saturday, March 7.
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Huntington North High School senior Aleah Eckert placed 12th on Saturday, March 7, in the floor exercise at the Huntington North Regional Gymnastics Tournament.

Eckert scored an 8.950 for her placing.

Only the top six place-winners advance to state next week.

Gianna Zirille, a freshman from Homestead, won the floor with a score of 9.300 on the way to sweeping all four events and the all-around. Zirille took the vault with a 9.650, the bars with a 9.600, the beam with the same score and wound up with a 38.150 in the all-around.

Dirr, Stoffel lead HU trackwomen to national indoor championship

Senior Aspen Dirr and junior Hannah Stoffel won three solo titles and competed on two winning relay teams to lead the Huntington University women’s track team to its first-ever NAIA national indoor championship over the weeknd at Dakota state University.

The pair scored 62 of the team’s 77 points to win the first national title by any HU team.

Dirr won the mile and the 1,000-meter run and Stoffel was the national champ in the 800-meter run. The pair was half of the winning team for the 3,200-meter relay and the distance medley relay.