HNHS bowling girls sixth at state tourney

The Huntington North High School girls’ bowling team finished sixth at the Indiana High School Bowling State Finals on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Championship Lanes, in Anderson.

The Lady Vikings knocked down 1,877 pins across 12 Baker games for their placement. They missed advancement to the stepladder finals by two spots.

Third-seeded Portage won the state title with a 359-346 victory over No. 1 seed Michigan City.

HU women fourth at Trine invite

Field events strength helped the Huntington University women’s track team to a fourth place finish this past weekend at the Don & Riley Zimmer Classic at Trine University.

Breanna Metz won the high jump with a leap of 4-5.25, and Jessica Chojnakci brought home first place in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:46.11.

The Foresters scored 57 points. Defending national champion Indiana Tech won the meet with 150 points, followed by Trine with 117.5, Adrian with 88.5, HU, Indiana Tech Developmental with 55 and Rochester with 10.

Woods' win pushes HU trackmen to third at Trine invite

Adam Woods won the heptathlon to lead the Huntington University men’s track team to third place at the Don & Riley Zimmer Classic hosted by Trine University this weekend.

Woods, a former Huntington North athlete, piled up 4,109 points for the win. He won the pole vault at 4.215 meters and took second place finishes in the 60-meter dash, the long jump and shot put to highlight his performance.

Six Viking matmen advance to semi-state

Huntington North junior Ricky Haught works the arm of Eric Reust of Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in s semifinal match at 132 pounds at the Carroll Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3. Haught went on to win the title at 132 to advance to next week's semi-state.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Six of the seven Huntington North High School wrestlers who advanced to the Carroll Regional Wrestling Tournament advanced to next week’s New Haven Semi-state, led by champions Preston Teusch and Ricky Haught.

Teusch, a freshman, was champion at 106 pounds, and Haught, a junior, took the top spot at 132.

Joining them at semi-state are senior Jacob Hall, runner-up at 126, junior Charlie Agnew, runner-up at 195, sophomore Darryn Kuhl, fourth at 113 and junior Christian Graft, fourth at 220.

The top four finishers in each weight class earn advancement.

Poor shooting again plagues Vikings in loss

Viking forward Mitch Geller drives to the hoop against visiting New Haven on Saturday night, Feb. 3, in boys' varsity basketball action at North Arena. The Vikings lost 59-45.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Poor shooting cost the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team in a 59-45 loss to visiting New Haven on Saturday, Feb. 3.

For the second time in recent weeks, the normally steady shooting Vikings had a subpar night from the field, hitting on just 15 of 45 shots for 33.3 percent and falling to 14-5 on the season. They trailed the Bulldogs, 12-5 overall, 13-10 after one quarter, 25-20 at halftime and 41-32 after three quarters.

Sawyer Stoltz led the Vikings with game-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Zach Daugherty added 10 points t the Viking cause.

Forester comeback falls short in final seconds against IWU women

Sarah Fryman and Hailey Krewald sparked an inspired comeback in the final period but host Indiana Wesleyan University was able to hang on to defeat the Huntington University women’s basketball team, 67-64, on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The Foresters faced their biggest deficit of the game at 56-43 early in the fourth quarter, but Fryman and Krewald combined for 15 points down the stretch to bring HU within a point at 65-64 with less than 30 seconds to go. The Foresters even had a chance to take the lead, but a turnover cost them the shot.

Wildcats get big revenge on Foresters

Host Indiana Wesleyan avenged an earlier loss to the Huntington University men’s basketball team with a 100-73 beating on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The Foresters, dropping to 10-16 overall and 6-8 in Crossroads League play, were down by 12 at the half at 45-33, before the eighth-ranked Wildcats dropped 55 more points on them in the second half.

Tyler Arens scored 21 points in just under 21 minutes of play off the bench to lead the Foresters. Zach Owens came off the HU bench with 17 more points, and Konner Platt put up 11 points.

Aschliman earns shot at state swim meet

Huntington North sophomore Allie Aschliman earned a spot in the state championship meet next week by winning the 100-yard butterfly at the Warsaw Girls’ Swimming Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Aschliman, the second place finisher in the preliminaries on Thursday night, knocked off more than a second from her prelim time to win, touching the wall in 1:01.67. That time was more than a half-second faster than runner-up Marisol Karmel, of Lewis Cass, who took second in 1:02.19.

South Side pulls away from Lady Vikes in second half at SS sectional

Huntington North guard Karmen Koch floats in the lane against a trio of South Side defenders as she lets go of a layup attempt on Friday night, Feb. 2, in semifinal action at the Fort Wayne South Side Girls' Basketball Sectional. The Lady Vikings season ended with a 76-59 loss.
Photo by Steve Clark.

After a hotly contested first half, South Side pulled away from the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team in the third quarter and ended the Lady Vikings’ season with a 76-59 defeat in the semifinals of the South Side Sectional on Friday, Feb. 2.

Aschliman leads several Lady Vike swimmers to sectional finals

Crosley Stanley, a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, competes in the 100-yard butterfly in the preliminaries of the Warsaw Sectional on Thursday, Feb. 1.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Allie Aschliman, a sophomore on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, punched her ticket to the finals of the Warsaw Sectional with a pair of qualifying placements at the preliminary meet on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Any swimmer placing in the top eight of a race advanced to the sectional finals on Saturday, Feb. 3. Competitors finishing ninth through 16th clinched spots in the consolation finals.

Aschliman captured second place in the 100-yard butterfly and third in the 200-yard freestyle. She swam the butterfly in 1:03.23 and the freestyle in 2:06.66.

Powerful Homestead gymnasts down Lady Vikes

The Huntington North High School gymnastics team lost to a powerful visiting Homestead squad on Thursday, Feb. 1, 106.175-100.500.

Homestead took top honors on every apparatus and all-around, and the best the Lady Vikings could do was a pair of second place finishes. Laora Pampaloni scored an 8.750 for runner-up in the vault, and Aleah Eckert received a 9.325 for second on the floor exercise.

Poor second quarter costly for Vikes in loss to Carroll

A poor second quarter doomed the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team, leading to a 56-43 loss to host Carroll on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

After taking a 17-11 lead on the Chargers in the first quarter, the Vikings got outscored 23-6 in the second to fall behind 34-23 at the half. The hosts bumped their advantage up to 48-34 in the third before settling for the 13-point win.

With the loss, Huntington North falls to 14-4. Carroll, a winner of nine straight, improves to 13-2.

Shooting woes hurt HU women in loss to Grace

Lackluster shooting sank the Huntington University women’s basketball team against visiting Grace College, resulting in a 77-62 loss on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The Foresters shot 38.1 percent from the field on 24 of 63 marksmanship. The Lancers countered with a 55.6 percent shooting effort on 25 of 45 precision, which helped them go up 21-16 in the first quarter and 38-23 by halftime. While Coach Lori Culler’s squad managed to narrow the deficit to 55-50 in the third, Grace outscored the hosts by 10 in the final frame to secure the win.

HU men withstand late run to beat Grace

Huntington University point guard Mike Bush goes to the rim in front of several Grace defenders in the Foresters' 88-80 win last night, Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Platt Arena.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men’s basketball team withstood a late run by visiting Grace College to record an 88-80 win on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

After trailing by double digits for most of the game, the Lancers went on a 9-0 scoring spree with 3:17 to go that shrunk the Foresters’ lead down to just 83-80 with 1:33 remaining. Braxton Linville tallied four points for the visitors while Stephen Halstead and Charlie Warner both contributed three-pointers.

Forester trackmen fifth at Defiance Invite

The Huntington University men’s track and field team claimed fifth place at the Defiance College Indoor Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Sophomore Avniel Barrow was a double winner for the Foresters. Barrow established a new personal record in the 60-meter dash with his first-place finish time of :7.08. He then teamed up with CJ Robertson, Peyton Depriest and Bradey Gerke to win the 800-meter relay by clocking in at 1:32.86.

Pennington shines for Forester women at Defiance

Competing with a partial roster, the Huntington University women’s track and field team finished eighth at the Defiance College Indoor Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 27.

 Nicole Pennington turned in the Foresters’ best performance at the meet. The senior speedster took third in the 60-meter dash with a time of :8.23. She also earned points in the 200-meter dash by finishing sixth in :27.76. 

Vikings handcuff DeKalb, 43-28

Coming off a game in which they yielded just 16 points, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team gave up just four in the first half on the way to a 43-28 win over host DeKalb on Saturday, Jan. 27.

The Vikings gave up just two points in each of the first two quarters on the way to a 24-4 halftime edge and their 14th win in 17 outings this season. They led 36-14 after three quarters of play.

Zach Daugherty hit 8 of 12 shots from the field on the way to a game-high 19 points for HNHS. Sawyer Stoltz added 10 points.

Spring Arbor stops Foresters' win string at 3

Huntington University center Trevor Lockwood maneuvers down low against Jeff Beckman of Spring Arbor University in action Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena. The Foresters lost, 89-81.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Visiting Spring Arbor University pulled away in the late minutes of the game to top the Huntington University men’s basketball team, 89-81, on Saturday, Jan. 27.

The loss breaks the Foresters’ three-game win string and drops them to 9-15 on the season, 5-7 in Crossroads League play.

Konner Platt had a game-high 24 points for HU, with 17 of those coming in the opening half as HU trailed SAU by a point at 40-39 at the break.

11th annual Special Olympics hoop tournament

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington Senior Vikings player Jacob Sprinkle goes up with a shot during action at the 11th annual Huntington County School Special Olympics Basketball Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Pink Out at HU

Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University women's basketball team hosted its annual Pink Out for breast cancer at halftime of its game against visiting Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Jan. 27. Fourteen breast cancer survivors were honored as the team raised more than $2,000 for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

HU women stop Spring Arbor, 74-57

Huntington University guard Maddie Richer is all concentration as she shoots over a Spring Arbor University defender in action Saturday afternoon, Jan. 27, at Platt Arena. The Foresters won, 74-57.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Sarah Fryman led four players in double figures as the Huntington University women’s basketball team stopped visiting Spring Arbor University, 74-57, on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Fryman scored 13 points, Maddie Richer notched 12, Brooke Saylor had 11 and Hailey Krewald tossed in 10 as the Foresters improved to 15-8 overall, 8-4 in Crossroads League play. They also improved to 10-0 in Pink Out Games as they raised more than $2,000 for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Viking matmen send 7 to regional, 4 as champions

Huntington North wrestler Michael Kline strains with effort in a match at 138 pounds at the Carroll Wrestling Sectional on Saturday, Jan. 27. Kline didn't advance to regional, but seven of his teammates did.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Led by four champions, the Huntington North High School wrestling team advanced seven individuals to next week’s regional at the Carroll Wrestling Sectional on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Freshman Preston Teusch at 106 pounds, senior Jacob Hall at 126, junior Ricky Haught at 132 and junior Charlie Agnew will return to Carroll next week for regional as sectional champions, and will be joined by teammates Darryn Kuhl at 113, Christian Graft at 220 and Trent Smith at heavyweight, who also finished in the top four to earn the advancement.

Brown, DeKalb spoil Lady Vikes' senior night

DeKalb and star player Leigha Brown spoiled senior night for the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team, handing the Lady Vikings a 74-68 defeat on Friday, Jan. 26.

After leading 17-16 after the first quarter and 34-30 at halftime, the Lady Vikings watched Brown and the Lady Barons turn the game upside down in the third. The visitors poured in 24 points while holding Coach Heidi Lawson’s squad to just 10 to take a 54-44 lead. DeKalb then protected that advantage in the final frame to send Huntington North to 11-11, 4-3 in Northeast 8 Conference play.

HNHS swimboys back in winning waters

Keegan Mautz and Nathan York posted two wins apiece to lead the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team to an 87-55 victory over host Manchester on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Mautz put forth his golden efforts in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. The junior topped the freestyle in 2:11.15, followed by the butterfly in 1:06.89. York was triumphant in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke. The sophomore posted a time of 2:35.86 in the IM and a clocking of 1:09.24 in the backstroke.

Shaw leads swimgirls past Jay County

Sophomore Laney Shaw won two individual events and was part of a winning relay team to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team past host Manchester, 116-53.

Shaw led top-three sweeps in both events she won. She took the 50-yard freestyle in :28.24 to lead teammates Anna Manry and Sara Lacey across the finish line, respectively. She also sped to a clocking of 1:12.13 to win the 100-yard backstroke, with Alyssa Brinkman placing second and Morgan Cogar taking third.

Wins in three events carry Lady Vike gymnasts past Jay County

Wins in three of the four events carried the Huntington North High School gymnastics team to  a 102.55-96.500 win over visiting Jay County on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Laora Pampaloni led a three-place sweep for he Lady Vikings in the vault, while Morgan Reimer won the balance beam and Aleah Eckert took the floor exercise.

Pampaloni tallied an 8.850 for her win, with teammates Brianna Bates and Eckert taking second and third, respectively, with scores of 8.650 and 8.450.

Vikings set record in 49-16 romp over Columbia City

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team broke the program record for fewest points allowed in a game in a 49-16 win over host Columbia City on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Previously, the program’s best defensive performance in a varsity contest came during the 2010-11 season in a tilt versus Mississinewa; that Viking squad handed the Indians a 68-19 defeat.

Richer's fourth quarter heroics lead HU women to win

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Maddie Richer

A strong fourth quarter by Maddie Richer helped the Huntington University women’s basketball team defeat host Bethel College, 63-54, on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Richer, a junior, tallied nine of her 19 points for the game in the final frame, which began with the Foresters and Pilots deadlocked at 44. Thanks to Richer’s performance, however, which included a pair of three-pointers, the visitors were able to depart Gates Gymnasium with the win, their 14th against eight losses.

HNHS swimboys lose to Marion

Keegan Mautz won an individual event and was part of a winning relay team but the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team fell to host Marion, 99-68, on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Mautz captured the 200-yard individual medley in 2:30.27 and teamed with Nathan York, Conner Mason and Aidan Miller to win the 400-yard freestyle relay, in 4:04.95.

Mautz also grabbed second in the 100-yard freestyle, in :58.25, and was part of the second place 200-yard medley relay team with York, Cole Davidson and Miller.

Looking for leverage

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Jacob Hall, a senior wrestling at 126 pounds for the Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team, competes in a match at the Northeast 8 Conference Tournament, held Saturday, Jan. 20, at East Noble. Hall finished third in his weight class and the Vikings captured second at the meet.