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Bush nets career-best 32 to lead Foresters to win

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Mike Bush

Mike Bush poured in a career-high 32 points and dished out 13 assists to lead the Huntington University men’s basketball team to a 95-85 victory over visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Bush, a junior, knocked down 13 of 19 shots from the field and 4 of 6 free throws to post his big point total for the Foresters, 14-8, 5-5 in Crossroads League play. The talented point guard was a key contributor during a second-half run that turned a three-point deficit into a comfortable lead for Huntington that it wouldn’t relinquish.

Strong second half propels Vikings over Braves

A strong second half propelled the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team past host Bellmont, 53-36, on Saturday, Jan. 21.

After leading at halftime by just a point, 25-24, the Vikings outscored the Braves 28-12 in the second half to win by a comfortable margin. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad upped its advantage to 38-27 in the third quarter and kept up the intensity in the fourth, taking its biggest lead of the contest by the final buzzer.

Misfiring Lady Vikes lose to Bellmont

Huntington North guard Kyle Kaylor goes up for a three-pointer over Bellmont defender Ryaan Velez on Friday night, Jan. 20, at North Arena. Kaylor scored 15 points but the Lady Vikings lost.
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Poor shooting sunk the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team against visiting Bellmont, 48-35, on Friday, Jan. 20.

A game after scoring 81 points for their best offensive effort of the year, the Lady Vikings posted their lowest point total of the season, shooting just 25.6 percent from the field on 11 of 43 marksmanship.

Crestivew 8 girls fall to Southern Wells

The Crestview Middle School eighth-grade girls’ basketball team was defeated by Southern Wells, 33-21, on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Reece Colclesser scored 13 points for the Lady Cougars, who fall to 1-6.

Lady Vikes shoot down Northrop

Hot shooting propelled the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team to an 81-68 win over visiting Northrop on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The Lady Vikings posted their highest point total of the season behind a 23 of 37 effort from the field for a sizzling 62.2 percent. Huntington North’s accuracy was also evident at the free throw line, where it buried 32 of 43 attempts for 74.4 percent.

Marksmanship woes plague HU women in loss to Goshen

Poor shooting did in the Huntington University women’s basketball team in a 73-49 loss to host Goshen College on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The Foresters, 9-11, 3-6 in the Crossroads League, connected on just 17 of 55 shots from the field for 30.9 percent, which included a 5 of 23 showing from three-point land.

Huntington trailed 23-12 after the first quarter and 39-24 at the half. Coach Lori Culler’s squad managed to trim the deficit to 54-44 in the third, but scored only five points in the fourth while Goshen tallied 19 to put the game far out of reach.

Lady Vikes to collect for BIAB at Jan. 20 contest

The varsity and junior varsity Lady Vikings basketball teams will collect canned goods and monetary donations for Blessings in a Backpack on Friday, Jan. 20.

Specific items being sought include cans of tomato or chicken noodle soup and canned ravioli.

The Huntington chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, a nationwide not-for-profit organization, provides weekend meals to children who participate in the free meal program at school.

Tackett keeps hot streak rolling; captures sixth title with win in Japan

Huntington native EJ Tackett won his sixth title on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, topping the DHC PBA Japan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Bentencho Grandbowl in Osaka, Japan.

After narrowly qualifying for the stepladder finals, Tackett proceeded to knock off the three bowlers seeded ahead of him to set up a championship showdown with top-seeded Shota Kawazoe. Tackett defeated the Japanese native by a score of 259-216.

Hoops Hall plaque at HNHS


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A plaque honoring Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductees from Huntington County was hung up at the entrance to North Arena at Huntington North High School recently. The plaque was a project spearheaded by Bill Walker, vice president north of the hall of fame’s executive committee; Kris Teusch, Huntington North athletic director; and Joe Santa, owner of TCP Awards & Apparel, which made the plaque. In addition to inductees’ names, the plaque states the capacity in which they made the hall, what county high school they were associated with and what year they were inducted.

Norwell slides past Lady Vike swimgirls

Alivia Eiting swims to a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle against Norwell on Tuesday, Jan. 17, in a meet at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA.
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Senior Emma Helmich and freshman Laney Shaw each picked up an individual win and swam a leg on a winning relay team but the Huntington North High School girls' swim team fell to visitiing Norwell, 94-76.

Helmich actually tied for her win, doing so with Alyssa Cyrus in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.71, while Shaw claimed the 50-yard freestyle outright, in :28.95.

The pair teamed with freshman Allie Aschliman and sophomore Macy Lange to win the 200-yard freestyle relay, in 1:55.16.

Norwell dumps Viking swimmers

Huntington North sophomore Keegan Mautz does the backstroke leg in the 200-yard individual medley in a meet against Norwell on Tuesday, Jan. 17, a the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Mautz was runner-up in the race.
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Cody Barton and Conner Mason picked up wins but the Huntington North High School boys' swim team fell to visiting Norwell, 120-42, on Tuesday night, Jan. 17, at the Parkview Huntington YMCA.

Barton, a senior, had an eight-second win in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking in at 1:02.03, while Mason,  a junior, easily won the 500-yard freestyle with a clocking of 6:20.18, almost 19 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Barton also picked up a silver finish for the Vikes, doing so in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.61.

CMS boys fall twice to Edgewood

The Crestview Middle School boys’ seventh and eighth-grade basketball teams each fell to visiting Edgewood on Monday, Jan. 16.

The seventh-grade Cougars suffered a 52-24 defeat.

Zach Hubbart tossed in seven points for Crestview, 11-5, while Reid Eckert tallied five.

The Cougs’ eighth-grade squad took a 48-32 loss.

Crestview, 10-6, got 10 points from Reid Johnson and eight from Noah Zahn.

Foresters lose cat and mouse battle with Goshen

The Huntington University men's basketball team lost a cat and mouse battle with host Goshen College, 85-80, on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The Foresters, 13-8 on the season and 4-5 in the Crossroads League, saw Goshen expand a two-point lead into 11 points midway through the second half, before HU crawled back to within three points with just four minutes left. Goshen, however, quickly expanded the lead back to seven points and was able to hang on go to 10-11 on the year, 3-6 in league play.

Viking defense stymies Wildkats

Strong defense through the first three quarters of the game lifted the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team to a 53-42 win over visiting Kokomo on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The Vikings held Kokomo to just 21 points through the first three quarters of the contest, and despite the Wildcats matching that in the fourth quarter, Huntington was never really threatened for its 11th win in 15 outings this season.

Helmich posts two wins as swimgirls place fourth at NE8 meet

Emma Helmich produced two wins to lead the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team to fourth place at the Northeast 8 Conference meet, hosted by Norwell on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Helmich topped the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. The senior swam the former race in 2:08.26 – eight seconds faster than the second-place finisher – and the latter one in 1:03.06. For her efforts, Helmich was one of two Lady Vikings to receive first-team all-conference honors.

Barton leads HNHS boys at conference swim meet

Cody Barton posted two top-five finishes for the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team, which finished sixth at the Northeast 8 Conference meet, hosted by Norwell on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Barton captured third in the 100-yard breaststroke and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. The senior completed the former race in 1:06.73 and the latter in 1:00.22.

Hall leads grapplers to third at Wild Bill Tournament

Led by Jacob Hall, the Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team captured third place at the Wild Bill Tournament, held at Concordia Lutheran on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Hall, a junior, topped the 126-pound weight class, giving the Vikings their lone individual title on the day.

Seniors Wilson Lopshire and Eli Parrett both put forth runner-up efforts for Huntington North. Lopshire placed second at 170 pounds while Parrett earned silver in action at 182 pounds.

Junior Lady Vikes go undefeated


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The seventh-grade Junior Lady Vikings basketball team went undefeated at the Holiday Hoops Jam, held at The Zone Sports Complex of Northern Indiana, in Plymouth, on Dec. 29, 2016. Pictured are (front row from left) Chloe Kauffman, Leah Campbell, Taylor Double and Jadyn Bennett; (middle row from left) Hailee Kline, Grace Sell, Addy Wiley, Skyla Tomasek and Meg Camomile; and (back row from left) coaches Stacy Wiley, Brian Double and Kamie Tomasek.

Pushing the pace at local SO tourney


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Christian Smith (left), a member of the Huntington County Senior Vikings basketball team, pushes the ball up court in a game against the Howard County Senior Kats at the 10th annual Huntington County Schools Special Olympics Basketball Invitational at Huntington North High School on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Halftime performance


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Jacob Sprinkle (left) tries to shield the ball from defender Darren Thomas during a game between members of the Huntington County Special Olympics basketball team at halftime of the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball game on Friday, Jan. 13.

HU Cheer Clinic


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With some help from members of the Huntington University cheer squad, Emma Kelsey completes a cheerleading pyramid at the squad’s youth clinic, held Saturday, Jan. 14, in the school’s Merillat Complex.

Bates lead Lady Vike gymnasts to 2nd at Valpo Invite

The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team captured second place at the Valparaiso Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The Lady Vikings totaled 100.700 points to achieve their runner-up finish at the seven-team event.

Brianna Bates produced Huntington North’s best finish on the day, taking third in the floor exercise with a 9.250. Aleah Eckert claimed fifth in the event with a 9.100 while Bailey Harris and Danielle Korporal notched ninth and 10th with an 8.800 and 8.775, respectively.

Lady Vikes take first NE8 loss of season

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team lost its first conference game of the season, falling to host Columbia City, 58-42, on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The Lady Vikings, 10-7, 4-1 in the Northeast 8 Conference, trailed the Lady Eagles after the first quarter, 11-9, and at halftime, 25-17. They made up a bit of that deficit in the third, 39-34, but their conference rivals dashed any thoughts of a fourth-quarter comeback with a 19-point frame that put the game out of reach.

Fifth-ranked Marian bludgeons HU women

The Huntington University women’s basketball team suffered an 89-49 defeat to fifth-ranked Marian University on Saturday, Jan. 14, at John Grimes Court.

Shooting just 32.8 percent for the game on 20 of 61 marksmanship from the field, the game got away from the Foresters early. Coach Lori Culler’s squad trailed 24-15 after the first quarter and 44-26 at the half. The Knights expanded their advantage to 66-36 by the end of the third before outscoring their guests 23-13 in the final frame to cap the lopsided win.

Late run helps HU men finish off Marian

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Mike Bush

A late run helped the Huntington University men’s basketball team finish off host Marian University, 99-89, on Saturday, Jan. 14.

It was a game to remember for the Foresters’ Mike Bush, who dished out 10 assists to break the school record for most dimes in a season. The junior has racked up 220 assists on the year, besting the previous mark of 214 set by Matt Eberly in 1997.

Bush also did plenty of scoring himself, tallying a team-high 22 points. He played a key role in the late surge that propelled Huntington to the win.

Hollowell, Z. Daugherty lead Vikings past Eagles

Huntington North senior Hunter Hollowell (middle) gets sandwiched by a pair of Columbia City defenders on his way to the hoop during a boys’ varsity basketball game in North Arena on Friday, Jan. 13. Hollowell scored a game-high 21 points and the Vikings posted a 63-51 win.
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Hunter Hollowell and Zach Daugherty led the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team to a 63-51 victory over visiting Columbia City on Friday, Jan. 13.

Hollowell, a senior, and Daugherty, a sophomore, tallied 21 and 19 points, respectively, to help the Vikings improve to 10-4, 3-0 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

Lady Vikes outlast Leo

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team outlasted host Leo, 51-46, on Thursday, Jan. 12.

The Lady Vikings took a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Lions prevented them from expanding it any further by halftime, keeping the deficit to just four points, 27-23. Leo shortened the gap to three, 39-36, by the end of the third, but Huntington North finished strong, taking an eight-point lead – its biggest of the contest – with just 25 seconds left in the final frame to secure the win.

Second-quarter woes doom HU women against USF

A poor second quarter spelled doom for the Huntington University women’s basketball versus the University of Saint Francis as the Foresters lost, 88-59, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Platt Arena.

Local Special Olympics hoopsters to be featured at Jan. 13 Vike game

The Huntington County Special Olympics basketball team will be featured for a “Special 10 Minutes” at half-time of the Huntington North High School varsity boys’ basketball game on Friday, Jan. 13, in the Huntington North gymnasium. 

The Special Olympics athletes will have “10 Special Minutes” to scrimmage and showcase their talent to the community. 

Hollowell hits grand mark in Vikings' win over Cadets

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Hunter Hollowell

Senior Hunter Hollowell hit the 1,000-point mark for his career and tallied 21 points to lead the Huntington North High School boys' varsity basketball team past host Concordia Lutheran, 54-34, on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Hollowell became just the seventh Viking to hit the grand mark by hitting 7 of 14 shots from the field -- including four of 9 from three-point land, and 3 of 4 from the free-throw line.

Zach Daugherty scored 12 points in support of Hollowell, who also had team-highs in rebounds and steals with eight and six respectively.

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