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.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

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.

Forester SB team loses twinbill to IUSE

The Huntington University softball team suffered a twinbill loss to host Indiana University Southeast on Friday afternoon, March 6falling 14-6 and 10-5.

The Foresters, 2-3, took a 6-5 lead in the fifth inning of te first game on Kaela Robey’s first collegiate home run, but IUSE stormed back in the bottom half of the frame for nine runs, winning the game on the eight-run rule.

Big New Haven third quarter dooms Vikes at sectional

Huntington North guard Deven Newcomb takes  the ball to the basket against a couple of New Haven defenders on Friday night in semifinal action at the Huntington North Boy's basketball Sectional Tournament. New Haven beat the Vikings, 68-51, to advance to the finals tonight, Saturday, March 7, against Homestead.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Visiting New Haven blitzed the Huntington North boys’ varsity basketball team in the third quarter to end the Vikings season on Friday night, March 6, at the HNHS Basketball Sectional Tournament, 68-51.

After the teams traded the lead in the second quarter, New Haven finished the half on a small run to take a 36-28 lead into the intermission. The third quarter was all Bulldogs as they held a 20-7 advantage in the frame and went into the final quarter holding a 56-35 lead.

11th annual Discover Roanoke set for April 19

The 11th annual Discover Roanoke 10K-5K-1-mile race benefiting the Roanoke Lions Club will be held Saturday, April 19, in downtown Roanoke.

The race begins at 9 a.m.

Official sponsors for the race are Ironclad Excavating, Intri-Cut Tool Company, 18 Threads, Board & Brush Roanoke, The Copper Still, Southwest Auto Sales, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, Bippus State Bank and Subway of Roanoke.

Those participating in 5K and 10K who sign up before April 1 will be guaranteed the newly-designed race shirt.

Balanced offense leads HNHS to sectional win over CC

Deven Newcomb (left), a senior on the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team, puts up a shot in the paint during a game against Columbia City in the opening round of the Huntington North Sectional on Tuesday, March 3. Newcomb scored 12 points to help lead the Vikings to a 46-44 triumph.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A balanced offensive effort lifted the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team to a 46-44 victory over Columbia City in the opening round of the Huntington North Sectional on Tuesday, March 3.

Sam Thompson scored 13 points for Huntington North, Deven Newcomb tallied 12 and Jordan Hollowell and Dominic Cardwell supplied 11 and 10, respectively, to push the Vikings, 9-14, into the sectional semifinals, where they will face New Haven, 16-6, on Friday, March 6, at 6 p.m.