HU women netters are tops in grade point for year

The Huntington University women’s tennis team captured the school’s Academic Excellence Award for the 2016-17 sports season.

The annual award goes to the team with the highest team grade point average for the year. The women’s tennis team finished with a GPA of 3.559.

The women’s basketball team was runner-up, posting a GPA of 3.530, followed by women’s bowling, 3.481; women’s track, 3.474; women’s soccer, 3.471; men’s basketball, 3.419; softball, 3.414; and women’s cross country, 3.396.

Six Vikings on all NE8 baseball squad

The Northeast Eight Conference has named six members of the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team to all-conference squads.

Collin Landrum led the way for the Viking contingent as a first-team all-conference honoree. The junior was one of three outfielders to receive that distinction.

Three Huntington North players received second-team all-conference spots. The trio, all juniors, included corner infielder Jarret Gray, middle infielder Ian McCutcheon and outfielder Logan Moreland.

Boat races will return to Lake Clare this weekend

The seventh annual Harry Brinkman Memorial Regatta, featuring races sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association, will be held Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, at Lake Clare, in Huntington.

Testing starts at 11 a.m. and races begin at noon, continuing until approximately 6 p.m.

Championship races will be run on Saturday.
About 100 boats will race in more than a dozen categories.
In addition to the races, there will be an antique engine display.

Hiers, Forney team up to launch motorcycle races

Ken Forney (left) and Jeff Hiers have teamed up to create Forney Farms Flat Track Motorcycle Racing. A track owned by Forney in Warren will host half-mile flat track motorcycle races from June 10 through Oct. 22. Hiers, a retired professional motorcycle racer from Huntington, will promote the races.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Jeff Hiers remembers the first time he rode a motorcycle on Ken Forney’s track in Warren.

The track had only ever been utilized for horses since its construction in 1968, but Hiers, a professional motorcycle racer, received permission to exhibit his skills on it for a TV station from Fort Wayne.

“When I rode back here in ’96, I don’t think I ever shut the throttle off,” recollects Hiers. “I was 100 miles an hour all the way around the track, wide open.”

Vikings shade No. 10 Homestead for baseball sectional crown

The Huntington North High School baseball team defeated Homestead, 2-1, to win the Huntington North Sectional on Monday, May 29, at Forest Glen Park. The Vikings advance to the Lafayette Jefferson Regional, where they will face Fishers on Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. Team members are (front row from left) Manager Matt Warner, Ian McCutcheon, Collin Landrum, CJ Landrum, Mason Landrum, Logan Moreland, Elliott Lesperance, Levi Bennett, Assistant Coach Blake Hohlbein and (back row from left) assistant coaches Sam Ryan, Andrew Drummond, Gary Mast and Jamon Hammel and Sam Daugherty, Jarret Gray, Cody Barton, Mason Anderson, Dane Fife, Trey Williams, Gage Sandlin, Patrick Miller, Ethan Froehlke, Zach Daugherty, Keegan Bartrom, Head Coach Jared Hammel and Assistant Coach Nick Miller.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School baseball team conquered postseason nemesis Homestead, 2-1, in the championship game of the Huntington North Sectional on Monday, May 29, at Forest Glen Park.

Entering the game, the Vikings had seen their season ended by the Spartans in sectional play for five years in a row. This season, however, would prove to be different as Coach Jared Hammel’s squad scored both its runs in the opening frame and then stymied the No. 10 Homestead offense from there to claim the program’s first sectional crown since 2011.

Homestead edges Lady Vikings on last-inning rally in sectional championship

Huntington North's Aubrie Eckert hits the dirt as she steals second base against Homestead at the Homestead Softball Sectional championship game on Saturday afternoon, May 27.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Host Homestead pushed across the game-winning run on an error and a hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the Huntington North High School softball team, 4-3, in the championship game of the Homestead Softball Sectional on Saturday, May 27.

The Lady Vikings, 15-9, had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth on Hannah Middlebrooks' bases-loaded double off the left-center field fence, but Homestead, 20-6, used another of four HNHS errors and another hit to knot the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth.

Vikes grab early lead, hold off Generals to get to sectional title game

Huntington North hitter Jarret Gray rips a line drive in action against Fort Wayne Wayne in the Huntington North Baseball Sectional on Saturday, May 27. The liner was caught for an out, but the Vikings went on to record a 6-3 win and advance to the championship game of the tourney this evening, Monday, May 29, at 6 against Homestead.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team jumped out of the gate with five runs in the first inning and held to beat Fort Wayne Wayne, 6-3, at the Huntington North Baseball Sectional on Saturday, May 27, and claim a spot in the championship game tonight, Monday, at 6 p.m. at Forest Glen Park at Huntington University.

The Vikings, 16-8, will face Homestead, which trampled Fort Wayne Southside, 18-0, earlier Saturday.

Chesterman, Coolman and relay quartet make boys' state track meet

Elijah Chesterman (left) and Jared Coolman
Photos by Steve Clark.

Elijah Chesterman, Jared Coolman and the 3,200-meter relay team are moving on to the state finals for the Huntington North High School boys’ track team after their efforts at the Marion Regional, held at Indiana Wesleyan University, on Thursday, May 25.

Vikings top Knights, 8-1, on diamond

Ian McCutcheon and Jarret Gray combined for four hits and five runs batted in to lead the Huntington North High School baseball team to an 8-1 win over visiting Bishop Luers on Tuesday, May 23.

Three HNHS hurlers limited the Knights to just six hits and a solo run in the second inning to help the Vikings to their 15th win in 23 outings.

McCutcheon had two hits and three ribbies and Gray had two hits and two ribbies as the Vikings banged out 12 hits on the afternoon. Collin Landrum actually led the hit parade with a trio of safeties.

Lady Vikes finish track season at regional

A pair of seventh place finishes and a pair of eighth place finishes were the only points Huntington North scored at the Marion Girls Regional track meet on Tuesday, May 23, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

The Lady Vikings' 3,200-meter relay team and junior discus thrower Amaya Torres collected the seventh place points for HNHS. The relay squad went 9:58.67 for its finish, and Torres threw the discus 107-9 for her points.

Lady Vikes bludgeon NS to get to sectional championship game

Huntington North pitcher Hannah Middlebrooks winds up to unleash a pitch against Fort Wayne North Side at the Homestead Softball Sectional on Tuesday, May 23. Middlebrooks threw three scoreless innings and knocked in three runs as the Lady Vikes won, 21-0.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North high School varsity softball team bludgeoned Fort Wayne North Side, 21-0, on Tuesday, May 23, at the Homestead Softball Sectional.

Aubrie Eckert had four runs batted in and a quartet of Lady Vikes each knocked in three runs as HNHS, 15-7, advances on to play Homestead on Thursday, May 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the sectional championship game.

Mackenzi Cannici, Ariene Butler, Hannah Middlebrooks and Laney Shaw each knocked in three runs for HNHS, which scored four runs in the first inning, seven in the second, eight in the third and two in the fourth.

Lesperance gem leads Vikings over Anderson

Elliot Lesperance yielded just a hit in six innings on the mound to lead the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team to a 3-0 shutout of host Anderson on Saturday, May 20.

Lesperance struck out four and didn't issue any walks during his dominant outing for the Vikings, 14-8. He was spelled in the seventh by Ian McCutcheon, who limited the Indians to a hit to record the save.

While Lesperance shut Anderson down at the plate, the Huntington North offense scored once in the third and twice in the fourth to provide him with all the run support he would need.

Trio of first-place efforts has Viking runner-up at boys' track sectional

Huntington North’s Felix Benkel (right) hands off the baton to teammate Stone Bowers in the 400-meter relay at the New Haven Boys’ Track Sectional on Friday, May 19. The relay team finished third in :46.24 to qualify for regionals. The Vikings were the meet’s runner-up with 105 points.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Behind a trio of first-place efforts, the Huntington North High School boys’ track team captured second place at the New Haven Sectional on Friday, May 19.

The Vikings totaled 105 points at the 10-team meet, which started on Thursday, May 18, and was completed on Friday due to inclement weather. Six individuals and three relay teams will represent Huntington North at the Marion Regional, which is set for Thursday, May 25, at Indiana Wesleyan University.

First doubles team continues on bit Lady Vike netgirls' season ends

Senior Katie Hunt returns a shot at No. 2 singles during the Lady Vikes' sectional match against host Norwell  on Thursday evening, May 18. Hunt and the Lady Vikings fell, 1-4.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A win at first doubles was all the Huntington North High School girls’ tennis team could manage against Norwell in a 1-4, season-ending loss in the semifinals of the Norwell Sectional on Thursday, May 18.

The duo of junior Kassidy Thompson and sophomore Macy Wohlford posted the Lady Vikings’ lone victory, outlasting Madison Oakes and Caitlynn Griggs in three sets, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5. With the triumph, Thompson and Wohlford keep their season going and will compete in the state’s tournament for individuals from eliminated teams this week.

HU's postseason run comes to end at hands of Faulkner

The Huntington University baseball team’s postseason run came to an end with an 8-4 loss to Faulkner University in the Montgomery, AL, bracket of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on Wednesday, May 17.

The defeat was the Foresters’ second to the Eagles in as many days. The first setback, a 3-0 decision, dropped third-seeded Huntington to the tournament’s losers bracket, where it faced fifth-seeded Truett McConnell University on Wednesday afternoon and eliminated the Bears, 11-6, to set up a rematch with Faulkner, the top seed, that evening.

Zimske's bomb helps HU past Truett McConnell

Tyler Zimske launched a three-run homer to spark a five-run explosion in the eighth inning which carried the Huntington University baseball team past Truett McConnell, 11-6, on Wednesday afternoon in an elimination game at the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round Tournament in Montgomery, AL.

Last-inning rally falls just short for Viking diamond boys

A final-inning three-run rally fell just short for the Huntington North High School baseball team as it fell to visiting New Haven, 6-5, on Tuesday, May 16.

Trailing 6-2 heading in the bottom of the seventh, the Vikings, 14-8,  got two singles and two doubles to tally a trio of runs, but the tying run was left on base as New Haven hung on.

New Haven tallied what proved to be the game-winning runs in the top of the seventh thanks to a hit, an error and a wild pitch.

Lady Vikes get five regional spots at New Haven Girls' Track Sectional

Lady Viking runners Alena Miller (left) and Kyler Hoopingarner compete in the 1,600-meter run at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, afternoon, May 16.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Led by Veronika Russell winning the pole vault, Huntington North High School had five automatic qualifications to regional at the New Haven Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, May 16.

Russell, a sophomore, went 8-6 to win on jumps in the pole vault as the Lady Vikings earned four of their five qualifications in the field events. Top three finishes earned automatic move-ons to regional next week at Marion.

Faulkner silences big HU bats in tourney win; Foresters play elim game today

Huntington University's big bats were silenced by host Faulkner in a 3-0 loss on day two of the NAIA Opening Round baseball tournament.

HU drops into an elimination game today, Wednesday, May 17, at 2:30 against fifth-seeded Truett in the double-elimination tourney.

Faulkner starter Ivan Pelaez dominated the Foresters with only three hits and 15 strikeouts without a walk in 8.1 innings. His teammates got him all the support he needed with a solo run in the second, then they added insurance runs in the seventh and the ninth.

Huntington North rally falls short against Carroll

The Huntington North High School baseball team almost came back from a 6-0 deficit but in the end fell 6-5 to visiting Carroll on Monday, May 15.

Carroll pushed across a pair of runs in the first, second and fourth innings to take its 6-0 advantage, but the Vikings, 14-7, rallied for four runs in the fourth and another in the sixth before Carroll slammed the door shut in the seventh for its 20th win of the season in 23 games.

Ian McCutcheon and C.J. Landrum each had two hits and Landrum notched three runs batted in to lead the Vikings nine-hit offense.

Cannici leads Lady Vikes over New Haven

Photo by Steve Clark.
Mackenzi Cannici

Mackenzie Cannici had three hits and two runs batted in to lead the Huntington North High School varsity softball team to a 7-2 win over visiting New Haven on Monday, May 15.

Laney Shaw added to the offense for HNHS, 14-7, with a two-run double, and Alyssa Voght, Aubrie Eckert and Ariene Butler each added an RBI.

Hannah Middlebrooks picked up the win in the circle, allowing two runs on four hits.

Late lightning fuels Foresters in national tourney

The Huntington University baseball team used some late lightning to post a 12-6 win over second-seeded St. Thomas University on Monday, May 15, in the NAIA Opening Round Baseball Tournament at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL.

The third-seeded Foresters, 35-11, trailed 5-3 after six innings, but racked up nine runs over the final three frames to stay in the winner's bracket of the double-elimination tourney.

The Foresters will face top-seeded Faulkner today, Tuesday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m.

Lady Vikes blast South Side in twinbill sweep

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team steamrolled visiting South Side, winning 12-0 and 17-1 in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 13.

In the opening game, the Lady Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before scoring four times in the second, six times in the third and once more in the fifth to cap the lopsided affair.

JLVs win in Bloomington

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The seventh-grade Junior Lady Vikings basketball team won the Midwest War on the Floor Tournament on Sunday, April 30, in Bloomington. With the victory, the team qualifies for the Midwest Nationals in Louisville, KY, this June. Team members are (front row from left) Grace Sell, Chloe Kauffman, Jadyn Bennett and Leah Campbell and (back row from left) Coach Stacy Wiley, Taylor Double, Addy Wiley, Meg Camomile, Hailee Kline and Coach Brian Double.

Zanesville Lions to hold 5K

The Zanesville Lions Club’s annual 5K run will be held Saturday, June 10, at the Zanesville United Methodist Church. Race day registration is from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with a 1 mile fun run for kids ages 12 and under. At 8:15 a.m. the 5K Run/Walk will begin.

Awards will be presented at 9 a.m. for first through fourth place and male and female overall winners. First and second place awards will be presented for recognition in age groups.

Top competitors

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Members of Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana display their awards after they participated in the Stone Tiger Challenge Cancer Center Benefit in Rockford, OH, on May 6.  Melanie Anderson (left) received first place in 15-17 year old advanced girls kata, first place in 15-17 year old kobudo kata and grand champion in 13-17 year old kobudo kata. Lextin Keefer (center) took second place in 7-8 year old boys kata. Sensei Dawn Anderson (right) took first place in 55 and over women black belt kata and first place in 55 and over women black belt kobudo kata.

Three-hitter on the way

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North pitcher Kendra Arnold winds up for a pitch during a three-hit, shutout performance against visiting Fort Wayne South Side in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, May 13. The Lady Vikings won 12-0 and 17-1.

Huntington North trackboys win own 9/10 Invitational

Huntington North's Drew Nash runs the curve in the 200-meter dash at the Huntington North 9/10 Invitational on Saturday, May 13. The Vikings won the meet.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Behind five first-place finishes, the Huntington North High School boys’ track team won the Huntington North 9/10 Invitational on Saturday, May 13, at Kriegbaum Field.

The Vikings tallied 134 points to win the 10-team meet, which featured only freshman and sophomore competitors.

Of Huntington North’s five victories, two came in distance races. Sophomore Brock Spahr won the 1,600-meter run, clocking in at 4:35.7, while sophomore Jarid Miller topped the 3,200-meter run, crossing the finish line in 10:39.6.

Lady Vike netgirls edge South Adams

Huntington North's No. 1 singles player Jessica Henline smacks a backhand on her way to defeating Virginia Lagos of visiting South Adams in a match on Friday, May 12. The Lady Vikes won, 3-2.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team edged visiting South Adams, 3-2, on Friday, May 12.

The key match for the Lady Vikings came at second singles, where senior Katie Hunt came back to beat Haley Gerber. After losing the opening set, 3-6, Hunt rallied with a 6-4 victory in the following frame and a 10-5 tiebreak triumph to win the match.

HU trackmen short in effort to qualify for nationals

Members of the Huntington University men’s track team came up short in their efforts to qualify for the NAIA Outdoor Nationals while competing at the Hillsdale College Classic on Thursday, May 11.

Avniel Barrow posted the team’s best finish on the day, winning the 100-meter dash in :10.89, which was a personal record and earns him the No. 4 spot in the Huntington record book.

Brooks Gerke also put forth a personal-best effort, leaping 14-05.50 in pole vault. The showing earned him sixth place at the meet and bumped him up from sixth to fifth in the school’s record book.