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HU baseball team suffers sweep by Campbellsville

The Huntington University baseball team suffered a pair of lopsided defeats to host Campbellsville University, dropping the first game, 10-1, and the second, 7-0, on Saturday, Feb. 18.

In the opening contest, the Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning before adding a solo tally in the fourth and six insurance runs in the fifth. The Foresters managed to avoid the shutout, tallying what would turn out to be their lone run of the doubleheader in the seventh.

HU diamond men open season with split

The Huntington University baseball team opened its season with a split versus host Campbellsville University, winning the opener, 5-1, before suffering a shutout in the nightcap, 8-0, on Friday, Feb. 17.

In the first game, the Foresters trailed 1-0 through the first four innings before their offense came to life in the fifth and sixth frames. Coach Mike Frame’s squad plated two runs in the fifth and added three more in the sixth to craft a permanent lead.

Vikings fall to Plymouth, 45-40

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team fell to host Plymouth, 45-40, on Friday, Feb. 17.

The Vikings trailed the Pilgrims by a single tally, 6-5, after the first quarter, but couldn’t keep pace with their hosts in the following two frames. Plymouth built a 21-14 lead by halftime and expanded it to 35-21 by the end of the third quarter for its biggest advantage of the contest. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad showed some fight in the final frame, whittling the Pilgrims’ lead down to single digits, but the hosts managed to hang on for the win.

Barton qualifies twice for sectional finals

Huntington North’s Aidan Miller stretches out his arms as he competes in the second heat of the 100-yard butterfly at the preliminaries of the Warsaw Boys’ Swimming Sectional on Thursday, Feb. 16. Miller, a sophomore, finished 17th in 1:15.06 and did not qualify for the finals or consolation finals.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Cody Barton, a senior on the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team, advanced to the finals of the Warsaw Sectional in two events at the sectional preliminaries on Thursday, Feb. 16.

The top eight finishers in each race have a chance to advance to the state meet next Friday and Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium, in Indianapolis, by winning the finals or achieving a state standard at the finals, which are set for Saturday, Feb. 18. Additionally, anyone reaching a state standard in the consolation finals could also advance.

HU women bowlers struggle at Indy meet

The Huntington University women’s bowling team placed 42nd at the 48th annual Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic, which ran from Saturday, Feb. 11, to Sunday, Feb. 12, at Western Bowl, in Indianapolis.

The Foresters were led by Brianna Cearbaugh, who posted a six-game total of 1,203 pins for a 200.5 average. Senior Brooke Ewing also had a solid outing with a 1,082 total for a 180.3 average.

HU men bowlers 16th in Indy meet

The Huntington University men’s bowling team captured 16th place at the 48th annual Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic, which ran from Saturday, Feb. 11, to Sunday, Feb. 12, at Western Bowl, in Indianapolis.

The Foresters were paced by senior Derek Beckler, who finished with a six-game total of 1,220 pins, good for a 203.3 average. Senior Seth Walker came up big for Huntington in its final team game of 1,103 by rolling a 258.

HU women hang on for win over Taylor

The Huntington University women’s basketball team hung on for a 75-68 win over visiting Taylor University on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

With the Foresters clinging to a four-point lead, 67-63, with 39 seconds remaining, seniors Miranda Palmer and Allyson Trout came up big for their squad on senior night. The duo evenly split Huntington’s final eight points of the game at the free-throw line to seal the win.

Trout finished with a team-high 18 points while Palmer topped out at 13. Sophomore Maddie Richer also scored 13 points and junior Miranda White chipped in 12.

HU shooting woes help Taylor to win

The Huntington University men's basketball team chose senior night to have it's poorest home shooting display of the year and wound up with an 81-71 loss to visiting Taylor on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Coach Ty Platt's crew connected on just 26 of 64 shots from the field for 40.6 percent, including hitting just 11 of 31 in the second half for 35.5 percent, on the way to falling for 15-14 on the season, 6-11 in the Crossroads League.

HU's Hicks punches third ticket to NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championship

Senior Christiana Hicks punched her third straight ticket to the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championship on Friday night, Feb. 10, with a winning triple jump of 11.07 meters at the Defiance College Dick Small Invitational.

Sprinter Nicole Pennington was a double-winner for HU at the meet and Aspen Dirr also got a win as HU placed second with 99 points, 50 off the total of champion Manchester.

Hicks, a Fort Wayne native will be on the prowl for her second NAIA All-American honor as she placed eighth at indoor national last year to earn the designation.

HU trackmen second at Defiance invite

The Huntington University men's track team placed second at the Defiance College Dick Small Invitational on Friday, Feb. 10.

The 800-meter relay team of Michael Bowman, Nick Childs, CJ Robertson and Elston Jones got the lone HU win at the meet, crossing the tape in 1:38.65.

Avniel Barrow led the rest of the HU contingent with a pair of top five individual finishes. The native of the Bahamas took a second in the 60-meter dash, in :07.16, and was fifth in the 200-meter dash, in :23.82. Both times were personal marks.

Jr. Lady Vikes take first


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The sixth-grade Junior Lady Vikings basketball team won the Club 1 league tournament at the SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse, in Fort Wayne, on Feb. 5. Team members are (front row from left) Gabby Leichty, Avery Bonewitz, Kianna Jennings and Taylor Double; (middle row from left) Alyse Geiger, Kinsey Strine, Skyla Tomasek, Emma Holzinger and Emma Szelis; and (back row from left) coaches Dathan Strine and Brian Double.

Vike grapplers done at semi-state

The season came to an end for the three remaining members of the Huntington North High School wrestling team with first-round defeats at the New Haven Semi-State, held Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne.

Charlie Agnew, at 195 pounds, lost via decision while Eli Parrett, at 182, and Darryn Kuhl, at 106, both got defeated by pins.

Agnew, a sophomore, lost 14-8 to Isaiah Baumgartner, of South Adams. He finishes the season 16-13.

Helmich places 30th at state swim meet


Emma Helmich

Emma Helmich, a senior on the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team, placed 30th in the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly at the Indiana Girls’ Swimming State Finals, held Friday, Feb. 10, at the Indiana University Natatorium, in Indianapolis.

Helmich touched the wall in 1:01.57 for her placement in the 32-swimmer field.

A top-eight finish would have qualified Helmich for the finals while placing ninth through 16th would have earned her a spot in the consolation finals, which were both held the following day, Saturday, Feb. 11.

Marian's late run sticks HU women with loss

Miranda White (left), a junior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, maneuvers around a defender from visiting Marian University in the lane during a game on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Foresters fell to the Knights, 84-74.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A late run helped visiting Marian University stick the Huntington University women’s basketball team with an 84-74 loss on Saturday, Feb. 11.

With the Foresters leading by a single tally, 72-71, with four minutes left in the game, the fourth-ranked Knights ended the game on a 13-2 scoring spree to seize the lead and escape Platt Arena with the win.

Jessica Almeida scored four points during the run to finish with a game-high 21 for Marian, 25-3, 15-1 in the Crossroads League.

Marian humbles Forester hoop team

The Huntington University men’s basketball team got handed a 77-60 loss by visiting Marian University on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The Foresters trailed 45-34 after the first half and by as many as 20 points in the second to drop to 15-13, 6-10 in Crossroads League play.

Huntington went 26 of 56 from the field for 46.4 percent, which included a frosty 4 of 22 effort from beyond the arc. The Foresters added four points in six attempts at the free throw line for 66.7 percent.

Balanced Vikings dispatch Wayne

Mitchell Geller (right), a junior on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team, attempts a jumper in the lane in front of Wayne defender Craig Young during a game on Saturday, Feb. 11, at North Arena. The Vikings defeated the Generals, 60-44.
Photo by Steve Clark.

With a balanced offensive effort, the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team dispatched Wayne, 60-44, on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Four players posted double-digit point totals for the Vikings, who picked up their 16th win against just five losses. Sophomore Zach Daugherty led the scoring with 16 points. Senior Hunter Hollowell tallied 15 points while seniors Chazz Bruce and Luke Pulver netted 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Bruce also corralled 10 rebounds to notch a double-double for Huntington North, which got edged on the boards, 28-25.

Vikings finish off undefeated season in NE8 with win over Norwell

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team capped an undefeated season in the Northeast 8 Conference with a 49-42 win over host Norwell on Friday, Feb. 10.

With their 7-0 record, the Vikings won the conference title outright, avoiding a tie with 6-1 New Haven.

Sluggish start costs HU women in loss to USF

The Huntington University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a sluggish start and fell to host University of Saint Francis, 73-62, on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The Foresters trailed their Crossroad League foes by eight points at the end of the first quarter, 17-9, and by 19 after the second, 40-21, and the third, 60-41, making it a challenge to mount a comeback in the fourth.

EJ Tackett wins PBA Player of Year

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EJ Tackett

After a year in which he won four titles, one of which was his first career major, Huntington’s EJ Tackett was named the 2016 GEICO Chris Schenkel Player of the Year for the Professional Bowlers Association on Sunday, Feb. 5.

PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark made the announcement during the Main Event Terrell Owens PBA Super Clash, which was held in Katy, TX, and aired live on ESPN. The player of the year accolade is voted on by PBA members and international bowling news media representatives.

Youth baseball leagues in Huntington County taking registrations

IntriCut pitcher Corbin Harmon prepares to fire a pitch during his team’s tournament game against Wayne Metals last season in the 11U Little League Tournament for Huntington County Baseball at Homier Park. The youth baseball leagues of Huntington County are now accepting registrations for their upcoming seasons.
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Youth baseball leagues in Huntington County are now accepting registrations for their upcoming seasons.

Huntington County Baseball
Huntington County Baseball is accepting registrations through Feb. 28.

Swimboys wrap up regular season with loss

The Huntington North High School boys’ swim team wrapped up its regular season with a 142-35 loss to host Bluffton on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Cody Barton posted the Vikings’ lone win at the meet, topping the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:17.52. The senior was also a silver finisher in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 1:10.81.

Nathan York logged second and third place finishes for Huntington North. The freshman was runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle, in 1:09.49, and the bronze finisher in the 200-yard individual medley, in 3:05.75.

HU men fall to USF, 87-72

The Huntington University men’s basketball team fell to host University of Saint Francis, 87-72, on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The Foresters trailed the No. 19 Cougars by just three points at halftime, 44-41, but their Crossroads League foes pulled away in the second half, outscoring them by 12.

Huntington, 15-12, 6-9 in league play, got 16 points apiece from senior Daniel Woll and junior Mike Bush, who also dished out nine assists. Junior Trevor Lockwood produced 12 points and seven rebounds while sophomore Mason Coverstone netted 10 points.

No. 2 Lady Spartans sink Lady Vikes in sectional final

The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team with a 93-51 defeat at the hands of Homestead in the championship game of the Homestead Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The Lady Vikings, finishing the year at 13-11, advanced to the title game with a 54-42 victory over Muncie Central on Friday, Feb. 3, in semifinals that snapped a six-year postseason losing streak.

Wall of defenders


Photo by Steve Clark.

Larissa Johnson (left), a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team, runs into a wall of Homestead defenders during the championship game of the Homestead Girls' Basketball Sectional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Lady Vikings lost to the second-ranked Lady Spartans, 93-51, ending their season.

Lady Vike swimmer Helmich heading back to state

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Emma Helmich

Emma Helmich is heading back to the state finals after winning the 100-yard butterfly for the Huntington North High School girls’ swim team at the finals of the Warsaw Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Helmich, a senior, advanced to state in the 100 butterfly in 2015. She punched her ticket there again with a golden finish in 1:00.53, which broke the Huntington North school record.

Tough shot


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Rileigh Johnson (left), a junior on the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team, attempt to get off a shot underneath the hoop with Muncie Central defender DeKayla Elliott closing in on her during a semifinal game in the Homestead Sectional tournament on Friday, Feb. 3. The Lady Vikings won the game, 54-42, to advance to the sectional championship game on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Strong fourth quarter helps HU women down No. 17 IWU

Huntington University forward Paige Coolman launches a short jumper against Indiana Wesleyan University at Platt Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4. Coolman scored four points off the bench in the Foresters' 56-55 win.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A strong fourth quarter helped the Huntington University women’s basketball team edge No. 17 Indiana Wesleyan University, 56-55, on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Platt Arena.

Vikings pull away from New Haven for win

Photo by Steve Clark.
Hunter Hollowell

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team pulled away from host New Haven in the second half to post a 60-52 win on Saturday, Feb. 4.

With the game tied at the half, 25-25, the Vikings slipped ahead in the third quarter, 37-34. Coach Craig Teagle’s squad then proceeded to take its biggest lead of the contest, 56-46, in the final frame before riding out the eight-point victory.

With the win, Huntington North, 14-5, 6-0 in the Northeast 8 Conference, claims at least a share of the conference title.

Platt steps up as Foresters hold off IWU

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Konner Platt

Freshman Konner Platt made sure the Huntington University men’s basketball team hung on for a 93-90 win versus Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Platt Arena.

After going into the break with a 42-39 lead, the Foresters gradually expanded their advantage over the course of the second half and led by as many as 12 points, 82-70, with 4:44 left in the game. But the Wildcats, ranked sixth in the nation, weren’t finished. The visitors proceeded to chip away at Huntington’s lead over the following 4:03 and reduced it to a single point, 87-86, with 41 seconds remaining.

Three Viking wrestlers punch tickets to semi-state

Huntington North senior Wilson Lopshire (right, top) grapples with Eastside’s Laik Minnick while the referee looks on during action in the 170-pound quarterfinals at the Carroll Wrestling Regional on Saturday, Feb. 4. Lopshire lost, 6-4, ending his season. Of the Vikings’ nine regional qualifiers, three punched their tickets to semi-state.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Three members of the Huntington North High School wrestling team advanced to semi-state with wins at the Carroll Wrestling Regional on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Senior Eli Parrett at 182 pounds, sophomore Charlie Agnew at 195 and freshman Darryn Kuhl at 106 each punched their ticket to the New Haven Semi-State, set for Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne.

Agnew and Kuhl both placed third in their respective weight classes while Parrett finished fourth.

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