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HU comeback stuns No. 10 USF in CL Tourney

Sam Hammel (right), a junior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, powers her way to the hoop while Kara Gerka from the University of Saint Francis defends during a game on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the opening round of the Crossroads League Tournament at USF. Hammel scored 19 points to help lead the Foresters to a 67-62 victory.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Down by 13 points going into the fourth quarter, the Huntington University women’s basketball team pulled off a stunning comeback, outscoring host University of Saint Francis 21-3 to post a 67-62 victory in the opening round of the Crossroads League Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The upset win over the third-seeded No. 10 Cougars sends the Foresters, seeded sixth, into the tournament’s semifinal round, where they will face second-seeded No. 7 Taylor University on Friday, Feb. 28, on the road.

Schulte finishes season at Jay County Sectional

The season came to an end for Colten Schulte, a sophomore on the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team, at the finals of the Jay County Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 22.

In the sectional’s preliminary round, Schulte qualified for the finals in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. However, as he failed to win either race, he missed out on advancing to the state finals.

Schulte claimed seventh in the freestyle in 2:02.34. He then took eighth in the backstroke in 1:00.84.

Tackett misses third major bowling title by 1 pin recently

Huntington native EJ Tackett narrowly lost the PBA Players Championship on Saturday, Feb. 15, falling to Bill O’Neill, 233-232.

The championship round’s top seed, Tackett took a 135-105 lead on O’Neill through the first five frames of the final round. O’Neill, the third seed, chipped away that deficit, reducing it to just eight pins, 212-204, by the end of the ninth frame. O’Neill then proceeded to fire consecutive strikes in the 10th frame before toppling nine pins to edge Tackett, who logged a spare and a strike in the 10th.

HU diamond men fall twice

The Huntington University baseball team dropped a doubleheader to host IU Southeast on Saturday, Feb. 22, as it fell, 9-7 and 1-0.

Four hits and three runs batted in from Daniel Lichty wasn’t enough for the HU pitching staff in the first game scorefest.

The hosts took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but HU came back with three runs in the third and two more in the fourth for a 5-2 lead. The No. 22 Grenadiers knotted the game with a three-spot in the fifth, but HU pushed across two more runs in the seventh before IU tallied the game’s final four runs in the seventh inning.

HU men end hoop season with loss to No. 5 Marian

The Huntington University men’s basketball team lost to host No. 5 Marian, 88-67, on Saturday, Feb. 22, to end its season.

The Foresters finish 14-16 overall and 6-12 in the Crossroads League.

Caleb Middlesworth notched 16 points and Konner Platt posted 15 in the final game of his HU career. The 6-2 senior finished with 1,854 career points, which puts him 10th at HU.

Peyton West and Lewis Wang each scored eight points for HU and West had a team high six rebounds.

HU women lose regular season hoop finale

The Huntington University women’s basketball team lost its regular season finale, 72-61 to host No. 3 Marian on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The loss sends HU, 20-10 overall and 9-9 in the Crossroads League, into the league tourney as the No. 6 seed. HU will face third seeded Saint Francis on Tuesday night.

HU netmen start spring off with twin losses

The Huntington University men’s tennis team, playing without its full lineup, dropped the first two matches of its spring season, falling 1-6 to host Cornerstone and getting edged 3-4 by Aquinas on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Having a 5-7 record after the fall portion of the season, HU drops to 5-9 on the year.

The lone bright spot for HU against Cornerstone was a win by Rodrigo Manzo at first singles. Manzo, a senior, defeated Mateo Jimenez, 6-3, 7-5.

McCune loses in opening round at state wrestling championships

The season came to an end for Cody McCune, a senior on the Huntington North High School wrestling team, with a defeat in the opening round of the state finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis.

McCune, competing at 152 pounds, tangled with Jordan Fulks, of Boonville, and wound up on the short end of an 8-6 decision.

With the defeat, McCune finishes with 36 wins against three losses. Fulks improved to 45-1.

No. 22 IU Southeast shades Foresters, 2-1

The Huntington University baseball team suffered a 2-1 loss Friday afternoon to No. 22 IU-Southeast in the first contest of a three-game series at the Koetter Sports Complex.

The hosts, sporting a perfect 6-0 record, tallied solo runs in the first and third innings. HU finally got on the board in the seventh when Jarret Gray walked, Owen Young smacked a double and Collin Landrum got an RBI single.

The Foresters left the bases load in the eighth but then went down 1-2-3 i the ninth for their second loss in three outings.

Schulte to swim in two sectional finals

Colten Schulte, a sophomore on the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team, qualified for the finals of the Jay County Sectional in a pair of events during the sectional’s preliminary round on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Posting a top-eight finish elevated a swimmer to the sectional finals on Saturday, Feb. 22. Schulte accomplished that feat with a sixth-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle and a seventh-place effort in the 100-yard backstroke. He swam the freestyle in a personal record 2:00.64 and the backstroke in 1:00.38.

Eckert leads Lady Vike gymnasts to win

Aleah Eckert won two events and the all-around to lead the Huntington North High School gymnastics team to a 96.650-95.475 win over visiting Wawasee on Thursday night, Feb. 20.

Eckert, a senior, captured the vault with a score of 8.700 and the floor exercise with a score of 9.075 on the way to winning the all-around with a total of 32.750. She also captured second place on the balance beam with an 8.200 and had a score of 6.775 on the bars.

Chloe Camomile also got a first for HNHS, winning the bars with an 8.025.

HU men bowlers 55th at Indy tournament

The Huntington University men’s bowling team finished 55th at the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic, held Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16, in Indianapolis.
 
The two-day event included six traditional team games on Saturday and 15 baker games on Sunday, with different lane oil patterns each day.

The Foresters finished with a score of 7,985. Sophomore Dylan Herring paced the team with a six-game total of 1,099, good for an average of 183.

HU women bowlers 34th at Indy tourney

The Huntington University women’s bowling team finished 34th at the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic, held Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16, in Indianapolis.
 
The two-day event included six traditional team games on Saturday and 15 Baker games on Sunday, with different lane oil patterns each day.

The Foresters finished with a score of 7,845. Freshman Kayli Iorio led the team with a six-game total of 1,151 pins, good for a 191.6 average.

Taylor edges HU women in 2OT

The Huntington University women’s basketball team got edged in double overtime by visiting Taylor University, 83-78, on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Tackett narrowly loses major in Columbus, OH

Huntington native EJ Tackett narrowly lost the PBA Players Championship on Saturday, Feb. 15, falling to Bill O’Neill, 233-232.

The championship round’s top seed, Tackett took a 135-105 lead on O’Neill through the first five frames of the final round. O’Neill, the third seed, chipped away that deficit, reducing it to just eight pins, 212-204, by the end of the ninth frame. O’Neill then proceeded to fire consecutive strikes in the 10th frame before toppling nine pins to edge Tackett, who logged a spare and a strike in the 10th.

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