Homestead rally stops Vikings in baseball home opener

Huntington North junior Elliot Lesperance delivers a pitch against visiting Homestead on Tuesday, April 12. Lesperance and the Vikings lost, 5-1.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Visiting Homestead rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to hang a 5-2 loss on the Huntington North High School baseball team on Tuesday, April 11, in the Vikings' home opener.

Homestead tallied a pair of runs in the first inning but HNHS came back to tie the contest with solo tallies in the second and sixth innings before the Spartans, 5-1, had their winning rally.

Pat Miller, led the Vikings, 2-3, with two of their six hits, and he also had a run batted in.

IWU pitching handcuffs Foresters in softball losses

Indiana Wesleyan pitching handcuffed the visiting Huntington University softball team in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 11, with IWU winning 3-0 and 2-1.

The Wildcats' Kaisey Carson threw a six-hit shutout at HU in the opener, then Carlie Weaver, with last inning help from Carson, threw a two-hitter in the nightcap as the Foresters dropped to  16-14-1 overall, 11-10 in Crossroads League play.

IWU got all three of its runs in the opener in the third inning, thanks to two hits, a Forester error, a wild pitch and three walks.

Solid doubles win lead HNHS netgirls to opener win

Macy Wohlford (left) and Anna Schroeder
Photos by Steve Clark.

Solid victories in both doubles matches helped the Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team to a 4-1 win over visiting Peru on Tuesday, April 11, in the team's season-opener.

The Lady Vikings' No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Macy Wohlford and junior Anna Schroeder topped Dani McCord and Marjon Rafie, 6-2, 6-3, and the second doubles team of senior Alyssa Hewson and junior Tarah Zumbrum only lost one more game in defeating Natalie Simmons and Sophie Wheeler, 6-3, 6-3.

Big inning pushes HU softball team past USF

A five-run fifth inning gave the Huntington University softball team a 7-2 win over visiting University of Saint Francis on Monday, April 10.

Three doubles among six hits in the fifth broke a 2-2 stalemate and helped push the Foresters to 16-12-1 overall on the season, 11-8 in Crossroads League play.

HU men's hoop inks first recruit of year

The Huntington University men’s basketball team has inked its first recruit for the 2017-18 season with the signing of Maconaquah High School standout Wyatt Hughes.

The 6-8 power forward led the Braves in scoring and rebounding the last three seasons, but saved his best for last by pouring in 18.2 points and pulling down 9.5 rebounds per game this past winter. He wraps up his prep career as Maconaquah’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,257 points.

HU trackwomen third at own invitational

A quartet of members from the Huntington University women’s track team compete in the 1,500-meter run at the HU Invitational on Saturday, April 8. Pictured are (starting at second from left) Aspen Dirr, Kelsey Graber, Bianca Tisdale and Rachael Smelser. Dirr posted the best finish of the four, placing fourth in 5:16.28.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University women’s track team captured third place at its own invitational, held Saturday, April 8.

Nicole Pennington sprinted her way to a pair of first-place finishes for the Foresters. She won the 100-meter dash in a personal-best time of :12.53, then topped the 200-meter dash in :26.53.

Jean Donaldson was another double winner for Huntington. She topped the field in javelin and hammer with throws of 115-07.00 and 140-11.75, respectively.

HU trackmen second at own invitational

Austin Willey (right), a freshman on the Huntington University men’s track team, prepares to plunge into the water pit while competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the HU Invitational on Saturday, April 8. Willey won the race in 10:22.68.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University men’s track team claimed second place at its own invitational, held Saturday, April 8.

Three competitors posted a first place for the Foresters. Avniel Barrow won the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in :11.07. He followed up that performance by taking second in the 200-meter dash in :22.95.

Brooks Gerke’s height of 13-05.50 in pole vault earned him top honors while Austin Willey earned 10 points for Huntington in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, clocking in at 10:22.68.

HU golfers ninth at Cougar Spring Invitational

The Huntington University men’s golf team finished ninth at the University of Saint Francis Cougar Spring Invitational, held Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at Autumn Ridge and Cherry Hill golf clubs.

The Foresters posted a score of 657 for their placement in the 10-team field.

HU women tie for third at Cougar Intercollegiate golf tourney

The Huntington University women’s golf team tied for third at the Indiana University Kokomo Cougar Intercollegiate, held Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at Wildcat Creek Golf Course, in Kokomo.

The Foresters carded a 790 to deadlock with Ancilla College in the four-team field.

HU netwomen edge Lawrence Tech

The Huntington University women’s tennis team edged visiting Lawrence Tech, 5-4, on Saturday, April 8.

The Foresters, 10-5, started off the match with a 2-1 showing in doubles play.

Constanze Golz and Meg Dolde teamed up at first doubles to defeat Carolyn McCullen and Sabrina Mateos, 8-3, for Huntington. The Foresters’ second victory came in the third match, where Kerrie Ecker and Allison Smith topped Maria Alvarez and Sarah Burgess, 8-3.

HU men netters short against Taylor

The Huntington University men’s tennis team came up short against visiting Taylor University, falling 4-5 on Saturday, April 8.

The Foresters, 9-8, 6-2 in Crossroads League play, mustered one win in doubles play, with Rodrigo Manzo and Giovanni Martinez beating Alex Jung and Juan Ramirez, 8-3.

Huntington’s second doubles duo, Mariano Echevarria and Jacob Shelton, was defeated by Andre Danelli and Rip Hunter, 4-8, while its third twosome, Josh Deutsch and Luke Buttermore, suffered a 2-8 setback to Stephen All and Salvado Lo Cascio.

HU pitchers shut down Bethel with double shutout

Tanner Wyse (left) and Mason Shinabery
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The Huntington University baseball team extended its win streak to nine games on Saturday, April 8, blanking host Bethel College, 5-0 and 10-0.

With the sweep, the Foresters, 18-7, remain atop the Crossroads League standings with an 11-2 record, 1.5 games ahead of second place Taylor University.

Tanner Wyse pitched a two-hit shutout in the first game. The senior ace gave up a hit in the second and another in the fourth, issued just two walks and struck out eight for a dominant outing on the mound.

Grace sweeps HU softball squad

The Huntington University softball team suffered a sweep to visiting Grace College, falling 6-4 and 10-2 on Saturday, April 8.

The pair of defeats snapped the Foresters’ six-game winning streak, dropping them 15-12-1 overall and 10-8 in Crossroads League play.

Both teams came up with two big offensive innings in the opening game, with the Lancers getting the better end of the deal. Grace produced six of its 11 hits in the first inning to plate five runs for the early advantage.

Vikings 1-1 on Saturday at Heath Classic

The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team went 1-1 on the second day of the Joe Heath Classic, suffering a 7-0 defeat to host Lafayette Jefferson before bouncing back with a 13-9 victory over host Harrison in eight innings on Saturday, April 8.

Lady Vikes start season 1-2 at Penn tourney

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team went 1-2 in a tournament at Penn High School, in Mishawaka, on Saturday, April 8.

The Lady Vikings kicked off the tourney with a 14-1 rout of Lafayette Jefferson.

Mackenzi Cannici highlighted Huntington North’s big offensive showing with a home run, a double and a pair of singles. Her fellow senior, Hannah Middlebrooks, also came up big, smacking a dinger and a pair of one-baggers.

Kendra Arnold and Sydney Selvage pitched the Lady Vikes to the win.

McCutcheon stops HNHS diamond boys

Host Lafayette McCutcheon rallied for four runs in the sixth inning and then stopped a Huntington North rally in the seventh inning to defeat the Vikings, 8-6, on Friday, March 7.

Huntington North, 1-1, pushed across a run in the top of the sixth inning to knot the contest at 4-4, but McCutcheon came back in the bottom of the frame with a four-spot to take an 8-4 lead. The Vikings plated a pair of runners in the top of the top of the seventh before McCutcheon got the fire put out.

McCutcheon scored three runs in the second and HNHS matched that in the third inning.

JLVs win title at Spiece

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The seventh-grade Junior Lady Vikings basketball team won the FAAST championship at Spiece Fieldhouse, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, March 25. Team members are (front row from left) Hailee Kline, Meg Camomile, Addy Wiley and Taylor Double; and (back row from left) Coach Brian Double, Jadyn Bennett, Chloe Kauffman, Grace Sell, Leah Campbell and Coach Stacy Wiley.

Huntington Parks and Recreation Department to again host adult softball league this year

Huntington Parks and Recreation will be hosting adult softball leagues once again this year.

Co-Ed Softball will begin April 30 while Men’s League Softball will commence May 2. There is a fee to enroll a team. All entry fees are due by April 14.

Both softball leagues follow all Amateur Softball Association rules. For further rules and regulations regarding the leagues or to enroll a team, contact Huntington Parks and Recreation by calling 358-2323 or emailing

Women golfers eighth at Marian invitational

The Huntington University women's golf team placed last among eight teams competing at the Marian University Spring Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, April 3-4, at the Broadmoor Country Club.

The Foresters finished with a score of 770, posting a 393 on the first day of play but picking up 16 strokes on the second day for a 377.

Betsy Schroeder paced HU with a 32nd place finish overall, shooting a 185. Rachel Blauert followed with a 188, Leah Thompson had a 197 and Sophie Frazier scored a 200.

Miller's mound heroics lead HU to softball sweep of SAU

Natalie McGuire, a senior on the Huntington University softball team, smacks a double in the first of two games against visiting Spring Arbor University on Tuesday, April 4. The Foresters won the game, 2-0.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Freshman pitcher Lairen Miller pitched a first-game shutout and then put out a fire in the last inning of the second game to help the Huntington University softball team sweep past visiting Spring Arbor University on Tuesday, April 4, in a doubleheader.

Miller threw a six-hit shutout as the Foresters won, 2-0, in the opener, then she got the final two outs of the game for HU in an 8-6 win in the nightcap as it improved to 15-10-1 on the season.

Combs is Crossroads League Player of Week

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Dalton Combs

Dalton Combs, a senior on the Huntington University baseball team, was named player of the week by the Crossroads League on Monday, April 3.

Combs helped lead Huntington to a perfect 6-0 record last week. The Monroe native went 12 for 23 at the plate for .a 522 batting average, which included five doubles and his fifth home run of the year. He also drove in eight runs, registered a slugging percentage of .870, drew four walks and posted three steals.

HU trackmen 10th at Hanover Invite

The Huntington University men’s track team placed 10th at the Hanover College Invitational on Saturday, April 1.

Brooks Gerke earned 12 of his team’s 27 points by claiming second in pole vault with a mark of 13-03.50 and fifth in javelin with a toss of 147-02.25.

Avniel Barrow had a strong showing in sprints by finishing third in the 200-meter dash, in :22.73, and sixth in the 100-meter dash, in :11.26. Other point-getters for Huntington included Austin Willey in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, sixth in 10:29.80, and Bradey Gerke in high jump, fifth in 5-08.25.

HU trackwomen 12th at Hanover Invite

The Huntington University women’s track team finished 12th at the Hanover College Invitational on Saturday, April 1.

Nicole Pennington paced the Foresters with a pair of fourth-place finishes by clocking in at :12.78 in the 100-meter dash and :26.52 in the 200-meter dash.

Michelle Kelsey cleared 4-08.75 in high jump to take fifth while Jean Donaldson earned sixth in javelin with a heave of 142-07.50.

HU men golfers sixth at Spring Cougar Classic

The Huntington University men’s golf team played 36 holes and finished with a 49-over-par 625 to finish sixth out of seven teams at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Spring Cougar Classic on Saturday, April 1, at Chapel Hill Golf Course, in Mt. Vernon, OH.

Luis Esteban fired a seven-over-par 151 for 16th overall out of 43 golfers. Cale Carr carded a 153 for 22nd place. Zak Cummings finished third for the Foresters by shooting a 158, good for 29th place. Chandler Rang, 164, and Zach Borntreger, 166, rounded out Huntington’s scoring, finishing 34th and 36th, respectively.

Huntington University volleyball team to host series of camps

The Huntington University volleyball team will host a series of camps this summer at the Merillat Complex.

The Shondell Day Camps featuring Dave Shondell, Purdue University head coach; Steve Shondell, former Ball State University head coach; John Shondell, Purdue University associate head coach; and Kyle Shondell, Huntington University head coach,  is slated for July 18 and 19 for boys and girls in grades six through 12.

Each coach will lead a three-hour session. Cost is per session or for all four sessions.

The schedules are as follows:

Pathfinder Kids Kampus announces annual golf outing at Norwood in May

Pathfinder Kids Kampus Child Care Center, in Huntington, will host its 26th annual golf outing on May 17.

The fund-raising event, sponsored by David Culp and Company, will take place at Norwood Golf Club in Huntington.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. and lunch sponsored by SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church begins at 11:30 a.m.

Shotgun start begins at 12:30 p.m. Appetizers, awards and auctions will take place after golf.

HU netwomen fall to Hillsdale

The Huntington University women's tennis team dropped its second consecutive match in a 2-7 loss to host Hillsdale College on Saturday, April 1.

First and second singles players Constance Golz and Meg Dolde, respectively, got the Foresters' wins. Golz was ahead of Halle Hyman, 7-5, when the Hillsdale player retired, and Dolde took a 6-3, 6-4 win over Madeline Bissett.

Anastasiia Evstifeeva at third singles lost 1-6, 2-6 to Dana Buck, Erin Van Kampen fell 1-6, 1-6 to Kamryn Matthews and Allison Smith at fifth singles was a 0-6, 0-6 victim of Julia Formentin.

Foresters take two more from USF on diamond

The Huntington University baseball team swept the University of Saint Francis, winning 4-3 and 13-2, on Saturday, April 1, at Forest Glen Park.

The sweep comes on the heels of the Foresters’ 14-6 triumph over the Cougars on Friday, March 31. With the trio of victories, Coach Mike Frame’s squad runs its win streak to seven and improves to 16-7, 8-2 in Crossroads League play.

HU softball team sweeps past Bethel

The Huntington University softball team routed host Bethel College, 7-2 and 7-0, on Saturday, April 1.

The Foresters, 13-10-1, 8-6 in Crossroads League play, were clicking at the plate and in the circle, banging out 22 hits while limiting the Pilots to just nine.

Foresters dispatch Cougars, 14-6

Huntington University hurler DJ Moore does his thing against the Univerisity of Saint Francis in action Friday afternoon, March 31, at Forest Glen Park. Moore and the Foresters won, 14-6.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington University baseball team dispatched the University of Saint Francis, 14-6, on Friday, March 31, at Forest Glen Park.