Lady Vikes win Lady Tiger Classic

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team won the Lady Tiger Classic, hosted by Warsaw, on Saturday, Jan. 4.

The Lady Vikings opened the four-team competition with a 49-28 victory over Perry Meridian. Coach Matt Hinds’ squad then defeated Chesterton, 43-27, to top the classic.

With the pair of victories, Huntington North, 12-4, extended its winning streak to seven games.

22nd-ranked Foresters lose to 13th-ranked Cougars

The 22nd-ranked Huntington University women’s basketball team fell to 13th-ranked University of Saint Francis, 68-53, on Saturday, Jan. 4, in the Hutzell Athletic Center in Fort Wayne.

The Foresters, 13-3, trailed by only four points at 53-49 entering the fourth quarter, but USF, 12-3, locked things up with a 15-4 advantage in the frame.

Sam Hammel had team-highs of 15 points and five assists to lead HU. Sarah Fryman added 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Lauren McBryar topped all scorers with 22 points and Kara Gerka had 14 for Saint Francis.

Cougars drub Foresters with hail lof treys

Host University of Saint Francis rained 19 three-pointers down on the Huntington University in a 96-69 pasting of the Foresters on Saturday, Dec. 4.

The 19 treys were a season-best for the 17th-ranked Cougars and dropped the Foresters to 9-7 overall, 1-3 in the crossroads League.

The hosts, 13-3, held a 44-23 lead after the first half.

Caleb Middlesworth led HU with 22 points. Konner Platt had 16 points and Peyton West added 11.

Rough second quarter costs Vikes against Wabash

Viking forward Jordan Hollowell passes the ball during action Friday night against Wabash at North Arena. The Vikings lost, 45-37.
Photo by Steve Clark.

A one-point second quarter was too much for the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team to overcome as it fell to visiting Wabash for the first time in 41 years, 45-37, on Friday night, Jan. 3.

The Vikings, 3-7, trailed after the first quarter only 14-12, but Wabash held a 23-13 lead by halftime. The Vikes cut the margin to seven at 34-27 after three quarters.

Sam Thompson and Jordan Hollowell each scored 10 points to lead HNHS. Hollowell also grabbed seven rebounds.

Middlesworth's 33 lead HU to big win over Siena Heights

Caleb Middlesworth scored 25 first-half points and finished with 33 on the night to lead the Huntington University men’s basketball team to a 121-61 drubbing of visiting Siena Heights on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Middlesworth, a 6-8 sophomore, hit 13 of 17 shots from the field on the night, including 5 of 6 from three-point land, as HU improved to 9-6 on the season.

Spencer Ballinger added a 7 of 11 performance from the field on his way to a 20-point effort. Konner Platt chipped in with 16 points and newcomer Tim Abel added 10 points off the bench.

Huntington North hoops star Cunningham gets state HOF Silver Anniversary Team honor

April Cunningham, a member of the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team that won the state title in 1995, has been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2020 Silver Anniversary Team.

Women were named to the team based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago. Being named to the team does not constitute induction to the Hall of Fame.

HU's third-quarter streak leads to big win over IU Northwest

Huntington University forward Sarah Fryman goes hard to the basket against a defender from IU Northwest on Monday, Dec. 30, at Platt Arena. Fryman scored a game-high 22 points to lead HU to the win.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington University women’s basketball team ran off 13 straight points at the start of the third quarter and wound up a 62-39 winner over visiting IU Northwest on Monday, Dec. 30.

Sarah Fryman scored six points in the run, which ballooned HU’s half time lead of 28-27 into a 41-27 advantage. The Foresters took a 49-31 lead into the final quarter and held IU Northwest to just eight points in the final frame on the way to their 13th win in 15 outings on the season.

Fryman wound up with game-high 22 points and eight rebounds to lead HU. Alexandria Bope had eight points.

Registration for YMCA KIM League co-ed middle school hoop starts Jan. 6

Gage Clanin (left) and Rhett Holzinger compete in a recent KIM League basketball game at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Registration opens for the league’s co-ed middle school division on Monday, Jan. 6
Photo provided.

Registration for the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA’s co-ed middle school basketball division in the KIM League will open on Monday, Jan. 6.

Registration is open through Feb. 6. T-shirts are included with registration.

The middle school division will feature weeknight practices and Saturday games, held at the YMCA.

KIM League basketball is open to all community members. Financial assistance is available to help offset the cost of the program.  Families may sign up by calling the YMCA at 359-9622.

Pickleball Tournament

Photo by Steve Clark.

Tim Deal (right) concentrates as he prepares to lay a hit on the ball during a game in the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA’s Pickleball Tournament on Friday, Dec. 20. With Deal is Troy Hott. Around a dozen pickleball players participated in the tourney.

Vikings take fourth at own holiday hoops tourney

Huntington North forward Dominic Cardwell goes up for a short shot against New Haven in the third place contest at the Huntington North Holiday Hoops Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 28. The Vikings lost 51-38 to place fourth.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team finished fourth in its Huntington North Holiday Hoops Tournament by losing to New Haven on Saturday, 51-38, in the third place contest.

The Vikings, 3-6, went 1-2 in the tournament.

New Haven, 6-3, held a 16-11 lead after the first quarter and went into halftime with a 28-23 lead. The Bulldogs then jumped on HNHS for a 17-4 third quarter advantage to go into the final frame with a 45-27 lead.

Dominic Cardwell led HNHS with nine points and nine rebounds. Sam Thompson also had nine points.

Leo run snatches win away from Vikes in second classic game

Leo ran off the last 15 points of the game to snatch a 52-49 victory away from the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team on Friday evening, Dec. 27, in the Vikings’ second effort in the HNHS Holiday Hoops Tourament.

The Vikings, 3-5, held their largest lead of the game at 49-37 in the final frame before the roof caved in.

Zach Hubartt led the Vikings with 18 points and Jordan Hollowell added 14 points. Dominic Cardwell scored seven.

Blake Davison notched a game-high 21 points to lead the Lions, 7-2.

Vikings beat Jay County in own holiday hoops tournament

The Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team limited Jay County to just four points in the third quarter and wound up with a 63-50 victory on Friday, Dec. 27, in the Vikings first game in the HNHS Holiday Hoops Tournament.

The Vikings’ defensive efforts in the third quarter turned a 29-29 halftime tie into a 40-33 lead entering the fourth quarter, and the Vikings expanded the lead in the final frame on the way to their third win against four losses.

Fort Wayne FC taps Lawson as assistant coach

Fort Wayne FC has hired Russ Lawson, head coach of the Huntington University men’s soccer team, as an assistant coach.

Fort Wayne FC is a National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) team set to begin play in May 2020. The squad will compete in the league’s Great Lakes Conference.

NPSL is a national outdoor soccer league at the fourth tier of the United States soccer pyramid.

Lady Vikings' 'D' squeezes Leo

Huntington North's Grace Sell pops a jumper from the right side during action Saturday night against visiting Leo. The Lady Vikings won 59-25.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team held visiting Leo to single digits in the first three quarters and wound up with a 59-25 win on Saturday, Dec. 21.

The Lady Vikings jumped out to a 13-5 lead over Leo in the first quarter and never looked back on the way to improving to 10-4 on the season. They led 22-9 at halftime and a 23-point explosion in the third quarter saw them take a 45-14 lead into the final quarter.

Leach Campbell notched 13 points and Reece Colclesser had 11 points. Addy Wiley and Katelyn Arnold each had eight points.

Platt 3-pointer lifts Foresters to win

Konner Platt hit a a three-pointer with five seconds left to lift the Huntington University men’s basketball team over host Florida Memorial on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 21.

Just like the day before the Foresters, 8-6, let a good-sized lead get away from them, but this time Coach Ty Platt’s crew came out on top. The Foresters were up 30-17 with just under three minutes to play in the first half, but FMU reeled off the final 12 points of the half to trail by just a single point at halftime.