Lady Vike netgirls fall to Homestead

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team fell to host Homestead, 2-3, on Wednesday, May 10.

The Lady Vikings triumphed at first and second singles, but were stymied by the Lady Spartans in the remaining matches to fall to 6-9.

Senior Katie Hunt posted a 6-0, 6-3 win over Lumyah Habib in the second solo match for Huntington North while sophomore Jessica Henline dispatched Natalie Steingass, 6-3, 6-3, in the first tilt.

A 1-6, 0-6 loss to Lauren Peters by junior Tarah Zumbrun rounded out singles play for the Lady Vikes.

HNHS trackgirls shot down by Homestead

Veronika Russell won pole vault and Amaya Torres triumphed in shot put to pace the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity track team in a 97-26 loss to Homestead at Kriegbaum Field on Wednesday, May 10.

Russell, a sophomore, cleared 8-0 to top pole vault while Torres, a junior, heaved the gray ball 35-0.75 to win shot put.

Karmen Koch was a two-time runner-up for the Lady Vikings. The junior captured second in high jump with a leap of 4-10 and was the silver finisher in the 800-meter run with a clocking of 2:30.84.


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Students of the YMCA martial arts program display the certificates they received on a recent Promotion Night. To be promoted, students must master more advanced techniques and skills. Pictured are (front row, from left) Benjamin Mitchell, Tyler Wise, Zachary Mitchell, Hayden Saunders, Peyton Blair and Cheyenne Catellier; and (back row, from left) YMCA martial arts director/instructor Bob Waldron, instructor/student Brad Roberts, instructor/student Ashley Roberts, instructor TJ Saunders, Shayne Linder and Anna Scott. Not pictured are Delores Wilson and Tanner Branscomb.

Karate skills

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Members of Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana, in Huntington, participated in the 40th Anniversary Invitational Karate Tournament and Seminars in Pittsburg, KS, on April 28 to 30. Amanda Anderson (left) won fourth place women’s black belt Kata, fourth place black belt JKG Kobudo Kata and third place black belt open Kobudo Kata while Melanie Anderson (right) won first place girls’ red belt 15-17 year old Kumite, first place junior advanced JKG Kobudo Kata and fourth place girls’ red belt 15-17 year old Kata.

UW, PHH team up for 10th annual Sprint Triathlon Aug. 12

The United Way of Huntington County and the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA will host its 10th annual Sprint Triathlon, including both team and individual events, on Aug. 12.

This year, the day will also include the first Run for Reading 5K.

The events are open to anyone age 14 or older Registrations are now being accepted, with a discounted fee available through May 31.

Registration is online at

Kenny Eckert hits lucky birthday shot

Kenny Eckert, using an approach wedge, shot a hole-in-one on his birthday, Sunday, May 7, at Norwood Golf Course.

The shot was witnessed by his son, Matt Eckert, and his grandchildren, Amara and Brandon Eckert.

Beauchamp, Foresters make Crossroads League Tourney finals

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Shea Beauchamp

Shea Beauchamp smacked two home runs and had five runs batted in as the top-seeded Huntington University baseball team lit up Goshen on Tuesday, May 9, 21-1, in semifinal action at the Crossroads League Tournament.

The Foresters, 32-11, moved into the finals of the tourney today at noon at Taylor by hammering out 18 hits while drawing a season-high 13 walks. Meanwhile, Forester starter D.J. Moore was pitching three-hit shutout ball for six innings to stifle the Goshen bats.

Middlebrooks, Lady Vikings mash Logansport, 19-3

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Hannah Middlebrooks

Hannah Middlebrooks blasted a grand slam to kickstart a 13-run first inning and the Huntington North High School girls' varsity softball team mashed host Logansport, 19-3, on Tuesdya, May 9.

Jordyn Poulson, Ariene Butler and Mackenzi Cannici all singled to start the game for the Lady Vikes, 10-6, before Middlebrooks launched her bomb to clear the sacks. Faith Leist followed Middlebrooks' slam with a single, and Aubrie Eckert followed with a homer for a quick 6-0 lead. Eight more hits and seven more runs followed in the frame.

Vikings clip Leo with late run

Four innings of shutout relief and a manufactured run in the sixth inning helped the Huntington North High School baseball team clip host Leo, 3-2, on Tuesday, May 9.

Jarret Gray worked a walk from Leo reliever Andrews Schaadt to start the sixth, and Schaadt's balk moved Gray to second, from where he scored on a single to shallow left by Trey Williams.

Pat Miller, the third of three Viking pitchers, shut out Leo on one hit, with fourth strikeouts, in the next two inings to notch his first save of the campaign.

Henline signs with IWU

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Huntington North High School senior Jenna Henline (front center) signs a letter of intent to continue her cross country and track career at Indiana Wesleyan University next year. Watching her put her name on the dotted line last Wednesday, May 3, are (front row from left) her parents Rich and Deanna Henline, and (back row from left) Carrie Boxell, HNHS assistant cross coutry coach; John Foss, IWU cross country coach; and Casey Ogden, HNHS head cross country coach.

Leo overwhelms HNHS netgirls

The Huntington North High High School girls' tennis team was overwhelmed by host Leo, 0-5, on Tuesday, May 9.

The closest Huntington North got to a win was by the second doubles team of Anna Schroeder and Alyssa Hewson, which lost 3-6, 6-7.

The Lady Vikes' first doubles team of Macy Wohlford and Olivia Bowman lost to Cassidy Boyce and Lily Brandenberger, 4-6, 2-6.

Koch leads Lady Vike trackgirls to third at NE8

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Karmen Koch

Junior Karmen Koch won a trio of events to lead the Huntington North High School girls' track team to a third place finish at the Northeast 8 Conference meet on Monday, May 8, at New Haven.

Koch won both hurdles events and the high jump to lead HNHS to 103 points, trailing only Columbia City with 136 and East Noble with 121.5.

Koch went :16.38 to win the 100-meter hurldes and blazed to a :48.46 to win the 300-meter hurdles. She sailed 5-0 to take the high jump.

Chesterman a double champ as Vikings runner-up at NE8 meet

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Elijah Chesterman

Senior Elijah Chesterman captured the 800 and 1600-meter runs to help the Huntington North High School boys' track team place second at the Northeast 8 Conference meet on Monday, May 8, at New Haven.

Chesterman, who for much of this season has been running dashes, returned to the longer distances with a splash, taking the 1,600 in 4:33.30 and then coming back with a time of  2:00.48 to edge out Leo's Alejandro Flores in the 800.

DeKalb runs past HNHS diamond boys

Host DeKalb rang up five runs in the opening frame and cruised to a 10-0 win over the Huntington North High School baseball team on Monday, May 8.

The Barons, 11-7, scored four more runs in the fourth inning and added the mercy rule clincher in the fifth while pitcher Andrew Novak was limiting HNHS to just one hit.

The Vikings are 11-6 on the season.

Lady Vikes fall to Leo, 7-0

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team got only two hits and fell to visiting Leo, 7-0, on Monday, May 8.

Faith Leist and Mackenzie Cannici got the only safeties for the Lady Vikings, who drop to 10-6.

Hannah Middlebrooks took the loss in the circle the HNHS, pitching the first four innings and yielding three runs.

Late rally pushes HU baseball team past MVNU at CL Tourney

The Huntington University baseball team rallied late to edge visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 6-5, on Monday, May 8, in the second round of the Crossroads League Tournament.

With the victory over the fourth-seeded Cougars, the No. 1 Foresters, 31-11, advance to play seventh-seeded Goshen College on Tuesday, May 9, at Taylor University.

Carroll humbles Lady Vike netgirls

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team suffered a humbling 0-5 loss to host Carroll on Friday, May 5.

The Lady Vikings, 6-7, lost every match in straight sets and managed to win only one game in singles play. The team’s most competitive match of the day came at second doubles, where senior Alyssa Hewson and junior Anna Schroeder fell 4-6, 2-6 to Hannah Wallace and Katie Beier.

At first doubles, the Huntington North duo of junior Kassidy Thompson and sophomore Macy Wohlford went down to Lauren VanWyngarden and Mia Toscos, 1-6, 0-6.

Vikings to 11-5 with sweep of Southwood

Collin Landrum, a junior on the Huntington North High School varsity baseball team, gets a hold of a pitch in the first of two games versus visiting Southwood on Saturday, May 6. The Vikings swept the Knights, winning 3-2 and 8-0.
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The Huntington North High School varsity baseball team swept visiting Southwood, triumphing 3-2 and 8-0 on Saturday, May 6, to improve its record on the season to 11-5.

In the opening game, Southwood struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning before Huntington North countered with a solo tally in its half of the frame. The Vikings then repeated that offensive production in the following two innings to snatch the lead.

Hot start pushes HU diamond men to CL 2nd round

Mason Shinabery, a freshman on the Huntington University baseball team, winds up for a pitch in a Crossroads League Tournament game against Bethel College on Saturday, May 6, at Forest Glen Park. Shinabery limited the Pilots to four hits in seven innings to help the Foresters post an 11-1 win.
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The Huntington University baseball team wasted no time building a lead on visiting Bethel College and rode that hot start to an 11-1 win in a Crossroads League Tournament opening-round game on Saturday, May 6.

With the win, the top-seeded Foresters, 30-11, 22-5 in league action, move on to play fourth-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Monday, May 8, at Forest Glen Park. The victory was also personally significant to Huntington Head Coach Mike Frame, as it was the 800th of his 33-year career with the program.

Three HU softball players get Crossroads League accolades

Three members of the Huntington University softball team have received postseason honors from the Crossroads League.

Freshmen Lairen Miller and Casey Lehman have been named to the all-conference team while junior Audra Klopfenstein has received an honorable mention nod.

HNHS netgirls back on winning track with sweep over DeKalb

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team got back on the winning track in a big way with a 5-0 sweep of visiting Dekalb on Thursday, May 4, inside the HNHS fieldhouse.

No. 1 singles player Jessica Henline led the romp with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Bethany Lancaster. Katie Hunt at second singles took down Jessica Schamper, 6-3, 6-1, and Tarah Zumbrun had to do a little scampering but got past Lexi Smith at third singles, 5-7, 6-2 (10-6).

Season comes to end for HU softball team at CL Tourney

The season came to an end for the Huntington University softball team with a 7-6 defeat to Spring Arbor University in 11 innings at the Crossroads League Tournament on Wednesday, May 3, at Marian University.

A 5-1 loss to fifth-seeded Grace College earlier in the day sent the Foresters, seeded fourth, to the losers bracket, setting up an elimination game between them and the eighth-seeded Cougars, who got edged by No. 1 seed Marian, 2-0.

Lady Vikes SB routs Dekalb

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team routed visiting DeKalb, 12-0, on Wednesday, May 3.

The Lady Vikings, 10-5, 3-1 in Northeast 8 Conference play, got impressive showings at the plate from seniors Mackenzi Cannici, Aubrie Eckert and Hannah Middlebrooks, who each went 3 for 3 with three runs batted in. Eckert and Middlebrooks each smacked a home run. Senior Jordyn Poulson added three hits and two RBI to the team’s effort.

Middlebrooks tossed the first four innings and earned the win.

Lady Vike netgirls come up short against Manchester

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team came up short to visiting Manchester, 2-3, on Wednesday, May 3.

The Lady Vikings’ wins came courtesy of Jessica Henline, at first singles, and the first doubles duo of Kassidy Thompson and Macy Wohlford. Henline, a sophomore, logged a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Karly Eichenauer. Thompson, a junior, and Wohlford, a sophomore, triumphed over Bethany Collett and Lotte van der Ven, 6-2, 6-1.

HU golfwomen end season with last at CL Championships

The Huntington University women's golf team wrapped up its season Tuesday, May 3, with a last place finish at the Crossroad League Championships at Eagle Eye Golf Club, in Bath MI.

The Foresters shot a 1,206 over the two-day, 54-hole event, well behind the 1,007 posted by champion Taylor. Indiana Wesleyan University was runner-up with a 1,011, Marian fired a 1,012, Saint Francis had a 1,014, Bethel a 1,048, Grace a 1,064, Spring Arbor a 1,119 and Mount Vernon Nazarene had an 1,142.

Kids Kampus Golf outing contributors

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Loretta Mottram (back row, first from left), senior director of Pathfinder Services, stands alongside representatives from local businesses on Friday, April 28, at Norwood Golf Course that have made contributions to the 26th-annual Pathfinder Kids Kampus Golf Outing, set for May 17. With Mottram are (back row, from left) Bill Miller, partner, David Culp & Co. LLP; Michael Zahn, president and chief executive officer, First Federal Savings Bank; and Patrick Davis, golf professional, Norwood Golf Course. David Culp & Co.

Bellmont shades Lady Vike netgirls

Huntington North third singles player Tarah Zumbrun raises up on her toes as he hits a backhand against Kelsey Dohrman of Bellmont in action at the HNHS tennis courts on Tuesday, May 2. Zumbrun won but the Lady Vikes lost.
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The Huntington North High School girls' varsity tennis team was edged by visiting Bellmont on Tuesday, May 2, 2-3.

The Lady Vikings, 5-5, got wins from first singles player Jessica Henline and third singles player Tarah Zumbrun, and both needed three sets. Henline topped Brielle Adams, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, and Zumbrun defeated Kelsey Dohrman, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.

Lady Vikes turn power up in big win over Marion

The Huntington North High School varsity softball team turned the power up against host Marion by slamming four home runs in a 15-2 crushing on Tuesday, May 2.

The Vikings, 9-5, got round-trippers from Ariene Butler, Mackenzi Cannici, Hannah Middlebrooks and Aubrie Eckert among a total of 14 hits on the afternoon.

The Lady Vikings turned a 2-0 second-inning deficit into a 6-2 advantage in the third inning, put two more runs on the board in the fourth and then unloaded for seven more runs in the fifth.

Norwell edges Vike trackboys despite twin wins from Chesterman

Two wins by Elijah Chesterman still left the Huntington North High School boys' varsity track team one-half point shy of victory in a three-way meet with visiting Norwell and New Haven on Tuesday, May 2.

Norwell won the meet with 64 points, while the Vikings finished with 63.5 and New Haven scored 39.5.

Chesterman, a senior, won the 400-meter dash in :53.0 seconds and later came back to claim the 200-meter dash in :23.3 as he got half of the HNHS wins on the day.

Braves subdue Vikings, 7-4

Huntington North batter CJ Landrum extends his bat on a bunt attempt in action against visiting Bellmont on Tuesday afternoon, May 2. The Vikings lost, 7-4.
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A four-run third inning proved enough for visiting Bellmont as it topped the Huntington North High School baseball team, 7-4, on Tuesday, May 2.

The Braves used four hits and an error for their big third inning, which gave them a 5-1 lead at that point. Although the Vikings came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame and two more in the fourth, they could get no closer, and Bellmont tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh to send HNHS to its fifth loss against nine wins.