South Side stops HNHS frosh boys

The Huntington North High School boys' freshman basketball team was handed a 40-23 loss by visiting South Side on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Paul Ehler carried the Vikings with 10 points. Trenton
Kern added five more points for the freshman team, now 5-7.


JV Lady Vikes beat Northrop

The Huntington North High School girls' junior varsity basketball team proved to be the dominant force over host Northrop as the Lady Vikes won 32-26 on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

In a match that had just two lead changes, the Lady Vikes led at every quarter stop. They were up 5-3 after the first frame and held a 10-9 lead at halftime. They built a 21-14 cushion after three quarters.

Taylor Pursifull led the Lady Vikings with 10 points and eight rebounds. Kelsey Hollowell had nine points, and Shelby Bradford added seven points and five rebounds.

Riverview eighth grade girls to 12-1 with win over Southwood

The Riverview Middle School eighth grade girls' basketball team defeated Southwood 43-25 on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Mikayla Carpenter carried Riverview with 10 points. Alyssa Hiple and Tiffany Burke each added seven points. Jessie Earhart followed up with six points and Alexa Shoemaker had five for the 12-1 team.

The Riverview seventh grade girls' basketball team fell to Southwood 52-17.

Tasha Grover, Maddi Kennedy and Kristen Dyson all had four points for Riverview, now 1-12.


Up in the air

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Jessica Baker makes a leap on the balance beam at the Huntington North High School gymnastics team's meet with visiting Carroll on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

HNHS girls play catch-up, but lose in OT to Northrop

The Huntington North High School girls' basketball team played a game of catch-up in regulation time before falling to host Northrop in overtime, 49-43, on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The Lady Vikings, 3-13, fell behind by seven points in the first quarter at 12-5, but clawed their way back into a 39-all tie at the end of regulation in a contest which saw six lead changes and nine ties.

The Lady Bruins then hit 8 of 9 free throws in the overtime period to claim the victory.

HU baseball coach Frame earns state HS association honor

Mike Frame.
Photo provided.

Huntington University baseball coach Mike Frame has been selected to receive a Victory Club Award from the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association in recognition of Frame earning his 600th career win on April 25, 2009.

Frame will receive the award at the IHSBCA State Baseball Clinic awards banquet on Jan. 22 in Indianapolis.

The Victory Club Award is presented to baseball coaches beginning with his or her 100th win and is then presented to the coach with each additional 100th win thereafter.

Gottschalk rolls 300 game; Elzey gets 800 series at Rainbow

Matt Elzey and Bob Gottschalk.
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Bob Gottschalk rang up a perfect 300 game at Rainbow Lanes on Dec. 21 in the Hoosier League.

Gottschalk, who finished with a 706 series on the night, averages 206 in league play.

He has coached youth bowlers for many years, including coaching the Huntington North High School girls' team several years ago when it won the state title.

On the same night Gottschalk rolled his 300, Matt Elzey rolled a 299 game on the way to an 806 series.

Elzey is the operator of Doc's Pro Shop at Rainbow.

HNHS girls' swim team tops South Adams

HNHS swimmer Emily Koons competes in the 200-yard individual medley during the Lady Vikings' meet against South Adams Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Salamonie School..
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sophomore Cassie Hacker and freshman Andrea Okuly each won two individual events and were members of two first-place relay teams to carry the Huntington North High School girls' varsity swim team to a 103-77 win over visiting South Adams on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Hacker placed first in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.81 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:16.87. Okuly took the gold in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:29.67 and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:07.65.

South Adams edges Viking boys' swim team

HNHS swimmer Ethan Hethcote swims the freestyle leg of the 200-yard individual medley against South Adams on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Salamonie School.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Lack of depth with a small squad again plagued the Huntington North High School boys' varsity swim team as it was edged by visiting South Adams, 93-92, on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The Vikings won nine of 12 events, but only had five second-place finishes and two third-place results to give South Adams the point advantage.

Seniors Skyler Ruschhaupt and Danny Scher each took two individual events and were on two winning relay teams to take control of the scoring for Huntington North.

Crestview boys split with Marion McCulloch

The Crestview Middle School eighth grade boys' basketball team fell to Marion McCulloch 33-27 on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Dylan Harter led Crestview, now 10-5, with eight points and seven rebounds, and Matt Hogan backed the team up with six points and five rebounds.

The Cougar seventh grade boys' basketball team fared better than the eighth-graders, defeating Marion McCulloch 49-42.

Caleb Landrum dominated the game by scoring 25 points. Jordon Seabolt added 11 and Adam Woods had five for Crestview, now 11-4.

Both teams face Bellmont tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Moving on to the next level

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School senior Morgan Broderick signs her letter of intent to continue her volleyball and softball careers at Goshen College on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Also on hand for the signing are Broderick's parents (front row) Peggy and Scott Broderick and (second row, from left) Huntington North coaches Jami Craft, volleyball, and Paris Seibold, softball, and Goshen College coaches Jim Routhier, volleyball, and Lee Mast, softball.

Early scoring runs secure win for Foresters over Marian

With substantial runs to start off both halves, the Huntington University men's basketball team defeated visiting Marian University, 79-55, on Tuesday evening, Jan. 19.

Slow night on offense results in HNHS boys' loss to Columbia City

The Huntington North High School boys' basketball team had only two players score more than five points on the way to a 47-31 loss to visiting Columbia City on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

On the night, 4-8 Vikings hit only 11 of 29 field goal attempts for 37.9 percent in the slower-tempo game, including missing all eight of its 3-point tries. The Eagles went 15 for 31, 48.4 percent.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results -- Fall Leagues

Monday Early Bird
Men's High Game: Gus Ballance, 227; Bill Kusler, 197; Bill Reed, 177.
Men's High Series: Gus Ballance, 628; Bill Kusler, 504; Bill Reed, 494.
Women's High Game: Sharon Wymer, 148; Rosalyn Hughes, 120; Billie Smith, 111.
Women's High Series: Sharon Wymer, 371; Rosalyn Hughes, 320; Billie Smith, 280.
Most Over: Gerald Black, +66; Sharon Wymer, +14.
Top Teams: The B's, 8-4; Team #9, 8-4; Team #3, 6.5-5.5.

Coolman carries Rebel girls to Montpelier Tournament championship

The Salamonie School eighth grade girls' basketball team won both of its games to place first in the Montpelier Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 16.

In the championship match, Salamonie crushed Montpelier 31-16.

Paige Coolman led the way for the Rebels with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Tatum Johnson and Gabby Mason each added four points for Salamonie.

In Salamonie's first match of the tournament, Coolman scored 24 points and had 16 rebounds to lead the team to a 35-20 victory over Hartford City.

Mason backed up Coolman with four points.


Crestview girls' hoop teams claim own tourney

Both Crestview Middle School girls' basketball teams won their respective divisions in their own first annual Lady Cougar Classic on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Crestview's eighth grade girls' basketball team defeated Whitko in the championship round 39-20.

Erin Rethlake led the Cougars in the game with 12 points. Jessie Drew had 10 points and Cailey Baker added six points.

To get to the championship, the eighth-graders defeated Northfield, 22-14.

Jessie Drew led the way for Crestview with 12 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Jessie Beaver added five points.

Eagles 14U wins Bethelehem Lutheran tourney

The Huntington Eagles 14U homeschool boys' basketball team earned first place at the 12th annual Bethlehem Lutheran Eighth Grade Boys' Basketball Tournament hosted by Bethlehem Lutheran in Ossian on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16.

The Eagles defeated Saint Peter Immanuel 44-31 on Saturday to win the champion title.

In that game, Brooks Hitzfield led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds. Clay Sickafoose had 10 points, five assists and five steals and Chris Lieffers had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Eagles 14U team loses to Indy

The Huntington Eagles 14U boys' basketball team fell to the visiting Indianapolis Wildcats 39-22 on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Bruce Hitzfield led the Eagles, now 7-4, with six points. Brooks Hitzfield added five points and six rebounds, and Chris Lieffers had five points, five rebounds and six steals.

The Eagles' 12U boys' basketball team defeated the Junior Wildcats 38-20.

Ian Kissell took the lead for Huntington with 15 points. Tyce Frank had nine points and Bruce Hitzfield added eight points and nine rebounds for the Eagles, now 6-2.


Lady Vikings use season-best marksmanship to sink Anderson, 61-48

The Huntington North High School girls' basketball team used its best shooting of the season to grab a second straight win as it beat host Anderson, 61-48, on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Improving to 3-12, the Lady Vikings canned 23 of 41 field goal attempts for 56.1 percent against Anderson. After a 50 percent exhibition in the first half helped them gain a 31-23 lead, the Lady Vikings hit 12 of 19 from the field for 63.2 percent in the second half to hold off the 1-15 hosts.

HNHS bowler VanDine wins conference championship

Gage VanDine
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Huntington North High School bowler Gage VanDine defeated Bellmont's Kodi Hoffman 196-166 in the final round to win the conference championship at the Hoosier Conference Varsity Boys' Singles Tournament at The Bowling Center in Bluffton on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Baker places fifth to lead HNHS gymnasts at Valpo Invitational

Led by Jessica Baker's fifth place all-around finish, the Huntington North High School gymnastics team placed fifth of seven teamsat the Valpo Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Baker scored 34.825 points to lead the Lady Vikings to a team score of 98.025. She placed sixth in the vault with 9.15, fourth in the uneven parallel bars with 8.30, 15th in the balance beam with 7.625 and fifth in the floor exercise with 8.875.

Randle takes 112-pound title as Viking matmen place second at Concordia

Logan Randle at 112 pounds went 3-0 on the day to finish first in his division and lead the Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team to a second-place finish out of eight teams at the Concordia Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Colin Downey at 130, Tyler Robinson at 140, Brant Hiple at 145, Alex Evans at 215 and Nick Cooper at 285 all went 2-1 on the day for Huntington North to finish second in their respective classes.

Clinton Rosen and Lukas Wygant at 152 and 160, respectively, each went 3-1 on the day to take third place in their classes.

Anderson defeats HNHS frosh boys

The Huntington North High School freshman boys' basketball team took a 47-38 loss to visiting Anderson on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Paul Ehler scored 19 points and Trenton Kern followed with 13 points for the 5-6 Vikings.


HU men lose control at end against Saint Francis

Although the Huntington University men's basketball team maintained control for the majority of the game, host Saint Francis came back strong in the final minutes to defeat the Foresters 92-87 on Saturday, Jan. 16.

HU Lady Foresters lose 61-60 in final seconds to the visiting Saint Francis Cougars

Brittney Bateman drives around defenders during the game Saturday at Huntington University.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Sarah Miller's drive to the basket and a lay-up that gave the Huntington University Foresters a 60-59 lead with just over a minute remaining in the contest wasn't enough as they fell to the visiting Saint Francis Cougars on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Merillat Complex.

Julie Seiss of the visiting Saint Francis Cougars crushed the hopes of the host when she layed the ball in with 31 seconds left on the clock and the score board reading 61 for the visitors.


Lady Eagles place third at the Indy Shootout hoop tournament

The Varsity Lady Eagles played three games and earned third place at the Indy Shootout on Friday, Jan. 15 at the Indianapolis Indoor Sports Park.

The Lady Eagles lost the first game against the Varsity Wabash Valley Lady Warriors, 32-18, after starting with a 9-0 run. Rebecca Daniels led the Lady Eagles with 11 points and nine rebounds. Jenna Cleaveland added five rebounds and two steals. Their opponent was lead by Kayla Sebastian with 18 points.