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HU women lose 16-point lead and game to Spring Arbor

The 11th-ranked Huntington University women's basketball team blew a 16-point lead in the first half and were upset by host Spring Arbor University, 63-62, on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Courtney Beerbower's basket with 4:20 left in the first half gave the Forester women, 19-6 overall, a 28-12 lead. Spring Arbor, however, knocked down three 3-pointers in two minutes and cut HU's lead to 35-25 at the half.

Sands' 24 points not enough to stop HNHS slide

Rob Sands' 24 points weren't enough to stop a fourth consecutive loss for the Huntington North High School boys' basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 14, as it fell to host Fort Wayne North Side, 55-48.

Sands, a senior guard, connected on eight of 14 shots from the field, including 4 of 8 from three-point range, and hit all four free throw chances to lead all scorers, but it wasn't enough to keep the Vikings from dropping to 5-10 on the season.

HNHS wrestler Abbott earns trip to semi-state next weekend

Huntington North High School wrestler Zach Abbott manhandles an opponent on the way to placing third at 189 pounds at the Woodlan Semi-State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

Huntington North High School wrestler Zach Abbott tasted defeat for the first time this season but still earned a trip to the Indiana State Wrestling Tournament next weekend in Indianapolis.

Abbott, 36-1, placed third at 189 pounds at the Woodlan Semi-State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 14, to gain admission to the state finals as a competitor.

The top four finishers from each weight class advanced to state.

Kuehl has opponent where he wants him at semi-state


Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

Huntington North High School wrestler Jamie Kuehl has Adam Schrock of Lakeland right where he wants him in in their 171-pound match at the Woodlan Semi-State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 14. Kuehl, a senior, won this match but lost in the second round.

Lady Vikes fall to Marion at FW North Side sectional

Huntington North High School girls' basketball player Kayla Schenkel launches a two-pointer during the Lady Vikings' contest against Marion on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Fort Wayne North Side Sectional Tournament. HNHS lost 52-46.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Cold shooting and turnovers ended the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team season as the Lady Vikings lost to Marion in the Fort Wayne North Side sectional on Friday, Feb. 13, 52-46.

The Giants’ pressing defense forced HNHS into 20 turnovers, many of them early, and the Lady Vikes never really found the range on offense, connecting on just 18 of 54 field goal attempts for 33.3 percent for the game. Marion also limited the Lady Vikes’ top offensive threat, Taylor Foley, to just seven shots and 10 points.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

MONDAY EARLY BIRD
Men's High Game: Billy Mundy, 225; Bill Reed, 215; Bill Kusler, 178.
Men's High Series: Bill Reed, 577; Billy Mundy, 575; Bill Kusler, 461.
Women's High Game: Sharon Wymer, 149; Billie Smith, 132; Rosalyn Hughes, 110.
Women's High Series: Billie Smith, 383; Sharon Wymer, 377; Rosalyn Hughes, 295.
Most Over: Billy Mundy, + 98; Sharon Wymer, +38; Billie Smith, +35.
Top Teams: The B's, 25-3; Team # 3, 19-9; Team #2, 16-12.

HNHS Vikes fall to Marion

Huntington North High School boys' basketball player Kyle Bradburn (right) launches a jumper while teammate Jordan Beaver works for position down low during the Vikings' game against visiting Marion on Thursday, Feb. 12. The Vikings lost 68-51.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Another cold shooting night by the Huntington North High School boys' basketball team resulted in another loss as the Vikings took it on the chin against visiting Marion, 68-51, on Thursday, Feb. 12.

The Vikings hit only 18 of 48 field goal attempts for just 37.5 percent for the contest, including 7 of 21 from behind the arc. The Giants, meanwhile, were red-hot, kmocking down 29 of 43 shots for 67.4 percent.

HNHS, 5-9, was led by Rob Sands with 21 points. Sands was one of the few Vikings to have a hot hand, hitting 8 of 11 shots, including 3 of 4 from downtown.

No. 11 Forester women tan Goshen, 74-46

Kelsey Green came off the bench with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the No. 11-ranked Huntington University women's basketball team to a 74-46 tanning of visiting Goshen College on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Improving to 19-5 and 10-3 in the Mid-Central College Conference, the Forester women took control midway through the first half with an 11-3 run that gave them a 25-11 lead. They coasted into halftime up 41-23, and slowly expanded the margin in the second half. The game was ended with 1:27 left in the contest when the Merillat Center lost power, and Goshen conceded the contest.

Medley sweep, PR for Dubuc lead HNHS boys' swimmers to win

A sweep in the 200-meter individual medley and a personal best in diving by Casey Dubuc helped the Huntington North High School boys' swim team to a 99-86 victory over host Bluffton on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Skyler Ruschhaupt, Chris Royer and Taylor Mortorff did the 1-2-3 thing, respectively, for HNHS in the 200 IM, with Ruschhaupt winning in 2:18.19.

Ruschhaupt also won the 100-meter breaststroke, and was part of two winning relay teams. Shaun Marion also had two individual wins and two relay victories.

Abbott's regional title punches ticket to semi-state


Photo by Harold V. Chatlosh.

Huntington North High School wrestler Zach Abbott looks for an opening against Kurtis Brooksher of Eastbrook during their semifinal match at 189 pounds at the Peru Wrestling Regional on Saturday, Feb. 7. The unbeaten Abbott beat Brooksher on the way to winning the regional title. He will compete Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Woodlan semi-state at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Randle wins at regional 112 pounds


Photo by Harold V. Chatlosh.

Huntington North High School's Logan Randle hangs onto Kyle Arenas of Marion during their semifinal match at 112 pounds at the Peru Wrestling Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 7. Randle beat Arenas on the way to winning the regional title. He will compete Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Woodlan semi-state at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Sign-ups open for HCB play

Huntington County Baseball Inc. is accepting registrations through March 16 for the 2009 softball and baseball seasons.

There are three age divisions for softball - 6 through 8 years; 9 through 12 years; and 13 through 16 years old. Divisions are based on the participant's age as of Jan. 1, 2009.

Registration now open for PAL bseball leagues

The Huntington Police Athletic League is now accepting registrations for this summer's season of PAL baseball.
Leagues are available from youth age 4 through 16.

Registration forms are available online at www.huntingtonpal.net or anytime at the PAL Club's east side entrance. Registrations are also accepted in person every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the PAL Club.

The registration deadline is March 21.

Rainbow Lanes Bowling Results

PASTIME
Men's High Game: Shawn Miller, 289; Les Howe, 266.
Men's High Series: Les Howe, 737; Kevin Rice, 722.
Most Over: Shawn Miller, +84; Dave Sweet, +67.

SERVICED MIXED
Women's High Game: Stacey Bischoff, 242; Janice Hanson, 228.
Women's High Series: Stacey Bischoff, 667; Jenni Elzey, 633.
Most Over: Stacey Bischoff, +47; Janice Hanson, +37.
Men's High Game: Bill Sparks, 289; Eric Allred, 247.
Men's High Series: Bill Sparks, 783; Eric Allred, 668.
Most Over: Bill Sparks, +108; Greg McHenry, +83.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

FRIDAY NIGHT MIXED
Men's High Game: Andrew Rittenhouse, 235; Larry Quinn, 232; Skip Sandlin, 214.
Men's High Series: Andrew Rittenhouse, 601; Keith Schmittler, 579; Russell Roberts, 568.
Women's High Game: Judy Quinn, 207; Julie Jones, 194; Julie McCune, 183.
Women's High Series: Judy Quinn, 537; Angie Tackett, 525; Julie Jones, 508.
Most Over: Skip Sandlin, +100; Julie Jones, +79; Brent Ruckman, +74.
Top Teams: Mixed Nuts, 26-6; Team #12, 21-11; Ball Breakers, 19-13.

HNHS boys' basketball team falls to FW Snider

Host Fort Wayne Snider proved too much for the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team on Saturday night, Feb. 7, as the Vikings fell, 62-34.

Huntington North, 5-8, found itself on the short side of a 22-12 first quarter score, and then things went south from there. They only tallied five points in the second quarter and were down at the half, 36-17. They trailed after three quarters 54-27.

Jordan Beaver with 10 points led the Vikings. Rob Sands added eight points, four assists and two steals.

Frosh Hacker just misses trip to state swim meet

Freshman Cassie Hacker barely missed a trip to the state swimming finals and was the top finisher for Huntington North at the Warsaw Girls Swimming Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Hacker's time of 1:15.13 placed her .36 seconds behind Columbia City frosh Jenna Bosselman in the 100-yard breaststroke in the finals of that event, with only the winners of each event and those meeting state qualifying times moving on to next week's state swim meet.

Hacker also finished fourth in the 100-yeard freestyle, in :59.95.

Randle, Abbott lead 4 into wrestling semi-state

Huntington North High School heavyweight Nick Cooper puts a move on Trevor Buckalew of Western in the semifinal round of the Peru Wrestling Regional on Saturday, Feb. 7. Cooper finished second to earn at spot at next week's Woodlan semi-state.
Photo by Harold V. Chatlosh.

Logan Randle at 112 pounds and unbeaten Zach Abbott at 189 pounds earned championship titles at the Peru Wrestling Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 7, and led four Viking grapplers into next week's semi-state.

Jamie Kuehl at 171 pounds and heavyweight Nick Cooper both finished runner-up in their respective classes to also advance to the Woodlan semi-state at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne.

Randle, a junior, took out 41-3 Matt Miller of Northwestern in the final to earn his title and improve his own season mark to 34-4.

HNHS' Kuehl advances to wrestling semi-state


Photo by Harold V. Chatlosh.

Huntington North High School 171-pound wreslter Jamie Kuehl works hard to keep control of Peru's Adam Chambers in their semifinal match Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Peru Wreslting Regional Tournament. Kuehl went on to finish second in his class and advance to next week's Woodlan Semi-State. See The TAB's print edition this Thursday for more sectional photos.

Cold shooting costs Vikes at Kokomo, 43-35

Cold shooting by the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball team cost it Friday night, Feb. 6, as it lost to host Kokomo, 42-35.

The Vikings, 5-7, hit only 13 of 39 shots from the field, including just 4 of 19 from three point range. They scored only six points in the second quarter and just eight in the fourth.

Rob Sands, Matt Kramer and Jordan Beaver each scored nine points for HNHS. Kramer also led in rebounds with five, and Rob Sands had two assists and three steals and Taylor Harris added two assists.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

MONDAY EARLY BIRD
Men's High Game: Bill Kusler, 243; Bill Reed, 225; Thurman Glassburn, 192.
Men's High Series: Bill Kusler, 613; Bill Reed, 544; Dick Wymer, 501.
Women's High Game: Sharon Wymer, 129; Billie Smith, 114; Rosalyn Hughes, 103.
Women's High Series: Sharon Wymer, 362; Billie Smith, 293; Rosalyn Hughes, 269.
Most Over: Bill Kusler, +103; Dick Wymer, +90; Sharon Wymer, +23.
Top Teams: The B's, 21-3; Team #3, 15-9; Team #2, 13-11.

Patrick, Karst, Hacker shooting for two swim sectional titles

Mariah Patrick, Sara Karst and Cassie Hacker will be swimming for two sectional titles apiece and teaming with Kaitlyn Batt to try to win two relay titles in the finals of the Warsaw Girls' Swimming and Diving Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Patrick, Hacker, Karst and the relay teams earned top six finishes on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the sectional preliminaries, and gained the right to compete for the sectional title and a trip to the state meet.

Crestview, Riverview split at girls' county middle school tournament

Crestview Middle School defeated Riverview Middle School to win the eighth grade girls' basketball title in Huntington County Middle School Tournament, while the results were the other way around in the seventh grade girls' tournament.

Kelsey Howell tossed in eight points to lead the Crestview eighth grade team to a32-26 victory over Riverview on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Riverview won the seventh grade girls’ county tournament

Photo provided

Riverview won the seventh grade girls' county tournament. Pictured are (front row from left) cheerleaders Madison Waldfogel, Annaliese Kline, Holly Bickel, Rebecca Shenefield, Gabrielle Malone, Jamie Feller, Lauren McCullough and Katelyn Stech; (second row from left) Allyson Faurote, Jessie Earhart, Jessica Thompson, Tiffany Burke, Madison Klender and Marissa Patrick; and (back row from left) Assistant Coach Ryan Bonner, Kaylynn Burnworth, Alexa Shoemaker, Savannah Foister, Lindsey Foster, Alyssa Hiple, Mikayla Carpenter, Coach Justin Imel.

Crestview won the eighth grade girls’ county tournament

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Crestview won the eighth grade girls' county tournament. Pictured are (front row from left) cheerleaders Taylor Phillips, Sydney Evans, Megan Phillips, Carissa Wiley, Stephanie Freeman, Justine Sherman, Ana Wenning, Machaela Mertz and Kimberly Truax; second row from left) manager Jessie Miller, Kayla Patrick, Taylor Stone, Marisa Kitt, Kelsey Hollowell, Alexis Wygant and Alyssa Auginbaugh.; and (back row from left) Coach Chris Oswalt, Jessica Williams, Kelsey Shultz, Allyson Trout, Allison Henn, Ally Baldridge and Brooke Rethlake.

Riverview, Salamonie win boys' middle school titles

Riverview and Salamonie middle schools faced off in the seventh grade championship game in the Huntington County boys' middle school basketball tournament on Thursday, Feb. 5, with the Salamonie team taking the title.
It's the first time since 1994 the Salamonie seventh grade boys' team has won the county championship.

In the eighth grade boys' tournament, Crestview and Riverview met for the championship game, also on Feb. 5, with Crestview ending up on top.

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