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Vikes snap losing streak with win over Northrop

The Huntington North High School boys' basketball team held host Fort Wayne Northrop to only 12 second-half points and broke a six-game losing streak with a 47-39 victory on Saturday, Feb. 21.

The Vikings turned a 27-27 tie at halftime into their sixth win in 18 games by holding Northrop to just seven points in the third quarter and five in the fourth.

Senior guard Rob Sands again led HNHS, scoring13 points and grabbing six rebounds, and help came from Matt Kramer with 12 points and Kevin Fisher with 11.

Vikes fall to Logansport in OT, 59-52

Huntington North High School guard Taylor Harris heads toward the basket during the Vikings' Friday night contest against visiting Logansport. The Vikings lost in overtime, 59-54.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Huntington North High School boys' basketball team let an 11-point halftime lead slip away and wound up losing to visiting Logansport in overtime, 59-54, on Friday, Feb. 20.

The Vikings' Tannan Peters hit a 3-point shot with 6.5 seconds left in regulation to knot the score at 52-all and send the game into overtime. Once there, the Vikings only got two points, on free throws from Taylor Harris, to fall to their 12 loss in 17 outings.

After Harris tied the contest at 54-54 with his charity tosses, Logansport, 12-6, hit five free throws to win the game.

HNHS Hall of Fame Honor


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Former Huntington North High School basketball player Gary Paul was inducted into the HNHS Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of the boys' basketball game against Logansport on Friday, Feb. 20. Paul, a 1986 graduate, scored more than 1,100 points and was the school's all-time leader in steals. Presenting Paul his honors are HNHS Athletic Director Michael Gasaway (left) and Principal Jeremy Gulley.

HNHS Hall of Fame Honor


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Former Huntington North High School basketball player Brian Reeder (center) was inducted into the HNHS Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of the boys' basketball game against Logansport on Friday, Feb. 20. When Reeder graduated in 1986, he held school records for points, rebounds and assists. Presenting Reeder his honor are HNHS Athletic Director Michael Gasaway (left) and Principal Jeremy Gulley.

HNHS Hall of Fame Honor


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Former Huntington North High School runner Tim Hughes (center) was inducted into the HNHS Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of the boys' basketball game against Logansport on Friday, Feb. 20. Hughes set distance running records at HNHS that stood for more than 30 years. He graduated in 1976. Presenting Hughes his honor are HNHS Athletic Director Michael Gasaway (left) and Principal Jeremy Gulley.

HNHS Hall of Fame Honor


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Huntington North High School radio station manager and teacher Bill Walker (center) was inducted into the HNHS Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of the boys' basketball game against Logansport on Friday, Feb. 20. Walker taught radio and managed Huntington North's student-run radio station, WVSH, for 33 years. Presenting the honor are HNHS Athletic Director Michael Gasaway (left) and Principal Jeremy Gulley.

HNHS Hall of Fame Honor


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Rosemary Schoeff (center), longtime Huntington North High School Athletic Department secretary, was inducted into the HNHS Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 20, at halftime of the HNHS boys' basketball game against Logansport. Schoeff served for 23 years, working under four athletic directors. Presenting her with her honor are HNHS Athletic Director Michael Gasaway (left) and Principal Jeremy Gulley.

Vikings' Abbott loses in OT in first round of state wrestling finals

Huntington North High School wrestler Zach Abbott's trip to the Indiana State Wrestling Finals lasted a little more than one regulation match, but not much more as he lost in overtime, 5-4 on Friday, Feb. 20.

Abbott, 36-1 entering the state finals, lost to Nick Hodges of Southmont, 5-4, in an extra session in their first round match at 189 pounds.

Hodges, a senior as is Abbott, entered the finals with a 28-2 record.

 

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

MONDAY EARLY BIRD
Men's High Game: Billy Mundy, 179; Bill Kusler, 170; Thurman Glassburn, 163.
Men's High Series: Billy Mundy, 516; Bill Kusler, 501; Bill Reed, 471.
Women's High Game: Billie Smith, 140; Rosalyn Hughes, 128; Sharon Wymer, 123.
Women's High Series: Billie Smith, 395; Sharon Wymer, 345; Rosalyn Hughes, 299.
Most Over: Billie Smith, +44; Gerald Black, +34; Billy Mundy, +33.
Top Teams: The B's, 28-4; Team #3, 20-12; Team #2, 19-13.

Vikes get sectional bye; face Homestead-South Side winner

The Huntington North High School boys' basketball team received a first-round bye in the Huntington North Boys' Sectional Basketball Tournament and will play the winner between Homestead and Fort Wayne South Side on Friday, March 6.
Homestead, 12-6, and South Side, 3-13, tangle on Tuesday, March 3, at 6 p.m. in the tourney opener to earn the right to face the Vikings, 5-11, Friday night at 6 p.m.

Defense, FTs helps HU women notch 20th win

Solid late defense and free throws helped the Huntington University women's basketball team hold on for a 60-46 victory over visiting University of St. Francis on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The 16th-ranked Forester women used eight free throws and held St. Francis to just three points in the final minutes of the game to win their 20th contest of the season, on Senior Night.

Sarah Miller scored 15 points, Courtney Beerbower notched 14 and Jenna Donaldson added 11 for Huntington, now 20-6.

Foresters lose double overtime thriller at St. Francis

A 25-foot banker as time expired in the second overtime pushed host St. Francis to a 92-89 win over the Huntington University Men's basketball team on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Austin Leisure sank the off-balance shot to send the Foresters to their 11th loss against 18 victories for the season.

The Foresters seemingly had the game in hand with a 66-58 lead with 5:11 left in the contest, but the Cougars' DeJovaun Sawyer-Davis scored his team's final 11 points to tie the contest and send it into overtime.

Vikings drop fifth straight, lose to Anderson 61-46

The Huntington North High School boys' basketball team dug itself an early hole from which it couldn't escape and wound up losing its fifth straight game in a 61-46 loss to host Anderson on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The Vikings, 5-11 overall and 1-4 in the North Central Conference, fell behind 14-7 after the first quarter. They went into halftime trailing 31-25 and were on the downside of a 47-38 third quarter score.

Guard Rob Sands again led the Vikings in scoring with 15 points, and he also led in rebounds with five. Jordan Beaver added 12 points and Tannan Peters scored 10.

Lady Viking bowlers to state

The third third-ranked Huntington North High School girls bowling team continued its drive toward a third state title by placing second at semi-state in South Bend on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The Lady Vikings, seeking their first state title since 2002, trailed DeKalb for the fourth and final state-qualifying spot in the semi-state by just eight pins after four of the five Baker games. In the final Baker contest, however, the Lady Vikes rolled 187 to DeKalb's 158 to earn their spot in the semi-state finals, and a trip to state this weekend.

Tackett wins semi-state and trip to bowling state finals

E.J. Tackett kept his personal tournament winning streak going by capturing semi-state at South Bend on Saturday, Feb. 14, and earning a trip to state this weekend.

Bowling from the top spot for the third consecutive week, Tackett beat Kankakee Valley's Derek Smenyak, 279-172 for the title.

He qualified for the top spot with a three-game total of 770, including a perfect game of 300 in his opening contest. He followed that up with a 259 and 211.
Tackett averaged 262 for his four singles games and 259 for the tournament.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

FRIDAY NIGHT MIXED
Men’s High Game: Archie Haney, 240; Keith Schmittler, 223; Tony Shockome, 216.
Men’s High Series: Eric Jones, 626; Joe McCune, 607; Andrew Rittenhouse, 577.
Women’s High Game: Brandie Roberts, 222; Rainelle Shockome, 221; Cindy Williams, 195.
Women’s High Series: Brandie Roberts, 566; Julie McCune, 535; Rainelle Shockome, 521.
Most Over: Paul Kocher, +90; Rainelle Shockome, +86; Eric Jones, +80.
Top Teams: Mixed Nuts, 29-7; Team #12, 24-12; Ball Breakers, 20-16.

SENIOR YOUTH

Rainbow Lanes Bowling Results

PASTIME
Men's High Game: Butch Bowers, 296; Kevin Rice, 277.
Men's High Series: Dave Sweet, 753, Kevin Rice, 737.
Most Over: Butch Bowers, +95; Kevin Rice, +70.

SERVICED MIXED
Women's High Game: Jenni Elzey, 223; Evelyn Bailey, 168.
Women's High Series: Jenni Elzey, 585; Bernie Hammel, 467.
Most Over: Evelyn Bailey, +49; Jenni Elzey, +49.
Men's High Game: Bill Sparks, 237; Dan Bixlet, 237.
Men's High Series: Bill Sparks, 643; Leon Goodmiller, 631.
Most Over: Leon Goodmiller, +66; Bill Sparks, +53.

Kyle, Benge, Shively team up to lead HU men past Spring Arbor

Kevin Kyle, Kyle Benge and Tyler Shively combined for 61 points to lead the Huntington University men's basketball team to an 87-75 win over visiting Spring Arbor on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Kyle topped all scorers with 22 points to help HU move to 18-10 overall and 7-7 in the Mid-Central College Conference. Benge pumped in 20 and Shively added 19.

Huntington hit 29 of 53 from the field for 54.7 percent, including 7 of 16 from 3-point range.

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.

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