Vikings' strong trio earns boys' cross country team berth at state next week

HNHS senior Josh Graham (left) inches ahead of eventual winner James Martin of Carroll during the New Haven Cross Country Semi-state boys' race on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

The Huntington North High School boys' cross country team placed three runners in the top 15 to take second place at the New Haven semi-state on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, and earn a trip to next week's state meet.

Slogging through the mud

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Speckled with mud, Huntington North High School junior Jake Crosley (left) and Jarred Fair of Concord run side-by side during the New Haven Cross Country Semi-state meet at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturdy, Oct. 24. Crosley finished fourth for HNHS as the Vikings earned a berth at next week's state meet at Terre Haute.

Tough return

Photo by Deb Lineback.

Huntington North High School defensive specialist Morgan Broderick grimaces as she bumps a return during second round action on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Fort Wayne North Side Volleyball Sectional. The Lady Vikings advanced to the final tonight (Saturday) at 7, where they will face Homestead.

Doing battle

Deb Lineback.

Huntington North High School volleyball player Sara Wegmann blocks a spike from a Marion player during second round sectional action at Fort Wayne North Side on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 24. The Lady Vikings won in five games to advance to the sectional final against Homestead tonight (Saturday) at 7 p.m.

Lady Vikes make volleyball sectional final

The Huntington North High School girls' volleyball team squeaked out a 22-20 victory in the fifth and final game to edge Marion in the second round of the Fort Wayne North Side Sectional on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 23.

The Lady Vikings now await the winner of this afternoon's Jay County and Homestead match in the final tonight (Saturday) at 7.

Huntington North took the first two games and lost the next two before getting the clincher.



Photo by Matt Murphy.

Huntington North High School safety Nelson Little (bottom right) takes down North Side's quarterback, Akeem Hill during the sectional football game between the schools on Friday, Oct. 23. Huntington North almost came back from a 20-3 deficit, but fell just short in a 20-17 loss.

Looking for yardage

Huntington North High School running back Austin Shoemaker follows blockers for yardage during the Vikings sectional football game against host Fort Wayne North Side on Friday, Oct. 23.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A late-game comeback raised hopes for the Huntington North High School football team at the sectional on Friday, Oct. 23, but host Fort Wayne North Side was able to hang on to defeat the Vikings 20-17.

Standout junior Austin Shoemaker scored two touchdowns and rushed for 166 yards in 29 attempt for the Vikings. Senior quarterback Mitch Vezeau threw for 168 yards and also had a field goal.

North Side dominated the first half, scoring a touchdown in each of the first two quarters to bring the halftime score to 14-0.

Riverview, Crestview split county football titles

Riverview Middle School's eighth grade football team defeated Crestview Middle School 20-12 in the county championship game on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

For Crestview, Tyler Veillieux had a touchdown thrown by his brother, Skyler Veillieux, and Tristan Smelser had Crestview's second touchdown, on a pass thrown by Kyle Jolas.

Also for Crestview, Tyler and Skyler Veillieux each had six tackles. Cerstview's eighth grade team ends the season with a 3-4 record.

Crestview Middle School's seventh grade football team shut down Riverview 34-0 to take the county title.

Set coming

Photo by Deb Lineback.

Huntington North High School setter Allie Zahm sets the ball high for spiker Melissa Grossman during the Lady Vikings' sectional match against host Fort Wayne North Side on Thursday, Oct. 22. The Lady Vikings prevailed in five games, 25-27, 20-25, 29-27, 25-23 and 15-12, to earn the right to face Marion on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m.

Heads up

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Huntington University women's soccer player Kate Bienz goes up for a header during the game agaisnt visiting Indiana Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Forester women lost 3-0.

Crestview wins eighth grade county volleyball tourney

Crestview Middle School's eighth grade volleyball team defeated Riverview Middle School in three sets, with scores of 25-24, 23-25, 18-16, to win the Huntington County Eighth Grade Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

In the championship match for Crestview, Jessica Drew had 13 points, four aces, one block and four kills; Carley McElhaney had four points; and Kaylie Killian had three points and one ace.

For Riverview, Jessie Earhart had 13 points and Cassy Lange took away seven points.

Crestview wins seventh grade county volleyball tournament

Crestview Middle School's seventh grade volleyball team swept the Huntington County seventh grade volleyball tournament on Monday, Oct. 19.

Crestview beat Huntington Catholic in two sets, with scores of 25-16, 25-22, in the championship match.
For Crestview, Morgan Butler and Kenzie Stephan each had eight points, Aly Grabner had seven points and Monica Minton had six points.

Lady Eagles win Midwest Volleyball Championship

The Huntington Lady Eagles varsity volleyball team won the Midwest Volleyball Championship on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Speice Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne.

Huntington defeated the Cornerstone Warriors in the championship match in two sets, with scores of 25-18, 25-22.

To get to the championship game, the Lady Eagles defeated the Indy Silver Lighting in two sets, with scores of 25-23, 25-16; and the Fort Wayne Angels in three sets, with scores of 25-17, 19-25, 15-10.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results -- Fall Leagues

Friday Night Mixed
Men's High Game: Keith Schmittler, 224; Scott Chopson, Sr., 219; Archie Haney, 218.
Men's High Series: Keith Schmittler, 579; Archie Haney, 548; Scott Chopson, Sr., 529.
Women's High Game: Angie Tackett, 204; Tara Trainer, 191; Julie McCune, 182.
Women's High Series: Angie Tackett, 545; Tara Trainer, 529; Brandie Roberts, 495.
Most Over: Terra Karst, +60; Tara Trainer, +46+; Scott Chopson, Sr., +43.
Top Teams: High Rollers, 31-9; Ball Breakers, 25-15; Them & Us, 24-16.

HU soccer squad dumps Saint Francis 4-0

Quick moves, including six saves, by goalkeeper Kevin Keske enabled the Huntington University men's soccer team to its first win in over three weeks, defeating the visiting University of Saint Francis 4-0 on Saturday, Oct. 17.

The first Forester goal was quick, occurring in just the third minute of play by George Halim. HU's second goal was an own goal by USF. Isaac Beal and James Holliday each had one other goal for the Foresters.

Taylor Zeman, Brad Kunze, Kurt Sanders, Derek Ressler and Steven Roberts all had assists for HU.

HU men harriers third at Manchester Invite

Huntington University's men's cross country team ended the Manchester College Invitational with 78 points to take third place on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Forester Joseph Njeri ran the 8K race in 26:39 to take seventh overall and lead HU. Ethan Medley wasn't far behind, running in 26:56 to take 10th place, Lance Wood placed 12th in 27:05; Nathan Rupp took 15th in 27:20 and Matt Bittner finished 38th in 28:48.

HU non-scorers included Isaiah Laatsch, who placed 41st by running in 28:50; and Daniel Becker, who ended in 42nd in 28:59.

HU women's cross country team places fifth at Manchester

The Huntington University women's cross country team took 142 points to place fifth out of 10 teams at the Manchester College Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 17.

HU standout Lauren Johnson swept the competition under the rug, finishing first overall in 22:32, nearly one minute faster than the second place contender.

Bradie Vance took 29th overall in 25:31, Molly Shirey was right behind in 30th with 25:39, Krystal McHenry took 33rd in 25:46 and Joanna Stebing wrapped up the scoring for HU by finishing 73rd in 28:31.

Schroeder stars but HU spikers drop 3 of 4 at Olivet tourney

Alyssa Schroeder was the top player for the Huntington University volleyball team, taking all-tournament honors, despite the Foresters falling 1-3 in the Olivet Nazarene University Homestead Classic on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17.

In the first match, Huntington defeated William Penn University in five sets, with scores of 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13. Schroeder had 45 assists, five blocks and two aces; Brittney Smelser had 21 kills; Stacie Hoffman added 12 kills; and Katie Bowers had 10 more kills.

Problems continue for HU woman's soccer team

Problems for the Huntington University women's soccer team continued Saturday, Oct. 17, as host Taylor shut out the Foresters 1-0.

Through the Trojans only had a single goal, they out-shot HU 10 to six. Huntington goalkeeper Amy Tavierne had six saves.

Saturday also marked the seventh goalless game for HU this season. The team is now 3-11-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the Mid-Central Conference.


HU men's golf finsihes 11th at NAIA Preview

The Huntington University men's golf team wrapped up its fall season by taking a final score of 622 to place 11th out of 16 teams at the NAIA Preview Invitational at Deere Run Golf Course in Silvis, IL, on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15-16.

The Foresters had a score of 310 for the first day, and 312 the second day.

Bubble bursts for Lady Viking booters in sectional championship overtime

The bubble burst for the Huntington North High School girls' soccer team in overtime in the Marion Sectional final against Blackford with a 3-2 loss on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Senior forward Reagan Valenzuela and freshman midfielder Kelsey Hollowell scored the goals for the Lady Vikings, who finished at 8-11 on the season. Hollowell also added an assist to give her four points in the team's last two contests.

Valenzuela finished her HNHS career with a flourish, scoring a goal in all three sectional contests, and she also added two assists.

HNHS football 'C'' team smacks around Muncie Central

The Huntington North High School JV/freshman "C' football team smacked around visiting Muncie Central 27-0 on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Running back Adam Berlier led the way for HNHS with 111 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Cameron Hackney also rushed for a score, and quarterback Kevin Fisher threw a 46-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Josh Reeder.

The HNHS defense was a brick wall to the visitors, allowing only one first down the entire game. Joe Jacobs and Lucas Wygant each had five tackles, and Alex Evans added a sack.



Spahr sisters lead HNHS girls to regional cross country crown

Freshman Robyn Karst (front) leads teammate Kayla Patrick (back left) during the girls' regional cross coutnry race at Marion on Saturday, Oct. 17. Karst and Patrick finished third and fourth, respectively, for the Lady Vikings.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Second and fourth place finishes by the Spahr sisters on Saturday, Oct. 17, led the Huntington North High School girls' cross country team to the Marion Regional championship.

Gretchen Spahr took second place, in 19:08.01, and Natalie Spahr nabbed fourth, in 19:15.30, to help HNHS to a score of 37 points, 21 fewer than runner-up Columbia City.

Senior trio leads HNHS boys to seventh cross country regional in last nine years

HNHS sophomore Darius Vogleman heads for the finish line as the Vikings' fifth man at the Marion Cross Country Regional on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

The senior trio of Ross Ochs, Josh Graham and Austin Roberts finished in the top six runners on Saturday, Oct. 17, to lead the Huntington North High School boys' cross country team to its seventh regional title in the past nine years.

Ochs, Graham and Roberts finished second, fourth and sixth, respectively, to lead HNHS to a team total of 38 points, 16 ahead of runner-up Homestead, which had the first and third place runners but no one else among the top 10.

Shoemaker scores 3 TDs as Vikings hammer Muncie Central, 35-6

Austin Shoemaker returned from a one-game absence to rush for 101 yards and three touchdowns and lead the Huntington North High School football team to a 35-6 victory over host Muncie Central on Friday, Oct. 16.

The Vikings broke open a scoreless contest with three touchdowns in the second quarter on the way to improving their record to 6-3.

HNHS girls' cross country team wins regional

Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Huntington North girls' cross country team captured the Marion regional title at Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Oct. 17. Pictured are, front row from left; Elaine Yahne, Gretchen Spahr, Karson Rowe and Robyn Karst, second row from left; Becca Goodman, Natalie Spahr, Kayla Patrick, Molly King, Cassie Hacker and Olivia Eckert. The Lady Viking's team score was 37, 21 point ahead of runner-up Columbia City. Gretchen Spahr led the Lady Vikes with a time of 19:08 to finish second.

HNHS boys' cross country team wins regional

Photo by Jessica Williams.

The Huntington North boys' cross country team took home the Marion regional title at Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Oct. 17. Pictured are, front row from left; Ross Ochs, Austin Roberts and Darius Vogleman, second row from left; Josh Graham, Jake Crosley, Sean Lewis, Cordell Lewis and Sam Doughty. The Viking's team score was 38, 16 points ahead of runner-up Homestead. Ochs led the Vikings with a second place finish with a time of 16:05.

HNHS girl booters dominate field against Jay County at sectional

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity soccer team dominated the field to shut out Jay County 5-0 in the second round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Sectional at Marion on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Freshman Kelsey Hollowell took charge of the scoring, making three goals for the Lady Vikings. Sophomore Alyssa Grabner and senior Reagan Valenzuela had the other two HNHS goals. Valenzuela and sophomore Shelby Bradford each had two assists.

The Lady Vikes took 29 shots on goal, and junior goalkeeper Kaylie Dunn had three saves.

Rice helps Lady Viking spikers finish regular season at 22-11

With 14 kills, Ashli Rice led the Huntington North High School varsity volleyball team to victory over visiting Logansport in five sets, with scores of 25-16, 25-19, 24-26, 21-25, 15-11, on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results -- Fall Leagues

Monday Night Early Bird
Men's High Game: Bill Kusler, 202; Bob Stricker, 181; Bill Reed, 175.
Men's High Series: Bill Kusler, 575; Bob Strickler, 508; Bill Reed, 487.
Women's High Game: Sharon Wymer, 129; Rosalyn Hughes, 119.
Women's High Series: Sharon Wymer, 360; Rosalyn Hughes, 331.
Most Over: Bill Kusler, +119; Bill Mundy, +41; Gerald Black, +28.
Top Teams: the B's, 7-1; Team #2, 5-3; Team #9, 5-3.