PAL announces results from week 5

The Huntington County Police Athletic League has announced results from week 5 of play.

Coach's Pitch League
On Tuesday, June 2, Bailey-Love Mortuary beat Fredrick's Photography 11-4

Metro Kiwanis flew past El Shaddai Screen Printing 15-5.
I.M.I. Inc. trumped Zay Leasing 13-4.

On Thursday, June 4, Bailey-Love Funeral Home powered over I.M.I. Inc., 25-8.

Frederick's Photography skated past Zay Leasing 8-2.
F.O.P. 77 fell to El Shaddai Screen Printing 25-6.

HNHS' Hurlburt misses all-state track honor by narrowest of margins

By the narrowest of margins, Huntington North High School senior Alyssa Hurlburt missed all-state honors in the long jump at the Indiana High School Athletic Association Girls' State Track Meet on Saturday, June 6.

Hurlburt pulled off a personal best jump of 17 feet, 4 inches to match with freshman Ayren Cobb of Benton Central for the ninth-best effort, but lost the final all-state placing on the tie-breaker of each girl's second best effort.

Rebecca Neville of Merrillville won the event with a leap of 19-01.75.

Drabenstot's last HS competition a success as HNHS senior makes all-state with fourth place

Rex Drabenstot made his last competition as a high school athlete a successful one as the Huntington North High School senior earned an all-state track medal by placing fourth in the shot put at the Indiana State High School Athletic Association Boys' State Meet on Friday, June 5.

Coming off his regional championship last week, Drabenstot launched a throw of 57 feet, 1 inch on the fifth of his six attempts to claim his all-state honor.

Hamilton, Tackett lead HNHS golfers to regional

Sophomores Neal Hamilton and EJ Tackett fired rounds of 76 and 78, respectively, on Friday, June 5, at the Huntington North Boys' golf Sectional Tournament to lead Huntington North into regional play next week.

The Vikings fired a score of 321 to place second behind champion Norwell and earn one of three team regional tickets to Muncie next Friday.

Norwell recorded a score of 300 to easily out-distance Huntington North, with Bellmont placing third among 13 teams with a 327.

Sliding home

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Anna Nevil of Metro Kiwanis slides into home on Tuesday, June 2, during action in the PAL Coaches Pitch League.

Cruising in

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Alex Wall of Metro Kiwanis (right) looks quite pleased with himself as he cruises into a base during action on Tuesday, June 2, in the PAL Coaches Pitch League.

Huntington County Baseball results

Huntington County Baseball has released results and standings for week 4 of play. In addition, several leagues have results from previous weeks.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results -- Summer Leagues

Wednesday High School Development
Men's High Game: E.J. Tackett, 270; Zac Tackett, 258; Adam Fruit, 230.
Men's High Series: E.J. Tackett, 708; Zac Tackett, 675; Adam Fruit, 610.
Women's High Game: Sierra Rice, 208; Lesley Love, 190; Stacey Hebert, 181.
Women's High Series: Sierra Rice, 594; Eleni Newsome, 502; Elizabeth Bischoff, 498.
Top Teams: Adam Fruit, 15-5; Alex Rittenhouse, 12.5-7.5; Mel Fruit Jr., 11-9.

Homestead pitcher shackles HNHS on two hits in sectiomal championship

Huntington North Hgih School batter Billy Ray gets out of the way of a high and tight pitch agianst Homestead in the championship game of the Homestead Sectional Baseball Tournament on Monday, June 1. The Vikings lost 5-1.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington North High School baseball team got just two hits and lost to Homestead in the championship game of the Homestead Sectional Baseball Tournament, 5-1, on Monday, June 1.

Things started off great for the Vikings as leadoff batter Jamon Hammel opened the contest with a home run to give HNHS a quick 1-0 lead, but Spartan hurler Charles Weaver allowed only one other hit - a single by Taylor Harris - in seven innings to put 24-3 Homestead into the regional.

Announce first four weeks results from PAL baseball season

Huntington County Police Athletic League began its season on May 5.

Below are the results from the first four weeks of play.

Coach's Pitch League

El Shaddai Screen Printing fell to Bailey-Love Funeral Home 17-6.

I.M.I., Inc. beat Zay Leasing 11-8.

Metro Kiwanis edged past F.O.P. #77 9-8.

Bailey-Love also played a second game that day, in which they beat Frederick's Photography 29-3

On Tuesday, May 12, Bailey-Love shut out Zay Leasing 26-0.

F.O.P. #77 lost to El Shaddai 20-4.

Hammel signs with Huntington University to continue diamond career

Huntington North High School baseball player Jamon Hammel (front center) looks over his letter of intent to play college ball at Huntington University.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School baseball standout Jamon Hammel recently sign his letter of commitment to continue his career at Huntington University.

Hammel signed his letter of intent on Friday, May 28, in the presence of his parents, Huntington North Head Baseball Coach Russ Degitz and Huntington University Head Baseball Coach Mike Frame.

Hammel's senior season statistics include a .348 batting average, third highest on the varsity squad and second in RBI with 18. He is the Vikings's starting shortstop.

Hammel is the son of Jeff and Marie Hammel.

Diving back

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School first baseman Kameron Smith keeps his eye on the ball as a Fort Wayne South Side baserunner dives back into the bag during second round play Saturday, May 30, at the Homestead Sectional Baseball Touranment. The Vikings beat South Side, 8-3. Weather permitting, the Vikings and Homestead will square off tonight, Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m. in the championship game.

Firing one home

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School pitcher Wes Carroll puts all of himself into this pitch during the Vikings game against Fort Wayne South Side in the second round of the Homestead Baseball Sectional Tournament on Saturday, May 30. The Vikings won the game, 8-3, and advance to the sectional championship game against Homeastead on Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m.

Smith's homer makes himself, Vikings winners in second round of sectional

Huntington North High School shortstop Jamon Hammel catches a Fort Wayne South Side runner in the face with his tag during play in the second round of the Homestead Baseball Sectional Tournament on Saturday, May 30.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Kameron Smith made himself the winning pitcher with a go-ahead two-run home run in the fourth inning as the Huntington North High School baseball team beat Fort Wayne South Side, 8-3, on Saturday, May 30, in second round action at the Homestead Baseball Sectional Tournament.

The Vikings, 15-12, will face Homestead Monday at 5 p.m. in the championship contest. The Spartans advanced with a hard-fought 5-4 win in seven innings over Marion.

Tackett's low score not enough as Viking golfers fall to CC, Warsaw

E.J. Tackett tied for low score of the day but it wasn't enough for the Huntington North High School boys' golf team as it lost to both Warsaw and host Columbia City on Friday, May 29.

The Vikings, 6-3, finished with a 169 total, while Columbia City won the match with a 155 and Warsaw recorded a 169.

Tackett fired a one over par 37 to match Columbia City's David Mills for low score on the day, but the sophomore's effort couldn't help HNHS overcome Columbia City having three scorers under 40.

Regional champion Drabenstot leads four Viking trackmen to state

Senior shotputter Rex Drabenstot claimed a championship and the Huntington North High School boys' track team will be sending three other athletes to the state track meet from their performances at the Fort Wayne Wayne Boys' Regional Track Meet on Thursday, May 28.

Junior Josh Graham qualified twice for state, and senior Rob Sands and junior Ross Ochs will also be making the trip to Indiana University on Friday, June 5.

Golfers shoot season-best 322 to beat Marion

Huntington North High School golfer Tyler Scher plays a chip shot towards the hole, during the team’s outing against Marion, on Thursday, May 28. Both the varsity and junior varsity teams won their match ups.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School's boys' varsity and junior varsity golf teams were in action against Marion, on Thursday, May 28.

The varsity team carded a season-best team score of 322 to beat Marion, which carded a 334.

Top Viking on the day was Neal Hamilton, with a 79. Other scores were Garrett Bracht, 80; Brandon Whitesell, 81; E.J. Tackett, 82 and Tyler Shearer, 98.

The JV team also won its nine-hole match up, carding a 182 to Marion's 207.

A swing ... and a miss

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Ellie Lawson of the Tincaps swings and misses as Huntington LIons' catcher Brooke Hiple reaches for the ball during softball action from Huntington County Baseball at Homier Field on Thursday, May 28.

Letting it fly

Photo by Matt Murphy.

As Connor Kreider of Paesan's PIzza waits to score a run, MacSteel's Brock Eckert pitches on Tuesday, May 26, in Huntington County Baseball League action at Homier Park.


HU seniors Davenport, Johnson earn All-America honors

Huntington University seniors Lauren Davenport and Nick Johnson finished fourth in their respective events at the NAIA Track & Field National Championships recently to earn All-America honors.

Davenport eclipsed her own school record in the 800-meter run with a 2:07.38 to earn her first All-America honor on the track.

Johnson shaved nearly three seconds off his personal best time with a 14:43.18 in the 5,000- meter run.

HNHS fall sports physicals set for Tuesday, June 2, at North Arena

Huntington County students who plan to participate in high school and middle school sports programs this fall can receive a sports physical Tuesday, June 2, at 5:30 p.m. at North Arena.

The physicals are for athletes who are not currently under a doctor's care for an injury or medical condition. Anyone with a chronic condition that requires constant monitoring by a doctor, such as diabetes or blood pressure, must have a physical form filled out by their own doctor.

Long jumper Hurlburt qualifies for state meet

Huntington North High School long jumper Alyssa Hurlburt takes off under the watchful eyes of officials during regional competition on Tuesday, May 26. Hurlburt advanced on to next week's state meet.
Photo provided.

Long jumper Alyssa Hurlburt was the lone Huntington North High School track team member to advance to the state meet with her performance Tuesday, May 26, at the Fort Wayne Northrop Girls' Track Regional.

Hurlburt, a senior, took third place in the event - with three places moving on - and also surpassed the state qualifying standard of 17 feet with her leap of 17-2. That mark was almost six inches better than her seed mark heading into the regional.

The state meet will be held Friday, June 6, at Indiana University.

Huntington County Baseball announces results of weeks 1-3

Huntington County Baseball League began its season on May 2.

Below is a listing of the results for the first three weeks of play.

Clemente League

Week 1 Frederick's Photography won over Kiwanis Club 17-8 on opening day.

Also on May 2, Bippus State Bank beat the Veterans of Foreign Wars 16-4.

Clear Creek then proceeded to roll over Bippus 19-1.
Ness Brothers Real Estate (Roanoke) beat Midwest Metals 13-2.

On May 4, Clear Creek beat Midwest Metals 13-1.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results — Summer Leagues

Men's High Game: Zac Tackett, 219; Mel Fruit Jr., 204; Tyler Neff, 200.
Men's High Series: Mel Fruit Jr., 596; Zac Tackett, 557; Tyler Neff, 513.
Women's High Game: Lesley Love, 225; Stacey Hebert, 204; Elizabeth Bischoff, 189.
Women's High Series: Stacey Hebert, 551; Lesley Love, 549; Elizabeth Bischoff, 543.
Top Teams: Adam Fruit, 11-5; Connor Brown, 10-6; Tyler Krepp, 10-6.

Lady Vikes' win string broken in double defeat against Richmond

Huntington North High School softball player Megan Burnworth squares around to bunt during the Lady Vikings' first game against Richmond on Saturday, May 23.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington North High School softball team had its five-game win string broken and finished its regular season with a doubleheader loss to visiting Richmond, 11-1 and 7-6, on Saturday, May 23.

The Lady Vikings, 12-8, got spanked in the opener as Maureen Lund's streak of outstanding outings was stopped. Richmond got to the sophomore star for eight runs and five hits in just three innings, and the Lady Vikings' offense, with several junior varsity players making appearances, could only muster a single run, in the third inning.

West homers to help Vikings split with Anderson

Joey West homered and the Huntington North High School baseball team had two big innings on the way to beating host Anderson, 9-2, in the second game and salvaging a doubleheader split on Saturday, May 23.

The Vikings got crushed in the opener, 15-5.

After taking the big loss in the first game against a 19-5 Anderson squad, the Vikings came back in the nitecap with four runs in the third inning and five more in the fifth to back the pitching of Wes Carroll for the win.

The Vikings head into next week's sectional with a 14-12 mark.

Lund, Lady Viking offense smash Muncie Central, 12-0

Maureen Lund was almost unhittable and the Lady Vikings' offense provided plenty of support as the Huntington North High School softball team smashed host Muncie Central 12-0, on Friday, May 24.

Lund shut out the Lady Bearcats with just one hit and mowed down 15 via strikeout while giving up just one walk to lead HNHS to its fifth straight win, and 12th overall in 18 outings.

HNHS girls' tennis season ends at second round in sectional

The second round was as far as the Huntington North High School girls' tennis team could go in the Norwell sectional, falling to Bellmont, 3-2, on Friday, May 22, after beating Bluffton by the same score on Thursday, May 21.

Abby Berry at second singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Taylor Willcox and Karissa Miller both won three-set matches for HNHS, which finishes at 10-6 on the season.

Both Berry and the doubles team took tough 5-7 losses in the first set, but then scrapped out 6-3, 6-2 wins.
Whitney Neuenschwander at first singles lost 1-6, 3-6,

Carroll scores trio in first, holds off HNHS diamond men, 5-3

Visiting Carroll struck for three runs in the first inning and held on for a 5-3 win over the Huntington North High School baseball team on Thursday, May 21.

Four hits and three steals in the opening frame led to Carroll's three runs. The visitors also scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to hold off the Vikes, who tallied solo runs of their own in the first, third and fifth innings.

Jamon Hammel had two hits, including a triple, and two runs scored for HNHS, now 13-11 on the season. Brett Wiley knocked in three runs.

Lund's arm, bat leads HNHS past Columbia City, 1-0

HNHS sophomore pitcher Maureen Lund winds up to fire one home in the Lady Vikings' 1-0 win over visiting Columbia City on Thursday, May 21.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Sophomore Maureen Lund pitched yet another shutout and knocked in the game's only run as the Huntington North High School softball team squeezed past visiting Columbia City, 1-0, on Thursday, May 21.

Lund pitched a five-hitter with 10 strikeouts, and led the offense as well with two hits and the lone RBI. Alecia Johnson also had two hits for the Lady Vikings, now 11-6.

Lauren Chanley scored the game's only run in the first inning. She led off the HNHS half of the frame with a single, moved up on a walk to Megan Burnworth and rode home on Lund's first hit.