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.


Sweet fires 35 to lead HNHS golfers past North Side

Freshman Jordan Sweet fired a 35 to lead the Huntington North High School boys' golf team past host Fort Wayne North Side,153-173, on Thursday, May 21.

E.J. Tackett and Garrett Brach both fired rounds of 39 and Neal Hamilton and Brandon Whitesell both had scores of 40 as the Vikings won for the fifth time in six dual meet decisions.


Ochs wins distance double to lead HNHS trackmen to second at sectional

Ross Ochs.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Ross Ochs won both distance events to lead the Huntington North High School boys' track team to a second place finish at the Marion Track Sectional on Thursday, May 21.

Ochs, a junior, narrowly edged teammate Josh Graham for the title in the 1,600-meter run, clocking in at 4:31.96 to Graham's 4:32.14. Ochs then came back to claim the 3,200-meter crown in 9:45.68, nosing out Marion's Michael Waymire by .21 seconds.

Those thrilling finishes help HNHS pile up 121 points, 26 back of team champion Marion.

Miller's five-hitter leads Vikings over Wildkats, 4-1

Huntington North High School's Jamon Hammel tries to beat the throw to first base during action against visiting Kokomo on Wednesday, May 20. Hammel was out, but the Vikings won the contest, 4-1.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Nick Miller pitched five-hit ball for 6-1/3 innings to lead the Huntington North High School baseball team past visiting Kokomo, 4-1, on Wednesday, May 20.

Miller improved his record to 4-1 with two-out relief help form Wes Carroll as the Vikings improved their mark to 13-10 overall and 8-4 in the North Central Conference.

Lund again dispatches Kokomo

Maureen Lund dispatched Kokomo for the second consecutive day as the Huntington North High School softball team topped the host Lady Wildkats, 4-2, on Wednesday, May 20.

A day after handcuffing Kokomo on a one-hit with 14 strikeouts, the Lady Vikings' sophomore hurler this time wasn't quite as sharp, but still only gave up two runs and had 12 strikeouts as HNHS improved its record to 10-6.

Lauren Chanley was the big stick for HNHS, going 3 for 4 with an RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored. Lyndsey Karst added a hit, stolen base and run scored.

Bracht leads Viking golfers past Eastbrook

Junior Garrett Bracht fired a 77 to lead the Huntington North High School boy's golf team past visiting Eastbrook, 334-357, on Wednesday, May 20.

The Vikings, improving to 5-1, also got an 82 from E.J. Tackett, an 84 from Jordan Sweet and a 91 from Tyler Shearer.

Neal Hamilton was non-scorer with a 92.


Kokomo pushes across late runs to edge Vikings

Host Kokomo pushed across single runs in the final two innings to pin the Huntington North High School baseball team with a 2-1 loss on Tuesday, May 19.

The Vikings, 12-10 overall and 7-4 in the North Central Conference, scored in the first inning and held on to that slim margin until the sixth. The Wildkats' Sanburn tied the contest with a home run in the sixth, then Kokomo won the game in the seventh on a double and run-scoring single.

Jamon Hammel and Taylor Harris both had two hits to lead HNHS, and Brett Wiley had the team's only RBI.

Lady Vikes tennis team smashes Fort Wayne Snider

Lady Viking junior varsity first singles player Keisha Shrock serves during her win over Vanessa Adam of Fort Wayne Snider on Tuesday, May 19.
Photo by Andre Laird.

The Huntington North High School varsity girls' tennis team won its contest against visiting Fort Wayne Snider, on Tuesday, May 19, winning 4-1.

Singles winners were Whitney Neuenschwander and Taryn Wuensch, who both won in straight sets. The doubles teams of Kourtney Brubaker and Whitney Switzer and Taylor Wilcox and Karissa Miller also won their matches in straight sets.

The team is 9-5 on the season.

Neuenschwander at number one singles defeated Amy Nagel, 6-0, 6-3, while Wuensch at third singles topped Ja'Nisaha Redmond, 6-2, 6-3.

Lund fans 14 as Lady Vikes shut out Kokomo

Maureen Lund takes a rip at a pitch during the Lady Vikings' 4-0 win over visiting Kokomo on Tuesday, May 19.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Maureen Lund struck out 14 and fired a one-hit shutout Tuesday to lead the Huntington North High School softball team to a 4-0 win over visiting Kokomo.

BreeAnn Bowen smacked a run-scoring double during a three-run sixth inning to help the Lady Vikings break open what had been a 1-0 contest.

Morgan Broderick also added an RBI for the Lady Vikes, who upped their record to 9-6.

In the junior varsity game, Brianna McClellan pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out 11-0 as Huntington North blanked Kokomo, 10-0.

Harris' shot put win gives HNHS girls' sectional track crown by single point

Huntington North High School runner Natalie Spahr is out front on the final leg of the 3,200-meter relay during the Huntington North Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, May 19.
Photo by Andre Laird.

A victory in the final contested event of the day -- the shot put - gave the Huntington North High School girls' track team a one-point margin of victory in the Huntington North Girls' Track Sectional on Tuesday, May 19.

The Lady Vikings' Alli Harris won the event on her final throw of the meet to beat Emily Radke of Columbia City, and the two-point differential in the event pushed HNHS past CC, 131-130.

Kiela Clore added third place points in the event to push a second Columbia City scorer, Kaeleigh Porter, to fourth place, in another crucial effort for HNHS.

Miller saves Vikings split with Richmond

Nick Miller stopped a rally in the seventh inning of the second game to give the Huntington North High School baseball team a split of its doubleheader against visiting Richmond on Saturday, May 16.

The Vikings, 11-8 on the season and 7-3 in the North Central Conference, held on for a 7-6 win after dropping the opener 9-1.

HNHS softball JV rallies to tie in 7th, loses in 8th

The Huntington North High School junior varsity softball team used a six-run to seventh to tie the game, but fell to visiting Homestead 8-6 in eight innings on Friday, May 15.

The Lady Vikings trailed 6-0 heading into their final at-bat, but knotted things and forced the extra inning.

Brooke Dennis and Taylor Pursifull led the hitting attack with two safeties apiece, and Shelby Bradford knocked in a couple of runs.

The Lady Vikings face visiting Blackford on Monday, May 18.


Field events strength helps HNHS girls' track team place second at Luers

Alli Harris.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Once again the field events were a difference maker for the Huntington North High School girls track team as it finished second in a quadrangular meet Thursday, May 14, at Bishop Luers.

The Lady Vikings used three field event wins - two by Alli Harris, to score 73 points.

Snider won the meet with 82 points, Bishop Luers was third with 58 and Harding was fourth with 31.

Norwell puts away HNHS tennis team, 4-1

The first doubles team of Kourtney Brubaker and Whitney Switzer were the only winners on the day for the Huntington North High School tennis team as it lost to host Norwell, 4-1, on Friday, May 15.

Brubaker, a junior, and Switzer, a senior defeated Jaylee Leman and Haley Chaney, 6-2, 7-5, to keep Norwell from the sweep.

Logansport's two in fifth edge Vikings

Host Logansport rallied for two runs in the fifth inning to hand the Huntington North High School baseball team a 3-2 loss on Thursday, May 14.

The Vikings, 11-8, had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth on a solo homer by Brett Wiley, but Nick Miller and Billy Ray couldn't shut down the Berries.

Wiley had also knocked in the Vikings first run of the game, in the first inning, when he knocked in Taylor Harris, who opened the game with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Broderick's sac fly makes 1-0 winner of Lund, Lady Vikes

Morgan Broderick's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning made a 1-0 winner out of Maureen Lund and the Huntington North High School softball team on Wednesday, May 13, against visiting Logansport.

Broderick's flyout to center brought in Amanda Dyson, who earlier had gotten on with a single, to end a scoreless battle between Lund and the Logansport hurler.

Johnson to continue golf career at Manchester College

Teresa Johnson.
Photo provided.

Huntington North High School varsity golf standout Teresa Johnson recently signed her intent to continue her career at Manchester College.

Johnson is a three-letter winner and was a member of a highly successful varsity team that won three sectionals and one North Central Conference title.

She was named to the NCC All-Conference teams in 2007 and 2008 and has been a scholar athlete all three years on the varsity team. Johnson also received a scholar-athlete award and a Viking Integrity Award.

HNHS softball team loses heartbreaker to Logansport, 1-0

Maureen Lund’s strong pitching effort wasn’t enough to secure a win for the Huntington North High School varsity softball team as it fell to Logansport, 1-0, on Tuesday, May 12.

Lund pitched seven innings, allowing only three hits and two walks, while striking out seven batters.

HNHS never got the ball rolling offensively, as it also only got three hits, one each from  Jordie Close, Lund and Lauren Chanley.

The hosts scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on a double, two walks and a Huntington North error.

Carroll's three-hitter, Wiley, West homers lead HNHS past Logansport

Wes Carroll.
Photo by Andre Laird.

Wes Carroll fired a three-hit shut and Brett Wiley and Joey West pounded home runs to lead the Huntington North High School baseball team to a 5-0 win over visiting Logansport on Tuesday, May 12.

Carroll had six strikeouts and only one walk in his complete game gem, improving his record to 4-3 and pushing the Vikings' market to 11-7 on the season and 6-1 in the North Central Conference.

Wiley and West each had two hits and two RBI for the contest, and Kyle Barr also had two hits.