Viking bowlers back over .500 with win over SW

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity bowling team easily dispatched Southern Wells, 18-2, in a match at Villa Lanes, in Decatur, on Monday, Nov. 25.

Zac Tackett led the Vikings, 3-2, with a 221 game and a 439 series and Jordan Gray supplied a 193 game and a 340 series.


HNHS boy bowlers lose to Norwell

The Huntington North High School boys' varsity bowling team suffered a 17-3 defeat to Norwell at The Bowling Center, in Bluffton, on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The Vikings, 2-2, were led by Zac Tackett, who bowled a 207 game and a 371 series. AJ Martin added a pair of 182 games for a 364 series.


HNHS girl bowlers to 4-0 with win over Bluffton

The Huntington North High School girls' varsity bowling team won 16.5-3.5 over Bluffton at The Bowling Center, in Bluffton, on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Megan Manes shot a 223 game and a 373 series and Lauren Smart bowled a 167 to help the Lady Vikings run their record to 4-0.


Recker, Merryman, get Crossroads League weekly honors

Huntington University sophomore Amelia Recker and senior Shane Merryman swept the conference basketball awards this week as both were named Crossroads League Player of the Week based on their performances last week.

G. Spahr 88th at NAIA women's cross country nationals

Huntington University women's cross country team member Gretchen Spahr finished 88th at the 2013 NAIA Cross Country National Championships at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, KS, on Saturday, Nov. 23.

For Spahr, it marked her third consecutive trip to the national stage. Competing against 319 other runners, the junior crossed the line in 19:09.41. She averaged a 6:10.0 mile and finished fourth out of her Crossroads League foes.

HU's Herber places 64th at cross country nationals

Huntington University men's cross country team member Tyler Herber claimed 64th at the 2013 NAIA Cross Country National Championships at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, KS, on Saturday, Nov. 23.

It was Herber's first trip to nationals and it proved to be an impressive outing for the sophomore as he posted a career-best time of 25:34.65 to register the third-best time among Crossroads League runners. He averaged a 5:08.8 mile.

Oklahoma City won the title with 77 points, followed by Southern Oregon with 124, Emmanuel with 148, St. Francis (IL) with 157 and Aquinas with 185.

6 HNHS grapplers win weight classes at Warsaw Invitational

Six members of the Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team won their weight class in the team's first action of the season at the Warsaw Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Five of the Vikings' champions compiled 3-0 records on the day, with senior Kyle Jolas, at 160 pounds, leading the way with three pins.

Juniors Tanner Shipley, at 132, Corbin Clarke, at 195, and Layne Emery, at 220, each went undefeated on the strength of two falls and one decision.

Ed Tackett takes over reins of bowling program

Ed Tackett (middle), the new head of Huntington North High School’s bowling program and head coach of the boys’ varsity team, gives some pointers to AJ Martin (right) during practice at Oak Lanes Bowling Center, in Huntington, on Thursday, Nov. 14.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Ed Tackett owns and operates Oak Lanes Bowling Center, in Huntington, the home of the Huntington North High School boys' and girls' bowling teams.

So, it's fitting that Tackett would ultimately be the person to run the school's bowling program after a search for new leadership earlier this year.

The head coach of the boys' varsity team in addition to being the school's bowling overseer, Tackett was a professional bowler from 1988 to 1992 and has been in the bowling business since 1995.

"I've been doing it for a long time," he says.

Lady Eagles to 2-0 with win over WACHE Warriors

The Huntington Lady Eagles outlasted the WACHE Warriors, 36-27, in a defensive battle at Life Church, in Bluffton, on Friday, Nov. 22.

The Eagles' Catherine Weaver was limited to just nine points against the Warriors. With the defense focused on Weaver, Abby Ballinger dropped in 15 points to pace the team.

The Eagles led 13-9 at halftime and 26-20 after three before WACHE scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to steal the lead, its first of the game, at 27-26.

HU men roll to 8-0 with win over Rochester

The Huntington University men's basketball team put host Rochester College in a 29-18 hole at halftime on Saturday, Nov. 23, and the Warriors never climbed out as the Foresters won 66-53 to keep their undefeated season rolling.

Senior Shane Merryman led the Foresters, 8-0, with 22 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double in four games. Freshman Derek Hinen tossed in 12 points and junior Alec Peterson added 11 in his first game of the season.

HU women break scoring record in win over ONU

Pazia Speed.
Photo provided.

The Huntington University women's basketball team broke the program record for most points in a game with its 121-101 victory over host Olivet Nazarene University on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The Foresters accomplished the feat with a 33 of 38 showing at the free throw line and by shooting over 50 percent from the field in a game featuring ONU's run-and-gun, full-court pressure style of play.

First half deficit too big for HU women to climb out of

An 18-point first-half deficit was too much to dig out of for the Huntington University women's basketball team in a 77-70 loss to ninth-ranked St. Xavier University on Friday, night, Nov. 22, at the Holiday Inn Express Classic host by Olivet Nazarene University.

The Foresters, 4-3, gave up 15 points on 14 turnovers in the opening half, too deep a hole for even a perfect 24 of 24 free throw effort in the second half to overcome.

Shooting woes cost Lady Vikes in first loss

Huntington North's Hannah Stoffel launches a short shot past a host Whitko defender on Friday, Nov. 22, in the Lady Vikings' 57-51 loss.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Poor shooting, particularly from the free-throw line, cost the Huntington North High School girls' varsity basketball team as it lost to host Whitko, 57-51, on Friday, Nov. 22.

The Lady Vikes, 2-1, hit only 21 of 58 shots from the field for 36.2 percent, and compounded the problem with a 7 of 23, 30.4 percent performance at the stripe.

Senior center Paige Coolman led the Lady Vikes with 17 points, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots. Lindsey Foster added 15 points and Alyssa Hiple chipped in with 10.

Coolman to continue soccer career locally

Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior Paige Coolman (front center) signed a letter of intent on Friday, Nov. 22, to continue her soccer career at Huntington University. Present at the signing were Coolman's parents (seated from left), stepfather Dennis Spitler and mother Debra Spitler and (back row from left) HNHS Assistant Girls' Soccer Coach Ashley Gonterman, HU Head Women's Soccer Coach Chris Tillett and HNHS Head Girls' Soccer Coach Jeremy Steele.

CMS hoop boys split with Lakeview

The Crestview Middle School boys' eighth grade basketball team lost to host Lakeview, 37-16, on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Noah Ehler grabbed four steals and dished out one assist for the Cougars, 1-1.

The seventh grade team trounced Lakeview, 41-19.

Hank Pulver and Trey Williams each scored 13 points to help Crestview improve to 2-0.