Community can help honor spring athletes

The Huntington North High School athletics department is holding a special community event to recognize its spring sports athletes on Friday, May 1, at 6 p.m.

The event is called “VACCINE,” which stands for “Vikings Athletes Cruise Celebration In Neighborhoods Everywhere.” A caravan of vehicles containing Huntington North spring athletes will depart the school and proceed to several locations in Huntington. Community members are encouraged to park at one of the locations as a show of support to the students, who were unable to play sports this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Youth sports leagues ditch summer plans as pandemic lingers

The front diamond at the Police Athletic League, in Huntington, sits empty on Thursday, April 16. The diamond will remain that way throughout the summer, as the PAL has canceled its baseball season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other local sports leagues have canceled their seasons as well.
Photo by Steve Clark.

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into late April, youth sports leagues in Huntington County have decided to cancel their seasons.

In Huntington, Huntington County Baseball (HCB) and the Police Athletic League (PAL) have decided to suspend their operations this summer. Andrews Lions Club Baseball, which is an affiliate of the PAL, has followed suit.

HU hires Hoosier legend's son as men's hoop coach

Kory Alford

Huntington University has hired Kory Alford to be the next head coach of the Forester men’s basketball team.

Alford currently serves as the director of player development for the University of Nevada, Reno, men’s basketball team. Prior to that role, he held various roles for the men’s basketball team at his alma mater, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

A pickle (ball) of a day

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Ron Eckert (right) gets ready to serve to his granddaughter, Rileigh Johnson, during a pickleball game at Memorial Park on Thursday, April 2. Johnson said her grandfather was winning the game.

IHSAA announces cancellation of 2020 spring sports season

With the closure of K-12 schools throughout the state for the remainder of the school year, the Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced the cancellation of the spring sports season.

As a result of that decision, the baseball, softball, girls’ tennis, boys’ golf and boys’ and girls’ track and field seasons at Huntington North High School will not go forward.

HU’s Fryman makes the most out of basketball career that almost wasn’t

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Entering her senior year on the Huntington North High School girls’ basketball team, Sarah Fryman had no intention of playing hoops in college.

“I just wasn’t really looking into it that much,” she admits. “So, I was just planning on going to Ball State or something.”

Jump ahead five years and Fryman is currently a senior at Huntington University, where she played basketball for four years – and established herself as one of the Foresters’ best players ever.

Fryman nabs first team All-American honors

Huntington native Sarah Fryman, a senior on the Huntington University women’s basketball team, has been named a first team All-American by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Fryman, a 5-9 forward, is one of 10 NAIA Division II players to earn this honor. The Huntington North High School product is just the third Forester in program history to receive an NAIA first team all-American badge.

Davis is new clubhouse manager at Dogwood Glen Golf Course in Warren

Patrick Davis
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Heritage Pointe of Warren has announced the hiring of Patrick Davis as clubhouse manager at Dogwood Glen Golf Course in Warren.

Davis comes from Norwood Golf Club in Huntington. He is the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams at Huntington University. He also runs the First Tee program at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA in Huntington.

Davis is a native of Huntington County with 12 years of experience working in the golf industry. At Dogwood Glen, he will oversee the clubhouse, pro-shop and banquet facilities.

NAIA announces cancellation of spring sports season nationwide

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that it is canceling the spring sports season, effective immediately.

Huntington University is an NAIA affiliate. Affected sports at Huntington include baseball, softball and men’s and women’s track, golf and tennis.

Karate champs

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Members of Genbu-Kai Karate of Indiana Dojo, in Huntington, competed in the Best of the Best Karate Tournament held in Syracuse on March 1.  Pictured are (from left) Andy Norman - first place advanced men’s kata and first place advanced men’s kobudo kata and grand champion adult kata; Sensei Dawn Anderson – second place women’s 35+ year old black belt kata and second place women’s 35+ year old black belt kobudo kata; Mason Payton - first place in 9 to 10-year-old intermediate kata and fourth place 9 to 10-year-old intermediate kobudo kata; and Kevin McGregor – second place advanced

Bowlers recognized

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Three members of the Huntington North High School bowling teams were recognized for their accomplishments this past season. Pictured are (from left) junior Cheyenne Cottrell, northeast all-region team; senior Tylar Haney, northeast all-region team and all-state honorable mention; and senior Corbin Snow, academic all-state, second team all-state and northeast all-region team.

Hummer Memorial Mile added to Heritage Days

The Hummer Memorial Mile is a new addition to Huntington Heritage Days 2020. Organized by the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, the Hummer Memorial mile, a swimming event, will be held Saturday, June 20, at 1 p.m. at Lake Clare, located at the corner of Old U.S.-24 and Broadway.

HU SB opens league play with twin losses

The Huntington University softball team opened Crossroads League play with a pair of defeats to host Spring Arbor University, losing 7-3 and 5-1 on Thursday, March 12.

In the opening contest, the Cougars scored three runs in the second inning and another in the third to take a 4-0 lead on the Foresters. Freshman Kaela Robey ended the shutout in the fourth, smacking a two-run dinger for the visitors. She drove in fellow freshman Jenessa Hasty, who had reached base with a single.

Local youth wins 12-year-old division at state free throw contest

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Ethan Zahn, of Huntington, won the 12-year-old boys’ division at the Indiana Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Championship State Finals on Sunday, March 1, at St. Theodore Guerin Catholic High School, in Noblesville.

Zahn topped his division by sinking 22 of 25 free throws.

Before competing at the state finals, Zahn won events in Huntington, Wabash and Fort Wayne. Cumulatively, Zahn made 84 of 90 free throws.

HU hoop coach Platt retires

Ty Platt, head coach of the Huntington University men’s basketball team, has announced his retirement, effective this spring.