HNHS boys' swimmers tie with Snider

Huntington North’s Phillip Zook launches from the platform at the start of the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Vikings meet against visiting Fort Wayne Snider.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington North High School boys' swim team maintained the upper hand for the majority of the meet against visiting Fort Wayne Snider, but fell short as the two teams tied 91-91 on Thursday, Dec. 3.

The Vikings took first-place honors in 10 of 12 events, and took second in the two events where the hosts didn't see the gold.

The trio of seniors Shaun Marion, Skyler Ruschhaupt and Danny Scher led the Vikings, with each swimmer taking two individual events and participating on two winning relay teams.

Patrick lone HNHS winner as Snider crushes Lady Viking swimmers

Lady Viking swimmer Cassie Hacker charges ahead during her 200-meter individual medley race on Thursday, Dec. 3, against visiting Fort Wayne Snider. The Huntington North High School girls were crushed 137-49.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Senior Mariah Patrick had the only Lady Viking win of the night as the Huntington North High School girls' swim team was crushed by visiting Fort Wayne Snider 137-49, on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Patrick placed first in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:06.60.

The Lady Vikings only had five second-place finishes and three third-place finishes on the evening.

Coolman leads Lady Rebels' eighth-graders to first win of season

Paige Coolman scored 19 points to lead the Salamonie School eighth grade girls' basketball team to its first win of the season - a 31-20 victory over Eastbrook on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Coolman also had 15 rebounds, and Tatum Johnson had four points, four steals and three assists.

The eighth-graders now have a 1-4 record on the season.
Salamonie's seventh grade girls' basketball team fell to Eastbrook 31-9.

Katie Littleford added four points for the Lady Rebels.

The seventh grade team also has a 1-4 season record.


Riverview, Crestview split girls' basketball contests

The Riverview Middle School eighth grade girls' basketball team defeated host Crestview 33-18 on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

For Riverview, Mikayla Carpenter led the way with 13 points, Maddie Klender had nine points and Alexa Shoemaker added six points.

Crestview's game leaders included Josie Beaver and Erin Rethlake, who each canned seven points.

Crestview's seventh grade girls' basketball team fared much better than their eighth grade counterparts, defeating Riverview 26-6 to continue their season undefeated 5-0.

Kyle, Shively team up to help Foresters drop Taylor

Kevin Kyle and Tyler Shively combined for 46 points to lead the 12th-ranked NAIA Division II Huntington University men's basketball team past host Taylor, 71-66, on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Kyle finished with a game-high 26 points, including going 10 of 13 at the free throw line, to lead the Foresters to their 10th victory of the season in as many outings.

HU women fall on last-second shot

Huntington University senior Jenna Donaldson takes the ball down the court against tight defense by in the HU game against visiting Taylor Wednesday night, Dec. 3.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

A desperation three-pointer with four seconds left on the clock sent the Huntington University women's basketball team to a 56-55 defeat at the hands of visiting Taylor on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

After a Taylor three-pointer pulled the visitors within 55-53 with 45 seconds left, the Forester women turned the ball over on an inbounds pass 20 seconds later, and with no timeouts left, the Trojans' Tess Rudolph launched her long jumper and hit nothing but net to give Taylor its only lead of the game and the win.

In traffic

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Senior Ryleigh Carr tries to get a shot past the visiting Taylor defense at the Huntington University women's basketball game on Wendseeday, Dec. 3, against visiting Taylor. HU lost a heartbreaker, 56-55.

HNHS frosh boys fall to Norwell

The Huntington North High School boys' freshman basketball team fell to host Norwell 55-48 on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Paul Ehler led the Vikings' scoring with 16 points. Trevor Osborn canned 10 more points and Kolvin Miller added nine.

The freshman team is now 0-2 on the season.


Former local All-American in cross country

Matt Ditzler.
Photo provided.

A Huntington North High School graduate running for Friends University in Wichita, KS, placed 28th in the NAIA national cross country championship Nov. 21 at Vancouver, WA.

As one of the top 30 finishers, Matt Ditzler, a junior at the Kansas university, also earned All American honors.

Ditzler attended Indiana Tech his freshman and sophomore years, placing 173rd his first year and 169th last year as he dealt with injury and illness.

Ditzler, a 2007 HNHS graduate, carries a 3.9 grade point average at Friends University.


Vikings swimmers win more battles, but Oak Hill depth wins the day

Despite the Huntington North High School boys' swim team taking eight first place finishes out of 12 events, lack of depth cost it big-time as it lost to host Oak Hill 104-79 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

While only winning four events, the hosts had 10 runner-up finishes and nine third place finishes to pile up the points faster than the Vikings.

Seniors Danny Scher, Skyler Ruschhaupt and Shaun Marion all won two individual events and were members of two winning relay teams to lead the Vikings' scoring.

HNHS girls' swim team succumbs to Oak Hill

The Huntington North High School girls' swim team lost to Oak Hill 123-63 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Huntington North won only four of the 12 events, and took only three second-place finishes and five third-place finishes.

Sophomore Cassie Hacker was the most successful Huntington swimmer, winning the 200-yard individual medley in 2:28.94 and taking the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:15.85.

Sophomore Sarah Karst won the 500-yard freestyle in 6:02.45, and senior Mariah Patrick won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.63.


Viking bowlers roll past Columbia City

The Huntington North High School boys' bowling team rolled past host Columbia City 17-3 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

In the first round, the Vikings smashed Columbia City 1191-952. Adam Fruit was the lead scorer for the Vikes, knocking down 277. EJ Tackett followed with 257, Connor Brown had 234, Tyler Carroll took 223 and Gage VanDine had 200.

Huntington North also swept the second round, but by a much smaller margin, 1064-1031. Tackett led the team with 266. Carroll had 233, Fruit ended with 211, Brown had 209 and Tyler Neff finished out with 145.

Lady Viking bowlers enjoy comfortable win over Columbia City

Huntington North High School's girls' bowling team enjoyed a comfortable 18-2 win over host Columbia City on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The Lady Vikings didn't have their finest performance in the first round, outscoring the Eagles 824-726, but still got all 10 points. Brittany Notestine took 211, Ayla Yeiter had 164, Tonya Crago rolled 163, Lesley Love added 161 and Elizabeth Bischoff had 125.

In the second round, Mikey Harrison rolled 241 to help the Lady Vikes control Columbia City 999-748. Love had 217, Notestine had 203, Yeiter added 180 and Crago took 158.

Landis pours in 29 as Eagles beat Fort Wayne Guard

Jed Landis poured in 29 points to take the Huntington Eagles varsity basketball team to a 63-41 victory over host Fort Wayne Guard on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Huntington jumped to a 13-1 lead in the first quarter and added 14 more points in the second to bring the halftime score to 27-12. Fort Wayne outscored Huntington 19-12 in the third quarter, but the Eagles bounced back in the fourth to outscore the Guard by 14 points in the fourth.

Landis also had six rebounds and six steals on the night.

Eagles middle school boys' hoop teams fall to Fort Wayne Guard

Despite Chris Leiffers scoring 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, but the Huntington Eagles 14U basketball team fell to host Fort Wayne Guard 47-40 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Huntington, 2-1, jumped to a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, but couldn't keep it together as Fort Wayne went 16-6 in the second quarter to take the game to 24-18 at halftime. The Guard outscored Huntington 10-9 in the third, and both teams canned 13 in the fourth.