Viking boys succumb to Berries' second-half shooting tear

After a dismal first half by both teams, host Logansport went on a shooting tear in the second half and handed the Huntington North High School boys' basketball team a 59-42 loss on Friday, Feb. 19.

State wrestling title dreams end for Randle and Cooper in first round

The dream ended for two Huntington North High School wrestlers in close matches in the first round of the Indiana State Wrestling Finals on Friday, Feb. 19.

Logan Randle at 112 pounds, the Woodlan semi-state champ, got edged by sophomore Mason Todd of Pendleton Heights, 4-3.

Nick Cooper at 285 pounds lost to Evansville semi-state champion Tyler Daughtery, a senior from Castle, in a 5-2 decision.

Randle, a senior, finished his season at 41-2. Cooper, a junior, ends his campaign at 27-8.

Viking boy swimmers grab six firsts in sectional prelims; look for ticket to state on Saturday

The Huntington North High School boys' swim team grabbed first place in six events and took second in two other events, all while breaking two school records at the Warsaw swimming sectional preliminaries on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The Viking squad took the 200-yard medley relay in 1:43.88 - a school record, and Skyler Ruschhaupt broke another HNHS record by winning the 100-yard butterfly in :52.37.

HU's Shively hits 1,000-point mark

Tyler Shively.
Photo provided.

Huntington University men's basketball standout Tyler Shively hit his 1,000 point in his college career during the Foresters' mach against visiting Saint Francis on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Shively is the 40th Forester in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark. As of Feb. 16, Shively has hit 1,001 points in 81 games, averaging 12.4 points per game.


Forester women let 13-point second half lead slip away, lose to Saint Francis

The Huntington University women's basketball team let a 13-point second half lead slip away and wound up a 71-65 loser to host Saint Francis on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Kim League wrap up

The 2009-2010 Kim League Youth Basketball Program is nearing the end of the season, with one division tournament to be played and a make-up date from the pre-kindergarten division.

About 350 players participated this year from pre-kindergarten through ninth grade, which is the most ever for the league.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results -- Winter Leagues

Friday Night Mixed
Men's High Game: Bill Kusler, 276; Scott Chopson, Sr., 233; Ron Rittenhouse, 224.
Men's High Series: Bill Kusler, 696; Keith Schmittler, 601; Scott Chopson, Sr., 591.
Women's High Game: Julie McCune, 223; Brandie Roberts, 181; Terra Karst, 178.
Women's High Series: Julie McCune, 558; Terra Karst, 499; Brandie Roberts, 495.
Most Over: Bill Kusler, +168; Scott Chopson, Sr., +108; Terra Karst, +79.
Top Teams: High Rollers, 25-7; Ball Breakers, 22-10; Young & Old Balls, 19-13.

Wang leads Otters in Polar Bear Plunge at Fort Wayne

The Huntington-Wells Otters swim team participated in the Three Rivers Aquatics Club's Polar Bear Plunge at the Helen P. Brown Natatorium at South Side High School in Fort Wayne on Feb. 13-14.

Duke Wang led the charge for the Otters with four first-place wins in the 11-12-year-old male division, and also was the only individual from the Otters to hit the gold. Wang took first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:26.21; the 50-yard backstroke in 30.45; the 100-yard backstroke in 1:07.08 and the 50-yard freestyle in 27.08.

Team play, big runs key HU to upset win over 10th-ranked Saint Francis

Solid team play and big runs late in both halves helped the Huntington University men's basketball team stun visiting 10th-ranked Saint Francis, 103-87 on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Bobby Jolliff scored six points to lead an 18-4 run in the final minutes of the first half to take HU from a 40-31 deficit with four minutes to play into a 49-44 lead at halftime.

Lawson nets career-high 18 but Wildkats nip Vikings, 52-50

Levi Lawson scored a career-high 18 points but the Huntington North High School boys' basketball team got nipped by visiting Kokomo 52-50, on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

In a game that saw 12 lead changes and nine ties, neither team could put the other away. The Vikings got out to a 17-11 first quarter lead but saw Kokomo pull into the halftime lead at 28-27. The Wildkats opened their largest lead of the contest at 41-34 late in the third quarter, but the Vikings stormed back to cut the margin to 41-39 by the end of the frame.

No storybook ending for Lady Vikes as South Side wins sectional hoop title

Liesl Davenport of Huntington North maneuvers with the ball against Lynnia Noel of South Side in the Jay County Girls' Sectional Basketball Tournament championship game on Monday, Feb. 15. South Side won, 69-55.
Photo by Matt Murphy.

The storybook ending didn't quite happen for the Huntington North High School girls' basketball team as it lost to Fort Wayne South Side, 69-55, in the Jay County sectional championship game on Monday, Feb. 15.

After upsetting 19-2 Homestead in the first game, HNHS cut a 12-point deficit down to six with about three minutes left in the contest, but the Lady Archers held firm and pushed the lead back up to 16 points before the clock ran out.

No easy matches at state wrestling meet

Logan Randle (left) and Nick Cooper.
Photos by Andre B. Laird.

It might seem cliche, but there are no easy matches at the state wrestling meet.

Huntington North High School senior Logan Randle, the Woodlan semi-state champion at 112 pounds, joins four other wrestlers in that class with only one loss on the season.

Nick Cooper, the HNHS 285-pounder who qualified fourth at the Woodlan semi-state, has two undefeateds in his class, and a one-loss wrestler as well.

Lady Eagles to 19-7 as Daniels carries team to victory over King's Academy

Rebecca Daniels captured 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to carry the Huntington Lady Eagles homeschool varsity basketball team to a 57-34 win over visiting King's Academy of Fort Wayne on Friday, Feb. 5.

The Lady Eagles, 19-7, managed to keep the Lady Knights at bay, allowing no more than 11 points in any one quarter. At the same time, Huntington hit double digits in all but the final frame.

Catherine Weaver backed up Daniels with 13 points and nine rebounds. Kaleigh Shultz added 12 more points, and Jenna Cleaveland canned 10.


Huntington Eagles 14U crushes King's Academy

The Huntington Eagles 14U homeschool boys' basketball team crushed visiting King's Academy of Fort Wayne 40-19 on Friday, Feb. 5.

Huntington's defense prevented the Knights from scoring more than five points in a quarter for the first three stanzas of the match.

Trey Frank scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Huntington. Bruce Hitzfield assisted with eight points and eight rebounds. Tyce Frank had five points and Ethan Binkerd added five rebounds.


Lady Viking bowlers capture semi-state championship, advance to state

The Huntington North High School girls’ bowling team displays its Richmond semi-state championship trophy on Saturday, Feb. 13. The team will compete in the state championship this Saturday, Feb. 20, at Anderson.
Photo provided.

The Huntington North High School girls' bowling team continued its quest for a state title as it captured the Richmond semi-state crown on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The Lady Vikings defeated top seed Anderson in Baker competition in the final, 356-339, to take the semi-state crown and move on to the state championship at Anderson on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The Lady Vikings defeated Anderson in the first regular team competition, 900-886, but struggled in Baker play with their worst five game total of the season, 815, for a qualifying score of 2625, 64 pins behind the Lady Indians.