Diving back

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School first baseman Kameron Smith keeps his eye on the ball as a Fort Wayne South Side baserunner dives back into the bag during second round play Saturday, May 30, at the Homestead Sectional Baseball Touranment. The Vikings beat South Side, 8-3. Weather permitting, the Vikings and Homestead will square off tonight, Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m. in the championship game.

Firing one home

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington North High School pitcher Wes Carroll puts all of himself into this pitch during the Vikings game against Fort Wayne South Side in the second round of the Homestead Baseball Sectional Tournament on Saturday, May 30. The Vikings won the game, 8-3, and advance to the sectional championship game against Homeastead on Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m.

Smith's homer makes himself, Vikings winners in second round of sectional

Huntington North High School shortstop Jamon Hammel catches a Fort Wayne South Side runner in the face with his tag during play in the second round of the Homestead Baseball Sectional Tournament on Saturday, May 30.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Kameron Smith made himself the winning pitcher with a go-ahead two-run home run in the fourth inning as the Huntington North High School baseball team beat Fort Wayne South Side, 8-3, on Saturday, May 30, in second round action at the Homestead Baseball Sectional Tournament.

The Vikings, 15-12, will face Homestead Monday at 5 p.m. in the championship contest. The Spartans advanced with a hard-fought 5-4 win in seven innings over Marion.

Tackett's low score not enough as Viking golfers fall to CC, Warsaw

E.J. Tackett tied for low score of the day but it wasn't enough for the Huntington North High School boys' golf team as it lost to both Warsaw and host Columbia City on Friday, May 29.

The Vikings, 6-3, finished with a 169 total, while Columbia City won the match with a 155 and Warsaw recorded a 169.

Tackett fired a one over par 37 to match Columbia City's David Mills for low score on the day, but the sophomore's effort couldn't help HNHS overcome Columbia City having three scorers under 40.

Regional champion Drabenstot leads four Viking trackmen to state

Senior shotputter Rex Drabenstot claimed a championship and the Huntington North High School boys' track team will be sending three other athletes to the state track meet from their performances at the Fort Wayne Wayne Boys' Regional Track Meet on Thursday, May 28.

Junior Josh Graham qualified twice for state, and senior Rob Sands and junior Ross Ochs will also be making the trip to Indiana University on Friday, June 5.

Golfers shoot season-best 322 to beat Marion

Huntington North High School golfer Tyler Scher plays a chip shot towards the hole, during the team’s outing against Marion, on Thursday, May 28. Both the varsity and junior varsity teams won their match ups.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School's boys' varsity and junior varsity golf teams were in action against Marion, on Thursday, May 28.

The varsity team carded a season-best team score of 322 to beat Marion, which carded a 334.

Top Viking on the day was Neal Hamilton, with a 79. Other scores were Garrett Bracht, 80; Brandon Whitesell, 81; E.J. Tackett, 82 and Tyler Shearer, 98.

The JV team also won its nine-hole match up, carding a 182 to Marion's 207.

A swing ... and a miss

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Ellie Lawson of the Tincaps swings and misses as Huntington LIons' catcher Brooke Hiple reaches for the ball during softball action from Huntington County Baseball at Homier Field on Thursday, May 28.

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.