Cruising in

Photo by Matt Murphy.

Alex Wall of Metro Kiwanis (right) looks quite pleased with himself as he cruises into a base during action on Tuesday, June 2, in the PAL Coaches Pitch League.

Huntington County Baseball results

Huntington County Baseball has released results and standings for week 4 of play. In addition, several leagues have results from previous weeks.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results -- Summer Leagues

Wednesday High School Development
Men's High Game: E.J. Tackett, 270; Zac Tackett, 258; Adam Fruit, 230.
Men's High Series: E.J. Tackett, 708; Zac Tackett, 675; Adam Fruit, 610.
Women's High Game: Sierra Rice, 208; Lesley Love, 190; Stacey Hebert, 181.
Women's High Series: Sierra Rice, 594; Eleni Newsome, 502; Elizabeth Bischoff, 498.
Top Teams: Adam Fruit, 15-5; Alex Rittenhouse, 12.5-7.5; Mel Fruit Jr., 11-9.

Homestead pitcher shackles HNHS on two hits in sectiomal championship

Huntington North Hgih School batter Billy Ray gets out of the way of a high and tight pitch agianst Homestead in the championship game of the Homestead Sectional Baseball Tournament on Monday, June 1. The Vikings lost 5-1.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington North High School baseball team got just two hits and lost to Homestead in the championship game of the Homestead Sectional Baseball Tournament, 5-1, on Monday, June 1.

Things started off great for the Vikings as leadoff batter Jamon Hammel opened the contest with a home run to give HNHS a quick 1-0 lead, but Spartan hurler Charles Weaver allowed only one other hit - a single by Taylor Harris - in seven innings to put 24-3 Homestead into the regional.

Announce first four weeks results from PAL baseball season

Huntington County Police Athletic League began its season on May 5.

Below are the results from the first four weeks of play.

Coach's Pitch League

El Shaddai Screen Printing fell to Bailey-Love Funeral Home 17-6.

I.M.I., Inc. beat Zay Leasing 11-8.

Metro Kiwanis edged past F.O.P. #77 9-8.

Bailey-Love also played a second game that day, in which they beat Frederick's Photography 29-3

On Tuesday, May 12, Bailey-Love shut out Zay Leasing 26-0.

F.O.P. #77 lost to El Shaddai 20-4.

Hammel signs with Huntington University to continue diamond career

Huntington North High School baseball player Jamon Hammel (front center) looks over his letter of intent to play college ball at Huntington University.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Huntington North High School baseball standout Jamon Hammel recently sign his letter of commitment to continue his career at Huntington University.

Hammel signed his letter of intent on Friday, May 28, in the presence of his parents, Huntington North Head Baseball Coach Russ Degitz and Huntington University Head Baseball Coach Mike Frame.

Hammel's senior season statistics include a .348 batting average, third highest on the varsity squad and second in RBI with 18. He is the Vikings's starting shortstop.

Hammel is the son of Jeff and Marie Hammel.

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.