HNHS swimmers finish out of money at state championship

Huntington North High School swimmers Skyler Ruschhaupt and Danny Scher finished out of the money at the Indiana State Swimming/Diving Championship this weekend.

Ruschhaupt, a junior, earned the top finish for the locals with 19th place in the 100-yard breaststroke, in a new school record time of 1:00.47. He also finished 24th in the 200-yeard individual medley, in 1:58.64.

Scher, also a junior, placed 29th in the 50-yeard freestyle, in :22.19, and 31st in the 100-yard freestyle, in :49.75.


Foresters done in by IWU gunners in MCC semifinal

The Huntington University men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome host Indiana Wesleyan University drilling 17 of its first 19 shots from the field and lost in the Mid-Central College Conference semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 28, 88-80.

The Wildcats, 27-5, showed HU why they are ranked sixth in NAIA Division II as they came out of the gate with guns blazing. They wound up hitting 21 of 27 shots for a blazing 77.8 percent in the opening half, and held a comfortable 46-30 lead at the break.

Davenport's assists help HU hold off IWU in MCC semifinal

Lauren Davenport
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Two late assists by Lauren Davenport helped the Huntington University women's basketball team escape visiting Indiana Wesleyan, 67-64, on Friday, Feb. 27, in semifinal action in the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament.

HU, 23-6 and the tourney second seed, will host fourth seed Taylor on Monday, March 2, in the MCC championship contest.

Taylor upset top seed Bethel to earn its berth in the championship contest.

Vikes shell Manchester in regular season finale, 76-25

Huntington North Hgh School forward Jordan Beaver lofts a jump-hook toward the basket in the Vikings' 76-25 win over visiting Manchester on Friday, Feb. 27.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tannan Peters scored 18 points and Taylor Harris had 17 to lead the Huntington North High School boys' basketball team to a 76-25 shellacking of visiting Manchester in the Vikings' regular season finale on Friday, Feb. 27.

Rob Sands added 12 points for HNHS, 7-13, and Will Schenkel had nine.

The Vikings turned a 16-12 first quarter advantage into the start of a blowout with a 19-5 run in the second quarter. A 24-3 beatdown in the third quarter gave them a 59-20 lead heading in the fourth quarter, allowing HNHS Coach Joe Bradburn to give serious minutes to his full bench.

HNHS gymnasts beat South Side, Elmhurst Wednesday

Huntington North High School varsity gymnast Olivia Eckert performs her routine on the uneven bars during the team’s meet against Elmhurst and South Side on Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Photo by Andre Laird.

The Huntington North High School varsity gymnastics team beat out South Side and Elmhurst to take first place in a meet on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Huntington North had a team score of 100.950 to Elmhurst's 85.890 and South Side's 50.350.

Jessica Baker was the all-around leader and placed first in all four events, vault, bars, beam and floor exercises.

Maryssa Campbell was second all-around and placed second on beam and floor exercises. Olivia Eckert placed third in vault, bars and floor exercises. Macy Good had a second place finish in vault and third in the beam.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

Men's High Game: Bill Kusler, 212; Billy Mundy, 211; Bill Reed, 210.
Men's High Series: Bill Kusler, 607; Bill Reed, 602; Billy Mundy, 508.
Women's High Game: Sharon Wymer, 183; Billie Smith, 123; Rosalyn Hughes, 123.
Women's High Series: Sharon Wymer, 407; Billie Smith, 334; Rosalyn Hughes, 293.
Most Over: Bill Kusler, +94; Sharon Wymer, +65; Bill Reed, +44.
Top Teams: The B's, 32-4; Team #3, 23-13; Team #2, 19-17.

Registration to start for Andrews Lions Baseball

Registration for the 2009 season of Andrews Lions Baseball will open on Thursday, March 5.

Participants may sign up on Thursdays, March 5, 13 and 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays, March 7, 14 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. All registration sessions will be held at the Andrews Ball Park across from Andrews Elementary School.

Andrews Lions Baseball offers T-Ball, for children ages 4 through 7, and Coaches Pitch, for children ages 8 through 12. Children must be in those age ranges as of May 1, 2009.
Fees must be paid when the children register.

Warren baseball, softball leagues accepting registration

The Warren baseball and softball league is currently accepting registrations for the 2009 season.

Age divisions are T-Ball, 5 and 6 years; Coach's Pitch, 7 and 8 years; Junior Girls Softball, 9 to 12 years; Junior Little League, 9 to 12 years; Senior Girls Softball, 13 to 17 years and Senior Pony League Baseball, 13 to 17 years.

Players who are signed up for Huntington County League are not eligible to participate.

The deadline for registration is March 29.

For more information call 375-2989 or visit


Roanoke Youth Sports accepting T-ball, baseball, softball registrations

Roanoke Youth Sports is accepting registrations for it 2009 T-Ball, baseball and girls' softball season.

T-Ball, for youth 4 to 6 years, will be held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Children 6 to 8 years can participate in coach's pitch, on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. A pitching machine will be used.

Girls' softball is available for youth 9 to 17 years and will be played on Mondays.

Sand Lot baseball, for ages 9 to 13 years, will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Shirts and hats will be provided.

HU men claw way back from 13-point hole to beat Grace in MCC tourney opener

The Huntington University men's basketball team clawed its way back from a 13-point deficit in the second half to beat host Grace College, 76-73, in the first round of the Mid-Central College Conference Men's Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Sophomore guard Tyler Shively's runner with 14 seconds to play put HU ahead to stay in the contest at 74-73. A pair of free throws with five seconds to play sealed the Foresters' 20th win of the season against 11 losses.

Boys' hoop sectional tickets on sale at HNHS

The Huntington North High School Athletic Department has full-schedule tickets on sale for the upcoming Huntington North Boys' Sectional Basketball Tournament.

Sectional play beings Tuesday, March 3, with Homestead facing Fort Wayne South Side at 6 p.m. and Marion versus Fort Wayne North Side at 7:30 p.m.

The Vikings play the winner of the first game on Friday, March 6, at 6 p.m., with Jay County playing the winner of the second game Friday night at 7:30.

HU women get untracked, win MCC tourney opener

Courtney Beerbower.
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It took a few minutes for the 16th-ranked Huntington University women's basketball team to get untracked on Tuesday night, but then the Forester women put a hurt on visiting Spring Arbor in the opening round of the Mid-Central College Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, winning 65-52.

The visitors were up 10-6 at the 13:10 mark of the first half before the Forester women settled down and put some points on the board - 16 in a row - while Spring Arbor went scoreless for nearly 11 minutes. They went into halftime with a 28-16 lead.

Vikings fall to Muncie Central Tuesday

The Huntington North High School boys' basketball team lost to visiting Muncie Central, 53-41, on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Taylor Harris led the Vikings, 6-13 overall and 1-6 in the North Central Conference, with 15 points. Matt Kramer added nine points.

The Vikings fell behind in the first quarter, 15-9, and trailed at the half, 27-18. They cut the visitors lead to 36-29 after three quarters.

Huntington North hit 16 of 38 field goal attempts for the contest for 42.1 percent. They only took five free throws, making four, and were outscored from the line by 10 points.

HNHS sophomore Tackett claims state bowling title, piece of history

Huntington North High School sophomore E.J. Tackett (center) poses with his championship plaque and coaches Doug Scott (left) and Jim Bischoff after winning the Indiana High School state individual bowling championship at Anderson on Saturday, Feb. 21.
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Setting a record that can never be beaten, Huntington North High School sophomore E.J. Tackett completed his sweep through the Indiana High School Bowling Tournament series, claiming the state title Saturday, Feb. 21, at Anderson.

Tackett, bowling from the top seed for the fourth consecutive state series tourney, crushed Matt Johns of Avon in the championship, 290-181, to claim his championship.

Lady Viking bowlers place second at state tourney

The Lady Viking bowlers display their state runner-up hardware.
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The Huntington North High School girls' bowling team narrowly missed its third state title Saturday but still finished second at the Indiana High School Bowling State Championship.

The Lady Vikings, entering the stepladder competition in third place, beat the second and fourth-place teams but couldn't top No. 1 ranked Lake Central, falling 378-337.
High score among the two Baker games earns the title, and Lake Central edged the Lady Vikes, 196-179 and 182-158.