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Vikings send eight to Semi-State

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North wrestling team competed at the Regional meet at Carroll on Saturday. Eight Vikings qualified to advance to the Semi-State round of the postseason out of the nine Huntington North wrestlers competing.

Junior Brady Lewis (106-pound weight class), sophomore Preston Teusch (113-pound weight class) and senior Charlie Agnew (195-pound weight class) all claimed first-place finishes at the meet.

Senior Ricky Haught (132-pound weight class) and junior Cody McCune (152-pound weight class) both reached the championship match in their weight class but lost to finish as runners-up.

A trio of fourth-place finishes rounded out the Vikings who will advance. Junior Darryn Kuhl (120-pound weight class), sophomore Matthew Kline (145-pound weight class) and senior Christian Graft (220-pound weight class) all lost their third-place matches, but still qualified for the Semi-State meet.

Junior Trenton Smith also competed for Huntington North, but lost his opening round match in the 285-pound weight class.

Huntington North’s eight advancing wrestlers will compete at the New Haven Semi-State meet, which will be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 9.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Members of the Huntington North girls swimming team competed in the finals of the Warsaw Sectional on Saturday afternoon.

While no Vikings advanced to the State Finals, Huntington North performed well and finished their season on a high note.

Junior Allie Aschliman provided the highlight of the day for the Vikings, as she set a new Huntington North record in the 100 Yard Butterfly with a time of 59.80 seconds, the first-ever sub-one minute time in program history. Aschliman’s time bested the previous record, set in 2017, by 0.73 seconds after recording a time of 1:00.92 in the Sectional preliminaries.

Other finishes of note for the Vikings in the Sectional finals came in the 200 Yard Medley Relay, a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:02.12 by junior Alyssa Brinkman, senior Macy Lange, Aschliman and junior Laney Shaw—the quartet bested their preliminary time by over two seconds—as well as a fourth-place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke by Lange, who completed the event in 1:07.44.

Huntington North ended up finishing in eighth place in the Sectional, recording a team score of 125.5 points, just 0.5 points behind Manchester in seventh place. Warsaw, the host school, won the Sectional with a team score of 416 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The Huntington North boys basketball team scored a 60–47 Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) victory over New Haven on Saturday afternoon, improving the Vikings’ season record to 14–3, including a 5–1 NE8 record.

Despite the Bulldogs holding a 16–12 lead after the first quarter and a 22–21 advantage at halftime, a huge 24–13 third quarter helped put the Vikings ahead for good.

Huntington North’s big three led the way for the Vikings, as senior forward Hank Pulver and senior guard Zach Daugherty tied for a game-high 18 points each. Senior forward Sawyer Stoltz trailed closely behind with 16 points.

Pulver also posted a game-high total of eight rebounds while handing out three assists, while Daugherty tacked on two rebounds, two assists and one steal despite fouling out of the game. Stoltz posted seven rebounds and a game-high six assists to go along with one steal and Huntington North’s lone block of the game.

Senior guards Brett Kaylor and Trey Williams and junior guard Deven Newcomb finished the Huntington North scoring with three, three and two points, respectively.

Donovynn Lewis led New Haven with 16 points and tied for a game-high with two steals.

The difference in the contest came in the teams’ shooting, as Huntington North converted on 57.1 percent of their field goal attempts, compared to New Haven’s 34.9 percent. Additionally, the Vikings tallied a 53.3 shooting percentage from beyond the arc, while the Bulldogs managed to shoot just 16.7 percent from three-point land.

Huntington North’s junior varsity team picked up a 52–44 win prior to the varsity contest to improve their season record to 12–1. Sophomore forward and junior guard Aidan Hosler tied for a game-high 14 points each for the Vikings.

Huntington North will next be in action on Feb. 8, traveling to face Norwell in a NE8 matchup. Opening tip-off for the varsity game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

Huntington North Vikings vs. New Haven Bulldogs

2/2/2019 at New Haven

Huntington North 60, New Haven 47

Huntington North

Hank Pulver 6–8, 4–6, 18; Zach Daugherty 6–10, 2–4, 18; Sawyer Stoltz 5–10, 6–9, 16; Brett Kaylor 1–1, 0–0, 3; Trey Williams 1–1, 0–0, 3; Deven Newcomb 1–3, 0–0, 2; Keegan Bartrom 0–2, 0–0, 0; Jordan Hollowell 0–0, 0–0, 0; Totals 20–35, 12–19, 60.

New Haven

Donovynn Lewis 6–15, 2–2, 16; De’Ante Causey 4–6, 1–2, 9; Jamarr Hutchins 1–3, 5–7, 7; Ja’kar Williams 2–3, 0–0, 5; Demarea Dial 1–6, 2–2, 4; Thomas Latham 0–6, 4–4, 4; Kentrel Thomas 1–2, 0–0, 2; Chryon Primas 0–0, 0–0, 0; Jaden Harris 0–2, 0–0, 0; DeAndre Wright 0–0, 0–0, 0; Totals 15–43, 14–17, 47.

Huntington North 12 9 24 15 – 60

New Haven 16 6 13 12 – 47

Three-point goals: Huntington North 8–15 (Zach Daugherty 4–6; Hank Pulver 2–3; Brett Kaylor 1–1; Trey Williams 1–1; Keegan Bartrom 0–2; Deven Newcomb 0–2), New Haven 3–18 (Donovynn Lewis 2–7; Ja’kar Williams 1–2; Jaden Harris 0–1; De’Ante Causey 0–2; Jamarr Hutchins 0–1; Kentrel Thomas 0–1; Demarea Dial 0–2; Thomas Latham 0–2). Fouled out: Huntington North Zach Daugherty, New Haven None. Rebounds: Huntington North 25 (Hank Pulver 8), New Haven 23 (De’Ante Causey 5; Thomas Latham 5). Assists: Huntington North 17 (Sawyer Stoltz 6), New Haven 4 (Demarea Dial 2). Total Fouls: Huntington North 15, New Haven 13.