Huntington North’s girls cross country team won the Marion cross country sectional last Saturday. That same day, the Viking boys cross country team placed second at sectionals as well, 11 points behind Oak Hill. The Vikings had both individual champions at the meet, as Addy Wiley and Harrison Niswander each placed first in their races.
Since a 2-1 home loss to Warsaw on Aug. 24, the Vikings had won 14 consecutive matches, conceding only six goals in that stretch, with even fewer of those goals coming from the run of play. They often scored at will, as the team’s multitude of capable attacking players put pressure on the defense throughout each match. In the championship, a rematch against Columbia City, both phases of the game faltered as they ultimately lost 2-1.
The Homestead Spartans ended the seasons of two Viking teams this week, defeating Huntington North in playoff matches in both boys tennis and girls soccer. In the first round of play at the Carroll Regional, the boys tennis team lost 3-2 against the Spartans on Tuesday. The team finished its season with a record of 17-5.
On Friday, the Vikings emerged victorious in the sectional championship, defeating Norwell 3-2 on the road. Huntington North now advances to the regional round against Homestead in a match that was played yesterday. If they win, they’ll face the winner of the other match on Tuesday, either Carroll or Concordia Lutheran.
Huntington North head coach Bob Prescott wanted his players to “accept the challenge” while the undefeated Leo Lions, the second-ranked Class 4A team in the state. His players were up to the challenge for the first three quarters on Friday, but the Lions’ superior skill won out in the end. The Vikings (2-5, 1-4 NE8) lost 37-6 in their final regular season home game at Kriegbaum Field.
On Thursday, the Huntington North girls soccer team overcame a sluggish start to defeat Concordia Lutheran 1-0 on Senior Night. The teams exchanged chances during the first forty minutes, with the Vikings lacking aggressiveness at times.The Vikings broke through early in the second half as Addy Wiley passed across the face of the goal to Lara Steele for the game’s lone goal.
For a Viking football team that had yet to play a close game – their previous six had all been decided by at least three scores – Friday’s game against DeKalb was riveting throughout. The Barons came out on top, defeating Huntington North 50-49.
Huntington North has been the portrait of consistency for girls golf. For seven straight seasons, the Vikings found themselves in the regional round. In 2020, for the first time in Coach Ron Vinson’s tenure, the Vikings just missed advancing.
The Vikings kept another clean sheet on Thursday, prevailing 6-0 against Wayne on the road. Huntington North (13-1, 6-0 NE8) scored four goals in the first half and two more in the second, winning by a final score of 6-0.
Ben Goodin might start blasting Journey in the locker room. ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ might be an unofficial mantra for the team. Even if it's not, it's a constant message.
Huntington North won the title at the Sectional #12 competition at Arbor Trace on Saturday. They shot a “great score” of 358 according to coach Ron Vinson. The Vikings were led by Grace Dill’s 81, as she finished with a medal as sectional’s top scorer.
Huntington North unleashed more than 400 yards of total offense in a five-touchdown performance to top Bellmont 34-17 Friday in Northeast Eight football. The bruising effort gives the Vikings their first win in league play and momentum going forward.
The Vikings prevailed in narrow fashion on Monday, winning against DeKalb. Playing at home in Huntington, neither team found the back of the net in the first half. In the hectic second half, each team scored twice. Huntington North then took the victory in a shootout, 4-2.
Coming off a big loss to East Noble in their Northeast 8 Conference opener, the Vikings (1-3) hosted the Columbia City Eagles (3-1). In a hard-fought game, Columbia City pulled away late to secure the victory 49-21 at Kriegbaum Field.
The Vikings (8-1) won three games this week, extending their streak of consecutive victories to five. Last Saturday, Huntington North went on the road to take on Fort Wayne South Side, coming back to win 2-1. They trailed 1-0 after the first half, but goals from Braden Estep and Carlos Cuadrado gave the Vikings the victory.
The Vikings competed in the West Noble Invitational on Saturday, placing second as a team. Huntington North’s top two singles players – Carson Kitchen and Jacob Daugherty – placed first and second in singles, while Max Fusselman placed fifth.
On Friday, the Vikings (1-2, 0-1 NE8) arrived in Kendallville to take on East Noble High School (2-0, 1-0) in their Northeast Eight Conference opener. The game kicked off at 7 p.m. By 7:15, the game was effectively over – and the Vikings hadn’t even run a single offensive play.
The Huntington cross country program kicked off its season on Wednesday with an impressive showing at the annual Hokum Karem hosted by Manchester University. Had it been a scored as a team event, both HU squads would have topped the standings.
The Forester volleyball team ran away with the fifth set on opening night of league play to notch a 3-2 win over Spring Arbor in the friendly confines of Platt Arena Wednesday night. It was HU’s first five-set match of the year, and the battle did not disappointment.
The Forester women’s soccer team kicked off its season Tuesday afternoon at Newton Park with a convincing 6-0 win over Indiana University South Bend. Huntington University struck quickly to establish a lead that was never challenged.
The Vikings won both matches this week, extending their stretch of consecutive victories to four. On Tuesday, Huntington North (5-1) earned a narrow 2-1 comeback victory at home against Columbia City. The Eagles went ahead in the first half, but the Vikings flipped the script in the second.
Huntington University junior Mateo Ameller earned the Crossroads League’s first Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honor of the season, the league office announced on Monday. Ameller kicked off his season last week by going undefeated on HU’s opening day.
The Huntington soccer team upped its win streak over the University of Michigan-Dearborn to three with a 6-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at King Stadium. With the win, the Foresters remain perfect on the year at 3-0.
On Saturday, the Vikings’ cross country teams traveled to the DeKalb Baron Classic Invite. The girls team placed first overall, including five of the team’s seven runners finishing individually in the top 20.
Coming off a big loss against Eastbrook to open their season, the Vikings bounced back in a big way on Friday. Huntington North (1-1) defeated the Jay County Patriots (1-1) by a final score of 45-13 during their final home opener at Kriegbaum Field.
On Monday, Huntington North High School multi-sport star Addy Wiley gave back to the organization that first helped foster her love of athletics: the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Wiley was named the Gatorade Indiana High School Girls Track and Field Player of the Year in July, the highest statewide honor a high school athlete can receive.
Still without the services of top singles player Carson Kitchen, Huntington North (3-2) defeated Bluffton and Fort Wayne Canterbury on back to back days. In both matches, Chase Mickley and Max Fusselman both won in singles while the two doubles squads won easily.
On a scorching Tuesday afternoon in Huntington, the Vikings picked up their first loss of the season against the Warsaw Tigers. In the 63rd minute, the Tigers scored the game’s final and winning goal. The score came after a Viking defender fell inside his own box, leading to a two-on-one with the keeper. Despite pleas for a foul from the Viking players and coaches, the referee declared that the goal stood.
The Foresters saved all their scoring for the final 30 minutes on their way to a 4-0 win over Siena Heights Tuesday afternoon at King Stadium. The victory is their second straight over the Saints after last year’s 2-0 win snapped a five-game win losing streak against SHU.
The HU volleyball team traveled up north for the Concordia Tri-Match Tuesday evening. After disposing of Trinity International in four, 25-15, 22-25, 25-10, 25-19, the Foresters dropped a three-setter to Concordia, 25-21, 25-12, 25-20. The split moves Huntington to 3-3 on the year.
The Forester men’s tennis team (1-1, 1-1) kicked off its season at Klopfenstein Courts with a pair of league matches that saw Spring Arbor top Huntington University 4-3 after which the hosts blanked Marian later in the day for the split.
The Vikings opened the fall season against a perennial Goliath of Indiana high school football, the Eastbrook Panthers, at Jeff Adamson Stadium on Friday night. Huntington North, however, was not able to fill the role of David, falling 41-6 in a game that was not nearly as close as the score indicated.
The Vikings scored three goals in the first half en route to a 4-1 victory over the Manchester Squires on Saturday. The Vikings dominated possession for the majority of the match and led 4-0 at one point in the second half before the Squires scored their lone goal.
On Saturday, Huntington North’s boys and girls cross country teams competed in their home invitational at Huntington University, the first of six regular season meets for each team. Track star Addy Wiley finished second overall, leading the girls team to a seventh place finish.
The Huntington University volleyball team opened its season over the weekend, hosting their annual Forester Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Foresters split their four matches, finishing 2-2 overall.
The Foresters put on a scoring clinic in their season opener with a commanding 8-0 win over Indiana University Northwest (0-1) on Saturday. HU left little to doubt. They were in charge from the opening whistle when Noah Stanford found back netting on a penalty kick within the opening three minutes of play.
After defeating Bluffton in a five-set thriller during their season opener, the Vikings’ Varsity team suffered a heavy defeat against Warsaw on Thursday to move to 1-1 on the season. The Vikings lost in straight sets, 25-9, 25-10, 25-7.
A fast start and stingy defense proved to be a winning recipe for the Huntington North boys soccer team at Oak Hill Thursday night in an extremely physical and sometimes contentious match between the two skilled sides. Vikings’ senior Braden Estep sent the opening kickoff deep into the attacking end where junior Aric Hosler gained possession and scored the first goal just 15 seconds in.
Huntington North’s varsity football team wrapped up their summer of practices with a preseason scrimmage against Northrop. This week, on Friday, Aug. 20, the Vikings are scheduled to begin the season against the Eastbrook Panthers at 7:30 p.m. at Jeff Adamson Stadium.
Fans and families planning to attend sporting events at Huntington North High School can leave the cash at home this year. The HNHS athletic department announced that tickets for every sport except football will be sold exclusively online, beginning with volleyball and soccer this fall.
Huntington North High School track phenom Addy Wiley finished her season with a victory in the mile run at the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation’s Outdoor Nationals last Saturday. Wiley, who already won a national race in the 1600-meter in Alabama, as well as a double victory at the Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship last month, finished first in the field of 30 elite runners.
Last week ushered in a bold new era for college athletics after the Supreme Court struck down the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s rules prohibiting athletes from earning money. Former Huntington North High School offensive lineman Damon Kaylor said that he wasn’t surprised to see the change.
The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees discussed a wide range of topics at their meeting on Monday night. Near the beginning of the meeting, Superintendent Chad Daugherty presented Huntington North High School track athlete Addy Wiley with a photo collection to honor the runner’s two state titles. Later, the board approved new hires and resignations from around the district over the past month.
Huntington North High School has a new athletic director, the Huntington County School Corporation’s Board of Trustees confirmed at their meeting Monday evening. Jeremy Markham was among the new staff members announced at the meeting, and will succeed Kris Teusch as the Vikings’ AD this year.
Huntington University has found a successor to softball coach Doug Gower, who retired last month after 17 years leading the program. The school’s athletic director, Lori Culler, announced the hiring of former Huntington North standout Erin Rethlake on Tuesday.
After missing out on the U.S. finals in the 1500-meter trials last weekend, Huntington University Cross Country Coach Lauren Davenport Johnson will run in this week’s 800-meter trials. After graduating from HU in 2009, Johnson has run professionally for the past decade, returning to coach at her alma mater earlier this year.
Huntington North High School junior Addy Wiley’s incredible season continued last Saturday as she captured first place in the mile at the RunningLane Track Championship in Alabama. In the race, Wiley not only finished first among a standout group, she also set the Indiana record for fastest mile time by a high school girl.
Pulling off a good magic act often takes many hours and years of repetitious training before everything comes together and leaves a crowd in amazement.
Zach Buhler grew up playing every available sport on fields and in gyms around Huntington. He made youth all-star teams while playing year round and hoped to continue playing at a high level in high school in college. Then, at age 12, Buhler began to lose his vision.
The Huntington North girls track and field team finished tied for 11th place at the Indiana High School Athletic Association state finals at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis on Saturday. The team’s success was headline by junior Addison Wiley’s unprecedented double, as she became the first girls track athlete in Indiana to ever win a state championship in both the 800 and 1,600 meter events.
Six members of the Huntington North girls track and field team will be representing the Lady Vikes at Saturday’s 2021 IHSAA Girls Track and Field State Finals in Indianapolis, as freshmen Johanna Bragg, Ella Colclesser and Gracie Fields, juniors Regan Slagel and Addy Wiley and senior Hanna W…