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April 16, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on TRACK & FIELD Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Forester track and field program hosted their own Invitational on Saturday with both teams finishing first. Among the field of competitors included three conference teams and the throwers of another.

On the men’s side, sprints highlighted the day’s performances. Avniel Barrow won the 100 meters by clocking in at 11.25, finished second in the 200 meters (22.79) and anchored the winning 4×100 meter relay team. Peyton Depriest was also a member of the relay team in addition to winning the 400 meters (49.37) and taking third in the 200 meters (22.83).

Nick Childs ran a PR of 9:21.84 in the 3,000 meters to run to a first place finish and register the 7th fasted time in HU history. In the same race, Adrien Gentrie earned the 10th spot in the Foresters record books with his second place finish time of 9:27.64.

In field events, Brooks Gerke claimed a first place finish for the Foresters in pole vault with an impressive mark of 4.65 meters. Adam Woods earned points in multiple events with two third place finishes in pole vault (4.00 meters) and javelin (42.29 meters) as did Zach Williams in discus (3rd, 35.03 meters), shot put (4th, 12.09 meters) and hammer throw (6th, 37.55 meters).

Other top five finishes for the Foresters included Codi Wiersema in the 1,500 meters (2nd, 4:12.17), CJ Robertson in the 400 meter hurdles (2nd, 59.60) and javelin (4th, 37.73 meters), Kody Ahrens in the 3,000 meters (5th, 9:51.76), Luke Fillers in pole vault (3rd, 4.00 meters), Heath Atkins in long jump (2nd, 6.02 meters), Bradey Gerke in triple jump (2nd, 12.43 meters) and Ben Gammon in discus (5th, 29.43 meters).

Huntington finished with 175 points followed by Grace (164), Saint Francis (50), Goshen (50) and Indiana Wesleyan (11).

Four Foresters earned first place in her respective event for the women’s team. Jessica Chojnacki won the 800 meters in 2:32.70. Nicole Pennington out sprinted her competitors in the 100 meter with her time of 13.08 in addition to finishing second in the 200 meters (27.21).

Brooke Saylor took top honors in javelin with her toss of 31.39 meters while Breanna Metz earned ten points for her team in high jump with a mark of 1.43 meters. She also claimed fourth in javelin with a heave of 21.85 meters.

Other top five finishes included Benedicte Nzombi-Fenner in the 100 meters (3rd, 13.35) and 200 meters (5th, 27.91), Madison Hoover in long jump (2nd, 4.64 meters), Holly Holton in hammer throw (5th, 36.61 meters*PR) and Tayia Meadows in the 100 meters (5th, 14.10).

The 4×100 meter relay team and 4×400 meter relay team finished first and second respectively to boost HU’s points.

HU slipped past Saint Francis by one point with 120 to the Cougars’ 119 followed by Saint Francis (119), Grace (74), Goshen (70) and Indiana Wesleyan (52).

Next up for the Foresters is the Indiana Little State Championships this coming weekend at Indiana Wesleyan.


April 16, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S GOLF Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU men’s golf team posted a 642 (317, 325) over two days at Bethel College’s Pilot Spring Invitational at Blackthorn Golf Club over the weekend to finish 9th out of 13 teams. Leading the way with an eight-over-par 152 (75, 77) was Cale Carr which landed him 9th out of 67 golfers.

Andrew Weisheit carded a 160 (81, 79) to finish 31st. Two strokes back was Zakry Cummings with a 162 (79, 83). Zach Borntreger was next for the Foresters with a 168 (82, 86) followed by Nick Whitney with a 182 (87, 95).

Taylor claimed the team title with a 590 followed by Saint Francis (604), Mount Vernon (612), Holy Cross (615), Purdue Northwest (631), Spring Arbor (634), Olivet Nazarene (637), Trinity Christian (639), HU (642), Grace (643), Judson (649), IUSB (661) and Bethel (687).

Huntington has one more match, the Ackerman-Allen Shoot Out on Tuesday, before the Crossroads League Tournament on April 23-24.


April 12, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on SOFTBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Forester softball team came up with one of the most impressive wins in program history Tuesday afternoon by eight-run ruling No. 2 Marian University on the road, 8-0, in the nightcap of their twin bill with the Knights. The loss snapped MU’s 20-game win streak and brought an end to their perfect run in the league.

The last time the Knights (26-2, 17-1) were mercy ruled dates back to 2015 when they suffered an 8-0 loss to Ashford University. You have to go back to 2014 to find the last time a league school handed the CL powerhouse a five-inning loss.

The Foresters wasted no time clamoring in front of their hosts. They cashed in on five of their ten hits in their first at bat to touch home five times for a lead that wouldn’t be challenged. Marian, ranked second nationally in field percentage, opened up the contest with a rare error that Joelle Beals took full advantage of to land on first.

Casey Lehman kept things going with an infield single after which Meghan Fretz’s fielder’s choice resulted in the bases loaded. Then began a string of RBI hits. Paige Eichelberger knocked in the first run with the inning’s second infield single. Abby Keaffaber found a hole in left field to drive in run number two.

Audra Klopfenstein, inserted back in the line-up after missing 21 games, came up with a clutch run-scoring base poke to the other side of the field after which Kennedy Krull cranked out a double to drive in the final two runs of the frame.

Grace Lumpkin took the brunt of HU’s quick 5-0 start. The junior hurler, who entered the day ranked 10th nationally in total runs allowed with 12, was tagged with the loss having given up all five runs, four of which were earned, before making her exit with just one out in the frame.

Freshman Meghan Fretz, on the other hand, was sensational in the circle for the Foresters. She went the distance to scatter five hits and issue just one walk while striking out one for the complete-game shutout. Not only was she dialed in, but so were here teammates who were perfect in the field to back her up.

Huntington’s bats came alive again in the fifth. Fretz and Eichelberger opened up the frame with back-to-back singles and two batters later, Klopfenstein hammered out another RBI-single, this time to the tune of two runs. Karley Blankenship then set in motion the mercy rule with a run-scoring groundout that extended the lead to eight.

Marian’s last chance at the plate was short-lived as Fretz worked three straight groundouts to secure the biggest win of her young career.

Klopfenstein paced Gower’s squad with two hits and three RBI. Eichelberger collected two hits and an RBI while Lehman also finished with a pair of hits.

Game one was a pitchers’ duel that featured last year’s league pitcher of the year Breena Smith and newcomer of the year Lairen Miller. It came down to the wire with Miller eventually conceding the 2-1 loss.

Smith gave up two hits in HU’s first three trips to the plate and then surrendered a run on a Keaffaber sacrifice fly. Huntington would coddle their 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth when Mackenzie Reeder matched Keaffaber’s sac fly with one of her own for the 1-1 stalemate.

It looked the game would head to extra innings as Smith sat down Huntington’s first three batters in the seventh and Miller was on her way to doing the same before the game took a drastic turn much to the chagrin of Gower and crew.

Down to their last out with empty bases, Marian pieced together three consecutive base smacks which included the game-winning dagger – a walk-off single by Issy Hoyt.

Marian finished with ten hits to Huntington’s four, two of which came at the bat of Lehman.

Huntington (15-12, 10-7) is back in action on Friday to host Bethel at 3:00 p.m.


April 11, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on SOFTBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

It was night and day for the Huntington softball team Tuesday afternoon. After eight-run ruling the Maple Leafs of Goshen College in the opener, 9-1, the Foresters couldn’t get much going on either side of the ball in the nightcap to suffer a 6-1 loss to their visitors.

Game one was just the second time this season HU has tapped into the mercy rule. After holding a 2-0 lead through the first three frames, Gower’s crew gave up a run in the top of the fourth but more than righted their wrong by erupting for seven runs in their half of the inning to bury the Maple Leafs.

HU’s big inning started with a walk on either side of Karley Blankenship getting hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then began a string of RBI hits to run up the score.

Sophia Beachy and Casey Lehman turned in back-to-back run-scoring singles after which Abby Keaffaber doubled in a pair of runs and Paige Eichelberger crushed a triple to right-center for two more points on the scoreboard. Kennedy Krull put the finishing touches on the frame by sending one to the warning track for an RBI-double.

Lairen Miller did her part after that by working a 1-2-3 fifth to end the game. Miller went the distance in the circle and scattered just four hits and a run, a homer in the fourth, while striking out three to improve to 9-2 on the year.

In addition to Eichelberger’s two-run triple in the fourth, the rookie slugger also knocked in the first two runs in the first and third inning respectively. Her first was a single down the left field line and the second, a double into deep left-center. She finished a perfect 3-for-3 and needed just one more crack at the plate to have a chance to hit for the cycle.

Krull also logged three hits to go along with an RBI. Lehman and Keaffaber each posted two hits and one and two RBI respectively. Five of HU’s 12 hits were for extra bases.

The nightcap lacked the energy that characterized the opener as Huntington couldn’t string together much offensively while defensively committing three errors to the tune of four unearned runs.

Huntington’s lone run came in the fifth on a Beals RBI-double. It was her second two-bagger of the contest. She finished as the only Forester to log multiple hits. As a team, Huntington managed just six hits.

Goshen, on the other hand, opened up each frame with either a walk or hit. The pay-off was impressive as they scored at least once in five out of the seven innings to slowly build a lead that the Foresters couldn’t overcome.

Meghan Fretz was tagged with the loss. She tossed the first three innings and gave up four hits, three unearned runs and three walks.

HU moves to 14-11 overall, 9-6 in league play while GC’s record stands at 12-23 overall, 4-12 in the conference. The Foresters hit the road tomorrow to take on #2 Marian at 3:00 p.m.


April 11, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BASEBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Foresters’ nine-game win streak and perfect run in league play finally came to an end Tuesday afternoon by way of a 1-0 loss to the Indiana Wesleyan at Forest Glen. Today’s defeat drops the HU baseball team to 11-13 overall, 9-1 in Crossroads League action.

The Wildcats (25-12, 11-4) relied on lock-down pitching to be the first of its conference foes to hand Frame’s crew a loss. Winning pitcher Caleb Eder was the main culprit by limiting HU to just one hit and two walks while striking out seven through seven frames after which Zee Breytenbach gave up just one hit through the final two innings for the save.

Pitching was also solid for the hosts. DJ Moore spent seven innings on the bump during which he gave up four hits, the game’s only run and four walks while striking out ten for the loss. Alex McCutcheon wrapped things up for HU by surrendering just one hit over the final two frames.

Huntington’s hits came at the bat of Adam Roser and Nick Davit. While HU posted just two base pokes, they still managed to leave eight runners stranded with their best opportunity coming in the eighth. With one out and bases loaded compliments of Roser’s single, a walk and hit batter, Breytenbach worked a double play to get out of the jam and deny, at the very least, an equalizer.

Jordan Wharton logged the game’s only hit for extra bases and it proved to be the game-winner in the form of an RBI-double in the sixth.

Next up for the Foresters is a weekend series with Spring Arbor. HU will face the Cougars on Friday at 1PM for a doubleheader followed by a single nine on Saturday at 1PM.


April 10, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on WOMEN’S GOLF Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Forester women’s golf team didn’t let cold temps and a dusting of snow hamper one of their best performances of the year Monday afternoon at the IU Kokomo Spring Invitational where they finished third out of seven teams. The event, because of weather, was reduced from a 36- to an 18-hole event with Huntington firing a 342.

Abby Poole proved herself one of the day’s best by carding an 83 to finish tied for 5th out of 38 golfers to earn All-Tournament Team honors. Leah Thompson finished one stroke behind Poole with an 84 for a piece of 7th. Alexandria Maris and Rachel Blauert each posted an 87 to claim 13th.

Other scores included Megan Higgins (88), Betsey Schroeder (89), Sophie Frazier (94) and Sara Scott (114).

“The team did a great job competing in tough conditions,” said Sholund. “Our play from tee to green is a strength currently. If we can continue to improve around and on the greens, our scores will reflect our play.

“Our players are gaining confidence and that is always exciting for a coaching staff to see. We are happy for Abby and her All-Tournament Team finish. She played really well – it was nice to see her bounce back.”

Grace College won the invitational with a 333 followed by IU Kokomo (338), HU (342), Holy Cross (343), IU East (357), Grace B (380) and Ancilla (391).

Next up for the Foresters is the Ackerman-Allen Shoot Out hosted by Taylor University on April 16.


April 10, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BASEBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU baseball team claimed the series sweep over Saint Francis (9-23, 6-8) Tuesday afternoon with a pair of wins, 5-0, 11-2, at the ASH Centre with their first W, a 7-0 decision, on April 2. The Foresters have now notched nine straight wins and remain unblemished in league play at 9-0.

Mason Shinabery had a masterful performance on the hill for the complete-game win in the opener. A single in the fifth was the only thing standing between him and a no-hitter. The sophomore ace also handed out just one free pass while striking out ten in his seven innings of work.

Shinabery’s teammates provided more than enough firepower at the plate to back him up for HU’s second shutout over the Cougars. Huntington struck three times in their opening bat for the early 3-0 advantage. With two outs and runners in scoring position, Jamar Weaver singled up the middle to drive in both teammates before eventually coming around to score on a well-executed double steal.

Weaver scored again in the sixth. He opened up the frame with a double and after stealing third, motored home on a passed ball. Nick Davit was intentionally walked and then followed Weaver’s lead, stealing second and advancing to third on the passed ball, before tagging up on Jake Hansen’s sacrifice fly for the game’s final run.

HU finished with nine hits, three from Weaver and two by Donovan Clark.

Pitching was again on point for the Foresters in the nightcap. Connor West got the nod on the hill and tossed the first four innings to pick up the win. He gave up just one hit and three walks while striking out eight. Colton Punches offered four innings of relief, giving up five hits and two runs, while Alex McCutcheon pitched a scoreless ninth.

Frame’s crew scored in each of the first four frames to take a commanding 7-0 lead and then piled on four more in the ninth with USF, in the meantime, finally getting on the board twice in the eighth.

It was a joint effort offensively with Dan Lichty leading the way. The third baseman logged two run-scoring hits, including an RBI-triple in the second, to go along with a sacrifice fly to finish with three RBI. Tyler Zimske and Adrian Perez each collected a pair of RBI-base pokes.

Adam Roser, Weaver and Hansen also claimed an RBI-hit in a game that saw HU outhit their hosts 14-7. Roser added two more hits to his total to finish 3-for-4 at the plate in addition to scoring three times.

On the day, the Foresters finished with nine stolen bases, posted 23 hits to USF’s eight and struck out seven times while drawing five walks in their 16 innings of ball.

HU (11-12) returns to Forest Glen tomorrow to host IWU for a single nine with opening pitch at 4:30 p.m.

This Week in Forester Spring Sports

April 9, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on This Week in Forester Spring Sports Posted By: Athletics

Tues. Apr. 10 – Baseball vs Indiana Wesleyan University @ 4:30 PM
Tues. Apr. 10 – Softball vs Goshen College @ 3:00 PM
Fri. Apr. 13 – Softball vs Bethel College @ 3:00 PM
Sat. Apr. 14 – Softball vs Taylor University @ 1:00 PM
Sat. Apr. 14 – Track; Huntington University Invitational @ 12:00 PM

Mon. Apr. 9 – Baseball @ University of Saint Francis @ 2:00 PM
Mon. Apr. 9 – Softball @ Marian University @ 3:00 Pm
Mon. Apr. 9 – Women’s Golf @ IU Kokomo Cougar Classic; Kokomo CC; Kokomo, IN @ 8:30 AM
Fri.-Sat. Apr. 13-14 – Baseball @ Spring Arbor University @ 3PM/1PM
Sat. Apr. 14 – Men’s Tennis @ Earlham College @ 3:00 PM

Go Foresters!!


April 9, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on SOFTBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

Sophomore Ashley Brown’s walk-off dinger in the bottom of the seventh lifted the HU softball team to a 6-5 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene University Friday afternoon. It was Brown’s first homer of the year, the fourth of her career, and couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

It was a hushed dugout for HU to start the seventh as they watched their two-run lead slip away for a 5-5 stalemate but emotions came full circle in their half of the frame. Despair turned to elation moments later when Brown, with one out, sent her first pitch deep for the memorable finish.

The loss is the Cougars’ first in league play as they drop to 16-5 overall, 8-1 in CL action. HU’s record now stands at 13-10 overall, 8-5 in conference play. The two teams played just one game as cold temperatures forced postponement of the nightcap with the make-up date to be determined.

Casey Lehman finished 3-for-4 at the plate and posted three RBI to pace Huntington offensively. She was a four-bagger away from hitting for the cycle as she collected an RBI-double in the first, a two-run single in the second and a triple in fourth.

Huntington scored the game’s first four runs. In addition to Lehman driving in three of those runs, Joelle Beals scored on a wild throw in the first for the early 4-0 advantage. MVNU outscored HU 3-1 in the middle innings with Marty Harris dropping an RBI-single into shallow right-center in the fifth to account for her team’s run.

Neither team scored in the sixth to make for the action-packed seventh with Brown headlining the frame. In addition to her blast, the New Castle native singled in the third to finish with a pair of hits. Kennedy Krull also logged two hits. As a team, Huntington posted ten hits to the Cougars’ eight.

Lairen Miller continued her tear in the circle by logging her eighth complete-game win. She gave up eight hits and five runs, only one of which was earned, while striking out five.

Next up for Gower and crew is a road trip to #3 Marian on Monday for a 3:00 p.m. matchup with the Knights.


April 9, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on WOMEN’S TENNIS Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

Competing a player down, the HU women’s tennis team came up on the short end of a 6-3 decision to Purdue Northwest (7-15) Saturday afternoon at Match Point Tennis and Fitness Club. It was the Foresters’ first match of the spring and just their fourth loss of the year against 14 wins.

Huntington’s three wins all came in in singles action with Meg Dolde, Lisa Colling and Anastasiia Evstifeeva each cruising to the W. Between the threesome, they gave up just 11 games.

“I was very pleased with the team’s effort today,” said Coach Ferguson. “Especially considering we were down a player from the start and our last competitive match was in October.”

HU is back in action on April 20-21 to compete in the Mark Richards Tournament.

#1 – Lena van Bergen (PNW) def. Constanze Golz (HU) 1-6, 7-6, 10-5
#2 – Meg Dolde (HU) def. Brooke Foltz (PNW) 6-2, 6-2
#3 – Lisa Colling (HU) def. Pia Schmedding (PNW) 6-3, 6-2
#4 – Anastasiia Evstifeeva (HU) def. Cynthia Basu-Chavez (PNW) 6-0, 6-2
#5 – Abby Kvachkoff (PNW) def. Charlotte Seth (HU) 6-0, 6-1
#6 – PNW win by default

#1 – Foltz/van Bergen (PNW) def. Golz/Dolde (HU) 8-4
#2 – Schmedding/Yepez (PNW) def. Colling/Evstifeev (HU) 8-4
#3 – PNW win by default

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20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: David E. Alexander

Our very own, Dr. John Noble will deliver the annual Faculty Forester Lecture on April 24th. Don’t miss it! Chapel Credit is available. Here are the details: Lecturer: Dr. John Noble, Assistant Professor of Bible and Religion, Huntington University Title: “Hagar: A Paradigm of Retribution and Redemption for the Alien.” …

Senior Showcase – This Saturday

19 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Theatre Department

7:30PM in Zurcher Auditorium. Saturday, April 21. ADMISSION IS FREE!!! Presenting selections from great American plays and musicals: GYPSY, LUCKY STIFF, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, RABBIT HOLE, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and more!

Senior Showcase – this Saturday

18 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Theatre Department

Don’t miss the Theatre Department’s Senior Showcase this Saturday, April 21 at 7:30PM in Zurcher Auditorium. Admission is FREE!!! Come support our graduating seniors as we celebrate their work over the years.


Campus Update

20 Apr 2018

The Spring Board of Trustees will take place on April 19 – 20 in different locations on campus. Dr. Emberton will provide an update to the campus community on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Hiner Hall. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this session.

HU calendar events

20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Margaret Pasko

If you can’t remember the date of events on campus, you can always check the HU calendar at www.huntington.edu/events.

Senior Showcase – this Saturday

20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Theatre Department

What are you doing Saturday night? 7:30PM in Zurcher Auditorium. ADMISSION IS FREE!!! Program will last about 50 minutes, followed by a reception for our seniors in the MCA lobby Presenting selections from great American plays and musicals: GYPSY, LUCKY STIFF, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, RABBIT HOLE, A STREETCAR …


Expressions of Thanks

27 Feb 2018 | Posted By: Greg Smitley

Thank you for the flowers, cards, personal visits, thoughts and prayers for our family over the loss of my beloved father, Charles Smitley Your generosity, kindness, and thoughtfulness have been a great encouragement. “The memory of the righteous will be a blessing…” Prov. 10:7

Princess and Superhero Academy

1 Feb 2018 | Posted By: Melanie Park

If you know a child who would love to be a princess or superhero for an afternoon, be sure to check out this fund raiser being sponsored by the Viking Volume show choir at Huntington North High School. See the flyer for more details including information for online registration.

Thanks for Your Expressions of Sympathy

18 Dec 2017 | Posted By: Karen Jones

I was sincerely blessed by the flowers, cards, and personal messages shared by the Huntington family after the loss of my father. Your actions reminded me of the importance of community and friendship during times of grief and crisis. Thank you for your expressions of love and sympathy.

Sports News


20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU baseball team is adding a very special player to its roster by “adopting” two-year old cancer patient Teddy Nix as part of the national Friends of Jaclyn program. Teddy will be signing his HU Letter of Intent on Thursday, April 26, at 5:45PM at Forest Glen Park. The …


20 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU softball team split its twin bill with the Cougars of Spring Arbor (17-21, 11-15) Thursday afternoon at Cougar Field. After suffering a 6-3 loss in the opener, the Foresters bounced back with a 5-3 win in the nightcap. Gower’s crew split with SAU at home as well to …


19 Apr 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU baseball team opened up its regular season series with #RV Taylor University (32-10, 12-5) Wednesday afternoon at Forest Glen with a 9-1 loss to the Trojans. The Foresters have struggled a bit as of late having lost four of its last six contests. Frame’s crew got off to …