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March 27, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BASEBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Crossroads League has announced that Huntington University sophomore Donovan Clark has been named the baseball Player of the Week for the week of March 26, 2018.

Clark helped guide HU to a 3-0 record last week. The Huntington centerfielder went 6-for-10 at the plate for a batting average of.600. He scored twice and drove in three runs in addition to drawing three walks and stealing just as many bases.

Among his league peers, the Fort Wayne native (Southside HS) currently ranks 8th in stolen bases per game (0.41) and 10th in hits per game (1.18).

The Foresters (5-12) have won four out of their last six contests are a perfect 3-0 in conference play.

BOWLING

March 27, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BOWLING Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Foresters’ bowling season finished this past weekend at the NAIA Invitational Tournament hosted by Plaza Lanes in Highland, Ind. The tournament started on Friday with 24 baker games to determine seeding for the double elimination best-of-five match play portion held on Saturday and Sunday.

“I’m proud of both teams,” said Coach Shockey. “Overall, we are still a young team and the experiences gained this season will invaluable going forward.”

It wasn’t exactly the ending the HU women were hoping for. They finished Friday in a tie for 18th place out of 20 teams with a score of 4,307 for a 179/game average. HU faced #15 Aquinas in the first round of match play on Saturday morning and came out on the short end of a 3-1 decision, 199-173, 178-200, 179-170, 205-196.

The loss moved Huntington into the contender’s bracket to face #10 University of Saint Francis. The match was close until USF got on a hot streak in game four to wrap up the 3-1 win, 173-208, 196-163, 175-173, 219-189, to eliminate HU from the tourney.

“We came into the season with a few simple goals and we surpassed most of those goals,” said Shockey. “The ladies went from a team last year that missed the NAIA tournament to a team the easily qualified and was able to show our potential with a couple runner-up finishes.

“We showed some of our potential at times this season. We have a good recruiting class for next season so the future is bright for the girls. They’re going to be a really tough team next season. We’ll have experienced upperclassmen to blend with a talented sophomore and freshman class.”

The Forester men struggled on Friday but turned it around on Saturday to finish the NAIA Championships with another elite 8 appearance. Friday was a day with ups and downs as they climbed as high as 7th before lunch before falling down to the 19th seed by day’s end. HU finished the day with a total score of 4,499 for a 187/game average.

In match one on Saturday, the men faced 14th seed Kansas Wesleyan and lost a close one, 3-2, with scores of 202-185, 169-170, 236-237, 207-177, 199-157. It send them to the contender’s round where they beat #6 Grand View 3.5-1.5, 203-184, 225-204, 180-180, 154-192, 187-143.

After a short lunch break, HU came back to bowl against #20 Lindsey Wilson College for a second straight win, 3-1, 191-174, 169-194, 180-179, 185-147. Next up was Martin Methodist. The Foresters gutted out a 3-2 win, 169-176, 157-184, 202-184, 193-155, 194-173, which put them into the top eight where they faced #7 Lawrence Tech.

Mentally and emotionally drained after the exciting Martin Methodist match, the Foresters ran out of gas to suffer a 3-1 loss to the Blue Devils, 150-153, 195-123, 188-162, 206-141, and end their run in the tourney.

“This marked the last collegiate tournament for senior Jake Neely,” said Shockey. “Over the course of his career, he has put in the work to go from a JV player to a varsity anchor bowler. We will miss Jake and his contributions next season.

“Looking forward, we will still be a young team next season but we will be an experienced team with all freshmen getting time on varsity this season. The men’s recruiting class is solid and will be ready to compete out of the gate next season.”

PLEX Spring Break Hours

March 26, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on PLEX Spring Break Hours Posted By: Athletics

Friday March 23: 6am – 6pm
Saturday March 24: 8am – 6pm
Sunday March 25: Closed
Monday March 26: 8am – 6pm
Tuesday March 27: 8am – 6pm
Wednesday March 28: 8am – 6pm
Thursday March 29: 8am – 6pm
Friday March 30: 8am – 6pm
Saturday March 31: 8am – 6pm
Sunday April 1: Closed Easter
Monday April 2: 8am – 6pm Easter Break (no classes)
Tuesday April 3: 6am – 10pm Regular Hours Resume

This Week in Forester Spring Sports

March 26, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on This Week in Forester Spring Sports Posted By: Athletics

HOME:
Thurs. Mar. 29 – Softball vs Indiana Wesleyan University @ 3:00 PM
Fri. Mar. 30 – Baseball vs Taylor University @ 6:00 PM
Fri. Mar. 30 – Softball vs Grace College @ 3:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 31 – Baseball vs Taylor University @ 2:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 31 – Softball vs University of Saint Francis @ 1:00 PM

AWAY:
Mon.-Tues. Mar. 26-27 – Men’s & Women’s Golf @ Cumberland University Phoenix Invite; Windtree GC; Mt. Juliet, TN
Tues. Mar. 27 – Baseball @ University of Saint Francis @ 2:00 PM
Tues. Mar. 27 – Softball @ Brescia University (KY) @ 3:00 PM

Go Foresters!!

SOFTBALL

March 26, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on SOFTBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Huntington softball team enjoyed its second win in extra innings Friday afternoon by outlasting Spring Arbor University, 5-4, in a ten-inning contest after which the Cougars slipped past the Foresters in the nightcap 1-0.

The opener saw Lairen Miller go the distance in the circle to earn the W by allowing just 11 hits, four runs, three earned, and one walk while striking out three in ten innings of work.

It was a cat and mouse chase. Both teams managed one run each through the first seven frames. HU struck first in the bottom of the fourth when Casey Lehman doubled in Sophia Beachy who singled to left just prior. SAU matched that courtesy of Sydney Taylor’s RBI-double in the sixth for the 1-1 stalemate.

It was a tie that stood through the seventh to force extra innings. SAU then took the lead in the eighth but the Foresters countered by way of Lehman again. The sophomore catcher found a gap in right field in the fourth so this time she blasted a shot to the other side of the field for another run-scoring double to force the game’s second tie.

Neither team found home in the ninth which put into place the international tie breaker rule in the tenth which served its purpose of accelerating opportunities to score. The Cougars took advantage of an HU error and pounded out a pair of hits for two runs and a 4-2 advantage.

The pressure didn’t faze the Foresters but it did get to Spring Arbor. Karley Blankenship started on second and wasted little time plating her team’s third run of the game, advancing to third on Kennedy Krull’s double to center and scampering home on SAU’s first of three errors in the frame.

Rozlynn Everhart followed up with a base poke to left-center allowing Krull to make her way to third. Back-to-back bobbles allowed Krull to sneak home, Everhart to find her way to third and Sophia Beachy to reach base. It brought Lehman to the plate and as she had done all game, she delivered once again. She roped a shot to right-center for a walk-off single.

Lehman finished with three hits and just as many RBI. Krull added two hits as the duo combined for five of the team’s ten hits.

Game two proved much less exciting as the Cougars plated the only run of the contest in the sixth as neither team mustered much offense. Spring Arbor finished with four hits and tapped into two of them in the sixth in addition to executing a sacrifice bunt and stolen base to set up Jordan Burman’s RBI-double.

While HU managed just three hits in the game, they placed six runners in scoring position but could never cross home plate. It marks the first time this season the Foresters have been shutout.

Mallory West was tagged with the loss. She gave up four hits, one run and one walk while striking out four.

Huntington (9-7, 6-2) road trips to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College on Monday for a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader with the Pomeroys.

BASEBALL

March 26, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BASEBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Forester baseball team cruised to a pair of wins in its home opener, 8-3, 11-3, over Grace College Friday afternoon at Forest Glen. With these wins, HU improves to 5-12 overall, 3-0 in league play. HU has won four of its last six contests.

Minus the second inning where the hosts gave up three runs, two hits and three walks and committed an error, the Foresters were solid. They would give up just one hit the rest of the way while scoring in every inning thereafter.

A Nick Davit RBI-single and Daniel Lichty sacrifice fly in the second and third frame respectively drew Huntington within one at 3-2 heading into the fourth where they captured the lead and did so with authority.

Hunter Losekamp headlined the fourth with a two-run double to deep left after which Donovan Clark drove in his team’s third run of the frame with an RBI-single for a 5-3 HU tilt.

Davit added two more RBI to his total by knocking in Lichty and Jamar Weaver in the fifth after which Jake Hansen posted a sacrifice fly for back-to-back three-run innings. The result was a comfortable 8-3 lead for Frame and crew which they rode out for the win.

Davit finished 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in three runs. Clark added two hits and an RBI while Losekamp tallied a hit and two RBI.

Colton Punches spent the first six innings on the bump to earn the win. He gave up three hits, three runs and four walks while striking out eight after which Tarrin Beachy worked a 1-2-3 seventh to polish off the Lancers.

The nightcap saw the Foresters take control early by opening up a 4-0 lead after two and stretching it to 8-0 after six before both teams scored three runs over the final three frames to make for the 11-3 final.

Offense came easy for Huntington as it marked the third time this year they have scored at least ten runs. Frame’s crew doubled up their visitors in hits 16-8. They went 16-for-38 at the plate with seven different Foresters posting multiple hits.

Adam Roser pounded out two doubles with his second driving in a pair of runs. He also logged an RBI-single to lead HU with three hits and three RBI while scoring twice. Davit also claimed three hits. Clark did everything in pairs when it came to hits, RBI and runs scored.

Hansen and Adrian Perez each collected two hits and added three and two RBI respectively. Other Foresters to pick up a pair of base pokes included Lichty and Losekamp.

Connor West earned the win on the hill. He tossed the first 6.2 frames and gave up seven hits, two runs, neither earned, and one walk while striking out eight. Alex McCutcheon spent 1.1 innings on the mound and allowed one run, one hit and one walk while striking out one. Just like the opener, Beachy was tasked with tossing the final frame and this time he struck out all three batters he faced for a short appearance at the one spot.

Huntington heads to Mount Vernon on Monday for a doubleheader with the Cougars. Opening pitch for game one is slated for 2:00 p.m.

TRACK & FIELD

March 26, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on TRACK & FIELD Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

Several individual performances highlighted the outdoor track and field season opener for the Foresters with Brooks Gerke topping the list.

The senior pole vaulter not only broke the school record at the 27th annual Polar Bear Invitational hosted by Indiana Wesleyan on Friday, he also punched his ticket to the 2018 NAIA National Championships by hitting the B Standard in pole vault with his leap of 4.60 meters (15-01.25).

Gerke moved from fifth to first in the Huntington history books by topping Mark Green’s record of 15 feet dating back to 1993.

Avniel Barrow took first in the 100 meters by clocking in at 11.07, the ninth fastest time in Huntington history. He also ran to a second place finish in the 200 meters behind teammate Peyton Depriest who turned in a 22.39 for first place.

Depriest ran a sub-50 second 400 meters by crossing the line in 49.84. Only four other Foresters in program history have clocked a faster time.

Bradey Gerke’s second jump in triple jump landed him a mark of 12.40 meters (40-08.25 feet) good for fourth to round out the HU men’s top five finishes.

Nicole Pennington logged the HU women’s only top five finish by claiming third place in the 100 meters in 12.83.

Franklin College’s Grizzly Invitational on April 7 is the next stop of the Foresters.

WOMEN’S GOLF

March 26, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on WOMEN’S GOLF Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Forester women’s golf team shot nine strokes better on day two of the Purgatory Intercollegiate to finish fifth out of six teams in their spring debut. After posting a 365 on Thursday, HU fired a 356 on Friday for a two-day total of 721 at the Taylor University hosted event at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville.

Betsy Schroeder paced Huntington with a 176 (93, 83) to finish 21 out of 40 golfers. Abby Poole shot a 179 (85, 94) for 26th place. Alexandria Maris finished third for the Foresters with a 184 (96, 88). Leah Thompson (91, 96) and Megan Higgins (99, 91) rounded out HU’s scoring with a 187 and 190 respectively.

Rachel Blauert fired a 202 (96, 106) playing as an individual.

Overall, Coach Sholund liked what he saw from his team. “We worked off some rust this week but I saw many good shots for us to build on.

“Betsy had a solid second round after a tough first day. This team is good from tee to green. If we can get much better around the greens, we will be much more competitive. Overall, this was a good start to the spring.”

Taylor topped the leaderboard by carding a 624 followed by Cardinal Stritch (627), Olivet Nazarene (652), Indiana Wesleyan (657), Taylor B (701), HU (721) and Spring Arbor (728).

The Foresters head to Tennessee to compete in the Cumberland University Phoenix Invitational on March 26-27.

MEN’S GOLF

March 26, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S GOLF Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Huntington men’s golf team posted their second lowest total of the year this week at the Taylor University’s Purgatory Intercollegiate. After shooting a 314 on Thursday, the Foresters turned in a 308 to finish 11th out of 16 teams with a 622 total.

Andrew Weisheit, playing the No. 3 spot for HU, posted a team-low 149 (77, 72) to finish 17th out of 88 golfers. Cale Carr fired a 151 (75, 76) for 24th place. Zach Borntreger carded a 158 (81, 77). Zakry Cummings finished fourth for Huntington with a 164 (81, 83) while Nick Whitney rounded out HU’s scoring with a 181 (93, 88).

“This was a good start to the spring for the guys,” said Coach Sholund. “Andrew and Zach had very solid second rounds for us.

“They all played well but gave away shots coming down the stretch. If we can grow from that, we will continue to improve where we finish events.”

Indian Hills CC cruised to the win with a 560 followed by Taylor (577), Cardinal Stritch (593), Parkland (596), Lindenwood-Belleville (602), Wheaton (613), Indiana Wesleyan (616), Saint Francis (618), Roosevelt (621), Mount Vernon (621), HU (622), IU Kokomo (624), Taylor B (629), Olivet Nazarene (630), Spring Arbor (636) and Bethel (649).

Like the HU women, the Forester are back in action on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Cumberland University Phoenix Invitational.

SOFTBALL

March 23, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on SOFTBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU softball team picked up two wins, 4-3, 8-5, over Indiana Tech in their home opener Thursday afternoon. The Foresters have now won seven out of their last eight contests to improve to 8-6 overall.

It took two innings of the international tiebreaker rule in affect to determine the winner of the opener with Joelle Beals finally ending things with a one-out walk-off sacrifice fly with bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth for the HU victory.

Starting with the top of the eighth, a runner was placed on second base and it paid off for both teams as each scored in the first ITB inning. For HU, it was Meghan Fretz’s blast that ricocheted off the left field fence for an RBI-double that allowed Sophia Beachy, who started on second, to scamper home and knot things up at 3s to extend the game another frame.

Lairen Miller, who tossed all nine innings for HU, made quick work of the Warriors in the top of the ninth by working three quick outs to give her team the chance to end things in their half of the frame which is exactly what Beals and crew did.

For as exciting as the last few frames were for Forester fans, the beginning of the contest was just the opposite. It took Gower’s squad until the sixth to finally string together enough hits to find home. Beachy started things off in the sixth with a base poke, Casey Lehman ripped a double to left after which Fretz matched that with her own two-bagger to drive in both teammates.

The Warriors didn’t seem to have much going on early either but all that changed in the fourth when Emily Martin and Marta Pasqualini each clocked one over the fence to skirt in front 2-0 before Fretz finally got her team on the board two innings later.

Batting clean up, Fretz finished 2-for-3 at the plate, both doubles, to go along with three RBI to pace Huntington offensively.

Miller picked up the complete-game win by giving up eight hits and two runs while striking out three to improve to 4-1 on the season.

Fretz took to the circle in the nightcap and also claimed her fourth win of the year. The rookie hurler went the distance to give up five hits, five runs, only two of which were earned, and six walks while striking out two.

It wasn’t the cleanest of games as between the two teams, five errors were committed which led to three unearned runs for each team.

Fretz continued her tear at the plate by driving in HU’s first run in the first on yet another RBI-double. Huntington added three runs in the second. Ashley Brown doubled in Mallory West who reached on a Warrior missed popup to start things off. Brown eventually stole home and a few batters later, Beachy touched home on a wild throw, Tech’s second error of the frame, to push Huntington’s lead to 4-0.

Both teams scored in the third, HU’s by way of West’s sacrifice fly, to keep the four-run difference intact at 5-1. While Tech would outscore the Foresters 4-3 over the final four frames which included touching home twice in the seventh, the lead was too hefty for any sort of heroic finish by the visitors.

Huntington’s final three runs all came in the bottom of the fourth. Just like the second, HU posted three hits in the frame. Paige Eichelberger highlighted the inning with her first collegiate triple good for an RBI. On either side of Eichelberger’s big hit, Beals scored on a passed ball and Abby Keaffaber doubled her in.

The Foresters outhit Tech 11-5. Eichelberger was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. She also scored twice and drove in a run. Beals and Keaffaber each added a pair of hits.

Gower’s crew finished with doubleheader with eight doubles. Of Huntington’s 114 hits on the year, 35 have been two-baggers.

HU is back in action tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. to host Spring Arbor.

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FORESTER LECTURE! April 24th

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.

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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 …

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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

**SPECIAL INVITATION FROM HU BASEBALL**

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 …

SOFTBALL

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 …

BASEBALL

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 …