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March 5, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BASEBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The #RV HU baseball team wrapped up their weekend by picking up their first win in convincing fashion with a 13-1 thrashing over the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Saturday afternoon at Cumberlands’ Doyle Buhl Stadium.

Huntington did most of their damage in the third when they sent 12 batters to the plate for nine runs on seven hits and a walk while taking advantage of an error and three wild pitches. Highlighting the frame were back-to-back doubles by Adrian Perez and Jake Hansen that resulted in three runs being scored.

Nick Davit singled in a run after the pair of two-baggers, stole second and then touched home on back-to-back wild pitches for probably one of the most unique experiences of the frame. Donovan Clark drove in two more runs with a shot up the middle. HU’s other runs came by way of an error and a Dan Lichty RBI-groundout.

The Foresters’ first run came in their opening at bat on a Jamar Weaver fielder’s choice so after their monster third, HU had a commanding 10-0 advantage. The Cougars lone run came in the top of the fourth but it paled in comparison to what had happened one frame earlier and what was to come in the bottom of the frame.

Perez drilled a solo shot over the center field fence for his first dinger of the season. Davit followed suit by cranking one out of the park two batters later with Tyler Zimske on board for a fourth inning that saw Huntington’s final three runs of the game.

When all was said and done, Frame’s crew sifted through five pitchers and pounded out 12 hits. UC Clermont finished with ten hits.

Davit collected two hits and three RBI to pace HU offensively. Clark, Perez and Hansen added a pair of hits and drove in two runs each. Adam Roser was the fifth Forester to register two base pokes.

Starting pitcher Colton Punches picked up his first collegiate win on the mound. In six innings of work, he gave up nine hits and one run while striking out seven after which Trent Lawson tossed an inning of scoreless relief.

With this win, Frame’s crew improves to 1-9.


March 1, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Crossroads League announced its post-season awards for the 2017-18 basketball season as voted on by the coaches with the list including four Foresters in Brooke Saylor, Maddie Richer, Sarah Fryman and Sam Hammel.

Topping the list was Saylor who was tabbed Second Team All-Conference. The 5-10 junior forward was HU’s second leader scorer at 10.4 points per game but it was her work on the glass that put her on the map. She pulled down nearly 12 boards per game to rank 2nd in the NAIA in rebounding (11.8).

Not surprising, Saylor leads the league in both offensive and defensive rebounding by averaging 3.2 and 8.6 boards respectively. She also tops her conference peers in blocks by swatting 1.5 shots per game. The Marion native (Eastbrook HS) is second in the league in double doubles with 15 and boasts the top spot in stellar rebounds in a contest with 21, a feat she accomplished twice this season.

Richer was Huntington’s floor general this season and her play earned her a Third Team All-Conference badge. The 5-4 junior guard tossed in 9.6 points per outing and averaged a team-best 3.0 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals.

The Wauseon (Ohio) native (Wauseon HS) led the team from deep with 59 trifectas. She knocked down 46.1 percent of her attempts, the best percentage in the league and 10th best in the NAIA. She averaged two treys per night for the 7th spot in the CL for threes made per game. Richer also ranks 7th in assists in the CL with her 3.0 average.

Joining Richer on the Third Team was Fryman. The 5-9 forward is best known for her offensive prowess. She posted a team-high 14.1 points per night to rank 9th in the league in scoring. She’s been one of the best in the nation at the charity stripe this year where she went 79-for-88 for 89.8 percent to rank 2nd in the NAIA, 1st in the league.

Fryman (Huntington, IN, Huntington North HS) currently ranks 5th in the conference in field goal percentage (.470). In addition to putting points on the board for Culler’s crew, she also finished the year averaging 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals per outing.

Hammel splashed onto the scene this season as HU’s spark plug off the bench and for her efforts was named to the All-Freshmen Team. The 5-7 guard averaged 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in her rookie season. The Anderson native (Pendleton Heights HS) was a pest on defense; averaging 1.6 steals per night and often called on to defend one of the opponent’s top players.

Huntington finished the year with an overall record of 16-14.


March 1, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Crossroads League announced its postseason awards for the 2017-18 basketball season and among the list of honorees were three HU Foresters in Mike Bush, Konner Platt and Tyler Arens.

Bush is indisputably one of the best point guards in the league and for his efforts was named Second Team All-Conference, his second conference badge in as many years.

For the second straight season, the 5-7 senior playmaker topped the nation in assists. He tallied 273 dimes this year for an 8.5 average per night. He also poured in 17.6 points per outing, the 6th best average in the league, in addition to grabbing 2.7 rebounds and a team-leading 1.0 steals.

Bush (South Bend, Ind., John Adams HS) wraps up his career as a member of the Forester’s 1,000-point club having scored 1,050 points in his two years at Huntington. He also piled up 590 assists during his time in green and white. His name will go down in the record books for most assists in a game (18) and most assists in a season (317).

After earning a spot on the All-Freshmen Team last year, Platt was named Third Team All-Conference as voted on by the coaches this year. The 6-2 sophomore guard tossed in 14.6 points while pulling down 3.5 rebounds and handing out nearly two assists per night.

The Huntington native (Huntington North HS) buried a team-best 72 threes on the season at a clip of 43.4 percent to rank 8th in the league, 47th in the NAIA, in three-point field goal percentage. He also ranks 4th in the conference in threes per game (2.3).

Arens (Sweetser, IN, Muncie Central HS) rounds out HU’s honorees having earned Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades this season. The 6-8 big man led Huntington in scoring and rebounding this year by averaging 18.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per night.

Arens’ play landed him several top spots among his league peers which includes ranking 5th in scoring (18.3), 2nd in defensive rebounds (5.7), 3rd in rebounding (7.5), 4th in double doubles (7), 5th in blocks (1.0), 8th in offensive rebounds (1.8), 10th in field goal percentage (.512) and 10th in free throw percentage (.776).

The Foresters wrapped up the year with an overall record of 14-18.


February 27, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on SOFTBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU softball team kicked off its season Monday afternoon at Grand Park with a pair of losses, 9-1, 6-5, to Quincy University. The Hawks entered the day with four games already under their belt and the experience seemed to pay off in the opener as they made quick work of the Foresters to shorten the game by two innings.

Huntington’s only run came in the second when Joelle Beals tripled to start things off and then touched home two batters later on Karley Blankenship’s RBI-groundout. Quincy had already jumped out to a 4-0 advantage so the run made for a 4-1 ballgame after two.

QU would add three more in the fourth and extend it to eight with two more in the fifth to put into effect the eight-run rule.

The Foresters finished with six hits to Quincy’s 13. Paige Eichelberger pounded out two hits for HU.

Starting pitcher Mallory West took the loss for Gower’s crew. The rookie hurler tossed the first 4.2 innings and gave up all nine runs on ten hits and three walks while striking out three.

The nightcap was a battle to the bitter end as the lead traded several times before the Hawks took advantage of an errant throw to first in the top of the sixth to plate two unearned runs. The misfortunate play extended Quincy’s one-run advantage to three at 6-3 advantage heading into the seventh.

With one more chance at the plate, HU rallied behind Klopfenstein who clocked another shot deep for her second triple of the afternoon. Casey Lehman followed up with a blast to the right field fence that not only brought Klopfenstein home but allowed Lehman to make her way around the bases for an in park homer.

It pulled the Foresters within a single run but unfortunately, reliever Sam Demuth worked the final two outs swiftly to preserve her team’s win. Demuth took the mound in the fourth and gave up four hits and two runs while striking out two for the W.

Lairen Miller was tagged with the loss for HU. She spent 5.1 innings in the circle where she gave up nine hits, six runs, four of which were earned, and four walks.

Huntington enjoyed the game’s first lead on Beals’ run-scoring single in the second. The Hawks, considered the home team in game two, countered with a pair runs in their half of the frame to steal the lead at 2-1.

Gower’s squad fired right back in the third to reclaim an advantage when Miller, with bases loaded, drilled a shot to the pitcher’s mound for an infield single that scored Klopfenstein who had reached on a walk earlier in the inning. Lehman then scampered home on a wild pitch shortly after for the 3-2 advantage.

HU’s sticks were quiet until the seventh while Quincy found home twice more, once in the third and again in the fifth, before their two-run sixth.

Lehman did everything in pairs for Huntington to finish with two hits and two RBI while scoring twice. As a team, Huntington posted seven hits and drew five walks while only striking out twice.

The Foresters (0-2) are slated to host Indiana Tech on March 6 at 3:00 p.m.

This Week in Forester Sports

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

Fri. Mar. 2 – M. Tennis vs Lindenwood University-Belleville (IL) @ 5PM

Mon. Feb. 26 – Softball vs Quincy University @ Grand Park; Westfield, IN @ 1PM/3PM
Fri.-Sat Mar. 2-3 – Baseball @ University of the Cumberlands (KY) 3PM/1PM
Sat. Mar. 3 – M. Tennis @ Holy Cross College (Niles, MI) @ 2PM

Go Foresters!!


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

The HU men’s basketball team’s season came to an end Saturday afternoon at Luckey Arena as top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan outlasted the 5th-seeded Foresters 90-77 in semifinal action of the Crossroads League tournament.

The Foresters advanced to the semis after upending 4th-seeded Marian in the quarterfinals Wednesday night.

While IWU held onto a lead for all but the first two minutes of the contest, HU never let them stray too far ahead. The biggest disparity through the opening 20 minutes came with just under nine minutes left in the half when the Wildcats surged ahead 28-14.

But Platt’s crew wasn’t about to let it turn into a lopsided affair by countering with a 16-2 run that got everyone involved but was highlighted by a pair of triples by Mike Bush for a 30-30 stalemate three minutes later.

Wesleyan would go on to take a 39-34 lead into intermission. IWU’s advantage was constant over the next 15 minutes as HU scratched and clawed to close the gap. Just like the first half, Huntington faced its biggest deficit right around the nine-minute mark. This time it was a 13-point spread of 71-58.

Platt’s crew mustered one final push with Zac Owens’ long ball at the 5:27 mark pulling his team within two possessions, 77-71 which was the closest they’d been since halftime. Unfortunately, scoring did not come easy for the visitors after that as they managed just six points the rest of the way. The Wildcats took full advantage to finish with their 16th double-digit win of the year and secure a spot at championship game of the league tourney.

Statistically there were more similarities than differences. The two teams shot the ball similarly to finish within two percent of each other – HU finished at 48.5 percent and IWU at 46.8 percent. Only two rebounds separated the two squads with the Foresters corralling 41 to IWU’s 39.

The Wildcats got to the line a few more times and converted a higher percentage but the glaring difference came by way of mistakes made with HU committing 18 to IWU’s nine. The payoff was significant for Wesleyan as they outscored HU 23-2 on points off turnovers.

Konner Platt topped HU with 21 points. Bush registered 19 points, six assists and two steals. Tyler Arens logged his team’s only double double with 12 points and ten rebounds. Owens came off the bench to toss in 12 points.

The Wildcats, currently ranked No. 5 in the country, entered the afternoon having won eight of their last nine games behind one of the league’s best in freshman Kyle Mangas. On this given day, the Warsaw native dropped in a game-best 26 points to lead a balanced IWU attack.

Jacob Johnson tallied 17 points. Evan Maxwell added 15 points and a game-high 11 boards while Joel Okafor posted ten points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Huntington wraps up the year with a 14-18 record.


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

Playing inside at Wildwood Racquet Club in Fort Wayne, the Huntington men’s tennis team opened up the spring portion of their schedule with a 4-4 draw against Cornerstone University (2-1-1). The match is the first of seven matches slated for this spring for the Foresters.

Doubles play favored the Golden Eagles, who already had three spring matches in the books, 2-1, but the Foresters came roaring back to win three of the first five singles matches to pull even with CU 4-4. Unfortunately, the match ran long and the court reservation ended before the last and deciding singles match could be completed to make for the rare tie.

The Foresters finished the fall season 9-4 so their overall record after today’s stalemate stands at 9-4-1. HU is back at it on March 17 when they host Grace at 10:30 a.m.

#1 – Ignacio Poncio (HU) def. Sam Ottosen (CU) 0-6, 6-2 (10-1)
#2 – Rodrigo Manzo (HU) def. Austin Hendrick 4-6, 6-0 (10-3)
#3 – Aliaksei Kanstantsinau (CU) def. Giovanni Martinez (HU) 6-3, 6-2
#4 – John Cocoma (CU) def. Luke Buttermore (HU) 6-2, 6-0
#5 – Mariano Echevarria vs. Dan Ribbink (CU) DNF
#6 – Brody Worl (HU) def. Nick Kleitch (CU) 6-2, 6-0

#1 – Ottosen / Hendrick (CU) def. Poncio/Echevarria (HU) 8-7 (7-1)
#2 – Manzo/Martinez (HU) def. Kanstantsinau /Cocoma (CU) 8-3
#3 – Ribbink/Kleitch (CU) def. Buttermore/Vova Kohut (HU) 8-3


February 26, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BOWLING Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Huntington University bowling team concluded the regular season with the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic, the biggest, oldest and most prestigious regular season tournament of the year. The tournament format included six regular team games on Saturday and 15 baker games on Sunday before cutting to the top eight teams for a bracketed match play round.

“This tournament is proof positive that bowling at the collegiate level is alive and well,” said Coach Mike Shockey. “The tournament is filled to capacity with 78 men’s teams and 66 women’s teams and a waiting list each year of schools wanting to bowl.”

The Forester women put together a solid performance with a 16th-place finish out of 66 teams. Brianna Cearbaugh led the Foresters individually with a six-game average of 195.5 and a 40th place finish in singles action. Abby Atkins also had a solid weekend with a six-game average of 189 and a top 60 finish in singles.

HU had a good day on Saturday with a team total of 5,505 pins for a 917.5/game average to sit in 14th heading into baker play. Sunday the shot proved a little tougher for the Foresters as they finished with a 15-baker total of 2,675 (178.3/game average) to slip into 16th place.

“We’ve had a couple of tournaments where we finished better this season, but this tournament was the best team performance of the year,” said Shockey. “The lane play was solid and the communication between players was good, but it was the leadership of our juniors that made the biggest difference this weekend.”

On the men’s side, Huntington finished 41st out of 78 teams. Jordan Herring led the team with a six-game score of 1,188 for a 198/game average. Coach Shockey likes the progress of the Springfield (Ohio) native. “Jordan has steadily been getting better all year long and has become one of the most consistent players on the team.”

On Saturday, the Foresters shot a 5,753 (958.8/game average) to land in the 37th spot. Sunday didn’t prove to be any easier as HU shot a 15-game baker total of 2,607 (173.8/game average) which dropped them four spots by the day’s end.

“The results weren’t what we expected this weekend but the guys stuck together and continued to work hard until the last game,” said Shockey. “Between the lack of strikes and several splits, we just couldn’t get any momentum going this weekend. The guys will bounce back and be ready for post-season play in three weeks. Hopefully we find the breaks we missed in Indianapolis.”

Next up for Shockey and crew is the USBC Intercollegiate Sectionals March 8-10 in Smyrna, Tenn.


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

The HU track and field team took a partial roster to Anderson University’s Fred Wilt Memorial Indoor Invitational on Saturday for a last chance opportunity to qualify for NAIA Indoor Nationals.

While the Foresters did not punch any tickets to the big stage, several athletes had quality performances.

Jessica Chojnacki brought home Huntington’s only win by clocking in at 1:03.67 in the 400 meters. Elijah Chesterman finished third in the 800 meters in 2:02.98. CJ Robertson also ran the 800 meters and claimed fifth in 2:04.65.

Nick Childs posted a 2:42.93 in the 1,000 meters to finish fourth.

Codi Wiersema shaved three seconds off his mile time to move from tenth to eighth in the Huntington record books with his new PR of 4:27.71.

Zach Williams also turned in a personal best in weight throw with his toss of 39-09, surpassing his old PR by almost four inches. He currently sits tenth in the HU record books in weight throw.

The Foresters will now turn their attention to the outdoor portion of their schedule. First up will be the Easter Twilight Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan on March 24.

Men’s Basketball

February 23, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on Men’s Basketball Posted By: Athletics

The Men’s Basketball team has advanced to the next round of play in the Crossroads League Tournament and will be playing this Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan at 3:00 pm. Go Foresters!!

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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 …