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February 23, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

Huntington University senior Mike Bush became the 47th Forester to eclipse the 1,000-point mark Wednesday night in his team’s 102-91 win over Marian in first round action of the Crossroads League Tournament.

The 5-7 floor general entered the night with 997 points and 90 seconds in, he drained his first of five triples to join the exclusive club. Bush finished the night with a season-best 34 points to lead the Foresters to the upset win.

As the 5th seed, Huntington booted the 4th-seeded Knights out of the tourney and will now advance to the semis on Saturday where they will face top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan at 3:00 p.m.

In Bush’s two years in Forester green and white, he has accumulated 1,031 points and boasts a career average of 16.6 points per outing. While the South Bend native is a proven scorer, it’s his ability to distribute the ball that has garnered him national attention. For the past two seasons, Bush has led the nation in assists.

To date, Bush has handed out 584 dimes for a career average of 9.4 assists per night. His 317 assists last year set a new school record for assists in a season. He also holds the program record for assists in a game with 18, a feat accomplished against Wright State Lake on December 17, 2016.

The Foresters are currently 14-17 on the year with eight of those Ws coming in the last 11 outings.


February 22, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

They say three’s a charm and that proved true Wednesday night at the PE Center as the 5th-seeded HU men’s basketball team knocked off 4th-seeded Marian University 102-91 when it mattered most. After dropping both regular season contests to the Knights, the Foresters played anything like the underdog on opening night of the Crossroads League tournament.

With this win, HU improves to 14-17 and advances to the semifinals of the league tourney on Saturday where they will face top-seeded Indiana Wesleyan at 3:00 p.m.

From opening tip, it was obvious that Huntington came to do battle and the numbers easily back that. Marian (20-11) held a lead for less than 30 seconds. The game was tied for less than two minutes. Both of which happened in the first seven minutes. Tyler Arens’ long ball gave his team a permanent lead, 23-20, at the 13:23 mark. The Foresters had already buried five from downtown at that point and showed no signs of letting up.

Huntington would go on to drain four more in the opening frame to hold a steady lead over their hosts for a 51-45 lead by intermission. Mike Bush picked apart Marian’s defense for 23 points, 15 of those points coming from beyond the arc. When he wasn’t scoring, he was handing out dimes, six to be exact, with one of his main targets Tyler Arens who finished the half with 12 points.

The start of the second period was pivotal as the Foresters forced the Knights’ out of their zone by scoring eight quick points, six from downtown, to open up a 59-45 advantage within the first 90 seconds. The lead stayed in double digits much of the rest of the way but the few times Marian made any sort of run, Huntington always had some sort of answer.

Of his team’s play in the final period, Platt had this to say. “The start to the second half was huge. We did a great job of limiting their runs and extending ours.”

After scoring just three points in the opening 20 minutes, Mason Coverstone erupted for 15 in the second half which included three treys. Arens also posted huge numbers in the last half of the contest. The 6-8 big man kept MU guessing by toggling from bonus land to banging down low to add 20 more points to his total.

Bush also got creative putting points on the board. After scoring a chunk of his points from the perimeter in the first half, the 5-7 guard snuck into the lane for four layups and added three points from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes to finish with a game-best and season-high 34 points to go along with 12 assists.

Arens finished with 32 points, a team-best seven rebounds and two assists. Coverstone added 18 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists.

Coach Platt applauded the play of his guys. “Mike, Tyler and Mason all had a big night. Kyle and Zac provided great minutes off the bench.

“Konner was chased so hard all night and couldn’t get rolling but played well overall. Marian is not an easy place to play and our guys were laser-focused from the get go.”

As a team, Huntington was locked in offensively as they finished 38-for-68 from the field for 55.9 percent which included going 15-for-29 from long range. They committed just seven turnovers.

Marian shot 44.2 percent from the floor (34-for-77) which included making good on ten of their 32 three-point attempts. The hosts held a slight advantage on the glass 38-35 with their 7-0 footer Reginald Kissoonlal grabbing 15 boards in addition to collecting 15 points.

Wes Stowers, the league’s leading scorer, poured in 31 points and dished out six assists while Andrew Jordan and Christian Stewart tallied 13 points apiece for the Knights.

“We are playing with a lot of confidence right now and we look forward to playing Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday,” said Platt.

HU split with the Wildcats, ranked 5th in the most recent poll, in the regular season. Huntington’s 87-84 W over IWU, ranked 4th at the time, dates back to December 2. The Foresters have also registered wins this year against the other two teams remaining in the tournament in Bethel and Saint Francis.


February 21, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BASEBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

Up against a tough Campbellsville University squad that just knocked off #6 William Carey, the #RV HU baseball team suffered a pair of losses, 3-1, 4-0, at HIG Baseball Field Tuesday afternoon.

Despite giving up just five hits, Alex McCutcheon was tagged with the loss in game one. The leftie hurler went the distance to give up an unearned run in the first, another in the fourth and an insurance run in the sixth.

The common denominator in CU’s final two runs was third baseman Marco Murillo as he knocked in both runs with a triple and single respectively. The California native posted just two hits through the first five games but he doubled that output in the opener with his run-scoring hits.

Huntington’s lone run came in the top of the sixth when Dan Lichty singled into left to drive in Jamar Weaver who drew a walk to open the frame, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout.

Weaver, Adam Roser and Hunter Losekamp each picked up a hit to account for HU’s three other hits on the afternoon.

The nightcap saw the #20 Tigers outhit the Foresters 9-3. The hosts cashed in on five of those hits in back-to-back frames to account for all four of their runs. Campbellsville touched home twice in the third on three timely hits and then pounded out two more in the fourth while taking advantage of an error to score a pair of unearned runs.

Huntington’s bats were quiet except for three hits and as such, found themselves in scoring position just twice. Donovan Clark, Lichty and DJ Moore each singled to account for their team’s offense.

Three Foresters took to the mound with Jamar Weaver, who came in on relief in the third, taking the loss. He tossed three innings and gave up six hits and all four runs, only two of which were earned.

The Foresters (0-6) are back at it this weekend when they travel to IU Southeast for a four-game series with the Grenadiers.


February 21, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The 5th-seeded Forester women’s basketball team left it all on the floor Tuesday night but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as they were on the wrong side of a 75-65 decision against 4th-seeded Grace College on opening night of the Crossroads League tournament at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

The loss brings the season to an end for Culler and crew as they wrap up the year with a 16-14 record.

Grace’s style of play has been a challenge for the Foresters all season as three of HU’s 14 losses have been to the Lancers with foul trouble haunting Huntington each time. On the season, HU averaged under 16 fouls per outing but against the Lancers, the Foresters committed, on average, over 25 fouls each time.

Not surprising, the difference came down to the free throw line on this given night where Grace went 24-for-30 while Huntington connected on 14 of their 20 attempts. Both teams finished with 23 field goals, five of which were from long range.

The first half proved to be a wash but it wasn’t until just before intermission that that came to be. HU opened up a 17-11 lead in the first quarter on the way to a four-point advantage by the first break. Huntington continued their hunt for the upset bid in the second quarter by upping their advantage to eight at 26-18 three minutes before halftime.

However, Grace found their groove over the next few minutes to knot things up at 27-27 by intermission and it was a glimpse of what was to come. The Lancers erupted for 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting in the third quarter to jet in front by seven, 54-47, heading into the final ten minutes.

The Foresters were no slouches in the third either as they netted 20 points, 11 from Sarah Fryman, to keep their hosts within sight. HU would go on to cut into the lead several times in the fourth, getting as close as four by the midway point of quarter, but the Lancers camped out at the free throw line to keep Huntington at arm’s length. Fifteen of the Lancers’ 21 fourth quarter points came by way of the charity stripe.

Fryman finished with 14 points to lead HU. Richer tossed in 11 points and finished with three steals. Brooke Saylor added ten points. Sam Hammel posted a team-high and career-best ten rebounds, four of which were of the offensive variety, to go along with nine points, two assists and two steals.

For seniors Hailey Krewald and Brooke Yoder, it was their last game in a Forester jersey. Krewald dropped in eight points and collected a trio of assists and steals while Yoder finished with five points, an assist and a steal.

Brooke Sugg topped all scorers with 23 points with ten of those points coming in Grace’s monster third quarter. Vironnica Drake enjoyed a double double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Micaela Box added ten points and four assists off the bench.

This Week in Forester Sports

February 19, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on This Week in Forester Sports Posted By: Athletics

Sat. Feb. 24 – M. Tennis vs Cornerstone University (MI), Wildwood @ 10:00 AM

Tues.-Wed. Feb. 20-21 – Baseball @ Campbellsville (KY) TBD
Tues. Feb. 20 – W. Basketball first round of Crossroads League Tournament @ Grace College @ 7PM
Wed. Feb. 21 – M. Basketball first round of Crossroads League Tournament @ Marian University @ 7PM
Fri.-Sat. Feb. 23-24 – Baseball @ IU Southeast @ 2:00 PM
Sat. Feb. 24 – Track @ Anderson University @ 3:00 PM

Go Foresters!!


February 19, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BASEBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Forester baseball team headed down south to kick-off their season for a weekend series with Reinhardt University. It wasn’t the start HU had hoped for as they opened up with a pair of losses, 8-5, 8-3, on Friday.

Playing at LakePoint, an offsite venue because of inclement weather, the Foresters seemed to pick up where they left off last season with some early offense. Huntington set a new program record last year for homeruns in a season with 54 and Frame’s crew is already chasing that record as their first four runs came on two mighty swings.

Daniel Lichty, in his first collegiate at bat, led off the second with a solo shot deep into right for an early 1-0 advantage. Three batters later, after an Adrian Perez single and Andrew Natividad double, Jake Hansen cleared the bases with a three-run blast to left for a 4-0 tilt.

The Eagles, with six games already under the belt, hammered out four of their 12 hits in the third to plate three runs with the equalizer coming in the next frame for a 4-4 tie after four. Timely hitting in the sixth by the hosts which included the game’s only three-bagger resulted in three more runs on the scoreboard for RU’s first lead of the day.

The lead proved permanent as both teams found home in the eighth, HU’s run coming on Perez’s RBI-single, to make for the 8-5 final.

Connor West earned Huntington’s first start of the season. The leftie hurler tossed the first 5.1 innings and gave up eight hits, six runs and three walks while striking out five in the losing effort before giving way to Tarrin Beachy who pitched the final 2.2 innings.

Huntington registered eight hits on the afternoon with Perez collecting three of them to go along with an RBI.

The nightcap got off to a similar start as the Foresters were the first score, this time two runs in the first. Donavan Clark opened up play with a double down the right field line. Adam Roser doubled him in before advancing to third on a wild pitch and then touching home on an infield single by Lichty.

Huntington’s lead would stick until the third when Reinhardt plated three runs to jump in front 3-2. Hansen drew his team even in the top of the fourth with an RBI-groundout but it was all Eagles after that. The hosts regained the lead in their half of the frame and then added four insurance runs in the fifth by piecing together three hits while taking advantage of a handful of walks and wild pitches.

Lichty and Perez each posted a pair of hits to account for four of their team’s six hits. Mason Shinabery was charged with the loss. He spent the first 4.2 frames in the circle where he gave up nine hits for eight runs. Trent Lawson and Jamar Weaver both spent time on the mound to close out the contest.

Weather permitting, the Foresters (0-2) will go head-to-head with the Eagles (4-4) for another doubleheader later this weekend.


February 19, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on BASEBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The #RV HU baseball team took to the field on Sunday for a pair of games against Reinhardt University and left still looking for their first win. After the Eagles slipped past their visitors, 3-2, in the opener, they blanked the Forester in the nightcap, 4-0. The losses drop HU to 0-4 on their weekend opener.

Huntington was forced to play catch up in game one and twice pulled even with their hosts before Daniel Rodriguez wrapped up the afternoon’s scoring when he sent his second pitch over the right field fence in the seventh for the game-winner.

Rodriguez’s dinger was the second of the afternoon with the first coming at the bat of Hunter Losekamp in the top of the fourth. The long ball was Losekamp’s first of his Forester career and drew his team even with the Eagles at 1-1.

RU logged their first run in the second and then pushed in front again in the fifth for a 2-1 lead. The Foresters’ equalizer came in the seventh when Adam Roser, who reached on a single to center, eventually made his way home an errant pick-off attempt. It was the contest’s second stalemate but was short-lived as Rodriguez’s big hit came in the bottom of the frame.

Colton Punches was charged with the loss on the mound. He tossed the first 6.2 innings and gave up six hits, three runs and a walk while striking out four after which Trent Lawson pitched 1.1 innings of hitless relief.

Frame’s crew struggled offensively in the nightcap as Dan Lichty and Jamar Weaver were the only two Foresters to post a hit – Lichty’s a bunt in the second and Weaver’s a single to center to open up the seventh. It was a quick afternoon of baseball as five of HU’s seven at bats were 1-2-3 innings.

Starting pitcher DJ Moore took the loss, giving up a run in the first and two more in the third. He surrendered six hits while striking out five through the first five frames. Ryan Bethel tossed the final inning where he gave up two hits, a run and a walk.

The Foresters are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Campbellsville on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.


February 19, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The #RV HU women’s basketball team wrapped up its regular season in disappointing fashion Saturday afternoon by suffering a 73-67 loss to Mount Vernon Nazarene University on a day that was dedicated to honoring seniors Hailey Krewald and Brooke Yoder.

Seven turnovers in the first seven minutes proved disastrous for the Foresters as it allowed the Cougars to run out to a 15-5 lead and establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with. They extended the lead to as many as 13 near the end of the quarter before Huntington slowly climbed back in it. HU spent the majority of the second quarter trimming the excess off MVNU’s lead to head into intermission down by five at 34-29.

Behind four points from Maddie Richer, the Foresters raced out of the gates to start the third to claim their first lead of the day at 35-34 by the 8:22 mark. They seized the moment and four minutes later, it looked like Culler’s crew had righted their wrong as the scoreboard favored the hosts by nine, 45-36.

But as quick as they had built that advantage, it came tumbling down as the Cougars one-upped them with a 14-3 run to close out the quarter. It resulted in a 50-48 Mount Vernon lead heading into the fourth where, minus two brief possessions and four ties, the Cougars clung to an advantage throughout to claim the six-point win.

Sarah Fryman tallied 19 points and five steals to lead HU. Brooke Saylor netted 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the double double. Thirteen rebounds brings her season total to 347 which sets a new program record for rebounds in a season. The old record was 345 held by Becky Stump dating back to 1983-84.

The 5-10 junior also registered a team-best four assists and game-high three blocks. Hailey Krewald added 12 points while Richer and Sam Hammel each tossed in nine.

Taylor Gregory topped the visitors with 19 points and six rebounds. Rachel Perry came off the bench to collect 17 points, Sierra Basista recorded 15 and Dani Ellerbrock finished with 13.

The Foresters wrap up the regular season with an overall record of 16-13. They finished 9-9 in the league for the fifth spot in the standings and will travel to 4th-seed Grace on Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off in first round action of the Crossroads League tournament.


February 19, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

Today’s finish was a perfect ending to the regular season for seniors Mike Bush, Trevor Lockwood, Devon Merder and Kyle Platt as they led the HU men’s basketball team to a 95-87 win over Mount Vernon (17-13, 9-9) in their final game in Platt Arena.

The Foresters are currently 17-13 overall, 9-9 in league play. The W secures HU the fifth spot in the final conference standings, four spots ahead of where they were predicted to finish as voted on by the league coaches this fall. Platt’s crew will travel to 4th-seeded Marian on opening night of the tourney slated for Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

HU heads into postseason playing their best basketball of the year having tallied wins in seven of their last ten outings. In those ten contests, Platt’s crew is averaging over 90 points and shooting over 53 percent from the field. Today they were even more impressive as they connected on 56.7 percent of their shots (34-for-60) which included knocking down a season-tying 15 triples.

Platt’s three leading scorers posted big numbers. For the second straight contest, Konner Platt dropped in 28 points. He also collected six rebounds and three assists. Tyler Arens came off the bench to pour in 25 points, 21 of which came in the final twenty minutes, to go along with a team-best nine rebounds.

Mike Bush logged 18 points and 13 assists for his fourth consecutive double double, tenth of the year. The 5-7 playmaker continues to lead the nation in assists with his 8.5 average. Devon Merder also landed in double digits with 11 points in addition to snagging three steals and doling out two assists.

The lead toggled back and forth several times before Konner Platt buried his second of four long balls seven minutes into the game for a 13-12 HU advantage. It was the last lead change as Huntington protected their advantage the rest of the way.

The Foresters’ defense limited the Cougars to just 28 first half points to make for a comfortable 42-28 lead by the midway point. Mount Vernon, on average, puts at least 81 points on the board so it was no surprise that they came out of halftime ready to prove their offensive prowess.

Brett Vipperman led the charge with 20 second half points. His team finished the frame with 59 points but it would only make a six-point dent into their deficit by game’s end. The Cougars would shrink the gap to two possessions on multiple occasions throughout the final twenty minutes, but they would get no closer as Huntington always had an answer in either Bush, Arens or Platt as the trio combined for 48 of their team’s 53 second half points.

Vipperman finished with 26 points in addition to recording a game-best 11 boards and team-high five assists. Jevon Knox and Austin Jones both came off the bench to net 19 and 15 points respectively. Jacob Paul rounded out his team’s double-digit scoring with 14 points.

Mount Vernon finished 34-for-73 from the field for 46.6 percent which included going 10-for-34 from downtown. They were perfect from the charity stripe for nine points and committed eight turnovers to HU’s 13. The Foresters enjoyed the slight advantage on the glass 37-33.

Softball Team Fundraiser!

February 15, 2018 Sports News Comments Off on Softball Team Fundraiser! Posted By: Athletics

The HU Softball team will be selling laundry soap and trash bags for a fundraiser to help pay for spring break expenses. 5 Gal buckets of detergent, conditioner in both regular and pod form will be $45 each. 1 Gal. bath/shower soap will sell for $15. Trash bags will be $27 for 15 gal size, $25 for 33 gal, and $31 for 55 Gal boxes. Please contact Doug Gower via email, or a softball player this week to order. Orders will be placed next Monday. Thank you in advance for your support!

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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 …