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Must-watch games for spring season

RETURN: Huntington North’s Jessica Henline returns a shot during a match last season for the Vikings.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@h-ponline.com

With the spring sports season set to start in full force this, the Herald Press will preview the upcoming season and the top teams, athletes and games to focus on for the season, finishing with games, meets or matches to watch this spring.

Softball – vs. Homestead, April 16

There will be many questions surrounding the Huntington North softball team this spring and the Vikings will have limited time to answer them.

In the second week of the season, Huntington North will host Homestead in a rematch of last season’s sectional final. In that match, the Spartans walked off winners to knock out the Vikings for the third consecutive season.

While the Spartans have holes to fill like the Vikings, they also return multiple big contributors from last season’s team, providing the Vikings with a tough challenge to open the year.

Track – Lime City Relays, April 28

The annual Lime City Relays present an opportunity to see not only both Huntington North track teams but also some of the top talent in the area.

This season, the Vikings will welcome in Arsenal Tech, Bishop Luers, Merrillville, Muncie Central, North Side, Northrop, Rochester and Southwood to the invitational.

Last season, the Northrop girls’ track team took sixth at state while the boys’ team placed fifth. Merrillville, Muncie Central and North Side all had representatives at the state finals last season as well, offering a chance to see some of the state’s best athletes.

Boys’ golf – vs. Homestead, May 2

As is often the case, a match-up against Homestead will provide the Vikings with a barometer of its season.

The Spartans are often featured as one of the top teams in the state.

Two seasons ago, the Vikings knocked off a ranked Homestead team in a regular season duel.

This spring, the Vikings welcome back multiple pieces of last season’s sectional roster and will look for a second upset in three seasons.

Girls’ tennis – DeKalb, Carroll, Leo, Homestead, May 3-9

The Viking girls’ tennis team has made it a habit in recent seasons of finishing the regular season with a flurry of matches.

This season, that flurry will feature some of the stiffest competition in the area.

In a span of seven days, Huntington North will meet a Northeast 8 Conference foe and three top teams.

The current District 2 rankings by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTECA) sees Carroll ranked No. 1 and Homestead No. 2. Leo, meanwhile, comes in ranked No. 7.

All four matches will come at home, offering Viking faithful a chance to see a potential upset.

Baseball – at Cathedral, May 5

Huntington North will have multiple opportunities at big wins this season, including a couple at home, but no game will likely be bigger than its trip to Indianapolis.

The Vikings will meet No. 1-ranked Cathedral in early May with a big chance at history. The two sides were scheduled to meet last season but rain saw to it that the game was canceled.

With a season full of expectations and a team full of talent, the Vikings will look to pull off a big upset.