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Huntington North begins season with scrimmages

PASS: Huntington North’s Autumn Anderson passes the ball during the Vikings’ sectional game against Warsaw last season.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@h-ponline.com

Multiple programs across Huntington North will unofficially open the season this week with scrimmages both at home and away.

The Viking boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will take to the pitch on Thursday before tennis and football scrimmages on Friday.

The boys’ soccer team travels to Heritage High School at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, looking to start the season off on a high note. Meanwhile, the girls’ soccer team will host Heritage at 5:30 p.m. for a scrimmage.

Both teams are coming off title-winning seasons last fall as each earned a share of the Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) title. Both sides, however, also have big holes to fill in the goal-scoring column.

The boys’ team will be forced to replace Caleb Smith while the girls’ team will look to fill the shoes of both Hannah Tillett and Karmen Koch.

Each side does, however, have notable returnees to the team as well. Peyton Miller returns to the boys’ side after scoring nine goals and handing out seven assists in his sophomore campaign.

In the girls’ team, the midfield duo of Darian Goelz and Autumn Anderson along with defender Amaya Sunderman give the Vikings a boost up the middle along with returning keeper Kodi Douglass.

On Friday, both the boys’ tennis and football teams return to action as well. The tennis team will host Bishop Luers in a scrimmage at 5 p.m.

Like the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, the boys’ tennis team will replace No. 1 singles Auden Eckert. Last season, Eckert advanced to the regional round as an individual before eventually falling.

The football team, meanwhile, will be anchored on the line by Michigan State commit Damon Kaylor and under the center by quarterback Brett Kaylor.

Huntington North is scheduled to travel to Fort Wayne Northrop with start time slated for 7 p.m. The Vikings are currently in the midst of a 12-game losing streak dating back to 2016.