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Vikings win thriller against DeKalb

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

BOYS TENNIS

The Huntington North boys tennis team was in action on Thursday, picking up an exciting 3–2 win over DeKalb in a home Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) match.

The victory leveled the Vikings’ season record at 3–3 and started their NE8 record at 1–0.

Huntington North trotted out the same lineup for the second match in a row after a dominant win on Wednesday.

Carson Kitchen fell 2–6 in set one of his first singles matchup against DeKalb’s Landon Halwerda, but bounced back for a wild 7–6 (7–1) set two win before claiming set three 6–2 for the match victory.

However, the Barons took wins in both second and third singles, as Jacob Daugherty and Reid Eckert lost 6–3, 6–0 in their matchups with DeKalb’s Carman Rieke and Gavin Swift, respectively.

Thomas Schweller and Noah Zahn opened their first doubles match with a 4–6 loss before bouncing back for a pair of 6–3 set outcomes to defeat Evan Ostrowski and Alex Holwerda in three sets.

Isaac Eckert and Matthew Weill looked solid in a 6–2 set one win in their second doubles matchup, but Trey Novak and Kenlee Kruse answered back with a 6–2 decision of their own in set two, pushing the contest to a third and final set. The set did not disappoint, resulting in a wild 7–6 (7–4) outcome for the Viking duo.

“We showed some maturity tonight and willingness to keep fighting no matter the score,” said head coach Peter Kitchen. “All three of those positions we won were huge tonight. This was a great win to put us in the right direction. DeKalb was a very good team full of six out of seven seniors.”

The Vikings will return to the court on Saturday at the West Noble Invite, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

BOYS SOCCER

The Huntington North boys soccer team was in action on Thursday for a road game against South Side and came away with a 4–1 victory. The win improved the Vikings’ season record to 4–3–1.

Despite entering the second half trailing 1–0, Tyler Christle, Alex Gass, Brady Henline and Carter Mertz all scored for Huntington North in the second half to pick up the win.

Mertz tied Peyton Miller for the team lead with three shots, while Christle, Gass and Henline all fired two shots apiece.

Mertz’s tally proved to be the difference, as his goal would go on to be the game winner.

Dominic Cardwell made one save in the game to pick up the victory between the pipes for the Vikings.

Huntington North will return to the pitch on Saturday for a road non-conference duel at Wawasee. The varsity contest will follow the junior varsity game, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

GIRLS GOLF

The Huntington North girls golf team continued their strong play of late, but again came up on the losing end of a 188–192 outcome to Norwell in a Northeast 8 Conference (NE8) match.

The loss dropped the Lady Vikes’ season record to 0–6, including 0–5 within NE8 play.

Grace Dill and Josie Eckert led the way for Huntington North by both firing 46, while Haley Newton and Megan Stephan each carded a score of 50 to round out the scoring quarter for the Vikings.

Macy McCloskey turned in a 52, but her score did not factor into Huntington North’s team score.

“That is our fourth time shooting under 200 this season and that’s the second time doing that on a course the girls haven’t played before,” said head coach Ron Vinson. “We’re making good progress and looking forward to next week.”

The Lady Vikes’ junior varsity team also competed, falling 236–244 to Norwell.

Alex Hoch posted a team best tally of 52, while Kassidy Krumanaker, Carley Roth and Alayna Pohler completed the Viking contingent with scores of 61, 64 and 67, respectively.

Huntington North will next be in action on Tuesday for a road NE8 match at New Haven. Tee time is set for 4:30 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

The Huntington North volleyball team returned to the court on Thursday, but fell in straight sets to Carroll in a road non-conference matchup.

The defeat dropped the Lady Vikes’ record to 4–7.

Huntington North’s best showing came in set two, but the Chargers proved to be the better team all night long, picking up 25–10, 25–13 and 25–11 set decisions for the victory.

The Vikings will next be in action on Tuesday when they host Snider in a non-conference tilt. The varsity contest will follow junior varsity, which is slated for a 6 p.m. start time.