INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Three Huntington University bowlers turned in solid performances at the 2014 Indiana Youth State Masters and Queens Tournament Finals this past weekend.
Freshman Shelby New and Sophomore Connor Brown each placed second at the tourney finals hosted at Hindel Lanes in Indianapolis while rookie Brooke Ewing finished 16th and was awarded the Hugh Gray Memorial Award for mental attitude during the tournament as voted on by tournament officials.
Seeded 4th going into this weekend’s finals, New was in 10th after the first five games and 9th after Saturday’s 10th game. She finished 6-4 in match play on the day with a 187.3 average.
On Sunday New made her move towards the finals. She started the climb by going 3-3 (9-7 for the tournament) in her final six games on Sunday and bumping her average to 196.5 to move into 5th for the step ladder finals.
In the finals, New defeated Portage High School standout Jackie Rhoda 205-180 to face Wichita State bound Sydney Brummett of Fort Wayne. New defeated Brummett 204-192 and went on to eliminate second-seeded Devin Elminger 236-170 to advance to the championship match against Wichita State bowler and Lafayette native Chenoa Rhoades. Top-seeded Rhoades pulled away in the last few frames with a string of strikes to defeat New 254-180 for the Queens title.
Brown, seeded 9th, also went 6-4 through his first ten games on Saturday averaging 202.4. He was in 5th place after the first five matches and maintained that spot after Saturday’s tenth match.
On Sunday, the right-hander posted five wins against one loss (11-5 overall) with a 199.2 average to qualify as the 3rd seed in the step ladder finals. His first match was very close, defeating Purdue recruit Josh Jaworski 202-198. Brown went on to defeat Purdue’s Brady Colip 212-169 to set up the title match with Marian University bowler and Evansville native Matt Sanders.
In the title match, both bowlers bowled solid games and it was a matter of carry and breaks in the end, with Sanders outlasting Brown 202-197 for the Masters title.
The top 16 male and female bowlers from qualifying during February, March, April and May in Terre Haute competed in this weekend’s finals. Each bowler bowled 15 head to head one game matches against each of the other bowlers, plus one position round match.
Ten match games were bowled on Saturday and six on Sunday on wood lanes with the Kegel Autobahn lane pattern. Each bowler winning their match received 30 bonus pins or 15 pins for a tie. The top five males and females with the highest total pins and bonus pins bowled in a stepladder finals to determine the Masters and Queens Champions.
All three Foresters will now compete for the Indiana All-Stars in the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Tournament. The location alternates every year between Indianapolis and Louisville. This year the tournament is scheduled for June 21 at Dixie Lanes in Louisville, KY. Indiana has won this competition between the two states eight consecutive years.