BELLEVILLE, Ill. - The Forester bowling teams spent part of their Thanksgiving break competing in the National Collegiate Team Match Games (Tier I) in Illinois where the women finished 14th and the men came in 31st.
After day one of regular team games, the HU women were 6-12 and sitting in 20th place but Saturday was a completely different story as they Foresters jumped six places to climb to 14th out of 26 teams with 9,603 pins by day’s end.
It was strong showing for Huntington as they went 12-3 in Baker play which including beating No. 4 Lindenwood, No. 13 St. Ambrose and No. 20 Newman. The tournament included nine nationally ranked teams, six of which were ranked in the top 10.
Shelby New paced the Foresters with a six-game average of 175.2 to finish 46th out of 183 bowlers. Ayla Yeiter finished 76th by posting a 5-game average of 176.4. Casandra Griffith (five-game average of 172.0) and Emily O’Leary (five-game average of 171.2) finished 82nd and 83rd respectively.
Other bowlers for HU included Brooke Ewing (four-game average of 169.5), Leigha Lindsey (two-game average of 165.0), Emerald Leong (two-game average of 154.0) and Caitlin Pidgeon (one game of 122).
On the men’s side, James Knapp paced Huntington with a six-game average of 180.2 to finish 74th out of 274 bowlers. Connor Brown recorded a five-game average of 180.4 to claim 130th. Seth Walker also bowled five games for 171.4 average to finish 140th.
Other bowlers included Dan Miller (four-game average of 162.5), Tyler Neff (three-game average of 167.0), Joe Miller (three-game average of 156.3), Derek Beckler (two-game average of 162.5) and Adam Harris Shoemaker (two-game average of 134.0).
Huntington had a rough go of it as they went 3-15 on Friday in their regular team games and followed up with a 3-12 showing in Baker play the next day as they finished with 8,858 total pins to finish second to last.
The format was six regular team games on Friday and four Baker games on Saturday. Each game the Foresters competed against three other schools and 50 bonus pins were awarded for each team HU beat. When all the dust had settled, the Forester women earned 900 total bonus pins while the men registered 350 bonus pins.
HU is back in action on December 7-8 when they travel to Muncie to compete in the Cardinal Baker Classic.