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Foresters compete in two tourneys over weekend

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LEXINGTON, Ky.  - The Huntington women’s bowling team, ranked #22 in the collegebowling.com rankings heading into the weekend, had two strong outings over the weekend to finish 4th and 3rd respectively in a pair of tournaments in Kentucky.

Each one day tournament was the equivalent of a normal two-day event and HU was bowling with only five bowlers all weekend. Bowling with just five players, it was a tough, grueling weekend which included national power and 5th-ranked Lindenwood, #14 Ursuline and #27 Emmanuel.  HU rose to the challenge.

On Saturday at the Morehead State Eagle Classic, the Foresters finished 4th of 14 teams. Bowling five regular team games and twelve Baker games on a 36’ short oil pattern, HU was stayed in the top four all day. The team of Ayla Yeiter, Shelby New, Heidi Tucker, Abigail Atkins and Brooke Ewing rolled team games of 954-834-930-930-813 and were in second place going into Baker play where they rolled four games sets of 746-692-655 for a total of 6,554 behind tournament champion Emmanuel (6,942), Ursuline (6,668) and Lindenwood (6,657).

In JV, the HU team of Eleni Newsome, Ciara Lovell, Anna Ingalls, Emily O’Leary and Brianna Cearbaugh finished 4th out of five teams with a 6,007 total score.

In individual action on Saturday, senior Yeiter finished 5th out of 109 bowlers and for her effort was named to the All-Tournament team. She had a five-game total of 963 for a 192.6 average. New finished 9th with 934 (186.8 average) followed by Ewing with 878 (22nd, 175.6 average), O’Leary with 865 (27th, 173.0 average) and Tucker with 860 (30th, 172.0 average).

Other individual scores from Saturday were Atkins (165.2 average), Cearbaugh (165.0 average), Newsome (160.2 average), Lovell (156.2 average) and Ingalls (119.2 average). High games included Yeiter with 198-190-255, New with 210-200-186, Ewing with 193-196-189, O’Leary with 181-223-191, Tucker with 184, Cearbaugh with 186 and Lovell with 182.

On Sunday, the team of Yeiter, New, Ewing, Cearbaugh and O’Leary traveled north and finished 3rd out of 16 teams at the Northern Kentucky University Norse Classic at Super Bowl Lanes in Erlanger, KY. Bowling on the 43’ Tokyo pattern on wood lanes and bowling the same format as the day before of five regular team games and 12 Baker, HU rolled games of 929-967-1083-962-968 and were in second place with 4,909 pins going into Baker behind eventual tournament champions Emmanuel.

In Baker play, the shot went deeper and deeper and the ladies had four-game Baker blocks of 702-777-682 to finish with 7,066 and third place behind Emmanuel (7,188) and Ursuline (7,068) and in front of Lindenwood (7,036) and Spring Hill (6,453). The strong finishes in both tournaments jumped the Foresters five spots into 17th in the latest collegebowling.com rankings.

The JV team of Newsome, Lovell, Ingalls, Tucker and Atkins rolled 5,998 for a 5th place finish out of five teams.

In Sunday’s individual action, Tucker finished 4th out of 118 bowlers with a 1,050 five-game score (210.0 average). Yeiter and another outstanding day of bowling to earn her second All-Tournament team honor in as many days by finished 5th with a 1, 042 (208.4 average).

O’Leary finished 8th with 1,012 (202.4 average), New with 988 (15th, 197.6 average) and Ewing with 979 (18th, 195.8 average). Other individual scores included Cearbaugh (177.6 average), Newsome (167.2 average), Lovell (160.0 average), Atkins (162.8 average) and Ingalls (121.6 average). High games were Tucker with 215-245-210-213, Yeiter with 222-222-197-223, O’Leary with 195-200-234-210, New with 183-235-204-195, Ewing with 233-183-238, Cearbaugh with 221-201, Newsome with 180, Lovell with 201 and Atkins with 208.

The Foresters compete in their final regular season tournament, the Tier I Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic, on February 20-21 at Western Bowl in Indianapolis. It is the final regular season collegiate tournament and the largest tournament in the US, with over 70 men’s and 70 women’s teams competing. Within days after the tournament, HU will find out where they go for Collegiate Sectionals in March and if they qualify for the NAIA team championships on April 1-3.

The HU men’s bowling team also had a solid outing in Kentucky to finish 4th and 7th respectively at the same two tourneys.

On Saturday, HU faced 3rd-ranked Lindenwood, #10 Morehead State, #23 Martin Methodist and ten other teams at the Morehead State Eagle Classic where they claimed 4th out of 14 teams with 7,177 points.

Bowling five regular team games and twelve Baker games on a 36’ short oil pattern, Huntington was in and out of the top four spots all day. The team of Connor Brown, Joe Miller, Derek Beckler, Daniel Miller, Seth Walker and Jake Neely rolled team games of 883-775-1041-986-989 before rolling four-game sets of 779-758-766 in Baker play to finish behind Lindenwood (7,494), Morehead State (7,390) and Martin Methodist (7,220).

The JV team of Joseph Mitchell, Justin Coleman, Jess Meyers, Stevn Roderick and David Miller finished 5th of eight teams with 6,292 pins.

In individual play on Saturday, Daniel Miller finished 6th to just miss making the All-Tournament team with a 1,025 five-game total (205.0 average). Joe Miller was 14th with 990 (198.0 average) and Neely was 19th with 980 (196.0 average). Other individual scores were David Miller (181.8 average), Coleman (175.4 average), Roderick (163.4 average), Brown (four-game average of 194.0), Mitchell (152.0 average), Walker (four-game average of 169.5) and Beckler (two-game average of 212.5).

High games included Daniel Miller with 201-227-201-227, Joe Miller with 192-244-204, Neely with 223-248, David Miller with 190-192-191, Coleman with 191, Meyers with 216, Brown with 196-237 and Beckler with 203-222.

At the Northern Kentucky University Norse Classic on Sunday, things didn’t go quite as expected. Bowling on a 46’ Eiffel Tower shot on wood lanes with burnt heads, what should be a long oil pattern on most lanes, turned quickly into a very dry burnt up hooking condition on wood. Brown, Beckler, Neely, Walker and Joe and Daniel Miller rolled team games of 883-926-837-977-831 and Baker sets of 668-698-705 to finish 7th out of 16 teams with 6,525 pins.

#15 Ohio State won the title with 7,311 points followed by #10 Morehead State (7,112), #3 Lindenwood (6,775), #23 Martin Methodist  (6,740), Emmanuel (6.660), Spring Hill (6,641) and HU(6.525).

In individual play, Daniel Miller and Seth Walker tied for 31st out of 150 bowlers with 919 pins for a 183.8 average to pace HU followed by Brown (178.8 average), David Miller (177.8 average), Coleman (177.2 average), Meyers (164.0 average), Neely (four-game average of 193.2), Roderick (153.0 average), Mitchell (151.6 average), Joe Miller (three-game average of 167.6) and Beckler (148.6 average).

High scores were Daniel Miller with 203-214, Walker with 195-209, Brown with 195-201, David Miller with 200-194, Coleman with 195-192, Meyers with 193, Neely with 215-213 and Roderick with 198.

The Foresters came into the weekend ranked 50th in the in the collegebowling.com rankings but their strong finished in Kentucky bounced them up to 44th. The top 80 men’s teams qualify for USBC Collegiate Sectionals while the top 20 NAIA teams are invited to the NAIA Team Championships.

Just like the women, the Forester men compete in their final regular season tournament, the Tier I Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic, on February 20-21 at Western Bowl in Indianapolis. It is the final regular season collegiate tournament and the largest tournament in the United States with over 70 men’s and 70 women’s teams competing. Within days after that tournament, HU will find out where they go for Collegiate Sectionals in March and if they qualify for the NAIA team championships on April 1-3.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.