WAUWATOSA, Wis. - The Forester bowling teams opened up their season this past weekend in Wauwatosa (WI) at the 46th annual Midwest Collegiate Classic, one of the oldest and prestigious regular season tournaments for collegiate bowling. The tournament featured six regular five-person team games on Saturday and 16 Baker style games on Sunday.
The dreary rainy weekend made for great weather to be inside a bowling center competing against other of the country’s best bowling teams where the Forester women and men finished 19th and 25th respectively.
The HU women were led by lone senior Brooke Ewing by posting an individual average of 183. Sophomores Abby Atkins and Brianna Cearbaugh turned in averages of 171 and 167 respectively during the regular games on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Foresters averaged 174 for the 16 Baker games. Huntington ended the tournament with a total pin fall of 7874 which translated to their 19th place finish.
Coach Mike Shockey is encouraged by his team’s first outing. “We are a young team with only one senior and junior, but the ladies are eager to learn, grow and get better every day.”
The Forester men were led by freshman Thomas Gunter with a 220-average for the six games on Saturday that was good for a 19th place finish individually.
Senior Joe Miller had an average of 193 and fellow classmate Derek Beckler added an average of 192 for the team games on Saturday. As a team, the Foresters averaged 191 for the Baker games on day two and ended with a total pin fall of 8925 for their 25th place finish.
“We actually bowled much better than the finish position indicates,” said Shockey. “There were lots of positives that we can take away from the weekend for both team. We also learned the things we need to improve before this weekend’s tournament the Columbia 300 Western Shootout.”
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 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.