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Cearbaugh leads HU women to 5th place at Boilermaker Classic

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Forester bowling team opened up its season over the weekend at the Boilermaker Classic.

“The Boilermaker is a great tournament to start the season,” said Coach Mike Shockey. “It was a tough shot and showed the new players where we stand relative to other programs in the country. We are a young and talented, so this weekend was an eye opening experience for the players.”

The HU women’s team came away with a 5th place finish out of 13 teams with a total of 6,910. Brianna Cearbaugh posted 1,007 pins over five games for a 201.40 average on Saturday to not only pace her team but also finish third individually and earn All-Tournament honors.

After Saturday’s five team games, HU sat in third as a team with 4,348 pins. Sunday’s shot proved difficult for all the teams and Huntington especially felt the hardship as they dropped two spots after their 16 baker game score of 2,562.   

The Foresters also competed with a JV team that finished 4th out of six JV teams. HU was paced by Brianna Fish who turned in a 834 on Saturday to finish 28th individually with a five-game average of 166.80.

“We were really happy with the girls on the lanes this weekend,” said Shockey. “They did a good job of working together and learned just how fast the lane pattern can and will change at the collegiate level.”

The Huntington men managed an 11th place finish out of a field of 20 teams. The Foresters were led by left-hander David Miller who claimed 31st overall with a high game of 242. Shockey’s crew ended day one in 11th place with 4,442 points after five team games and despite struggling to find strikes on Sunday, they maintained their No. 11 spot after 16 baker games. Huntington finished with 7,162 pins for the weekend.  

Huntington was also represented in the JV tourney where they brought home 9th place out of 14 JV teams. Leading the way was Tim Topp who placed 38th individually with a 188.8 average. They entered Sunday in 7th place with a score of 4,392 but fell two spots after their 16 baker games to finish with a total of 7,016 pins.

“As young as the team is, it was good to see how well they shot spares and kept working to find the right line to the pocket,” said Shockey. “Our communication was pretty good all weekend and we learned a lot about how to bowl collegiately.”

The Foresters are back at it this weekend to compete in the Midwest Bowling Classic in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

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 274 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.