ADRIAN, Mich. - The Forester bowling teams stayed in the Midwest on Saturday to compete in the AC Open at Lenawee Recreation Center in Adrian (Mich.) where the women claimed 3rd and the men took 4th.
For the 6th-ranked HU women, it marked their third 3rd-place finish in the last four outings.
Bowling on a tight Kegel Kode Sport Series 42’ shot, HU had to fight back from a slow start. Playing four regular team games and 16 Baker games, Huntington shot an 804 in the first game to start in 4th place behind No. 10 Alma (951), No. 9 Bowling Green (842) and host and 2014 National Finalist Adrian (849).
The next three games went much better for the HU team of Brooke Ewing, Ayla Yeiter, Shelby New, Rachel Vogler, Emily O’Leary, Lauren Smart and Emerald Leong as evidenced by their scores of 929-936-929 which leapfrogged them into 2nd with a score of 3,598, 76 pins behind Adrian.
In Baker action, the Foresters averaged 182.5 through 16 games for a Baker total of 2,921. Bowling Green outpaced everyone with a Baker total of 3,056 for a grand total of 6,642 which proved enough to claim the tournament title followed by Adrian (6,587), HU (6,519), Alma (6,209), Saginaw Valley (6,073), Toledo (6,026), Rochester College (5,914), Michigan State (5,532) and Olivet (5,286).
In individual action, Ewing and Yeiter placed in the top five to be named to the All-Tournament Team. Ewing averaged 199 for four games to finish 3rd overall and post her second all-tournament team honor of the season. She also made the All-Tournament Team at the Storm Western Open Shootout in Indianapolis last month.
Yeiter finished 4th with an average of 190.5. New missed a spot on the all-tourney team by one place, having finished 6th with a 189.5 average. Other Foresters finishers included Leong (43rd, 3-game average of 159.6), O’Leary (48th, 3-game average of 142.6) and Vogler (50th, 2-game average of 187.5).
High Scores for HU were Ewing (188-196-195-217), Yeiter (225-196-182), New (181-215-183) and Vogler (202).
The men’s team of Connor Brown, Tyler Neff, Joe Miller, Daniel Miller, Seth Walker and Jake Neely, ranked 40th in the most recent collegebowling.com rankings, finished 4th for the second time this season with a total of 6,666.
After game one, HU found themselves tied with Bowling Green for 5th place with 861 pins and remained at that spot through their regular team games having rolled games of 919-936-949 for a 3,665 total.
In Baker play, HU rolled a 16-game total of 3,001, the third highest Baker total, to move up to their final 4th place finish with 6,666 pins. Toledo took top honors with 7,249 pins followed by Michigan State (6,887), No. 10 Saginaw Valley (6,750), HU (6,666), Michigan (6,643), Bowling Green (6,521), Adrian (6,186), Oberlin (5,868) and Alma (did not finish).
In individual play, Brown finished in the top ten with a 204.7 average for 8th place. Walker finished 11th with a four-game average of 197.2.
Other Huntington finishers included Adam Harris-Shoemaker (17th, 4-game average of 192.5), James Knapp (24th, 4-game average of 188), Colin Madden (35th, 4-game average of 180.5), Joe Miller (39th, 4-game average of 177.3), Daniel Miller (48th, 4-game average of 168), Jess Meyers (52nd, 4-game average of 167.3), Derek Beckler (59th, 4-game average of 154.3), Neely (64th, 3-game average of 178.3) and Neff (77th, one game of 141).
The HU JV team of Harris-Shoemaker, Meyers, Becker, Knapp, Madden and Emilio Chantaca finished third out of five JV teams with a 6,281 total. Saginaw Valley was first with 7,002.
High scores for the Foresters were Brown (193-201-258), Walker (193-190-228), Harris-Shoemaker (195-226), Knapp (240), Madden (201), Joe Miller (229) and Neely (191).
This Saturday HU will travel to Interstate Lanes in Rossford, OH, to compete in the inaugural Bowling Green State University Falcon Classic.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 222 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.