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Foresters compete in McKendree Baker Challenge

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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. - The Huntington University bowling teams bowled in their final Tier 2 tournament over the weekend at the McKendree Baker Challenge in preparation for Tier 1 Hoosier Classic next weekend. It was an all baker tournament format featuring 24 baker games on Saturday and 16 more on Sunday before the field was cut to the top eight for a best two out of three match play round.

The Forester women bowled well on Saturday totaling 4,498 pins for 24 games for a solid 187 average which put them in 9th place heading into Sunday. Sunday’s scoring pace wasn’t quite as high as they scored a 2,845 for a 178 average to finish 11th overall to miss the cut by a few spots.

“Coach Jeff Newkirk and I are really proud of the progress the ladies have made so far this season,” said Coach Mike Shockey. “They have been working hard at practices and workouts and the results are starting to show in the tournaments.”

The HU men’s junior varsity squad was 9th after Saturday with a total pin fall of 4,111 for a 171 average through 24 games. On Sunday, they struggled to find a consistent line and shot a total of 2,682 for a 167 average which dropped them a spot in the standings for a 10th place finish.

The Huntington varsity men’s team didn’t fare much better as they compiled a total of 4,404 pins on Saturday and 2,914 on Sunday. The total pin fall of 7,318 was good for an average of 182 per game and 11th place out of 20 teams for the weekend. 

“It was a really tough shot this weekend for both teams, but where we really struggled was spare shooting,” noted Shockey. “We’re going to concentrate on that in practices this week and we’ll be ready for the season finale in Indy this coming weekend.”

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.