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Foresters have strong showing at Backhaul Classic

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Playing in the biggest and most prestigious college tournament of the year, the Forester bowling teams had a strong showing at the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic where the women finished 20th out of 64 teams while the men took 36th out of 78 teams.

It was a grind both days as teams bowled on two very difficult lane patterns but managed to climb in the standings throughout the tournament. On Saturday, they bowled six regular team games on a 37' flat pattern and on Sunday, three regular team games on a 51' flat pattern.

The women got off to a slow start, dipping as low as 41st before climbing back to finish 20th with 7889 pins. Ranked 25th going into the weekend, HU averaged 876 per game and beat eight teams ranked above them including #8 Notre Dame College, #15 Urbana, #17 Victory, #18 Mount Mercy, #19 Marian and #20 Adrian.

Ayla Yeiter led the Forester pack by finishing 35th out of 415 bowlers with a nine-game average of 186.3. Close behind was Shelby New who posted a 185.5 average to place 39th.

Other bowlers included Emerald Leong (7-game average of 170.6), Brooke Ewing (7-game average of 161.7), Emily O'Leary (7-game average of 159.1) and Casandra Griffith (6-game average of 183.67).

The Huntington men entered the tournament ranked 76th and far exceeded their seeding. The averaged 914 per game to beat 18 teams ranked above them including #25 Toledo, #31 Kansas,#33 William Patterson, #36 North Texas and #37 Nebraska Lincoln. It was history in the making in the men's second game on Saturday as they bowled a 1009, the program's first 1000+ team game.

Connor Brown carded a 195.1 average to place 50th out of 541 bowlers. Seth Walker posted an eight-game average of 191.0 to finish 182nd. Joe Miller averaged 182.9 over eight games to slide in at 201.

Other bowlers included Dan Miller (8-game average of 174.9), James Knapp (4-game average of 179.3), Derek Beckler (4-game average of 178.8), Tyler Neff (3-game average of 162.0) and Adam Harris-Shoemaker (one game of 165).

Both teams have their sights set on sectionals as the top 64 women's teams and top 80 men's team from around the country qualify for postseason play. Qualifying teams and locations will be announced later this week.