LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Huntington University bowling team competed in the Boilermaker Classic presented by Track on October 22-23.
The HU women’s team finished 7th out of 12 varsity teams after five regular team games on Saturday and 16 Baker games on Sunday with a score of 6,696 pins. Brooke Ewing and Heidi Tucker led the way for the team finishing 10th and 14th as individuals respectively.
“This was a low scoring tournament that challenges a team as much mentally as physically,” said head coach Mike Shockey. “We knew it would be challenging going in, but we came together and bowled as team. This is the kind of tournament where we can take a lot of positive things away and use them throughout the rest of the season.”
The Forester men’s team finished 8th out of 18 varsity teams with a score of 7,635. Daniel Miller averaged 201 and Justin Coleman averaged 197 to lead the Foresters in a highly competitive field of teams that featured six of the top 25 ranked schools in the country.
“There is no question this has been our best overall tournament this season,” said Shockey. “Saturday we made good shots and our communication was tremendous. On Sunday our shot making wasn’t quite as strong, but we fought through it and still had a respectable finish.
“There are probably five or six schools in this field that will be contenders for bids to the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships and this is the second consecutive tournament where we were in the hunt with them through the weekend.”
The men’s JV team finished 12th out of 17 JV squads with a score of 6,671 pins. Colin Madden led the way with a 175 average for the five team games on Saturday.
Shockey is pleased with the progress of his JV crew. “Luke Brown and Tim Topp learned and gained invaluable collegiate bowling experience and showed their potential for the future. The JV team started the weekend strong and were in the top 10 overall the men’s teams competing after game one. The JV guys learned the importance of consistency and spare making this weekend.”
Next up for Huntington is the Brunswick Southern Collegiate Classic on November 5-6.
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.