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HU bowling competes in Western Shootout

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –This past weekend the Forester bowling teams competed in the Columbia 300 Western Shootout in Indianapolis featuring a full house of 78 total teams competing on different lane oil patterns on Saturday and Sunday.

The Forester women finished the weekend 14th out of 26 teams.  After the first day, HU posted a score of 5,102 for the six team games good for 13th place. Bowling on new lane conditions on Sunday, Shockey’s crew slipped a spot by day’s end to finish with a total pin fall of 7,735. Brianna Cearbaugh led the way individually for Huntington with a 188 average for the six team games to finish 22nd in singles action.

The HU varsity men’s team mounted an impressive comeback to claim 9th place out of 23 teams. After struggling early on Saturday, the Foresters fought back to end the day a total pin fall of 5,648 good for 15th place. While Sunday’s lane conditions were difficult and tricky to conquer, Huntington turned one of the best scores for the day.

The Foresters shot a score of 3,094 for an average of 193 over the 16 Baker games. When all was said and done, the team moved up six spots finished a mere 31 pins behind national powerhouse Purdue University. Daniel Miller led the varsity squad with a 203 average and an 18th place finish in singles. 

The Forester men’s JV team ended the tournament 9th out of 17 JV teams. The team bowled a total of 5,248 for the six team games on Saturday for an average of 874. For the 16 baker games on Sunday, HU rolled a score of 2,691 for an average of 168. Despite a slow start on Sunday falling to 11th place after the first four games, the team regrouped and fought their way back to 9th by the end of the day. Stevn Roderick led the JV team with a 189 average for the six team games on Saturday.

“Overall, it was a successful weekend for all three teams competing. The Foresters showed a lot of heart this weekend and never stopped working as a team to improve our position in the standings,” said Coach Mike Shockey. “We missed more spares than we wanted to, but some of that can be attributed to the difficult lane conditions.

“I was happy with the weekend, both teams showed improvement from our first tournament. If we keep working and improving throughout the season like we have so far, we are going to be a tough team when the post season comes along.”

Next up the Huntington will next compete at the Track Boilermaker Classic over the weekend of October 22-23.

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.