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HU bowling has strong outing at Kegel Classic

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ADDISON, Ill. – The Huntington University bowling teams were in action again this past weekend at the Kegel/ISPBA Midwest Collegiate Classic in Addison (Ill.), one of the biggest tournaments of the season with 54 women’s teams and 63 men’s teams competing.

The HU women turned in a 35th place finish. On Saturday, all teams bowled five traditional team games with the Foresters posting a 4,095. Sunday’s format featured 20 baker games with HU tallying a score of 3436 bringing their total to 7531 for the two-day competition.

Huntington was paced by senior Brooke Ewing who scored 984 over five games for a 196-average for the team games portion of the tournament to land 19th out of 368 bowlers. Brianna Cearbaugh also posted some solid scores with a pin fall total of 916 for five games for a 183-average.

The HU men’s team had one the best performances in school history. On Saturday they scored a total of 4,832 which put them in 9th place overall. Sunday, the Foresters fell back in the standings a little by scoring 3,735 which brought their total to 8,567 and a 16th place finish overall. 

Jake Neely paced Coach Shockey's squad with a five-game average of 197 on Saturday. While only bowling four game, Derek Beckler made them count. He scored a total of 827 for a 208 average. 

“We took the momentum from our experience in Columbus and carried it over to this weekend,” said Coach Mike Shockey. “This is one of toughest tournaments on our schedule with almost every top team in the country competing. There were 45 of the top 50 ranked in the country here, so it is a good tournament to see where we stand with the end of the season quickly approaching. It was good weekend for the Huntington University bowling.”

In addition to the quality outcomes, the weekend’s highlight came during lunch on Saturday when the team ran into hall of fame bowler Carmen Salvino. In addition taking the time to meet and take pictures with the Foresters, he also offered some sound advice. “As long as we finish one place ahead of second, we’ll have a good day”.  

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.