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HU competes in Kegel/ISPBA Midwest Collegiate Classic

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ADDISON, Ill. - Competing in their third of four Tier 1 events, the Forester bowling team competed in the Kegel/ISPBA Midwest Collegiate Classic on January 20-21 where the women finished 27th out of 66 teams and the men placed 37th out of 72 teams.

The tournament format included five traditional team games on Saturday and 20 baker games on Sunday.

“This is a big tournament with lots of good teams competing,” said Coach Mike Shockey. “Both the men’s and women’s teams did a good job of making adjustments and converting spares but we just couldn’t find the right mix to roll enough strikes for a better finish.

“This is the second biggest field of teams we will see all year and was a good opportunity to see where we have improved and what still needs work.”

The HU women were led by Brianna Cearbaugh who shot a 954 for a five-game average of 190.8 on Saturday to finish 40th overall in individual play. As a team, the Foresters bowled a score of 4,355 on Saturday and added another 3,546 on Sunday for a total pin fall of 7901.  

The ladies were solid for most of the weekend,” said Shockey. “I think before the Hoosier Classic in a few weeks we really need to work on being stronger shot makers with our strike balls.”

On the men’s side, Huntington posted a score of 8,288 for the weekend. They started off with a 4,632 on Saturday before adding another 3,656 pins in baker action on Sunday. Justin Coleman led the team with 1,005 pins for a 201 average of Saturday’s five games.

“Justin has put in a lot of work getting ready for this season and is bowling like a savvy veteran,” noted Shockey. “The guys started the weekend really slow and were not able to put together enough big games to erase a rough game one.

“Much like the ladies, the guys really need to do a better job of making higher quality strike shots.”

The Foresters are back at it next weekend at the Cincinnati Collegiate Classic.

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 274 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.