BEAVERCREEK, Ohio - It was a good weekend for the Huntington University bowling program. Things started off with newly signed recruit Lucas Schutt bowling his first 300 game, followed by Dylan Herring signing his letter of intent to bowl for HU next season.
The Foresters rode the momentum into the Raider Classic where the varsity men rallied on Sunday to end up 6th out of 27 teams while the JV men claimed 6th out of 14 teams. Up against three of the top five teams in the country, the HU women were on fire all weekend to finish 3rd out of 25 teams.
In addition to the team’s success, the weekend was that much sweeter because Lily Rutherford and Brianna Fish earned varsity and JV individual all-tournament honors respectively.
Coach Mike Shockey was ecstatic about his team’s performance. “This was easily one of the best weekends we have had has a whole team that I can remember.”
The Forester men were led by Justin Coleman who averaged 215 over the course of the five-team games on Saturday.
“If it wasn’t for a subpar last game, Justin most likely would have earned his first all-tournament team honor,” said Shockey. “We made a few small changes with Justin’s game recently and it has really worked well for him. He was solid all weekend and made great shots when we needed them.”
Huntington ended Saturday with a five-team game total of 4,881 which left them in 10th place. Sunday was certainly a new day for the Foresters as they came out determined to make up ground on the leaders and move up the standings. They shot a score of 4120 for 20 baker games on Sunday which was the fourth highest pin fall total on the day to finish 6th - the highest finish for HU this season.
“I think Saturday night was the key to our performance on Sunday,” said Shockey. “We spent time at the hotel eating some tasty desserts and sharing stories about the team in the past. It really ended up being a really good bonding experience for the team that led to us being relaxed and ready Sunday morning.”
The JV men’s team was paced by Jordan Herring who averaged 198 for five games. Their 6th place finish is the best performance for the JV team this season.
Shockey was also pleased with the play of Jordan hails from Springfield, Ohio. “He has been putting in lots of work on his game and to see it come together at a tournament so close to home was great.
The HU women posted a score of 4,555 on Saturday for the 5th spot in the standings. After a slow start on Sunday, they turned it around to shoot a score of 3,749 for 20 baker games - enough to move into 3rd place and earn a spot in the matchplay round.
The matchplay format featured the top four teams each bowling one game on four different lanes with the top two teams moving onto the championship match. The ladies bowled well on a tough shot, but fell 18 pins short of the championship round.
“Jeff and I are really proud of the girls and their bowling this weekend,” said Shockey. “They have been gaining confidence with each tournament and hopefully this continues into the rest of the season. It was exciting watching the ladies go toe to toe with the three of the best and highest ranked teams in the country.”
Lily Rutherford had a tremendous weekend for the Foresters. She averaged a Huntington University record of 225.2 for five games to win the singles portion of the Raider Classic. The New Castle native scored a five-game total of 1,126 with games of 212, 254, 196, 227, and 237 to out average second place by 15 pins per game.
“We are all really proud of Lily and her bowling for the weekend,” said Shockey. “She absolutely dominated and really showed what she is capable of.”
Brianna Fish also had an excellent outing to win the singles portion of the JV women’s tournament. She averaged 191 for five games with scores of 169, 182, 242, 194, and 172.
“Brianna has put a lot of work into her game over the last two years and the process of making those changes are starting to pay off,” said Shockey. “Her consistency and shot making is getting better every week.”
Next up for Shockey’s crew is the National Collegiate Team Match Games in Fairview Heights, Ill., on November 25-26.
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.