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HU men finish 16th at prestigious Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Huntington bowling team was in action this past weekend at the oldest, largest, most prestigious and toughest regular season bowling tournament of the season – the 48th annual Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic. The weekend featured 78 men’s teams and 66 women’s teams with the HU men bringing home a 16th place finish and the HU women claiming 42nd.

The Forester women were led by Brianna Cearbaugh with a six- game total of 1,203 pins for a 200.5 average. Senior Brooke Ewing also had a solid outing with a 1,082 total for a 180.3 average. After Saturday, Huntington sat in 39th with team total of 5,179 but unfortunately Sunday was a completely different shot. HU struggled to get any momentum going to finish with 2,425 pins to slip three spots in the final standings.

While Sunday didn’t go as planned, Coach Mike Shockey couldn’t be more proud of his team. “The improvement of the entire women’s team this season has been tremendous. We don’t look like the same team now as compared to where we started in August.”

The HU men were paced by senior Derek Beckler who finished with a six-game total of 1,220 for a 203.3 average. Senior Seth Walker came up big for the Foresters in their final team game of 1,103 by rolling a 258.

The Foresters were in 9th after Saturday with 5,945 pins. The team struggled to get a handle on the shot Sunday morning but rallied to regain some of their Saturday momentum to wrap up Sunday with a total of 2,671 on the way to their 16th place finish.

“It was a really good weekend for the guys,” said Shockey. “We have believed all season we can compete with best teams in collegiate bowling and this weekend we more than proved we can.”

The Hoosier Classic was the last regular season tournament for the HU bowling team and now they wait until February 22nd for post season announcements. More importantly, this weekend was the last regular season tournament for several seniors that have been instrumental in the building of and the success of the bowling program.

“Coach Jeff, Emily, and I can’t thank Brooke Ewing, Jess Meyers, Adam Harris-Shoemaker, Colin Madden, Derek Beckler, Joe Miller, Daniel Miller and Seth Walker for their dedication and leadership to Huntington University and the bowling program,” said a grateful Coach Shockey.  

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.