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HU men finish 22nd, women take 25th in last regular season tourney

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - In the largest, final collegiate regular season and arguably the most grueling collegiate bowling tournament of the year, the Forester men finished 22nd out of 78 teams while the HU women finished 25th out of 66 teams at the Hoosier Classic at Western Bowl in Indianapolis over the weekend.

The format included six regular team games on Saturday and three more on Sunday. The top eight men’s and women’s teams after the nine games bowled in a Baker elimination format Sunday afternoon to determine the tournament champions.

On Saturday, bowling on a 40’/33.6ml pattern, the HU team of Connor Brown, Joe Miller, Daniel Miller, Seth Walker, Derek Beckler, David Miller, Jess Meyers and Jake Neely rolled team games of 945-803-1059-1023-997-888 for a total of 5815 pins for 16th place going into Sunday.

On Sunday’s 44’/23.7ml pattern, Huntington rolled team games of 825-977-952 for a final tournament total of 8,569. For senior Connor Brown, it was his last final regular season tournament as a Forester. Lindenwood won the tournament title, defeating Webber International in the best of seven Baker championship match 4-2.

The Foresters finished the regular season ranked 42nd out of 152 collegiate men’s teams.

The women’s team of Ayla Yeiter, Emily O'Leary, Shelby New, Brooke Ewing, Rachel Vogler, Abigail Atkins, Brianna Cearbaugh and Heidi Tucker, bowling on a 40’/25.6ml pattern, rolled team games of 840-907-870-917-963-824 for a Saturday total of 5;321 good for 25th place going into Sunday.

On Sunday, bowling on a 44’/19.2ml pattern, Bischoff’s crew rolled games of 968-851-886 to finish with a tournament total of 8,025 to hold at 25th. It was also senior Ayla Yeiter and Emily O'Leary's final regular season tournament in Forester green and white. Wichita State won the women’s title by defeating Newman in the best of seven Baker title match 4-2.

Huntington wrapped up the regular season ranked 22nd out of 117 collegiate women’s teams.

In men’s singles action, Joe Miller placed 25th out of 553 bowlers with 1,867 pins for a nine-game average of 207.4. Daniel Miller and Walker averaged 201 and 184.2 respectively for five games. Other scores included David Miller (six-game average of 191.6), Neely (five-game average of 182.6), Meyers (four-game average of 173), Beckler (three-game average of 162) and Brown (two-game average of 189.5).

In women’s singles, Yeiter led HU by averaging 180 for nine games to finish 80th overall. New and Ewing averaged 185.4 and 180.1 respectively for seven games. Other scores included Cearbaugh (five-game average of 190), Atkins (five-game average of 175), O’Leary (five-game average of 169.6), Vogler (four-game average of 184) and Tucker (three-game average of 145.6).

Both teams have qualified for the 2016 USBC Intercollegiate Sectionals March 12-13 and the 2016 NAIA Team Championships April 1-3 in Anderson (Ind.) based on their final USBC and NAIA rankings on The Foresters will find out later today where they are sent for sectionals.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.