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HU men post highest finish of season at BGSU Falcon Classic

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ROSSFORD, Ohio - In their best outing of the season, the Forester men’s bowling team of Daniel Miller, Seth Walker, Adam Harris-Shoemaker, Derek Beckler, James Knapp and Joe Miller placed 3rd out of 13 teams at the BGSU Falcon Classic at Interstate Lanes. Coach Bischoff’s crew just missed 2nd place by 20 pins. 

It was a grueling one-day tournament on Kegel’s Tower of Pisa pattern. Each team bowled six regular team games and ten Baker games in succession over eight hours. In the regular team games, HU rolled games of 958-1027-978-915-990-940 for a 5,808 total and 4th place going into the Baker portion of the day behind Concordia (5,954), Toledo (5,921) and UNOH (5,882). 

In Baker play, HU posted scores of 176-226-181-163-231-191-246-211-179-156 for a 1,960 Baker total and tournament total of 7,768. Concordia clinched the win with 7,909 pins followed by UNOH (7,788), HU (7,768), Toledo (7.608), Bowling Green State (7,547) and Wright State (7,469). 

High games for the men were Daniel Miller (207-226-237-215-203-211), Knapp (187-222-192-177-213-190), Joe Miller (183-204-197-190-196), Beckler (213-193-216), Walker (182-190) and Harris-Shoemaker (205-215).

In singles action among a field of 82 bowlers, Daniel Miller won the men’s varsity title with 1,299 points for a six-game average of 216.5. Knapp placed 17th with a 196.8 average for six games and Joe Miller finished 32nd with his 186.6 average. Other HU averages included Derek Beckler (five-game average of 191.8), Seth Walker (four-game average of 169) and Adam Harris-Shoemaker (three-game average of 191). 

The HU women’s team of Shelby New, Ayla Yeiter, Brooke Ewing, Emily O’Leary, Abigail Atkins and Brianna Cearbaugh finished 5th out of 13 teams. Bowling on the same difficult pattern as the men, the Foresters rolled regular team games of 914-853-997-987-856-893 for a total of 5400 and 6th place going into the ten Baker games behind Wright State (5,636), Adrian (5,574), UNOH (5,516), Ursuline (5, 481) and Rochester (5,418).

Huntington would go on to record Baker games of 160-204-153-158-230-199-186-142-182-172 for a 1,786 Baker total to bump up into 5th with a tournament total of 7,186 pins. Wright State held on for the win with 7,452 points followed by Ursuline (7,334), Adrian (7,304), UNOH (7,197) and HU (7,452).

High games for the Foresters included New (190-212-194-235-219-210), Ewing (190-186-188-193-224), Cearbaugh (172-174-230), O’Leary (183-172-180, Yeiter (179-172) and Atkins (181).

New won the women’s individual title out of 82 bowlers averaging 210 over six games for a 1,260 total. Brooke Ewing finished 13th averaging 187.6 and Brianna Cearbaugh claimed 32nd with a 174.1 average. Other Huntington averages included O’Leary (five-game average of 167.6), Yeiter (four-game average of 161.5) and Atkins (three-game average of 161.6).

In JV action, the HU women’s team of Kasey Carney, Heidi Tucker, Sierra Perry, Ciara Lovell, Rachel Vogler and Eleni Newsome finished 2nd of four teams with a 6,403 team total. The men’s JV team of Jess Meyers, David Miller, Justin Coleman, Blake Lugo, Colin Madden, and Joseph Mitchell finished 4th of eight teams with 7,002.

The Foresters are off until January 16-17 when they compete in the Kegel/ISPBA Midwest Collegiate Classic.

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.