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HU women bowlers clinch spot at sectionals

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Bowling in the largest USBC Collegiate event of the season, the Forester women’s bowling team needed a strong showing in order to qualify for sectionals and Bischoff’s crew did just that to place 30th overall out of 55 teams over the weekend at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

HU entered the 2013 Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic, considered to be the most prestigious regular season tourney in college bowling, ranked 66th but in need of climbing at least two spots in order to be invited to one of four sectionals around the country.

Tomorrow the postseason selections will be made and Huntington’s all-rookie squad, in their inaugural season, will be one of 64 teams invited to participate in the USBC Intercollegiate Sectionals slated for March 8-10.

The Foresters got off to a great start, finding themselves in 24th place after their first six games of bowling on Saturday. Sunday’s three games proved to be a bit more challenging as the lane conditions were much more difficult than opening day but after all was said and done; HU was able to hold on for 30th with 7,560 pins.

Paced by Alya Yeiter, HU finished higher than 14 schools ranked above them, including four Top 25 teams. Yeiter carded a two-day nine-game average of 178.44 to finish 47th out of 386 bowlers. 17 pins behind her was Casandra Griffith who totaled 1,589 pins for a 176.56 average good for 54th overall.

Other HU scores included Stephanie Misamore (75th, 9-game average of 171.67), Eleni Newsome (184th, 8-game average of 154.25), Emily O’Leary (210th, 7-game average of 162.14) and Tiffany Walther (329th, 3-game average of 147.00).

On the men’s side, the Backhaul Classic proved to be Huntington’s final tournament of the season. Lack of consistency did HU in over the weekend as the Foresters finished last in the field of 77 teams with a team total of 6,334.

Tyler Neff topped the Foresters with 1,545 pins for a nine-game average of 171.67 to finish 154th individually. Connor Brown finished ten spots behind his teammate in 164th with a 166.56 average.

Other HU finishers included Addison Trump, Dan Binkoski, Peter Hanson and Bryan Myers.