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HU women claim 4th, men finish 8th at BGSU Falcon Classic

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ROSSFORD, Ohio - The HU women’s bowling team finished 4th while the men brought home 8th at the inaugural Bowling Green State University Falcon Classic at Interstate Lanes last weekend.

The tournament format was to be six regular team games and ten Baker games but due to freezing rain Saturday morning and bad driving conditions, the day got a late start and was shortened to five regular team games and the ten baker games.

Bowling on a high scoring 42’ lane condition, the 6th-ranked Forester team of Ayla Yeiter, Shelby New, Rachel Vogler, Emily O’Leary, Brooke Ewing and Emerald Leong rolled a first game of 958. Normally a good score on typical difficult sport conditions, the score tied them for 4th with Toledo behind Wright State’s 1076, UNOH’s 1077, and Bowling Green’s 969.

Wright State and UNOH kept up the pressure in games 2-4 with 1188-1033-994 and 997-1069-1093 respectively while HU went 1014-1016-982 to trail the leader by 221 pins.  In game five, HU made a big jump, shooting a team-record 1125 while none of the other teams shot over 1000. It catapulted Huntington into 3rd with 5095 pins going into Baker play.

In Baker action, the Foresters bowled well to total 1823 pins for a 182.3 average but unfortunately the three top teams all shot over 2000 which bumped HU down to 4th with a 6918 total. .

Wright State won with 7320 pins followed by UNOH (7211), Bowling Green (7027), HU (6918), Ursuline (6868), Toledo (6441), Rochester (6375), Siena Heights (6348), Youngstown State (6135) and Michigan State (6026). It marked the sixth top five finish out of seven tournaments this year.

In individual play, HU again left their mark with Shelby New and Ayla Yeiter making the All-Tournament Team.  New finished second overall out of 88 bowlers with 1123 for a five-game average of 224.6. Yeiter made her second all-tournament team in as many weeks finishing fourth with 1100 for a 220 average.

Other finishers included O’Leary (13th, 5-game average of 203.2), Lauren Smart (35th, 5-game average of 187.2). Ewing (38th 5-game average of 184.2), Eleni Newsome (42nd, -game average of 176.2), Ciara Lovell (49th, 5-game average of 160.4), Julia Walton (74th, 5-game average of 107), Kayla Nixon (76th, 5-game average of 100), Vogler (51st, 4-game average of 198) and Leong (83rd, 1 game of 143).

The JV ladies team of Lauren Smart, Ciara Lovell, Julia Walton, Kayla Nixon and Eleni Newsome finished fourth out of five JV teams.

The Huntington men’s team of Seth Walker, Connor Brown, Tyler Neff, James Knapp, Adam Harris-Shoemaker and Jake Neely had a much tougher time keeping up with the scoring pace. Starting with 951, they found themselves in 8th place out of 11 teams after the first game.

Rolling games of 951-941-966-940-980, the men bumped into 7th by the end of their regular games. The tough scoring continued as they shot 1797 for ten Baker games for a 179.7 average and a tournament score of 6575 which was good enough for 8th place. Toledo won the tournament with 7509 followed by Michigan State (7206), Wright State (7198), UNOH (7063), Kent State (6742), Bowling Green (6732), Youngstown State (6649), HU (6575), Siena Heights (6331), Cleary (5847) and Alma (did not finish).

In individual play, brothers Joe and Daniel Miller made the All-Tournament Team. Joe claimed 2nd overall out of 104 bowlers with a pin total of 1138 for a 227.6 average while Daniel finished 11th overall with 1083 and a 216.6 average.

Walker finished 18th (211.2 ave.), Brown 31st (200 ave.), Harris-Shoemaker 38th (192.8 ave.), Colin Madden (JV-190 ave.), Derek Beckler 48th (JV-182.2 ave.), Neely 49th (182 ave.), Neff 57th (169.6 ave.), Jess Meyers 74th (JV-4-game average of 150), Emilio Chantaca 102nd (JV-1 game of 146).

The men’s JV team finished third out of six teams with a score of 6644. The Huntington University bowling teams are now off until after the new year when they travel to Cincinnati for the Hoinke Classic on January 10-11, 2015.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 222 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.