LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the second consecutive tournament, the Forester women’s bowling team finished in the top three by claiming 3rd out of 21 teams at the Tier II Boilermaker Classic at Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl over the weekend. It also marks their third top three finish in four outings.
Coach Bischoff’s squad of Shelby New, Emerald Leong, Emily O’Leary, Rachel Vogler, Brooke Ewing and Ayla Yeiter bowled on a very difficult and low scoring 36’ pattern on Saturday, rolling five regular team games of 820-829-867-815-812 for 7th place with 4,143 pins behind Robert Morris Illinois (4,671), Robert Morris Springfield (4,468), Calumet St. Joseph (4,285), St. Ambrose (4,279), Lindenwood (4,214) and Indiana Tech(4,162).
On Sunday, Huntington began moving up the standings with very consistent Baker games and sets. Bowling on another low scoring 39’ pattern, the Foresters rolled four game Baker sets of 781-732-740-729 for the second highest Baker total of the tournament. Their Baker scores vaulted them up the rankings into 3rd, just 27 pins short of stealing second from Robert Morris Springfield.
Robert Morris Illinois won the tournament with a total score of 7,655. Rounding out the top five included Robert Morris Springfield (7,152), HU (7,125), Calumet St. Joseph (7,122) and Lindenwood (7,061).
High games for Huntington included New (222), Yeiter (223), Ewing (192) and O’Leary (180-182-187). Last year the Foresters finished 6th out of 12 teams.
Coach Bischoff had nothing but praise for his team. “It was another great team effort and I’m very proud of them. They are working hard as a team and it shows in their results and their consistency this weekend.”
In individual action on Saturday, O’Leary, out two weeks due to illness, finished 15th out of 182 bowlers with a 178.0 average. New finished (23rd, 173.8), Ewing (29th, 172.2), Casandra Griffith (34th, 167.60), Lauren Smart (52nd, 155.8), Ayla Yeiter (54th, 154.0) and Ciara Lovell (77th, 143.0).
Other Huntington finishes included Reba Morehouse (88th, 138.0), Julia Walton (117th, 112.20), Rachel Vogler (143rd, 153.0) and Emerald Leong (161st, 144.5). Individual standings are based on total pins.
The JV squad of Walton, Griffith, Smart, Lovell and Morehouse placed 8th out of nine teams with a score of 5,936.
On the men’s side, the Foresters moved up two spots to 10th out of 22 teams compared to last year’s finish of 12th. This weekend’s performance marked HU’s second top ten finish of the season.
The varsity crew of Jake Neely, Seth Walker, Daniel Miller, Joe Miller, Tyler Neff and Connor Brown combined to roll games of 865-832-912-734-934 for a 4,277 total on the same 36’ pattern Saturday afternoon positioning themselves in 11th heading into Sunday’s 16 Baker games. McKendree led after Saturday with 4,814 pins followed by Robert Morris Illinois (4,768) and Lindenwood (4,771). Huntington was sandwiched between Indiana Tech (4,288) and Western Illinois (4,207).
On Sunday in Baker play, the Foresters started slow with a four-game set of 676 but came back with a strong finish, 768-776-709, to slide up a spot to finish 10th with a total score of 7,206.
Robert Morris Illinois won the tournament with 8,233 while McKendree took second with 8,157. Huntington finished right behind Lindenwood Belleville (7,363) and in front of Indiana Tech (7,185), Indiana State (7,065) and Ball State (6,975).
High games for HU included Connor Brown (194-234), Joe Miller (195), Daniel Miller (204), Tyler Neff (224), Jake Neely (180) and Seth Walker (191).
In individual action, James Knapp paced HU by finishing 24th with a 191.0 average. Other HU finishes included Colin Madden (47th, 179.0), Tyler Neff (50th, 178.6), Derek Beckler (60th, 175.0), Daniel Miller (72nd, 172.0), Joe Miller (98th, 159.4), Connor Brown (111th, 181.0), Seth Walker (128th, 165.5), Jess Myers (146th, 149.0), Emilio Chantaca (166th, 177.3), Adam Harris-Shoemaker (191st, 147.6) and Jake Neely (211th, 170.5).
The Forester JV team of Jess Meyers, Derek Beckler, Colin Madden, Adam Harris-Shoemaker, James Knapp and Emilo Chantaca finished 9th out of 15 teams with a score of 6,926.
This weekend, Huntington travels to Brunswick Zone Austel in Marietta, GA, for the Tier I Brunswick Southern Classic. The HU teams will look to improve on last year’s finishes of 18th place for the men and 13th place for the ladies.
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.