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HU women take 2nd, men finish 5th at BSU Classic

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MUNCIE, Ind. - The Huntington bowling teams opened up the 2015-16 season over the weekend at the Ball State Cardinal Classic (Tier II) where the women claimed 2nd and the men finished 5th. The tourney was held on wood lanes at Munsee Lanes with teams bowling on a 40-foot pattern on Saturday and a 45-foot pattern on Sunday.

The Forester women’s crew, consisting of senior Ayla Yeiter, juniors Brooke Ewing and Shelby New and freshmen Abigail Atkins, Brianna Cearbaugh and Heidi Tucker, gave national powerhouse Wright State a run for the tournament title throughout the entire weekend.

Huntington started off with a bang, posting a 232 on their first Baker game on Saturday, and carried that momentum into the next seven games to hold a 24-pin lead over the rest of the field that included Wright State, Northern Ohio, Bowling Green, Clarke and host Ball State rounded out the field.

Unfortunately the Foresters struggled in games 9-12 to which Wright State took full advantage to take a lead that would stand throughout the rest of the tournament.  Down 94 pints after Saturday’s 20 Baker games, HU closed the gap on Sunday, highlighted by a four-game block of 776, to lock in their second place finish.

It was the second straight year HU finished second to Wright State and the third straight second place finish in the tournament. Wright State defended their title with 7185 pins (179.6 average) followed by HU (6968 - 174.2 average), Northern Ohio (6684 - 167.1 average), Bowling Green (6510 - 162.7 average), Clarke (6461 - 161.5 average) and Ball State (6279 - 159.6 average).

The HU men’s team of Jess Meyers, Adam Harris-Shoemaker, Seth Walker, James Knapp, Derek Beckler, Joe Miller and Daniel Miller had difficulty finding consistency throughout the weekend’s 40 Baker games, finishing 5th of nine teams with a tournament total of 7017 (175.4 average). After dropping to as low 8th place on Saturday, Coach Bischoff’s gritty crew climbed three spots by the day’s end on Sunday to claim their fifth place finish.  

The University of Northern Ohio won the tournament with 7,656 pins (191.4 average), followed by Wright State (7393 - 184.8 average), Clarke (7178 - 179.4 average), Bowling Green (7088 - 177.2 average), HU (7017 - 175.4 average), Ball State (6976 - 174.4 average), Kent State (6623 - 165.5 average) and Virginia Tech (6370 - 159.2 average).

In JV action, the HU men’s team of Jake Neely, Justin Coleman, Joseph Mitchell, David Miller, Colin Madden and Blake Lugo finished 3rd of three teams with 6708 pins. UNOH (7069) won the men’s tournament while Wright State (6809) finished second. The HU women’s team (Ciara Lovell, Kasey Carney, Eleni Newsome, Emily O’Leary and Rachel Vogler) claimed 4th out of five teams. Wright State’s two JV teams took first and second place with 6649 and 6246 pins respectively. UNOH was third with 6052 followed by Huntington (6033) and Ball State (5289).

This weekend the HU bowling teams travel to AMF Bowlero Lanes in Wauwatosa, MN, to compete in the Midwest Collegiate Championships (Tier I).

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.