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Men and women finish 12th at Brunswick Southern Classic

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MARIETTA, Ga. - The HU bowling teams traveled to the Brunswick Zone Austell in Marietta, GA, over the weekend for their second of four Tier I tournaments this season where both squads finished 12th.

Bowling on a 40’ flat pattern, the men’s team of Daniel Miller, Joe Miller, Seth Walker, Adam Harris-Shoemaker, Derek Beckler, Justin Coleman, David Miller and James Knapp had their best finish - 12th of out of 22 teams - in three appearances .

Teams bowled six regular team games on Saturday and 12 two-game Baker matches on Sunday. Saturday was a day of ups and downs for HU. The Foresters started the day with an 847, then rolled games of 943-1032-848-848-963 to finish with a six-game total of 5,481 for 12th place heading into Sunday’s Baker games.

On Sunday, each team rolled two-game Baker matches against twelve different opponents. The winner of each match received 30 bonus pins while 15 bonus pins were awarded for a tie and 0 pins for a loss. HU had a solid day, rolling matches of 433-308-360-447-414-411-333-377-369-380-361-484 for a Baker total of 4,677 bringing their tournament total to 10,158. Webber International won the men’s title with Lindenwood, McKendree, Morehead and Newman rounding out the top five.

During Saturday’s regular team games, Daniel Miller led HU by averaging 196.0 for six games to land him 23rd place out of 147 bowlers. Knapp averaged 182.5 for six games for 46th place. Other averages include Joe Miller (five-game average of 194.0), Walker (four-game average of 170.5), David Miller (three-game average of 161.3), Coleman (two-game average of 190.5), Beckler (two-game average of 175.5) and Harris-Shoemaker (two-game average of 171.0).

The Huntington women’s team of Brianna Cearbaugh, Abby Atkins, Heidi Tucker, Rachel Vogler, Brooke Ewing, Ayla Yeiter, Shelby New and Emily O’Leary started out strong on Saturday by rolling an 888, for an early 5th place standing.  Their consistency continued but unfortunately their scores weren’t high enough to stay in the top five. They rolled games of 888-857-867-875-898-857 for a Saturday total of 5,242 and 9th place going into Sunday’s Baker matches.

In Sunday’s Baker matches, Huntington struggled, winning just three of twelve Baker matches against Pikeville, Newman and Martin Methodist. They rolled 316-393-333-373-350-360-322-347-296-383-337-281 for a Baker total of 4,091 and tournament total of 9,333 for their 12th place finish out of 18 teams. The Weber International also won the women’s tournament with Florida State, Pikeville, Lindenwood and Emmanuel rounding out the top five.

Shelby New led the Foresters on Saturday averaging 184.0 for six games to finish 15th out of 118 bowlers. Other averages include Tucker (five-game average of 170.6), Yeiter (five-game average of 166.8), Ewing (four-game average of 172.0), Atkins (three-game average of 175.6), Cearbaugh (three-game average of 162.0), Vogler (two-game average of 200.5) and O’Leary (two-game average of 170.5).

This weekend HU travels to the Dayton (Ohio) to compete in the Wright State Raider Classic for their sixth tournament of the season. Teams will bowl five regular team games in Saturday and 20 Baker games on Sunday with the top four men’s and women’s teams competing in an elimination format to determine the tournament champions. The Huntington women will bowl at Capri Lanes in Kettering while the men will bowl at Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek.

It will be Huntington University’s first time competing in the Raider Classic since 2012 when the men finished 22nd and women finished 16th.

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.