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New and Atkins lead Indiana All-Stars past Kentucky All-Stars

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Huntington University junior Shelby New and incoming freshman Abigail Atkins helped lead the Indiana All-Stars past the Kentucky All-Stars earlier this month.

New led her squad in the team event with games of 159-193-225 for a 577 series while Atkins rolled games of 186-155-178 for a 519 series. The Indiana girls defeated Kentucky by a total pin score of 8,482 to 8,239. The Indiana boys lost to Kentucky 8,852 to 8,582 as Indiana lost the overall title to Kentucky for the first time in ten years by only 27 pins, 17,091 to 17,064.|

The All-Star event also included a singles tournament featuring 32 bowlers, 16 from each state. After rolling the top score in the team event, New was the top seed for Indiana in singles play and squared off against 16th-seeded Kayla Ranschaert of Kentucky in the first round which consisted of two games.

After taking an early lead 208-195, New struggled in the second game for the 202-188 loss as Ranschaert edged past New by a single pin, 397-396, for the upset.

Atkins worked her way into the final eight by winning her first two singles matches. In her first round match she defeated Kentucky’s Shelbi Morris 354 (186-166) - 329 (174-155). In the round of 16 she came back after losing game one to eliminate Kentucky’s Kayla Payne 363 (175-188) - 350 (190-160) before losing to Indiana’s Devin Elmlinger 380 (180-200) - 344 (184-156) in round three.

After the tournament, New received the prestigious mental attitude award for Indiana as voted on by her teammates.

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.