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Women claim 16th, men finish 21st at the Midwest Bowling Classic

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WAUWATOSA, Wis. - The HU bowling team competed in the Midwest Bowling Classic last weekend for the first Tier 1 tournament of the year.  There were 40 men’s teams and 32 women’s teams that competed at AMF Bowlero Lanes with the Forester men bringing home a 21st place finish the HU women claiming 16th.   

“It was a roller coaster kind of weekend,” said Coach Shockey. “Both teams were solid on Saturday but Sunday we struggled with spares. I’m hopeful that the big lesson everyone took away from the weekend is that even when scores are higher, spares are still important in keeping up with the scoring pace.”

The Huntington women were led by Lily Rutherford who averaged 195 for six games on Saturday and for her efforts finished 21st for the all-tournament team portion of the tournament.  As a team, HU finished with a pin total of 8,042 with the winning team, Saint Ambrose (IA), tallying 9,102 pins.

“We had a lot of good things come out of this weekend,” said Shockey. “The ladies did a good job of working together and bowling as a team. We’re going to get better at playing different angles and making spares, so we’ll see the finish positions get a lot better as the year progresses.”

Austin Schultz paced the Forester men with a 219 six-game average. Like Rutherford, Schultz also finished in 21st in the all-tournament team portion of the tournament. Huntington finished with a pin total of 8,984. Calumet College of St. Joseph took home the men’s title with 10,050 pins.

“The guys are seeing that we have the talent to compete with any school, but we don’t yet have the consistency and spare shooting to compete over an entire weekend,” said Shockey. “Once we get some more experience under our belts and a few adjustments to spare shooting angles, we’ll be in the hunt for some top finishes.”

Next up for the Foresters is the Western Shootout on October 21-22.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 274 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.