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Women claim 7th, men finish 14th at USBC Sectionals

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ADDISON, Ill. - Playing in the USBC Intercollegiate Team Sectional at Stardust Lanes in Addison (Ill.), the Forester bowling teams’ bid to advance to the national finals came up short as the women claimed 7th and the men finished 14th. The top four teams from each of the four sectionals throughout the country advance to the USBC Intercollegiate Nationals.

The HU women’s team Emily O’Leary, Ayla Yeiter, Shelby New, Abigail Atkins, Brianna Cearbaugh, Rachel Vogler, Heidi Tucker and Brooke Ewing found themselves in a tie for 4th with Grandview after Saturday’s 32 Baker games with a score of 5728.

The Foresters would climb as high as third after eight more Baker games but couldn’t hold that position as they finished with 11,377 pins by day’s end for 7th place. For senior Emily O’Leary, her HU bowling career ended at sectionals as she is also a member of the Huntington softball team.

St. Francis (IL) (12,049), Wisconsin Whitewater (11,931), Wright State (11,663) and St. Ambrose (11,632) will represent the Addison sectional site at the USBC Intercollegiate National Finals later this month in Wichita.

The Forester men’s team of Seth Walker, Connor Brown, Jake Neely, Derek Beckler, Jess Meyers, Daniel Miller, Joe Miller and David Miller competed against 23 other teams for one of the four spots. HU logged 5,932 pins on Saturday for 12th place after 32 Baker games before finishing in 14th with a score of 11,521.

The top four men’s team from Addison advancing to nationals includes Morehead State (12,923), Purdue (12,743), Wisconsin Whitewater (12,730) and Calumet College of St. Joseph (12,461).

In singles action for the women, New just missed advancing to nationals. She finished 7th out of 147 bowlers with a six-game total of 1191 (191-185-213-193-218-191). A total of 1215 was needed to advance. Other finishes included Yeiter 52nd (1096), Tucker 56th (1086), Ewing 72nd (1060), Cearbaugh 97th (1022) and Atkins 102nd (1010).

On the men’s side, junior James Knapp was high qualifier finishing 21st out of 225 bowlers with 1193. It took 1238 to advance to the national finals. Other finishes included Brown 40th (1161), Neely 114th (1081), Daniel Miller 119th (1074), Joe Miller 135th (1050), Beckler 157th (1025), Meyers 160th (1022) and David Miller 205th (935).

For complete team results, click here.
For complete individual results, click here.

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.