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Women take 6th, men finish 13th at Western Shootout

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After a slow start, the HU women’s bowling team finished 6th at the Western Shootout while the Forester men took 13th.

Among a field of 25 teams, the Huntington women started out in 14th after their first team game and spent the next five regular games and 16 Baker games climbing eight spots for the impressive comeback.

On Saturday, the HU squad of Rachel Vogler, Shelby New, Brooke Ewing, Emily O’Leary, Ayla Yeiter and Brianna Cearbaugh rolled team games of 832-903-929-937-874-837 on a 42’ pattern for a six game total of 5,312 good for 8th heading into Sunday’s Baker games.

On Sunday’s challenging short 37’ oil pattern, HU rolled 668 their first four games to maintain their No. 8 spot. After rolling 761-705 in their next two 4-game Baker sets, the Foresters moved up a spot going into the position round. Trailing Robert Morris-Illinois by 56 pins, HU rolled an impressive 810, the tourney’s only 800 Baker set, to climb the final spot to their 6th place finish with 8,256 pins.  

High games for Huntington included New with 192-256-195-185, Cearbaugh with 186-214-191, Yeiter with 218-194 and Brooke Ewing with 195-192-188.

In individual scoring, four bowlers finished in the top 50 out of 232 bowlers led by New with 1,162 (193.6 average) for 7th overall. Yeiter finished 30th with 1,089 (181.5 average). Ewing (1,087 pins, 181.1 average) and Cearbaugh (1,070 pins, 178.3 average) finished 32nd and 36th respectively.

The University of St. Francis-Joliet won the tournament with 8,531 pins. Rounding out the top five teams included Ursuline College (8459), St. Ambrose (8412), Marian (8322) and St. Francis University of Pennsylvania (8273).  

The HU men’s team of James Knapp, Colin Madden, Joe Miller, Daniel Miller, Seth Walker, Jess Meyers and Derek Beckler started off in 14th place after six regular team games with a total of 5,556 pins. The followed up Saturday’s performance by rolling four-game Baker totals of 673-699-796-703 to finish with a total of 8,403 for their 13th spot out of 22 teams.

In JV action, the men’s team of Justin Coleman, David Miller, Adam Harris-Shoemaker, Jake Neely, Blake Lugo and Joseph Mitchell  finished 13th of 18 teams with a 7,448 total.  The women’s JV team of Ciara Lovell, Eleni Newsome, Kasey Carney, Abigail Atkins and Heidi Tucker finished 7th out of 11 teams with 6,825 pins.

Three HU men finished in the top 50 out of 280 bowlers. Seth Walker finished 22nd with 1,212 pins (206 average), Daniel Miller claimed 48th with 1,129 pins (188.2 average) and Adam Harris Shoemaker took 50th (187.6 average).

The HU bowling teams travel to Lafayette this weekend for the 10th annual Boilermaker Classic at Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl. HU starts bowling at 4:00pm on Saturday.

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.