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Women take 8th, men claim 16th at Western Shootout

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Huntington bowling team was in action at the Western Shootout in Indianapolis October 21-22 with the women claiming 8th out of 26 teams and men ’s team finishing 16th out of 27 teams.

The Forester women were led by freshman Lily Rutherford who finished with a 185 average for six games on Saturday that landed her 26th individually.  Coach Shockey is pleased with his rookie’s progress. “We are really happy to see Lily’s improvement already this season. She has been one of our more consistent top performers every week.”

The women tallied a total of 5,351 pins for six traditional team games on Saturday for 5th place after day one. HU followed up by rolling a 2,453 for 15 baker games bringing their grand total to 7,804 for their 8th place finish.  

The Huntington men were led by freshman Austin Schultz who posted a six-game average of 191 on Saturday, good for a singles finish of 47th. Shockey was also pleased with another newbie. “Austin came into HU with plenty of tournament experience and he has been able to use that experience to make an immediate impact on the men’s team.”

The men shot a 5,513 for six regular team games on Saturday for 17th place.  On Sunday, the Foresters turned in a 2,821 in baker play to move up a spot in the finals standings.

“Both teams struggled with spare shooting this weekend and that really prevented us from having a much better finish for the weekend,” said Coach Mike Shockey. “I think the ladies are seeing that they more than capable of competing any weekend with any team.

“The guys found themselves in a little different mentality. I believe they know they can complete but were a little too impatient in trying to force themselves into a top finishing position. We’re going to hit spares in practice really hard the next couple of weeks and we’ll be ready for the Raider Classic on November 11-12.

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.