The Forester bowling teams started out their season with strong showings this year.
The women took second while the men placed fourth out of 9 teams at the Ball State University Cardinal Classic. The men finished 23rd out of 40 at the Midwest Bowling Championships (Tier I) with the women placing 12th of 32.
This past weekend at the Western Shootout the men’s team finished with a total team score of 8,160 placing them at 14th out of the 32 varsity teams.
Junior Connor Brown shares that this year the team doesn’t plan on being over looked.
“I am looking forward to going to all the tournaments with the team and giving it our all, showing that we are force to be taken seriously,” Brown said.
Brown also said the men would be able to do this as a team because they have all improved greatly as individuals.
“I am looking forward to seeing how much we improved as a team,” sophomore Daniel Miller said. “All throughout last year we were constantly improving, and I believe that will continue.”
Brother and teammate Joe Miller dreams of reaching the NAIA nationals.
“Our main team goal is to make NAIA nationals this year,” said Joe. “Last year as a team with mostly freshman, we were only a few spots away from qualifying. We feel like we can make it this year.”
Meanwhile, the women claimed a third place finish at the Western Shootout. Sophomore Brooke Ewing finished fourth out of over 200 bowlers with a six-game score of 1,153, she averaged a 192.1 score per game. As a result of her noteworthy performance, Ewing was named to the All-Tournament team, receiving a medal, certificate from tournament sponsor Storm Bowling, and bowling ball of her choice.
“It felt awesome,” Ewing said. “But it wasn’t just me, it was all of us. We win as a team and lose as a team. That’s our motto and it just goes to show the past meet was about all of us succeeding.”
Ewing credited head coach Jim Bischoff for helping her reach new scores this season.
“He changed my whole approach to the lane and the way I throw the ball,” she said. “Jim and I have been working outside of practice hours in order to help me perfect my new approach. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it looks like it’s starting to pay off.”
Bischoff believes his young blood will need to buckle down, focusing on consistency and teamwork in order to reach their goals.
“As a younger program and a younger team we are looking for the team to become more consistent,” Bischoff said. “We’re working a lot harder to play together as a team more.”
The Foresters will strive to take their game to the next level at the Boilermaker Classic (Tier II) tournament Saturday, Oct. 25th and Sunday, Oct. 26th.