Both the men’s and women’s bowling teams finished within the top 15 out of 25 teams at the Western Shootout Oct. 10-11. While the men took thirteenth, the women’s team made a tremendous comeback from the fourteenth spot in game one to finish with 8,256 points and in sixth place to close out the week.
Leading the women was senior Shelby New, who a team-high 256. Ayla Yeiter who scored a 218. New finished seventh in the tournament with 1,162 pins. Yeiter finished in 30th with 1,089 pins as well. To round out the top 50, junior Brooke Ewing and freshman Breanna Cearbaugh finished in 32nd and 36th respectively.
Freshman Abby Atkins said she has a lot of great things to say about her teammate, New.
“She’s very hard on herself,” she said. “But she’s very bubbly all the time with the team, and she’s really passionate about bowling all together.”
For the men, Seth Walker led the HU bowling squad with 1212 pins and finished in 22nd. Daniel Miller also finished in the top 50 with a 48th place, while Adam Harris Shoemaker rounded out the top 50 in placement.
“We’ve had our up and down moments. The consistency is getting better every week,” says head coach Mike Shockey.
Shockey said he has some high expectations for his team this year.
“I’d say by the end of the year, we realistically can be ranked in the top 50. As far as Sectionals, I think we can be a top-10 team for sure.”
Freshman Blake Lugo agrees with his coach.
“Everybody on the team is really, really good,” Lugo said. “I’m excited to see where the rest of season takes us.”
Shockey said that leadership responsibilities are shared on his team.
“I think that the upperclassmen are doing a good job of showing their leadership skills and helping the freshman gain the experience they need,” Shockey said. “Also, the freshmen are doing a good job of listening and absorbing that information to what they’re doing.”
Lugo said the teams are close and work well together.
“There’s not a single person we single out,” he said. “We have to work together as a family essentially because we’re gonna be in a lot of places together, so we have to bond well together, which I think we have.”