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Forester bowlers compete in Wright State Classic

by Miranda Palmer

SENIOR SEASON: Emily O'Leary bowls in a home practice at

SENIOR SEASON: Emily O’Leary bowls in a home practice at Oak Lanes in Huntington. O’Leary posted a 183.8 average at Wright State Classic earlier this season. (Photo provided by HU Athletics)

The Huntington University bowling teams were both successful at the Wright State Raider Classic over the weekend, as the women finished 5th out of 23 teams, and the men claimed 7th out of 21 teams.

The women’s team was represented by Brianna Cearbaugh, Shelby New, Ayla Yeiter, Abigail Atkins, Emily O’Leary and Brooke Ewing. Bowling at Capri Lanes in Kettering, OH, on a 47’ Paris pattern, the Foresters got off to a slow start on Saturday with 852 their first game but bounced back to roll games of 1049, 930, 984 and 987 for 4th place in the standings, with a pin total of 4,802 going into Sunday’s Baker games.

Pikeville was leading the pack on Saturday with 5,091, followed by host, Wright State (4,883).

On Sunday, the Foresters rolled four-game Baker sets of 669, 808, 754, 685 and 831 to find themselves in 7th place going into the last set, where they jumped over both Adrian and Notre Dame to claim 5th with a tournament total of 8,549.

Individually, Shelby New and Ayla Yeiter finished 7th and 8th respectively out of 138 bowlers.

New rolled a five-game total of 1,036 for a 207.2 average, while Yeiter rolled a five-game total of 1,035 for a 207.0 average. Also bowling five games were Cearbaugh (35th, 190.0 average) and O’Leary (49th, 183.8 average). Ewing averaged 177.0 for three games.

New said she was pleased with how she and her team performed over the weekend, and that the Foresters already have their sights set on the post-season.

“The team did very well, which also kept me fighting to the finish as well.” New said. “This year, I feel that we are more than capable of making it past Sectionals and to Nationals. That is definitely one of our goals as a team.”

The men’s team of Joe Miller, Daniel Miller, Seth Walker, Derek Beckler, James Knapp and Adam Harris-Shoemaker combined strong performances at the two-day tourney for their best score yet this year. Bowling on Brunswick’s 43’ Phantom pattern at Beaver-Vu Lanes, the Foresters rolled team games of 990, 956, 952, 1021 and 807 for a five-game total of 4,726 on Saturday.

After Saturday, Ohio State was in first place with 5,128, and Notre Dame College was in second with 5,038.

On Sunday, in the Baker games, the Huntington crew rolled four-game block  for a Baker total of 3,844, which bumped them up a spot to 7th in the final standings with a total of 8,570 pins.

The university’s 3,844 on Sunday was the 6th highest Baker total of the tournament. Following the Baker games, the top four teams bowled an eliminator format to determine the champion, and Morehead State defeated Notre Dame College for the title.

Joe Miller finished 10th out of 145 bowlers with a five-game total of 1,045 for a 209.0 average. Other high averages included Walker (19th, five-game average of 199.2) and Daniel Miller (39th, five-game average of 182.2),

High game scores for the university were Joe Miller with 246, 226, 213 and 197, Daniel Miller with 225, 200 and 188 and Walker with 182, 188, 208 and 252.

The teams traveled to Interstate Lanes in Rossford (Ohio) Nov. 21 to compete in the BGSU Falcon Classic for their last tournament before semester break and seventh overall of the season.

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