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Foresters compete in final WHAC Jamboree

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington University men’s and women’s bowling teams competed in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Jamboree No. 4, held on Saturday at Astro Lanes in Madison Heights, Michigan.

The event was the final WHAC tournament of the regular season for the Foresters and consisted of four traditional games and four baker games.

On the women’s side, the No. 15 Foresters earned a third-place finish out of the 12 teams competing at the event. Huntington blasted a total of 6,358 pins throughout the day.

Senior Brianna Cearbaugh led the way for the Foresters, as her 188.75 average game score paced Huntington.

Senior Heidi Tucker followed closely behind Cearbaugh with an average game score of 184.25 to help Huntington to their podium finish in the event.

Both Cearbaugh and Tucker earned spots on the All-Tournament Team as a result of their strong play. Additionally, the pair finished third and fifth in the event’s individual play.

Senior Abby Atkins also helped the Foresters in their conquest, averaging 178 points per game to finish in 14th place individually at the tournament.

Despite finishing in third place overall, Huntington held the lead early in the tournament before fizzling down the stretch with a number of missed spares throughout the day.

“I think the ladies are heading in a good direction with the Hoosier Classic coming up soon,” said head coach Mike Shockey in a press release. “The seniors stepped (up) this weekend with Brianna, Heidi and Abby all finishing in the top 15 (at the tournament).”

With the tournament serving as the final conference contest of the season, Huntington grabbed the second spot in the WHAC standings in their inaugural season as part of the conference, a significant accomplishment.

Meanwhile, Huntington’s men’s team claimed an eighth-place finish at the tournament out of the 13 teams competing by knocking down a total of 6,431 pins throughout the day.

The Foresters received a 184.25 game score average from sophomore Austin Schultz to guide Huntington. Senior Justin Coleman’s 181.25 points per game average trailed closely behind Schultz’s mark to help Huntington in their showing.

With the tournament being the final WHAC event of the season, the Foresters finish their conference season in seventh place in the WHAC standings. Huntington will return to action on Feb. 16 and 17, traveling to Indianapolis to battle in the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic, a Tier 1 event, at Western Bowl. The tournament will be the Foresters’ final competition of the regular season before they compete in the individual and team sectional qualifying events in March.