The Huntington University (HU) bowling program has officially kicked off their season over the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, competing at the Midwest Collegiate Championships in Milwaukee, WI. It wasn’t exactly the start that Coach Mike Shockey and crew were hoping for as the women finished in 14th out of 30 teams and the men finished 33rd out 41 teams.
The tournament format was six regular team games on Saturday and 16 Baker games on Sunday. The tournament for both the men and women featured a highly competitive field with many perennial top 10 teams in the mix.
After showing signs of a contending team early on Saturday, the Forester women, bowling at AMF West Lanes, struggled on Sunday to post a final overall score of 7,944. Junior Amber Elliott managed to finish the team games in 21st place individually with a 1,126 score (187.6/game average).
“We learned a few things this weekend about the women,” said Shockey. “We learned that we can be competitive despite not bowling well.
“We felt the struggle all day Saturday and still found ourselves as high as seventh place after five games. We also learned that spare shooting and team bowling is the formula for sustained success.”
Bowling at Bowlero Lanes, the HU men scored a total of 8,280 for the tournament. Austin Schultz led Huntington with a solid individual finish of 43rd with a score of 1,226 for six games (204.3/game average).
“We are coming into the season with some pretty high expectations for the guys and this weekend we just couldn’t fill the frames to the level we are capable of,” said Shockey.