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Huntington bowling performs well at WHAC Jamboree

Staff reports

BOWLING

The Huntington University men’s and women’s bowling teams competed in the third WHAC Jamboree tournament of the season on Dec. 1 at Westgate Lanes in Comstock Park, Michigan.

The WHAC Jamboree events are one-day tournaments featuring four traditional games and 16 baker games, adding up to eight hours of bowling. The men’s team grabbed fifth place out of 13 teams competing, while the women’s team earned a second-place finish out of 12 teams battling in the tournament.

The men finished the event with 6,632 points. In team action, the Foresters knocked down 3,865 pins and added another 2,767 pins in the baker games. Senior Justin Coleman performed well for Huntington, finishing in 11th place individually with an average score of 210.5 points per game.

“The guys are coming along,” said head coach Mike Shockey in a press release. “We are struggling to put together a tournament where we are stringing strikes and making spares, but we are close to getting there.”

Meanwhile, the women’s team blasted 6,570 pins throughout the competition to earn their runner-up position at the event.

The Foresters performed well in the baker games, knocking down 2,967 pins to stay within reach of eventual-winner Indiana Tech, who drilled 3,003 pins in the baker games.

However, the women’s team struggled in the tradition team games, scoring just 3,603 points. Indiana Tech blasted 3,968 pins in the traditional games to open up a sizable gap over the Foresters.

Senior Abby Atkins finished 10th individually to lead Huntington with an average of 190.75 points per game.

“The women were solid this weekend,” said Shockey in the press release. “It was whole team effort to get the good finish.”

The Forester men’s and women’s bowling teams have the rest of 2018 off, not returning to game action until Jan. 12, when they compete at the Buckeye Baker Classic at HP Lanes in Columbus, Ohio.

SCHOLAR ATHLETES

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced their fall sports Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Huntington University had 22 athletes on the list, representing four fall Forester teams.

Junior Nick Childs of the men’s cross country team, juniors Molly Mitchell and Bianca Tisdale and senior Rachael Smelser from the women’s cross country team, juniors Stephen Brown and Luke Unger and seniors Miguel de Sousa, Matheus Louzada, Derek Nichols, Travis Rippe and Ty Sproat of the men’s soccer team and juniors Addalyn Brown, Alyssa Kochel, Bailey O’Dell and Hannah Williams and seniors Morgan Anderson, Jaime Calvin, Abigail Field, Tessy Geiss, Katherine Highstead, Matea Knispel and Blaire Koomler from the women’s soccer team all earned Scholar Athlete honors.

Players can be nominated by each institution’s head coach if the athlete maintains a minimum 3.5 grade point average and has achieved at least a junior academic status.