Foster First, Barboza Third at Hoosier Event
Indianapolis, Ind.–Cameron Foster (Jr., West Jordan, Utah, Business Management) earned his first collegiate win in the biggest event of the year as William Penn concluded its regular season at the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic Saturday and Sunday.
The Statesmen matched last year’s finish by placing tenth out of 77 competing teams with a final tally of 8,791 pins in nine games. Morehead State (Ky.) was the top qualifier with 9,182 pins.
William Penn managed seven top-ten showings in this year’s ten-tournament slate.
The navy and gold opened the 12-team bracket tournament with a 2-0 upset over #7 Midland (Neb.). Unfortunately, the squad came up short against #2 seed Calumet-St. Joseph (Ind.) in the quarterfinals. Morehead State held its seed by dropping #3 seed Wichita State (Kan.) in the championship match.
Foster headlined the field of 537 competitors with an average of 216.9. He broke the 200-pin barrier seven times, including a weekend-best 266 in his final game.
The win is the second for William Penn this year as Brandon Barboza (So., Brick, N.J., Sociology) also accomplished the feat less than a month ago.
The sophomore was exceptional over the weekend as well with a 212.8 average. His final two games of 279 (career best) and 268 propelled him to a third-place finish.
Drew Balta (Jr., Walford, Iowa, Education), with a 187.6 mark, and Piet Schaeffer (Jr., Livingston, Scotland, General Mathematics), with a 186.7 clip, also finished in the top 100. All four athletes started all nine games.
Conan Mackey (So., Bray, Ireland, Public Accounting) owned a 171.1 average in eight games, while Jacques Kaune (Fr., Anchorage, Alaska, Business Management) knocked down 188 pins in his only game.
Next: William Penn now awaits its future as the USBC Sectional Tournament fields will be released this week.