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Shawnee State bowling team finishes fourth in Dayton tournament

In the fast-paced world of collegiate sports, the Shawnee State University bowling team made school history with a fourth-place team performance in a tournament at Beaver-Vu Bowl in Dayton, Ohio, held Nov. 11-12. Logan Hughes, a sophomore and integral team member of Shawnee State’s bowling team, provided insights into the team’s journey, shedding light on the cohesive force guiding the Bears to an impressive finish.

“Our moment of glory was making the top four match play,” Hughes shared. “Throughout Shawnee State’s short history with bowling, this was the first time we’ve been in that spotlight, and it meant a lot to us.”

Knocking over nearly 5,000 pins in the first day of the tournament boosted the team’s spirits and has set the stage for future performances.

“We’re taking that momentum into the next competition, aiming to build on our success,” Hughes said.

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Looking forward, Hughes outlined the team’s strategic approach to maintaining their momentum.

“We’re keeping the intensity in practice and focusing on what we need to do. Consistency is key and we’re determined to carry forward the energy from this tournament into the upcoming events.”

This team’s chemistry emerged as a critical factor in their success. Hughes acknowledged the team’s youth but emphasized their progress in becoming better teammates.

“Our chemistry is improving,” he said. “Being a fairly young team, we’re still learning, but the signs of improvement are translating into success on the lanes.”

In addition to improved chemistry, team members have also seen a jump in their dynamic vibe.

“We like to have fun,” Hughes said. “We’re not always serious with each other, and it creates a good environment to be in. Balancing competitiveness with a lighthearted atmosphere is crucial for us.”

 

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Spencer Toy, Staff Writer
Spencer Toy is a 21-year-old from Huntington, West Virginia. He is a sophomore at Shawnee State University and majors in communication with a minor focused in photography. Toy is inspired by his father, who also works in the reporting field back in Huntington. Toy's goal when writing is to inform the local area of events and to inspire people to plan their own entertainment. Toy wants to write about things outside Ohio, stating that he wants to “go somewhere, do something.” One thing Toy hopes to cover in a future article is the Mothman festival that takes place in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, every year.  This will not be Toy’s first position in journalism, though. He also has worked for the Kricker Hub as a freelance photographer. One of his responsibilities was documenting events by taking photos of gatherings and the people who attended them. When asked if he had any fears about going into journalism, Toy said that he does not necessarily feel scared. “I have more hope than fears,” he said. Having past experience helps ease any fears others may have and lets him focus more on the positive potential of what may happen. Toy's only apprehension is that this is a completely new environment for him. With his aspirations and past experience, Toy surely will be a great addition to the Chronicle.

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