LAFAYETTE — Hailie Savoie of Teurlings Catholic walked away with the silver medal in the girls singles competition Friday in the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl/ LHSAA State Bowling Championships conducted at Acadiana Lanes.
Savoie was one of the nine girls who advanced to Saturday’s semifinals and finals from the two biregionals as individual competitors. Savoie advanced through the biregional that took place in Bossier City which encompassed all of the state except for the Baton Rouge-New Orleans areas.
Savoie averaged 189 for the final three games of the competition to finish just behind Kayla Engeron of St. Charles Catholic, who took the gold medal with a 191 average. Lizzie Voisin of Ellender took the bronze home after averaging 183.
Robert Beecher of Open Division team champion Brother Martin won the boys division with a 228 average.
Brother Martin won the division with a 20-7 win over Central High, but it was Lafayette High, a marked underdog on paper, that gave the Crusaders all they needed in the semifinal round earlier Friday.
Although the Crusaders won 18-9, the match was just 9-7 for Brother Martin after two games in the best of 27 point match. But Lafayette, which advanced as the sixth seed from the rest of the state biregional in Bossier City, had a 20-pin advantage for the possible three bonus points at the end for total pins.
But after Austin Dugas posted a 256, Jeremy Hardeman and Joseph Kokenge scored 236 and 208, respectively, for Lafayette, Brother Martin showed its strength as the 1-4 bowlers in the lineup (posted always low average to high average) in the final game had games of 242 (Jonathan Fernandez), 215 (Chad Naccari), 242 (Peyton Romano) and 258 (Kyle Schneider).
The six bowlers finished at 1,300, including a 157 game (217 average) to win by over 1,000 pins and take nine of the final 11 points for the margin.
Central won the other open division semifinal over H. L. Bourgeois 16-11.
In the girls semifinals, Central beat Ellender 19-8, and St. Scholastica downed Central Lafourche 23.5-3.5. St. Scholastica broke open a tight match with Central, winning 19-8 for the title.