LAFAYETTE — Some surprising developments occurred on the first-day of the high school bowling bi-regionals at Lafayette Lanes on Monday, leaving the top two girls seeds in the Southwest/Central/Northwest area unable to advance to the state semifinals in the single-elimination play.
In the six-bowler match play and team score matches that result in best-of-27-point play, the second-seeded Lafayette girls were only able to field five bowlers because of an unavoidable absence in their lineup. That meant the team had to face six players from Byrd of Shreveport, an earlier 24-3 winner,over Barbe. Byrd advanced by a 20-7 score to the match that advances teams to the April 8 semifinals.
On the other side of the bracket, top seed Parkway of Bossier easily advanced to the quarterfinal match 25.5-1.5 over H. L. Bourgeois, but the Panthers were knocked out as No. 5 seed Morgan City won a very tight match where the three points for total pins clinched the match 15.5-11.5.
Meanwhile, Byrd was downed by No. 3 seed Ellender 20-7 to advance to the semis.
In the boys/coed bracket, Acadiana, the 13 seed, made some noise, taking out No. 4 seed Barbe, 19-8 and then No. 5 seed Parkway to get to the quarterfinal advancing match against the No. 1 seed, Vandebilt Catholic (a 20-7 winner over Terrebonne). Vandebilt advanced to the semis in Baton Rouge with a 22.5-4.5 decision.
In the bottom half of the bracket, both second seed H. L. Bourgeois and third seed Lafayette advanced to the quarterfinal match, the latter with a 21-6 win over Comeaux. In the match for the other semifinal spot, Lafayette defeated H. L. Bourgeois, 21-6.