So much has been happening including things we had to delay running because of other events, so let’s hit some high points in the bowling writer’s notebook:
Webber vacates BR Title
So United States Bowling Congress, you are saying that men’s championship match of the intercollegiate competition on the Raising Canes River Center lanes on national television wasn’t what we thought it was.
Since the last time we were together, Webber International had to vacate its 2017 ITC title that USBC supervises because a bowler was ineligible when it comes to the rules regarding professional events bowled. So the team has vacated the title and Webber’s coach Del Warren is suspended indefinitely by USBC. McKendree does not win the men’s title by forfeit, but like some NCAA things that happen, the USBC has just vacated the championship for 2017.
You can argue amateur status in bowling all you want when you have these tournaments that pay lots of money, but aren’t PBA/PWBA events and there are those that have had no problem bowling in college.
Now to this year
The sectional assignments have been made for the Intercollegiate Team Championships for 2018 and the LSU team, coming off a big win, and the Tulane women have qualified. They will each have to be among the top four in their sectional to advance to the national tournament.
The sectionals are March 9-11 and LSU’s guys will go to USA Bowl in Dallas as the 73rd ranked team in the field. Also in that sectional are Wichita State and last year’s runner-up McKendree.
The Tulane women are ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA poll and will be at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights, Illinois for their sectional. Later in March will be the Southland Bowling Championships in Jonesboro, Arkansas, which could put them in the NCAA championships.
Women’s state tournament
The women’s state tournament ended its run at Circle Bowl on Sunday and we will get some of the final results when we get together in two weeks.
Going into the final weekend, teams from New Orleans were leading the scratch team event with Hang One of the BR Association on top in handicap team. Baton Rouge bowlers Darlene LeBlanc (720) and Sarah Broussard (673) were one-two in scratch singles with Broussard the scratch all-events leader at 1,911.
The 54th state junior tournament is next on the schedule, the last two weekends of March in Houma, but first there will be an important junior gold qualifier set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Premier Lanes. There will be three divisions and the winners will have the chance to gain a spot in the 2018 Junior Golf which will be held this year in Dallas in mid-July.
In addition, on Sunday, from 9-11:30 a.m., there will be a junior gold and collegiate preparatory seminar at All-Star Lanes led by Mo Pinel who is a ball designer for the Radical Bowling Technologies, who has helped youth bowlers advance to earn scholarships at schools across the nation. The cost to attend is $49.
The March edition of the BR Singles tournament is set for March 10-11 at Circle Bowl. … Shift times are at 9 and 11 a.m., 1, 4, 6, and 8 p.m. for qualifying. As bowlers have seen shifts can fill up fast so plan ahead. … Locally the three high school divisions for Boys/Coed are led by Catholic High 8-0, East Ascension 7-1 and St. Michael’s 8-1. Easton Hollis has the top average of 208.50. … The EA girls are the top at 5-0 with Bailee Chapman averaging 197.62.
Honor roll notes
Lots of great scores on the honor roll as you can see topped by the 847 (289 high) of Troy Cedotal. Also Brian Duboy with his first 600 series and Ritchie Bertrand, Mike Deleon, Robbin Blackwell, Duke Koontz and Tj Wheeler among those with perfect games. Majorie Redman’s 213 was her first 200 and Alex Domingue and Sumner Taylor just missing with 299 games.
Back with more in two weeks on March 13. Until then, good luck and good bowling.