Sixth-seeded St. Amant High School scored six points in the final game of the match Monday afternoon to upset third-seed Central of Baton Rouge in the open/coed regionals of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association bowling playoffs at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge.
St. Amant and Central were tied 8-8 before the Gators won six of the final 11 points available to get a 14-13 win and advance to the bi-regionals on March 28.
Central lost for just the second time in its past 15 matches.
St. Amant will be joined in the bi-regionals by St. Michael (a 24-3 winner over Madison Prep) and undefeated Dutchtown (24-3 over East Ascension) and Catholic High (19-8 winner over Denham Springs).
The four teams that lost in the final round Monday will return at 1 p.m. Wednesday (moved from Tuesday because of ACT testing) to earn the final three team spots in the division. The three teams that win a match will advance.
The three teams in the girls Baton Rouge division were determined as defending champion Central (14-0) won 23-4 over Denham Springs. East Ascension (12-1) advanced with a 20-7 win over St. Amant. Then in the loser’s bracket advancement match, St. Amant was a 24-3 winner.
In Baton Rouge, top scores included Dalton Willis of Denham Springs with a 700 series, Dylan Ringo of Central (678), Alex Duenckel of St. Michael (677), Austin Bertrand of Catholic (670), Prentiss Stanley of St. Amant (656), Averi Laughlin of Dutchtown (655) and Keondra Eaton of Baton Rouge High (635).
In New Orleans, Cody Schaffer of Brother Martin rolled a 300 game and Bryan Arena of Holy Cross shot 299.
Advancing in the open/coed division was two-time defending champion Brother Martin, a 24.5-2.5 winner over Holy Rosary.
Salmen advanced with a 17-10 win over Rummel, Holy Cross earned a 15-12 win over Jesuit. Shaw completed the advancement of the top four seeds from the region with a 21-6 win over St. Augustine.
The New Orleans girls saw top seed Academy of Our Lady take a 23.5-3.5 winner over Chalmette, while Chapelle won 20-7 over Cabrini.
Chalmette and Cabrini met in the loser's match for the final qualifying spot with Chalmette the advancing team.
The winners from the bi-regional at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge will advance to the state championship round at the Raising Cane’s River Center on April 7.