Central's girls, the defending state champions and Brother Martin, the two-time Open Division state champions begin play at separate locations Monday in the regional round of the LHSAA state bowling championships.
The Baton Rouge regional will take place at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, while the New Orleans regional round will be at All-Star Lanes in Kenner.
Seven teams in the open/co-ed division will advance to the March 28 Baton Rouge/New Orleans area bi-regional, while three girls teams will advance in the Baton Rouge regional. Four open/co-ed and three girls teams will advance from the New Orleans regional.
Central is the only undefeated girls team at 12-0 and is two match wins away from advancing to the bi-regional and will be going against University High (0-10) in one of the four girls matches that open the day at 10:45 a.m. The other girls matches will have St. Michael (6-6) vs. Denham Springs (5-6); St. Amant (6-5) vs. St. Joseph’s Academy (4-8) and East Ascension (10-1) vs. Lutcher (1-9).
The four winners will meet at 1 p.m. with the two match winners going to the bi-regional. The losers will bowl again for the final spot from Baton Rouge.
On the open side in Baton Rouge, Dutchtown (11-0) and Catholic High (12-0) are the region's undefeated teams and will be in action at 1 p.m. Dutchtown will face the winner of the McKinley-Capitol match from 10:45 a.m. Catholic will meet Zachary (1-11) with Baton Rouge High (6-6) facing East Ascention (7-4), Lee (5-7) vs. St. Amant (8-3), Woodlawn (5-7) vs. Madison Prep (10-2), Lutcher (4-7) vs. Central (11-1), The Runnels School (5-7) vs. St. Michael (10-2) and Broadmoor (6-6) vs. Denham Springs (8-4).
The eight winners of those matches bowl at 3 p.m. for the top four spots in the bi-regional. The four losers will have to come back at 1 p.m. Tuesday and win at least one match to qualify for the final three spots.
In the New Orleans regional, Brother Martin (12-0) will put its 46-match win streak in head-to-head matches on the line as the top seed. Shaw, Holy Cross and Salmen, all at 9-3, are the possible threats. All those teams will have byes to the 3 p.m. round after the lower seeded teams bowl at 1 p.m.
Among girls’ teams in the New Orleans region, Academy of Our Lady (11-1) is the top seed, followed by Archbishop Chapelle (10-2) and Cabrini (9-3).
All this is a start for what a first for Louisiana high school bowling as the state semifinals and finals will be conducted April 7 on lanes currently under construction at the Raising Cane's River Center in Baton Rouge.