It was just Wednesday night that as part of my duties as emcee for the annual Star of Stars banquet put on so well for 29 years by The Advocate and Capital City Press that I was announcing that Jacob Garretson, the state prep singles champion from Central, was our boys bowling Star of Stars.
Now on this Tuesday, it is with pleasure to announce that Garretson traveled to Austin, Texas this past weekend for pro bowler Wes Malott’s annual youth tournament and walked away with the top prize in the scratch division and a $1,500 scholarship.
Garretson, who will be a senior at Central this fall, qualified third for the 12-player final that was a bracketed two-of-three match wins final. With a bye in the first round, Garretson fell behind 1-0 to Nick Burgress by a large margin. But the margin doesn’t matter in this format and that’s what makes it good. Garretson came back and rolled 259-219 to advance to the semis.
From there Garretson was rolling the ball and crashing the pins, winning the semis over Shanna Geerdes in two games and then capturing the title with game wins over No. 12 seed Alexes Burton with identical 214 games.
Congrats to Garretson for a big week and college scholarship money that can be helpful to the future indeed.
Bowling on TV
Well, you will have to find someone with CBS Sports TV, but starting next Tuesday at 6 p.m., the network will have five weeks of PBA bowling. Thanks to the folks in Shawnee, Okla., and the Grand Casino Resort there, the Summer Swing survived and went on as scheduled with the five shows.
There are spoilers on the Internet with results if you wish to check, but there are some pretty star-studded lineups for these events.
State tournament set
The annual Louisiana State USBC Open event will begin this coming weekend in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. The event runs for five weekends at All-Star Lanes in Shreveport and Holiday Lanes in Bossier City, the two remaining houses in the city proper, not counting the lanes at Barksdale AFB.
Still going and long gone
I read with interest the column of J.L. Vangilder recently on Sportsnola.com about Colonial Lanes still going after 50-plus years in the New Orleans area. Something also interesting was the number of houses (and it’s a big number) that have opened and closed.
It’s true in the Baton Rouge area as well. The one that received a lot of notoriety is the closing of the venerable Metro/Plank Bowl after the close of the 2012-13 league season. Many, many years of historic bowling took place there. Also in my time in Baton Rouge, houses in Baker and Denham Springs have opened and closed. There are many I’ve heard about in the local area that are no longer in existence and there are probably many stories that could be told about those places. That may be a project for another time.
Honor roll notes
Braxter Smothers had things going at All-Star Lanes with games of 288-290-268 for a strong 846 series, while Gladys Metz had the high women’s score of 682. Chad Conard led the youth bowlers with 642, while Gary Landry had the best men’s senior score of 703 and Cheryl Albarez posted 641.
Perfect 300 games were posted by Randy Summers and Matthew Sharper, while John Amedee and John Rahm had 11 strikes in a row in 290 games. Mike Brooks had 703 for his first 700 series while senior bowlers Carol Chaplin and Ron Fifer were 50 pins over average for their series.
Finally, we leave you with news hitting Monday that the bowling community lost one of its own, Jack Inthavong. We offer condolences to his family and his many bowling friends who are remembering one of the good guys who enjoyed his bowling and his friends so much.
Back on June 10. Good luck and good bowling.