It’s coming down to the final weeks for season play for area high schools, and going into play Monday, three local boys teams and one girls team remained undefeated in the Baton Rouge area districts.
On the boys-coed side, Dutchtown is leading Division 1 with a perfect 8-0 mark with St. Amant in second at 6-1. In Division 2, Central is 8-0 and they have a two-game advantage over Zachary at 6-2 with Broadmoor in position for a good finish at 6-1. Division 3 is led by St. Michael’s at 4-2 with Tara and Redemptorist at 2-4. Finally, in Division 4, The Runnels School may be making one of their best showings in their bowling program with a 7-0 mark, with Albany at 5-4.
Dutchtown has a strong 4-5-6 position base in Averi Laughlin (190 average), Trey Kauffman (206) and Chad Conard (211) to challenge anyone and all three have won at least by 20 points. Central has two bowlers with over 20 points won — Dylan Ringo (183) and Jacob Garretson (216). Garretson has a 773 series on the board this season. Drake Fromenthal is the top average bowler for The Runnels School at 181 with 16 points won, while Zachary is led by Dominic Taylor with a 203 average and 19.5 points to the good.
The Central girls are also undefeated at 8-0 in Division 1 with St. Joseph’s Academy at 5-1. St. Michael’s is the Division 2 leader at 4-3 and St. Scholastica is 7-1 in Division 3.
Central has five girls with 15.5 points or more won and only three other bowlers can claim that many points on the rest of the varsity teams. Haley Young (182) and Sarah LeDuff (187) are the top averages for Central. Bailee Chapman of East Ascension has a 184 average.
It appears the New Orleans girls division is a two-team race with Cabrini at 7-0 and Academy of Our Lady at 6-1. However, as last year, the Baton Rouge divisions may have the advantage in the bi-regional when looking at averages as Cabrini’s top average is the 152 by Ariana Williams, while Academy’s top average is the 137 by Ashley DiSalvo.
On the boys side in New Orleans, it looks like another strong year with Brother Martin at 8-0, Rummel at 7-1, Jesuit 6-2 and Shaw 5-3. In Division 1 play, Brother Martin is 5-0 and Rummel is 4-0 in Division 2.
Again, it is in the 1-2-3 spot where the difference is usually apparent and again this year Brother Martin could post a lineup with a lowest average of 185 with three 200 averages on the high end — Robert Beecher and Kyle Schneider 206 each and Max Oertiling 208. Runnel’s lineup could post a lowest average of 170 with Jonathan Hart at 204 and Perry Giambrone averaging a strong 227 with 3 700-plus sets. Jesuit’s high average is Ben Ainsworth is 201 while Scott Vedros is tops for Shaw at 207.
The playoffs start March 23 and 24 with the Baton Rouge regional round and the Baton Rouge-New Orleans area bi-regional on March 31. It all culminates with the state championship on April 10 at Acadiana Lanes in New Orleans.
The next BR singles event is set for March 14-15 at Circle Bowl. Entries are available on the Circle Bowl Facebook page. This is the first of three BR events in 2015. …We haven’t forgotten the women’s state tournament in Lake Charles. We will get you an update when we gather in two weeks. …The youth state championships begin on March 14 for two weekends at Creole Bowl in Houma. ... Speaking of Houma, congrats to Sumner Taylor and Justin Bui for taking first place in a big doubles tournament on the NOLA Scratch Tour at the end of February at Houma’s Bowl South.
Honor roll notes
Mike Cook shot 796 (279) at Circle for the high men’s score of the week, while Sarah Broussard dropped 748 with a 279 game to lead the women in our reporting period. Cullen Vincelette (645) and Clay Craighead (643) were the best in the youth leagues, with Bruce Bennett (721) and Jeanette Conner (579) the top senior league scorers.
Lester Hawkins bowled his first 300 game in the Metro Travel League, 129 pins over his 171 average and Gregory Snee posted 300 at All-Star Lanes. Pam White bowled a 242 game which was 100 pins over average as Barvon Cador with a 123 average rolled 257 for a first 500 set of 505. Senior bowler Cheryl Shuffield was 50 pins over average and Madelyn Graham had a 172 all-spare game.
Back to talk more bowling in two weeks on March 17. Until then, good luck and good bowling.