With just 18 days remaining in the regular season of high school bowling, some trends are starting to take place in the Baton Rouge region.

After play Monday, in the Baton Rouge 1 open division, Catholic High has gone out to an 11-0 mark, three games up on Central at 7-2.

One of the best battles right now is in the Gonzales district, where Dutchtown and St. Amant are both at 9-1 and dominating everyone else in that group.

A familiar playoff team of last year, St. Michael’s is up in the Baton Rouge 2 district with a 7-3 record, 1.5 games up on Madison Prep at 5-2. In Hammond, Albany is at 8-0 and 3.5 games up on St. Thomas Aquinas at 5-4.

In the coed division, Parker Aucoin of Central has the top average of 210.67, while Cedric Taylor of Scotlandville is at 207.63, and Austin Bertrand of Catholic is at 206.32.

The girls in the coed division are led by Averi Laughlin of Dutchtown at 192.04, with Keondra Eaton of Baton Rouge High at 190.83 and Natalie White of Dutchtown at 178.35.

In the girls’ standings, there are two undefeated district leaders and a one-loss leader in the three divisions. Central is at 8-0 and three games up on East Ascension in District 1, and St. Michael’s is at 8-1 and in command of District 2.

In the Hammond division, perennial power St. Scholastica is at 10-0 and three games over Albany.

Bailee Chapman, who bowls for East Ascension, has the top average in the region at 189.50. Brianna McCurley is at 179.78 and Sarah LeDuff averages 176.67; both are from Central.

Upcoming events

The March edition of the BR Singles tournament is set for March 12-13 at Circle Bowl. It should be another interesting weekend in which all types have won and lost over the years. Sometimes the fascinating thing is how much the qualifying number moves in the last couple of shifts, forcing some to decide whether to bowl again or not. It should be another interesting weekend. Entries are at the bowling centers.

Starting on the same weekend at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge will be the 52nd Louisiana Youth Bowling Championships. That event will run two weekends.

Big February

After ESPN and the PBA’s promo of Big February — three Sundays of major championships and then the fun of the Chris Paul celebrity event this past Sunday — the ESPN bowling season takes a hiatus for college basketball for the next several weeks.

The next time the tour will be on TV will be the league competition for the Elias Cup, and it heads back to the wild craziness of Portland, Maine. That begins April 17 and runs for four weeks to conclude the ESPN schedule.

There’s going to be lots of bowling coming up on CBS Sports Network, including the PWBA Tour.

Things start in May with four weeks of intercollegiate coverage — something that along with the NCAA women’s championship will be in Baton Rouge in May.

The PWBA coverage will be unique in that TV will tape four finals at one location, but the tournaments will be bowled to the TV finals in three locations, with the finals of those events taped to go with one live final. It will be interesting to see how this works.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, go to Watch ESPN and see the ESPN 30-for-30 short on Pete Weber. It is very well done.

I have tried hard not to get into the Brian Voss, Chad Murphy, Jason Belmonte back-and-forth on the Internet over the game of bowling and how everyone is trying to figure out if all these two-handers are good for bowling.

Young stars are making their mark on the PBA Tour, and they found their place in the major championships.

It seems like I heard this same talk in golf about the ball and clubs overpowering the courses. It’s the game in which we live with these days.

Is it anyone’s fault? No. I think if you can throw it two-handed with that power and accuracy, good for you. To me, there is a new generation of PBA stars for us to get to know, and that’s not a bad thing.

Back with you in two weeks, and we’ll get some results from the women’s state tournament. Until then good luck and good bowling.