Two Baton Rouge bowlers earned their spots in a couple of Hall of Fames in recent days.
At the start of the month, Greater Baton Rouge USBC President Ricky Achord was inducted into the Southern Bowling Congress Hall of Fame at its annual tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. Achord has been a longtime associate and director in the SBC and already was a life member.
On Saturday, the Greater Baton Rouge USBC presented David McCord as its latest Hall of Famer. McCord is having an outstanding bowling career and certainly has the credentials to join the list of local luminaries in the Hall.
Congrats to Ricky and David on their latest honors. They are well deserved.
Final prep bowling thoughts
It’s hard for me not to say that this year’s championship day of the high school bowling playoffs was the best of the bunch. There were so many storylines and a few surprises that kept a large crowd cheering multiple happenings at once.
First, although their stories came to an end early, it was great to see Central and Broadmoor make their marks in the open division. Central encountered an injury in the biregional that may have affected their chances. And after a sensational biregional, Broadmoor had to go to the one house that really didn’t give it a good chance to showcase its game. Both had great seasons, and both established themselves as teams to be reckoned with.
It appears that the open division, if Redemptorist can get back to its former status, could have several teams that will contend in the Baton Rouge district. That may be what is needed to keep from having the annual difficulty of handling any of the top New Orleans teams — like Rummel, the winner the past two years.
For Angela Falgoust of St. Michael and Cory Ledet of Jesuit, it was a matter of making shots and decisions at the right time. No splits, just two opens and the ability to transition to the Acadiana Lanes made Falgoust an easy winner. Ledet was struggling before a ball change in the final game resulted in a 279 and a 222 three-game average. He needed all of that 279 to defend his title, winning the 2013 title by one pin.
Any playoff review has to include the Holden Rockets. I think by the time they were done, we all made the name of the school “Little Class B Holden.” The Rockets proved that any school, big or small, can compete and win a lot in this sport.
Coach Lisa Neal believed. The girls believed. Their raucous following believed, and among those who believe now are the three-time champs from Lafayette High, who were taken down in the semifinals by the Rockets in their home city. Think “Hoosiers” of the bowling lanes. For two games of the finals, it looked for sure like the impossible dream was coming true.
But late in the third game, the magic began to disappear, and Vandebilt Catholic won five of the last six individual games — and with it enough pins to capture the three bonus total pins points and a 15-12 win.
I’m not sure what type of story I would have written had Holden won, but I thought for a long time that was exactly what was going to happen. I’m sorry I didn’t get that chance, but hopefully this is a story that will continue for the Rockets again — if not next year, very soon. The city of Holden should be very proud indeed.
In the end, I think that is what made this so interesting. There were new storylines, new teams making runs. There were teams that broke the mold of the schools that had dominated the prep bowling scene in past years, and that’s a good thing. I hope that’s where high school bowling in this city is headed.
The 15th Anchor Lady Trio event is underway at Metro and will go another two weekends. It’s a big money event with $3,600 for first, $2,400 for second and $1,200 for third. Check with the center for entry blanks and shift times.
Honor roll notes
Phil Godley, who also happens to be coach of the very successful Central prep team, has shown he knows what he tried to teach his team this year. He shot a 300 game as part of a very strong 836 series at All-Star Lanes to lead the city scores.
Robbie Blackwell at Metro Bowl also had a 300 game. Tristan Senegal led the women with a 256 game and a 712 series. In the youth leagues, Chad Conard posted a strong 288 game with a 643 series, while Loyd Hutchinson (266-685) and Bessie Holiday (225-613) led the senior league bowlers.
Linda Doucet picked up the 6-7-10 split, while senior Lillie Claiborne had a triplicate 139. Junior bowler Conner Rogers had a 218 for a first 200 game, while Mike Hebert rolled his first 700 series.
Until we join you April 30, good luck and good bowling.