There are plenty of highlights in my bowling notebook and we return to the same starting spot as last time — Wes Malott’s big youth event in Austin, Texas.

While we knew of Jacob Garretson’s win in the scratch division, we failed to notice another Baton Rouge bowler from Catholic High, Austin Bertrand, who captured the 189 and below handicap division and in the process picked up his own first prize scholarship check of $1,500. In addition, Bertrand was a squad leader three times in qualifying, earning another $300 and picked up $250 more for finishing third in a leadoff sweeper event.

In the best of three finals for the big money, the top-seeded Bertrand beat Thomas Lopez, 2-0; Brandon Stewart, 2-0; and then won the first and third games for the championship against Angelica Anthony with games of 267-224-206.

Congrats to Austin for a tremendous win and again, to Wes Malott for putting on what is a fine event.

Now more good news on the youth bowling scene involving some high school bowlers who won the battle of top junior teams from the various regions of The National Bowling Association (TNBA) in their recent national event in the Detroit area. This past Easter weekend, the team of Cedric Taylor, Dominic Taylor, Frederic Taylor and Deontrae Taylor won the South Region youth team title to earn their spot in the Detroit event

From there — Cedric, Frederick and Deontrae, who all bowl for Scotlandville High; and, Dominic from Zachary High — took home top honor sin the event. Congratulations to all. It is great to see our high school bowlers taking their talents on the road and doing well.

PBA Update

Well, the summer swing got off to a great start last Tuesday on the CBS Sports Network when Sean Rash not only won the tournament, but became the 23rd person to roll a 300 game on the televised PBA show. The action continues tonight at 6 p.m. with the Bear pattern open (40-foot flat) with Tommy Jones trying to win in this country for the first time since 2008.

Last week, also marked one reason the PBA50 tour is so good and its complete coverage is available online. Norm Duke beat Pete Weber for the senior U.S. Open title in Las Vegas and now all the senior stars are there for the Senior Masters and coverage of that is available at

TNBA Nationals

Speaking of the TNBA National event, while we haven’t had a chance to go through all the results, we did see a Baton Rouge team (The Organization) taking fifth in the men’s division and earning $850, while Ed Major of Baton Rouge teamed with Ed Rious for eighth place in the senior doubles worth $170.

If you remember, just last November all three houses in Baton Rouge and Gonzalez hosted a large TNBA Southern Regional Tournament.

A Nice Reunion

I had the chance to be in Shreveport-Bossier City, my home area, this past weekend for the Louisiana state open tournament and fairly pleased with my bowling on lanes I had a lot of experience on in another part of my life. The highlight was to see many old friends again from the two centers and to watch a good friend, Bert Carroll, be inducted into the state Hall of Fame.

Also, for the first time in maybe two decades I was reunited with an old bowling writer colleague, John Sands. John wrote bowling for the former evening paper there, the Journal, while I wrote for the morning paper, The Times. We both had differing opinions about our sport — he has a strong bowler who wrote; and me, as a writer who bowled. But I’m proud of us being able to have regular bowling articles for many years in two papers, a rarity even in that time period. Sands, a multiple Hall-of-Famer, is around 80, I believe, and still throwing it as good as ever.

Honor roll notes

Delery Matherne had a great night to finish the Circle Industrial season with a 277 game and a 784 total while Jeanette Conner’s 632 was the best for the ladies. Jacob Garretson (738) and Trey Kauffman (705) had the best youth league scores, while Roland LeGleux had a great 709 (266) in senior leagues. Also, Kevin Dartez had 11 strikes in a row in a 279 game, while seniors Ron Fifer and Carol Chaplin posted 50 pins over average sets.

Finally, again we end with a sad note. We had just put the column away two weeks ago when we learned that 13-year-old bowler Payton Williams had passed away after a battle with cancer. Our condolences to all her family and friends.

We return in two weeks on June 24. Until then good luck and good bowling.