The youth state tournament results have been finalized after last month’s event at Metro Bowl, and congrats to David Moragas of Lake Charles for taking both the scratch and handicap all-events titles in the top boys average division.

Moragas won the 171-and-up boys average division with a nine-game total of 2,286 (an astonishing average of 254). He was 310 pins to the good on second place Justin Bui of New Orleans (who averaged a not too shabby 219). In all, 16 bowlers in the top boys average division averaged over 200 for the tournament.

In the boys 146-170 average division, Baton Rouge’s Dominic Taylor was also a double winner, taking the handicap with a score of 2,185 and the scratch with a nice 1,936 total (215 average). John Thomas of Baton Rouge led the boys 121-145 division with 2,123 handicap, and Jaired Foster of Baton Rouge led the scratch with 1,536.

The handicap winner in the boys 96-120 division was Adam Atkins of New Orleans, while Justin Martone of Baton Rouge took scratch honors with 1,288. In the 95-and-under boys division, Parker Phillips of Natchitoches took top honors in handicap with 2,102, while Lafayette’s Caleb Moss shot 981 to win scratch all-events.

On the girls side, the scratch all-events winner in 150-and-over was Baton Rouge’s Keondra Eaton, who posted 1,670 (185 average), while Amy Coward of Baton Rouge was the handicap topper at 1,922.

Hammond’s Allyson Jenkins took both honors in the 130-149 category with 1,967 handicap and 1,466 scratch. Sierra Wilson of New Orleans was the best in the 110-129 handicap division at 1,864, while Baton Rouge’s Tia Cason’s 1,264 was the top scratch score.

Kelsi Stegall from the Houma-Thibodaux area had the top handicap score of 2,091 in the 90-109 average group, while Shelby Welch from the West Central association topped the scratch with 1,116.

Finally, in the under-90 average group, Katelyn Bennett of Alexandria’s 2,009 and Baton Rouge’s Jordan Cangelosi’s 995 were the highs.

For complete state tournament results, go to the state web site at

Is PDW one of the best?

The PBA’s Tournament of Champions was bowled Sunday, and Pete Weber, at age 50, won his 10th major title, tying him with Earl Anthony for the most majors.

ESPN had a great two-hour show, and certainly the network’s decision to have Nelson Burton Jr. back each year to call part of the telecast is a class decision on their part. The 70-year-old Burton can still bring it on television commentary, and his declaration that with the win Weber’s name would have to be “in the hat for greatest of all time” is a statement that has to be taken seriously.

Be sure and enjoy the league finals Sunday, because if you have Cox Cable, you won’t see the spring-summer series from Milwaukee as those five shows will move to the CBS Sports Network. I hope that’s not a bad sign for the future relationship between ESPN and the PBA.

High school playoffs

I’ll have a complete preview Thursday of the Baton Rouge-New Orleans bi-regional from the local All-Star Lanes, but here are a couple of quick thoughts after seeing the bracket and the lane assignments.

First, I applaud high school tourney director Rick Bourgeois and the people at All-Star for using almost the entire house for the event. With one round bowled at the high end and another at the low end, there should be some fresh oil to be found in the final set of matches that sends bowlers to the semis in Lafayette.

The other is I was looking forward to a possible rematch of last year’s coed finals in Archbishop Rummel and St. Michael. I wasn’t expecting that it could happen in the bi-regionals, if at all.

One thing is certain: A Baton Rouge coed team will make the state semis as the top of the bracket is all local teams (Central, Baker, Broadmoor, Denham Springs).

Honor roll notes

We can’t do the notes without talking about a husband and wife shooting the same first game in the same house in two different leagues. Now that might not seem so unusual until you consider that after Dawn Amedee shot 299 on one side of Circle Bowl, husband John came back and threw the same game on the other side of the house. The family that bowls similar games together … (you can fill that one in).

Robbie Blackwell led the scoring with 801 at Metro Bowl, while Gladys Metz had 730 at All-Star Lanes. Mike Bass (679) and Cheryl Albarez (626) led the Senior Leagues, while Dominic Taylor had 715 for the youth best.

Perfect games were shot by Mike Cook and Jeff James with the other 299s by Duke Koontz and his father-in-law, Raleigh Begnaud. Annette Simmons had a 137 triplicate. Peter Fontane had his highest series to date of 679, while Diane LeBlanc rolled 538 for his first 500 series.

Until then, good luck and good bowling.