It may have been the best final in years in the BR Singles Series at Circle Bowl on Sunday.

Shawn Maldonado of Houston won his third BR Singles event in the last five years along with a second place and it’s no wonder why he considers it one of his favorite tournaments.

But this time, a local star took the guy who has found himself on television more than once on ESPN in PBA Tour shows was taken to the absolute limit in the final battle for the first prize.

Sumner Taylor came oh so close in a battle of talent and skill all the way to the end of the two-game match. Taylor had a 246-245 advantage after one game and got up in the 10th with a chance to win the match. But the door was left slightly open with a six count on the first ball that led to a spare and fill for Taylor and Maldonado doubled in the 10th to win the two-game total, 511-501.

Again, it’s another example of the great talent and ability these guys have, but also another chapter in the storied history of this event and the type of matches that you sometimes end up with in the finals.

Congrats to Joe Calvaruso and Cullen Vincillette for making the semifinals.

Vincillette and Maldonado both had 800 series in the qualifying. Congrats to all those who advanced and Taylor and Maldonado for an exciting championship match.

State tournament results

We have the results of the women’s state tournaments which recently concluded at Circle Bowl and some area bowlers earned top honors.

Two teams went 1-2 in the scratch team event with Ten In Da Pit posting 2,497 for first and Dangerous Dames were second at 2,396. The team of Impact Advertising from Ball, won the handicap division with a 2,833. The Bowling Up A Storm team from Denham Springs was fourth at 2,822.

Four doubles teams topped 1,200 scratch, which means 200 averages for the team. Sarah Broussard and Dawanna Touchet of Baton Rouge topped things with 1,261. But don’t slight Deidra Johnson and Tristan Senegal at 1,224 (BR), Rhonda Bulliard and Dawn Amedee at 1,219 (BR) and New Orleans’ Johanna Clark and Sandra Dufrene’s 1,203.

Throw in the handicap and Nancy Boley and Mary Piper won the division with 1,532. Lorie Johnson and Dayna Cefalu from the Northshore Association finished third at 1,454.

Jordyn Scherer of Baton Rouge posted 790 for first in handicap singles, four pins better than Alexandria’s Sharon Terrell. Margaret Wick (782) was third and Stephanie Graham (778) fourth and both are from Baton Rouge. Graham had the best scratch singles score of 700.

Senegal posted a nine-game scratch total of 1,936 to win all-events, five pins better than Tonia Vincent of Alexandria. Leslie Engeron of New Orleans was at 1,898. Graham and Bulliard of Baton Rouge tied for fourth at 1,896. Sherri Martin (2,323) of Baton Rouge and another local, Jordyn Scherer (2,307) went 1-2 in the handicap division.

Almost time

The high school bowling season is right at the playoff point. We will again post the brackets and see who will give Baton Rouge and the area the best chance to break through again for the title. We will again be the place to keep an eye on the march to the April state championships at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge.

Be sure and check out the great scores in the honor roll since we were with you last time. We will return in two weeks with our high school updates and the youth state tournament. Until then, good luck and good bowling.