It’s a formula of points that can quickly lead to victory and defeat that will be on display at the semifinals and finals of the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Bowling Championships at Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette at 11 a.m. Friday.
The matches are best of 27 points with six bowlers placed on the lanes for each team from lowest to highest average. Each match is worth one point with the total of the six bowlers worth two points for each of three games. That’s how 24 points are decided. The combined total of pins knocked down can earn three bonus points, and that’s how several matches were decided in last year’s playoffs.
Handicapping the teams for this year’s semifinals shows some obvious advantages but some opportunities where margins of wins in the one-point individual games could be important.
In the boys/open division, undefeated Central of Baton Rouge has an average team score of 1,096 when their six averages are posted. They will face 11-1 H. L. Bourgeois which has an average of 1,174 and individual averages ranging from 179-229. Central’s range is 149-216. Anything within 100 pins is certainly a margin that a couple of bowlers could make up in a hurry in their match wins.
In the other semifinal, Brother Martin is dominant at 1,190 (188-207 with three 200-plus averages), while Lafayette High, playing at home, is at 1,028.
“My team has competed with the other bowlers from the other teams in youth competitions and looks forward to bowling against them,” Lafayette coach Keith Dhuet said. “This year’s team depends on bowlers 4, 5 and 6 to make up pins when necessary to help the team succeed.”
Lafayette has won multiple girls titles but will be trying to win its first open division crown.
Brother Martin coach Bruce Himbert is big on spare shooting for his Crusaders, and Acadiana is known as a house where strike strings are earned, not given. He watched his team fall behind last week in the biregional when Brother Martin missed 18 spares in the first two games.
Defending singles champ Jacob Garretson of Central called the 32-lane center “tough lanes. Making spares will be the most important thing in this event.”
In the girls semifinals, Central and Ellender are 23-1 combined with only a six-pin difference between the two. Haley Young averages 179 and Sarah LeDuff 184 to lead Central. In the other semifinal, St. Scholastica goes 143-165 for a 934 average, while Central Lafourche posts 117-136 and a 788 average total.
The two semifinal winners will meet at 1 p.m. for the state championship. Central will be trying to become the first school from the Baton Rouge region to win the open division since 2007 and the first to make the final since St. Michael in 2012.
There are 19 other bowlers still alive for the singles championship along with the members of the eight teams that will bowl.
Admission to the bowling center is $5 for the competition.