Broadmoor High bowling coach Maria Gonzalez has watched other teams from the area take their shot at the Open Division state championship round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association bowling playoffs.
Most of the time it would be St. Michael the Archangel, Catholic High or Redemptorist that represented the city in the state semis or finals.
Now the balance of power has begun to shift to schools like Broadmoor, and after an 18-9 win over Central last weekend in biregional play, the Bucs are the ones with a chance in Friday’s semifinals at Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette.
Broadmoor faces the top seed from the Southwest-North Biregional, Morgan City, in one Open (Boys/Coed) semifinal at 11 a.m., while the other semifinal finds Baton Rouge-New Orleans top seed and defending state champion, Archbishop Rummel, meeting three-time champion Barbe of Lake Charles (the No. 2 seed in the Southwest-North Region). The winners will meet for the Open title at 1 p.m.
Broadmoor gained a lot of the pins it needed at the top of its lineup, where the head-to-head matches of the lower three average bowlers in the lineup are becoming more important in the team results.
“The most improvement that I have seen this year, is with my 1, 2 and 3 spots,” Gonzalez said. “They have been bowling extremely well and consistent since the regular season has ended. They have been picking up their spares and haven’t been leaving many open frames like they did during the regular season.”
Broadmoor will probably go with a lineup of Ivan Isadore (146 average), Terry Mahoney (146), Ritch Bolden (176), DaMarcus Scharnett (191), Juan Coston (196) and Jade Villeneuve (210). Scharnett and Mahoney are senior starters. Villeneuve is just a freshman.
“The message that we have for our team is that they should always remain calm and focused at all times,” Gonzalez said. “Any errors that they make, overcome them in the next frame. Don’t give up, anything can happen. Regardless of the outcome on Friday, we are proud of this team and everything that they have accomplished this season”
“You always dream of competing for a championship, now we all have that opportunity to do so,” said Scharnett. “Win or lose, we are going to keep our head held high and walk out of Acadiana Lanes feeling like champions. We’ve had a remarkable season. We have that winning mindset, going into every match. No matter who we’re up against, we expect to win.”
Last week against Central, Isadore had a 200 game.
“I feel that I have improved in all of my areas but I still can get better,” Isadore said. There is always room for improvement. My message to the team is we are going to go into the match how we do every time. We just have to focus, be confident, and have fun.”
Morgan City (11-0) won the Morgan City/Houma district and could have five bowlers in its lineup who won at least 20 points with averages of 194 or better. Topping the lineup are Taylor Brocota and Austin Courtney with 209 averages and Chandler Delaune with a 210 average.
Rummel coach Matt Caire said his team put together a strong top-to-bottom effort in the bi-regional and looks for that again versus Barbe.
On the girls side, Holden, a Class B school, won two matches at bi-regionals to advance, takes a Lafayette team with lots of state experience. Lafayette has won three titles like Barbe and will be looking to match the Denham Springs girls who won four titles (2005-08, the last title by a Baton Rouge district open or girls division team).
The other semifinal will find St. Scholastica of Covington trying to get by Vandebilt Catholic, led by last year’s state singles champion Colleen Cheramie. Both semifinals are also at 11 a.m. with a 1 p.m. finals.
Ten boys and 12 girls who are not part of the semifinal teams are still alive for the singles state championship that will be decided through the semifinal and final rounds Friday.
Jesuit’s Cory Ledet is the defending champion, and he is joined by area bowlers Central’s Kevin Kennedy, Acadiana’s Alex Woolard, St. Michael’s Anthony Russo, Scotlandville’s Frederic Taylor and Brother Martin’s Josh Perelli.
Last year’s girls runner-up St. Michael’s Angela Falgoust made it easily in the biregional with a 220-plus qualifying round.
Area bowlers joining her are St. Joseph’s Claire Barbier, Albany’s Harley DeKeyzer, Central’s Sarah LeDuff and Hayley Young, Woodlawn’s Nicole Androf and Denham Springs Kelsye Campbell.
Admission for the event is $5.