LAFAYETTE — Central left Acadiana Lanes on Friday with two trophies from the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Bowling Championships.
They just weren’t quite as large as it had hoped for. But this program with just a couple of seniors that had seen bad luck thwart their chances in previous years, advanced to the open and girls finals of the team competition before falling to top-seeded teams from Brother Martin (open division) and St. Scholastica (girls division).
“We bowled outstanding,” Central coach Phil Godley said. “I can’t be any more proud of both of these teams. We bowled in the championship matches for a state title and walk away with two trophies for the school. That’s OK. We were there. We had a lead after Game 1. We had a shot. Sometimes that’s all you can ask for. Our team really has a lot of heart and they are champs, but they came up just a little short.”
Central had a 5-3 lead over Brother Martin after one game in the open final as Parker Aucoin, who would finish second in the singles competition, shot 222 and Jacob Garretson rolled 239.
However, things turned fast for the Crusaders, who opened the second game with 21 strikes in their first 30 frames. That sent the large Brother Martin crowd into a frenzy and seemed to shake Central’s early momentum.
“These guys really gave it their all,” said Brother Martin coach Bruce Himbert. “We were down 5-3 and 24 pins. It was nice to walk up to (my team) and say guys, we really didn’t bowl that well and we are only down two points.”
Part of the run was Kyle Schneider with the first six strikes en route to a 236 and Max Oertiling opening spare, four strikes in a 210 game. Robert Beecher had 236 and Peyton Romano 211 as Brother Martin posted 1,231 and 5-3 down was suddenly 11-5 up.
Neither team had a cakewalk in the semifinals as Central, based on averages an-on paper underdog, was able to take two games to win 16-11 over H. L. Bourgeois, while the Crusaders needed an impressive six-player score of 1,300 in the final game to down Lafayette, 18-9.
In the Wildcats win, Garretson led with 677 (247-222-208), Dylan Ringo had a 257 game and Parker Aucoin 212.
In the girls semifinals, Central beat Ellender, 19-8, and St. Scholastica downed Central Lafourche, 231/2-31/2. Kaylee Robinson led Central in the semifinals with 201, while Brianna McCurley had 189 and 183 and Hayley Young consistent games of 179, 177 and 177.
St. Scholastica and Central in the girls final split the first two games with SSA up 9-7, but the Central girls had a small total pins lead. SSA got a 208 from Sara Breaux and a 177 from Lauren Schneida to help the Doves win 10 of the final 11 points.
“We maintained our energy level through three games, averaging about 960 or so which is solid,” SSA Coach Pete Bertucci said. “You can do pretty well with that. My top end bowlers didn’t do too well … But everyone knows if you win the 1-2-3s … you usually do pretty well.”
SSA won eight of the nine available points in the three lower-average positions and won just two points in the 4-6 average positions, but the margins up top were big enough to make up the difference.
In singles, Beecher and Oertiling got first and third for that championship with Beecher averaging 228 to win the gold medal while Oertiling averaged 213 for the bronze. Aucoin averaged a strong 219 to take the silver.
On the girls side, the championship went to Kayla Engeron of St. Charles Catholic who was actually coached by Himbert since her school did not field a team. She averaged 191 for the gold medal. Kailie Savoie of Teurlings Catholic took the silver with a 189 average and Lizzie Voisin of Ellender averaged 183 for the bronze.