Broadmoor High School made the biggest splash in the history of its bowling program Thursday at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, advancing to the Open Division semifinals of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs, downing second-seed Central High 18-9.
The Bucs, the 4A champions of Baton Rouge, will face Morgan City on Friday, April 12, at Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette needing just two wins to capture the state championship.
Maria Gonzalez, Broadmoor’s seventh-year coach, was ecstatic over the team’s performance.
“The kids did great. I’m very excited. The kids are peaking at the right time,” she said. “This feels so great because I never thought we’d be here. I’m excited for this team.
The match was decided early as St. Michael was pounced on by the front of the Broadmoor lineup in the best-of-27 matches. Ivan Isidore (209), Terry Mahoney (214) and Ritch Bolden (200) all shot 200-plus in the 1-2-3 average positions and then won the 5-6 spots with Juan Coston (192) and Jade Villeneuve (203) to get a 7-1 first-game advantage.
The six bowlers built an insurmountable lead in the second game, shooting a six-game scratch total of 1,276 as Bolden shot 256, Villeneuve had 248 and Coston had the first nine strikes before leaving a six pin in a 279 game. Villeneuve posted 276 in the last game.
It was a win over St. Michael that proved to Gonzalez that her team was a contender.
“That’s when I realized we had a chance,” the coach said of her team’s win over last year’s state runnerup in their second match of the year. “When we beat them again, it really put our confidence up high.
Central concluded an outstanding year that saw it go undefeated in the regular season. Its chances took a bit of a hit early in their opening match against Baker when top average bowler Jacob Garretson had a severe back spasm after six frames and had to withdraw. He returned to watch his team in the second match after going to the doctor. Kevin Kennedy in the No. 2 position paced Central with games of 202 and 257 as part of a 646 series.
In the other half of the coed bracket, defending state champion Rummel found itself having to face its district rivals, first Brother Martin and then Jesuit. In two games, Rummel had a 13-3 lead on Brother Martin in its match, one pin shy of victory which it got in a 16.5-10.5 victory. Then in the match that advanced to Lafayette, Rummel opened with six-player games of 1,234 and 1,238, winning 15-of-the-first-16 points en route to a 23-4 decision.
Rummel will face Barbe in the semifinals April 12.
Charles Noble led Rummel against Jesuit with a 691 (277-212-204), while Tyler LeBlanc led the team in the Brother Martin match with 738 (268-242-228). Craig Blakesley had 475 for two games (237-238).
“This is really the first time all year top to bottom our team has performed like they are capable of and it showed,” said Rummel Coach Matt Caire. “Personally, I was a little concerned having to face Brother Martin again, but you could see the guys were not. They were focused and ready to go. It feels great. We have that experience from last year so we know what we are getting in to.
In the opening rounds of the Open Division, Brother Martin defeated Scotlandville, 21-6; Central defeated Baker, 20-7; Jesuit defeated St. Michael 20.5-6.5; and Broadmoor took out Denham Springs, 18.5-8.5.
The two girls division matches that advanced teams to Lafayette were decided by the three bonus points for total pins.
Top-seeded Albany and fourth-seed Holden came down to an eight-pin decision after the 18 individual matches and three games were split at 12-12. The total pins advanced Holden, 15-12, to a state semifinal match against defending champion Lafayette.
St. Scholastica edged Academy of Our Lady 14-13 and will face Vandebilt in the semis.
In the other early match earlier, Holden defeated Denham Springs 19-8.
In the singles competition, the 12 boys and girls on advancing teams are still alive as well as the top bowlers from the teams that lost earlier in the day.
Those advancing in the boys division include defending champion Corey Ledet from Jesuit who averaged 228. Others going to Lafayette were Anthony Russo, St. Michael (223); Frederic Taylor, Scotlandville (217); Kevin Kennedy, Central (215) and Josh Perelli, Brother Martin (205).
The girls were led by Angela Falgoust of St. Michael who averaged 234. Other qualifiers were: Claire Barbier, St. Joseph’s Academy (191); Nicole Androf, Woodlawn (182); Harley Dekeyzer, Albany (172); Kelsye Campbell, Denham Springs (172), Sarah LeDuff and Haley Young, Central (both 161).