The first step in the high school bowling playoffs begins Monday with two undefeated boys/open division teams in Baton Rouge and one in New Orleans looking to advance to the biregional round next week.
The Baton Rouge regional begins in both the boys/open division and the girls division at 3:15 p.m. at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge. The New Orleans regional will begin at 11:30 a.m. for girls and 1:30 for boys/open play at All-Star Lanes in Kenner.
Central (Division 2) and Dutchtown (Division 1) were 12-0 in Baton Rouge, while Brother Martin was 12-0 in New Orleans. Both have fairly simple roads to the biregional, although Dutchtown will have to win one more match than the other two schools to get to the next round.
Central has the lone bye in the Baton Rouge boys/open 15-team bracket and will not bowl until Wednesday at 1:15 p.m., when it will need to win once to advance.
The rest of the Monday schedule in that bracket will find Dutchtown, the No. 2 seed, meeting Woodlawn. Runnels, the Division 4 winner at 11-1, will face East Ascension, while Broadmoor bowls Denham Springs and St. Amant faces Tara. Madison Prep meets Zachary, while St. Michael, the Division 3 winner, meets Redemptorist and Catholic and Baton Rouge High meet in the matchup that sends the winner against Central.
The seven winners join Central on Wednesday in matches where the four winners go to biregionals and the four losers play for two final spots in the March 31 event.
In the New Orleans regional, at 3:30 p.m., Brother Martin will meet the 8-9 winner between Holy Cross and Bonnabel. Archbishop Shaw and Chalmette, the No. 4 and 5 seeds will meet, while third-seed Jesuit (9-3) will wait the winner of No. 6 Albany and No. 11 St. Augustine. Two-time state champs Archbishop Rummel, the No. 2 seed (11-1), will meet the 7-10 winner between Holy Cross and St. Thomas Aquinas.
The four winners after the 3:30 p.m. matches will advance to the Baton Rouge/New Orleans biregionals.
On the girls side, two matches are scheduled for Monday in Baton Rouge with four-time state champ Denham Springs meeting St. Amant and St. Michael taking on East Ascension. Those two winners will join the top two teams in Division 1, top-seed Central (10-1) and St. Joseph’s Academy (9-2) in the Wednesday matches that will get three teams to biregionals.
In New Orleans, three teams will qualify with the action starting at 11:30 a.m. at the lanes in Kenner. St. Thomas Aquinas and Bonnabel will meet in the 8-9 game with the winner meeting top-seeded Cabrini at 1:30 p.m. Also at 1:30, Albany and Holden, St. Scholastica and Chalmette; plus Academy of Our Lady and Holy Rosary will meet. The four winners will bowl again at 3:30 p.m. to qualify two to the next round with the two losers meeting Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. to determine the final team qualifier from the region.
The Lafayette regional is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at Lafayette Lanes with winners to advance to the rest of the North-Central-West biregional on Monday, March 30 at Holiday Lanes in Bossier City.