Bowling: Brother Martin, Jesuit, Chapelle, Kenner Discovery, Crescent City win openers Thursday
HARAHAN – Brother Martin opened defense of its state boys bowling title with a 23-4 victory over Patrick Taylor on Thursday at Colonial Lanes.
The Crusaders got a fast start from their three returning starters, who combined for an opening-game 679 on the right pair, led by Ashton Catalinotto’s 247, as Brother Martin opened a 6-2 lead. It was 12-4 after two as Jacob Vangilder led the Crusaders with a 236. Brother Martin wrapped up the match with a final-game sweep and finished with a 3,402 team series.
Vangilder’s 678 paced the Crusaders, who have won 31 consecutive matches dating back to 2021, while Catalinotto rolled a 629 set and Kade Chatelain had a 615.
Beckham Lieu led Patrick Taylor, a playoff team each of the last two years, with a 506 series.
The Brother Martin-Patrick Taylor match was one of five on opening day at Colonial.
Jesuit 26, Destrehan 1: The Blue Jays fired a 1,201 middle game en route to a convincing victory over the Wildcats, who were making their prep bowling debut.
William Carpenter’s 260 game from the anchor position keyed Jesuit’s second-game surge. William Adams had a 209 and Joseph Anderson a 200.
Adams had a 566 series while Carpenter averaged 223.5 for his two games. All nine bowlers on the Jesuit roster saw action as the Jays had a 3,257 team series.
Beau Senior had a 539 series and Logan Cannon a 502 for Destrehan.
Archbishop Chapelle 24, Kenner Discovery 3: In girls action, the Chipmunks rolled a 2,945 team series in an opening victory over the Swamp Owls.
Elizabeth Hamilton had games of 208 and 219 as part of a 609 series to lead Chapelle. Olivia Bares, in her first varsity match in two seasons, closed with a 217 for a 571 set, and Mia Bella Harvey had a 213 final game.
Haley Adams had a 400 series and claimed one of Kenner Discovery’s three individual wins.
Kenner Discovery 23½, East Jefferson 3½: The Swamp Owls’ boys team defeated the Warriors in the opener for both teams.
Jed Massassati had a 406 series and Kaare Smith rolled a 168 opening game to lead Kenner Discovery.
Gunner Frazier delivered two points for East Jefferson from the No. 5 position.
Crescent City Christian 19, Hahnville 8: The Pioneers opened the season with a win over the Tigers, also making their prep bowling debut.
Hahnville rallied from an 8-0 deficit after game one to win six points in the second game, but Crescent City pulled away in the final game.
Chaz Emery’s 489 series, including a 184 final game, paced the Pioneers. Caleb Sheppard had a 125 final game and claimed a pair of points for the Tigers.
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…