Bowling: Brother Martin, Shaw, Rummel boys open with wins; AOL’s Sasso fires 713 series

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Brother Martin fired a 3,377 team series in a season-opening 26-1 victory over Pope John Paul II Thursday at Bowling USA in Slidell.

The Crusaders got off to a fast start with a 1,217 opening game and employed their depth, using nine bowlers for two games apiece.

Carson Colletti’s 224 and Ricky Carmona’s 223 led the way for Brother Martin in the first game. Carmona averaged 202 for his two games and Colletti averaged 200.

Nathaniel Le fired a 218 middle game and claimed the Jaguars’ lone point.

The Crusaders, winners of four of the last five boys state championships, extended their four-season winning streak to 47 matches.

Archbishop Shaw 26, Crescent City Christian 1: At AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner, the Eagles opened their season with a convincing victory over the Pioneers.

Top returnee Jonathan Freeman had games of 201 and 199 to pace Shaw. Jake Rogers had a 242 final game for the Eagles.

Greg Storms averaged 149 for two games to pace Crescent City.

Archbishop Rummel 27, Kenner Discovery 0: Also at AMF, the Raiders opened 2021 with a shutout of the Swamp Owls.

Andrew Gennaro had a 222 opening game and averaged 207 to pace Rummel. Top returnee Josh Bares had games of 203 and 196.

James Kennedy led Kenner Discovery with a 476 series.

Academy of Our Lady 24, Mount Carmel 3: At Westside Lanes, AOL’s Laney Sasso was the star of the day, firing a 713 series to lead the Penguins over the Cubs in the lone New Orleans-area girls match on opening day.

Sasso, who moved into the anchor position after AOL lost its top three bowlers from last season, had games of 214, 232 and 267 in the season-opening match.

Skylar Alexander had a 192 middle game as part of a 495 series.

Mount Carmel’s Taylor Hunn closed with a 227 to finish with a 580 series.


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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


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;…

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