Bowling: Brother Martin wraps up unbeaten regular season; Patrick Taylor likely playoff bound

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For the seventh consecutive year, Brother Martin’s bowling team has gone through the regular season undefeated.

The Crusaders dispatched Archbishop Shaw 23-4 Thursday afternoon at Westside Lanes in Harvey to finish the regular season 12-0.

On low-scoring conditions, Brother Martin managed a 3,141 team series. Dylan McDonald had a 205 middle game to pace the effort, while Carson Sheehan (202) and Drew Gardner (201) closed strong.

The Eagles, who ended the regular season 9-3, were paced by Jonathan Freeman’s 224 final game and 572 series.

Both teams will be in the 32-team LHSAA boys/co-ed bracket announced next weekend. The Crusaders – winners of four of the last five boys state titles – entered the week at No. 2 in the power ratings, while Shaw was ranked 21st.

Patrick Taylor 24, St. Therese 3: The Tigers, competing in bowling for the first time this year, likely punched their ticket to the postseason with a regular season-ending victory over the Phoenix at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner.

Preston Jones fired a 620 series, including a closing 219 game, to lead Patrick Taylor (8-4), which swept all four of its matches in the New Orleans-area Division 3.

The Tigers entered the week ranked No. 32 in the state power ratings, but will almost certainly move up with two victories this week.

Christian Ruiz’s 171 final game led St. Therese (4-7), another first-year program.

Holy Cross 14, St. Augustine 13: The Tigers swept through the first game and then held off a late surge by the Purple Knights to win at AMF.

Adam Popich’s 211 game paced Holy Cross (8-4) in the opening game, but St. Augustine (2-9) rallied behind anchor bowler Johnny Kelly, who had games of 172 and 186, to capture six of eight points in game two and seven of eight in the final game.

Holy Cross’ early 263-pin lead in total pins would hold up through the St. Aug onslaught, and the three-point “super total” bonus gave the Tigers the victory.

Popich had a 508 series for Holy Cross, which was No. 29 in the power ratings this week, and Kelly a 531 for St. Augustine.

Jesuit 23, Bonnabel (co-ed) 4: Three Blue Jays had 600 series as part of a 3,431 team set in a victory over the Bruins at AMF.

Luke Wood opened with a 255 en route to a team-high 655 series for Jesuit (11-1), which was 10th in this week’s power ratings. Gary Sims had a 631, including a 225 final game, and Ben Hunn had a 232 first game and 627 series for the Blue Jays.

William Sanders led Bonnabel (6-5) with a 586 series, including games of 221 and 206. The Bruins, who began the week at No. 30 in the power ratings, have one regular-season match remaining – Tuesday against Salmen.

Rummel 23, East Jefferson (co-ed) 4: The Raiders got a 675 series from Matthew Fletcher in their final regular season match, a victory over the Warriors at AMF.

Fletcher had games of 267-216-192 to lead Rummel (10-2). Hayden Cantillo had a 201 opening game from the No. 1 spot for the Raiders.

Adam Atkins had a 671 series, including a 257 opening game, to lead East Jefferson. His 215.7 average leads the metro area.

Rummel, which reached the state finals a year ago, was No. 17 in this week’s power ratings. Those numbers were calculated before Tuesday’s victory over Chalmette.

The Warriors finished 5-7 in their first varsity season. While the team will fall short of a playoff berth, Atkins will be one of the top contenders in the singles event.

Kenner Discovery 24, Salmen 3 (girls): The Swamp Owls bounced back from losses the last two days to defeat the Spartans at AMF.

Madison Lemoine’s 553 series, including a 202 final game, led Kenner Discovery (6-4). Emily Floyd led Salmen (2-7) with a 515 set.

Kenner Discovery entered the week ranked 13th in the LHSAA girls unofficial power ratings, but that did not include losses to Albany and Chapelle the last two days. The Swamp Owls have two matches next week, against Chalmette and two-time defending state champion Academy of Our Lady.

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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;…

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