Bowling: Catholic ends Brother Martin streak to lead big day for Baton Rouge district

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GONZALES – Three of the top boys bowling programs in the New Orleans area ventured up I-10 Monday to face three of the top programs from the Baton Rouge area.

For this day, at least, the Baton Rouge schools got bragging rights.

Catholic High led a Baton Rouge sweep by ending the 49-match winning streak of Brother Martin, 20-7.

The Bears fired a 3,892 team series, including a 1,410 middle game that featured a 299 from Jack Chittom.

Catholic led 6-2 after the first game and 12-4 after the second game, building a total-pins margin along the way that was too much to overcome.

Benjamin Herman had a 702 series, capped by a 256 final game, to lead Catholic individually. Four other Bears topped 600 – Tommy Brock with a 671, DJ Mills at 665, Chittom with a 646 and Ethan Territo at 611.

Dylan McDonald had a 254 opening game en route to a 647 series to lead Brother Martin (3-1).

Before Monday, Brother Martin’s last loss was in the 2017 state semifinals, and its last regular-season loss was in 2013. The Crusaders went 17-0 in capturing state titles in 2018 and 2019 and had a 12-0 regular season last year before the postseason was canceled because of COVID-19.

Central 15, Jesuit 12: The Wildcats used a big middle game to edge the Blue Jays.

Central, who was the No. 1 seed in the 2019 playoffs and would have been No. 1 in last year’s bracket, trailed 5-3 after an opening game in which the teams split six individual games but Jesuit claimed total pins by an 1,162-1,161 margin.

The Wildcats fired a 1,260 second game, led by Alex Leduff’s 240 and Chuck Rawls’ 237, to claim seven of eight points and take a 10-6 lead and a 73-pin edge in total pins.

That margin would turn out to be key as the Blue Jays won six of eight points in the final game, but could not overcome the “super total” margin, giving Central the deciding three points. The Wildcats finished with a 3,550 team series to Jesuit’s 3,479.

Ben Hunn led Jesuit (2-1) with a 636 series. Andrew Howard’s 643 set, including a 245 final game, paced Central.

Dutchtown 17, Archbishop Shaw 10: The Griffins rallied from a 7-1 deficit and pulled away from the Eagles in the final game.

Shaw fired an opening-game 1,139, led by Garrett Alello’s 227, to jump to the quick lead, but Dutchtown had a 7-1 second game to square the match. The Griffins then won six of eight points in the final game, plus total pins, to capture the match.

Ty Quibodeaux led Dutchtown’s rally with games of 224 and 253. Preston West fired a 674 series on games of 235-203-236.

Alello led Shaw (1-3) with a 606 series.

Patrick Taylor 27, East Jefferson 0: At Westside Lanes, the Tigers shut out the Warriors.

Patrick Taylor used its depth, with no one bowling all three games. Jake McInnis had a 200 and Logan Salas a 189 in a 1,034 final game for the Tigers.

Caleb Goetz led East Jefferson with a 407 series.

Archbishop Chapelle 26, Kenner Discovery 1: At AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner, the Chipmunks fired a 2,972 team series to defeat the Swamp Owls and remain unbeaten and atop the New Orleans girls district.

Sarah Rubi led Chapelle (4-0) with a 576 series, including a 203 middle game. Madalyn Haas had a 558 set and Marissa Rinderle averaged 192 in two games for the winners.

Madison Lemoine led Kenner Discovery (1-3-1) with a 416 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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