Bowling: Chapelle leads girls, Brother Martin No. 2 in boys final power ratings

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The LHSAA announced Friday that state championships in powerlifting, bowling and bass fishing have been postponed, but with the bowling regular season now concluded, final power ratings have been released for both boys and girls.

For the second consecutive year, undefeated Archbishop Chapelle is No. 1 in the final girls power ratings. The Chipmunks (12-0) joined H.L. Bourgeois, Airline and Lafayette High in posting unbeaten regular-season records. HLB is second, Airline third, once-beaten East Ascension fourth and Lafayette fifth in the power ratings.

The only other team from the New Orleans area to finish in the top 16 – the cutoff for the girls bracket – is Cabrini, which is 16th. If the seeds hold, the Crescents would face Chapelle in the opening round.

Academy of Our Lady, which won back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019, will not get the chance to defend that title after finishing 18th.

On the boys side, Central of Baton Rouge (11-0) is No. 1 in the final power ratings for the second straight year and two-time defending champion Brother Martin (12-0), after a seventh consecutive undefeated regular season, is second.

The only other undefeated team in the state, Central Lafourche, is third, followed by Denham Springs and Airline.

Other metro-area teams who would qualify for the 32-team boys bracket are No. 10 Jesuit (11-1), No. 15 Archbishop Rummel (10-2), No. 22 Archbishop Shaw (9-3), No. 27 Patrick Taylor (8-4) and No. 28 Holy Cross (8-4). Bonnabel is on the outside looking in at No. 33.

There is typically a “challenge period” for coaches and administrators once final ratings are posted, but with all schools closed around the state, when that period may occur is unclear.

The LHSAA executive committee meeting April 6-7 will determine next steps for all spring sports – both those whose championships have been postponed and those who were just getting seasons underway, like softball, baseball and track and field.

The early rounds of the bowling championship were scheduled for March 23-25, with the finals slated for April 2-3 at Premier Lanes in Gonzales.

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