Bowling: Consistent Brother Martin downs Shaw, 21-6
KENNER – Defending state champion Brother Martin displayed its top-to-bottom consistency throughout in a 21-6 victory over Archbishop Shaw Monday at Bowlmor AMF All Star Lanes.
In a match broadcast live on SportsNOLA.com, the Crusaders remained in three outings this season and extended their two-season winning streak to 20 games while giving head coach Bruce Himbert his 100th career victory.
“We didn’t carry well and we missed a lot of spares,” said Himbert. “We have to watch that, because that could catch us down the road. Shaw kept us right there the whole way.”
With no games below 160 on the afternoon, Brother Martin turned in team scores of 1,168, 1,140 and 1,176.
Jonathan Fernandez, who came in with a team-high 225 average, led Brother Martin with a 659 series on games of 213, 228 and 218. Kyle Schneider had a 610 and Brandon Aucoin a 570.
Of the 12 individual match wins by the Crusaders, seven came from the top three spots of a tremendously deep lineup. All nine Brother Martin bowlers entered Monday with a season average of 179 or better.
“Our 1-2-3 has to win the matches for us,” Himbert said. “Our 4-5-6 is as good as anyone in the state, but our 1-2-3 has to win matches.”
Matthew Collins led Shaw with a 640 and Cadence Chesterman, who opened the match with seven consecutive strikes en route to a 234 game, finished with a 635 series.
In other boys action Monday, Holy Rosary rallied in the final game to edge Salmen 14-13. Alex Dupuy led Holy Rosary with a 623 series, while Salmen’s Brandon Nguyen finished with a 649.
Also, Chalmette was a 22-5 winner over Archbishop Rummel, Jesuit defeated Bonnabel 23-4 and Holy Cross topped St. Augustine by the same 23-4 margin.
Austin Savoie led Chalmette’s charge against Rummel with a 259 final game and 571 series. Jesuit’s Adam Francis had a 541 series to lead the Blue Jays against Bonnabel. Remy Mengel’s 465 series paced a balanced Holy Cross effort, while the Purple Knights’ Dontaevion Johnson won all three of his matches and rolled a 564 series.
On the girls side, Arianna Williams rolled a 527 series to lead Cabrini to a 27-0 victory over Bonnabel, while Chalmette defeated Holy Rosary 18½-8½.
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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;…