Boys Bowling: Jesuit pulls away to defeat Slidell; Shaw, Rummel, Holy Cross, Patrick Taylor get key wins
KENNER – Jesuit and Slidell entered the final week of the regular season as two of four teams in the New Orleans boys bowling region with only one loss, but a Monday showdown at AMF All Star Lanes awaited.
Jesuit took an early punch from Slidell in the opening game, but a late first-game rally set the tone for a 21-6 Blue Jays victory.
The Blue Jays (10-1) were down nearly 100 pins in the late stages of game one before strong finishes across the board allowed Jesuit to grab a 1,072-1,062 edge in pinfall and a 5-3 edge on the scoreboard heading into the second game.
From there, Jesuit claimed six points and took command of total pins in the middle game, then closed it out with seven of eight points in an 1,131 final game.
The Blue Jays finished with a 3,302 team series, led by William Adams’ 629 series, William Carpenter’s 589 and Preston Roark’s 581.
Hunter Mullen led Slidell (9-2) with a 575 series.
Jesuit and Slidell entered the week 12th and 16th, respectively, in the latest unofficial LHSAA power rankings. Monday’s victory figures to give the Blue Jays a boost.
Archbishop Shaw 25, Crescent City Christian 2: The Eagles had a 3,300 team series in a win over the Pioneers at Westside Lanes in Harvey.
Shaw (10-1), which entered this week tied for fourth in the power rankings, got big efforts from the left side of its lineup. Alex Gaitan had a 237 middle game and Zachary Richoux a 232 final game as none of the 10 bowlers on the Eagle roster bowled all three games.
Chaz Emery claimed both team points and fired a 632 series for Crescent City (2-8).
Archbishop Rummel 27, Hahnville 0: The Raiders pitched a shutout against the Tigers at AMF.
Cayden Munster had a 247 middle game and Matthew Fletcher had games of 200 and 201 to pace Rummel (8-3), which sits 24th in the latest power rankings.
Tyron Martin’s 136 middle game was the best of the day for Hahnville (1-10).
Holy Cross 15, Destrehan 12: The Tigers took a tightly fought matchup over the Wildcats at Colonial Lanes in Harahan.
Holy Cross (7-4) trailed 9-7 after two games despite a 17-pin edge in total pins. The teams split the six individual matches in the final game, but the Tigers’ deeper lineup helped it grab the two points for total pins, 827-817, and finish with a 2,541-2,514 edge in the super total, which provided the three deciding points.
Ethan Boyd’s 475 series was the best of the day for Holy Cross.
Destrehan (5-6) was led by Logan Cannon’s 603 series and Beau Senior’s 540.
Both teams entered the week just on the outside of the playoffs, with Holy Cross at No. 34 and Destrehan at No. 40 in the power rankings.
Patrick Taylor 22½, De La Salle 4½: The Tigers defeated the Cavaliers at Westside.
Patrick Taylor (9-2) led 6-2 after one game and took control by winning 7½ points in the middle game.
The Tigers’ balanced effort was led by Beckham Lieu’s 528 series, Reese Elwood’s 522 and Jadon Lieu’s 521.
De La Salle (1-9) got a 610 series from Brandt Haynes that included a 254 final game. Haynes opened the finale with eight consecutive strikes.
John Ehret 24, Kenner Discovery 3: The Patriots swept the final two games in defeating the Swamp Owls at AMF.
Matthew Nguyen opened with a 246 as part of a 611 series to lead John Ehret (6-5). Isaiah Vogel’s 436 series paced Kenner Discovery (7-4).
Kenner Discovery was 36th and John Ehret 39th in the latest power rankings.
East Jefferson 18, St. Augustine 6: The Warriors got their first victory of the season, defeating the Purple Knights at AMF.
C.J. Piper led East Jefferson (1-10) with a 482 series, which included a 207 middle game.
Darrell Barnett’s 133 second game was the best of the day for St. Augustine (0-9).
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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;…