Boys Bowling: Shaw in playoff mix after defeating Rummel; Blue Jays, Crusaders, Tigers, Swamp Owls win
Archbishop Shaw entered the week on the outside looking in for the 2021 boys bowling state playoffs, but the Eagles closed the regular season with a flourish in a 21½-5½ victory Thursday over Archbishop Rummel at Westside Lanes in Harvey.
The Eagles (7-5) were at No. 37 in the unofficial power ratings as of Monday, five spots and 0.44 points out of the field, but the win over the Raiders (7-4) on its own will lift Shaw’s rating by 0.75 points.
Shaw fired a 3,240 team series, led by a 607 series from Jonathan Arena and a 606 from Garrett Alello.
Josh Bares led Rummel with a 535 series. The Raiders, who were 24th in Monday’s power ratings, have one match remaining – Monday against Patrick Taylor, also at Westside.
Jesuit 24, Holy Cross 3: The Blue Jays celebrated Senior Day with a victory over the Tigers at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner.
In his final regular season match, Ben Hunn had a 615 series, including a final game 220, to lead Jesuit (10-2). The Jays rolled a 3,285 team series.
Juniors Gary Sims (246) and Luke Wood (216) each bowled just one game in making way for the other Blue Jay seniors.
Pierceson Carter opened with a 229 game and led Holy Cross (6-4) with a 615 series.
Brother Martin 27, East Jefferson 0: The Crusaders fired a 3,614 team series in blanking the Warriors at AMF.
Ray Johnson had a 672 series on games of 235-202-235, while Ricky Carmona opened with a 243 as part of a 649 set to lead Brother Martin (10-1).
Cornelius Piper’s 446 series paced East Jefferson (0-10).
Patrick Taylor 19, Pope John Paul II 8: The Tigers trailed early but claimed 18 of the final 19 points to take down the Jaguars and wrap up a district title at Bowling USA in Slidell.
Patrick Taylor (7-4) won all four of its district matches and helped its cause for reaching the playoffs. It entered Monday at No. 30 in the unofficial LHSAA power ratings.
Pope John Paul (2-9), behind Anthony Pham’s 212, jumped to a 7-1 first-game lead before the Tigers rallied, tying the match after two games and sweeping the third game. Timothy Nguyen’s 200 led Patrick Taylor in game two while Jake McInnis had a team-best 199 in the final game.
Pham’s 522 series paced PJP.
Kenner Discovery 15½, Crescent City Christian 11½: The Swamp Owls rallied from a seven-point deficit after two games to claim their first victory of the year, defeating the Pioneers at AMF.
Kenner Discovery (1-9) was down 11½-4½ entering the final game, meaning the Swamp Owls had to make up the 92-pin deficit in total pins to take the match. Not only did they do so, but they swept all eight points in game three, led by Victor Cortes’ 199 game.
Cortes led Kenner Discovery with a 474 series. Crescent City (2-8) was paced by Christian Decote’s 459 series.
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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;…