Boys/Co-Ed Bowling: Last unbeaten falls as Catholic High tops Slidell; BM, Shaw, Jesuit win
The last remaining unbeaten boys bowling team in the New Orleans region is no more.
Slidell stepped out of region and lost 23-4 to Catholic High Monday at Tangi Lanes in Hammond.
The Tigers (7-1), ranked eighth in the latest unofficial LHSAA power rankings, fell behind 6-2 and 134 pins after the first game. Even though they were much more competitive against the Bears in the final two games, Catholic won five of six individual matches in each game.
Slidell had a season-high 3,102 team series, led by Hunter Mullen’s 623. Mark Mills topped Catholic with a 615 set.
With Slidell’s loss, there are four remaining unbeatens in the state – Byrd, Central Lafourche, East Ascension and Hammond.
Brother Martin 23, Destrehan 4: The Crusaders started fast in extended their winning streak to seven, defeating the Wildcats at Colonial Lanes in Harahan.
Brother Martin (8-1) – the highest-ranked area team in the state power rankings at No. 3 – fired a season-best 1,308 opening game to jump to an 8-0 lead, led by Kade Chatelain’s 280 and Jack Nunes’ 235.
Chatelain had a 677 series and Ashton Catalinotto a 670 to lead the Crusaders, who finished with a 3,504 team series.
Logan Cannon had a team-best 628 series to pace Destrehan (5-4), which entered the day No. 32 in the power rankings and on the playoff bubble.
Archbishop Shaw 24, Belle Chasse 3: The Eagles took seven of eight points in each game in defeating the Cardinals at Westside Lanes in Harvey.
Shaw (8-1), 10th in the latest power rankings, saved its best for last, firing an 1,187 team game to wrap up a 3,371 series.
Joshua Collins had games of 221 and 253 to lead the Eagles, who used all 10 bowlers on their roster.
Bryce Shepherd’s 560 series led Belle Chasse (3-5).
Jesuit 25, East Jefferson 2: The Blue Jays used their entire roster in defeating the Warriors at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner.
Jesuit (9-1), 12th in the latest power rankings, got games of 235 and 227 from Jonathan Cho as all nine bowlers saw action in two games. Joseph Anderson had an opening 230 for the Blue Jays.
Gunner Frazier’s 499 series led East Jefferson (0-9).
Holy Cross 27, Hahnville 0: The Tigers from Gentilly blanked the Tigers from Boutte at AMF.
Gabe Lucroy’s 527 series led Holy Cross (5-4). Hahnville (1-9) got a 136 opening game from Bryleigh Dufrene.
John Ehret 18, St. Therese 9: The Patriots broke open a tight match in the final game to defeat the Phoenix at AMF.
The Patriots (5-4) led 5-3 after one game and 9-7 after two. Ehret’s depth prevailed, as it won all nine matches on the left pair.
Matthew Nguyen closed with a 219 for a 528 series to lead Ehret. Logan LeJeune had games of 224 and 220 as part of a season-high 620 series to pace St. Therese (2-6).
Kenner Discovery 15, De La Salle 12: In the day’s tightest match, the Swamp Owls used a two-pin edge in total pins to defeat the Cavaliers at AMF.
Kenner Discovery (7-2), led 6-2 and by 120 pins after the first game on the heels of Kaare Smith’s 220 game, but the Cavaliers cut into the lead over the final two games, taking five points in each. Amelia Haynes’ middle game 204 and Brandt Haynes’ final game 221 led the comeback.
In the end, though, De La Salle (1-7) could only cut 118 pins off the margin and the final three points, for super total, went to the Swamp Owls.
Brandt Haynes’ 518 series led all bowlers. Isaiah Vogel had a 452 series for Kenner Discovery.
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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;…