Brother Martin bowlers Gardner, Schaffer in hunt at national championship

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Two Brother Martin bowlers remain alive heading into Monday’s final day of the boys singles championship at the U.S. High School Bowling National Championship Saturday at Royal Pin Expo Bowl in Indianapolis.

Rising junior Drew Gardner is in sixth place while graduated senior Cody Schaffer sits 30th after two rounds of the event.

Gardner has a five-game total of 1,188 – a 237.6 average. Schaffer’s total is 1,106.

The field of 346 boys bowled four qualifying games Sunday before the single-game elimination process began Sunday night.

Only 64 bowlers from across the country remain heading into Monday’s second elimination. Each round is a one-game format, with half the field eliminated after each round.

Crusader seniors Brandon Bonvillain and Will Oertling made the first cut to the top 131 bowlers, but did not advance to Monday.

Brother Martin is participating in the tournament for the third consecutive year. The Crusaders placed seventh in the team event Saturday – their best-ever finish as a team.

The national championship features high school teams from 21 states.

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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;…

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