Brother Martin bowling finishes 7th at national championship

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Brother Martin bowling
(Photo: Christi Bonvillain)

Brother Martin’s bowling team finished seventh of 48 teams at the U.S. High School Bowling National Championship Saturday at Royal Pin Expo Bowl in Indianapolis.

It’s the best finish in the national event for the four-time Louisiana state champions. Brother Martin finished ninth a year ago and 18th in 2017.

The Crusaders made it through the opening round of qualifying – three traditional team games and three Baker games – in sixth place, and remained among the top eight throughout the event.

Competing for the final time in a Brother Martin uniform, departing senior Cody Schaffer had a 278 game as part of a 729 series in the opening round. The top returning bowlers for the Crusaders in 2019-20, Drew Gardner and Brennan Brouillette, rolled 654 and 631 series, respectively.

After the first round of qualifying, the field was cut from 48 teams to 28. The Crusaders advanced through three more elimination rounds, each featuring three Baker games, finishing with a total pinfall of 5,500 for 15 regular games and 12 Baker games.

The event continues with singles competition Sunday and Monday. The national championship features high school teams from 21 states.

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


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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