Brother Martin, Chapelle top area bowling seeds in state playoffs
Brother Martin and Archbishop Chapelle are the highest New Orleans-area seeds in the LHSAA’s bowling playoffs, as the association released the postseason brackets Monday afternoon.
The Crusaders (11-1), winners of the last two boys titles, are the No. 5 seed and will face St. Michael the Archangel in the opening round at 11 a.m. April 20 at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner.
A win there would likely pit Brother Martin against local rival Jesuit in a second-round match later that day. The Blue Jays (10-2) drew the No. 12 seed and meets Holy Savior Menard in the first round. The teams met on March 22 at Colonial Lanes, with Brother Martin prevailing 20-7.
The Chipmunks (12-0), fresh off a third straight undefeated regular season, are seeded second in the girls bracket and will face Ellender in their opening match at 1 p.m. April 21 at All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge.
Other New Orleans region boys teams in the playoff field include No. 23 seed Archbishop Rummel (8-4), which will travel to Creole Lanes in Houma on April 19 and meet Denham Springs in the first round; No. 29 seed Archbishop Shaw (7-5), which despite the seed, could be favored over fourth-seeded Captain Shreve in its opening game at AMF, and No. 30 seed Patrick Taylor (7-5), another potential favorite despite the seed against third-seeded Teurlings Catholic in Houma.
The only other girls team from the New Orleans region to make the 16-team field is No. 12 seed Academy of Our Lady (6-5), which has won the last two girls titles. AOL will face No. 5 seed Dutchtown in the opening round.
Catholic High (12-0) – which handed Brother Martin its first loss in 50 matches on Feb. 8 – is the top seed in the boys bracket, while Central Lafourche (12-0) is the No. 1 seed in the girls bracket.
If Catholic and Brother Martin both advance out of the early rounds, they are bracketed to meet in one semifinal.
The boys and girls semifinals and finals are April 26 at Premier Lanes in Gonzales. The singles championships, featuring the top 80 boys and top 48 girls in the state, are the following day at All Star in Baton Rouge.
The qualifiers for singles also were announced, including 26 boys and 10 girls. Brother Martin (9) and Jesuit (7) combined for 16 singles qualifiers while Chapelle placed five in the girls singles field.
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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;…