Chapelle bowling standout Jessica Ladd signs with Quincy University

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Jessica Ladd

Jessica Ladd, who led Archbishop Chapelle’s bowling team to 24 consecutive regular-season wins over the last two years, signed a national letter-of-intent with Quincy University in Illinois last week.

Ladd was voted the New Orleans girls district most valuable player each of the last two seasons as the Chipmunks went 12-0 in the regular season, earning the No. 1 power ranking in the state both times. The 2020 bowling season ended before the playoffs because of COVID-19.

Bowling primarily from the No. 6 spot in the lineup, the left-hander averaged 199 as a senior, the third-highest average among girls in the state, and 195 as a junior, fourth-highest in Louisiana.

Ladd was part of four state records as a senior, including individual two-game series (522) and team marks for a single game (1,224), two-game series (2,207) and three-game series (3,431).

Quincy, a private school located about two hours northwest of St. Louis along the Missouri-Illinois border, is launching its women’s bowling program in 2020-21. Nicholas Bohanon was hired as the program’s first head coach in October.

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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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