Chapelle’s Rubi lone local winner at Pepsi bowling championship
In an event that saw champions from all parts of the state, Archbishop Chapelle senior Sarah Rubi was the lone winner from the metro New Orleans area at the annual Pepsi youth bowling championship completed Sunday at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner.
Rubi – who had the state’s second-highest average among girls high school bowlers this spring at 203 – had to defeat the other three bowlers who finished with averages above 190 this season en route to the under-18 girls title, including a 205-175 victory over Ashtyn Yoches of Dutchtown in the championship match.
In the most dramatic match of the day, Rubi and Jayden Hauck of Hammond – who set a state record with a 213 average this spring – battled to a 215-215 tie, then tied again through a pair of two-frame rolloffs before Rubi, a Lincoln Memorial University signee, finally prevailed in the third rolloff.
The other division winners came from throughout the state – Jaylon Jackson of Shreveport in the boys U18 division, Jake Connelly of Lafayette in the boys U15, Paris Mendones of Shreveport in the girls U15, Hunter Simon of Baton Rouge in the boys U12 and Kaedyn Mumphrey of Gonzales in the girls U12.
Other New Orleans-area bowlers who reached the double-elimination match play finals in their respective divisions included Drew Gardner of Brother Martin, who placed fourth in the boys U18 division; Cabrini’s Jaiden DeGeorge, who tied for fifth in the girls U18; Shaw’s Jonathan Arena and Brother Martin’s Jacob Vangilder, who tied for fifth in the boys U15; Chapelle’s Olivia Bares, who was fourth in the U15 girls after leading the qualifying round, and Academy of Our Lady’s Emily Barrios, who tied for seventh in the same division; and Sheldon Bruno, who tied for fifth in the boys U12.
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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;…