East Jefferson’s Adam Atkins wins Louisiana Scratch Match Games bowling
A year ago this weekend, Adam Atkins of East Jefferson finished second to Brother Martin’s Cody Schaffer in the boys classic division of the Louisiana Scratch Match Games bowling tournament.
In the 2019 edition of the Scratch Match Games at Circle Bowl in Baton Rouge, Atkins turned the tables, going undefeated through his first 10 matches to roll to a convincing victory Sunday.
Atkins – who rallied with a 268 in his final game of qualifying on Saturday just to make the finals – averaged 224 over 12 games and picked up 285 bonus pins to finish with a total of 2,975, 166 pins ahead of Schaffer.
Schaffer, who is headed to Spring Hill next month, put the only blemish on Atkins’ start as the two battled to a 246-246 tie in the second game of the finals.
After the tie with Schaffer, Atkins ran off eight straight victories, averaging 234 in those matches, to take control of the tournament.
The defending champion started fast, averaging 233 for his first four games, but in a run of bad luck, had but one win and one tie to show for it. In the Match Games format, bowlers get 30 bonus pins for a win and 15 for a tie.
Jaylyn Jackson was third, Mason Blount was fourth and Easton Hollis finished fifth in the boys classic division, which attracted 62 entries from across Louisiana.
Keondra Eaton of Baton Rouge won five consecutive matches in the girls classic finals, including a 279 game, to claim the title.
Eaton, who will be a junior at Florida A&M this fall, averaged 208 for seven games and finished with a total of 1,607 in her final youth tournament.
Casey Benoit and Elise Patin, both from Lafayette, won the boys and girls regular divisions, respectively.
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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;…