Five Louisiana bowlers advance in Junior Gold

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Central Lafourche junior Andrew Levron and four Louisiana collegians advanced through qualifying of the 2019 Junior Gold Championships bowling tournament in Detroit Thursday.

Levron, who anchored Central Lafourche’s state semifinalists this spring and won the under-20 division of the Louisiana Grand Prix tournament in January, came through with a final game of 267 on Thursday at Skore Lanes to clinch his spot in the advancers round of the boys’ under-17 division with a qualifying total of 2,999.

Levron jumped 217 spots in the standings over the final eight games of the grueling 16-game qualifying schedule, held over four days in four different centers on four different sport conditions. To explain how difficult the lane conditions are, Levron’s 187 average for qualifying is 26 pins less than his 213 average during the prep season, which was fourth-best in Louisiana.

Tulane’s Madison McCall and the Louisiana Tech trio of Kaitlyn Eder, Ashley Channell and signee Allie Leiendecker all advanced in the girls’ under-20 division.

McCall, who will be a junior at Tulane in the fall, stands 20th after qualifying with a 3,083 total, including a four-game block of 880 on Wednesday that vaulted her 58 spots in the standings.

Eder, who finished second in this event last year, stands 10th after qualifying after an 839 block on Thursday that featured an opening 269 game. Channell is tied for 26th, while Leiendecker – a highly touted recruit from Ohio who won the 2017 U20 division of Junior Gold and the 2018 Teen Masters – is in 29th place.

All five bowlers moved on to the five-game advancers round Friday morning, with another cut and a second advancers round scheduled for later Friday.

Junior Gold features more than 4,700 youth bowlers competing in eight divisions across nine different bowling centers in the Detroit area. The tournament concludes Saturday.

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