Metairie native Atkins reaches semifinals of ISC bowling event

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Adam Atkins

Adam Atkins is coming to a television set near you.

The Metairie native and East Jefferson High school graduate reached the semifinals of the annual Intercollegiate Singles Championship with a pair of victories Wednesday at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, and will bowl in the nationally televised portion of the event on Saturday.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast the semifinals and finals of the ISC on a tape-delayed basis on Tuesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. CDT.

Atkins, in his third year competing for Webber International University in Florida, was the No. 6 seed after six games of qualifying Tuesday, which set up the field for the single-elimination bracket of three-game matches. After a first-round bye, Atkins defeated Henry Hecht of Stony Brook 646-576 in the round of 16 and took out third-seeded Nick Dischinger of Emmanuel 618-551 in the quarterfinals.

Two of Atkins’ Webber teammates also reached the semifinals – top-seeded Austin Grammar and seventh-seeded A.J. Wolstenholme. Atkins will meet Wolstenholme and Grammar will face Vincent Luong of Fresno State in the semifinals, with the winners bowling for the championship. The semis and finals are one-game matches.

Atkins was one of 24 men’s bowlers nationally to qualify for the ISC, advancing to Las Vegas after finished third of 181 bowlers at a regional event in Smyrna, Tennessee, last month.

As a senior at East Jefferson in 2020, Atkins rolled a perfect game in a match against St. Augustine.

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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;…

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