Prep bowling season opens across state Monday
While the high school bowling season begins Monday afternoon across Louisiana, the two New Orleans-area teams that added gold trophies to their cases last April will have to wait a few days more to hit the lanes.
Brother Martin, which captured its fifth boys state championship last season, and Archbishop Chapelle, a first-time champion on the girls side a year ago, have byes on the opening playing date of the season.
The Crusaders open defense of their title Jan. 18 against Holy Cross at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner, while the Chipmunks begin their season Thursday against Mount Carmel at AMF.
Brother Martin (16-1 last season) returns nine bowlers, including a pair of third-year starters in seniors Ricky Carmona and Dylan McDonald, who averaged 206 and 201, respectively, and were regulars in the Nos. 4-5 spots for the Crusaders the last two years.
Jesuit (12-2) brings back two-thirds of its strong right side from 2021 in Gary Sims, whose 216 average last season is the highest of all returnees in the area, and Luke Wood.
The Blue Jays open their season Monday against Patrick Taylor at AMF. Brother Martin and Jesuit meet Jan. 31 at AMF in the top local boys matchup of the regular season.
Chapelle (16-0), which has not lost a regular season match since 2018, must replace its top five average bowlers from a year ago.
Academy of Our Lady (6-5), the 2018 and 2019 state champion, just missed the playoffs last year but returns virtually its entire team, led by Laney Sasso, whose 169 average ranks second-best among area returnees.
Taylor Hunn of Mount Carmel, who averaged 177 last season, is the highest returning average bowler in the area.
AOL and Mount Carmel face off Monday at Westside Lanes in the top local girls matchup on the opening day of the season.
Regular-season matches are usually held weekdays at 3:35 p.m.
The regular season ends in early March. Early-round playoff matches are March 21-23. The team finals scheduled for March 31 and the singles finals on April 1, both at All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge.
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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;…