Top-seeded Brother Martin, other metro teams all in same section of boys bowling bracket

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The brackets for the Louisiana state bowling championships were released Wednesday, and for the third time in five years, only one New Orleans-area boys team can reach the semifinals.

When the New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Hammond bi-regional takes place next Tuesday at All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, all four metro-area teams which advanced out of Monday’s New Orleans regional will be on the same quarter of the bracket.

Unbeaten and defending state champion Brother Martin is the No. 1 seed in the bi-regional. Archbishop Shaw, whose only loss this year was to the Crusaders on Feb. 1, is seeded fourth.

Brother Martin will face the winner of a first-round matchup between eighth-seeded Salmen and No. 9 seed Jesuit. If the Crusaders win and the seedings hold, they would face Shaw for the right to advance to the state semifinals April 8, also in Baton Rouge.

In both 2012 and 2013, when only three New Orleans-area teams moved on to the bi-regional, Brother Martin, Archbishop Rummel and Jesuit all landed in the same quarter of the bracket.

Seedings in the bi-regionals are established solely on win-loss records, and Brother Martin is the top seed only because it got two additional victories traveling to matches outside the area.

The other two unbeatens in the New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Hammond bi-regional, Catholic and Albany, are seeded second and third, respectively. If the seeds hold, they would meet for the right to advance to the state semifinals.

Bowling is the only team sport with a single-elimination bracket that does not use a power points system. Football, volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball all use power points to decide seedings.

St. Paul’s, which advanced out of the Hammond regional, is the No. 10 seed.

In the girls bracket, defending state champion St. Scholastica is the No. 2 seed, Cabrini is seeded fourth and Academy of Our Lady is seeded sixth.

In opening matches, SSA will meet East Ascension, Cabrini will face Albany and AOL will face off with St. Michael. Top-seeded Central has an opening-round bye. The area teams will have to win two matches to reach the semifinals.

Action starts at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. The matches to decide the semifinalists begin at 3:30 p.m.


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Lenny Vangilder


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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