Two Louisiana bowlers eliminated Friday in Junior Gold

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The two remaining bowlers from Louisiana to reach the advancers round of the Junior Gold Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan, were eliminated Friday.

Dutchtown standout Preston West reached the final advancers round Friday afternoon in the boys U15 division before finishing in 45th place. West, who entered the day in 44th place before moving up to 39th in the morning advancers round, averaged 187.8 for 26 games.

In the girls U15 division, Caroline Engeron of Albany just missed moving on to the final advancers round, falling 20 pins short in Friday morning’s advancers round and finishing 31st. Engeron averaged 173.9 for 21 games.

West and Engeron were the only area survivors of a group of 29 Louisiana youth bowlers who were in action this week for the marathon event that features 16 games of qualifying across four different and challenging “sport” oil patterns.

The tournament concludes this weekend, with finals in each age bracket to be televised on a tape-delayed basis by CBS Sports Network.

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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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