Monroe teams take top spots in La. women’s tournament

Monroe teams swept the top three spots in the recently concluded 65th Louisiana Women’s Bowling Association tournament.

Teams four through eight are from Lafayette and Baton Rouge.

The winning score was 2,980 to win the $750 first prize.

The area teams that placed in the top 10 were Performance Plus No. 1 from Lafayette in fourth, with Baton Rouge teams Bayou Diva’s No. 1, Roll On I, Let’s Do It and Spare Me finishing fifth through eighth.

The Baton Rouge pair of Amanda Cornman and Debra Kleinpeter split the doubles prize of $400 for the winning score of 1,578.

Madison Comeaux and Tessa Ruddock of Lafayette finished fourth, with Nelwyn Bennett and Jo Ann Brooks from Lafayette fifth, Brenda French and Lynda Williams (1,484) of Baton Rouge seventh, and Christine Rabalais and Sarah Poché (1,478) eighth.

In handicap singles, the top area bowler in the top 10 was Ruddock from Lafayette in sixth at 785.

Kleinpeter of Baton Rouge finished second in handicap all-events with a nine-game total of 2,318. Lafayette’s Ruddock finished eighth at 2,280, while Madison Comeaux of Lafayette tied for ninth at 2,268.

The New Orleans association finally got a winner in scratch all-events as Leslie Engeron posted 2,042 (226.9 average) to win the $250 top prize.

Poché of Baton Rouge finished second (2,018).

Darlene LeBlanc of Lafayette was fourth (2,007), and Tristan Senegal of Baton Rouge was fifth (1,963).

It’s a year when all three state tournaments are held in Baton Rouge, and the second one (the youth state) concluded Sunday.

We’ll have those results in our next column.

High school bowling

Some thoughts as the high school bowling regular season reaches its conclusion before the Baton Rouge area playoffs begin in a week:

First of all, maybe the state high school association should consider using some of the same terminology as the United States Bowling Congress when it comes to defining their teams, because several Baton Rouge teams have gone coed.

It makes it very hard to write it as the boys division.

Why not girls and open division like the USBC’s women’s and open championships?

Just a thought.

Also, I was reminded again when looking at the early state junior standings that one of the area’s best isn’t out there in a girls division that could use a boost.

Last year, EBR Academy and Kiara Smith made quite a splash during the season and in the playoffs.

But the school closed, and to make a long story short, Smith was assigned to another local school with no bowling team.

Smith ended up at Madison Prep, whose open team could really use her, but she was declared ineligible this season because she didn’t attend the school she was assigned and she didn’t attend Redemptorist, a school that takes a certain financial commitment from the family to attend.

Madison Prep filed an appeal based on the hardship clause requesting a reversal of the decision.

But as we have seen with recent basketball rulings, it’s a tangled web when dealing with groups like the LHSAA.

I understand there have to be rules, although they are probably more relevant for the major sports.

I’m sure the school she was assigned to is very good, but without a bowling team, her chances to get a college bowling scholarship are more difficult.

Her family did what they thought was best, but the book of the Louisiana High School Athletis Association doesn’t like to be crossed.

Hopefully, colleges that have contacted the family about Smith are still paying attention to her other junior league and tournament efforts.

It would be a crime if the schools looked another way because she wasn’t bowling the preps.

Others have transferred with no problems.

People jokingly tell me when I get worked up about something when “It’s only bowling.”

Well guess what?

It’s only bowling, not football.

A little thought and compassion might be the difference between a top bowler and a college scholarship.

That’s just my opinion.

Honor roll notes

We have new company in the honor roll with the first league scores from Premier Lanes that includes their first 300 game, by Chase Roper as part of a 742 set.

Metro had three 800 sets in the period: Mike Cook at 834 (299), Ben Abramsky 803 (280) and Allen Cope 801 (277).

The women’s top score was the 771 of Brandy Sanderson at All-Star.

The top youth score was a 626 by Jade Villeneuve.

And in senior play, Mike Bass posted a 666.

Troy Smith (777) rolled a 300, and Jacob Cook and Eva Newman had 299s. Alex Domingue had 11 strikes in a 290 game.

Mike DeLeon picked up the 7-10 split, and Jonathan Landry had his first 200 series (204).

Tatiana Duncan (566) topped 500 for the first time.

And youth bowler Kary Texada’s 612 was his first set over 600.

From two weeks ago, things we didn’t have room for: Ken Dooley, John Amedee, Frank Michelle, Leon Landry and Sumner Taylor rolled 300 games.

Daryl Freyou had a 298, Justin Davis 299, and Louis Branch 11 strikes in a 290 game.

Ann Jordan picked up the 6-7-10.

And Desha Leach, with a 118 average, had her first 200 (201), as did youth bowler Eric Attuso (209).

Back with you as the high school playoffs begin next week, and in two weeks with our next column.

Until then, good luck and good bowling.