The trip to the state finals in Lafayette begins Monday for the coed high school teams in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas with the first round of the region playoffs at Metro Bowl in Baton Rouge and All Star Lanes in Kenner.
Nine teams from the two regions combined will advance to the Baton Rouge-New Orleans bi-regional competition that is scheduled for April 4 at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge.
The girl’s competition at both sites will begin Tuesday.
At Metro Bowl, action begins at 3 p.m. with eight first-round matches in a full field of 16 that will advance winners to Tuesday’s second round of four matches at 1 p.m. Those four winners will automatically advance to the bi-regionals with the four losers meeting in two matches at 3 p.m. to determine the final two teams to advance.
In the New Orleans region, there will be one play-in match at 1:35 p.m. involving play-in teams Chalmette and Holy Rosary. The winner will advance to the next round involving eight teams at 3:35 p.m. Those four winners will come back Tuesday at 1:35, and three of those teams will advance to the bi-regional round.
The state championships are set for Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette on April 12.
Some new schools are at the top of the seedings in the Baton Rouge area as top seed Central (12-0) will meet 0-12 Baton Rouge High.
Central has had all six of its players win at least 20 points during the season, and Jacob Garretson led the team with a 195 average.
In the 8-9 seed match, Albany (5-3) will face Catholic High and Curtis Westmoland with his 205 average. Other first-round matches have Scotlandville (5th seed, 9-3) against Woodlawn (3-9). Scotlandville’s top two averages are Deontrae Taylor (202) and Cedric Taylor (191, winner of 32 points). The state runner-up a year ago, St. Michael (10-2) is seeded No. 4 this year and will face Zachary (3-9) on Monday
Gregory Snee, who bowled the last two years for Redemptorist, is St. Michael’s anchor this season with a 210 average, while Anthony Russo posted 198 and Angela Falgoust is bowling the four spot this year with a 190 mark.
Third seed Baker is a new face in the top of the seedings with a 7-1 record and will face Redemptorist (1-7), while sixth-seed Denham Springs (8-4) plays Christian Life (3-5). Runnels (6-3, 7th seed), meets Madison Prep (3-5) and No. 2 seed Broadmoor (10-1, led by Jade Villeneuve with a 210 average and Juan Coston with 196), faces Holden (1-8).
In New Orleans, Archbishop Rummel is the defending state champion and No. 1 seed and will play the play-in match winner.
The 4-5 matchup is Brother Martin against St. Augustine, while third-seeded Jesuit will play Archbishop Shaw. Holy Cross, the second seed, meets Bonnabel.
Admission for the playoff matches is $5 and will be collected at the door at both centers.