Most top seeds able to advance  in bowling playoffs

Only one of the top eight seeds failed to win their opening-round match Monday in the coed division of the Baton Rouge regional prep bowling playoffs at Metro Bowl.

With the field sliced from 16 to eight, the remaining teams will now bowl one match at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Metro Bowl to advance four teams to the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Bi-Regional round April 4. The four losers of those matches will then bowl one more match at 3 p.m. to try to be the final two coed teams that advance to the Bi-Regional.

The state finals are at Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette on April 12.

The only one of the top eight seeds not to advance was Albany, the eighth seed, which lost to ninth seed Catholic 21-6. Curtis Westmoland led Catholic High with games of 229-216-207 for a 659 series.

Catholic now gets the task of facing top-seeded and undefeated Central in the next round. Central won its best of 27-point match 26-1 to go to 13-0 as Sean Murphy had a 224-582 set while Jacob
Garretson added a 218 game.

At the bottom of the bracket, second-seed Broadmoor posted a 27-0 shutout of Holden and will face seventh-seeded Runnels, a 25-2 winner over Madison Prep. DeMarcus Scharnett led Broadmoor with 238-656 and Juan Coston added a 216 game, while Runnels was paced by the 169-481 of Ryan Baird.

Third-seeded Baker, a 22-5 winner over Redemptorist, takes on sixth-seeded Denham Springs on Tuesday after DSHS won a 26-1 match over Christian Life. James Spears posted 195-523 for Baker, while Kyler Campbell shot 241-632 for Denham Springs.

Another interesting pairing set up for Tuesday came after last year’s state runnerup and fourth-seed St. Michael (23-4 over Zachary) and fifth seed Scotlandville (24-3 winners over Woodlawn) both advanced. Gregory Snee had a 692 set with a 276 for St. Michael while teammates Angela Falgoust (245), Andrew Podorsky (243), Anthony Russo (227) and Trinity Gueho (215) all had 200-plus games. Scotlandville was led by Deontrae Taylor with 239-686, while Frederic Taylor had a 277 game.

One footnote is the Central-Catholic and Scotlandville-St. Michael losers will meet in the one-game showdown for one of the last two spots to Bi-Regionals so the one team of the four that can’t win one match will be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs because of the seeding.

The Baton Rouge girls had two play-in matches Monday with St. Joseph’s Academy scoring a 20-7 win over Broadmoor. Claire Barbier led the winners with a 147-396. Holden also won 24-3 Monday over Redemptorist. Kaitlyn Methvien had a 190-505.

So that sets up the four play for three regional spots competition Tuesday, beginning at 1 p.m. as top-seeded Albany takes on St. Joseph’s, and the former four-time state champions from Denham Springs begin another playoff attempt against Holden. The two winners advance to Bi-Regional, and the two losers bowl at 3 p.m. with the winner the third team.

The New Orleans girls
regional begins Tuesday as Chalmette and Holy Rosary meet at 1:35 p.m. at All-Star Lanes in Kenner, with the winner to meet Academy of Our Lady, the top seed, at 3:35 p.m. Cabrini and St. Scholastica meet in the other 3:35 p.m. match. Both winners will be the teams that advance to the Bi-Regional round.

Also the New Orleans boys regional will declare its winners with its final set of matches Tuesday afternoon.

For the second year, singles champions will also be crowned in the boys and girls divisions and those qualifiers not on advancing teams will be announced shortly after the conclusion of regional play.