CHS Boy’s Bowling in the Elite 8 for Second Year

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                Central High Boys Bowling (12-3) ended their season in heart breaking fashion on Thursday (4-3-14) at AMF All Star Lanes – Kenner.  In Round 4 of the LHSAA Bowling State Playoffs, #5 Central High took on the #1 ranked team in the state, Brother Martin (15-0), in what turned out to be the match of the year. 

                Game 1 definitely set the tone of match.  In a very close opening game, Central would stun the Crusaders take a 5-3 lead and led Total Pins 1171-1164.  Led by their anchor and one of Baton Rouge’s best bowlers, Jacob Garretson (Junior/Captain), who averaged 210 during the high school season, would open up with a 228.  Central’s great scores didn’t stop there.  Dylan Ringo (Freshman) rolled a 216, Kevin Kennedy (Senior) added a 215 and Parker Aucoin (Freshman) tacked on a 210.  Game 2 wasn’t nearly as close and was all Brother Martin.  The Crusaders would take complete control of the match and jump out to an 10-6 lead and take command of Total Pins by winning 1230-1086.  The 1230 was the highest game bowled against Central the entire season.  Once again Garretson led the way for the Wildcats with a 266.

                In bad shape and down 137 pins, Central didn’t pack their bags and go home.  Instead Central bowled one of their best games of the year with an 1187.  Garretson continued his tremendous bowling and led the Wildcats with a 245, followed by Ringo’s 214, Aucoin’s 211 and Sean Murphy’s (Senior) 203.  Brother Martin would struggle most of Game 3 and lose the game 2-6.  After three games were in the book, Central and Brother Martin were tied at 12 a piece, making the match decided by the all important Total Pins worth 3 points.  The Crusaders would hold on to the lead by 41 pins with a 1094 game.  With just enough, the #1 ranked Brother Martin won Total Pins 3488-3447 and got the extra 3 points to win the match 15-12 and end the scare of their season.  The final blow came in the 10th Frame where 5 of the 6 Wildcats opened and the Crusaders closed the entire 10th Frame.  For Central, Garretson was high on the team with a 739 series, then Ringo’s 604, Aucoin’s 591, Kennedy’s 554 and Murphy finished with a 530.  Brother Martin was led by Austin Boulignay with a 668 series/255 games, Max Oertiling’s 621 (219) and Victor Earl’s 592 (215).

                After being eliminated for the second straight year in the Elite 8, the Boys’ season will continue this Saturday (4-12-14) at All Star Lanes – Baton Rouge (11am) with Jacob Garretson advancing to the State Finals (Round 5 & hopefully Round 6) through the Boys’ State Singles Championship.  Garretson is only six games away from bringing home Central’s first ever Boys Singles Championship and is a riding a tremendous wave of momentum into the Finals.  Come support Central’s Garretson this Saturday, admission is $5.

                Earlier in the day, Central defeated Dutchtown (12-3) in Round 3 of the State Playoffs.  Led by Aucoin’s 617 (238), Garretson’s 582 (215) and Ringo’s 560 (204), Central defeated the 2014 Gonzales District Champs by the score of 21-6 and 3220-3035.