CHS Bowlers Compete In Final Four
The Catholic High bowling team competes in the Final Four today at the Raising Cane’s River Center in downtown Baton Rouge. The Bears will face H.L. Bourgeois of Houma in one semifinal match. The other semifinal features a rematch of last year’s state championship between Brother Martin and Vandebilt Catholic. Brother Martin knocked the Bears out of the semifinals last year en route to a Division I state championship. The Bears defeated Brother Martin in their lone head-to-head meeting earlier this season.
The semifinals kick-off today’s action at 11 a.m. with the Bears and Braves on Lanes 11-14 and the Crusaders and Terriers on Lanes 15-18. The Bears are the #3 seed from their side of the bracket while the Braves are a #5 seed. Brother Martin is a #1 seed and VC is a #3 seed on the other side of the LHSAA bracket.
The Bears are led by veterans Austin Bertrand, Christian Gendron, Philip O’Neil, Easton Hollis, Adam Crosby and Brian Dinh. Michael LeBas is a great backup and will be needed in the tournament today. Bertrand leads the Bears with a sterling 220 average and Gendron enters today’s match with a 190 average. Longtime coach Robin Deck leads the Bears with first year assistant Ian Riddick providing sound technical advice.
H. L. Bourgeois had to win three matches to get to the Final Four. They defeated #12 South Terrebonne, #13 Teurlings and #9 Morgan City on their run to the River Center. The Braves under coach Dusty Foret are making their second Final Four appearance in three years.
Vandebilt Catholic cruised to a pair of victories over Terrebonne and #2 Lafayette to advance to the Final Four for the second straight year. VC lost just three bowlers from last year’s squad and is coached by veteran Steve Theriot.
Brother Martin defeated district rival Archbishop Shaw and routed Denham Springs to reach the River Center. The defending state champs have been to the semifinals four years in a row and are coached by Bruce Himbert.
The winners bowl for the state championship at 1 p.m. The River Center will host the state tournament as it gears up for the USBC Women’s Championship later this month.
Check out Kent Lowe’s feature article in The Advocate.