MCHS, Berwick prepare for next round
By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
Berwick and Morgan City’s prep bowling squads will head to Bossier City this weekend to participate in the bi-regional round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s state bowling playoffs Monday.
Morgan City (12-1), the third seed, received a first round bye, and will play the winner of No. 11 St. Louis Catholic (8-5) and No. 6 Terrebonne (11-2) at 1:30 p.m. Monday. St. Louis and Terrebonne will bowl at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Berwick, the No. 10 seed, will begin play Monday at 11:30 a.m. against No. 7 seed Lafayette. The winner of that matchup will face No. 2 seed Parkway Monday, also at 1:30 p.m.
The winner of the second round matchup with Parkway (13-0) and the winner of the second round matchup with Morgan City will advance to play each other for a chance to compete at the Final Four of state bowling playoffs, which will be held April 14 at All-Star Lane in Baton Rouge.
Morgan City’s lone loss this year is to Berwick, while the Tigers already have beaten Terrebonne this year.
Berwick has faced no one that they could potentially face in the bi-regionals except Morgan City.
In their four games this season, Morgan City defeated Berwick three out of four times.
“It was a close match and their boys did bowl well,” MCHS coach Leo Delaune said of that lone loss. “They bowled (Berwick) above average that day.”
Delaune said he feels his team has a good chance to advance to state if they play up to their potential because his team has the second highest average score per game in the state right now at 194. Archbishop Rummel has the state’s highest average at 208.
“One thing that I’ve seen with our guys, they haven’t been what I’ve called the roller coaster,” Delaune said. “They’ve been very consistent and close to their average.”
However, both the Morgan City and Berwick squads must overcome a challenge in that the surface they will be bowling on will be synthetic lanes rather than the wooden lanes they are more accustomed to in Morgan City.
Still, the squads have bowled on synthetic surfaces before in competition in Houma.
Currently, the Morgan City squad has two bowlers who are hovering around a 200 average.
Chandler Delaune, L. Delaune’s son, has the highest average at 207, followed by Taylor Brocoto (204) and Ryan Veillion (192).
Other MCHS bowlers include Brett Keton and Lang Bui, 191 each; and Austin Courtney, 181.
Even though it didn’t receive a bye, L. Delaune said Morgan City’s biggest challenge will be Berwick. If the Panthers can beat Lafayette, Delaune said he thinks they can matchup well with Parkway.
“It’s unfortunate the way the bracket is we (Morgan City and Berwick) can’t both advance to state, but personally, I would like to see that matchup,” Delaune said, adding he’s impressed with Berwick’s capabilities.
Berwick coach Greg Quick said, “It would be a good match if we wind up coming to face.”
However, Berwick must first beat Lafayette High, who Quick said normally has a good bowling squad each year.
“It’s not going to be a walk in the park,” he said. “(But from) What I’ve seen with my boys this year, if we bowl like we normally bowl, we have a great chance of taking them.”
Berwick is led by Paul Reed with a 192 average per game, while Devon Quick has recorded a 182 average. Other BHS bowlers and their averages include Carl Reed, 171; Chance Fraley and Mark Powell, 170; and Jessie Thompson, 154.
Quick said in three years of coaching bowling, this is the best squad he has had.
Last year, Morgan City made it to the bi-regional round, while Berwick made it to the regional round.
Berwick also will have two singles players competing in bi-regionals in junior Kourtney Kennedy and sophomore Elle Arcemont.
“Kourtney and Elle have been my top two bowlers the whole season, and I think they’re going to fare really well up there.”