MCHS boys advance to Final Four
From Staff Reports
The Morgan City High School bowling team continued to break new records and carve untraveled paths during its trip to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's western Bi-Regional bowling playoffs.
Of all the feats the squad achieve, the biggest was the school’s first-ever trip to the LHSAA Final Four in Baton Rouge.
The squad, the third seed in the state’s western bi-regionals in Bossier City, won both its games in the bi-regional round Monday as it defeated No. 6 Terrebonne and No. 2 Parkway to advance to the Final Four on April 14.
Because bowling is not broken down into classes like other sports, when Morgan City takes the floor on April 14 in the Final Four in Baton Rouge, they will be one of only four teams in the state still bowling as a team. (Bowlers from individual teams that have been eliminated also will bowl at the state finals.)
They will face the second seed to come out of the state’s eastern bi-regionals, which are being played today in Baton Rouge.
“We were very proud of the boys,” MCHS co-coach Leo Delaune said. “They just kept the intensity up throughout both matches (against) Terrebonne and Parkway. They adjusted to the lane conditions very quick and just happened to make the right moves at the right time.”
The other local squad, No. 10 Berwick High School, was eliminated Monday in the first round by No. 7 Lafayette High.
“My boys did well,” BHS coach Greg Quick said. “They went into the final game tied with Lafayette High. They fought to the end, but it went Lafayette’s way.”
In addition to the talent on the floor, the Berwick bowlers had to contend with the Lafayette High School crowd.
“It (crowd) did play a big factor in my boys’ heads,” Quick said. “(But) that’s how it goes.”
While Berwick was eliminated, two bowlers, juniors Devin Quick (G. Quick’s son) and Chance Fraley each advanced to the singles competition at the state’s western bi-regional round. However, they could not score high enough to advance to state competition.
G. Quick said his two Berwick girl bowlers participating at state’s western bi-regionals, Kourtney Kennedy and Elle Arcemont, did well but could not advance to the state competition.
This year the Berwick boys’ squad advanced the most. The Berwick squad has advanced in its three years of competition and returns its entire team next year.
The girls’ squad only loses two seniors.
As for Morgan City, against Terrebonne, the squad broke its three-game series mark as well as its single game average. (Scores from all matches will be in an upcoming edition of the Review.)
While he said all of the Morgan City bowlers performed well, Delaune singled out the play of junior Ryan Veillion.
“He is a junior starting to take the leadership role on his shoulders,” Delaune said. “He averaged over 225 in the first match.”
Delaune said Veillion’s performances in the two games were the best he’s seen from the Tiger all year. In five out of the six games in two matches, Veillion bowled over a 200.
As for the team, Delaune said the game against Parkway was intense between the fans for each team as well as the play on the lanes.
“It was amazing to watch the strikes being thrown,” Delaune said. “It was like a boxing match. They would come in and throw a strike and our boys would come in and respond with not one strike but two.”
He said the turning point in the match occurred in the second game.
“We just kept the intensity up and didn’t stop and just broke their backs at that point,” Delaune said.
Delaune said the game was probably the most intense he has seen for the MCHS team all year.
The Morgan City squad also received some fan support from Berwick, the only team who had beaten them. Despite the long drive that awaited them back to St. Mary Parish, the Panthers stayed to cheer on Morgan City.
“We’ve always supported both teams even though we were competitors,” Delaune said. “There was a good relationship between both teams. It was nice of them to stick around with a five hour drive ahead of them.”