Morgan City Tigers advance to bowling's Final Four
HOUMA — The Morgan City Tigers punched their ticket to the state bowling Final Four for the second consecutive year after blowing out their two opponents in their portion of the state’s western bi-regional Monday at Creole Lanes.
The Tigers, who entered their bi-regional as the top-ranked squad in western Louisiana, which includes teams from Shreveport, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Houma and Morgan City regions, took down No. 9 seed Terrebonne High 25-2 before following that up with a 22-5 victory against No. 5 seed Vandebilt Catholic to advance to the Final Four April 12 at Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette.
The Tigers (14-0) now will await their next opponent, which will be determined Thursday when the state’s eastern bi-regional will be held at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge. The Tigers will face one of the following: Central of Baton Rouge, Broadmoor or Denham Springs.
Against Vandebilt, Morgan City’s Lang Bui bowled games of 201, 226 and 207, while Ryan Veillion (212, 227), Taylor Brocato (213, 208), Austin Courtney (215, 210) and Chandler Delaune (214) also were standouts.
Against Terrebonne, Brocato recorded three 200-plus games with scores of 207, 214 and 204, while Delaune (242), Bui (238) and Courtney (222) also contributed for Morgan City.
Along with Morgan City, No. 2 seed Barbe advanced from the bottom of the western bi-regional bracket.
In girls’ competition Monday, No. 2 Airline eliminated the Morgan City Lady Tigers, the No. 7 seed, 19.5 to 7.5.
Cayce Keton (152) and Rylee Sartwell (140, 149) led Morgan City (5-10), who had enjoyed quite a postseason run during regionals as it upset two higher seeded opponents and won more games in two days (three) than it had all season.
In singles’ action, Berwick’s Carl Reed and Elle Arcemont had stellar days, advancing in play during the bi-regionals. However, neither was able to make the final cut to the Final Four in Singles’ play.
Berwick’s Devon Quick and Lauran Delco as well as Central Catholic’s Jada Pennison also participated in bi-regional play.