Morgan City will face Broadmoor in semifinals
By GEOFF STOUTE
MORGAN CITY — A year after falling to Archbishop Rummel in the state semifinals, the Morgan City High School bowling team will return to the same round of the playoffs today with their second shot in as many years at a state title.
This time, the Tigers, the state’s No. 1 seed out of the western bi-regional, will get their shot against a new opponent, Broadmoor, the No. 3 seed out of the state’s eastern bi-regionals, when the two meet at 11 a.m. at Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette.
With a year of experience under their belt, Morgan City coach Kenny Keton said this year’s squad is more relaxed.
“They’re excited to be back,” Keton said this morning. “The way the bracket fell out this year, we have a chance to face Rummel again in the finals this year, so they were excited about that, to get a second chance.”
This year’s squad returns every bowler who participated in last year’s semifinal except Brett Keton, who, according to his father, Kenny Keton, was not eligible to participate this year.
The returning bowlers include seniors Taylor Brocato and Ryan Veillion and juniors Austin Courtney, Lang Bui and Chandler Delaune.
He said the squad will start these five as well as senior Shawn Francis.
Morgan City advanced to the semifinals after picking up bi-regional victories against Terrebonne, 25-2, and Vandebilt Catholic, 22-5.
Broadmoor advanced with wins against Denham Springs, 18.5 to 8.5; and an 18-19 win against Central of Baton Rouge in the state’s eastern bi-regional.
Keton said he doesn’t know much about Broadmoor other than they are from Baton Rouge and they put up “some big numbers” in bi-regional play.
Morgan City’s top six bowlers are Delaune with a 210 average, Courtney and Brocato with 209 averages, Veillion with a 201 average, Bui with a 194 average and Francis with a 159 average.
Broadmoor boasts top bowlers in Juan Coston with a 180 average, Justin Pearson at 165; Ritch Bolden at 153, Terry Mahoney at 133; Darius Taylor at 132; and Bryan Hicks at 129.
The winner of the Morgan City-Broadmoor matchup will face the winner of the Rummel-Barbe contest.
While Keton said his squad must take one match at a time, meaning they must focus on Broadmoor first and Rummel must defeat Barbe, Keton said his squad does have a possible rematch Rummel on its mind.
“Whenever they saw the way brackets played out, that was the first thing they said, that they were excited to get a second chance.”
As for any adaptation to the bowling lanes, Keton said they are similar to those at Charlie’s Lanes in Morgan City, and Morgan City, who practiced there Sunday night, adjusted well.
“Hopefully that’ll translate to today, and they can shake the nerves off and just pull up on that experience,” he said.