Rummel edges Morgan City in state bowling finals
By GEOFF STOUTE
LAFAYETTE — In a rematch of last year’s state semifinals, the Morgan City boys’ bowling team gave Archbishop Rummel a challenge.
Unfortunately, this time in the state finals, like last year in the state semifinals, the Morgan City squad fell to the New Orleans team, 18-9.
The loss was Morgan City’s first of the year, as the squad finished 14-1 on the season.
“Rummel is, again, another outstanding team,” Morgan City coach Kenny Keton said. “My boys were in it right to the end, until the last two frames of the third game, we were right there with them.”
The win for Rummel meant the squad was able to repeat as state champs after defeating St. Michael the Archangel in the finals last year.
Rummel coach Matt Caire said it was sweeter to win the title the second time around. He said that last year, his squad won easily, and this year they got everybody’s best effort.
“The first time, it was their first time here,” he said. “It’s kind of a blur. It goes by real fast. But having been here before, having such a strong opponent coming at you made it a lot better.”
Despite the loss, Morgan City’s Lang Bui picked up a third-place finish in singles’ competition, while Rummel’s Charles Noble finished as singles’ runner-up.
The singles’ competition consisted of bowlers in the championship matches as well as those bowling in the singles’ competition.
While Morgan City dropped the first game of the finals, 6-2, with the team’s points coming from Taylor Brocato, who bowled a 280 and Austin Courtney, who recorded a 212, the Tigers only trailed in total pins knocked down by seven, 1,209 to 1,202.
Rummel’s Craig Blakesley (170), Josh Berthelot (235), Tyler LeBlanc (232) and Charles Noble (221) also scored points for Rummel.
In the second game, Morgan City came charging back behind strong performances by Bui, Ryan Veillion and Chandler Delaune, who scored the Tigers’ points with games of 279, 197 and 255.
While Rummel’s Blakesley (194), Jonathan Hart (212), and Perry Giambrone (224) also scored points in the second game, Morgan City received two additional points to take the match because it led in total pins.
After two games, Morgan City trailed 9-7.
In the final game, Morgan City managed just two wins as Bui (178) and Courtney (205) picked up Morgan City’s points.
Rummel’s Blakesley (192), LeBlanc (188), Hart (215) and Noble (222) picked up the remaining points for Rummel in the contest and Rummel took total pins in the match by 27 pins (3,556-3,529) and won the game.
“Morgan City’s a hell of a team,” Caire said. “We faced them in the semifinals last year so we’re familiar foes. It was a hell of a match.”
In the state semifinals, Morgan City eased by Broadmoor, 19-8.
The Tigers were led in the contest by Bui (204, 212), Delaune (208), Brocato (220) and Veillion (201).
Additional reporting by The Advocate.