The Jacket boys started off the season against Madison Prep at All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge. The Jacket boys started off fairly well with mostly marks and four games over 190 to finish the first game with a 1072 to the home Chargers 775. Gabe Eunice led the Jackets in the first game with a 205. The Jackets took the head to head matchups 7-1. Subsequent games would repeat similar margins.

Game two saw significant drop backs in performance as the team really struggled to deal with changes on the lane. It is possible carry down was a factor as the home team was throwing a lot of plastic. The Jackets finished game 2 with a 14.5-1.5 advantage to take the match in the second stanza.

Game three allowed liberal substitutions that gave new bowlers an opportunity to set averages. The game also saw the best performance on the high lane of the match with a combined 639 from Mason Ballard, Gabriel Eunice and Cade Fletcher. Cade finished the game with a match high 238 and a 622 series. 

The Jackets finished with a win of 25-2.

Mason, Gabriel and Cade finished off game three with a solid 639 to end the match.

Our final tune-up for the season came against Albany. This match gave us an opportunity to fine tune the starting lineup heading into the season and iron out some processes heading into the season.

The boys noted early in the match that they were not very used to the difference in lane conditions at Tangi Lanes vs. what they were used to bowling in Baton Rouge. Our usual starters struggled a little against their expected performance level in game one but still managed to jump out to a 7-1 lead against Albany. The Jackets ended the first game with a 309 pin lead, a, feat they would replicate for the remainder of the match. The second game saw the best performance of the scrimmage after a couple of substitutions. Quincy Brown posted the high game of the day with a 233. Game three allowed us to sit our 5 and 6 bowlers. We were able to comfortably play all 8 players and keep a consistent level of performance.

The Jacket boys finished with a 24-3 final advantage over the home Albany Hornets. Gabriel Eunice led the boys averaging 193 for the day with games of 187 and 199.

The girls faced a competitive Albany squad that finished 10-2 the prior season.

The girls started out with good games compared to their averages. Audrey Cedotal led the way out of the gate with a solid 181. Still it wasn’t enough in game one as Albany took a 7-1 advantage for the early lead. Just like the boys, game 2 proved to be the best overall game for the girls. Isabelle Duval bowled a 142 to lead the low lane and Audrey Cedotal followed up her hot start with a 175. The girls took 3 games in the second stanza. The final game was a small step back, but still saw solid performances from Isabelle Duval (149) and Audrey Cedotal throwing a match high 190.

The girls lost by a score of 6-21 to the home Albany hornets.  Audrey Cedotal led the girls with a 182 average on the day posting games of 181, 175, 190 for a 546 series.

The live stream was a mixed bag. The phone we were using to stream with was not taking a charge and died. We were also tethered to a side wall and plagued by slow internet. The venue is not ideal for livestreaming due to their COVID setup. There are lessons we learned to improve the stream. Look for that to improve for the first boys match on Monday.

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Girls team prepared to take on Albany in our last scrimmage before the season starts.

Our preseason began Monday against Dutchtown at All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge. Denham Springs entered the matchup with a depleted roster on both the girls and boys side teaching the valuable pre-season lesson that deep rosters are going to be a tremendous asset this season. The boys were short three starters and the girls were short two starters. The Dutchtown boys were also short a starter. So begins our COVID challenged season.

The Dutchtown boys proved in their first game that they are going to be able to hang with any team in the region dropping a stout 661 on their low lane to and a 1254 overall to jump out to a 7-1 advantage early that proved too much to overcome in the end. The Jackets closed the gap somewhat in game two and took game 3 by a margin of 6-2. Dutchtown won the scrimmage on the boys side by the final score of 18-9.

Starting 6 and junior Cade Fletcher led the team with three wins in the match and a 588 (205) series. Freshman Cooper Bush bowled his high game today with a 188 from the 3 spot.

The Dutchtown girls are returning a solid squad of mostly sophomores and you can see the team growth from last season based on their starting averages vs. their scrimmage performance. The girls match started off equally lopsided with a 7-1 decision for Dutchtown which they would repeat similarly for the remaining games. Dutchtown ended up taking the match 22-5. The girls team will face Dutchtown in the regular season.

Audrey Cedotal led the girls with a 467 (182) and finished with a 2-1 advantage in the 6 spot.

For both teams this was the first experience many bowlers have had with head to head competition outside of friendlies in practice. We shook off some nerves and look to an improved performance in our next scrimmage.

The Jackets will face off against Albany in the second scrimmage of the season at Tangi Lanes in Hammond on Jan 20. This will be a preview for the girls of a venue they will compete in later this season. For both teams it will be the final tune-up in preparation for the start of the season.

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Cade Fletcher lines up for the strike against Dutchtown

To give an idea of how important some of our social media initiatives are, I am posting a couple of highlights from our 2020 season. Remember, like, share and comment on our social media posts. 

The following Tweet was retweeted by the official PWBA Tour account on Twitter. 

In response to this post on Twitter by the official high school Twitter account:

We have professional bowler Stuart Williams weighing in

Does your high school have a bowling team?

The most frustrating thing I see every year through my involvement in youth and high school coaching is that there are a lot of good youth bowlers who do not have access to bowling at their high schools. At one of the local venues in town there is an ad recommending to “Join Your High School Bowling Team” … The problem is, some youth bowlers can’t. I aim to provide some evidence as to why your school should provide this opportunity to these students and their peers.

 

Bowling provides an opportunity for Students to participate in a competitive sport (why sports).

There are no shortage of studies done that demonstrate the value of sports in a persons life. Sports provide an opportunity to pursue excellence in an environment designed to challenge and inspire. There will be failures that must be overcome. There will be successes that bring great reward. All aspects of life success are present in sports;  hard work, discipline, mental toughness, attitude etc. It is no wonder that students who participate in high school athletics have better educational outcomes, show an enhanced sense of belonging, develop positive life skills, show healthier behaviors, have better post-high school outcomes and become better citizens.

 

Bowling is a lifetime sport.

Lifetime sports are ones that you can play for your entire life. A lifetime sport gives you something that you can pursue over the course of a lifetime and find enjoyment even when your physical skills deteriorate. Still, don’t think that age brings with it a lower level of performance. Norm Duke won two consecutive PBA tour events last season at the age of 54. The oldest person to bowl a perfect game was a spry 89 years of age. The legendary Carmen Salvino just bowled in his last PBA Tournament of Champions at the age of 86.

 

Bowling is more than just a sport. It is a community.

In Robert Putnam’s essay “Bowling Alone” the Harvard Professor noted that, at the time (1995), bowling as an activity was on the rise but that the number of league bowlers was drastically in decline. In citing this as a strong metaphor for the deterioration of social capital, bowling leagues were highlighted for their primary value in a society. Bowling in a league, or as part of a team, is a place where people connect. Today we can watch the best movies on incredible home theater systems alone. We can access all of the information we used to get from libraries through a web browser by ourselves. We can have our groceries, clothing and all manner of home needs delivered through Amazon and rarely encounter a human person. In short, we do spend more time alone. Bowling is one of the most social sports there is. Typically the teams can, and do, converse throughout the event and it isn’t always to rub in a good shot. Often it is about the whims and woes of life. Bowling is a community of persons having common goals. We are obsessed about carrying that ten pin, or complaining about how the lanes really are tilted down there. Our differences are cast aside, if for a fleeting moment, because in the end we all have a common enemy standing 60 feet from us. It is solidarity in purpose even when we are opponents. That social interaction is important in our lives and bowling is one of those things in your life that can bring a stable community into your life.

 

Bowling is the ONLY sport where you can receive scholarship money JUST for getting involved.

Louisiana, along with many other states, allow youth to participate in a program called the Grand Prix Scholarship Fund. You can accrue points from participation in youth leagues and tournaments which translate to scholarship dollars you can access when you go to college or trade school after high school graduation.

 

Bowling provides a clear path to playing at the collegiate level, especially for girls.

Two decades ago the highest level of collegiate athletics was working on requirements to remain a football school at the highest level. One of those requirements was having sixteen sports, a minimum of which eight had to be women’s sports in order to better adhere to Title IX requirements. Over the course of subsequent years many universities, including those outside the top division of college football began to sponsor sports which were inexpensive to field. Quoting The Undefeated:

In convention halls and hotel ballrooms between 2002 and 2003, Terrell-Kearney, the collegiate coordinator for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), presented her best arguments. Teams were inexpensive. They could help meet Title IX requirements. Barriers to success were low if you go in on the ground floor. With the right coach and some strategic recruiting, any program, from an NCAA Division I state flagship to a private Division III commuter, can contend for a national championship.

These programs have appeared on the map since that time and we are still in the “ground floor” stage of college bowling. Each year in Louisiana, many students accept scholarships to schools both in and out of state. Long gone are the days when basketball, volleyball and softball were the primary path to scholarships for women in sports. Bowling is here.

 

Bowling is relatively inexpensive to manage as a program at the high school level.

First off there are no facility maintenance or costs at the school. Bowling proprietors take care of this as part of maintaining their businesses. They also have a vested interest in supporting high school programs at a relatively low cost to the youth bowlers. In fact, in our area, high school bowlers can practice outside of scheduled practices at a discounted rate per game. A typical high school bowling budget includes practice fees, transportation and meals (in the playoffs especially) and uniforms. Realistically, athletes are typically responsible for providing their own shoes and equipment. Still, these are available at each of the bowling centers and usually (if not always) at no cost to high school bowlers. 

 

Bowling schools are BETTER schools.

Fully one-third of high school bowling programs in Louisiana are found in private schools, typically with high academic standards and numerous opportunities for students to thrive in a variety of settings. That said, the majority of bowling programs are found in public schools.

Using school performance scores for the public high schools in the state of Louisiana:
•    30.2% of “A” schools support bowling teams
•    14.4% of the remainder support bowling teams
Here is the breakdown by letter grade.

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It is clear that higher performing schools in Louisiana support bowling at double the rate of lower performing schools. Whether one comes before the other (bowling or high performance) is hardly the point. Good schools make a point to provide opportunities for students to participate in activities that help them grow into the best person they can be. Don’t you want your school to be one of them?

 

What can you do?

  • Show your administrators this post.
  • Identify a school sponsor.
  • Point out that the other amazing schools in your area are doing this.
  • Get the students in your area more involved in youth bowling.

The girls finished up the regular season today against St. Jospeh’s at Circle Bowl.

Game one saw the Jackets jump out to an early 7.5-0.5 lead despite an average performance across the board. Layla Legendre led the team with a 187. Game two saw a little fire come out as Lakin Fletcher picked up the pace with a 188 and Ann Savignol bowled her highest game ever with a 174. The lead swelled to 13.5-2.5 after the second game. The third game saw the low lane really take off with Briana Daigle posting a 143, Angel Beadle posting a 123 and Ann Savignol continuing her streak with a 147. The girls took 4 games in the head to head matchups for game 3 and total pins.

The final score was 22.5-4.5

The win likely solidified a post season berth for the Jackets as they are nearly a full point ahead of teams below the 16 mark (as of 2/25). They were ranked #13 prior to closing out the season with two wins. The girls team will await the post-season brackets to see where they will end up. The Top 16 teams make the playoffs.

Layla Legendre led the girls with a 503 (187)

The boys team was playing in their second to last match of the regular season. Game one saw the Jackets start their top 6 and easily cover the 8 points by an average of over 50 pins per matchup. Mason Brock started off his quest for 600 on the right foot with a 212. The team led total pins by 318 allowing for liberal substitutions throughout the match. Game two saw Cade Fletcher get off to a hot start with eight strikes in a row to finish with a 253. The team lost a point in the second game to end the game up 13-1. Game three saw Quincy Brown finish off one of his strongest sets of the season with a 183 and a 532 series. Gabe Eunice collected the lone 200 in game 3 with a 210. The match final score was 26-1.

Cade Fletcher led the boys team with a 611 (253).

The boys will finish the season at Zachary (Circle Bowl) and await their playoff fate as well.

There was some interest yesterday in what it will take to make the state singles finals for boys and girls.

Last season a 153 average made the state singles tournament for the girls.
Last season a 179 average made the state singles tournament for the boys.

We have two boys and two girls that are near locks to make the singles tournament. We have a boy within a few pins of last years cut and a girl that is sitting about six back. Obviously the cut mark can change from year to year. Good luck to everyone in play here and heres hoping to getting six Jackets in and bringing home a couple of singles state titles.

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Ann Savignol finishing up on a solid first shot

 

Girls: 10-2

Boys: 9-2

Today was the last home game for our senior girls. It is an honor to have you as part of our teams and we wish you all the best as you move on to amazing endeavors in your lives.

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Lakin Fletcher, Angel Beadle, Cara Palamentier accept flowers from the team celebrating their last home games.

As the tagline went before the game

#1 Central vs. #2 Denham Springs on the boys side. #19 Central vs. #13 Denham Springs on the girls side. District titles and playoff seeding are on the line. Let’s bring a little playoff atmosphere to All-Star today! Be there! Go Jackets!!!

Lots on the line in this one.

The girls match was one that lived up to the urgency of being on the edge of playoff seeding. A loss could have the losing team sitting on the outside looking in. A win solidifies the likelihood of a postseason draw. Game one saw Lakin Fletcher post a win and a 207 to provide much needed cushion on total pins after the first game. The teams split the head to head matches 3-3 but total pins gave the Jackets a 5-3 lead heading into game two. Game two saw Lakin Fletch keep the pressure up with a 212. Layla Legendre also got on track to post a 189. Once again the teams split the head to head matches 3-3 but total pins again gave the Jackets the game, a 10-6 advantage after two and a shaky 68 pin lead heading into the final match. The third game was a nail biter with both lanes being within single pins late into the match. Once again, the teams split the head to head matchups 3-3. Layla Legendre posted a strong 220 in the final game to keep the team close in total pins but the Wildcats pulled out the total pins advantage in game three to win 5-3. This brought the entire match down to the total pins advantage built up in the first two games. The Jackets took overall with a 57 pin advantage and won the match 16-11.

Lakin Fletcher led the girls team with a 561 (212).

The boys match was more lopsided with the Central Wildcats proving their worth as a state title contender this year. The first game saw each team drop average performances which set the match off with a significant advantage for the Central Wildcats. Gabe Eunice carried the only win in game one and Central ran out to a 176 pin lead. Game two proved to be the decisive game of the match with Central delivering the best single game performance of the year thrown against the Jackets with a 1291. Central’s low lane shot 681 to overwhelm the Jackets low lane in terms of total pins. Still, Quincy Brown tossed in a 222 on the strength of seven strikes in a row to carry a game on the low lane. Cade Fletcher tossed a 246 in on the high lane to give the Jackets two wins in the stanza. The score was 13-3 after two games with a decided total pins advantage for the Wildcats leaving a mathematical chance, but little hope heading into game three. The Jackets put together a solid outing in the most competitive game of the match but still only came away 1.5 points in the game. Cade Fletcher shot a 233 in the effort.

The final was 22.5-4.5 for the visiting Wildcats.

Cade Fletcher led the team for the Jackets with a solid 672 (246).

 

Girls: 9-2

Boys: 8-2

On last Thursday 2/20 the Jackets girls team faced off against Istrouma for the second time this season.

The first game saw Lakin Fletcher jump out the gate with a solid 191 game. The rest of the team fared well and the girls finished with a 8-0 lead and a significant advantage in total pins.

Game two was a repeat performance will all of our girls holding decided advantages over their opponents. Briana Daigle posted her high game of the season with a 151. It was also an 8-0 finish to secure both the second game and the match.

The girls dropped a game in the final stanza after an unusually high performance in the two spot on the opposing side. Ann Savignol posted a solid 151 besting her average by over 25 pins.

All in all it was a dominant performance and a solid build block heading into the final matches of the season.

The final score was 26-1

Lakin Fletcher led the girls with a 506 (191)

The girls and boys face a tough test against Central on Thursday (2/27) with significant playoff implications for both the boys and girls. Be there and Go Jackets!

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Girls: 7-2

Monday’s match saw the continuation of district play with the Jackets facing off against Woodlawn.

Game one started off a little slow for all bowlers with only Alex Cedotal reaching his average (149) and Gabe Eunice throwing the high effort of the game with a 196 to barely miss his average. The high lane, especially, struggled to find a good line but really worked with each other to get into the pocket for the second and third game. The Jackets opened up a 7-1 advantage after the first game. Game two saw Mason Brock find a hot line to throw an exceptional 245. Cade Fletcher also found a line that carried better and pitched in a 225. The Jackets opened a commanding lead of 14-2 after game two and held the total pins advantage by 311.
The third game allowed further substitutions and thus all ten bowlers on the active roster saw action in the match.

The final score was 24-3, Jackets.

Cade Fletcher led the team with a 599 (225).

Both teams face off against Central next Thursday (2-27). On the boys side this match has been circled on the calendar all season as Central is the strongest team on our regular season schedule as well as a district rival. A district title will be on the line as well as a more favorable playoff seed. Central comes into the match on the boys side ranked #1 in the state wide power rankings. The Yellow Jacket boys are entering the match with the #3 power ranking in the state.

The Jacket girls will put their #13 power ranking and district honors on the line against Central who is sitting at #18.

These matches should bring a little taste of playoff atmosphere to All Star Lanes. Tell ALL your friends and family to come on over and support the Jackets! Lets go Jackets! Bring it!

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Andrew Wilson and Cade Murray strategize on the split leave.

Boys: 8-1

The Wednesday match this week saw both teams face off against Baton Rouge High who is fielding both a boys and a girls squad this year. It is always exciting to see growing programs in high school bowling.

Both teams today entered matches with key players out with illnesses.

The girls kicked off their match by splitting the head to head games 3-3 with the visiting Bulldogs who bowled their best game of the match in game one. Lakin Fletcher paced the Jackets with a solid 201 game. Briana Daigle bowled a 121 on the low lane to both exceed her average by 20 pins and secure the point. Total pins went to the Jackets in game one to set out with a 5-3 lead. Game two saw the Bulldogs drop back a little and the Jackets sped out to a 6-2 advantage. Cara Palamentier bowled a 119 on the low lane to secure her point and exceed her average by nearly 30 pins. With the match still in doubt the third game proved to be the deciding factor. The Jackets raced out to the best game of the day collecting an 818 as a team with Audrey Cedotal leading the way with a 192. The team carried a 7-1 advantage in the final game to pull out to a 21-6 win in the end.

The boys got off to a solid start in game one with Mason Brock (204) and Gabriel Eunice (256) posting games above their average on the high lane and Randall Mitchell filling in for the one spot with a 139 to carry his point. The high lane bowled 654 to help move the team out to a quick 7-1 advantage. Game two was more decisive with Cade Fletcher posting a 213 and Gabriel Eunice once again posting a scintillating 233 game to continue his hot start. Dylan Fowler dropped in a 197 on the low lane to carry his point by over 100 pins. The margin after game 2 was 15-1 which allowed us to substitute liberally in the last game. The high lane players stayed put as multiple players had shots at their high series.

In game three Dylan Bossom paced the low lane with his high game ever, a 132. On the high lane Gabriel Eunice needed a 211 to turn out his first 700 series. He decided to leave no doubt after a shaky open in the second frame to post seven strikes in a row to finish with a 257 and a Baton Rouge region leading 746 series.

The boys finished with a 24-3 final score over the visiting Bulldogs.

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Gabriel Eunice puts the finishing touches on a 257 game and a 746 series.

Girls: 7-2

Boys: 7-1