Central Bowling’s Season Comes to an End in Final 16

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Waites Advances One More Round in Singles Competition
By Coach Godley
    Central High Varsity Bowling (8-4) ended their season in heart breaking fashion on Tuesday (4-3-12) at Circle Bowl.  In Round 3 of the LHSAA Bowling State Playoffs, #6 Central High took on #2 Redemptorist (9-1) in what turned out to be one of the matches of the year.  
    Game 1 definitely set the tone of match.  In a very close opening game, Redemptorist would take a 5-3 lead and led Total Pins 986-975.  Led by their anchor and one of Baton Rouge’s best bowlers, Gregory Snee (who averaged 221 during the high school season) would open up with a 236.  Truth be told, if Snee struck every time he put the ball in the pocket, he would have easily shattered all high school records on Tuesday.  But even with Snee on fire, Central didn’t back down and fired a couple great games themselves.  Bryan Waites (Junior/Team Captain) rolled a 221 and Alex David (Junior) threw a 203.  Game 2 wasn’t nearly as close and was all Redemptorist.  The Wolves would take complete control of the match and jump out to an 11-5 lead and take command of Total Pins by winning 1078-974.  The 1078 was the highest game bowled against Central the entire season.  Once again Snee led the way for the Wolves with a 218, followed by Preston Thompson with a 207 and Robert Waguespack’s 188.  Waites led Central with a 188 game.
    In bad shape and down 115 pins, Central didn’t pack their bags and go home.  Instead Central bowled one of their best games of the year with a 1010.  Sean Murphy (Sophomore) led the Wildcats with a 188 and followed by Waites with a 186.  Redemptorist struggled the entire game and lost the game 2-6.  After three games Redemptorist led Central 13-11, making the match decided by the all important Total Pins worth 3 points.  The Wolves would hold on to the lead by 14 pins with a 909 game.  With just enough, the Wolves won Total Pins 2973-2959 and got the extra 3 points to win the match 16-11.  With just 15 more pins the Wildcats would have advanced to the Final 8 with a 14-13 victory.  For Redemptorist, Snee would once again lead the show with a 203 and finish with a 657 series.  Waites was the only Wildcat to advance in the State Boys Singles Championship by bowling a 595 series.  Murphy followed with a 524 series, David with a 506, Jacob Garretson (Freshman) had a 460, Kevin Kennedy (Sophomore) with a 448 and Caleb Owens (Senior) with a 426 series.
    Central’s bowling season would last only two more games.  After advancing to Round 4 through the State Boys Singles Championship, Waites bowled extremely well but couldn’t get a break.  In his second game, a Pocket 8-10 and a Stoned 10-pin would break up what could have been a 7-Bagger, all but ending his chances of advancing.  Waites rolled a 204 and then a 166 for a 370 two-game series (185.5 average).  Waites would fall about 30 pins short of advancing the State Finals.
    Central’s Coaches would once again like to say thank you for all the support they received throughout the season from parents, students and faculty.  One of Central’s best bowling seasons finally came to an end.  This year’s team set many Team Records, advanced to the Final 16 for the 2nd year in a row and Team Captain Bryan Waites advanced further than any Wildcat ever has in the State Boys Singles Championship.  Including Waites and anchor Jacob Garretson, six of the eight Wildcats will be returning next year, and will be gunning for a District Title and a State Championship.  Also, Central Coaches hope to rebuild the Girls Team next year and expect Central’s Bowling Team to only get stronger.  Bowling is alive and well at Central and the future looks very bright!

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