Well, 2022 in the local bowling world doesn’t start quite as we expected.
Or maybe we should have expected it.
The high school bowling season in Baton Rouge kicked off Monday, though the schedule narrowed a lot by the time it started.
As of Monday morning, four games in the Baton Rouge area were off the books and rescheduled. McKinley and Belaire’s early games were postponed Monday, with those schools virtual learning this week and it was announced Sunday on Central’s bowling Facebook page that Central’s boys’ and girls’ games against St. Amant were also being postponed.
The Central boys and girls were the state’s runner-up last season when the girls put on a stellar performance in the playoffs pushing Archbishop Chapelle into the final game of the championship game.
With only All-Star in Baton Rouge and Premier in Gonzales hosting high school games in this area, high school will have most bowling Monday through Thursday (particularly at All-Star) with games ending at 3:35 p.m. to start. will be a bit of a pain and if there is a lot of delay there could be a lot of bowling later in the season.
And I’m very happy to see that the Baton Rouge-NOLA games will be back this season and as we suggested, this time at AMF Lanes in Kenner on Thursday, February 24. Dutchtown will take on Brother Martin, Catholic meets Jesuit, St. Amant will face Rummel and Denham Springs will face Holy Cross.
The season ends in early March and, for the first time, part of the playoffs will take place in northwestern Louisiana at Holiday Lanes in Bossier City. The other guys site is AMF Kenner. The girl’s first rounds are in Premier Acadiana. The state championships will be decided on March 31 (team) and April 1 (singles) at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge.
Defending champions, Brother Martin and Chapelle, will begin their seasons in the NOLA region later this week.
Well, maybe it just wasn’t the right time for a city tournament or maybe people didn’t think it was that important now that it hasn’t been around for a few years.
I do not know. The dates were bad for me personally, but I can’t speak for everyone. In the end, the adult portion of the city championships was canceled, postponed or however you want to classify it, but the juniors’ event ran its first sessions this past weekend.
One question I’ve always wondered is whether you need to have team, doubles, and singles to make a city championship. Is that some kind of USBC requirement? It seems that doubles and singles events have really become extremely popular in South Louisiana since the pandemic, and I’m wondering if the club might just want to host a smashing doubles and/or singles event that could draw a few entries.
Maybe take the team to a trio event like the Anchor Lady or some NOLA events.
There are many different lane oil patterns, but I have to give Justin Veitch of Kenner props for winning a 12-game sweeper on New Years Day with a different sport pattern on each of the 24 lanes at Spanish Trail Lanes in Gautier, Mississippi. Veitch rolled 2.387, which is 13 pins below an average of 200.
It was a matter of taking advantage of the good pairs and surviving the patterns on other jobs.
PBA TV starts
Television for the PBA Tour 2022 begins on January 22 with the Players Championship East and South Finals. More broadcasts are on January 23 and 24, all on FS1. The Players Championship Finals is in prime time on January 29 at Bowlero Euless’s FS1 in Texas.
Back to you on January 25th. Until then, good luck and have fun bowling.