Top-seeded Crusader Bowling Sets School Record

Bowling Team 2018Brother Martin has dominated the boys bowling scene in the New Orleans area for the last five years. The Crusaders turned in perhaps their most dominant performance in that span on Monday.

Brother Martin rolled a school-record 3,960 series as the Crusaders topped Salmen 26-1 in the New Orleans regional at AMF All Star Lanes. The top-seeded Crusaders joined No. 2 seed Holy Cross, third-seeded Archbishop Shaw and No. 4 seed Jesuit in advancing to the bi-regional tournament March 27, also at AMF, where 10 other teams from the Baton Rouge and Hammond areas will also bowl.

Brother Martin coach Bruce Himbert’s six-man lineup of Brennan Brouilette, Will Oertling, Hunter Dunn, Drew Gardner, Jonathan Fernandez and Cody Schaffer set the tone early with a 1,357 opening game, led by Oertling’s 256, as the Crusaders jumped to an 8-0 lead.

“I told our guys, ‘Don’t take them for granted.’ I was hoping we’d get out to a quick start, and we did,” said Coach Himbert. With Himbert sticking with the same lineup, Brother Martin put the match away in game two with another 8-0 sweep, led by Schaffer’s 259 and Dunn’s 258 to pace a 1,330 team score. “When we shot what we shot,” Himbert said, “I felt like I needed to stay with these guys.”Bowling

With a record-breaking opportunity at hand, Himbert left his lineup untouched again and the Crusaders closed with a 1,273 third game, led by Oertling’s 234. The only thing missing on this day was a state record. The Crusaders fell 13 pins shy of Archbishop Rummel’s score of 3,973 set in 2013.

“We came up a little short (of the state record),” Himbert said, “but we bowled well.” Dunn had a team-best 722 series, followed by Oertling with a 691, Schaffer at 657, Fernandez with a 656, Gardner’s 628 and Brouilette’s 606. Brother Martin will get a first-round bye in the bi-regional and needs two victories to advance to the state semifinals, while the other three local teams will have to bowl first-round matches. The seeds will be finalized later this week.

“We go into any match, we can be beaten,” Himbert said. “Hopefully we can get by next week and get to the final four.”

Congratulations to our Crusader Bowling team for setting the new school record!

Information derived from Crescent City Sports press release.