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Bowlers Enjoy Awards Celebration

The St. Joseph’s Academy bowling team gathered at All-Star Lanes on April 30 to celebrate the 2024 season and enjoy the annual student-teacher bowling competition. 

Among the highlights of the year was qualifying four bowlers for the state singles championship: Blakely Prestridge, Ava Doucet, Molly Milligan and Jordan Wingerter. This was the largest singles tournament contingent in SJA history. Wingerter would finish second, bringing home the silver medal. 

The team captured the district championship and qualified for the state playoffs for the second year in a row. The Redstickers set school records in both the opening round win over St. Amant and a close quarterfinal-round loss to Dutchtown, the eventual state champions, with a team high game (1,067) and series (3,052).

Second-year coach Garth Ridge awarded varsity letters to all eight members of the team, including a four-year letter to Wingerter, who will compete next year for the University of Alabama Birmingham. He also announced a number of special awards.

Wingerter was named team MVP for the fourth year in a row. Prestridge, Doucet, Milligan and Wingerter were honored as First-Team All-District selections, with Wingerter named District MVP.

Prestridge was named Most Improved Bowler on the strength of increasing last season’s average by 41 pins per game. Doucet was named Newcomer of the Year.   

Faculty members invited by team members to participate in the friendly competition were Amy Neck, Sheri Klemm, Jade Spears, Amy Parker, Nicole Lane and John Richardson.

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director