TUMWATER - When it comes to the bowling experience, Leea Haworth has it.
Yes, the Tumwater High School senior has competed at the state bowling tournament, but she’s about to compete on a much larger stage this month when she takes a break from the high-school game and participates in a week-long national tournament in Las Vegas.
Haworth hopes her bowling skills will help shape her future – bowling in college, and hopefully, going pro.
Her victory a few months ago at a qualifying tournament at Kenmore Lanes, west of Bothell, also won her $600 for traveling expenses for the Las Vegas tournament.
Playing in high-caliber events has given Haworth a boost of confidence, too.
“Even if I don’t win, as long as I make good shots, it’s amazing to feel all these great people around me,” Haworth said, “And I’m keeping up with them.”
Tumwater Lanes is Haworth’s second home.
Three hours a day, five days a week, you can find her find-tuning her bowling skills.
Haworth began bowling at age 7, and her average has steadily improved while bowling for the Thunderbirds. She’s gone from a 170 average as a freshman to 181 as a sophomore to 187 last season. Her average is 196 now.
Haworth is one of the better bowlers to compete for Tumwater since coach Wendy Roberson had five bowlers roll close to 200 averages in the early 2000s.
“She wants to get good scores to help the team win,” Roberson said of Haworth. “She takes it all on her shoulders.”
Haworth also has some unfinished business in her high-school career.
Disappointment occurred at last year’s District IV tournament in Tumwater, forcing the two-time 2A Evergreen Conference MVP to miss out on her second state berth.
Haworth finished 22nd overall with a 477 series one year after placing 11th in the individual standings.
After competing at the national tournament, Haworth will focus on the biggest prize in high school bowling in this state.
“Hopefully, I can win state and go out with a bang,” she said.
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