Tumwater's Haworth to keep rolling

3-TIME MVP: Bowler of the year will take her talents to Chicago's Robert Morris on scholarship in the fall

March 13, 2011 

  • THE OLYMPIAN'S ALL-AREA BOWLING TEAM

    Leea Haworth, Tumwater, senior: The Olympian’s all-area bowler of the year capped her senior season with a ninth-place finish at the 3A/2A state bowling tournament (1,023 total pins). She had a 183.1 season average – tops in the 2A Evergreen Conference for the third consecutive year. She will bowl for Robert Morris University in Chicago.

    Danielle Ewart, Shelton, junior: Ewart set a school record for highest game (288) and series (471) this season, and also had a 173 average. She finished tied for seventh at the 4A state tournament (1,018).

    Nicole Hayes, Black Hills, junior: Hayes led the Wolves to the 2A Evergreen Conference title with a 15-7 record. She had a 178.4 average and had the league’s highest game (225) and placed 35th at the 3A/2A state tournament.

    Brittany Lundsford, Yelm, senior: Lundsford saved her best bowling for her last meet, placing eighth (1,029) at 3A/2A state and had a season-best high game of 224 in her third game.

    Jamie Sheppard, Timberline, senior: Sheppard helped the Blazers place sixth at the 3A/2A tournament. She was runner-up at the district meet, rolling a 653 series – including a season-high 258 in Game 1 – and placed 20th at state.

    Meg Wochnick, staff writer

Like the competitor she is, Leea Haworth didn't take much time off after her ninth-place finish at the Class 3A/2A state bowling tournament in February.

The next day, the Tumwater senior and The Olympian’s all-area bowler of the year was right back at practice, fine-tuning her technique and preparing for an upcoming nonschool league tournament.

Her hard work, skill and determination landed Haworth something she has dreamed about – a bowling scholarship. She will attend Robert Morris University in Chicago and be part of the Eagles’ women’s bowling team, which is in its sixth year of existence.

Haworth got in touch with Robert Morris coach Dale Lehman, and flew out to Chicago to visit the campus and bowl for Lehman a few weeks ago. Her best friend, Correen Lieber, also will be part of the Eagles’ bowling team.

“I’ve been wanting to bowl in college, and hopefully go pro, for a long time,” Haworth said.

Haworth’s success can be measured not only by her high school accomplishments, but also by her achievements on a regional level. She recently placed fourth at the South Sound Junior Masters Tournament in Tacoma, and earlier this season participated in a national competition at Las Vegas.

Haworth capped off her high school career with a ninth-place finish at the Class 3A/2A state bowling tournament in February at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place with 1,023 total pins. It was the second time at state. As a sophomore in 2009, she placed 11th (992 pins).

At first, her placing this year at state was a bit of a disappointment. But as time has passed, she has come to appreciate the accomplishment.

“Now, I’m happy with what I did,” Haworth said.

She has carried a robust average throughout high school, earning her 2A Evergreen Conference MVP honors the past three seasons. She has gone from a 170 average as a freshmen to 181 as a sophomore and 187 last year. This year, she had a league-best 183.1, a high game of 212 and a 12-2 record.

“It’s really nice,” Haworth said.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 mwochnick@theolympian.com

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