WHS bowling team rolls out another successful season
In comparison to sports such as football and basketball, bowling may be a less common sport to see throughout high schools.
At WHS, however, bowling has been growing in popularity throughout the student body.
Karlie Way (12), a bowler on the girls’ team, has been able to see the team develop throughout the years.
“The bowling team started about six years ago. The team started because Andrew and Tracie Leiendecker knew about upcoming bowlers. She thought it would be great for junior bowlers to have something to do in high school other than bowling with younger children,” Way said.
Since the start of the team six years ago, the bowling team mentorship has not stopped growing in the high school.
Tracie Leiendecker is the bowling club adviser as well as the girls varsity coach.
Leiendecker started the bowling club six years ago when many of the junior bowlers started asking why Wooster did not have a team.
“We have come a long way, a lot of it is because of our team’s talent and coaching” Theo Crawford (10) said.
“Each year we have grown and accomplished even more than the last. Last year, we had three bowlers make it to state. Our goal this season is to take the boys or girls as a team or both to state,” Leiendecker said.
Leiendecker says bowling can be something that attracts students who would not otherwise participate in a team sport.
“We have seniors who want to try something new and find out that they wished they had know about it as freshman,” Leiendecker said.
Many bowlers on the team started young and have been able to grow as individuals and see the team grow. Theo Crawford (10) has been bowling since he was seven and has loved it ever since.
“Compared to how it has started, we have come a long way, a lot of it is because of our team’s talent and coaching,” Crawford said.
Crawford says bowling allows him to make good impressions on both other players and his coach.
Bowling now supports three teams. They have a JV boys team, currently 1-0, a varsity boys team, 4-0 and a varsity girls team, 3-1.
The Generals next meet is on Feb. 10 against Canton South.