Leiendecker Named OCC Girls Bowler of the Year, Qualifies for State Tournament

(Feb. 26, 2018) – Wooster High School Junior Allie Leiendecker was recently deemed the Ohio Cardinal Conference (OCC) Girls Bowler of the Year. Leiendecker received this distinction after competing in the first-ever OCC bowling championship tournament at Wayne Lanes in Wooster on Feb. 3.

As a result of Ashland making bowling a varsity sport, the OCC had enough teams to proceed in making this championship tournament possible. For Wooster girls coach Tracie Leiendecker, who is also Allie’s mother, this event is a culmination of a long-time effort.

“[OCC school officials] asked specifically if we were able to have an OCC championship and I said, ‘That’s what we dream of,’” said Tracie earlier in the bowling season. “We had a blind draw at our coach’s meeting and Wayne Lanes was selected to be the host for the championship. That’s how we got our draw and it’ll rotate through the schools.”

At the tournament, both Wooster’s boys and girls teams competed alongside teams from Ashland, Lexington and Mansfield Senior. Ashland won the boys team title with a total of 4,212 with Wooster finishing in second with a score of 4,017. On the girls side, Lexington claimed the team title with a total of 3,931, Ashland took second with 3,703 and Wooster placed third with 3,676. Each of Wooster’s teams have eight varsity bowlers on their rosters.

To be named Girls Bowler of the Year, Allie finished first out of 20 bowlers after going into the tournament with the highest average in the OCC (227). Additionally, Allie set a Stark County record earlier in the season for a high two-game series with a 564.

On Feb. 17, both of Wooster’s teams competed at the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) sectional tournament, though neither qualified for the OHSAA district tournament as a team. However, Junior Justin Huffman, of the boys team, placed second out of 70 bowlers and Allie placed third out of 60 girls, qualifying both of them for districts as individual bowlers.

The OHSAA district tournament took place Feb. 25 at Wedgwood Lanes in Austintown. There, Allie qualified fourth and is now bound for the state tournament, which will be held on March 10 in Columbus. 

“It has been extremely exciting to watch our varsity bowling teams have such terrific success this season,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “Congratulations to Allie!  She is an amazing talent and an absolutely fabulous student.  She is quite deserving of the accolades.  We wish her all the very best at the state tournament.”