“We just clicked,” Behr said. “She bowled great and we ended up meshing well.”
After jumping to the top of the leaderboard, Behr and her teammates had several weeks to wait as the state tournament – held this year in Springfield at Northridge and Victory lanes – ran from March 17-June 3. More than 700 bowlers competed in this year’s event.
“I try not to expect too much because there’s such good competition in Dayton, much less the state,” Behr said. “So, to get the win was amazing. It’s always exciting and humbling.”
Tournament wins have taken on even more meaning over the past year, as Behr became a first-time mom in January 2017. More time with Bradley – now almost 18 months – means less time on the lanes.
“I love being a mom and still being able to compete, but I definitely haven’t been able to put in as much time as I used to on my game,” she said. “Obviously my priorities have shifted. Bowling is not quite as important because he’s my No. 1.”
While the 35-year-old working mom has cut back a bit on league bowling to spend more time with her son, her competitive streak is still as strong as ever.
“Balance is important, but I also think it’s important to show my son that I can be a mom and still be successful,” she said. “I’m very proud of that.”
Ohio USBC WBA State Tournament – Local Champions
All-events handicap and actual: Shannon Pluhowsky, 2,381
Singles actual: Shannon Pluhowsky, 813
Doubles actual: Andrea Behr/Brooke Summers (Toledo), 1,422
Four-person team actual: Jennifer Owens, Candace Shepard, Kari Watson, Rachael Delserone (Lorain), 2,744
Five-person team actual: Andrea Behr, Lauren Paige, Heidi Sanders, Jamie Beard, Ashley Bryant, 3,141