Strikes are the goal


Thunder Rolls bowling center provides entertainment for all ages.

In addition to hosting tournaments throughout the year, the center entertains various clubs for 32 weeks per year.

"We're just beginning to wind down," Chris Runyan said. "In some aspects, it's nice but in others, not so much."

Runyan has been the manager since March 2006, five months after the center first opened.

Thunder Rolls has three levels of junior leagues that meet at different times. Pee-Wee, ages 4 to 6, meets at noon on Saturdays, Bantams, ages 6 to 12, gather at 9 a.m. Saturdays and high-school-age, for those 13 and older, convene at 6 p.m. Monday.

All three leagues run until the end of April.

Summer leagues are open to bowlers of all ages beginning June 1 and take place Sunday and Monday afternoons until the second week in August.

Runyan said she is contemplating a men's summer league of scratch play Monday evenings and a women's "coffee league" at 11 a.m. Thursdays.

Recreational After-School Doorway begins a six-week league in April.

Colorado Northwestern Community College features a bowling class Monday evenings this semester.

One new feature to the facility is shuffleboard in the bar area.

Runyan said she is brainstorming a good idea for a game that would involve bowling, shuffleboard, pool and a simulated game of golf.

"I am thinking of a game idea," she said. "I don't know how it will be scored, but it will be fun."

The snack bar is open for breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner.

Open bowling times are as follows: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Drew Turner can be contacted at 970-824-7031, ext 211, or

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