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Craig’s Sheyenne Cromer scores big in Junior Gold bowling tourney

Local teen qualifies for national competition

Sheyenne Cromer

This past weekend, Sheyenne Cromer was very grateful for a turkey. But, we're not talking about the entrée.

Sheyenne bowled over the competition during the United States Bowling Congress Junior GoldUnited States Bowling Congress Junior Gold qualifier, the Wild West Shootout, Nov. 28 and 29 in Sheridan, Wyoming. The tournament win put her in a position to attend the Junior Gold national event next summer in Indianapolis, Indiana. qualifier, the Wild West Shootout, Nov. 28 and 29 in Sheridan, Wyoming. The tournament win put her in a position to attend the Junior Gold national event next summer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold qualifier, the Wild West Shootout, Nov. 28 and 29 in Sheridan, Wyoming. The tournament win put her in a position to attend the Junior Gold national event next summer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 17-year-old roller was the lone Colorado competitor that weekend, scoring a 590 in her series, 698 with handicap, consisting of a 162, 224 and 204. The middle round was especially good to her and included five consecutive strikes, nearly twice the status of a turkey, three frames in a row with 10 pins knocked out in a single throw.

She also picked up every spare that round, which helped put her ahead of the rest.

"I was trying to get my highest score because that's a 267, but I think it's one of the best tournaments I've bowled in a really long time," she said.

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Sheyenne's qualification was not confirmed until she was already on the road back home, but when in Baggs on her way back to Craig, she received an email from officials that had her screaming with glee.

"It's exciting knowing that all the hard work I've put in has paid off," she smiled.

The teenage lady of the lanes has bowled in state competitions over the years and regularly competes in the local youth league, as well as coaching kids just starting out in the sport.

"I like watching them improve, because I know what it's like getting gutter balls over and over, and just getting a few pins means the world for them," she said.

Thunder Rolls Bowling CenterThunder Rolls Bowling Center owner Beryl Dschaak said Sheyenne, as well as her parents, Shirley and John — achiever of a 300 game — are a staple of the Craig alley. owner Beryl Dschaak said Sheyenne, as well as her parents, Shirley and John — achiever of a 300 game — are a staple of the Craig alley.

Thunder Rolls Bowling Center owner Beryl Dschaak said Sheyenne, as well as her parents, Shirley and John — achiever of a 300 game — are a staple of the Craig alley.

"Sheyenne is an achiever, loves bowling, super-talented, an awesome girl, and we're super proud of her to be able to represent Craig like this," she said.

Dschaak noted that bowling is an activity that can provide lots of scholarship funds for talented kids.

Cromer is hoping to use her skills in the sport to win some money to pay for expenses for next summer's trip, which she may be able to do at home when Thunder Rolls serves as a site for the Pepsi Youth Championships in March.

The national Junior Gold competition will be daunting, a weeklong event with multiple rounds each day, and until then, Sheyenne will be practicing every chance she gets, keeping a positive attitude.

"I'm trying not to lose the mental game as they say," she said. "Something a youth director and my dad have told me is that you're not just playing a game that's 15 feet long, you're playing a game that's six inches long and that's in your mind. All it takes is one little slip-up to bring you down, and what counts is how good you bring yourself back up from that mistake."

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