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17-year-old Craig bowler headed to state, national competitions

Sheyenne Cromer hopes to strike out the competition in upcoming tournaments

Patrick Kelly

John and Shirely Cromer, along with their son, Jaden, show how proud they are of Sheyenne's bowling success.

Big-shot bowler Sheyenne Cromer, 17, said she couldn't wait to represent Craig at the 2016 Colorado Pepsi Youth Championship tournament.

"I'm ecstatic," she said. "I'm honored that I can represent the bowling alley."

The Moffat County High School student recently qualified for the competition after rolling the best series — 1122 out of six games — at the regional preliminary tournament.

The tournament is scheduled for April 16 and 17 in Ft. Collins and Cromer said she narrowly missed qualifying last year.

"I missed it by two pins and the person who beat me is a really good friend of mine," she said.

With her score from regionals this year, Cromer also qualified for the United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships, a national competition, in Indianapolis this July.

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Cromer, who has been bowling since 7, said she loves the competition as well as the camaraderie that comes with bowling.

Her father and coach, John, introduced her to the sport and as Cromer put it, "bowling runs the family."

John said he was extremely proud of his daughter and wanted to thank Beryl Dschaak, the owner of Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, for helping give his daughter a place to practice.

Going into the highest level of competition she has ever faced, Cromer said the most important thing she can focus on is having staying relaxed and having fun.

"Don't try so hard, just have fun," she said. "That's one of the biggest things — to have fun."