Craig’s Tyler Francetich bowls 300 game

Andy Bockelman
Tyler Francetich ponders the ball that helped him roll a perfect 300 game in December at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. The 21-year-old Craig resident works at the alley and has bowled for about four years.
Andy Bockelman

On Dec. 21, Tyler Francetich got his Christmas present early, becoming part of the elite ranks of those who have bowled a perfect game at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

The 300 score has eluded him for awhile, his previous best being back-to-back 276 tallies, which helped get him into the bowling outlet’s 700 Club, complete with a commemorative jacket to that effect.

However, Francetich kept his eyes on the prize of 12 straight strikes that every roller wants, though the game in which he achieved it meant it was largely honorary.

“It wasn’t a league game, so I don’t get the $300 check or any gifts,” he said.

That wasn’t the important part, he added, stating that the improvement in his technique was helped along by a new ball.

“I got one that fits me wonderfully, and it’s easier to be more consistent,” he said.

Francetich, 21, has been employed at Thunder Rolls for about five years and didn’t even pick up the sport seriously until after a year being at the alley.

“I started in high school and excelled at it as much as people who had been doing it since they were 3 or 4,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it ever since.”

Now that he’s hit 300, the young bowler hopes to make it on the wall of fame again and again.

“My next goal is to do it opposed during league,” he said. “We’ve got quite a few people who have done it here, and it takes a lot of practice, dedication and commitment.”

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

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