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Knocking them down

Craig Youth Bowling Association makes showing at state tournament

Andrew Turner
Ryan Gerber, left, and Mikey Story, members of the Craig Youth Bowling Association, gather Wednesday night at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. A total of 24 bowlers from the CYBA competed in Wheatridge on May 5 to 6 for the Colorado U.S. Bowling Congress State Championship Tournament.
Drew Turner

— Two-dozen members of the Craig Youth Bowling Association took their talents to the state level May 5 to 6 in Wheatridge.

The youths, ranging from ages 6 to 18, competed in the Colorado U.S. Bowling Congress 2007 State Championship Tournament and returned with a plethora of plaques.

The two-day tournament was split into 12 divisions based on the bowlers’ averages, with division 12 featuring the highest averages.

The CYBA was represented in all 12 divisions, and each team had its own name.

Scoring was done in four categories – team, doubles, singles and all events. Team and doubles competition was coed, singles and all events were divided into boys and girls and the all events scores were the cumulative total of the first three categories.

Ron Hyer and Ben Hillewaert coached the bowlers and are chairpersons for the youth committee.

Despite the fact Moffat County High School does have a bowling team, the CYBA earned scholarships with its play.

“We averaged about $400 total out of the 24 kids and one kid ended up with more than $100,” Hillewaert said.

Hyer, who splits his time between the men’s association of northwest bowling and the youth committee, has been active for at least two years.

“We try to make it all about the kids,” he said. “We like to see they are having fun and doing well.”

Ryan Gerber and his uncle Troy Gerber came in second place in the Wayne/Trudy Todd Memorial Youth/Adult division.

The duo knocked down 1,515 pins, including their handicap.

“It wasn’t as good as I could’ve been,” Ryan said. The 15-year-old is in his second year in the sport.

“My arm got tired after the third game.”

Twelve-year-old Nakoa Gerber placed fourth in all events with a three-game total of 975 pins.

The doubles team of Matt Henderson and Gage Hall came in first in division one with 902 pins.

The division two doubles team of Trey Leray and Chance Hall placed first with 1,000 pins.

In all events, division seven, Lance Whitener placed first with 1,272 pins. Leray finished second in division eight with 1,365 pins.

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

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