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Youth bowler Kristian Sieradzki

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Kristian is a fine young man. I met him a few years ago, and he has literally grown before my eyes. Here is an article about him and his accomplishments.

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From the age of 5, Kristian loved baseball. He mostly played catcher and first base for the Gulf Beaches Little League. A lot of the players and parents called him Babe Ruth because he sure could slug those home runs! His mom, Andrea called him Slugger Sieradzki.

He is an avid Rays fan, but likes the Cubs & Indians as well.

He really never had an interest for bowling. When he was in the 5th grade about 12 years old, Liberty Lanes did free games for good grades. He had 50 free games to use. So he decided to go every day and bowl. He did not have his own shoes or even his own ball. He used a house ball. He just kept bowling and loved it. That is all he wanted to do is bowl.

He joined the Saturday morning program at Liberty and then he went to his first tournament at Seminole Lanes. He won scholarship money; he came in 3rd in singles, won doubles, and team and all events.

In the past few years he has bowled in around 25 tournaments all over the State of Florida and placed in each of them. He has bowled for Seminole High the past 4 years. He has won the scratch divisions for 4 years and also the handicap for 2 years.

He has had 4 – 300 games, 2 – 299 games, 3 – 800 series, and he has averaged around 230 in his leagues.

This past summer has been one for experience for Kristian. He started the summer by traveling to Fort Lauderdale for Teen Masters Nationals and even though he had only made the top half, he gained some experience in how to adapt to more pressure situations and use different equipment than what he usually used, because they provide you with a plastic and urethane ball and that's all they were allowed to use during competition.

After that he came home for a week and then left for Junior Gold Nationals in Detroit. He got the chance through the new league at Seminole Lanes, Junior Gold Sport League and got his entry paid for.

Through all the practice sessions he had the opportunity to meet new people and to see the ones he had met at Teen Masters. He felt ready, yet nervous on the first day of competition. He told me he went close to a 190 average the first day and was in pretty good spirits, but the next two days of completion was not the best as he was having finger insert problems and a few key frames he had blown opportunities to have higher games than he had hoped for. He ended up as he did in Fort Lauderdale, in the top half. Though he impressed himself through the tournament by keeping his composure and making more spares than he had hoped, he did not win but he gained some very good experience.

After a couple weeks home Kristian set out on a trip to Texas where the bowling combine was and was determined to turn some heads along the way. From the start he was on his game and did better than expected even though some spare shooting was difficult, he did better than most. But where he stood out was with his revolutions and consistency in how he throw the ball with his style. Kristian had over 620 revolutions in one shot and averaged close to 600 through those sessions and with that combined with 20 plus miles per hour a shot, he felt he had a lot of consistent shots and showed why he is here to stay.

Since then, Kristian has won a tournament averaging 220 a game and then placed 3rd in a tournament averaging around 210 and coming back and making the cut in the same tournament by 5 pins by throwing a 279 in the last qualifying game.

Locally last year Kristian won the Harry Beierlein Youth Boy High Average award with a 218 average.

Kristian bowls on Saturday mornings in the Troy Carlson Scratch Scholarship and in the Junior Gold Sport league at Seminole Lanes. On Sunday nights he bowls in the youth/adult league at Liberty Lanes. A few weeks ago his partner, Hannah Diem who is 9 years old, bowled a 300 perfect game. She is now the youngest bowler to have thrown a 300 game. And that same night, Kristian had a very impressive series with an 804!!

Kristian just lost a great friend, Matthew Lonardo someone very close to Kristian. Kristian got up in front of hundreds of people to tell them what a great friend he has. Keep him close to your heart.

Kristian was encouraging Hannah every step of the way, and he is very good with the younger kids always encouraging them as they bowl. He loves animals and had a pet sitting business called Paw Prints Pet Services. He has two dogs, Benji & Buttercup.

Kristian loves to play video games and any kind of sports. He is very competitive and will keep practicing to make it right. Kristian is a senior this year at Seminole High School, and also an honor roll student. We hope he keeps on bowling as a youth, and in college, and on to adulthood. His mom, Andrea talks about him all the time, well, most mom's do!!! Kristian has a girlfriend, Laura, and he works at Freedom Square.

Good luck to you Kristian, you are a good kid, and you should be very proud of your accomplishments.

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