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Dawson Creek bowler off to nationals

Bowling is a family affair for the Letendre family of Dawson Creek. Their youngest, Riley, is headed to the national five pin championships in Calgary May 6 - 9, the first bowler from the Dawson Creek lanes to go to the tournament since 1987.
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Darcy Lentendre (left) couldn't be more proud of his son, Riley, who will represent Dawson Creek and B.C. at the national junior five pin bowling championships in May.

Bowling is a family affair for the Letendre family of Dawson Creek.

Their youngest, Riley, is headed to the national five pin championships in Calgary May 6 - 9, the first bowler from the Dawson Creek lanes to go to the tournament since 1987.

Out of his father's family of eight, five were bowlers.

Fittingly, Riley grew up watching his father, Darcy, play the game, just like his father grew up watching his mother play.

"It's very cool," Darcy said about Riley getting a chance to represent the Mile Zero City on a national stage. "It brings back memories of the first time I made nationals when I was 23."

Maybe it's in his blood, but Riley says he always knew he was going to be a good bowler.

"When I was little I always had the highest average (score) every year," he said. "I just always was good at bowling."

But despite how that might sound, he is far from cocky. Humble would be a more apt description.

His journey to the nationals was a bumpy road.

Provincial championships are won by the best combined score over five games. After game number one, Riley was down by 120 points.

But he inched his way back, down by 60 after the second game, 40 after the third, 30 after the fourth and he ended up winning by 40 points at the end of the final game.

"It feels (great) because I finally made it," Riley said. "Usually the goal is to get to provincials and whatever happens, happens. Nationals is the extra. It's unreal actually getting there and being the first person form the bowling alley in a long time."


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