Bowler Lands Scholarship, Leads Team

Standing, breaking out into a sweat, eyes glued to the bowling ball as it races down the alley. A smile crinkles the delicate features of her face as the ball leaves the section of pins, so carefully placed, in ruins.

Senior Cheyenne Brothers was inducted into the Houston Youth Bowling Hall of Honor last month.  In order to be considered for a place in the Bowling Hall of Honor, a bowler must demonstrate exceptional participation in community service or above average skills in bowling.

Cheyenne met the requirements for the Bowling Hall of Honor by playing a 250 game and a 650 series. Not only did she earn a place in the Houston Youth Bowling Hall of Honor, but she was rewarded an independent scholarship of $2,000.

“This independent scholarship of $2,000 is going to be put towards my education,” Cheyenne said. “My main goal is to graduate from college, and it is nice to be rewarded with something that can help me move forward in my life.”

Cheyenne started bowling at the age of two. At five-years-old, she joined her first bowling league.

“Bowling was originally another sport for my brother to play during off season for baseball,” Brothers said.  “I always wanted to follow in my brother’s footsteps, so that was what interested me in bowling in the first place. Even after all of these years, he is still my inspiration for bowling.”

Cheyenne’s mother, Terri Brothers, said that Cheyenne’s competitive nature became noticeable at a young age, and she worked hard through the years to advance her bowling skills even further.

“She became a youth leader at AMF Willowlanes at the age of 12,” Terri Brothers said. “She attended meetings and volunteered at all fundraisers to help the whole team go to tournaments and earn scholarships.”

The differences between bowling and other sports is what  kept her interested in bowling, Brothers says.

“Bowling deals a lot more with precision and accuracy,” Cheyenne said. “When it comes to baseball and football, the physical aspect of these sports are the most important. Whereas, with bowling, I have to walk out to the lane by myself, and get the increments down just right. I have to thoroughly analyze the situation before me.”

Aside from training routines before a match, Cheyenne said she must go through a sort of meditation before a game.

“I try to bowl as many games as possible before a match,” Cheyenne said. “Right before I bowl, I have to make sure my equipment is ready and clean and stretching is a must. I have to mentally prepare myself as well and not let the pressure before a big game get to me.”

As president of the Houston Youth Bowling Association, Cheyenne must play the role of leader of her team.

“I’m always there to run the meetings and I make sure that things get done,” Cheyenne said. “I help to spread the word about bowling and I make sure that everyone is involved. I also help every bowler get the best opportunity and experience possible.”

Terri Brothers says that her daughter’s position as a leader extends past the basic duties of a leader by using her accomplishments for good.

“Cheyenne has served as league secretary and president,” Terri Brothers said. “She volunteers at the special Olympics every year as a lane attendant and helps the handicapped with their scoring.”

Brothers says that although bowling is not what she hopes to do for a living, she will still find time to play after college.

“I hope to bowl for Sam Houston State University. After college, I’m not looking to go pro, but I do hope that I am still able to be an active part of a league during my adult life.”