Young bowler shatters records, heads for state finals
May 4, 2015
To throw a perfect 300 game is the dream of every bowler. To bowl a series score of 849 would be a lifetime achievement for most.
PA Cyber eighth grader Kyle Caretta shattered records when he bowled that perfect game and high series at Blue Valley Lanes in a Saturday Morning Junior League match on Feb. 14.
“I was really nervous right after my 300, I was really excited,” Kyle said. “I was so on I didn’t miss the pocket once. I wanted to stay calm and keep going. I wanted to stay in the zone.”
Dave Goodman wrote about Kyle’s achievement for the local newspaper (“15-year-old Kyle Caretta smashes area all-time Junior bowling score with 849”).
He reported that “Not only is Caretta's match one that could conceivably last for many years at Blue Valley, it's also the highest Junior boys series ever recorded in The Express-Times coverage area...”
The reporter told the family that Kyle’s series has to be in the top 10 in the country for Junior bowlers. Kyle’s average is 192, with a previous best game of 276 and best series of 742.
Looking for an activity
In a roundabout way, PA Cyber Charter School gets some credit for Kyle becoming a competitive bowler.
“When he was in third grade I pulled him out of [traditional] public school, and was looking for an activity to get him into,” said his mother, Dianne Caretta. “A local bowling alley was looking for kids to introduce to the sport. When he picked up a bowling ball he was hooked. I asked him, would you like to really learn to bowl from a coach? He said, “Absolutely.”
Why leave his classroom school?
“Kyle was more advanced than the school work that was being put in front of him,” his mom said. “He was not challenged in school. He was very bored. When I looked into PA Cyber, the curriculum was very challenging and he was able to go at his own pace. He needed more than the [traditional] public school could offer him.”
Kyle’s sister Taylor, two years younger, also is a PA Cyber student, though for a different reason.
“She loved school but was being bullied very bad. When I went to the school about it, they said let it go. They wanted to sweep it under the carpet,” Dianne said.
Their dad is Randy Caretta. The family lives at Kresgeville, Pa., a village in Monroe County in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Qualifying for state tournament
Junior Bowling leagues and tournaments are youth activities organized under the U.S. Bowling Congress, a national governing membership body, with the help of local bowling alleys and funding sponsors. Kyle’s the Junior representative of the USBC’s local affiliate, the Slate Belt USBC Association. He’s a member of the Lehigh Valley Travel League, a bowling league that travels throughout the Lehigh Valley to different bowling alleys each week.
In March, Kyle placed second in a Pennsylvania Junior Bowlers Tournament in Bethlehem, Pa., winning a trophy and $100 scholarship.
Also during March he placed eighth in the Pepsi Youth Championships District Tournament, qualifying him to compete at 15-and-under in the state finals May 10 in Hanover, Pa. The Pepsi Youth Championships are a USBC event.
Kyle said success at bowling requires “a good approach and a good release.”
But beyond technique, he said, a bowler “has to have focus and concentration to do it. It’s whatever works for you.”
The same might be said of success in school, which Kyle has found at PA Cyber.
Casie Colalella / email@example.com
About PA Cyber
Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.