“It was all about tough love,” he said, smiling. “If you couldn’t handle getting it in the gutter back then, you had better try something else.”
Cherpeski’s ball, however, rarely found its way into the gutter. He was averaging 200 when he was just 11 years old.
“I had a little direction from my dad, but it was really more like grab the ball, chuck it down the lane and try to figure it out,” he said. “I was able to spin the ball and hook the ball at an early age, so that helped a lot.”
He started winning tournament titles as a youth bowler and hasn’t stopped yet as Cherpeski won the GDUSBC Officers Tournament as recently as 2017. Along the way, he amassed a 238 high average and an 865 high series. He has 76 perfect games to his credit – most recently in March.
When injury could have sidelined the longtime bowler a decade ago, the left-hander started bowling right-handed. He has since returned to being a lefty, but not before he managed to post 200 averages as both a right and left-hander.
While Cherpeski is being recognized for his bowling, he takes great pride in his coaching. The Ohio Youth Bowling Coach of the Year, for the 2014-15 season, is a fixture at Bowl 10 Fairborn where he coaches the Saturday morning youth bowlers and holds a weekly clinic for all ages. He also manages to bowl four to five times a week during the bowling season.