At 12 he joined Thunderhead's youth league. At this time, he felt challenged by a friend, Tanner Laughman, who was a better bowler at the time. He says that competition helped him excel.
When he was 14, he began entering competitions operated by the Pennsylvania Junior Bowlers Tournament Series. Over the next couple of years, he won a couple of those tournaments and also had some seconds, thirds, and fourths.
Czerkies also bowled at Thunderhead where his average steadily rose. There, he carried a 203 average in the 2014-15 season and 213 in the 2015-2016 season, which ended a few months ago.
He was doing even better early in this season. But he hadn't practiced for a couple of weeks when he walked into the Thunderhead on Sept. 11.
Czerkies though, rolled two games that were way above his average. He had opened each one with six consecutive strikes before missing in the seventh frame.
"I was scared on that last shot. It didn't feel right coming out of my hand. It didn't feel like the others had. I thought I'd pulled it this time too. I went down to my knees and watched it go down the lane. But it hit the pocket and everybody cheered," Czerkies said.
Czerkies works part-time at the alley. He said he's thinking about going to Carroll Community College although he is uncertain of what he would study. The youngster says he does think about the possibility becoming a bowling pro some day.
"I want to go to some tournaments where they have prize money and see how it goes," Czerkies said. "Sometimes, you can win $1,000 or $5,000."
But two weeks ago, it went about as well as it's possible to go.
In fact, it went well enough to make dreams of a bowling future possible.