MORGANTOWN \u2014 From the moment Justin Malik met Jenna Snyder, one thing was clear to him.\r\n\r\n\u201cShe takes bowling seriously, and she wants to get better about it,\u201d said Malik, manager at Suburban Lanes in Morgantown. \u201cThat\u2019s what you have to have to get better at the sport; you have to be willing to commit and practice.\u201d\r\n\r\nSnyder, an 18-year-old from Kingwood, picked up bowling at the ripe age of 4, often hitting the lanes with her mother.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy mom is a bowler, and I was always at the bowling alley with her, so I just kind of picked up on it,\u201d Snyder said.\r\n\r\nIt wasn\u2019t until Snyder began attending Suburban Lanes three years ago that bowling blossomed from a hobby into a passion. It was there she first met Malik, along with Suburban Lanes resident pro Larry Lichstein. She credits them with helping her craft her game, as well as opening her eyes to the opportunities the sport presented.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhen I came down to Suburban Lanes four years ago, I started to work with some of the coaches,\u201d she said. \u201cI found out how big bowling really was. I realized how many opportunities there were in bowling \u2014 scholarships, tournaments and such.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs Snyder\u2019s passion for the game continued to grow, so did her skill set. As Preston High does not field a bowling squad, she was invited to compete with Independence High School, in Coal City. Snyder helped lead her team to the West Virginia State Scholarship championship this winter.\r\n\r\nIn addition, Snyder recently bowled a career-high game of 288, and also collected the 2018 West Virginia Pepsi Youth U20 Division championship this month, qualifying for the Pepsi USBC Youth Nationals, in Texas, this July.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe past three years throughout high school, I\u2019ve developed a lot as a bowler,\u201d she said. \u201cTraveling to tournaments has increased my knowledge and the level of coaching I\u2019ve experienced.\u201d\r\n\r\nMalik, who has also partnered with Snyder in several adult\/youth doubles tournaments, has nothing but praise for Snyder, both on and off the lanes.\r\n\r\n\u201cShe\u2019s a fantastic girl; she\u2019s a great student, she wants to bowl, and she gets better at it every year,\u201d Malik said. \u201cShe always conducts herself well on the lanes, and you never see a bad reaction from her on the lanes.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhat impresses Malik the most, though, is the gusto with which Snyder took to improving her game, and her high levels of coach-ability.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe first thing I look at before I coach any youth bowler is to see if they want to learn. If I see that, I\u2019ll by all means do whatever I can to help them,\u201d Malik said. \u201cJenna was one of those athletes. Every time I gave her a suggestion, she\u2019d do it; she wouldn\u2019t question, she\u2019d do it. And she\u2019s gotten better.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe last three years, her average went up close to 50 pins. It\u2019s nice to see youth bowlers try and get better.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs Snyder rushes toward graduation, she has already found a collegiate home, as she\u2019ll head to WVU in the fall to join the club team.\r\n\r\n\u201cEver since I was little I\u2019ve been a Mountaineer fan, and I\u2019ve always wanted to say I was a Mountaineer,\u201d she said. \u201cJust growing up near Morgantown influenced that decision, and I wouldn\u2019t want to be anywhere else.\u201d\r\n\r\nSnyder\u2019s poise, skill set and eagerness to absorb every facet of the sport paint the picture of a bright future. Though her aspirations eventually include touring with the Professional Women\u2019s Bowling association (PWBA), she said she is content for now to further her own game while extending bowling to a new audience and bringing future athletes to the sport.\r\n\r\nOne thing about Snyder is for certain, though: What she brings to the lanes makes an impact on all those around her, and she is turning more heads each day.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m honored to have her bowl with me,\u201d Malik said.