NDA: Cheryle, tell us a bit about yourself, where you grew up and live now…and your family. Besides work and darts, any hobbies or interests?
CHERYLE: I was born in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. My father was in the Army 30 years. I have four sisters and three brothers. I grew up in Mandaree, North Dakota. I am the mother of four girls: Geneva, Charlotte, Blanche, Kassondra and four sons: Jonathon, Thomas (rip) Melvin and Elijah. I also have two adopted sons: Trevor and Charlie Peters.
And, I have 26 grandchildren and seven lil Greats! After my children grew up, we moved back to Twin Buttes, North Dakota. I did bead work long ago just for my family. I love reading, but most of all spending time with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren!
NDA: What do you do for work?
CHEYRLE: I worked 22 years, and I’m a stay-at-home gramma now, and I love it.
NDA: What has it been like during the pandemic?
CHERYLE: It’s hard not being able to see my family and friends, not going out to shoot darts, but I’m not doing anything to risk getting my family sick or pick up the virus.
NDA: How and when did you start playing darts?
CHERYLE: I started out subbing for a dart bud, but really started in 2011 playing three nights a week…putting in a lot of dart miles–about 220 miles a week (I Love Darts!)–rural darts got to travel to shoot! Lol. I traveled 200 miles every Sunday to Grassy Butte, North Dakota to qualify for Vegas when I started! (Still love darts!) I met a lot of people and even different dart families along the way.
NDA: How often do you play now?
CHERYLE: Once a week locally in Dunn Center, always practiced with my sons about 3 times a week, but not so much since this pandemic started.
NDA: Who is your dart league operator/coordinator and what’s the main value they bring to the table?
CHERYLE: Badlands out of Dickinson, North Dakota! The best people to work with are Amanda Rismon, Melissa Jonson, and Preston Obrigewitsch. They also work with junior dart leagues and pool! Every NDA dart event it’s always good to see those three faces smiling away and working hard!
NDA: What do you like most about darts?
CHERYLE: I love the challenge every year….going to Vegas…. but meeting people is the biggest thing for me! Love traveling to different tournaments in different states, too.
NDA: What is the coolest thing you have gotten to experience as a dart player?
CHERYLE: Shooting in NDA 2011 and placing 1st in 2 divisions in mixed doubles with my partner Brandon Yellow Bird, womens singles I won 4th place and they gave out Trophies that year! And bringing a trophy back from Vegas with my sons and niece last year 2019 was the best! Also getting time to enjoy Vegas with the dart buds I meet each year!
NDA: What advice would (or do) you give to new/novice dart players you meet?
CHERYLE: As the “Dart Commissioner” and friend Waun Vetter would say:
“Point unto others before they point unto you.” Rochus 1:1 Just play your game. And have fun!!
NDA: If you could pick one person you’d like to play a game of darts with, who would it be and why?
CHERYLE: Stacy Bromberg….. years ago at my first NDA tourney, I was sitting down waiting for a board and she came up and talked to me. We had a good visit. I’ve always admired her and her humble words. Atough dart player with a kind heart. And yes, I sure got up and practiced after our visit! RIP Stacy…….
NDA: Have you attended Team Dart? If yes, how many times and what are your thoughts on this annual event?
CHERYLE: Yes, every year since 2011. I look forward to this dart tourney each year! I remember when they had best dressed teams, crazy team names a lot of good times, met a lot of good dart players and friends over the years.
NDA: Were you going out to Vegas this year?
CHERYLE: Yes we had our entry fees paid and our rooms reserved and we were going to drive again this year.
NDA: As you know, it was cancelled, which was a big disappointment. What was/is your reaction to what was an inevitable action?
CHERYLE: The cancellation WAS a big disappointment but I’m happy with the decision of cancelling. Better safe than sorry and you can bet we will be there for 2021.
NDA: Finally, what have you been doing to get through these challenging times? What is your typical day like?
CHERYLE: Staying home catching up on some movies with my grandchildren, patiently waiting for this to be over.
NDA: What is your favorite…
…Music or band: Rolling Stones
…Food: chicken fried steak
…TV show: Too many
…Thing to do in Vegas (besides playing darts): Hit the high roller, Eiffel Tower and ride the x-scream just once lol but make sure to go to Fremont Street
NDA: Anything else to add?
CHERYLE: Take care and be safe to all dart players and their families!
Thank you NDA. The tournament gets better every year!
Published April 22, 2020