Photo contributed Freshman Zach Porreca fired a 298-734 in Hudson’s season opener and earned First-Team All-Patroon Conference recognition this past season.

BOWLING

Zach Porreca/Hudson

Q: How did you fall in love with your sport?

A: I started bowling at five years old. Before I knew it, bowling came natural to me. My Dad video recorded as he coached me to throw two-handed at a young age. I wasn’t strong enough yet to throw one-handed since I was actually rolling a heavier ball with an actual core and finger-grips. I learned to hook the ball so young that everyone at the bowling alley was impressed with the way I rolled the ball and scores announced overhead at Saturday Morning Youth Bowling League. Falling in love was easy to do, especially when I had the talent to succeed at the game.

Q: What’s your favorite moment as an athlete in that sport?

A: The 298-734 of this past season as a freshman was my favorite moment. I wasn’t even nervous going for the 300. No pressure.

Q: What is your favorite sports moment as a fan?

A: I have two favorite moments as a fan: the Miami Miracle against the Patriots in 2018 and Derek Jeter’s game-winning hit on his last at-bat in Yankee Stadium.

Q: What athlete do you look up to the most and why?

A: The athlete I look up to the most is Brett Gardner because of his passion for the game of baseball. Brett puts his heart and soul into the game and hustles all the time. Off the field, he donates countless hours at the New York Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. He’s a great athlete to aspire to be.

Q: Best advice you’ve received from a coach, mentor or teammate in your sport?

A: After a bad shot of bowling or even giving up a hit in baseball, my bowling coach at Hudson, Steve Martkowitz, told me to let it go. Don’t let it snowball. Come back with a good shot or a good pitch and stay consistent.

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