Nutley Male Athlete of the Month

Zachary Mackiewicz, NHS bowler

What got you interested in bowling?
What got me interested was that my family was always into bowling. Also, it just seemed like a fun way to stay active during the winter.

Do you have any favorite pro teams or players?
Two sports teams that I follow are the New York Rangers and the New York Giants. Some professional bowlers I enjoy watching are Marshall Kent and EJ Tackett.

How do you mentally prepare for a bowling meet?
I enjoy listening to music to calm myself down before a match. The genre does not matter.

What kind of advice would you give a beginner bowler?
As a beginner, it is a great idea to practice whenever possible to quickly improve your technique and increase your score. Watching professionals bowl is also a nice way to understand the game.

Besides bowling, what do you for fun?
Besides bowling, I enjoy playing music, specifically the saxophone and bassoon. I also throw shot put and discus in track and field, taking up a lot of my time in the spring and summer.

Any personal goals for the rest of the season?
A goal of mine for the end of the season is to score a 650 series or surpass my personal best of a 268.

Tell us about your favorite memory bowling for Nutley?
To answer your question: My greatest memory of bowling for Nutley was during the first few practices of the season in my freshman year. Even though I was incredibly nervous, the experienced players were always there for the team and were always able to help me out when I needed the assistance. Even if I was not bowling well, the upperclassmen were the people who truly made the game fun for me.

If you could vacation anywhere in world, where would it be?
If I could vacation anywhere in the world, I would like to go to California. I traveled there a few years back and I had an amazing time.