It is a tremendous honor to be named a captain of a varsity program at Catholic Central, and we wanted to take some time to check in with our bowling captains with some Q&A...
What was your first reaction when you heard you had been named a captain?
Kellan Okray '21 - I was happy that I got picked for a great opportunity to lead a great team.
Nick Zappia '21 - Initially, I was excited because I had been looking forward to being a captain for the team since freshman year. But I also understood that I now had an increased responsibility and commitment to the team, which I was willing to take up.
As a captain, what additional responsibility do you feel toward the team?
KO - I have a responsibility to lead the team in a positive road and drive them to be better every day.
NZ - As a captain, your performance now plays a much larger role to the success of the team. Obviously playing well is important, but you have to be a leader for the team and be a guide on how to conduct yourself and stay sharp mentally.
What are your best memories of competing for Catholic Central?
KO - Competing in states with my fellow brothers.
NZ - One of my favorite memories has to be when the team won regionals in 2018, which was my freshman year. Back then, I wasn’t always in the starting line-up, but during regionals, Coach Nugent let me bowl all three individual games and I bowled quite well. We only needed to be top 3 out of 14 teams to qualify for states, but we bowled well and ending up winning the region.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through competing at Catholic Central?
KO - Patience is everything, and everything happens for a reason.
NZ - The most important lesson I’ve learned is that attitude and mental stamina play the biggest role in determining success. Although bowling is certainly not the most physically demanding sport, it is definitely one that is a mental battle. You could go out and throw 10 of the best shots of your life, but end up only striking on 4 of those shots. If you’re able to look on the bright side and know that you threw great shots, the pins will start falling down. But if you become upset with your score, frustration will affect your performance.
What advice would you give a student who is considering attending Catholic Central?
KO - Trust God, and He will guide you to the right decision.
NZ - The best advice is be ready to get challenged, but make sure you enjoy it. Academics and Athletics can certainly be tough sometimes, but just work through and enjoy it.
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.