A crowd of some 60 or 70 people had gathered around the lane where Ryan Donohue was chasing bowling glory. After 11 straight strikes, the Lyndhurst freshman took the ball and fate in his hands. He needed this one last strike for a 300 game. Everyone at Wallington Lanes on Dec. 16 held their breath as he made his approach.
“I was just trying to block everything out and hit my mark one more time,” said Donohue, The Record Male Athlete of the Week.
Donohue was bowling just his third match of his varsity career, but showed all the poise of a seasoned senior.
His coach, Brianna Balkin, describes him as “feisty.” After all, in a sport that relies on precision, Donohue plays with passion, pumping his fist with almost every strike.
He’s been bowling for years, which isn’t surprising since his dad owns a bowling alley. On this day, however, Rich Donohue left Bowl-Rite Lanes in Union City to come be part of the crowd that had been building throughout the game.
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