Academic All-Star: Robert Potenzino

By Travis Eldridge

January 23, 2014 Updated Jan 23, 2014 at 7:37 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One on one, bowler against the pins, it's one of the biggest things Vestal's Robert Potenzino likes so much about the sport of bowling.

"You are the determining factor out there and it's nice to know that there's no outside interference that can mess you up," he said.

It's a skill Potenzino has just about mastered over the last few years. His bowling average is above 200. It's almost as good as his grades, which average out to about a 97.

The numbers may not define Potenzino, but he certainly likes them.

"I'm probably going to major in chemistry," he said. "So I guess chemistry is one of my favorites. It's a really nice combination of both science and math."

His goal outside of the lanes is to one day go to medical school and possibly become a pathologist, but those numbers he enjoys outside the alley aren't exactly his friends inside it.

"There's definitely a correlation, but I don't like to think about the numbers when I'm bowling," said Potenzino. "Because when you know you've got five in a row and you start thinking oh man I can get that 300. Then you mess up the next shot."

He has yet to bowl a 300 game, but his coach says he's come pretty close. Yet Potenzino says his greatest accomplishment isn't his individual high score, but helping the team win the sectional title last year.

"I like to think, even as individual as the sport is, it's a team thing and we're like family."

In the end though, bowling is about the numbers and the individual, and it's just the way he likes it. This week's Academic All-Star, Robert Potenzino.

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