YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Joe Rohle was a senior captain on Yorktown High School’s bowling and golf teams this past year.
The accomplished dual-sport athlete has been on the varsity bowling team since eighth grade and was captain of the team for the past two years. During his time on the team, he had a successful career and bowled two perfect games (score of 300), with his highest average being a 218.
In golf, Rohle has been on the varsity team since ninth grade and was captain this past year. He has scored a hole-in-one and his nine-hole low round was 42.
How are you getting through this period of social distancing? What are you doing to keep busy?
I have been keeping fairly busy during quarantine. Since I received my license a few years ago, I have been delivering food for Yorktown Pizza and Pasta. During this time, I have been working four nights a week delivering food.
When did you start bowling and what got you started?
Prior to seventh grade, I played all kinds of “normal” sports, including basketball and football. In seventh grade, it was discovered that I had a heart issue that I was born with that would prevent me from playing most “normal” sports. My dad then introduced me to golf and bowling, which I could do with my heart condition. I was already familiar with the sports, but my dad felt with practice, I would move to the next level, which I did.
What is your favorite sports memory from your time at Yorktown?
I have had so many memories when it comes to sports while playing on Yorktown. My second perfect game (300) for bowling is at the top. It was special because it was during a match in my senior year. In golf, the memory has to be my hole-in-one. I’d love to say it was skill, but it was more luck than anything.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
I’ve been playing each sport for a quite a while. During this time, there have been many people who have made an impact on me. I would have to say that each year the seniors and captains set an example for me which motivates me. In addition, my coaches, and my dad have helped me further develop my game in each sport and push me to my full potential. I do not think I would be as well-rounded a player without all these people helping out.
Do you have any pre-match rituals?
I do not have any specific rituals I follow for either sport. In bowling, I make sure I stretch a bit and listen to music to lock in my focus. Bowling is an extremely mental game and can test your limits.
What was your biggest accomplishment as a bowler?
I have had several accomplishments as a bowler. I’d have to say it is between my perfect games, the fact that I was a five-year athlete and a two-year captain, or just the incredible improvement I have made over the years. It has all been an amazing journey.
What are your post-high school plans, athletically and academically?
In the fall, I will be attending SUNY Cortland for the next four years. I will be majoring in education and hope to be a math or science teacher at the high school level. As far as my athletic career, I am not closing the door on competing, but for now I am going to be focusing on my education. I know I will continue to bowl and play golf as a hobby. Maybe in the future I will join a league, but at this point I don’t know what the future holds for me as far as sports.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Hmm, I’m not really sure. I guess being able to control things with your mind would be pretty cool. I really don’t have a reading for it though, lol.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
It would surprise people to learn that I am not a big fan of attention. I like being alone sometimes and do not care for big celebrations or ceremonies.
What place would you most like to visit?
At the top of my list would probably be Dubai. It seems like it would be such a wild trip. The people there are so wealthy, and it would be interesting to see how some of them live.
What is your favorite place to eat locally and what’s your go to order?
My favorite place to eat locally would be Osaka, which is a hibachi/sushi place in Tarrytown. The food is really good and really fresh plus it’s all you can eat so it’s fun to go there and do some damage.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
There are so many apps to choose from, but I would have to say my go-to app is YouTube. I think it’s cool to see how other people live and what they do on a daily basis. YouTube is also a good place to go for a good laugh and put you in a good mood.
Are you currently binging anything?
I am currently binging, “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” This show is a huge childhood throwback that has recently been added onto Netflix. I also just started watching “Money Heist.”
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
The main advice I’d give to any athlete is to HAVE FUN! Just enjoy every moment of the time you have on the field, court or wherever. As bad as you think the practice is or sprints might be, you are going to miss it someday.