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Q-and-A with Nick Altobella, St. Laurence baseball

Nick AltobellSt. Laurence baseball. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

Nick Altobella, St. Laurence baseball. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 7, 2012 8:40AM



Nick Altobella, a Mokena Junior High graduate, will attend the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

He’ll exclusively pitch at UAB, but he showed plenty of prowess with the bat this season for the Vikings, ranking among their top hitters.

What do you like most about competing in the Catholic League Blue?

The competition.

If you could have your pick, what celebrity would you choose as your prom date?

Carrie Underwood.

What’s in your iPod?

All country. Eric Church, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean.

Why the University of Alabama-Birmingham?

I saw the same things in the coaches at Alabama as I do in (St. Laurence) coach Pete (Lotus). Also, I always wanted to play down south.

Your father (Mark) was a great player at Reavis and Lewis University. How often are you reminded of that?

I have random people come up to me and tell me about my dad. I wish I could have saw him play in his prime. I wish I could have faced him. That would be fun for me, not so much for him.

Given the chance, what person, dead or alive, would you most like to meet?

My great-grandpa Lempkau. He was a World War II vet and he received the Purple Heart.

You’re on a deserted island. You can have an endless supply of one food. What would it be?

David’s ranch sunflower seeds.

What do you appreciate most about St. Laurence?

The dedication and how everyone has each other’s backs.

Ten years from now, when you’re talking about coach Pete Lotus, what first will come to mind?

How much he has done for all of his players and for me.

As told to Pat Disabato



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