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Q-and-A with Melanie Lambert of Crete-Monee

Crete-Monee infielder Melanie Lambert just completed her third year varsity. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Medi

Crete-Monee infielder Melanie Lambert just completed her third year on the varsity. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 14, 2012 6:27AM



Lambert, 17, of Park Forest, a junior, has completed her third year on the varsity as an infielder. She is verbally committed to Goshen College.

What’s the most fun about playing softball?

The people you meet, and that every game is different. Some are competitive, some are more fun. You never know what to expect.

What opponent do you circle on your calendar?

Oh, man. Next year especially it’ll be Kankakee. This year when we needed to beat them we couldn’t pull it out.

What road site do you like the most to play at?

Kankakee and Bloom both have really nice fields.

What’s the most memorable
moment in your varsity career?

Probably when I got hurt my freshman year and blew out my knee. I had to wear a brace the rest of the season and for the summer. That’s the only time I’ve ever been injured.

Any interesting stories about your number (19)?

Well, my birthday is Dec. 19, and I’ve always worn 19.

Any nicknames?

My family calls me Mimi because when I was younger I couldn’t say my own name, so I’d just say Mimi.

What happens when you get mad?

Most of the time I channel it right and it makes me do better.

Money is no object. Where is your next vacation?

Maybe West Virginia, to see my cousin again. I liked it out there.

If you were in the kitchen, would the guests want you to be cooking or doing the dishes?

Cooking. I’m a pretty good cook. I love Italian food and I make this dish with spaghetti, chicken and asparagus and tomatoes.

Your dream celebrity prom date?

Either Channing Tatum or Chris Evans.

What extreme sport would you like to do?

Probably skydiving. Just for the adrenaline rush.

What’s the last movie you saw?

I went with a friend to see “The Avengers” at the drive-in in Valparaiso. I love going to the drive-in.

Do you have a habit you wish you could break?

Biting my nails. Especially during softball, I get nervous and anxious.

Away from the field, are you a tomboy or a girly-girl?

I’m a mix of both. I love pink, but I don’t wear dresses. I mostly just wear flip-flops or jeans and a hoodie or T-shirt.

When you look in the mirror, what does it tell you about yourself?

That I’m a well-rounded person and I’m really proud of what I’ve done so far in softball and school-wise.

As told to Tony Baranek



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