Academic All Star - Nick Felter

By wbng sports

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 28, 2010 at 11:07 PM EST

Susquehanna, PA (WBNG Binghamton)

He says his favorite baseball memory came during freshman year when he hit his first home run that helped lead to a key win.

Baseball has always been a big part of life for Susquehanna High School senior Nick Felter, but it's hardly the only thing he's good at.

Justin Horowitz has our latest Academic All Star.

As one of four boys, Nick Felter learned to play baseball at a very young age.
He was four when he started playing tee ball and hasn't stopped playing since.

Nick says, "Mainly I started because of my dad. He's a big baseball fan. He likes to play baseball. He played baseball in high school and throughout his entire life. He brought baseball into my brothers' lives and my life. It's a big sport in my house."

His coach Jamie Smith says, "Very hard worker and dedicated. If he's not having the best game of his life, he still goes out there and plays hard. He sets a good example for the young kids."

Nick models his game after someone he looked up to as a kid... former Mets catcher Mike Piazza.

As an honors student sporting the number three rank in his senior class, Nick says he enjoys the mental parts of playing catcher.

"You have to know the different situations on the bases, where runners will go, where they can be. So you have to know where and what to do with the ball. If the ball's hit, you have to as the catcher yell out to the infielders and outfielders where to go with the ball."

Off the field, Nick helps with the school yearbook and holds down a part-time job.
He also finds plenty of time for another one of his favorite past times.

Coach Smith says, "I would say he is a jokester too. He likes fooling around at times and that's a good thing."

"I like to pick on Coach and the players. I like to joke around. Once you get to know me, I'm a little more open. I like to joke around a lot. But when it comes down to it, I can be serious too."

Seriously good at everything he does.

It's why Nick Felter is this week's Academic All Star.
In Susquehanna, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.

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