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Junior Captain Scores at Will for North Salem

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Chris Alterio puts up a shot in the paint at the County Center.
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North Salem junior Chris Alterio is a team captain and shooting guard on the varsity boys basketball team.

How old were you when you started playing basketball and how did you get started?

I started playing in fourth grade and just played recreation basketball for the town.

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What do you think are your strengths as a basketball player?

I’d have to say my strengths are my ability to score, rebounding and playmaking.

The team has had a great season so far with only one loss. What’s been the key to your success?

Our key to success has been because of great team play, unselfishness and our chemistry on and off the court is great.

After reaching the County Center last year, what are the team’s goals for the rest of the season?

Our goals are to continue having a great season season and make it farther than we did last year.

What is your favorite pregame ritual that you share with your teammates?

In the introductions, when they announce our names how hyped everyone gets.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My dad, and I’ve learned a lot of lessons on and off the court. He’s taught me so much about the game and how to fix what I do wrong.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

My favorite candy is Starburst.

Do you plan on continuing to play basketball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

I plan on continuing to play basketball in college but I have not chosen anywhere to go yet.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I have chosen to study science engineering because I love science and I enjoy learning new things about it.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Damian Lillard and my favorite team is UNC Tar Heels basketball.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I listen to Eric Thomas “How Bad Do You Want It?”

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Intangibility because I would be able to walk through walls.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I’ve always wanted to go to Rome, Italy, because it seems like a really nice and cool place to go.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

A slice of pizza before a game.

Best place to eat in North Salem and why?

Hayfields, because they make good bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches.

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram? Why?

Snapchat because it’s fast and easy to use to talk to friends and send pictures.

For a young athlete growing up in North Salem, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the basketball program and why should they go out for the team?

It’s a great experience to play a varsity sport and it’s a lot of fun to play and hang out with your friends every day.

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