• NICK ALENA

     

    Nick was a four sport Lyons High School athlete.  He participated in football, basketball, baseball and indoor track during his four years of senior high school.   Additionally, as an eighth grader, he started on the varsity bowling team.  Nick was the 2003 Male Athlete of the Year for his class at Lyons Central School. 

    His major sports were football and baseball.  In his freshman year, Nick started on the varsity football team as a defensive back.  In his sophomore year he was added to the offense as a wide-receiver while continuing to play at defensive back.  During his junior year he became quarterback and still continued his play at defensive back.  He started at quarterback in his senior year, but was switched to running back to give the team their best chance at winning a championship.  During his four years on the team he also helped the team as a kicker and special teams returner.  His major honors in football include: National Football Foundation and College’s Hall of Fame Golden Award as the Top High School Scholar-Athlete In the All Greater Rochester Area, Section V Offensive Player of the Year (2002), First Team All-State Running Back, MVP of Section V Championship game (2002), Four Years Finger Lakes All-Conference Team (1999-2002), First Team Running Back (2002), First Team Defensive Back (2002), All Greater Rochester Second Team Running Back (2002), Lyons Most Valuable Player of the Year (2001, 2002), and Black Glove Award for most interceptions (2002).  He was co-captain of his team in 2001 and 2002 and Scholar Athlete throughout his high school career.  He also played in the Eddie Meath Senior All Star game of All Greater Rochester.  Nick led his team to the First Section V Championship for Lyons in over 20 years.  He and his teammates also played in the 2002 State Sectional Game at Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.

    In baseball, Nick started on the varsity baseball tea m as a sophomore.  His positions were shortstop, second base, pitching and outfield.  Highlights of his varsity baseball career include: breaking the New York State Career Stolen Base Record with 100 and most stolen bases in a season, the Lyons High School Varsity Baseball Player of the Year (2002), member of three Wayne County Championship teams, First Team Wayne County All Stars (2001, 2002) and American Legion Scholar and Academic Excellence Awards (2001 – 2003).  A special highlight of his baseball career was hitting a grand slam homerun at Double Day field in Cooperstown to capture a 7th inning victory against Wayne Central.

    After graduating from Lyons in 2003, he entered St. Lawrence University where, as a freshman, he played on their varsity football team starting on all four special teams and as a defensive back.  He was named Special Teams Player of the Week.  He continued to play college football in his sophomore year as a wide receiver, but was hampered by an injury that held him out for the first five weeks of the season.

    Nick graduated Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University in 2007 with a double major in Mathematics and Fine Arts and a minor in Statistics.  He continued his education and received a Masters of Science Degree in Applied Statistics from Rochester Institute of Technology.  Nick presently resides in Chicago, Illinois where he is Senior Research Data Analyst in the Garden School at Northwestern University.  Nick is truly enjoying the benefits of big city living and continues his athletic activities by playing recreational basketball, beach volleyball and golf.  He also supports his local professional teams by attending many Bears, Bulls, Cubs and Blackhawks sporting events.