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Nimgaonkar, Grubbs shine for Shady Side Academy

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NAMES: Alok Nimgaonkar and Chris Grubbs

SCHOOL: Shady Side Academy

SPORT: Tennis

LAST WEEK: Alok and Chris successfully defended their WPIAL Class AAA doubles championship with a victory over Fox Chapel's Ben Short and Sid Rajupet.

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By Marty Stewart

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Alok Nimgaonkar and Chris Grubbs teamed to win the WPIAL Class AAA doubles tennis tournament last week.

For their efforts, the duo share The Herald Athlete of the Week honors.

Nimgaonkar, a senior, will be attending Cornell next year. He plans to major in public health while concentrating on biology in society.

He will try to earn a walk-on spot on the tennis team.

Grubbs, a junior, has been playing tennis since he was 10 years old, and will have to find a new partner next year if he wants to win a third WPIAL doubles title.

Here's a closer look at Alok and Chris:

Q: Who have been your role models?

Alok: Wes Moore, a Rhodes Scholar and author of “The Other Wes Moore.” I heard him give a speech and he was unbelievable.

Chris: My cousins Kira and Erin.

Q: Who's your favorite athlete?

Alok: Roger Federer. He's the greatest tennis player ever.

Chris: Andrew McCutchen.

Q: What are your hobbies?

Alok: Playing guitar, watching movies and reading.

Chris: Skiing and hiking.

Q: What is your favorite candy bar?

Alok: Three Musketeers

Chris: Twix.

Q: Who is your favorite singer or band?

Alok: Radiohead.

Chris: Kanye West.

Q: What's your favorite vacation destination?

Alok: India.

Chris: Aspen.

Q: Who would be your dream date?

Alok: Emma Watson.

Chris: Jennifer Lawrence.

Q: If you weren't involved with track, what sport would you be playing?

Alok: Running. I love running.

Chris: Probably baseball.

Q: If you weren't living in Pittsburgh, where would you like to be living?

Alok: New York City.

Chris: Paris, France.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over?

Alok: “Good Will Hunting.”

Chris: “The Hunger Games.”

Q: People would be surprised to know that I ...

Alok: ... Have only been to one concert in my life.

Chris: ... Plan to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro when I graduate.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or




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