Tonawanda News — It's been a very happy new year for the Cardinal O'Hara boys basketball team after a 7-3 start to the season, already more than doubling its win total from a season ago.
The big man in the middle — 6-foot-6 sophomore center Jovel Littlejohn — has had a lot to do with the turnaround, but the energizer for the Hawks is senior guard Zack Glowacki, who's started for O'Hara since his freshman year.
Glowacki has endured through tough times at O'Hara. The Hawks won only three games last season but have been thirsting to compete in the Monsignor Martin Association.
"Zack has more energy than any player I've ever had on my team," said O'Hara coach Dave Pfohman. "He's a great kid, a tremendous captain and a great leader. There's not much more I can ask from him. He's always in the gym working on his shot."
Glowacki, a North Tonawanda resident, is the only senior on the Hawks' roster and is settling into his new leader role for O'Hara. He was named a co-captain last season but deferred to senior Darryl Herring when it came to being vocal in the huddle and on the court.
He's also had to be more assertive this season on the offensive end of the floor. When he was inserted into the starting lineup as a freshman his job was to run the offense and limit mistakes, now he's averaging 15.4 points a game and doing it with his trademark jump shot and his ability to penetrate to the basket.
"As a freshman my job was to run the offense and that's all I thought about. I didn't think about scoring, I just thought about running the offense and not to turn the ball over. Because if I turned it over I'd be gong to the bench," Glowacki said. "As sophomore and junior year progressed I worked more on my shot and my ball handling. I love to help my team with points, but I want to do whatever I can do to help the team win."