Tonawanda News — There's just something about Sarah McCarthy.
In year two of her varsity basketball career with the Kenmore East Lady Bulldogs, McCarthy has been tabbed as one of the jewels of the program.
McCarthy's biggest inspiration is her mom, Michelle (McGuire) McCarthy.
"I do look up to her as a player because I've obviously heard and I've seen all the pictures," McCarthy said. "I look up to her a lot from watching her play and seeing the films and things like that."
A member of the Kenmore West varsity team for three seasons (1988-91), Michelle McCarthy ranks 16th on the Lady Blue Devils' all-time scoring list, and her jersey has a place of honor on the Lady Blue Devils Wall of Fame in the team's locker room.
By her mom's side the day her number was unveiled, Sarah McCarthy said that watching her mom receive such a high honor had a profound impact on her.
"It boosted my confidence more," Sarah said, "Seeing now that she did that, I could do it too."
But at the heart of it all Sarah McCarthy is just a sweet kid. The kind of person that has a unique way of touching other people and brightening their day.
"When you say Sarah — I (think) Sarah McCarthy and it just makes me smile because she's a great kid," said Bulldogs coach Kristy Bondgren. "But I'm not the only one who feels that way, her teammates feel that way. When you're the kind of player who can be a key player and your teammates look at you in that light-the possibilities are endless."
Bulldogs senior captain Ashley Kirbis agreed, saying that McCarthy one of the most respectful players she's ever played with.
"We're always saying that," Kirbis said with a smile. "We'll just start laughing and Sarah will be like, 'why are you laughing?' You just have that urge just to smile and be happy when you're around her. She has a good vibe."