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March 26, 2014

Walton and McDermott prove to be ultimate player-coach combo

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Tonawanda News — Sciandra, who also coaches the football team at O'Hara in the fall, explained that a lot of kids tend to be more selfish these days. McDermott's ability to get everybody to buy into the team mentality is further evidence of his quality coaching job.

"There were a lot of kids on this team that had to make sacrifices for each other. For the coach to get them to do that says something about the coach," Sciandra said. "There are three legitimate first team All-Western New Yorkers on that team, but there's only one ball. They shared the ball very well and those girls genuinely cared about each other. Dan was able to get them to buy into what they needed to do as a team."

As for Walton, she is still enjoying the fact that the Lady Hawks completed the ultimate goal.

"I was thinking in the car ride home, that I need to embrace all of this. It's definitely very exciting to have the accolades and I'm very thankful to God and the team that we were able to pull this out," she said. "I couldn't have done this with a better group of girls. We knew we had the talent and acumen to do it, and we did it."

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