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March 24, 2014

Community shares in O'Hara victory

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Tonawanda News — "It's jubilation," he said at the party. "We've accomplished what every team tries to accomplish, to follow through and come out with a win. I'm very proud of them." 

In many ways, this isn't just a victory for the Lady Hawks, but also for the Tonawanda and Western New York communities as a whole. According to Principal Mary Holzerland, it's not just athletes and coaches who feel that they have something to celebrate, she says everyone from parents to school faculty members are feeling the pride. 

The shared excitement of the community has made it's way to Cardinal O'Hara alumni, including Michael Billoni, who graduated in 1973. Billoni says they arranging to have sweatsuits made for the girls, personalized with their names, their team and their title.

"The ladies accomplished a season-long goal," Billoni said. "One team, one dream, to win it all, and they did." 

As for next year, coaches and team members alike say they plan to make winning a tradition and will be striving to maintain that tradition going forward. For now Cardinal O'Hara is focused on celebrating their champions. 

"We knew what to expect," Walton said. "And we went out with a bang."

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