When point guard Sarah Welsh first put on a varsity Lady Vikings uniform, she was a 13-year-old eighth-grader. Today, as a senior she is the all time scoring leader, all time steals leader and all time assist leader.
A banner season for Sarah is also a banner season for the Lady Vikings, literally. The team has set a record for wins in a season with 17 and captured its fourth conference championship in 16 years. Sarah's impressive stats of 16 points per game, 6 assists per game and 4.5 steals per game have been instrumental in the teams' success. Nothing was more dramatic than her 23-point performance against previously undefeated Elmont where the team won and Sarah earned the right to become the all time scoring champion with 1,318 points. She scored those points with eight seconds on the clock before an impressive crowd of cheering, appreciative family, friends and fans. She eclipsed the record set by All Long Island point guard Beth Shackel set in 1995.
Off the record, Coach Stephanie Joannon speaks to Sarah's accomplishments. "Sarah has worked so hard and been such a motivating and positive influence for our team. She has made everyone around her better all her years and this year she has inspired the younger players to play at a higher level and that has paid off tremendously."
Sarah has earned All County honors for three years and is ranked as of the top 15 players in the Metro New York area. The consummate point guard, she is the best at seeing the floor and reading the situation. "She creates, she reacts, she succeeds, we succeed," says Joannon.
"What makes Sarah the complete player is her intensity on defense and the willingness to sacrifice her body for that loose ball. More importantly, she is an absolute joy to coach at practice, to coach in games, and incredible to be around. Her parents, Janet and Steve, have been an important part of us for five years and have been a wonderful support system for Sarah, me and our team."
Congratulations to Sarah Walsh. She has made an indelible mark on the Lady Vikings tradition. This is evidence not just by the records she holds, not just by the amount of autographs she has signed this year for little boys and girls after games, but by her heart and passion she shows when she wears the Lady Vikings uniform.