by Gabby Ripka
Maggie Walsh is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever come through the Byram Hills Girls Varsity Basketball program. As a five-year varsity athlete and starter, Maggie Walsh has been an integral part of her team’s success over the last five years. Walsh has been named All-League as both a sophomore and a junior but has recently gained a lot of attention around the section as a senior. Walsh has been averaging almost 20 points and over ten rebounds in the past three games of her regular season. This success not only led her team to Byram’s first league championship in five years, but it has led her to accomplish great personal achievements, such as receiving a coveted LoHud player of the week nomination, as well.
Off the court, Walsh has been a two-year captain for the team and has been an inspiration to young girls as a coach of many youth teams in her community. She prides herself on being a great teammate and is unanimously loved by her team at Byram. Walsh also plays an active role in the Peer Leadership program, which is a great fit for her as she is a natural leader in her school. Maggie exhibits all the qualities one could ask for in a student leader, which is why she is the perfect selection for February’s Bobcat of the Month.
I interviewed Walsh to learn a little bit more about her career as one of Byram’s greatest athletes.
You’ve had a pretty big month being nominated for LoHud’s player of the Week, winning the League Championship on your senior night, and now winning Bobcat of the Month! How do you feel about these accomplishments coming at the end of a great senior season?
I am extremely grateful to be nominated for Player of the Week and awarded Bobcat of the Month. It’s really cool to know that my hard work is paying off. Winning a League Title has always been a dream of mine and something I’ve been working really hard towards achieving. It’s even sweeter to win the league my senior year and go out with a bang.
What has been your best memory you have had on the Byram Hills Varsity basketball team in your five years as a varsity athlete?
The best memory I’ve had on the basketball team in my five years was probably when we won our Senior Game against Pelham to secure the League Title. The Byram Hills girls basketball program hasn’t been doing so well the past couple of years, so to finally show people that they should watch out for Byram girls basketball was really exciting. Also, being that it was senior night, emotions were already high and winning made the night even more special.
What is the most important thing you have taken away from your experience as a Byram Hills Varsity athlete and two-year captain?
The most important thing I have taken away from my experience as a Byram Hills athlete has been the importance of teamwork. It’s very difficult to win games and be successful without working as a team. As a captain, I’ve learned that you can’t always be the nice guy. You have to make sacrifices and difficult decisions that will benefit the whole team instead of just one person. Also, taking on the leadership role was new for me, but extremely rewarding in my growth as a person.
What are you going to miss most about your prolific career at Byram?
I am especially going to miss my teammates at Byram. They’ve been so supportive over the last couple years and I couldn’t have done it without all of them. Not only am I going to miss my teammates, but I am also going to miss playing in games wearing Byram Hills across my chest. It has been such a fun experience and one I will never forget.
Last question, what do you think the chances are that the Girls Varsity Basketball team will make it all the way to the County Center this year?
If we continue to play the way we are playing now, there is a strong possibility of making it all the way to the County Center. I think teams underestimate how good we are, especially because we have not been the best in the past, but I am hoping to shock people this year in playoffs.