Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
- Varsity: 2008-09 MML Champions, 2009-10 MML Champions, 2010-11 MML Champions, 2011-12 MML Champions, 2012-13 MML Champions
- JV: 2009-10 MML Champions (14-0 League Record, 18-0 Overall)
- Freshwomen: 2008-09 MML Champions (1st place tie)
Varsity Head Coach: Sr. Maria Pares '58
A coach for over 40 years and a member of numerous sports halls of fame, Sr. Maria has coached at every level from grade school to Division 1 college. She has had two stints as the head coach at Sacred Heart.
The first was from 1973 - 1986 when her teams had a winning streak of 127 games and a New York State Class C Championship in 1986. After coaching at Canisius College and Marquette University, Sr. Maria returned to SHA in 1999 and has been the head coach ever since. Her overall record at SHA is 538 wins and 65 losses.
For a complete coaching bio on Sr. Maria, see http://www.sacredheartacademy.org/news/SisterMariaPares.php
Varsity Assistant: Debbie Laux '81
Ms. Laux played for Sr. Maria at Sacred Heart from 1979 – 1981 and at Canisius College from 1981 – 1985. She has been the assistant varsity coach since 1999. An accomplished athlete, Debbie is a member of the S.H.A. Sports Hall of Fame for basketball, volleyball, softball, and badminton. She played both basketball and softball in college and is now a member of the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame. Debbie earned a B.S. in Management from Canisius College in 1985 and is a sale representative for Laux Sporting Goods.
JV Coach: Evan Groat
Mr. Groat is a 2007 graduate of SUNY Cortland, where he earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Physical Education/Health Education. He returns to SHA for his third season as the Junior Varsity Head Coach. The team has been very successful with him at the helm, finishing near the top of the league standings each year. Prior to coming to SHA, Evan spent four years teaching and coaching in the NYC public school system. He coached girl’s Varsity Basketball for three seasons and boy's Varsity Baseball for four seasons guiding teams to the playoffs in each sport. Evan is very excited to be a part of the Sacred Heart Academy basketball program and is looking forward to the 2013-2014 season.
- Freshwomen: Kim Sendlak
- Villa Maria College Athletic Center
2013-14 Season Highlights
Public School Giant Grand Island No Match for Sacred Heart in Pastor-Cooper Showcase
December 3: SHA 65 Grand Island 30
In previous years, Sacred Heart has been challenged by the public school teams they have faced in the Pastor-Cooper Showcase Tourney held at Daemen College. In fact, Grand Island has spoiled the season opener for SHA on more than one occasion. Not so this year, however. Sacred Heart zoomed out to a 21 - 7 first quarter lead, had a 30 point edge by half-time, and outscored Grand Island in every quarter but the fourth when the game was basically over to take a 35 point victory.
Ten players contributed in the win with three players: Awilda Murphy (14 points), Chelsea Smith (13 points), and Sarah Young (12 points) scoring in double digits. Sarah Young also had the team high 15 rebounds. Chelsea Smith, who had 5 of the team's 9 steals and the team high 4 assists, was named the game MVP.
Overall record: 2-0
Four-Time Defending Monsignor Martin Champions have New Look -- Barely Beat Tapestry in Season Opener
November 25: SHA 54 Tapestry 53
Head Coach Sister Maria Pares realizes this year's Varsity squad has a very different look from the previous teams who won the MML for four consecutive years. Co-Captain and Senior Chelsea Smith is the only returning starter from those glory years, but she is the "linchpin to the whole thing" says Pares. According to Sister Maria, "We're very young and inexperienced ... we're a work in progress."
Last season Sacred Heart faced Tapestry twice and walked away with two huge victories, one by a margin of 35 points and the other by 21 points. This season the Sharks had to overcome a seven point deficit in the fourth quarter to eke out the one point win. SHA shot 65% (13 of 20) from the foul line. Making a couple more of these would have made the victory a bit easier.
6'2" Sophomore Sarah Young was the driving force in the Tapestry upset. She topped the team with 19 rebounds and scored twenty points along with 3 assists. Junior Maria Gabriele scored 11 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Holy Angels transfer, Awilda Murphy, who averaged 14 points last season and earned All-Western New York honors, added 9 points with 2 rebounds and 2 assists while 6"1" Sophomore Kathleen Ryan tossed in 9 points with 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal.
Overall record: 1-0
JV Team Service Project
Our JV team made fleece blankets for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House and delivered them on Friday, December 6th. The trip included a tour of the beautiful mansion on West Ferry Street.
Maureen Wopperer, Associate Director of the RMH, can be seen in the photo below with the girls accepting the blankets.
Pictured in front row left to right: Julia Bartels, Sydney Hurley, Alisa Schaefer, RMH Associate Director, Maureen Wopperer, and Kristen Mirand.
Second row: Grace Windschitl, Sarah Krieger, and Mia DiFrancesco.
Third Row: Desyre Lee, Hannah Miller, Grace Galvin, and Anna Yeager.
Missing from photo are Tayah Blackmon and Meara McCabe.