WHY HE WAS SELECTED:
Named the tournament MVP, York senior Sam Walsh had 15 points and seven rebounds in the Dukes' 55-52 win over Downers Grove South in the championship game of the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. Walsh talked to Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge about the championship, the start to the season and more. Here is an edited version of the transcript:
Welge: How big was it to win that tournament?
Walsh: It was amazing. The atmosphere, our home town, all the alumni back for York. We knew we could win it. It was great to pull through not just for our team but for everybody at York.
Welge: How hard is it to win five games in six days?
Walsh: You have not even a day to prepare, so it's definitely challenging. Every team knew it would be hard. We pulled through.
Welge: How did you develop that spin move? It seems a big part of your game.
Walsh: It came a little naturally. I always worked on my spin move in the post, it sort of progressed to when I'm on the run, I can score from it. It's a lot different when you're going full speed.
Welge: Did you play lacrosse or basketball first [he is playing lacrosse collegiately at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.].
Walsh: I moved here from California in seventh grade. I had never heard of lacrosse before I moved here. One of my buddies said I should try it. I've been in basketball my whole life. My dream as a kid was to play basketball in college, but I'm a post player at 6-4, it's tough to play at the next level. That was my reasoning to play lacrosse in college.
Welge: How far can this team go this season?
Walsh: What we do is we say the next game is the most important one. We think we have something special this year, that we can win it all. We want to win every game we can. If we keep playing as a team we can be pretty lethal. A conference championship would be amazing and we hope to make a playoff run.