By Steve Svetovich
Steady and consistent.
Those are the two words to best describe the performance of Dunmore Bucks 6-1 senior forward Kevin Walsh.
Kevin is ninth in Lackawanna League Division III in scoring with an average of 11.0 points per game and seventh in free throw percentage at .667. He is also among the league leaders in rebounds with over eight boards per contest.
Teammate Adriel DeNaples is third in the league in scoring at 14.3 points per game and first in free throw percentage at .805. in Dunmore’s 68-50 win over Carbondale Area, on Thursday, Jan. 27, at Dunmore. He scored 14 in the second half and hit on two 3-point field goals. DeNaples added 21 in the Bucks win. The win increased Dunmore’s record to 10-6, including 5-2 in league play.
“We’ve been clicking as a team recently,” said Kevin. “We started a bit slow, but are really playing well as a team now. If things continue to go well, we will end the season on a high note. We feel winning the league is a strong possibility. Then going for the district title is a goal. We want to go as far as possible in the state playoffs.”
Kevin, 18, tore his ACL playing football for Dunmore in his sophomore year. He worked hard in rehab to bring himself back to play at a high level on the Dunmore basketball team. He is a four-year member of the basketball team.
And although he no longer plays football, Kevin is a two-year member of the Dunmore baseball and golf teams. A versatile athlete, he is a pitcher-third baseman on the Dunmore baseball team.
The senior stalwart forward has a highly impressive 3.8 academic average and is a member of the National Honor Society, Engineering Club and French Club.
He aspires to study engineering in college and would like to go to Penn State or the University of Maryland.
Well-spoken and polite, he talked about what it takes to excel at the forward position in high school basketball. “It takes a lot of discipline and listening to your coaches,” he said. “You can’t go off on your own. You need to be a team player.”
The hard working scholar-athlete said he has learned a lot from Dunmore basketball coach Kevin Clark. “He teaches me to trust my game and be patient. Your shot will not always be there. If it is not going in at first, eventually it will. Always trust your shot.”
The senior standout said his best academic subject is math. He loves country music and would like to see Luke Combs in concert.
He talked about his goals. “Well, first of all there are team goals,” he said. “We want to win the league and district titles and compete in the states. Personally, I want to study engineering in college and play some club basketball. Then I want to work as an engineer. I’m not sure what kind of engineer yet.”
Kevin said he gets his strong work ethic from his parents. “They teach me to always work hard in the classroom and with sports. They tell me success comes from working hard.”
The talented senior said he came to Dunmore in eighth grade as a transfer from Saint Paul’s. “It was a great decision for me,” he said. “I made the transition and Dunmore has become my home away from home. I’ve made a lot of friends and developed some great relationships. The coaches and teachers are great. I’ve enjoyed it very much.”