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Athlete of the Week: West Springfield’s Andy McNulty

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass — When growing up in tight-knit communities, it’s easy to recognize your involvement in the future. West Springfield’s Andy McNulty knew from a young age how he wanted to get involved and that was impressing on the basketball court for the Terriers.

“My dad always played and when I was younger I had a hoop outside and just started playing,” McNulty said, “I was in the suburban ranks for a while and I just loved the game from there.”

And it helps when you get your face recognized early and that is exactly what the senior captain always aimed to do.

“In my freshman and sophomore year, I really started to focus on the game and really try to get better and help this program succeed and win something,” McNulty said.

“Andy practices everyday, plays everyday; he’s a max effort guy. He’s really got a cool game. He can be a point guard. He can be a scorer,” head coach Chris Gerber said, “Really over the past couple of years he’s developed into a defensive stopper for us.”

Gerber views McNulty as not only a student of the game but a talent that embraces the opportunity to build a foundation others can follow.

“Andy never waivers. There’s a never a ‘he’s so high or so down or so grumpy.’ He’s always even keel and you know what you’re gonna get on a day-to-day basis and having guys like him make it easy to do my job,” Gerber said
Now McNulty’s mission turns from appreciating the past to crowning the present. With a stock-piled roster of depth and talent, 2014 is a golden opportunity to build a new chapter in West Side’s history.

“A lot of people look up to me and other kids in the program so when they’re coming up in their early years they feel like they were lead when they were young,” McNulty said, “I want to lead this team to something we haven’t done yet.”

For a talent that respects those who came before him, it’s easy to assume McNulty will follow suit.