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A Season to Remember: Pflugerville Girls Rally Around Their Coach

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

This has been a season Pflugerville's Nancy Walling will not soon forget.

Walling, the Lady Panthers head basketball coach, has been at PHS for 24. And while the Lady Panthers might not be great at math (they weren't sure of their current record or how long Coach Walling had been at Pflugerville), when it comes to chemistry, they're at the head of the class.

"Very rarely do I say that I would spend spare time with them, but I wouldn't mind spending some of my spare time with this group," said Coach Walling. "They're special girls."

Before this season even started, the bond between a team and its coach proved to be much more than any science book could explain.

"We're all like a big family to her, so she has us and she knows it," said Lady Panthers forward Jonelle Smith.

Walling's father Dennis lost his battle with Alzheimer's on August 19th. A basketball lifer, the former player and college coach was listed as a forward but had the tools of a guard - passing his knowledge and love for the game on to his children.

"We went to all of his games and we were gym rats," recalled Walling. "I know he's up there watching and he's proud of us."

As their coach suffered through her toughest moment, the Lady Panthers were in perfect rebounding position.

"We felt it for her," said Smith. "We texted her, called her, gave her cards and showed her that we were here for her."

"It was a special time," admitted Walling. "Losing him was hard but I've got a family here and a lot of support."

Selflessness and compassion are lessons the Lady Panthers learned from Walling. Those traits, along with her commitment to excellence and community service, earned Coach Walling Pflugerville High School's Humanitarian of the Year award.

"For my peers here at Pflugerville High School to nominate and vote me as Humaniatrian of the Year, that's probably one of the most special awards I've gotten to be honest," said Walling.

Perhaps that's because in 24 years at Pflugerville, Walling has never won a state title. With two more wins, that will change.

"I feel like we owe it to her," said Lady Panthers Alyssa Echols. Because of all she's done for us."

This has been a season Nancy Walling will not soon forget. But the final chapter of the story has yet to be written.A Season to Remember: Pflugerville Girls Rally Around Their Coach


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Scores & Schedules

October 20, 2014 07:12 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

New England 27, N.Y. Jets 25

Sunday's Games

St. Louis 28, Seattle 26

Miami 27, Chicago 14

Green Bay 38, Carolina 17

Baltimore 29, Atlanta 7

Washington 19, Tennessee 17

Jacksonville 24, Cleveland 6

Indianapolis 27, Cincinnati 0

Buffalo 17, Minnesota 16

Detroit 24, New Orleans 23

Kansas City 23, San Diego 20

Arizona 24, Oakland 13

Dallas 31, N.Y. Giants 21

Denver 42, San Francisco 17

Open: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

Monday's Game

Houston at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

NBA PRESEASON

Sunday's Games

Boston 95, Brooklyn 90

Minnesota 112, Oklahoma City 94

Chicago 101, Charlotte 96

Houston 90, Golden State 83

L.A. Lakers 98, Utah 91

Monday's Games

New Orleans vs. Washington at Baltimore, MD, 7 p.m.

Chicago vs. Cleveland at Columbus, OH, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Memphis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Sacramento at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

NHL

Sunday's Games

Los Angeles 2, Minnesota 1

N.Y. Rangers 4, San Jose 0

Calgary 4, Winnipeg 1

Anaheim 3, St. Louis 0

Monday's Games

Tampa Bay at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

MLS

Sunday's Games

Columbus 3, New York 1

Los Angeles 2, Seattle FC 2, tie

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