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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

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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