“She’s one of those kids who would literally be good at whatever she chooses to do,” Middle Girls basketball coach John Leahy said. “She has a natural competitiveness. It’s pretty amazing to think about the commitment you have to make to be a great athlete, and then you add the academic side, it’s pretty remarkable.
Herlihy will continue his basketball career at Rowan University. This is the fifth time in the past 11 years that a girl from Middle Township has been the Athlete of the Year. Kelsey McCusker won in 2011, Bridget Ruskey in 2016 and 2017 and Kira Sides last year.
In a phone interview on Thursday, Herlihy touched on several topics, including why Middle seems to have so many talented female athletes.
Growing up like the youngest in the familyI hated it, but I think it honestly made me a better athlete because I was constantly playing against older people. I got beaten up all the time. I played basketball with them, and they mailed me or stuffed me every time. Honestly, it just made me stronger, I think.
attend RowanI got an offer (field hockey scholarship) from Long Island University (in Brooklyn). I wanted to go, but in the end, I love being closer to home, and it was a bit too far for me. I love basketball and field hockey. I was like, ‘OK, if I play basketball, it’s still great.’ I was also looking for other schools, but in the end Rowan accepted (her college credits). I think it’s honestly a really underrated school, and it’s growing really fast.