Archbishop Walsh Academy affords its student-athletes with the chance to not only prove themselves on the athletic field, but to also create life-long memories and life-long friendships. At a small school, everyone gets the chance to grow as an athlete in the sport of their choice and get the full feeling of what it's like to be part of the TEAM. But more importantly, everyone is able to carry with them the memories of bus rides, games at Bradner Stadium, a raucous bleacher section on the school stage, Franchot Park, the St. Bonaventure golf course and much more.
The athletics program at Archbishop Walsh Academy is one based on history and tradition, and is chock full of Eagles pride. The tradition of Walsh's athletic excellence began in the school's earliest years, but truly hit the western New York scene in 1968 when the boys' varsity basketball team beat everyone from Buffalo to New York City on its way to a perfect 18-0 record and Walsh's first Manhattan Cup title.
The Eagles would make 11-straight Manhattan Cup playoff appearances, win six Bishop Smith League (Buffalo) titles and rank in the top-10 in the state four times. From 1967-1971, the Eagles varsity football team compiled a record of 31-1 and captured four-straight Smith League titles. Again in 1968, the football team surrendered just 12 points for the season while establishing numerous western New York records, some of which still stand today. The varsity football team made five-straight Monsignor Martin Association playoff appearances despite having the smallest roster in the league. In 2004, the Eagles made it to the MMA championship game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park and finished the season 6-4. Walsh has put three seniors in the annual Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic, and in 2006 the Walsh coaching staff led the New York team.
Walsh High School won the Basketball Officials Team Sportsmanship Award in 2000-2001.
Numerous Walsh student-athletes have been placed on league all-star teams, Big 30 all-star teams and Big 30 academic teams over the years. Many of our student-athletes have recently gone on to play at the next level. 2004 graduate Amanda McHale finished the 2007-2008 basketball season at Hilbert College ranked seventh in the country with 3.4 blocked shots per game.
Dress Code Reminder
Please be advised that student athletes are expected to follow the guidelines outlined in the school handbook regarding the school dress and appearance code. If a student athlete violates the school dress or appearance code they may be subject to suspension from athletics. Team warm-ups or hoodies are not allowed to be worn during the school day. When traveling to away games athletes are required to where shirt/tie/dress pants (boys) and appropriate shirt/dress pants of similar color (girls). If you have any questions on the dress/appearance code refer to the school handbook or contact the main office at 716.372.8122.