Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Danny Conlan

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 7:33 AM

Danny Conlan

School: Quaker Valley

Sport: Basketball

Class: Senior

Claim to fame: If a game comes down to the last possession, Danny Conlan wants the ball in his hands.

It’s hard to argue with Conlan who recently became the 11th basketball player in Quaker Valley history to score 1,000 career points. He also knows teammates like Ryan Stowers, the team’s leading scorer this season, are just as capable of putting a game away.

What does it mean to you to get 1,000 points in your career?

It means a lot. I think it reflects all of the hard work I’ve put in. … It’s a great honor, and I am very blessed.

Who has been instrumental in feeding you the ball over the years to help you hit that milestone?

My sophomore year there were a lot of guys, especially Amos Luptak and Wolfie Mozer. Playing with someone like Coletrane (Washington) was great. And this year Ryan Stowers, Jackson Zemich, K.C. Johns and a lot of other guys have helped me and the team succeed.

What is your favorite shot on the court?

I honestly like to get to the rim as much as I can, because it frees up my 3-point shot later in the game. I’ll score my earlier points closer to the rim, and when opponents back off a little bit I’ll step back and shoot for 3 and try to get into a rhythm.

The same night you reached 1,000 the team lost its first game of the season. How do you feel the team will respond?

I think we’ll bounce back pretty well. I think we’ll learn from it and come back stronger. I think we’ve been focused our last few practices, and we’ve focused on our weaknesses to polish those off, so I think we’ll be good.

You’ve been a part of several teams that have come close to winning WPIAL championships. Why is this team capable of winning that title?

I think we’re experienced. We’ve got six or seven seniors this year who have played a lot in the past. I think we all kind of have had the experience of losing a championship at a really high level, and I think we have a chip on our shoulders to get back there and win that championship.

If the Quakers are back in the WPIAL championship game, it’s the last possession and you need someone to hit the game-winner, who should take it?

I think I should. I’ll say I trust my teammates, but when it comes down to that I want the ball. I feel like I’ve earned that spot. I hate to say it, but I do think either Ryan or I should get that shot. It’s also good to have a lot of guys though that want the ball, that have confidence in themselves to make clutch shots.

Shawn Annarelli is a freelance writer.