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Demchak preaches team before yourself

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

In the future, Gabby Demchak has aspirations about being a teacher and coach. She currently enjoys tutoring students in her spare time.

For Demchak, it is the perfect fit.

The senior has the ultimate player/coach for the Konkrete Kids’ basketball and softball programs.

Her teammates and coaches certainly can attest to it.

“She’s the glue that every team needs to be successful,” said Kids’ head coach Kristy Henritzy. “She has a connection with every player and coach.”

Demchak is one of the primary players on a team that has prided itself on team chemistry. Under Henritzy in her first season last year, the Kids finished with an overall 17-6 mark, ending their year with a loss to Nazareth in the district semifinals.

Demchak and the other three seniors took the initiative to elevate the culture. They have been succeeding as the Kids had an overall 9-1 mark beginning this week.

“We out a lot of work in during the offseason after what happened last year,” Demchak said. “We came up short and we went to work on our hitting.

“But our start this year is definitely because how we are all playing.”

Demchak sees she and other seniors - Hannah Boggs, Nikki Secara, and Emily Stuhldreher - as being main cogs in their own way.

“We all bring something different to the team,” she said. “Hannah (Boggs) was asked to play first base and she is excelling there. Nikki (Secara) is doing a great job in left field and she has a great small-ball game, and Emily has really been hitting so far.

“I’m trying to keep a positive influence and keep us in the game.”

Demchak has understood how her team remained positive and productive. Their lone blemish this year was an 11-1 loss to Whitehall April 3.

“We learn from our mistakes,” said Demchak. “We won’t let it happen over and over. We’re all jelling together. We just forget the negative things and move on. It’s amazing.”

Demchak began playing softball in kindergarten and made her way through systems in Bath and Lehigh Township.

Her parents, Ed and Colleen, have been a steady pipeline of support and love. Younger sister, Devyn, will be a sophomore next year.

“They taught me about putting the team first,” said Demchak about her parents. “They showed me to look at the big picture ad not concentrate on just me. They really instilled a sense of teamwork in me.”

Henritzy is aware how Demchak’s stance has rubbed off on her teammates.

“I love when players put the ‘We before the Me,’” she said. “Gabby fits that kind of mold, and she tells them every day.

“Just like everyone else, she is willing to put the team first.”

Demchak plans to attend Moravian College next fall and pursue a degree in secondary education to fulfill her goal to become a math teacher. She also plans to inquire about playing basketball there.

Like teaching, coaching will be in the picture.

“I really want to coach,” she said. “I want to be able to give back what I have learned to other kids.

“It is about putting the team before the individual. I want to relate the same concept to others.”

When she does, it will just be another step for Demchak in teaching and coaching to others.