New Hartford – The “Spartan Nation” student section alone may just pack the gym to the rafters at New Hartford High School Tuesday night, for the early season boy’s basketball match up between the Proctor Raiders (1-3, 0-1) and the home standing Spartans (4-1, 0-0).
Word has it, that it was the cheering from that same student section that helped propel the Spartans past Utica Notre Dame, 84-80 in overtime last week.
While Proctor and NH were the teams pegged as the clear front runners for the TVL East title when the balls were rolled out a few weeks ago, its the upstart Whitesboro Warriors (3-0 TVL) who are sitting alone at the top of East, after a mammoth 74-71 win over Proctor, the same night ND had the Spartans on the ropes. The Rome Free Academy Black Knights (1-0, 2-2) are presently sitting with New Hartford in 2nd place, followed by Proctor.
If you don’t like big crowds, loud student sections or up close and personal basketball, you can catch tonight’s contest on ESPN Radio 99.1 FM (as well as ESPNUR.com and the ESPNUR App). New York State Broadcasters Association Award Winning play by play man Dave Peroni will be joined by “The Coach” Steve Heitz with the call of the game, which begins at 7 p.m.
Head Coach John Randall’s Spartans are led up front by a trio of big fellas, Frankie Policelli (22 points avg. per game), Noah German and Nick Courto, who are supported on the perimeter by sharp shooting seniors Cooper Deck and Ryan Faro.
Proctor will counter with one of Section III’s most prolific scorers in Sophomore Jalen Hawkins, who is averaging 34 points per game so far this season, which includes contests against the likes of Henninger and CBA on the road. Landen Johnson has chipped in 10 pts. per game for Head Coach Mark Joseph’s Raiders this season.
Mid York Sports Report will once again be donating our very popular “Booster Pack” tonight to be raffled off, with all proceeds going to the New Hartford Basketball Boosters.
Look for the complete story, photos, stats and interviews from this game at midyorksportsreport.com nice and early Tuesday evening!