Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Moshier: Randall's Spartans impress

Win or lose, you have to be impressed with the job New Hartford High School head coach John Randall has done with his boys basketball team this year.


Despite losing starting point guard Trevor Callahan (broken wrist) for the season, and despite another injury to guard Robert Broccoli, Randall and assistant coach Andy Goodelle have their Spartans playing hard and playing well.


Led by sophomore Derek German, seniors Ammar Kaashmiri and A.J. Wolfanger, and juniors Vinny Servadio and Ben Zalewski, New Hartford – just 6-15 last season – is a surprising 8-3 overall. The Spartans improved to 6-2 in the Tri Valley League on Tuesday night, Wolfanger scoring 19 points and German adding 14 en route to a 60-56 victory over TVL West Division leader Oneida. The Spartans made 11 3-pointers, with Wolfanger, German and Kaashmiri finishing with three apiece.


Last Friday night, New Hartford led TVL East rival Whitesboro by 10 in the third quarter, but the Warriors scored the game-winner with two seconds left and won 52-50.


Don’t be surprised if Randall’s Spartans put TVL East leader Notre Dame to the test next Friday when they host the state-ranked Jugglers.



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