Of all the things Superintendent Dr. Rossi could do on his Friday afternoon, he stopped in at the Sparta boys basketball practice as they were preparing for an exposure game against Hanover Park at Hopatcong High School. As practice was winding down, Dr. Rossi visited the practice and saw what the team is all about. Dr. Rossi’s nephew Sean Rossi is a Sparta Alum who was a standout basketball player. After a fantastic career as a student athlete at Sparta, Sean went on to play college basketball at Ithaca college where he still holds the school record for assists. He also led the NCAA Division III in assists while he was playing. After graduating, Sean coached at West Point and currently coaches at Misericordia University.

As practice ended, Coach Brennan introduced Dr. Rossi to the team. Coach Brennan said he would like to welcome him to the Sparta School District. Dr. Rossi was then given some Sparta Basketball apparel, which he loved. Coach Brennan ended practice preparing the team for a big upcoming game. He said, “We got to play with five guys on the same page, five guys on the same mission. Count on each other, and count on yourselves, and we will be fine.” Dr. Rossi said he looks forward to watching the upcoming games.