STOCKHOLM, NJ – It was a big turnout for the Second Annual Sparta High School Alumni Ice Hockey game on Friday afternoon, December 26 at Skylands Ice World.  The game was played not only to give the players a chance to reunite on the ice but to raise money for the Kirk Baker-Marasco  Scholarship fund.

This year, in addition to the donations made by the players and attendees, there was a mini-tricky tray and Chuck-a-Puck contest.  In total $1280 was raised for the fund.

The players were split into two teams; white and blue.  Including the goalies, 33 alumni participated in the game of two 30 minute periods.  The crowd was supportive of the competitive but well-mannered play.  The final score was 6 – 3 with goals coming from Connor Dericks, Colby Isenberg, Mike Miseo, Mike Posterino.

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Mike Holovack, a current Sparta High School varsity player, won the Chuck-a-Puck contest by tossing his puck closest to the middle of the center circle on the ice.  The Schollmeyer, Dericks and O’Sullivan families each won one of the three raffles for gift cards to Dicks Sporting Goods store, St Moritz restaurant in Sparta and the Liquor Factory. 

Prior to the game, Karly Kapur thanked Lindsay Baker-Marasco, Kirk’s mother for having been selected to receive the first scholarship last year.  Kapur currently attends Manhattenville College and plays on the women’s collegiate team.

Alumni Brandon Entwistle said, "It was great getting back out on the ice with the guys.  I miss high school hockey a ton, so it's always a good time reliving those days."  Entwistle currently attends Northeastern University.

Andrew Baker said, “I thought the game was just as exciting and energetic as last year.  It was exciting to be able to skate with so many old teammates again and it made the game fun for everyone playing.  It was really amazing to see how many people came again this year.  I thing this game is a great way to honor the memory of my brother.” Baker is attending Montclair State University.

This year’s skaters were Nick Bartholomew, Nate Bowley, Chad and Scott Connor, Connor and Dillon Dericks, Scott DiStafano, Brandon Entwistle, Colby Isenberg, Mitch Fitton, Mitch Fliss, Walter Frimberger, Karly Kapur, Tim Knauss, Gage Malinowski, Matt Mayer, Michael and Stephen Miseo, Greg Morante, Mike and Jon Poon, Chris and Mike Postorino, Mike Ryan, Bill Schollmeyer, Marc Stanziale, Matt Tantillo, Brian Ventricelli and Eddie Ziegenfuss.  The goalies were Chris Pszonek and Steve Hoffman.

The lobby of Skylands was packed after the game with alumni and their families as well as current SHS varsity families exchanging greetings and holiday well wishes.  Many alumni remained to watch the next game in which Sparta took on Vernon in the first round of the Sussex Cup.

The scholarship will be awarded at the Monogram Dinner in the spring.  

Additional photos are posted on the TAPinto Sparta facebook page.