SPARTA, NJ – The Friday night Sparta boys basketball game was dedicated to Melanie DiDomizio, a classmate who lost her battle with an aggressive form of bone cancer on Thursday. In a ceremony before the game Sparta High School Junior Tessa Gori read a statement with classmate Alivia Winslow by her side. Winslow sang the National Anthem.
The student section honored DiDomizio by wearing her favorite color yellow.
An additional challenge to the evening occurred when Morristown player reportedly became ill in the locker room at halftime, according to people at the game. People at the game also said the player was subsequently taken by ambulance to another location where a helicopter took him to Morristown Medical Center.
Superintendent Michael Rossi said, "At last evening's basketball game a student athlete from Morristown required medical attention. Our event staff, including Athletic Director Steve Stoner and Athletic Trainer Haley Anderson immediately took action and, with the assistance of emergency response professionals, the individual received appropriate treatment. The student athlete was seen at a nearby medical facility and we are told is doing well."
On the court the team defeated Morristown on Friday night 62-36. It was another big night for Aidan Mastandrea with 19 points, moving him to 190 points for the season.
Rasir Scott added 12 points crossing over the 100 point mark in the game.
Mike Piwko another nine moving him to 114 points for the season. Colby Plotts, Dean Alkovic, Luke Szabo, Mike McGovern and Matt Silvey all contributed to the victory over the Colonials.
The Spartans are 8-3 for the season. They will host West Morris on Monday beginning at 6 p.m.
Editor's Note: Video provided by Kyle Neuwirth