SPARTA, NJ – The high school honored their senior football players last week. Before the game the athletes were called to the center of the field where they met their families, as their biography was announced.

After the midfield ceremony, senior football players gave corsages to the senior cheerleaders, thanking them for the support they provide.

Football player biographies:

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Joseph Batton was escorted by his parents and biggest fans Iliana and Alan.  The Defensive end has been playing football from the age of nine.  Batton is extremely proud of being a Spartan.  He has lived some amazing moments with this team who have also become his best friends.  He thanked his coaches for their support on and off the field.

Nick Broccoletti was escorted by parents Liz and Tom.  Broccoletti has started on varsity as a defensive back for two years.  In his spare time Borccoletti likes to watch football and play with his three dogs.

Broccoletti plans to attend college, possibly continuing his football career. 

Sam Bushey was escorted by parents Elaine and Mark.  Bushey has been a varsity starter for three years and has played football since the age of eight. His parents want to thank him for giving them so many fond football memories.  The Bushey family is excited about the Sparta High School team moving to the playoffs and wish the seniors success.

Austin Castorina was escorted by parents Adrienne and Eric and brother Nicholas.  Castorina has played on the varsity squad for four years at the position of running back.  He is also a defender on the lacrosse team.  Off the field Castorina is a proud member of the Honor’s Choir and played the role of the Candy Man in the high school production of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

Castorina plans to attend college, major in communications and continue to play football. 

Jaylen Cyrus, Team Manager, was escorted by his parents Jamie and CY and brother Cason.  Cyrus has enjoyed providing hydration to the team for the past three years.

Cyrus is planning to attend college to study visual arts.

Cole Danzo was escorted by his parents Cathy and Glenn.  The defensive lineman has played on the varsity squad for three years.  He has played football in Sparta since flag football and is a member of the Sparta Youth Football eighty grade undefeated champions. 

Danzo plans to attend college and continue to play football.  He aspires to become a police officer like his father.

Vinnie DeSimone was escorted by his parents Sonia and Vinnie.  DeSimone is a three year varsity player.  In his spare time he enjoys playing hockey and football with friends and attend rock concerts.

DeSimone plans to attend college to major in physical therapy while continuing to play football.  DeSimone aspires to own his own physical therapy facility.

Noah Faria was escorted by his parents Beth and Kevin.  In his second year as a varsity player, Faria played cornerback and on special teams.  Faria is on the varsity track and field team and he volunteers with Tilly’s Kids and for the Special Olympics. 

Faria plans to attend a four year university to major in psychology, with a focus on children’s therapy.

James Hogle was escorted by parents Christine and Jim.  The wide receiver has been a member of the varsity team for two years.  Hogle said has made many lasting relationships with his team mates that began in flag football through high school. 

Hogle plans to attend college to study mechanical engineering and to continue his passion for exercise and yoga. 

TJ Hurley was escorted by parents Jules and Tom.  TJ is proud to be part of the Spartan family for four years, thanking the coaches, parents, family and friends for their support.  On Sunday mornings he delivers pizza.

Hurley plans to attend college to pursue a degree in science.

Joe Liotta was escorted by his mother Shannon Kuralti, his father Joseph Liotta and his bonus mom, Jessi.  Liotta has played football for Sparta for four years, with two years on the varsity squad as a defensive lineman.  This is also his second year as a varsity wrestler and is looking forward to another season.  Liotta thanks Sparta football for brotherhood, friendship and lifelong memories.

Liotta plans to attend college to study either medicine or dentistry supported by his passion for writing.  He plans to continue wrestling as well.

Alex Louissant was escorted by his parents Osner and Olie.  Louissant is grateful to Coach Marsh[iano] for helping him grow throughout the years.  The entire Spartan team is like a family to him. 

Aidan Maxwell was escorted by parents Wendy and Paul.  This is Maxwell’s second year on the team.  He is also a member of the varsity lacrosse team.  He thanked all his youth and high school football and lacrosse coaches for their help in his development as a player and a person.  He also acknowledged his brother Harrison who graduated last year and his sister Heather, currently a junior at Sparta High School, for their support and help.

Maxwell committed to attend Montclair State University to continue his lacrosse career and pursue a degree in communications.

Trey Mudrick was escorted by his parents Pam and Dennis.  Mudrick, starting at right guard, has enjoyed playing for Sparta football for three years. Mudrick thanked his coaches, friends and teammates past and present for all of the experiences he has had playing for the Sparta Spartans.

Mudrick plans to attend college, graduate and have a fantastic future working at a job where he can help people and make a difference.

Nick Remo was escorted by his parents Heather and Anthony and sister Adrianna.  Remo is proud to have been a Spartan since the day he started playing football.  He earned his varsity letter last year and is starting at strong safety this season. 

Remo plans to attend college to study sports management.


Timmy Sember was escorted by Liz, brother Jack, sister Maggie, cousins Claire, Catie, Abby and his aunt Debbie. He has been a member of the varsity squad for three years and has loved every moment of it.  Sember also enjoys lifting weights, hanging out with friends and eating.  He thanked the fans for showing up to the games on Friday night and Saturday afternoons.

Sember plans to attend school to study athletic training or psychology.

Brandon Smith was escorted by parents Lisa and Rick.  Smith is a four year varsity player, having proudly played as a Spartan for two years.  He also enjoys wrestling and working out. Smith’s fondest memories are playing under the lights on the new field.

Smith plans to study criminal justice in college next year and eventually become a police officer.

Matt Struble was escorted by parents Jeanine and Les, his sister Allison and brother Kevin.  Struble also plays baseball and is involved with student council.  He ahs enjoyed his four years of Sparta High School football and thanked his coaches and teammates.

Struble plans to attend a major university focusing on sports communications.

Tyler Szabo was escorted by Christine and George with his brothers Luke and Nicholas.  Szabo is a second year, two way varsity player.  He plays wide receiver and corner back.  Szabo is also a two year varsity track and field MVP.  Szabo hopes to go to MetLife stadium this year with his teammates and bring a championship home to Sparta.

Szabo plans to attend college where he will continue his football career.

JJ Valentine was escorted by mother Adela Williams and Grandma Juana.  Valentine is  a three year varsity football and lacrosse player.  He is a linebacker on the football team and close defense for lacrosse.

Valentine will continue his lacrosse career at DeSales University and is planning to pursue a career in television and film.