Holley cagers working to fill holes

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 November 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Anchoring the lineup for the Holley basketball team will be this trio of returning seniors including Nick Passarell, Ryan Moseman and Zach Vaccarelli.

Inexperience dots the Holley basketball team’s lineup as the Hawks look to fill a number of holes in the lineup caused a combination of graduation, transfers and injuries.

Seniors Nick Passarell, Ryan Moseman and Zach Vaccarelli, along with junior Chris Balys, provide the veteran experience for the Hawks which went 4-11 in the Genesee Region and 6-14 overall last season. Vaccarelli is currently recovering from a football injury.

The Hawks are also looking to juniors Dylan Hillabush, who saw some action in the sectionals last season, and Derek McArthur.

The Hawks losses included Josh Porter, Joe DeFelice and Ian Penders to graduation along with Hunter DeFelice who transferred.

“Getting healthy and getting our new guys some experience will be key for us,” said Coach Matt Hennard. “They are working hard and we’re looking to hit the ground running. We’ll learn on the fly and hope they are quick learners. Our focus is on getting better every day and if they do that the wins will come. We’re athletic and I think we can hang with anyone.”

The Hawks will open the G-R season on December 7 at home against Pembroke.

The Hawks schedule will be highlighted by the participation in the Roy-Hart and Holley tournaments.

Holley’s Schedule:
Dec. 7 – Pembroke ,7 p.m.
Dec. 11 vs. Tonawanda at Roy-Hart Tournament, 5 p.m.
Dec. 12 – at Roy-Hart Tournament, TBA
Dec. 14 – at Attica, 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 – at Oakfield-Alabama, 7 p.m.
Dec. 18 – Attica, 7 p.m.
Dec. 21 – at Byron-Bergen, 7 p.m.
Dec. 23 – at Alexander, 7 p.m.
Dec. 29 and 30 – Holley Tournament
Jan. 6 – Wheatland-Chil, 7 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Elba, 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 – at Lyndonville, 7 p.m.
Jan. 14 – Kendall, 7 p.m.
Jan 20 – at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 – at Pembroke, 7 p.m.
Feb. 2 – Alexander ,7 p.m.
Feb. 4 – Oakfield-Alabama, 7 p.m.
Feb. 8 – at Geneseo, 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 – Byron-Bergen, 7 p.m.