Roy-Hart preps to defend N-O title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 November 2022 at 9:31 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Senior captains Nate Beyer, Andrew Waters and Jamel Johnson Jr. will lead defending champion Roy-Hart into the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League season.

Last year Roy-Hart ended a 25 year long title drought by capturing the Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball championship with a 10-2 record.

Now the Rams are prepping to defend that title led by the trio of senior captains Nate Beyer, Andrew Waters and Jamel Johnson Jr. Johnson, earned first team All-League honors after scoring 295 points (14.average) and grabbing off 207 rebounds.

“Our goal is to do it again and I think we’ve got a good shot,” said Coach Joe Pawlak. “We lost some real good players to graduation but we’ve got a very good group back.”

The Rams lineup also includes seniors Justin Terwilliger, Tyler Burrows, Thomas Russo III and Tyler Stewart along with juniors Jackson Webber, Sam Bruning, Rem Albee, Jayden Swygert, Jack Johnson, Kris Myers, Caleb Verratti and sophomore Dan Aquilina.

The Rams graduation losses included first team N-O honoree Aiden Petrie and second team selection Vinny Buscarino along with John Conley, Brandin DiNeri, Dom Beyer, Bryan Baes and Brandin Masters.

Roy-Hart will begin prepping for the N-O season by competing in the Olean Tournament this Friday and Saturday. The Rams will face Hornell in the opener.