BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Last year, Boardman advanced to the District Semifinal round following being crowned the conference champions for the fourth consecutive year. This season, the Spartans will have to replace ten seniors including the league’s Player of the Year Trey DePietro (13.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.1 apg).

“That’s going to be a big challenge for us,” says coach Pat Birch. “We have some talented players who will get the opportunity to leave [their] mark on our program.”

Boardman welcomes back three returning letter winners in senior Brady DePietro (4.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg), junior forward Nico Holzschuh (3.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg)and sophomore guard David D’Altorio (2.6 ppg).

“Brady started a good portion of last year for us,” Birch points out. “He’s two-years removed from a knee injury and has worked really hard to be in position to have a successful senior season. We’ll need his playmaking and leadership. Nico provides toughness on both ends as well as his ability to score. David earned playing time as a freshman, showing the ability to make shots and run the offense.”

The Spartans also have five seniors who could see significant playing time in Prabh Singh, Alex Micco, AJ Nigro, 5’7 guard Antoine White and 6’5 wing Demarr Clark. Junior Jeff Markovitch will also be in the mix to contribute as well as sophomores Kaden Mayhew, Terrell McDowell and Grayson Eicher.

“Expectations are high,” Birch indicates. “Our goal is maintaining the high-level of play we’ve established. We expect to defend our conference championship and compete for a district Boardman High School boys’ basketball preview. We’re challenging our players to set high expectations. We return a nice nucleus of talent along with some up-and-coming players eager for their opportunity.”

The Spartans will open play on Tuesday, November 29 when they’ll host the Campbell Memorial Red Devils.

Boardman Spartans
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Pat Birch
2021-22 Record: 15-9 (7-1), 1st place in All-American Conference
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Brush (66-37) in District Semifinal
Last 5-Years: 81-55 (59.6%)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 51.6
Scoring Defense: 47.4
Rebounding: 25.0
Free Throw Percentage: 62.5%
Three-Point Percentage: 32.7%

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Trey DePietro, 13.8
Rebounding: Trey DePietro, 9.6
Assists: Luke Ryan, 2.4
Steals: Seth Cervello, 1.8
Free Throw Percentage: Tommy Nawrocki, 76.9%
Three-Point Percentage: Brady DePietro, 43.6%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 29 – Campbell Memorial
Dec. 2 – Cardinal Mooney
Dec. 6 – at Hickory
Dec. 9 – Louisville
Dec. 13 – GlenOak
Dec. 16 – at East Liverpool
Dec. 20 – at Tallmadge
Dec. 27 – at Poland
Dec. 29 – at Hudson
Jan. 6 – at Fitch
Jan. 10 – Canfield
Jan. 14 – Howland
Jan. 15 – vs. Riverside (at Berkshire HoopFest)
Jan. 17 – at Harding
Jan. 20 – East
Jan. 24 – at Massillon
Jan. 27 – at Howland
Jan. 31 – Fitch
Feb. 3 – at Canfield
Feb. 10 – Harding
Feb. 14 – Hoover
Feb. 17 – at Lake