Following a victory before a large home crowd in the first round of the NJSIAA, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 tournament on Feb. 26, the Passaic Valley boys’ basketball team will face a big-time test on Feb. 28 when it travels to second seeded Sparta for a quarterfinal round contest.
Rob Carcich’s team won’t be venturing on the long trip up Route 80 by itself, however. The Hornets will have a busload of fans heading to Sussex County, as well, in what could be “White Out” conditions.
“The fan bus is almost to capacity,” said Passaic Valley athletic director Patty Lynch. “There are a few tickets left for tomorrow morning, for any student interested. After I got administrative approval, Amy (my secretary) and I were able to pull it together with help from the Varsity club, who agreed to pay for the bus. We made tickets, a permission form , made announcements and got chaperones all in record time—-and in the name of PV spirit! The Green and White is gathering momentum and I couldn’t be happier !!!”
Lynch’s enthusiasm for the Green and White has always been genuine, but has amped up even more as a result of the new phenomenon at PV, better known as “Holsworth’s Heroes”, a fan base of students that got its start from PV assistant coach Jim Holsworth. A first-year teacher at PV, Holsworth challenged his students to get on board and support the Hornets early in the season, when the big gym in Little Falls was three-quarters empty, and too quiet, gaining the unenviable moniker of The Library.
So, as the Hornets prepare for a big game on Feb. 28, the team will be buoyed by their fans, probably all wearing white shirts again and boasting that championship belt.