The 2022-23 Connersville Spartan boys’ basketball team get their season underway tonight with the annual Thanksgiving Eve matchup with the Union County Patriots with tip off at 7:30 p.m. Before the start of the varsity game the 1972 state title team will be honored in appreciation of the fiftieth anniversary of that achievement.

“I think that [the ’72 title team] started the Spartan tradition,” Connersville High School Athletic Director Andrea Van Meter said. “Anyone who knows Spartan basketball knows that pre-Thanksgiving is the biggest game. That’s why we wanted to honor them. We wanted the biggest crowd we could possibly have.”