Paterniti was born on November 11, 1951, and began showing the athlete he was to become as an outstanding pitcher and shortstop for the Falconer Little League from 1961-1965. He had several mound battles with Dunkirk's Dave Criscione, who went on to play for the Baltimore Orioles.
Paterniti started playing junior high basketball in the seventh and eight grade followed by a year on the Falconer junior varsity before being elevated to the varsity for a very distinguished three-year career. He was All-Western New York choice as a senior when he averaged more than 23 points per game with five games over 30 points and a then school record 35 points en route to a record 1,022 career points.
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