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The Magnificent Zakarai Schneider

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Sep 242018
 

Over the years, I’ve covered many Amity Football and Boys Ice Hockey games. The players come and go, but one player is always there, year after year, a member of both teams even though he doesn’t actually play the full contact sports.

This super kid is Zakarai Schneider. He always wears a jersey to every game, either football or hockey, depending upon the season. He is always accompanied by his devoted father, Mark.

Zak was born with Down’s Syndrome, Apraxia, and he is mentally handicapped. His communication skills are limited and he has weak muscle tone, yet he loves the sports and his positive attitude and infectious smile make everyone’s day when they see him. Since he came to Amity High School, Zak (class of ’21) has always been accepted by the boys and coaches in both sports programs and they appreciate his support at the games.

During halftime, under the lights at last Friday night’s football game, Zak and his dad took to the field and passed the ball around.

From the booth, game announcer Rob Kennedy introduced him to the crowd, stating, “Ladies and gentlemen, out on the field is Zakarai Schneider. He’s one of our most dedicated players, but because of his handicap, he can’t play with the team, but we all love him. Let’s hear it for Zakarai!”

If everyone was as upbeat as Zak, and supportive as his father, the world would be a much better place.

We love you Zak!

 

 

 

 

This Week’s Varsity Sports Events

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Sep 232018
 

The Amity High School Varsity Sports schedule for this week is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 24

Boys Soccer vs Guilford, AWAY at Bittner Park, Guilford at 6 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Cheshire AWAY at Cheshire High Main field 6 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Guilford HOME at Amity High School 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Boys Cross Country vs Wilbur Cross AWAY at East Rock Park 4 p.m.

Girls Cross Country vs Wilbur Cross AWAY at East Rock Park 4 p.m.

Field Hockey vs North Haven AWAY at North Haven Middle School 7 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Branford HOME at Orange Community Center Pool 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Girls Soccer vs Jonathan Law HOME at Amity High School 3:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Lauralton Hall HOME at Amity High School 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Field Hockey vs Sheehan AWAY at Sheehan High School 5 p.m.

Football vs Wilbur Cross HOME at Amity HS 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28

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Boys Soccer vs Woodland AWAY at Woodland Soccer Field 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Daniel Hand HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Shelton AWAY at Shelton Community Center Pool 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Girls Volleyball John J. Invitational, New York AWAY at John Jay High School 9 a.m.

Football: Senior Michael Young Shows Them How It’s Done

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Sep 222018
 

Michael Young TD number 3

The Amity Spartans Varsity Football Team hosted the Hillhouse Academics in Woodbridge on Friday night, Sept. 22.

Hopes were high for a Spartans victory, with the stands full of fans, or as Channel 3’s Joe Zone put it, “The largest crowd he’d seen all night.”

Even though Hillhouse was first on the scoreboard with 6 points, the Spartans did not disappoint. With 4:44 left on the clock in the first quarter, Amity rushed ahead of the Academics with Michael Young’s first touchdown of the night.

Junior kicker Abyan Nawaz added another point, making the score 7-6 Spartans.

In the second quarter, the Spartans continued to shine, scoring another touchdown and extra point around the halfway point, then, with 2:56 remaining in the first half, Young made his second touchdown, but Hillhouse successfully blocked the extra point.

At halftime, Amity leads 20-6.

Soon after returning to the field, the Academics made their move and junior Tre ronn Bryant made it safely past the goal line.  (20-12)

With less than 5 minutes left in the third, Young made his third touchdown, and the extra point was good.

About 90 seconds later, Hillhouse scored again bringing the third quarter score to 27-18.

The fourth quarter was uneventful, with a bit of back and forth, but no one was able to add any points.

Amity wins 27-18

Records: Amity 2-1, Hillhouse 0-3.

Next up for the Spartans, a HOME game vs Wilbur Cross (2-1) on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.

Support Your Amity Spartans Varsity Athletes

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Sep 192018
 

The remainder of this week’s sports schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 20

Girls Soccer vs Foran HOME at Amity Field # 3  3:45 p.m.

Boys Cross Country vs Guilford, Hillhouse, Sheehan AWAY at East River Preserve 4:00 p.m.

Girls Cross Country vs Guilford, Hillhouse, Sheehan AWAY at East River Preserve 4:00 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Fairfield Warde HOME at Amity 4:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Sheehan HOME Orange Community Center Pool 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21

Boys Soccer vs Hamden AWAY Hamden Turf Field #1 5:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Shelton AWAY Shelton Gym 6:30 p.m.

Football vs Hillhouse HOME at Amity 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Girls Cross Country Ocean State Invitational AWAY Rhode Island 9:00 a.m.

Field Hockey vs New Milford AWAY New Milford High School 1:00 p.m.

Get Your Tickets For The Academic and Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

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Sep 192018
 

Here is a complete list of this year’s honorees who will be honored at the annual Amity Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor Dinner at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.

Academic Hall of Honor

John Bencivengo,  Jr. – Class of 1976

The owner, Executive Chef, U.S.S. Chowder Pot III

 

Steven A. Conn – Class of 1981

Associate Athletics Director/Director of Sports Publicity, Yale University

 

Tara Leigh Knight – Class of 1983

Founder and Sr. Partner, Knight and Cerritelli Attorneys at Law

 

Richard Krevolin – Class of 1982

Screenwriter, Author, Playwright, Professor

 

Jesse L. Sendroff – Class of 2000

Director of Advance and Special Assistant to the Mayor, City of New York

Athletic Hall of Fame

Margaux Farrell – Class of 2008

Swimming

 

Thom Jacobs – Class of 1982

Track Coach

 

 

Robin (Gordon) Schaffer – Class of 1975

Field Hockey / Tennis

 

Brandon Stavola – Class of 2004

Wrestling

 

Chung-Yi Sun – Class of 1998

Indoor and Outdoor Track

 

Beth (Gedansky) Young – Class of 1986

Devoted Supporter/ Booster Club

 

Get Your Tickets Now

Dinner tickets are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of October 1, 2018. There will be no tickets
for purchase at the door.

For Athletic Hall of Fame tickets, make checks made payable to Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame
and mail to:

Amity High School Athletic Department
Att. Lori Bonney
25 Newton Rd. Woodbridge CT 06525.

For Academic Hall of Honor tickets, make checks made payable to the Amity Hall of Honor and mail to:

Amity District Office
Att. Carol Lange
25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525.

 

Field Hockey: Lady Spartans Going Strong In 2018

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Sep 182018
 

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The Amity Lady Spartans Field Hockey team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers at Amity on Monday.

Amity junior Tess Csejka made an unassisted goal in the first half, then Hand’s Jacqui Sandor scored on an assist from Lucy Cutler.

The 1-1 tie score held through the second half and into overtime.

With no additional points on either side, the game went on the books as a tie.

Records: Amity 2-1-1, Hand 3-0-1

 

Boys Soccer: Ali Bobi Leads Spartans to Win Against Foran

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Sep 182018
 

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The Amity Spartans were on the road in Milford for a game against the Foran Lions on Monday.

In the first half, Ali Bobi scored a goal assisted by Dean Saracino, giving Amity a 1-0 lead.

The second half saw some more action, with the Lions’ Caleb Tondora tying the game with a penalty kick.

The remainder of the game was all Amity: Austin Gilbride made an unassisted goal, 15 minutes later Arian Bobi also made an unassisted goal, followed by a second Ali Bobi/Dean Saracino goal just two minutes later.

Amity outshot Foran 18-4

The Spartans won 4-1

Records: Amity 2-1-0, Foran 1-2-0

 

Girls Volleyball: Harbinson Leads Lady Spartans to

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Sep 182018
 

The Lady Spartans Volleyball team was on the road Monday night for a game against the Westies in West Haven.

Senior Abby Harbinson led Amity to a 3-0 victory (25-16, 25-14, 25-19) with 12 kills.

In addition, sophomore Zoe DiZenzo had 17 assists, and junior Mariam Tkeshelashvili had five kills for the Spartans.

Records: Amity 3-1, West Haven 2-2

 

 

Girls Swimming and Diving: Lady Spartans Are Unstoppable

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Sep 172018
 

The Amity Girls Swimming and Diving team were on the road at Sheehan Monday for a meet against Lyman Hall.
The Trojans won seven of the 12 events, but, once again, after the scores were tallied, the Spartans came out on top, taking home their third victory of the season 104-80.

Amity’s Winning Events:

200-yard Freestyle: 2:01.84 Katie O’Connor
200 Ind. Medley: 2:22.29 Molly Cox
100-yard Butterfly: 1:07.53 Julia Snow
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:49.18 Chris Delda, Alejandra Barry-Ruiz, Jenna Lu, Katie O’Connor
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:21.40 Carly Silver

Lyman Hall’s Winning Events

200-yard Medley Relay: 1:59.65 Kristina Driscoll, Caroline Krawec, Faith Gambardella, Sarah Beverage

50-yard Freestyle: 27.06 Sarah Beverage

Diving: 199.35 Claire Riccitelli-Pestana

100 Freestyle: 58.84 Sarah Beverage

500-yard Freestyle: 5:31.45 Caroline Krawec

100-yard Backstroke: 1:05.25 Caroline Krawec

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 4:09.93 Caroline Krawec, Kristina Driscoll, Alyson Wentzell, Elena Bielesz

Sept. 17-22 Amity Varsity Sports Schedule

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Sep 162018
 

This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule is as follows:

Monday, Sept. 17

Girls Soccer vs Career/Hillhouse AWAY Boulevard Soccer Field 3:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Lyman Hall AWAY at Sheehan Pool 4 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Daniel Hand HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs West Haven AWAY at West Haven High 5:15 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs Foran AWAY at Foran 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Yom Kippur begins at sundown

Wednesday, Sept. 19

Yom Kippur

Thursday, Sept. 20

Girls Soccer vs Foran HOME at Amity Field # 3  3:45 p.m.

Boys Cross Country vs Guilford, Hillhouse, Sheehan AWAY at East River Preserve 4:00 p.m.

Girls Cross Country vs Guilford, Hillhouse, Sheehan AWAY at East River Preserve 4:00 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Fairfield Warde HOME at Amity 4:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Sheehan HOME Orange Community Center Pool 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21

Boys Soccer vs Hamden AWAY Hamden Turf Field #1 5:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Shelton AWAY Shelton Gym 6:30 p.m.

Football vs Hillhouse HOME at Amity 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Girls Cross Country Ocean State Invitational AWAY Rhode Island 9:00 a.m.

Field Hockey vs New Milford AWAY New Milford High School 1:00 p.m.