Sep 172014

IMG_0110The Lady Spartans may have lost their first game to Hand, but they’ve found their stride and have since won three consecutive games.

On Tuesday, Amity defeated Law 3-0, easily winning each match 25-15, 25-16, 25-15

Amity Coach Seth Davis said he has a lot of seniors on the team this year.

“It’s a good team, they play hard. Now it’s just a matter of getting them to play together,” he said. “But they do well, we just have to get it all to gel. Our passing is improving and they’re almost there.”


Katie Helfenbein had 5 Kills; Brianna Mirmina 4 kills and 5 digs; Jenna Pisano had 7 digs.


Molly Vargo had 5 kills and 4 digs; Heather Sherrick 9 assists and 4 digs;Cassidy Boath had 8 digs

Records: Amity 3-1; Law 0-4

Amity Girls Volleyball Roster

#6 Caroline DelVecchio, Sr. Captain

#7 Nina Luciani, Sr.

#8 Cassidy Korby, Jr

#9 Logan Morrissey, Sr.

#10 Julia Bedini, Sr

#12 Brianna Mirmina, Sr. Captain

#13 Zoe Moscato, Sr.

#14 Haley Pierson, Sr.

#20 Micaela Cardozo, Jr.

#22 Katriana Helfenbein, Jr.

#34 Jenna Pisano, Sr. Captain

Sep 162014

IMG_9918After a tight heartbreaker against Hand on Monday, The Amity Boys Varsity Soccer Team is now 0-3, but it is not for lack of talent or effort. The Spartans has a lot of spirit and drive.

See photos of this game HERE.

The game had a lot of back-and-forth beginning with Jake Brown scoring the first goal for Hand at 21:00. Just 9 minutes later Matt Whitehil answered with a goal for Amity. Tying the first half score in the SCC interdivision game at 1-1.

After a halftime huddle with their coaches, the boys from both sides came out strong in the second half.

It took a while, but the Tigers broke the tie with Cole McArdle’s goal at 55:00.

The Spartans responded 5 minutes later with Fransisco Horak netting the ball.

The 2-2 tie lasted only 19 minutes with both teams fighting furiously to win this game.

Austin Dotorski got one past Amity’s Goalie with just 41 seconds remaining. Amity took control of the ball briefly, but could not score in the last crucial seconds.

Hand outshot Amity 7-6.

Charles Henry for Hand and Amity’s Jeremy Merchant both made 4 save

Records: Hand 1-0-2; Amity 0-3


Sep 162014

Hand had some great plays during the Sept. 15 game in Woodbridge.

Hand had some great plays during the Sept. 15 game in Woodbridge.

From the Amity Handbook regarding sports:

“Amity Regional is extremely proud of the success of its many programs, but does not condone a “win at all costs” attitude. The purpose of the program is to ensure a positive experience for those students who choose to participate. It is also a goal to provide all student-athletes with an opportunity to learn the importance of ethical behavior, good sportsmanship, positive values and a realization of their self-worth.”

I’ve been covering Amity Sports for a couple of years and have been pretty vocal about unsportsman-like behavior.

I often observe the coaches and how they handle missed plays, losses, etc.

At half-time during yesterday’s varsity soccer game at Amity, the Head coaches brought their teams aside gave directives — what to work harder on, which players to keep in their sights, et al.

What was disturbing on this day was the way a coach for Hand cursed at and berated his team after they WON the game.

It wasn’t the head coach but this man screamed at the boys after they played their hearts out.

“All of you get the *&@# over here right now. All of you NOW.”

“We play this *&@#in game MY way. If you don’t give a *&@# then go home to your mommies.”

And it went on…

I was disgusted by his behavior and language.

I’ve heard coaches yell at their boys after losses, but I have never heard Amity’s coaches use blue language. If I do, rest assured I will let the Athletic Director know.

Cursing when you are frustrated is not uncommon, I am guilty of it myself, but when you are in a position of leadership, such as a high school coach, you have to curb it.

The boys will like and respect you more and work harder to please you.

Hand had some amazing plays and they did everything in the second half that the Head Coach asked of them during half-time. But they didn’t even have one second to celebrate their victory before this other coach went into his tirade.

In my opinion, there is no place for this kind of behavior in sports at any level.

Remember, you never know who’s listening.




Sep 162014

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

Back-to-School Night for the parents and guardians of 10th and 11th grade students will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The program will begin with welcoming remarks from the administration in the Brady Center at 6:30 pm. Parents and guardians will then follow their student’s schedule through all 8 class periods.

*Important Note – parents are asked to bring electronic or print copies of their student’s schedule.  Student schedules may be accessed in PowerSchool. Parents will have access to the school’s wifi, so bring along your web enabled devices. Below is the back-to-school night schedule:


Period           Class Time                 Passing Time

1                      7:20-7:30                     7:30-7:35

2                      7:35-7:45                     7:45-7:50

3                      7:50-8:00                     8:00-8:05

4                      8:05-8:15                     8:15-8:20

5                      8:20-8:30                     8:30-8:35

6                      8:35-8:45                     8:45-8:50

7                      8:50-9:00                     9:00-9:05

8                      9:05-9:15

Sep 152014

The Orange Town Pool has 8 new starting blocks

The Orange Town Pool has 8 new starting blocks

On Thursday evening eight new Olympic-grade starting blocks were dedicated at the community pool at High Plains Community Center in Orange.

The pool is home to the Amity High School Boys and Girls Swim and Diving Teams, and the Amity Regional Aquatic Club (ARAC) and the Orange community.

The new blocks replace old, rusty 30-year old blocks that the swimmers jump off during their meets. The new bright yellow blocks are equipped with fins and handlebars and the soft, non-slip surface is made of a rubber-like foam.

Amity High School shared the $32,000 cost with the town of Orange.

Tricia Lasto, president of the ARAC swim club, which uses the pool to train said  ARAC plans to host a USS swim meet in November, which will truly put Orange on the map.

Present at the dedication event were First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Amity Supt. Charles Dumais, Amity Swim Coach Todd Rainey and Lasto.

Sep 152014

SwimmingThe Amity Girls Swim Team continued to perform beautifully in their meet against Lyman Hall at the Sheehan pool on Sept. 12. 

Amity’s winning events:

200 yard Medley Relay: A-2:00.25 Mollee Lasto,  Hannah Flaherty, Maggie Lasto, Megan Lasto

200 yard Freestyle: A- 2:01.51 Madeline Snow

200 yard Individual Medley: A- 2:20.56 Megan Lasto

50 yard Freestyle: A-25.30 Dana Chung

100 yard Butterfly: A-1:04.94 Maggie Lasto

100 yard Freestyle: A- 54.98 Dana Chung

500 yard Freestyle: A- 5:48.47 Kate Alvarado

200 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:49.97 Dana Chung, Katie Jensen, Hannah Babbitz, Maggie Lasto

Lyman’s winning events:

100 yard Backstroke: LH- 1:13.65 Isabel Donnelly

100 yard Breaststroke: LH- 1:38.36 Camille Henry

400 yard Freestyle Relay: LH- 4:23.60 Amber Albe, Holliane Lao, Mikayla Wollen, Nicole Cislo

Diving: LH- 185.25 Kiersty Neeman

Records: Amity 2-0; Lyman Hall 0-2

Sep 142014

Amity HIgh SchoolNewsweek has released its 2014 America’s High Schools List that “highlights schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students for college.”

The list ranks the top 500 high schools on performance, i.e. student’s college readiness, how many students are college bound, the graduation rate and percentage of poverty level students.

Amity High School came in first in CT and ranked 112 overall from the 500 schools across the nation. 

Amity’s scores: College readiness 92.74

                             College bound      79.2%

                             Graduation rate   60.76%

                             Poverty level students 4.41%

Click HERE to see how the magazine came up with its results.

Sep 142014

IMG_9240The Amity Field Hockey Team had a great day on the field when they hosted Lyman Hall in Woodbridge on Friday. 

Senior captain Lauren Duhl had a hat trick (3 goals). 

The first half saw Amity take the lead at 2-1

In the second half Amity left Lyman Hall behind, scoring three additional goals and winning the game 5-1.

In addition to Duhl’s 3 goals, Marissa Mizzone and Cassie Bishop scored one goal each. 

Lyman Hall’s Jenny Argo scored the Trojan’s single goal.

Amity outshot Lyman Hall 6-4.

Amity Goalie Ashley Powers made 5 saves for the Lady Spartans, and Finley VanHouten made 2 saves for the Trojans. 

Records: Amity 1-1; Lyman Hall 1-1.


Next Up: Amity plays against North Haven at the  North Haven Athletic Complex on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 3:45 p.m. 

Sep 142014

IMG_9233Come down to Blue Check Deli, 382 Amity Road, Woodbridge from 10 a.m – 1 p.m. for a fundraising car wash. 

For just $5, the Amity girls Field Hockey team will wash your car.

The girls also are selling baked goods. 

The proceeds will help support the 2014 Field Hockey Team.

Sep 132014

IMG_9214There was non-stop action on the grass field at Amity as the Lady Spartans hosted North Haven on Friday afternoon.

VISIT To view (or purchase) photos from this game.

In the first half Amity’s Alissa Beedle scored the first goal, assisted by Alexa Gibbs.

Gibbs came out with an unassisted goal in the second half, followed by Christine Hill scoring with an assist by Kiley Stackpole.

Nicole Koshes brought the Spartans to a 4-0 victory with an unassisted goal.

Amity outshot North Haven 16-4.

Goalie Victoria Casco made 12 saves for the Indians; Amity Goal tender Zoie Reed made 4 saves for the Spartans.

Records: Amity 1-1; North Haven 0-2.