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Jan 042019

Chris, Pat, Marcie and Jim Winkel at Amity HS for this special occasion. (Photo by Ernie Goodwin)

Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 was Pat Winkel Night at Amity High School.

Immediately before the boys Varsity Basketball game, fans, admirers, old teammates, and former classmates, gathered in the gymnasium with the Winkel family to congratulate Pat, and witness the “raising” of his Gatorade Player Of The Year banner.

Patrick Winkel is best known as the Amity Spartans catcher #30 from the awesome baseball team, who was a New York Yankees draft pick prior to graduation — but he chose to continue his education at UCONN instead.

Everyone knows that Pat is an amazing athlete, yet education has always been extremely important to him and his brother Chris (Captain of the UCONN Huskies Baseball Team).

When you look over this list of accomplishments from Pat’s High School career you will notice the mix of academics and athletics.

Baseball MVP Patrick Winkel and Coach Sal Coppola.

• 4 year Varsity Starter

• 2 time CT Class LL State Champion

• 3 time SCC Champion

• 3 time All SCC Team

• 2017 SCC Tournament MVP

• 2 time NH Register All Area Team

• 3 time CT LL CHSCA All State Team

• 2 time USA Today All State Team

Pat Winkel celebrates his Grand Slam blast in game one on Monday night.

• 2018 SCC Player of the Year

• 2018 NH Register All Area Baseball MVP

• 2017-2018 Gatorade CT State Baseball Player of the Year

• 2017-2018 CHSCA CT State Baseball Player of the Year

• Perfect Game All Northeast Region 1st Team

• 2017-2018 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper 1st Team All American

• 2017-2018 National High School Coaches Association 2nd Team All American

• 2017-2018 Rawlings Perfect Game Pre-Season 3rd Team All American

Spartan Teammates surround Pat Winkel after his first inning home run.

• Amity Regional HS All-Time Hit Leader

• NY Yankees Draft Pick

• Attending and Playing Baseball at UCONN

• National Honor Society Member

• First Honors every semester


Congratulations Pat, it was great to see you and your family back in the hallowed halls of Amity High School.


Jan 042019

The Amity Boys Lacross Team will trade in their lacrosse sticks and helmets for order pads and serving trays during a benefit breakfast at Eli’s Restaurant, 285 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

You won’t have to cook that morning, just bring the whole family and have some fun and breakfast for just $10 per person while benefiting and getting to know these wonderful athletes.


Boys Hockey: Still Undefeated, Amity Spartans Victorious Over Newtown

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Jan 032019

Amity’s Cody White slaps in his first of three goals in the first period.

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team has had a stellar season so far, but we know that as time goes on, there will be a team that will keep them from having a successful outcome, but Wednesday, Jan. 2 was not that day.

Amity hosted Newtown in West Haven and fought as hard as ever for another win.

Just shy of six minutes into the game the Nighthawks’ Jeremy Larkin scored the first goal, assisted by David Brestovansky.

Well, that just wouldn’t do for the Spartans, and eight seconds after Newtown’s celebration broke up, Amity’s Cody White slipped one into the net, tying the game.

Mike Richetelli’s boys showed their true spirit, shooting one after another at Newtown’s goalie Matthias Paltauf and within 2:49 of his first goal, White scored again, assisted by Ken Page and Jason Csejka. But he wasn’t done yet. With just 1:58 remaining in the period, White got a hat trick, with the assistance of Michael Lebreck and Page.

First Period Score: Amity 3-1

Both teams returned to the ice for the second period and it took a while, with a lot of back and forth, then Csejka made a goal for Amity, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau.

Four minutes later, the Nighthawks’ Brestovansky scored on an assist from Andrew Gardener.

Second Period Score: Amity 4-2

Amity wasted no time going into the final period. Connor Bath had the crowd screaming as he shot one into the net just 10 seconds in, assisted by Nick Kiwanis.

More than ten minutes passed before Dylan Gherlone scored, assisted by Page and Lebreck.

It looked like a clean win for the Spartans when Newtown’s James Celentano got one past Amity’s freshman goalie Michael Andreeson with only 40.2 seconds remaining. He was assisted by Aiden Bepko.

The Spartans celebrated their fifth consecutive victory, by defeating Newtown 6-3.

Next Up: Amity is on the road at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 5 for a game against North Haven (1-1-4) at 8:30 p.m.

Coach Quotes: Head Coach Mike Richetelli took a moment to share his thoughts about the game.

“We wanted to give freshman goalie Michael Andreessen an opportunity to show what he can do, and he had his first win.”

“Cody White had a hat trick tonight in the first period. He had a very good game. Dylan Gherlone got his first career goal on a power play right at the end.” 

“We worked hard, we won each period, and that was the goal. We got a little chippy and although tempers are a part of the game, we have to stay out of the penalty box. That’s another goal to stay out of the penalty box and keep moving forward.”

“We had a lot of firsts. Everyone got their feet wet tonight, everyone got in and we had a great result, but there’s always still plenty to work on.” 


This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules Jan. 2 – 6

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Jan 022019

Following are this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Girls Ice Hockey vs Branford-N.Branford-Sheehan-Lyman Hall Away – East Haven Ice Rink at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs West Haven Away at WHHS Gym at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Hillhouse Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Newtown Home at Bennett Rink in West Haven at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 3

Boys Indoor Track Wintergreen Invite Away at SCSU Moore Fieldhouse at 3:00 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Branford/Guilford Away at Walsh Intermediate School pool at 4:00 p.m.

Wrestling vs Daniel Hand Home at Amity High School at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Darien, Oxford Home – GCA at 6:30 p.m.

Girls Indoor Track Wintergreen Invitational Away at SCSU at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 4

Boys Basketball vs Hamden Home at Amity High School at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Career Magnet Away at Career High School at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 5

Wrestling Amity Duals Home at Amity High School at 9:00 a.m.

Girls Indoor Track Elm City Invite Away at Floyd Little Center at 10:00 a.m.

Girls Gymnastics Pomperaug Invitational Away at Pomperaug High School at 10:00 a.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hand-Coginchaug-Old Lyme Home at Hamden Ice Rink at 8:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs North Haven Away at Northford Ice Pavilion at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 6

Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk-Barlow-Newtown-Lauralton Away at The Rinks at Shelton at 4:30 p.m.

Jan 012019

Happy New Year to all of our faithful Orange Live readers.

Here’s wishing everyone peace, happiness and much less stress than what many of us have had in the past year or two.

Be kind to one another, and live each day as if it is your last.


Just Believe — Amity Hockey Comes From Behind For A Remarkable Victory

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Dec 302018


The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team hosted the Staples Wreckers for its first HOME game of the season on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m.

This matchup did not begin the way we like. Oh, the boys played hard and outshot their opponents 10-6 in the first period yet, the game remained scoreless.

The second period was a different story, everyone on the ice battled like winners, both goalies had to work extra hard and finally, after nearly 11 minutes, Staples’ Brian Krawiec scored the first goal, assisted by JJ Stanford. The Wreckers lead Amity 1-0.

As the Zamboni groomed the ice, Amity coach Mike Richetelli has a heart-to-heart with his boys. “You’ve got to believe in yourselves,” he told them. “You’ve got to believe we’re not going to lose this game. Just believe.”

The third period started on a low note. With two Amity players in the penalty box, Krawiec took advantage of having fewer Spartans on the ice, and at 0:56 snuck one past Amity goalie Malachi Zurolo.

Amity fans’ hearts sunk, this is the last period. Could the home team win this game in just 14 minutes?

With one shot after another, the Spartans worked feverishly to get onto the scoreboard. Then, three minutes in, Jason Csejka took a shot, assisted by Cody White and Caleb Marcin, and slammed it past Staples’ goalie Dylan Mace.

The clock kept counting down, and it looked like Amity was going to take its first loss of the season. But the Spartans were not about to give up easily they kept shooting until, with just 21 seconds remaining, Nelson Bordeleau, assisted by White and Csejka made all the difference by sinking one into the net, tying the score and putting the game into overtime.

Eight minutes on the clock, and it was anyone’s game. Pucks flying, players racing across the rink, shooting for their lives and then just 1:26 into overtime, Amity’s Marcin, a Sophomore, stunned Mace by scoring the winning goal assisted by Ryan Miller and Jason Dittman. The entire team raced across the ice, piling onto Marcin.

Pure Amity elation as Mace beat himself up for letting that one get past him – He had nothing to be ashamed of. He played an excellent game and took just about everything Amity dished out with skill and grace.

Orange Live has believed in the 2018-19 Spartans since first seeing them during pre-season practice, and now other news organizations are catching up. You’ve just got to love these boys and their spirit.

Marcin was awarded the Hummel Brothers’ Player of The Game prizes.

Also after the game, little Noah Monroe, who recently suffered a loss in the family, received the game-winning puck.

Final Score: Amity 3, Staples 2

Records: Amity 4-0, Staples 1-3

Next Up for the Spartans — A HOME game against Newtown (3-3) on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m.

Boys Swimming: It’s Amity over Sheehan 98-74

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Dec 272018

The Amity varsity Swimming and Dive Team was on the road in Wallingford on Thursday, Dec. 27 for its second season meet.
The matchup between the Amity Spartans and the Sheehan Titans resulted in a 98-74 victory for Amity.
Amity’s winning events:
200-yard Medley Relay: A- 1:49.47 Tyler Roy, Ray Lu, Kevin Sweeney, Shiva Gowda
200-yard Freestyle A- 1:59.08 Nic Robinson
50-yard Freestyle: A- 23.66 Tyler Roy
100-yard Butterfly: A- 1:01.16 Jared Sullivan
500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:18.87 Connor Hallstrom
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:38.36 John Alvarad, Ray Lu, Nic Robinson, Tyler Roy
100-yard Backstroke: A- 59.22 Shiva Gowda, 
Sheehan’s winning events:
200-yard Ind. Medley: S- 2:09.78 Joseph Zellner
Diving: S- 252.90 Andrew Buehler
100 Freestyle: S-51.52 Andrew DiDomenico
100-yard Breaststroke: S- 1:05.99 Joseph Zellner
400-yard Freestyle Relay: S- 4:09.37 Richard Zellner, Adam Shoshani, Aaron Gamble, Andrew Buehler

Records: Amity 2-0, Sheehan 0-2

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Boys Swimming and Diving: Amity Outswims Hamden

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Dec 262018

On Dec. 17, the Amity Boys Swimming and Diving team hosted Hamden for the season opener in Orange.
Both teams performed well, but in the end, when all the numbers were tallied, Amity came out on top, defeating Hamden 96-77
Amity’s Winning Events
200 yard Medley Relay: A- 1:48.08 Shiva Gowda, Connor Hallstrom, Kevin Sweeney, Tyler Roy
200-yard Freestyle A- 1:58.59 Casey Donovan
200 yard Ind. Medley: A- 2:14.39 Connor Hallstrom
50-yard Freestyle: A- 23.17 Tyler Roy
100-yard Butterfly: A- 1:00.20 Kevin Sweeney
100 Freestyle: A-52.34 Shiva Gowda
500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:29.64 John Alvarado
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:38.04 Kevin Sweeney, John Alvarado, Casey Donovan, Shiva Gowda, 
Hamden’s Winning Events
Diving: H- 187.80 Jay Desroches
100-yard Backstroke: H- 1:06.06 Sidharth Singla 
100-yard Breaststroke: H- 1:13.91 Jacob Ostapenko
400-yard Freestyle Relay: H- 4:11.79 Matthew Schrier, Nicholas Farley, Daniel Ostapenko, Sidharth Singla

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules

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Dec 252018

Amity Athletes had a little break and now it’s back to business. Here is the Amity Varsity Sports schedule for this week.

Thursday, Dec. 27

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Sheehan Away at the Sheehan HS Pool at 10:00 a.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Avon-Southington-E.Granby-RHAM-Wethersfield Home at the Hamden Ice Rink 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling vs New Haven Wrestling Home at Amity High School at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Bethel Away at Bethel High School at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 28

Girls Ice Hockey vs Ridgefield-Danbury Away at the Winter Garden Ice Arena at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Wrestling Trumbull Duals Away at 9:00 a.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Staples Home at Bennett Rink in West Haven at 1:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball Bethel Holiday Tournament – Champ/Cons, Away To Be Announced.

Girls Indoor Track Will Wright InvitationalAway at SCSU at 3:00 p.m.

Girls’ Ice Hockey: Suffield Wildcats Scratch Blades In Hamden

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Dec 232018

The Blades (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) Girls’ Ice Hockey Team had a home game today in Hamden.

The girls played against the Suffield (co-op) Wildcats.

In the first period, the Blades played well, moving the puck and taking shots. Goalie Caitlin Ranciato demonstrated several ninja-like moves when making her saves.

Then, the Wildcats showed their claws, with 4:03 remaining in the period, Sophia Lupone made a goal assisted by Shianne Cecire. One minute later, Nora Birmingham scored, assisted by Cassidy Begley and Sophia Blais.

First Period Score: 2-0 Suffield.

There was a lot of back and forth in the second period, the Blades made a lot of shots, but all of them were stopped by Wildcats goalie Caitlyn Caldon.

Birmingham scored on Skylar Boucher’s assist with 3:58 remaining

Second Period Score: 3-0 Suffield

The third period had more of the same until Birmingham got her hat trick, assisted by Tori Geaglone with less than two and a half minutes left in the game.

Final Score: Wildcats 4, Blades 0

GThe Blades are now 0-5 for the season.