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Feb 162018
 

The Amity Regional School District has named Craig Bruno as Head Football Coach.

Coach Bruno comes to Amity with extensive experience in coaching football. Coach Bruno began his head coaching tenure at Bunnell High School in Stratford where he built the program and won CIAC CLASS L state championships in 2006 and 2007.

He was the CT High School Coaches Association Coach of The Year in 2006.

Coach Bruno also the head coach at Naugatuck High School from 2013-2016 and most recently was an Assistant Coach at Staples High School. His overall coaching record is 124-49-1.

Coach Bruno is currently a teacher at Bridgeport Central High School and has taught in the Bridgeport Public Schools for 25 years.

Coach Bruno is widely known for his passion for believing in his players and his determination to improve each day through personal effort.

Amity is proud to welcome Coach Bruno to the Athletic Faculty.

Breaking: Amity Hires New Head Football Coach

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Feb 162018
 

Amity Regional School District welcomes Craig Bruno as its new Head Football Coach.

Bruno replaces Ted Czepiga who was hired in 2015. After only 3 seasons, Czepiga gave notice a couple of months ago, and the search was on.

More to come…

Girls Basketball: Amity Defeats Lyman Hall In First Round SCC Game

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Feb 162018
 

The fifth-ranked Amity Lady Spartans hosted the Lyman Hall Trojans for the first round in the SCC Tournament.

Tara Laugeni was the game’s high scoring player with 23 points, followed by Amanda Granados, with 11.

Lyman Hall’s Hailey Bruneau led the Trojans in scoring with 11 points.

Amity Coach Michelle Shoop made sure everyone, including all the underclassmen, had some court time, especially when her girls had a solid 39-25 lead in the third quarter.

 

POINTS PER QUARTER

AMITY –          11 12  16  7 – 46

LYMAN HALL –  8   9    8  2 – 27

 

SCOREBOARD

AMITY –           11  23  39  46

LYMAN HALL –   8  17  25  27

Amity
Tara Laugeni 1- 3-3 23; Amanda Granados 3 3-4 11 (two 3-pointers); Hayley Esparo 2 1-2 5; Jill Martin 1 0-3 3 (one 3-pointer); Jenna Van Hise 1 0-2 2; Mya Manzione 0 1-2 1; Meadow Blakeslee 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17 9-18 46

Lyman Hall
Hailey Bruneau 3 4-4 11 (one 3-pointer); Kailey Lipka 3 0-0 8 (two 3-pointers); Theresa Lynch 1 1-2 3; Kelly Fernandez 1 1-2 3; Julia Capello 1 0-0 2. Totals: 9 6-10 27

3-Pointers: Lyman Hall 3, Amity 3

NEXT UP: Amity (12-9) advances to the SCC quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Hamden, at Sheehan High in Wallingford Saturday at 12:45 p.m.

(Photos by Scott Burzynski)

Boys Swimming and Diving: Road To CIAC Championship

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Feb 152018
 

One or more games have been added to the Amity Varsity Boys Swimming and Diving schedule, and/or had changes made to the date, time, site or facility:
New Game Details
  03/08/18, 5:30 p.m. @ CIAC Class L Diving Trials/Finals (Away at Middletown HS)
  03/10/18, 11:30 a.m. @ CIAC Class L Qualifying (Away at East Hartford HS)
  03/14/18, 6:00 p.m. @ CIAC Class L Finals (Away at Wesleyan Univ.)
  03/15/18, 5:30 p.m. @ CIAC Open Diving (Away at Middletown)
  03/17/18, 2:30 p.m. @ CIAC Open Swimming (Away at Yale Univ.)

Boys Basketball: Big Night For Spartans And Coach Jeff Nielsen

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Feb 152018
 

Valentine’s Day was a big night for the Amity Spartans Boys Basketball program, the Amity Army was there showing their love on Senior Night, Coach Jeff Nielsen had his 200th career win, and the team secured a spot in the SCC Tournament as the No. 6 seed.

The Spartans took on the Foran Lions in Woodbridge and actually were behind in the first three minutes. Then suddenly they just took over and dominated the game, leaving Foran behind 73-45. (A sweet senior night victory)

Amity’s Tyler Thomas was the game’s high scoring player with 30 points. Foran’s Matt Cruz made 19 points for the Lions.

Scoreboard

Amity 22   41   58   73   

Foran 18   24   37   45 

 

Scoring
Foran   18    6  13    8 – 45
Amity  22  19  17  15  – 73

 

Amity
Tyler Thomas 12 1-1 30 (five 3-pointers, five assists,five revounds), Jack Nolan 3 2-4 9 (one 3-pointer), James Van Hise 3 0-1 6 (eight rebounds, three assists), Chris Bierezowiec 3 0-1 6, Cole Wissink 2 0-0 5 (one 3-pointer),  Joe Benedetti 2 0-0 4,  Nick Huribal 2 0-0 4, Sebastian Formica 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer), Brian Curtin 1 0-0 2, Quinn Burke 1 0-0 2, Tanner Thomas 1 0-0 2  Totals 31 3-7 73
Foran
Matt Cruz 6 5-7 19 (two 3-pointers), Todd Gentley 5 1-4 11, John Shannon 2 2-2 7 (one 3-pointer), Tyler Heenan 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer), Victor Rios 1 1-1 3, Michael Simmonell 1 0-0 2  Totals 16 9-14 45
3 Point Field Goals: Foran 4, Amity 8

Boys Hockey: Amity Wins, Qualifies For Tournament Play

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Feb 152018
 

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Amity Spartans Hockey Team was on the road at the Northford Ice Pavilion for a game against the North Branford Thunderbirds.

After a scoreless first period, the Spartans dominated the second period.

At 6:23 Amity’s Jordan Conn made the first goal of the game, assisted by Ken Page and Jason Csejka.

Just 23 seconds, later Joey Schittina made another one for the Spartans.

Then, with only 2:17 remaining in the period, Amity’s Wes Perler got one in assisted by Colin Hughes and Michael Miller.

Third Period

With the Spartans ahead 3-0, it was time for the Thunderbirds to fight back, 6:15 passed before anyone scored, and it was North Branford’s Nick Bennett, unassisted at 2:45.

 

Just 22 seconds later, Nick Vecchio brought North Branford’s score to 2 on an assist from Brendan Dupuis.

Finally, at 1:08  Jason Csejka made the final goal of the game, assisted by Amity teammate  Jordan Conn.

This win earned Amity qualified for the SCC Tournament. GO SPARTANS!

(photos by Steve Conn)

Girls’ Hockey: Blades Win Another One, This Time Against Hand

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Feb 142018
 

The Blades (Amity/Cheshire/North Haven) girls’ Ice Hockey team (16-4) was on the road on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Northford Rinks for a game against the Daniel Hand Tigers.

The Blades got a quick jump on the game and retained their lead through all three periods.

First Period

Blades’ Megan Spring scored the first goal of the game assisted by Melissa Montesi

Montesi scored, assisted by Cally Dixon and Andrea DelVecchio

Then Hand’s Jacqueline Sandor shot one in, unassisted, and put her team on the scoreboard.

Score: 2-1 Blades

Second Period

Grace Kosh pulled the Blades further ahead with an unassisted goal.

Hand’s Anna Sather answered with a goal for the Tigers, assisted by Grace Lavin

Score: 3-2

Third Period

Tess Csjeka opened the third period, scoring on assists from Montesi and Spring.

Spring made her second goal of the game unassisted.

Hand’s Sandor made her second unassisted goal bringing the final score to 5-3 (Blades Win!)

Amity Grad Lauren Ide’s Work Featured In Two Film Festivals

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Feb 132018
 

Ever since entering high school Lauren Ide, just 14 at the time, knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the film industry. As she went through school at Amity Regional High School she took every film/video class there was offered and then went on to continue her studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
At Fairleigh Dickinson, Ide began her journey through film that led her to the specialty of producing, and soon into a path of success. Within her first year, Ide was working on senior thesis films which were just the start. Come her Junior year she was the youngest student to be selected to hold a Line Producing position on a feature film that the school had partnered with professionals to make. 
As Ide approached her final year at Fairleigh Dickinson, she was tasked with the difficult process of creating not only her senior thesis film but one for the honors program that she was a part of. Following months of production, Ide had successfully completed her film and it was shown alongside her peers at the Senior Thesis Night in May of 2017. Upon graduation, Ide had not only completed this heart-wrenching film, but she also was one of two recipients of the Achievement Award in Film for the 2017 graduating class.
Shortly after graduating and accepting a position at a film distribution company, DigiNext Films, she was notified of the incredible news that her senior thesis film, “Unheard” was accepted into not one, but two film festivals.
Unheard is a short film about young Emily, a local small-town girl who runs away from home after finally being fed up with the estranged relationship with her parents, and her struggle with being bullied at school. Having left her hearing aids behind, Emily is left to wander the unknown of the world. With little way to communicate and only a few dollars to her name, Emily struggles with her inability to hear. This is Emily’s story, a world without sound.
   
Unheard will be having its Worldwide Premiere at the Socially Relevant Film Festival in NYC from March 16-22 and will be having its New Jersey Premiere at the Garden State Film Festival from March 22-25.
For more information on how to get tickets to see the premieres and support Ide please visit SR – Socially Relevant Film Festival New York and HI22- Film Screening -2018.
To get a glimpse into the world of Emily, check out the official trailer by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3MhuhC3H8g.

Five Amity Wrestlers Medal at SCC Tournament

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Feb 132018
 

Christian Chadwick, Justin Griffin, Aiden Hebert, Matt Rothman, and Sam Keylock
(photo by Dorothy Seaton)

On Saturday, February 10, the Amity wrestling team competed in the SCC tournament held in Alumni Hall at Fairfield University.

Amity had five wrestlers place in the top 3 of their respective weight classes.

Sophomore Aiden Hebert was crowned Champion at 120 lbs., Junior Justin Griffin (185 lbs.) and Senior Matt Rothman (152 lbs.) placed second, while Seniors Christian Chadwick (113 lbs.) and Sam Keylock (160 lbs.) placed third.

As a Team, Amity finished 4th out of 12 teams with a team score of 90 points. This is Amity’s highest
place finish since 2009.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “The Varsity Squad had a really great night! With one Champion, 2 runners-up, and two third-place finishers, we were able to achieve another one of the goals that we set at the beginning of the year, which was to place in the top 5 as a team at the SCC tournament.”

This was one of two goals the team has achieved this year. The other came on the last dual match of the season where Amity defeated Jonathan Law, at Jonathan Law High School, 46-35 to win the SCC B division title.

Looking forward to the Class L state tournament beginning on Friday, February 16, at Bristol Central High School. Amity expects to have several wrestler’s place in the Class L tournament and advance to the State Opens.

JV Results

The winning kicked off for Amity on Friday night with the JV SCC tournament, also held at Alumni Hall, where Amity saw their JV squad put on an impressive performance. Four wrestlers were crowned JV SCC champions, Colin Bufford, Jon Pirre, Josh Cala, and Brandon Messina, along with two runners-up AJ Pocerwicz and Christian Giordano finishing second.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “It was great to see the JV wrestlers show off the hard work they’ve been putting in at practice. The future of this program looks great and I’m looking forward to seeing many of them breaking into the Varsity line up next season.”

— By Chris Chadwick

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Feb. 12-17)

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Feb 122018
 

Monday, Feb. 12

Girls Basketball v. Shelton, Home at Amity High School 7 p.m. (Senior night)  W 49-35 

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Ski Race Away – Mt. Southington 4 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey v. Hand-Coginchaug-Old Lyme Away – Northford Ice Pavilion  4 p.m. W 5-3

Girls Basketball v. Guilford Away – Main Gym at Guilford HS 7 p.m. W 42-35

Wednesday, Feb. 14

V Boys Basketball v. Foran Home at Amity High School 7 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey v. North Branford Away – Northford Ice Pavilion 8:15 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 15

Girls Basketball vs. Lyman Hall Home at Amity High School at 6 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16

Wrestling CIAC Class L Championships Away – Bristol Central HS 4:45 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics (dance team) v. Oxford, Newtown, Pomperaug, Nonnewaug Away – Auxiliary Gym 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. West Haven Away – WHHS Gym 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving v. Glastonbury Home – Orange Community Center Pool  7:20 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Wrestling CIAC Class L Championships Away – Bristol Central HS 9 a.m.

Boys Indoor Track State Open Tournament Away – Floyd Little Center 12 p.m

Boys Ice Hockey v. Newtown Away – Danbury Ice Arena 3:10 p.m.