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Girls Volleyball: #10 Amity Defeats #3 Westhill In Class LL State Semifinal

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Nov 152018
 

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The Lady Spartans Volleyball team has been amazing since the beginning of the season, with only a handful of losses, they worked their way up to the Class LL State Semifinal in Fairfield on Wednesday night and shut out the No. 3 seed Westhill High team.

Both teams played their hearts out, but No.10 seed Amity was just that much better this time around, stunning their opponents with three wins (26-24, 25-23 and 25-20).

Even though the Lady Spartans won 3-0, it was no walk in the park. Every game was a nail-biter for players and fans alike.

In Game 1, Amity led by 3 to 4 points for most of the game but Westhill used its skills to tie them at 23-23 and 24-24. Then Amity kicked it into high gear to win 26-24.

In Game 2, Westhill made us sweat with massive leads of 8 to 10 points, but when they got to 21-18 Amity forged ahead to win 25-23.

In Game 3, Both teams played their “A” game but Amity pulled off a 25-20 win to advance to the state final against No.12 seed Darien at East Haven High School on Saturday at 10 a.m.

This is the second consecutive title game for Amity, which lost to Greenwich in 2017.

I would love to see Senior Captain Abby Harbinson celebrate a State Championship Title for everything she’s given to the team during her high school career. 

— The road to the title for Amity and Darien —

No. 10 Amity (17-5)

First Round: Amity 3, West Haven 0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-17)

Second Round: Amity 3, Shelton 1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-20)

Quarterfinals: Amity 3, Cheshire 2 (29-31, 25-22, 14-25, 25-18, 15-11)

Semifinal: Amity 3, Westhill 0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-20)

No. 12 Darien (17-6)

First Round: Darien 3, Hall 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-10)

Second Round: Darien 3, Newtown 2 (25-21, 25-27, 21-25, 29-27, 15-11)

Quarterfinal: Darien 3, Glastonbury 1 (25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21)

Semifinal: Darien 3, Southington 2 (27-29, 26-24, 25-23, 19-25, 15-12)

 

Who will win the Championship?

We will find out on Saturday. GO SPARTANS!

Sponsors, Runners Sought For Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

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Nov 082018
 

The Rotary Club of Orange will host its 6th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Road Race on Thursday, Nov. 22. The race is certified and will start at the High Plains Community Center and run through Orange with a finish back at the Community Center at 8 a.m.

Contact Roger Tausig, 203-605-5151 or send an e-mail
There is a $27 entry fee (run or walk) Click HERE.

Sponsorships

This is an economic development opportunity to bring people and business to Orange. The funds raised from this event will go towards supporting Orange Rotary’s initiatives both locally and abroad. Locally, they provide dictionaries to every third grader in Orange, register area children in the Amber Alert ID Program and make donations for the town food pantry and energy assistance program.

About the Rotary

The last six years the Rotary has participated in “Operation Warm” and donated thousands of coats to area schools and shelters to help keep underprivileged kids warm. Additionally, the club awards $6,000 in college scholarships annually to high school seniors from Orange.

Race sponsors make it possible to offer a dynamic race event promoting health and wellness, supporting great causes and driving traffic to the area. Extensive marketing and promotion of the event will give the Sponsors high visibility and recognition throughout the state, along with the opportunity to market their products and services.

The Rotary welcomes everyone to be part of this great event.  By sponsoring Thanksgiving Day 5k Road Race, you are making a valuable financial contribution to help in all of Rotary’s initiatives. 

Girls’ Class LL First Round Volleyball Game Today

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Nov 052018
 

Come Cheer on the Lady Spartans Volleyball team as they take on West Haven at Amity High School today at 4:30 p.m. in the Class LL Championship First Round Game.

Our girls have worked hard all season long and deserve a big crowd backing them up in the stands.

Let’s Go Spartans!

 

No Friday Night Football This Week. Find Out Why

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Oct 312018
 

Due to the weather forecast, the varsity football game vs Shelton has been moved up to Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

The Amity Spartans (4-3) will host the Shelton Gaels (6-0) in Woodbridge Thursday night at 7 p.m. It should be a pleasant evening for the game with temperatures in the low 60’s, high 50’s.

This would be a monumental victory for the Spartans if they are able to defeat the Gaels. Our boys are so good this year, that I doubt it will be a massacre as it was in past years.

Come on out to Amity and cheer our Spartans on! They will give it their all, show them some love.

It’s Almost Winter, Time To Start Thinking About Baseball

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Oct 292018
 

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball

The Orange American Legion Post 127 will be holding its 2019 Baseball tryouts on Saturday, November 3, at Brinley Field (Old Tavern Park) at 10 a.m. Anyone who lives in Bethany, Orange or Woodbridge is eligible.

Once again this season, the league will be providing winter workouts. Once the spring freshman and JV seasons are over, the 17U team will begin practice and play exhibition games. The 19U team will begin practice and play exhibition games after the varsity season is over. Each regular season begins in early June.

The coaches hope to make the postseason state tournament at the end of July. Both teams will be playing in the Fourth of July Firecracker Tournament in Providence, Rhode Island which includes an optional showcase. Rising juniors and seniors will be eligible for nomination for the Rawlings American Legion Futures Showcase game at Central Connecticut State University. The teams will potentially enter another local tournament should the schedule permit.

Including exhibition games, regular season and postseason, each team will play approximately a 35-game competitive schedule.

Approximate price is $675.

For more information, or if you cannot make tryouts, e-mail nick.mirto@gmail.com or call Nick Mirto at 203-464-9971.

A couple of well known names who’ve played in the Post 127 league are Vin Sienna (shortstop) who played for the Mets, and Pat Winkel (catcher) who was drafted by the Yankees, but chose UConn.

Girls Swimming and Diving: Cheshire Kicks Past Amity In Orange

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Oct 212018
 

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving Team hosted the Cheshire Rams at the Orange Pool on Friday, Oct. 19.

Amity knew that this was going to be a battle, and they worked just as hard as always, but this one simply went in Cheshire’s favor 98-80, and Amity dropped to 10-2 for the season.

Cheshire’s Winning Events

200-yard Medley Relay: 1:52.41 Sophie Murphy, Elli Haskes, Julia Stevens, Esther Han

200-yard Freestyle: 1:58.79 Samantha Grenon

200 Ind. Medley: 2:13.80 Julia Stevens

Diving: 260.40 Sienna Breton

100 Freestyle: 55.35 Sophie Murphy

500-yard Freestyle: 5:14.38 Nora Bergstrom

200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:45.82 Sophie Murphy, Elli Haskes, Samantha Grenon, Shannon Lindsey,

50-yard Freestyle: 24.60 Sophie Murphy

Amity’s Winning Events

100-yard Butterfly: 59.29 Katie O’Connor

100-yard Backstroke:  1:01.87 Molly Cox

100-yard Breaststroke: 1:14.16 Emma Grabowski

400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:55.96 Katie O’Connor, Olivia Fryer, Molly Cox, Julia Snow

Football: Amity Holds Its Own Against Notre Dame For Three Quarters

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Oct 202018
 

Amity was on the road in West Haven for a matchup against Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 19.

Notre Dame has had a couple of big losses this year, and a couple of big victories as well. Their win against Amity 21-14 was the closest game yet.

The Spartans are warriors this year, and they played hard, and they certainly held their own against the Green Knights.

Here’s how the game played out:

Notre Dame’s Junior Quarterback Jackson Zalinsky scored the first touchdown of the game with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter had a lot of back and forth, and then, with just 48 seconds on the clock, Amity Junior Joey Digello scored for the Spartans, and Abyan Nawaz’s kick was good, putting Amity ahead 7-6.

The Spartans retained their lead throughout the third quarter. Amity Junior Quarterback James Laubstein made his way across the goal line with 2:41 remaining.

Both teams battled for the next 2.5 minutes, but the Spartans retained their 14-6 lead.

The fourth quarter was a nail-biter, with the Green Knights scoring another touchdown within the first three minutes. At one point behind the Spartans, they needed to make a smart strategic move, so, they went for, and succeeded in executing a two-point conversion, tying the game at 14-14.

The Notre Dame band played through the final quarter, and both teams took turns attempting to break that tie.

Then the Green Knights Senior Warren Murphy made his breakaway move. With Amity Senior Runningback Daniel Beckwith hot on his tail, Murphy lept over fallen players and just made a beeline for the goal line. Beckwith made one last-ditch effort to tackle him, but Murphy sprinted on.

He ran past the goal line and straight over to fans lining the fence. He high-fived several of them and then, the extra point was good.

Notre Dame took the lead, 21-14, with 3:14 left on the clock.

Amity’s Michael Young made a valiant effort to tie things up again, but the clock ran out and the Spartans had to take the loss.

Other notable Amity players in this game were Sophomore Anthony Olenechuk (54), Junior Nico Semmonella (81), Junior Andrew Gnidula (13) and Senior Jake Lettick (10). Everyone played to win.

NOTE: This was the closest game Notre Dame has had so far.

Records: Both Amity and Notre Dame are 4-2 for the 2018 Season.

Next Up for the Spartans: a HOME game against Branford (4-2) at 7 p.m.

Rounding out the season, the final three games are ARGH, the undefeated Shelton Gaels at HOME on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

Then, and AWAY game at Hamden (not having the best season at 2-4) on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

And Finally the BIG Thanksgiving Rivalry Game against North Haven (5-1) at Vanacore Field on Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

I’ve said it before, do NOT underestimate the 2018 Amity Spartans, they’re strong, they’re talented and they’re determined. They can do this!

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
— Tom Landry

 

Girls Swimming And Diving: Katie O’Connor Leads Amity To Victory Over Hand

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Oct 172018
 

The Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Orange on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and guess what.
Amity defeated Hand 98-80.

Amity’s Winning Events

200-yard Medley Relay: 1:58.11 Lauren Sender, Chris Delda, Katie O’Connor, Emma Tirollo
200 Ind. Medley: 2:21.04 Jenna Lu
50-yard Freestyle: 25.30 Katie O’Connor
Diving: 198.10 Georgia Smith
100-yard Butterfly: 1:01.29 Katie O’Connor
100 Freestyle: 56.51 Molly Cox
500-yard Freestyle: 5:26.90 Julia Snow
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:46.12 Katie O’Connor, Emma Tirollo, Julia Snow, Kalynna Hauser

Hand’s Winning events

200-yard Freestyle: 2:04.29 Ruby Redlich
100-yard Backstroke: 59.33 Kayla Mendonca
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:15.76 Abigail Chemacki
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:57.50 Ruby Redlich, Erin Reilly, Abigail Chemacki, Kayla Mendonca
Records: Amity 10-1, Hand 4-3

Girls Volleyball: Amity Tops Guilford After Five Matches

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Oct 162018
 

The Lady Spartans Volleyball team was on the road in Guilford on Monday.

We don’t have much information, just that the game went on and on into five serious matches with the Indians winning the first 26-24, Amity the second at 25-23, then Guilford again at 25-20. The Lady Spartans tied things up in the fourth match 25-19, then wound up the evening with a final tiebreaker 15-11.

Amity won this battle 3-2.

Amity is at home on Wednesday, Oct. 17, going up against East Lyme at 6 p.m.

Girls Soccer: Cailey Esposito Leads Amity to Victory Over Foran

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Oct 162018
 

The Lady Spartans Soccer team was on the road in Milford for a game against Foran on Monday.

Under miserable, cold, wet conditions, on Foran’s turf field, the Lions’ Yasmina Lingane put her home team on the scoreboard in the first half, leaving Amity behind 1-0.

But the second half was all Amity with Cailey Esposito scoring two goals and Audrey Martin also getting one in.

Amity outshot Foran 5-2 and won the game 3-1.

Records: Amity 9-2-1, Foran 3-8-2