Mar 092015

orange basketballThe Lady Orange of Holy Infant 5th Grade Girls Travel Team recently captured the Fairfield County Basketball League Tournament Championship defeating New Fairfield 28-25.

The team is comprised of all Orange residents.

Team members are:  Alaina Schneider, Anna Varholak, Bailey McDermott, Emma Kirck, Jayne Whitman, Jenna Ricciardi, Meghan Kirck, Rose Wegman, Sarah Granados, Sydney Manzione

Mar 032015

basketballGirls in 3rd thru 8th grade are invited to take part in a basketball clinic March 9 and 16 at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Ave., Orange.

All Skill Levels are Welcome.

Sessions run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (arrive 15 minutes early for registration)

Cost is $20 per session of $30 for BOTH sessions. Pay a the door (cash or check)

The Amity Force girls basketball coaching staff will be offering these developmental skills clinics.

Join them for a fun evening of basketball drills and skills. Players will work on dribbling, shooting, passing, defense and decision making.

There also will be small sided competitive games.

Bring your own water bottle and basketball.

For more information, contact Robyn Martin at 203-988-6797 or e-mail [email protected]

Feb 272015

IMG_7637The Amity Girls Varsity Dance Team will be competing in the States at Hamden High School this Saturday, Feb. 28.
Since the beginning of the school year, the girls have been practicing and perfecting their routines and no one can deny that 2014-15 is their best year ever.
The Lady Spartans will be dancing POM at 12:45 p.m. and performing their awesome kickline at 3 p.m.
These girls work just as hard as any of our other Amity athletes and deserve to have a big presence in the stands for this competition. So come on out to Hamden High on Saturday and cheer them on to victory.
Admission is $5 for students $10 for adults. Wear your Black and Gold!
Originally Published on: Feb 24, 2015 @ 22:32

Feb 242015

IMG_4953The Amity Lady Spartans faced off against Tigers from Daniel Hand for the SCC Semifinals Monday evening at Jonathan Law High School.

As a single elimination game, both teams badly wanted the win.

The Tigers quickly got the upper Hand on Amity with a 2 point lead, then the Lady Spartans rallied and took a 10-2 lead for most of the quarter. But the girls from Hand would not have any of that, they fought back and finished the quarter at 13 – 10.

In the second quarter, Amity came out strong with a will to overtake the Tigers. It was a tight, action filled 8 minutes with the Lady Spartans coming within 1 to 2 points of their opponents: 17-12; 17-16; 19-16; 19-17; 23-17; and at the buzzer it was 27-17 Hand.

The third quarter was a heartbreaker beginning with the 31-17 lead Hand had in the first 1:30 minutes. Still Amity didn’t throw in the towel, Katie Helfenbein and Elise Graham scored a combined 14 points, but the closest they came to Hand was 9 points, at 40-31 with only 2:07 remaining in the quarter.

Hand retained their lead at 44-31.

Even though they were behind … this was an important game … the Lady Spartans were not about to let it go.

Junior Elise Graham went out there like a category 5 tornado, taking every opportunity to race across the court and take a shot. She made 9 points (including one 3 pointer) for the Spartans.

For the Tigers, foul shots were their friend in the final quarter, scoring 10 points in fouls along with 12 in regular play.

They were merciless in their drive for the win, never letting Amity get within less than 10 points.

Hand won this game 66-44 and will play Mercy for the SCC Championship title.

A tearful Graham, who scored 29 points this evening, was comforted by her former teammate Chloe Brinton and other players after the game. She and fellow junior Molly Dragan walked back to the bus together.

Amity Coach Michelle Shoop, although disappointed in the outcome, had nothing but positive things to say about her girls after the game.

“I am so proud of the girls. Hand is a great team, they have an awesome inside and outside game, so I’m proud of how hard we worked,” she said. “We had two tough, tough games leading up to this, and they gave everything they had so I am really proud of them.”

This is not the end of the road for the Lady Spartans.

“We have states on Monday, it’s another tough one, but after what I’ve seen from these girls, I know they can do anything,” Shoop said.


For Amity — Graham scored 29 points (including three 3-pointers); Katie Helfenbein had 9 points; and Molly Dragan contributed 6 points.

For Hand — Geena Catelano scored 17 points; Paula Materin had 12; and Gaby Martin contributed 10.

Show of Support: After his daughter made two consecutive 2-pointers In the fourth quarter, proud father, Derek Graham ran from the top of the bleachers to the floor and back up again, high-fiving Amity fans in the stands.

Feb 232015

IMG_4774The Amity Spartans Senior Night game against Trinity Catholic took place at the Bennett Rink in West Haven at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Among the surprises was the starting lineup, which included fan favorite Senior Christian Mortali, who entered the ice to cheers from the stands and wide smiles from his teammates.

The event started off as many Spartans games have this season, with the other team making the first point.

The first period was a bit of a sleeper, with slow motion moves until Trinity junior Dan Bernard (#20) scored a goal off an assist from Jordan Skiba (#7) at 6:59.

In the second period both teams came alive, Trinity quickly scored with Griffin Northrop (#10) getting one past Amity goalie Tyler Johnston on an assist from Zach Lockwood (#25) at 2:53.

Northrop made an unassisted goal at 6:13 bringing the score to 3-0.

Amity’s captains came together to get the Spartans onto the scoreboard at 7:17, Zach Shelnitz (#8) scored off an assist from Kevin Ryan (#9) and Dalton Luciani (#28).

Trinity fought back, scoring again at 9:10 with Joey Nelson (#14) firing one in on an assist from Connor Scanlon (#3).

But Amity wasn’t done yet, Zach White (#13) got a goal assisted by Ryan and Luciani at 10:21.

With just 22 seconds remaining in the middle period Trinity’s Northrop got a Hat Trick on an assist from Bernard, bringing the score to 5-2.

The final period began with another quick move from the boys from Stamford, Nelson made an unassisted goal at 2:43, peaking Trinity’s score at 6.

Then, 14 seconds later, Anthony Uscilla (#16) flew across the ice and slapped one into the net for Amity.

At 4:07 Shelnitz scored off a Ryan assist. At 5:22 Charlie Csejka got a goal on an assist from Luciani, and at 6:34 Nick DeGennaro (#5) made an unassisted goal and tied the game at 6-6.

As the game drew to an end Ryan scored off an assist from Mac Deane (#22) at 11:35 and with only 49 seconds remaining, Uscilla made the final, game winning goal off an assist from Luciani.

Final score 8-6.

The Spartans are traveling to play Watertown-Pomperaug on Saturday at 7:30 p.m

Feb 172015

The Amity Boys Swim Team

The Amity Boys Swim Team

The Branford Hornets felt the sting of the Amity Spartans on Feb. 17.

Senior Night was a special one for the Spartans (5-3) as they defeated Branford 96.5 – 76.5 in Orange.
Amity’s two seniors/captains are Alec Melotto and Ben Bacal.
Amity’s Winning Events:
200 Medley Relay A 1:46.35 – Colin Roy, Ben Clemens, Zac Babbitz, Kevin Zhao
200 IM A 2:10.14- Ben Clemens
100 Free A 51.13 Colin Roy
100 Breaststroke A 1:01.85 Ben Clemens
Amity Seniors Ben Bacal and Alec Melotto with coachTodd Rainey.

Amity Seniors Ben Bacal and Alec Melotto with         Coach Todd Rainey


Branford’s Winning Events:

200 Free B- 1:54.12 Thomas Shao
50 Free B 24.17- Aleksandras Karosas
Diving B 264.65 Dean Conte
100 Fly B 58.01 Kevin Jin
500 Free B 5:12.81- Benjamin Greenvall
200 Free Relay B 1:39.26 Kevin Jin, Noah Lohman, Thomas Shao, Benjamin Greenvall
100 Back B 58.58 Aleksandras Karosas
400 Free Relay B 3:35.96 Aleandro Hanaj, Aleksandras Karosas, Benjamin Greenvall, Thomas Shao

Feb 142015

IMG_4315On Feb. 11, the Amity Spartans Hockey team went up against the West Haven High School at the Edward Bennett Rink — home ice for both teams.

With 6:53 remaining in the first period, West Haven’s Peter Richetelli (Amity Asst Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli’s son), scored on assists from Jake Lynch and Alex Lynch.

The Westies came out strong in the second period solidifying their lead with Tyler Paine scoring off a pass from Donny Froehlich 7:32 in.  Then, three minutes later Kevin Coyle slapped an unassisted goal past Amity’s Tyler Johnston.

The Spartans played hard, and all their work paid off when Zach Shelnitz passed the puck to Kevin Ryan for Amity’s first and only goal of the game with just 3:10 remaining in the period.

The second period score was 3-1 West Haven.

In the final period, the Westies showed no mercy, firing on Johnston and West Haven’s goalie Mike Savino denied Amity any additional points.

Six minutes in, Coyle scored his second goal, this time, assisted by Froehlich and Jeremy Borelli.

This game was a clear victory for the Westies, 4-1

Feb 132015

wrestling fileThis weekend, Amity will host the 2015 Southern Connecticut Conference Wrestling Tournament.

The junior varsity teams begin competing today at 4 p.m.

The varsity tournament will run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the main gym at Amity High School tomorrow.

Admission to this event is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Come on out for an exciting day of wrestling and cheer on our Spartan wrestlers.


Feb 102015

A generic photo of a HS swimmer

A generic photo of a HS swimmer

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Amity Spartans Swim and Dive Team faced up against Notre Dame at Wilbur Cross.

The Green Knights splashed past the Spartans, winning this meet 98-83.
Notre Dame’s Winning Events:      
200 yard Medley Relay: ND- 1:47.04 Ed Falcigno, Michael Secchiaroli, David May, Dylan Latella
200 yard Freestyle: ND- 1:56.52 Noah Hansen
50 yard Freestyle: ND- 23.43 Ed Falcigno
Diving: ND
100 yard Butterfly: ND-53.63 David May
500 yard Freestyle: ND- 5:08.95 Noah Hansen
200 yard Freestyle Relay: ND- 1:37.71 Michael Secchiaroli, David May, Dylan Latella, Noah Hansen
100 yard Backstroke: ND- 57.62 Ed Falcigno
Amity’s Winning Events:
200 Ind. Medley: A-2:14.81 Dan Madsen
100 yard Freestyle: A- 51.06 Ben Clemens
100 yard Breaststroke: A- 1:03.19 Ben Clemens
400 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 3:34.42 Ben Bacal, Sergey Savelyev, Zac Babbitz, Colin Roy
Amity’s record is 4-3

Feb 102015

Amity Football Head Coach Ted Cze and Athletic Director Ernie W

Amity Football Head Coach Ted Czepiga and Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin.

Amity Spartans Football Team has a new head coach, 29-year-old Amity Grad Ted Czepiga of Bethany.

Czepiga was chosen from a large field of candidates who applied for the job after longtime coach Bert Mozealous retired after the 2014 season. 

HERE is some information that we found on Czepiga.

More to come.