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Dec 222014
 

Save! Tyler Cole shows what he's made of.

Save! Tyler Cole shows what he’s made of.

After a 2-2 tie game with North Haven on Wednesday, Dec. 17, The Amity Boys Hockey Team went up against the always powerful Cheshire team at the Bennett Rink in West Haven on Saturday, Dec. 20.

Starting Goalie, Freshman Tyler Cole, showed that he has the right stuff after shaking off two first period Cheshire goals that got by him in the first three minutes. He had several beautiful saves throughout the game.

With just 19.6 seconds left in the first period, the Spartans got onto the scoreboard making it 2-1 Cheshire at the end of the first period.

The Spartans came out strong in the second period scoring two goals within the first minute. Switching the leaderboard to 3-2 (Amity).

In the third period, Cheshire finally tied the score with 8:45 left in the game, then at 2:31, they got the game-winning goal, defeating Amity at 4-3.

Unfortunately, due to a prior obligation, I had to leave before the third period, so I didn’t talk to the coaches after the game.

Last week I posed the question, “Will this team make us proud this year?”

They appear to be playing much better since the initial scrimmage games and I do believe that with continued hard work, they will indeed make a name for themselves.

Dec 192014
 

 BasketballThe Lady Spartans Basketball Team is off to a great start this season. Already 2 for 2 with big point spreads.

On Friday, Dec. 12, Amity crushed West Haven 36-13 and on Wednesday, Dec. 17, the ladies bounced Wilbur Cross out 56-23.

Tonight they take on Hamden at Amity at 7 p.m.

Going in, we knew that the experience of Elise Graham would be a force to be reckoned with, but she is by no means a one-woman show on the court.

Surprisingly, Amity has a very good team this year in spite of losing a lot of “star” players to graduation in June including Allison Denny, Chloe Brinton, Molly Ronan, Mikaila Schmitt, Janae Graham, Amanda Vecchio and Kathleen Feng.

Stay on the lookout for great things from Graham, Kaitlin Thomas, Kate Helfenbein, Sarah Kilian and Molly Dragan, all of whom have shown their skills in the first two games.

Dec 182014
 

boys swimmingThe Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team went up against Haddam Killingworth in the season opener on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Although Haddam Killingworth won more events, Amity was victorious by 4 points: 87-83.
Amity’s winning events:
200 yard Medley Relay: A-1:48.45 Dan Madsen, Ben Clemens, Sergey Savelyev, Kevin Zhao
100 yard Freestyle: A- 52.38 Ben Clemens
500 yard Freestyle: A- 5:24.66 Zac Babbitz
Haddam Killingworth’s winning events:
200 Freestyle: HK- 1:55.18 Garrett Mazzioti
200 IM: HK- 2:07.39 Mason Revis
50 yard Freestyle: HK-24.15 Conor Champagne
100 yard Butterfly: HK-55.77 Garrett Mazziotti
200 yard Freestyle Relay: HK- 1:39.29  Connor McLaughlin, Garrett Mazziotti , Mason Revis, Conor Champagne
100 yard Backstroke: HK- 1:00.16 Jake Torello
100 yard Breaststroke: HK- 1:09.12 Mason Revis
400 yard Freestyle Relay: HK- 3:36.77 Garrett Mazziotti, Connor McLaughlin, Jake Torello, Mason Revis
Records: Amity 1-0; Haddam Killingworth 0-1

Dec 152014
 

10685527_897919656892360_4497852095753010525_nThe Amity Spartans Pee Wee Cheerleaders competed in the National Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports and won third place in the nation.

Congratulations on a phenomenal job girls! All your hard work paid off.

Hats off the coaches for your fine leadership and to the parents for your unwavering support.

Dec 142014
 

IMG_7129The 2014-15 Amity Spartans Varsity Hockey Team had some big skates to fill following last year’s phenomenal season.

Sadly, with the graduation of the 2013-14 senior “stars” Goalie Brian Mosher, Adam Shea, Brett McNeil, John Uscilla and Keating Seymour, this is a rebuilding year, with a primarily young team and just five seniors.

Among those seniors are Dalton Luciani, Kevin Ryan and Zachary Shelnitz, whose names we often heard at last year’s games. They have the experience and are good team players, but can they carry the 2015 Spartans on to greatness?

Friday night’s scrimmage games at the Hockey Jamboree in West Haven proved underwhelming.

Last year Brian Mosher was so amazing that any goaltender who follows will have to work ten times as hard to even come close — although of the three who geared up in the $400 goalie padding, Freshman Tyler Cole #30 (Mosher’s old number) shows a lot of promise.

The boys showed spirit and drive and had some good passes but they will have to step things up a bit if they want to get anywhere this year.

Cheshire’s team was tight and blanked Amity 5-0, then Immaculate came out and defeated the Spartans 3-1.

I have faith in Coach Gary Lindgren and Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli and their abilities to pull this team together. Let’s just hope the boys can follow their directions.

Fingers crossed.

Who’s on the team?

Seniors

William Caracciolo, Dalton Luciani, Cristian Mortali, Kevin Ryan, Zachary Shelnitz

Juniors

Nicholas Gallucci, Graham Hughes, Timothy Johnston, Anthony Uscilla

Sophomores

Jeremy Cable, Charles Csejka, McGovern Deane, Nicholas DeGennaro, Tyler Johnston, Roger Kergaravat, Zachary White

Freshmen

Jamie Blum, Alexander Leyner, Tyler Cole, Jacob Silliman, Chase Kozak, Adam Moscato, Harrison Silver

Nov 232014
 

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 9.19.39 PMThe Rotary Club of Orange welcomes everyone to register and participate in its second annual Thanksgiving Day 5K and 2 mile walk.

This is a way for you to get out in the fresh air and exercise while helping the Rotary Club in this important fundraising event. 100% of the proceeds will be used to provide charitable services and humanitarian support in the town of Orange.

The 5K Race steps off Thursday Nov 27 at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $20.

The 2 mile walk also begins at 8 a.m. Registration fee is $10.

The first 500 registrants will receive a Dri-FIT running shirt.  Sign up HERE to reserve yours.

Originally Published on: Nov 4, 2014 @ 0:09 

Second Publishing on: Nov 16, 2014 @ 0:09

Nov 212014
 

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 11.49.21 AMTwo Amity residents who are student-athletes at Notre Dame of West Haven made college commitments in their respective sports in front of family and friends Thursday afternoon.

Joe Biondi ‘15 signed to play lacrosse at Florida Southern, while Evan Lumpinski ‘15 will take his baseball talents to UMass-Amherst.

Biondi, who hails from Orange, has been a three-year stalwart on the Green Knights lacrosse team. A midfielder, Biondi was named co-captain for the 2015 lacrosse team. He also had a stellar summer playing for Team Connecticut and Unparalleled Lacrosse in several prestigious tournaments, including the Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Maryland. He is the son of Maria Biondi of the Orange VNA.

“Joe is a do-it-all midfielder,” said Notre Dame Head lacrosse coach A.J. Alessi. “He is a tough kid, who is an offensive threat, can shoot with both hands, and a key face-off guy for us. He had a great summer and I am excited for this college opportunity for him.”

Biondi, who also plays hockey for Notre Dame, chose Florida Southern for a pair of reasons. He said, “It’s a great academic school which has a unique human movement performance academy that will help me achieve his goal of becoming a physical therapist. Plus, it has had a lot of recent lacrosse success and I am looking forward to continuing that.”

Biondi added, “I am thankful for my family, who helped me immensely with this process as well as all my coaches and teammates who have helped me get to this point. While I am looking forward to my college experience, I can’t wait to get both my senior year of hockey and lacrosse seasons underway.”

Meanwhile, Woodbridge resident Evan Lumpinski ‘15 signed to play baseball at UMass-Amherst. A key contributor on last spring’s Notre Dame state champion baseball team, Lumpinski is a great hitter who can play multiple positions, including outfield and first base.

Lumpinski led Notre Dame with 22 RBI’s and 2 HR’s last season. His .300 batting average was fourth on the team while he was second with five doubles and third on the team with 24 hits. He also had the go-ahead RBI single that gave Notre Dame the lead for good in Notre Dame’s 9-2 championship-game win over Masuk last June at Palmer Field.

“I liked the coaches at UMass a lot,” said Lumpinski, who will serve as a tri-captain for the Notre Dame baseball nine this coming spring. “I wanted to go to a big school, it’s close to home, and I feel like I have a chance to contribute right away. They offer my major as I want to study environmental science so the combination just felt like the best fit for me.”

“Evan has a great swing and had some big hits for us last year,” said head coach Lou Kessler ‘77. “He is a strong kid, who can hit for power but go to the opposite field as well. Hitting is not easy but he can make it look easy at times with his sweet swing. He is someone you want at the plate with runners in scoring position”

Nov 132014
 

IMG_6262The Lady Spartans advanced to the Class LL semifinals and tonight, Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. they face their greatest rivals, Cheshire, for the fourth time.

No matter what happens tonight, we are so proud of our girls for the phenomenal season and excellent sportsmanship they’ve displayed all year long.

 

 

Nov 092014
 

56e11a59f817103e64aa067cc6f2cf2aLegendary New York Giants Running Back Rodney Hampton #27 (1990 – 1997) will be at the Orange Ale House Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m. signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

Hampton will be remembered for an amazing 51 yard TD run in a playoff game against the Vikings on January 9, 1994. He broke the 1,000 yard mark each year from 1991 – 1995.

Hampton is helping the Ale House in its partnership with the Westfield Mall to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Hampton will sign an item and Jim Hassenmayer and the Ale House will sell raffle tickets for someone to win that item with all proceeds going to St. Jude’s.

Nov 082014
 

IMG_2856Imagine having a phenomenal season and being so hungry for the state championship title that you could almost taste it.

That’s how the Amity Lady Spartans felt as they went up against the Trumbull Eagles for the Class LL quarterfinal match on Saturday afternoon at Amity.

Amity came on strong against Trumbull defeating them 3-0 (25-15, 25-23 and 25-21) in three energy charged games that often were tied up, giving spectators plenty of nail biting excitement.

Amity’s noteworthy players

Micaela Cardozo had 8 kills, 5 digs and 2 blocks; Kathleen Walsh had 12 kills and 3 digs; Haley Pierson had 23 assists and 2 aces.

Trumbull’s noteworthy players

Mia Hampford had 10 kills, 2 digs, 1 block and 10 service points; Kristen Peterson had 16 digs and 9 service points; Sydney Adams had 19 assists and 6 digs.

The Lady Spartans advance to the Class LL semifinals Thursday evening (Nov. 13) at Hamden High School at 6 p.m. — facing their greatest rivals, Cheshire, for the fourth time.