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Boys Hockey: Amity Defeats North Haven 4-1

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Jan 102018
 

The Amity Spartans Hockey Team hosted North Haven in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 5.

First Period

Amity got things started with Jordan Conn’s goal, assisted by Connor Bath at 4:55. North Haven answered at 9:55 with a goal by Jamie Montesi, assisted by Jack Marottolo. Score 1-1

Second Period

Amity came out on fire with James Blum scoring on an assist from Jason Csejka at 0:09, then it was Csejka’s turn, he scored at 4:35, assisted by Colin Hughes and Michael Miller. Score 3-1 Amity

With the end of the game drawing near and just 3 minutes left on the clock, North Haven’s Coach decided to pull his goalie and get an extra player on the ice. At first it seemed to work and the puck stayed on Amity’s end of the rink. Then Csejka broke away and made one final, unassisted goal into the empty net at 13:35, securing a 4-1 victory for the Spartans.

Amity Coach Michael Richetelli was pleased with his team’s performance, considering back-to-back snow days kept them from being able to practice prior to the game. “Today was pretty good,” he said. “North Haven is a very good team, they were solid they hit the post a couple of times and Michael had some big plays for us. Overall we did a good job.”

Saves: North Haven: Jeremy Hickcox 28; Amity: Michael Holloway 29.

Amity outshot North Haven 32-30.

Records:  A 4-1, NH 2-3.

The Spartans play against the West Haven Blue Devils (as visitors) at the Bennett Rink on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Preceded by a special ceremony to retire the late Rob Fumiatti’s jersey number. Fumiatti, was wounded in the line of duty as a New Haven Police Officer. He also was a beloved Amity Hockey Coach.

Girls Basketball: Martin Leads Amity In Victory Against Sacred Heart Academy

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Jan 102018
 

The Lady Spartans Basketball team was on the road in Hamden for a game against Sacred Heart Academy on Monday, Jan. 8.

Amity’s Jillian Martin was the game’s high-scoring player with 19 points

Amity 60, Sacred Heart Academy 44

Scoreboard:

AMITY  24 13  9  14—60
SHA     10   5 13 16—44

Pointmakers:

Amity: Jillian Martin 7 3-3 19 (two 3-pointers), Leia Foyer 5 2-3 13 (one 3-pointer), Hayley Esparo 5 1-1 11, Amanda Granades 2 1-2 7 (two 3-pointers), Jenna VanHise 2 2-2 6, Tara Laugeni 2 0-0 4. Totals: 23 9-11 60.

Sacred Heart: Elena Farquharson 8 1-6 17, Emily Copenhaver 4 0-0 10 (two 3-pointers), Gabriela Koziol 3 2-2 8, Ally Kirck 2 0-2 5 (one 3-pointer), Francine Corpus 1 0-1 3 (one 3 point goal), Claire Vissers 0 1-2 1. Totals: 18 4-13 44.

Halftime: Amity 37-15.

3-point goals: Amity 5, Sacred Heart 4.

Records: Amity 4-4, Sacred Heart Academy 0-4.

Boys Basketball: Thomas Scores 1,000th Point in Monday Night Battle With ND West Haven

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Jan 102018
 

The Amity Spartans hosted Notre Dame-West Haven Green Knights in Woodbridge on Monday, Jan. 8.

Amity (5-1) experienced its first loss of the season to Notre Dame (5-3) and it was a tight one 78-77.

This nail-biter of a game included Amity’s Tyler Thomas scoring the game-high 47-points, including six 3-pointers, and his 1,000th point. What’s amazing is that he reached the milestone in just 2.5 years. Congratulations Tyler!

Now, back to the game…

Scoreboard

ND-WEST HAVEN  24 12 13 29—78
AMITY                  13 16 20 28—77

3 Point FG: Notre Dame 7, Amity 9

Notre Dame: Connor Raines 6 9-11 21, Zach Laput 5 6-6 20 (including four 3-pointers), Mike Brooks 4 7-7 17 (including two 3-pointers), Alec Kinder 5 4-4 14, Justin Corrington 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer),Trevor Setzer-Smith 0 2-2 2, Jaiden Kimbro 0 1-2 1. Totals: 21 29-32 78.

Amity: Tyler Thomas 16 9-14 47 (six 3-pointers), Joe Benedetti 5 3-4 14 (one 3-pointer), James Van Hise 4 1-2 10 (one 3-pointer), Quinn Burke 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer), Cole Wissink 1 0-0 2, Chris Bierezowiec 0 1-2 1. Totals: 27 14-22 77.

 

Amity Wrestlers Sweep Home Tournament

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Jan 102018
 

Amity high school wrestling team hosted a quad tournament this past Saturday, January 6.

The teams included Bethel, Joel Barlow and New Haven.

The three wins give Amity a dual meet record of 6-5. Amity is 4-2 vs. SCC opponents and 2-1 in B division matchups.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “The season is off to a great start lead by captains Christian Chadwick, Shayna Goldblatt and Matt Rothman. We are currently filling a full lineup for the first time in 3 seasons and have a total of 36 wrestlers on our roster. There are a lot of first-year wrestlers picking up the sport quickly with underclassmen filing 10 out of 14 starting spots on the varsity lineup.”

“Seniors Christian Chadwick, Sam Keylock and Matt Rothman have been wrestling tough setting the tone for the Spartans placing top 3 in the past two tournaments and beating returning state place-winning opponents in the process. We are 4-2 against SCC opponents and just finished up a 3-0 weekend quad against Joel Barlow, Bethel, and New Haven.” Coach Roddy added “Our plans for the future is to continue to have the toughest and most determined athletes at Amity to come out for the sport and to build through our
youth programs in the three towns. “We don’t just want to participate at the state level, we want to compete.”

Amity 48, Joel Barlow 29 
106- Josh Brault (JB) pin Shayna Goldblatt (A) 1:02
113- Christian Chadwick (A) pin Christian Hiden (JB)
120- Aidan Hebert (A) pin Cameron Hirsch (JB)
126- Walter Alverez (JB) dec Josh Cala (A) 12-4
132- Liam Keylock (A) pin Quinn Siddiqui (JB) 1:03
138- Gabriel Ortiz (Immaculate) pin Aidrian Gonzales (A) 1:33
145- Alex Klein Wassink (JB) dec Mike Widell (A) 15-0
152- Ben Coppock (JB) dec Matt Rothman (A) 3-2
160- Chris Castro (A) forfeit
170- Carson LiCastri (JB) pin Sam Keylock (A) 2:17
182- Anthony Olenechuck (A) forfeit
195- Josh Foote (A) pin Shayne Ortiz (JB) 4:57
220- Ben Bai (JB) pin Andrew Coscia (A) 4:45
285- Justin Griffin (A) forfeit

Amity 81, New Haven 0
106- Danny Carlson (A) forfeit
113- Christian Chadwick (A) forfeit

120- Josh Cala (A) dec. Zach Sanders (NH) 11-7
126- Aidan Hebert (A) forfeit
132- Liam Keylock (A) forfeit
138- Adrian Gonzales (A) pin Marcos (NH) 4:32
145- Mike Widell (A) forfeit
152- Matt Rothman (A) forfeit
160- Sam Keylock (A) forfeit
170- Bill Regan (A) forfeit
182- Anthony Olenechuck (A) forfeit
195- Josh Foote (A) pin Steve M (NH) 2:46
220- Andrew Coscia (A) forfeit
285- Justin Griffin (A) pin Jalyn Justin (NH) 0:34

Amity 55, Bethel 23
106- Danny Carlson (A) forfeit
113- Christian Chadwick (A) pin Jacob Anderson (B) 1:18
120- Josh Cala (A) forfeit
126- Aidan Hebert (A) pin Christina Ruiz (B) 2:15
132- Liam Keylock (A) dec Nikita Redmond (B) 18-7
138- Vincent Giannone (B) pin Aidrian Gonzales (A) 3:28
145- Eamon Matos (B) dec Mike Widell (A) 15-0
152- Matt Rothman (A) forfeit
160- Sam Keylock (A) dec. Nick Marchak (B) 7-2
170- Max Khoshabo (B) pin Bill Regan (A) 0:45
182- Anthony Olenechuck (A) forfeit
195- Josh Foote (A) pin Pat Pena (B) 1:13
220- Nick Cote (B) pin Andrew Coscia (A) 0:08
285- Justin Griffin (A) pin Luke Rioux (B)1:15

 

— Written by Brian Chadwick

Boys Basketball: Spartans Defeat Panthers 64-47

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Jan 092018
 

The Amity Spartans hosted the Pomperaug Panthers in Woodbridge on Saturday, Jan. 6.

The Spartans got a quick jump on the Panthers leading by 6 points in the first quarter (18-12).

They never let up, soaring even further ahead in the second quarter (35-20), and into the third (52-34). and our hometown boys won this one 64-47.

POMPERAUG 12  8  14 13—47

AMITY          18 17 17 12—64

POMPERAUG 

Jason Hirschauer 5 3-5 16 (three 3-pointers), Michael Stirk 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer), Zachary McGettigan 1 5-8 7, Mario Paniccia 3 2-4 10 (two 3-pointers), Chase Breyer 1 0-0 2, David Satkowski 0 2-4 2, Will McDonald 2 3-4 7. Totals 13 15-25 47.

AMITY 

Tyler Thomas 9 2-5 21 (one 3-pointer), Brian Curtin 3 0-0 8 (two 3-pointers), Jack Nolan 3 1-2 7, Joseph Benedetti 3 1-4 7, James Van Hise 2 1-2 6 (one 3-pointer), Nicholas Huribal 2 0-0 4,  Christopher Bierezowiec 2 0-0 4, Sebastian Formica 0 3-4 3, Quinn Burke 1 0-0 2, Nico Semmonella 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 8-17 64.

3-point goals: Pomperaug 6, Amity 4

Highlights: Thomas 6 rebounds, 10 assists for Amity.

Records: Pomperaug 6-1, Amity 5-0

Check this out!

One of the most amazing plays of the game came in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter with Tyler Thomas coming out of nowhere to dunk the ball after his teammate missed a three-point shot.

In this video that his teammate Nick Huribal posted on his Twitter page you can hear an “Aw” after Chris Bierezowiec (#31) shoots, then, from the right of the screen, Thomas appears like a superhero, snatching the ball in midair and in one fluid motion, dunks it.

There is so much to see in this clip. Watch the coach, listen to the crowd and celebrate this amazing moment over and over again. This young man is going to be huge!

Photos by Kim Formica and Terri Miles

This Week’s Varsity Sports Schedule

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Jan 082018
 

This week’s Amity Varsity Sports events

Monday, Jan. 8

Girls Indoor Track SCC Developmental at Floyd Little 4:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball Away at Sacred Heart Academy 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Notre Dame-West Haven HOME at Amity 7 p.m. LOSS 78-77

Tuesday, Jan. 9

Boys Indoor Track SCC Developmental at Floyd Little 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling vs Shelton HOME at Amity 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 10

Girls’ Ice Hockey vs ND-Fairfield/Law/Foran/Weston (away) Milford Ice Pavillion 3:15 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs West Haven (away) Bennett Rink 6:30 p.m.

[Get there early for the ceremony to retire the late Rob Fumiatti’s number]

Girls’ Basketball vs Norwalk HOME at Amity 7 p.m.

Boys’ Basketball vs Branford away James L MacVeigh Gym 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 11

Boys and Girls Alpine Ski Racing at Mt. Southington 4 p.m

Friday, Jan. 12

Boys Basketball vs Wilbur Cross HOME at Amity 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Cheshire HOME at Orange Pool 7:20 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Sheehan away at Sheehan 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Wrestling vs Gilbert Duals in Winsted at 9 a.m.

Boys Hockey vs Branford HOME Bennett Rink at 3 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven – SHA HOME Rinks at Shelton at 8 p.m.

Boys’ Hockey: Early Makes First Career Goal Against Milford

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Jan 052018
 

The Amity Spartans celebrate teammate Brian Early’s first career goal on Wednesday.

The Amity Spartans hosted the Milford Indians co-op hockey team (Foran/Law/Platt Tech) at the Edward L Bennett Rink in West Haven on Wednesday evening.

Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli’s boys came into this game with a mission — they were going to win. At 6:47 Brian Early (#28) made his first career goal, assisted by Jason Csejka (#18) and Jamie Blum (#17). The celebration was fantastic, not only for Early but also his teammates and Spartans fans. Csejka came flying in from the side and lept onto the group — this was a big moment for the entire team.

In the second period, Amity came out strong again with Csejka scoring a goal at 1:19, assisted by Blum. Then, at 4:21 it was Blum’s turn to add a point, assisted by Csejka. At 8:59, Joey Schittina made a goal, assisted by Early and Ken Page.

The Spartans ended the second period with a strong 4-0 lead.

A third of the way into the third period, it looked like the Spartans would be celebrating a shut-out until Milford’s Santiago Palacio was tripped while trying to make a shot and awarded a penalty shot.

With no one else on the ice but Palacio and Amity goaltender Michael Holloway, he took the shot and scored Milford’s only goal at 5:36.

The Spartans won 4-1, improving their record to 3-1. Milford’s record is 2-3.

Amity hosts North Haven at the Edward L Bennett Rink at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6. Come on down and cheer them on. It will be warmer inside than outdoors guaranteed!

 

Friday’s Sport Cancelations Have Been Rescheduled

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Jan 052018
 

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Sports events scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5, were canceled when school was called off.

Here are the changes:

Boys Basketball vs Pomperaug Home at Amity at 7 p.m.

(Rescheduled to Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at Amity)

Boys Swimming and Diving vs West Haven/Platt Tech Home at Orange Pool at 7:20 p.m.

(Rescheduled to Feb. 2 at Orange Pool at 7:20 p.m.)

Girls’ Ice Hockey: Blades Have No Mercy on Northwest Catholic In Wednesday’s Shut Out

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Jan 042018
 

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Girls’ Ice Hockey Team (Blades) hosted Northwest Catholic/Mercy at the Rinks in Shelton on Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

From the moment they skated onto the ice, the Blades showed their opponents that they were a force to be reckoned with.

Tess Csejka (Amity #2) had three goals and two assists for the Blades, followed by Megan Spring (#23) with two goals.

First Period

Csejka made the first goal of the game assisted by Melissa Montesi (#25) at 1:16 in the first period.

Second Period

The Blades continued to batter their opponents. Early on, Megan Spring made an unassisted goal at 12:20. Next, Meghan Hogan (#22) made her own unassisted goal at 8:34 and about 1.5 minutes later at 7:04, Cally Dixon (#17) smacked one in, assisted by Csejka and Montesi.

Third Period

Just seconds into the final period, Tess Csejka made an unassisted goal, bringing the score to 5-0.

At 11:42, Nadia DiNatale (#11) made a goal assisted by Olivia Dittmann (#21) and Meghan Hogan (#22). Then, three minutes later, Shannon Reilly (#24) from Andrea DelVecchio (#3, Amity).

At 5:36, Tess Csejka (#2) scored her third goal on an assist from fellow Amity player Grace Kosh (#20), and with just 16 seconds left on the clock, Megan Spring made her second unassisted goal, wrapping up this nice 9-0 victory for the Blades.

Records: Blades 7-2, NWC/M 3-1-2

Girls’ Basketball: Amity Halts Guilford’s Perfect Season Record

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Jan 042018
 

What happens when you put two powerhouse basketball teams together on the court? You are treated to a phenomenal game.

That’s what we witnessed at Amity High School on Tuesday evening as the Lady Spartans hosted the Guilford Indians.

The teams were tied 9-9 in the first quarter then Guilford sprinted ahead in the first half of the second quarter leaving Amity 6 points behind, but nay nay, Amity Coach Michelle Shoop would not have any of that. The Lady Spartans tied the score again, pulled ahead and at the last minute Guilford scored another two points ending the first half at 21-19.

The third quarter belonged to Amity which trounced its guests with 16 points to a mere 2 points by the Indians. Third quarter score: 35-23 Amity.

After that The Indians could not catch up to the Lady Spartans, both teams played well in the final quarter, but it was Amity to the end with a 48-34 victory.

AMITY       9 10 16 13—48

GUILFORD 9 12   2 11—34

The game’s highest scoring player was Amity’s Tara Laugeni 6 5-7 17, who also had 16 rebounds and 5 steals. Next was  Jillian Martin 4 1-2 13, which included four 3-pointers, then Amanda Granados 4 3-4 12 (one 3-pointer and 9 assists), Jenna VanHise 2 0-0 4, who also had 11 rebounds, and Leia Foyer 0 2-2 2. Totals: 11 11-15 48.

Guilford’s high scoring player was Amanda King 4 0-0 10, which included two 3-pointers. Followed by Jamie Danaher 3 2-4 8,  Molly Livell 3 0-0 7 (one 3-pointer),  Hannah McDermott 2 0-0 4, Sam Leiby 1 1-2 3, and Julia Hyman 1 0-0 2 Totals: 11 3-8 34.

Records: AMITY (6-1), GUILFORD (4-1)