Girls Basketball: Amity Defeats Law 50-38

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Jan 092020

Amity girls basketball rolled over Law Tuesday night 50-38.

The girls’ varsity team has been down a few players due to injuries, however, they continue to be resilient and work together to bring home the “W”!

The Lady Spartans were lead by Jillian Martin (18 points) and Jayne Whitman (11 points).

They maintained the lead the entire game.

Amity has a big test Friday night versus top-ranked Hand.

Game Stats:

Martin 18 points, 4 steals, 5 assist

Whitman 11 points

Blakeslee 6 points, 3 steals, 3 assist

Eschweiler 5 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals

Vanhise 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks

Smith 4 steals, 3 points

Swift 3 points

3-pointers ( Martin 4, Whitman 3, Swift 1)

— By Robyn Martin

(Photos by Scott Burzynski)

Boys Hockey: OUCH, Stamford Skates Over The Spartans

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Jan 082020

The Amity Spartans hosted Stamford/Westhill in West Haven on Wednesday night. The student fan section came out to watch them play, and the parents were there too, as was I.

What was going known in advance to be a huge challenge, turned out to be so much more.

Not only does Stamford have really handsome uniforms, but they also have a lot of tricks up their sleeves.

When Amity first came out onto the ice, they had their game faces on, looking strong and determined to be contenders in this battle. Brendan Smith was the goaltender and he showed off some really impressive ninja moves in the first period. Amity outshot Stamford and kept Jared Maloney on the move, but at the end of one, the score was a tie at 0.

1:29 Jason Marchese assisted by Tyler Tuccinardi, 3:24, power-play goal by Marchese assisted by Tucker Healy and Tuccinardi, 10:34 shorthand goal by Healy assisted by Jason Bacco, 11:20, shorthand unassisted goal by Gavin Dolan, 12:14 Edward Zelerman scored the fifth goal of the game assisted by Healy and Tuccinardi.

Finally, in the second, just 26 seconds after Stamford scored, Nick Kiwanis got one past the defensive line and Maloney, assisted by Connor Bath and Caleb Marcin.

Second-period score: 5-1.

Could Amity recover from this in the third period?

After the Zamboni smoothed the ice Stamford lined up outside the rink and the refs put the nets in place as the clock ticked down the seconds, someone asked, “Is Amity coming out?” And there they were, taking to the ice like they wanted to take care of business.

Amity fans didn’t have to wait too long, at 2:48 Connor Bath scored with a power-play on an assist from Justin Miller. Now we’re talking! But Stamford had other plans, it only took 56 seconds for Healy to score an unassisted goal, and it was downhill for the Spartans from there.

At 9:02 a power-play goal and Healy got a hattrick assisted by 24. A minute later Jordan Grabine shot one over Smith’s shoulder for a power-play goal assisted by Ethan Skaug.

Then with just 4:03 remaining Hunter Gilchrist slipped one in behind Smith’s back assisted by Bacco.

Stamford remains undefeated with this 9-2 victory.

Although I didn’t speak to Coach Mike Richetelli after this game, I believe he would have said something like, “You have to play if you want to win.”

Records: Stamford 6-0, Amity 1-3-1

Boys Hockey: No Winners or Losers In Saturday’s Overtime Matchup

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Jan 062020

The Amity Spartans hosted North Haven in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m.

Naturally, the game could have gone either way and in the first period it appeared that North Haven was a little more determined to take it.

At 14:06 North Haven’s Aaron Racino asst by Owen Quick got the puck past Amity’s goalie Brendan Smith in his first career start. Then, 31 seconds later, Eli Brubacher, assisted by Racino brought the score to 2-0.

You simply can’t write off the 2019-20 Spartans, though, just 12 seconds after returning to the ice, Amity Captain Nick Kiwanis shot a goal, assisted by co-captain Justin Miller and Connor Bath, giving Amity fans the hope they needed.

At 5:39 in the third, Jason Dittmann tied the game on a power play, assisted by Kiwanis and Dom Harris.

In overtime, both teams battled for that extra point, but nothing more happened and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. No winners, no losers, but an awesome effort on both sides.

The Spartans will play a HOME game against Westhill-Stamford in West Haven at 6 p.m. Come cheer on our boys then.



This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule Jan 6-11

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Jan 062020

Here is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule:

Monday, Jan. 6

Girls Indoor Track SCC Developmental Meet 2 Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House at 5:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Suffield-Ellington-Enfield-Granby-Canton-Windsor-Northwestern Away – Enfield Twin Rinks-Rink 1
at 8:10 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Boys Indoor Track James Barber Invitational Away – Southern CT State University-Moore Field House at 5:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton Away – Shelton High School- Murray Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Jonathan Law Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Ski Mountain at 3:30 p.m

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Shelton Away – Shelton Community Center Pool at 3:45 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Westhill-Stamford Home – West Haven High School-Bennet Rink at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Boys Indoor Track Novice Developmental Meet Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10

Boys Basketball v. Wilbur Cross Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball v. Daniel Hand Away – Daniel Hand HS-DHHS Gym at 7:00 p.m

Saturday, Jan. 11

Girls Gymnastics Pomperaug Invitational Away – Pomperaug High School-Main Gym 10:00 a.m.

Wrestling vs Maloney, TBA, New Haven Wrestling Home – Amity High School Gymn at 9:00 a.m.

Boys Indoor Track Yale Classic Away – Coxe Cage TBA

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hamden-Wilbur Cross-Lyman Hall Away – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 4:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs. Branford Home – West Haven High School-Bennett Rink at 5:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball: Hamden Defeats Amity in Friday Night Heartbreaker

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Jan 062020

The Amity Girls Basketball team battled to the end but came up short vs Hamden on Friday night.

Hamden took the lead in first quarter 17-6.

The Lady Spartans bounced back in the 2nd quarter behind 9 points from Martin and 4 points from Megan Smith to tie the game at half 24-24.

In the 3rd quarter Amity struggled on the boards versus a much bigger Hamden team and lost Sarah Granados (our Freshman spark-plug) to an ankle injury. Score end of 3rd 34-43 .

Amity pulled together another gusty comeback with contributions from everyone! Our girls scored 21 points in the fourth: Jayne Whitman with 7 points, (one key 3-pointer,) Martin with a 3-pointer and a bucket to get the team within 2 points and Meadow Blakeslee with 4 key points.  Amity with a few chances to tie, but came up short and lost this one 57-55.

Game Stats:  Jillian Martin 23 points, 5 steals, 4 assists;  Megan Smith 8 points, 3 assists; Jayne Whitman 7 points; Abby Eschweiler 8 rebounds, 5 points, 4 steals; Meadow Blakeslee 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 4 points; Sarah Granados 5 Points, 6 rebounds; Jenna Vanhise 2 rebounds, 1 point; Meredith Laskowski 2 points.

— By Robyn Martin

(Photos by Scott Burzynski)

Boys Swimming and Diving: Norwalk Takes This One

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Jan 042020

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The Amity Swim and Dive Team hosted Norwalk/McMahon at the Orange Pool on Jan. 3.

Norwalk/McMahon defeated Amity 101-84
Amity’s winning events
200-yard Medley Relay: A- 1:45.77 Seamus Hennessy, Brodey Lu, Kevin Sweeney, Tyler Roy
200-yard Freestyle: A- 1:52.66 Mark Platonov
100-yard Backstroke: A- 58.09 Seamus Hennessey
Norwalk’s winning events
200 Ind. Medley: N- Kalen Anbar
50-yard Freestyle: N- 22.74 Henry Velazquez
Diving: N- 201.80 Benjamin Bradley
100 Butterfly: N- 56.37 Jorge Chajon
100 Freestyle: N- 49.18 Henry Velazquez
500-yard Freestyle: N- 5:04.70 Allen Fedor
200-yard Freestyle Relay: N- 1:34.52 
100-yard Breaststroke: N- 1:03.19 Kalen Anbar
400-yard Freestyle Relay: N- 3:25.78
Records: Norwalk/McMahon (1-1), Amity (2-1)

Wrestling: Just Two Points – Amity Narrowly Loses To Foran

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Jan 042020

On Thursday, Jan. 2, Amity lost a heartbreaker to Foran 40-38. It was the Spartans’ best performance against the Lions in almost five years.

Following are the results:

  • 160 Liam Keylock, Amity pinned Teddy Mauro, Foran in 1st
  • 170 Sam Poffenberger, Foran, pinned Zach Espositio, Amity in 1st
  • 182 Simon Flaherty, Amity, pinned James Reilly, Foran in 1st
  • 195 Phillip Boyles, Foran, pinned Jake Williams, Amity in 2nd
  • 220 Josh Foote, Amity wins by Forfeit
  • 285 Pat Resgsanski, Foran,  pinned Andrew Coscia, Amity in 1st
  • 106 Colin Boufford, Amity,  9-7, win over Orlando Velez, Foran
  • 113 John Lorent, Amity, pinned Anthony Dipietro, Foran in 2nd
  • 120 John Pierre, Amity tech 17-2 over Craig Mager, Foran
  • 126 Kyle Pokornowski Foran,  tech Brayden Esposito Amity
  • 132 Paul Conalori, Amity pinned Joey Cichowski, Foran in 2nd
  • 138  Mike Vanchot, Foran, pinned Kyle Ciola, Amity
  • 145 Ryan Jordan, Foran  tech Josh Cala, Amity
  • 152 Ethan Edmonson, Foran, pinned Aiden Schaffer in 1st
This weekend Amity travels to Willimantic to wrestle at the Windham Duals.
Next Saturday, January 11, the Spartans host the Amity Duals, so come out and support this exciting team.
Mark your calendars. On February 8, Amity faces Foran again with a strong determination to have a different outcome.



Jan 012020

For the past 8 years, YOU have kept Orange Live going through your readership, sharing stories, events, and this year in particular many parents have become active in providing us with wonderful winter sports coverage.

As you now know, Orange Live is a one-person show. There is no staff, just one unpaid individual that loves your community doing her best to provide whatever coverage she can.

Health issues from 11 years ago seem to be creeping up and in the past few months began slowly complicating everyday life, yet after working so hard since May 2012 to build this site up I will NOT give up and through the neurological testing, etc, I will power on to try and make it the go-to news site in Orange again.

If you have a story that you think will be of interest, a missing pet, a child who made the honor roll or dean’s list, a loved one who passed away, a fundraiser or tag sale, an Anniversary Announcement or ANYTHING that you would like to share, please send it to orangectlive01@gmail.com. If you are the parent of a student-athlete or a coach and can provide information about a game with or without photos, please don’t hesitate. I care for my granddaughter every day after school and often cannot make it out to the games as I used to in the past, but getting your child’s sports accomplishments out to the community is very important to me. I also am available through phone and TEXT MSG at 203-506-1747.

I won’t give up on raising enough money to purchase a memorial bench for my friend Annie Davis in cooperation with the Orange CERT, perhaps even running a Christmas in July Craft Sale if we don’t have it by this coming spring.

I’ll continue to cover JUST Orange, with occasional information from the Beardsley Zoo.

In the meantime, I wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.

Girls Ice Hockey: Blades Skate Over Fairfield, A Hat Trick By Avery DePodesta

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Jan 012020

On Monday, Dec. 30, the Blades (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) Girls Ice Hockey Team was on the road in Shelton for a game against Notre Dame (ND Fairfield/Law/Foran/Weston/Pomperaug)

The Blades Avery DePodesta’s (Cheshire) Hat Trick certainly helped with the 9-3 win. Congratulations Avery!


1              2              3              F

Blades               3              4              2              9

Hand                  0              2              1              3


First Period

Blades-Haley Cable, assisted by Avery DePodesta, and Nadia DiNitale

Blades-DePodesta, assisted by Tess Csejka


Second Period

Blades- Sara Cable

Blades- DiNitale, assisted by DePodesta and H.Cable

Notre Dame-Leigha Howland, assisted by Alexis Burwell and Jenna Johnson

Blades-Olivea Kosh, assisted by Carly Silbert

Notre Dame- Charlotte Dworski, assisted by Sarah Casey, and Rose Linkasamy


Third Period

Notre Dame- Casey

Blades- DiNitale, assisted by H.Cable

Blades- Csejka, assisted by Kosh, and Mia Dow


Blades-Jade Krukar 18, Notre Dame – Katherine Harrison 22


Blades 6-1

Amity Wrestling: Fantastic 6-1 Season So Far

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Dec 312019

At 6-1, the Amity High School Wrestling team is off to its best start in more than a decade.

The team has had decisive victories over Cheshire and Morgan. The Spartans have been making a lot of noise at tournaments. They won the Shelton Individual tournament by 30 points over Canton. The team had nine finalists and four individual champions including Colin Boufford (106), Kyle Ciola (138), Simon Flaherty (182) and Andrew Cosia (285).  At the Trumbull Duals, the team went 4-1 to finish in fourth place which was the best they’ve finished in 10 years. The day started with a tough loss to Manchester, but the team bounced back with four consecutive victories over Masuk, Fairfield Ludlowe, Pomperaug

Head Coach Todd Paterson has been with the program for 10 seasons and is entering his second year as head coach. He is very excited about the start of the season, but he wants the team to stay focused so they can achieve the goals they set forth in the offseason. He believes the Spartans can make noise in the SCC Tournament if they maintain Self Control, be Respectful, and Disciplined, at all times.

The captains of the team are seniors Brayden Esposito, Simon Flaherty, and Liam Keylock.

This week, the team travels to Foran on Thursday, January 2, and Saturday to the Windham Duals. On January  11, they host the Amity Duals at Amity High School. The event starts at 9 am and should last until 3 pm. Come on out and support the Amity Spartans Wrestling team.

— By Mike Cala

Keep it going boys!

(Photos by Darren Johnson)