Mar 042019

There’s no school today due to the first “real” winter storm we’ve seen all season.

Temperatures are already above freezing and will warm to the upper 30s up to 40 today. Then a blast of cold air will be with us for quite a while.

The National Weather Service calls for another 2-3 inches before the snow ends around 7 a.m.

If you must go out, give yourself plenty of time to clean off your vehicle completely before you leave.

The UI company is reporting 21 Orange customers without power at 5:30 a.m. due to 3 incidents in town.

Road crews have been working tirelessly trying to make the roads safe for you.

A fallen tree closed Route 15 in Stratford between exits 52 and 53. The right lane is closed but at least one lane is open now (as of 5:21 a.m.).

Mi Sun didn’t want to leave the back porch this morning.


Remember, if you have a fire hydrant in front of your property, shovel around it so the fire department will have easy access in the event of an emergency.

If you have a pet, take a moment to wipe the snow off his or her feet when coming back into the house.

This is heavy snowman building snow, so get out there and get creative. Send us your snow photos at orangectlive01@gmail.com.



Girls Hockey: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? Blades Win SCC Championship Title

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Feb 242019

Elation after Tess Csejka’s game-winning goal.

It was 39 years ago after the Olympic Men’s Hockey Game between the underdog USA team and the mighty, unbeatable Russians when sports announcer Al Michaels shouted out “Do You Believe In Miracles? YES!” — a fact that wasn’t lost on Blade’s Coach John Peschell.

He mentioned the “Miracle on Ice,” to his girls, saying, “If they could do it, so can we.”

The Blades (Amity/Cheshire/North Haven) Girls Ice Hockey team went up against one of the toughest opponents in the SCC tournament final in West Haven on Friday night. Sacred Heart West Haven (18-2), which defeated the Blades 5-1 in late January may have crushed the confidence of some challengers, but Peschell’s girls didn’t let it phase them. They came into the game knowing that after a spotty season, they were blessed to be there and with unprecedented determination, they were ready to fight for the title.

Here’s how it went:

The Sharks’ Jenna Hunt started off the game with a goal in the first 26 seconds of the first period.

Less than three minutes later the Blades’ Tess Csejka, tied the game, assisted by Haley Cable.

The non-stop action in this matchup was unbelievable with everyone showing off their best moves. The clock ticked down and suddenly, with just 4 seconds remaining in the first, Megan Froehlich got one past Blades Goalie Caitlin Ranciato, taking the lead.

First Period Score: 2-1 West Haven

The second period mirrored the first as far as hard work on both sides.

This time the Blades were first to score, with Hannah Sosensky tying the game, assisted by Caroline Cadeina at 3:19.

Then, at 9:28 Taylor Nowak scored for the Sharks, assisted by McNabola.

Second Period Score: 3-2 West Haven

The battle continues into the third period with the Sharks skating, shooting and passing like the champs they’d become. Two-thirds of the period passed without any change on the scoreboard.

Then Tess Csejka swooped in on West Haven’s Goalie Kyleen Crowe and scored on a power play, assisted by Meaghan Hogan, tying the score at 3.

Both teams continued to skate and shoot on goal until the Blades took possession and Csejka took a pass from Hogan and effortlessly slapped it into the net, getting a hat trick on the game-winning goal with 3:30 remaining.

The buzzer sounded and Blades fans hoped to hear the announcer say, “Do You Believe In Miracles? YES!” because we sure did.

Blades Win 4-3 and earn the title of SCC Champions.

Csejka won the MVP award.

The Blades out-shot the Sharks.

Saves: Ranciato 24, Crowe 28

Peschell had nothing but praise for the Sharks. “Sacred Heart is a very good team with a lot of talented players. We knew this would be tough, all I wanted to do was keep the game close to give us a chance in the third period.”

Of Csejka, he said, “She has been special for us all season, playing forward when we need her there and also playing defense when we need her there.”

Aside from the underdogs defeating a goliath team, there’s one more parallel to the 1980 Olympic “Miracle,” — both the USA and the Blades won 4-3.

Boys Hockey: Are The Spartans Back On Goal?

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Feb 212019

The Amity Spartans went up against Tri-Town (9-1-8) in Enfield on Monday, Feb. 18.

After having only one win in the last 10 games, Amity really needed to ace this one.

Just 42 seconds after entering the ice Justin Miller made a goal, assisted by Jason Csejka and Nelson Bordeleau..

Tri-town answered with a goal at 9:49.

Less than a minute later Amity’s Csejka broke the tie, assisted by Cody White and Bordeleau.

First-Period Score: 2-1 Amity

Tri-town came back to the ice, sticks ablaze and broke the tie in 1:16.

Amity shot back 5 minutes later, taking back the lead with a goal by Colin Hughes, assisted by Ryan Miller.

Second-Period Score: 3-2 Amity

Nearly 109 minutes of game-play took place before anyone scored in the third period. That was Nick Kiwanis, assisted by Dylan Raver and Kenny Page.

Having Amity keep the lead for so long was too much for Tri-town and they fought back. Less than a minute later they added a point to the score, narrowing Amity’s lead to one point.

With the clock ticking down, Tri-town struck again with just 1:15 remaining, they tied it up.

The Spartans continued to shoot at goal, and with just 17 seconds left, Csejka broke the tie with the winning goal, assisted by Bordeleau and Caleb Marcin.

Final Score: 5-4 Amity

Are the Spartans back on goal? We certainly hope so. With just two games left to the regular season then Tournament play coming up next month, they need to rediscover that winning spirit they possessed at the beginning of the season.

You boys can do this! Just listen to the coach and remember everything you did in practice and apply it during the games. You can shock all the nay-sayers and take home all the marbles! WE Know You CAN!

Next up for the Spartans (9-9): The boys will battle a very tough Watertown-Pomperaug (14-2-3) in Watertown on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

Then Glastonbury (9-2-6) in Glastonbury on Monday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. — and that’s the end of the regular season.

The CIAC Championship Tournament begins on March 6.


Girls Hockey: Blades Ace SCC South Quarter Final

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Feb 202019

On Monday, Feb. 18, the Blades (Amity, Cheshire, North Haven) girls’ Ice Hockey team hosted the Guilford Indians for the SCC South Quarter Final game in Hamden.

The Blades had a shaky start to the regular season this year, but once they figured things out, they never looked back, and the run for the SCC title is off to a good start.

The Blades took this one 5-3.

In the first period, the Blades came out strong, taking the lead with goals from Haley Cable, assisted by Andrea DelVecchio and DelVecchio netting one, assisted by Cable and Caroline Cadelina.

Then, Guilford’s Madison Epke fought back with a goal for the Indians, assisted by Daniella Vickerman.

Score: 3-1 Blades

Cadelina made the only goal in the second period, assisted by Tess Csejka.

Score: 3-1 Blades

Returning to the ice for the third period, Epke scored for the Indians again, assisted by Vickerman.

Shannon Reilly moved the Blades further ahead with a goal, assisted by DelVecchio. Then, Cadelina scored again.

Guilford’s Vickerman made the final goal, assisted by Audrey Rowen and Olivia Gill.

Final Score: 5-3 Blades

The Goaltenders were busy during this game. The Blades’ Caitlin Ranciato made 24 saves, and Brielle Kendrioski made 20 saves for Guilford.

Blades Advance to the Semi-Final.


Boys Swimming: Glastonbury Splashes Past Amity On Feb. 15

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Feb 182019

The Boys Swimming and Diving Team was on the road in Glastonbury on Friday, Feb. 15 for a meet against Glastonbury.

This was a very competitive matchup, but, in the end, Glastonbury outscored Amity 95-80

Glastonbury’s Winning Events: 
200 yard Medley Relay: G- 1:41.64 Kevin Tierney, Chris Davis, Brant Barbera-Hwang, Evan Fuller
200-yard Freestyle: G- 1:45.71 McAllister Milne
200-yard IM: G- 2:09.01 Matteo Wong
50-yard Freestyle: G- 22.95 Brant Barbera-Hwang
Diving: G- 294.80 Ethan Godfrey
100-yard Butterfly: G- 56.46 Chris Davis
100 Freestyle: G- 50.56 Kevin Tierney
500-yard Freestyle: G- 4:47.27 McAllister Milne
Amity’s Winning Events:
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:37.76 John Alvarado, Jared Sullivan, Nic Robinson, Tyler Roy
100-yard Backstroke: A- 59.30 Seamus Hennessy
100-yard Breaststroke: A- 1:10.56 Raymond Lu,
400-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 3:34.10 John Alvarado, Casey Donovan, Jared Sullivan, Tyler Roy
Record: Amity 7-5

Boys Hockey: Cheshire Tops Amity On Feb. 16

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Feb 182019

Following a mind-blowing start to the season, the Amity Boys Hockey Team went from unbeatable to maybe they will, maybe they won’t.

Last week, at 5-5, Amity went into overtime with North Branford in a nail-biter of a game. They lost, and no one was really thrilled about it, but we still stand by our team, knowing how GREAT they CAN be, and that tournament play is right around the corner.

Last Saturday, when the Spartans played the Cheshire Rams at Wesleyan U. The first period remained scoreless until 16 seconds before the buzzer, when the Rams got one past Malachi Zurolo.

First Period Score: 1-0 Cheshire.

Amity showed that skill and spirit we’ve come to know and love within just 1:04 after returning to the ice and 6 tied the game on an assist from 10.

Just a minute later, 8 pulled the Spartans ahead on an assist from 14, and that was it for the second period.

Score: 2-1 Amity

Cheshire was determined in the third period and tied the game after only 2:30 had passed.

Tie 2-2 end of three and on to overtime.

With 8 minutes in which to show the other team how it’s done, there’s always a battle in overtime.

Unfortunately, the Rams netted the puck at 5:12 and won this one.

Final Score: 3-2 Cheshire.

Girls Basketball: Tara Laugeni Makes History, Leads Team to Victory on Senior Night

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Feb 142019

The Lady Spartans Basketball team hosted the Career Panthers on Monday, Feb. 11, at Amity High School.

This was a special evening for two of the players, Tara Laugeni, and Haley Esparo, the only seniors on the team. Fans kept their attention on #34 – Laugeni, counting each time she made a basket waiting for that one point when she would hit that magical number 1,000 and join the other four female players in Amity history to accomplish this landmark.

Laugeni made two 2-point shots in the first quarter and, with the second shot came her big moment. Her teammates, parents, family members, coach, and friends charged onto the court and put the game on hold for about three minutes while everyone took photos and congratulated her.

In total, Laugeni scored 20 points in this game, followed by Jill Martin, with 19.

Esparo made 5 points, and Skylar Burzynski, Cat Thomas and Meaghan Smith each added 4.

The Lady Spartans declawed the Panthers in this game, the closest that Career came in the point spread was 3 points behind at the end of the first quarter at 17-14.

The halftime score was 34-16, Amity.

Third quarter, in which many of Amity’s younger players took the court, ended at 50-18.

Everyone got to play in the fourth quarter and the Lady Spartans won this senior night game 60-24.


I must commend the Panthers for demonstrating good sportsmanship throughout this game. Their #3 was always there to extend a hand and help someone up off the floor no matter what team she was from. That was refreshing.

NEXT UP: The girls defeated Guilford 39-34 at Amity on Thursday and now it’s on to the SCC Girls Basketball Quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Sheehan HS, #2 Hamden vs. #7 Amity Regional, 2:30 p.m.

Photos by Scott Burzynski

This Week’s Varsity Sports Schedule — Feb. 11 – 17

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Feb 112019

Following is this week’s Varsity Sports Schedule.

Monday, Feb. 11

Unified Bowling @ Woodlawn, West Haven Away at West Haven Bowling at 3:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Career Magnet Home at Amity at 7:00 p.m. — Senior Night at 6:45 p.m.

Be there to witness history! Tara Laugeni is due to make her 1,000th point!

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Unified Sports Basketball Unified Basketball at Jonathan Law HS Away at 3:00 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Fairfield Prep Away Fairfield University at 7:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Hamden Away – HHS Gym at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Boys Ice Hockey vs North Branford Home – Bennett Rink – West Haven at 8:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hamden Home – Hamden Ice Rink at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Boys and  Girls Alpine Skiing RACEAway at Mt. Southington at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Glastonbury Away at Glastonbury HS Pool 5:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Career Magnet Home at Amity High School
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Cheerleading SCSU Winter Showdown Away at SCSU – Moore Field House Gymnasium at 10:00 a.m.

Boys and Girls Indoor Track CT State Open Away at Floyd Little at 12:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs NWC-Mercy Home – Hamden Ice Rink at 3:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Cheshire Away at Wesleyan University Ice Rink at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Dance Team UDA – New England Dance Championship Away – Westfield State University, in MA – TBA

Boys Swimming and Diving: Here’s What Happened On The Road In Norwalk

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Feb 092019

The Amity Boys swimming and diving team was on the road in Norwalk for a meet against Norwalk/McMahon on Friday, Feb. 8.
The Spartans have had an excellent season so far, this night, Norwalk/Mcmahon simply outswam and outscored them 97-88.
Norwalk’s Winning Events
200 yard Medley Relay: N- 1:46.21 Mateo Roldan, Lucas Balderrama, Henry Velazquez, Jorge Chajon
200-yard Freestyle: N- 1:53.77 Christopher Dauser
200-yard IM: N- 2:09.97 Mateo Roldan
Diving: N- 323.55 Kevin Bradley
100-yard Butterfly: N- 58.22 Jorge Chajon
100 Freestyle: N- 49.11 Henry Velazquez
500-yard Freestyle: N- 5:08.41 Henry Velazquez, 
100-yard Backstroke: N- 57.64 Christopher Dauser
100-yard Breaststroke: N- 1:05.93 Mateo Roldan
400-yard Freestyle Relay: N- 3:27.40 Christian Davalos, Mateo Roldan, Christopher Dauser, Henry Velazquez
Amity’s Winning Events
50-yard Freestyle: A- 23.24 Tyler Roy
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:34.40 Shiva Gowda, Jared Sullivan, John Alvarado, Tyler Roy
Amity’s season record is 7-3
Next Up For Amity: The Spartans are on the road at Fairfield University for a meet against Fairfield Prep (8-2) on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

Feb 052019

Following is the varsity sports schedule for Feb. 4 – 9.

Monday, Feb. 4

Boys and Girls Indoor Track Cap. Prep. Last Chance Meet away at Floyd Little 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Unified Sports Basketball vs Shelton, Away at 2:30 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Wilton, Fairfield Warde Away at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Lyman Hall Away at Lyman Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Girls  Basketball vs Lauralton Hall Home at Amity at  7:00 p.m.

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Boys Swimming and Diving vs Notre Dame-West Haven Home at Orange Community Center Pool at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing RACE Away at Mt. Southington at 4:00 p.m.

Wrestling vs Jonathan Law Home at Amity at 6:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug Home at Bennett Rink, West Haven at 8:30 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hand-Coginchaug-Old Lyme Away at Northford Ice Pavilion at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Boys Basketball vs Wilbur Cross Home at Amity at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8

Boys Indoor Track Class L Championship Meet Away at  Floyd Little at 4:00 p.m.

V Boys Swimming and Diving vs Norwalk/Brien McMahon Away at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs New Canaan Away at Darien Ice Rink at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. East Haven Away at East Haven High School at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Dance Team Warde Dance Away at Fairfield Warde HS at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics FCIAC Championships Away at Westhill High School at 10:00 a.m.

Girls Indoor Track State Championships Away at Floyd Little at 4:30 p.m.


NOTE: CT SCIENCE FAIR Middle & Main Gym at 8:00 a.m.