Boys Swimming and Diving: How Did Amity Fare Against Hand?

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Jan 292019

The Amity Boys Swim Team was on the road in Madison on Monday, Jan. 28, for a meet against Daniel Hand.

Both teams were pretty evenly matched, all are excellent athletes, but when the numbers were tallied, Amity edged out Hand 87-83.

Diving:No Diving

Amity’s Winning Events

50-yard Freestyle: A- 23.47 Tyler Roy

100-yard Butterfly: A- 59.56 Tyler Roy

100 Freestyle: A- 51.75 Shiva Gowda

200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:38.06 Jared Sullivan, John Alvarado, Nick Robinson, Tyler Roy

100-yard Backstroke: A- 57.76 Shiva Gowda

100-yard Breaststroke: A- 1:09.06 Brodey Lu

 Hand’s Winning Events

200 yard Medley Relay: H- 1:47.57 Dan Chen, Jake Reiner, Beecher Porter, Griffin Mascia
200-yard Freestyle: H- 1:55.80 Beecher Porter
200-yard IM: H- 2:06.75 Dan Chen
500-yard Freestyle: H- 5:18.66 Jack Signorella
400-yard Freestyle Relay: H- 3:32.91 Dan Chen, Sean Laragy, Griffin Mascia, Beecher Porter
 Record: Amity 5-2
Next Up for the Spartans: Thursday, Jan. 31 Away vs Shelton at Shelton Community Center Pool at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Hockey: Csejka Leads Blades To Victory Over Guilford

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Jan 262019

The Blades (Amity/Cheshire/North Haven) girls ice hockey team welcomed Guilford at Hamden on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

After a season-starting dry spell, the Blades have been playing strong during the past few games and demonstrating all of the crowd-pleasing skills we’d grown accustomed to in past years.

The Blades owned the first period with Tess Csjeka showing them how it’s done. Her first goal was assisted by Andrea DelVecchio; a second was unassisted and the third — Hat Trick — was assisted by Carsyn Rizzuti and Ilana Laynar.

First Period Score – 3-0 Blades

The second period also was dominated by the Blades. Mia Dow scored the first goal, assisted by Nadia DiNatale. Guilford made a move with Daniella Vickerman getting the Indians up on the scoreboard, assisted by Jacquelyn Violette.

DelVecchio scored for the Blades, assisted by Caroline Cadelina, followed by a Haley Cable goal, assisted by Csejka.

Second Period Score – 6-1 Blades

The Blades came out looking sharp in the third period as well. Shannon Reilly got one past the Indian’s goalie, Julia McDonald, assisted by Cable and DelVecchio.

Guilford answered with a goal by Violette, assisted by Vickerman.

Final Score – 7-2 Blades

Saves: Caitlyn Ranciato made 9 stops for the Blades; McDonald made 23 saves for the Indians.


Girls Ice Hockey: Blades Defeat Notre Dame-Fairfield

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Jan 252019

The Blades (Amity/Cheshire/North Haven) Girls Ice Hockey team was on the road in Shelton on Wednesday afternoon for a game against Notre Dame – Fairfield.

The first period had a lot of excitement Notre Dame scored first, then, the Blades’ Andrea DelVecchio tied it up at 1. Notre Dame came back with a second goal, followed by Blades’ players Caroline Cadelina and Shannon Reilly each scoring unassisted goals.

First Period Score: 3-2 Blades

The second period belonged to Notre Dame with two goals, pulling them ahead 4-3

The Blades dominated the third period with three goals. First Sara Cable, assisted by Cadelina; next Reilly unassisted; and then Nadia DeNatale, assisted by Meaghan Hogan.

Final Score: Blades 6, Notre Dame 4.

The goalies in this game were:: Blades – Caitlin Ranciato, – Notre Dame – Bethany Carp

Records: Blades 5-8-0, Notre Dame 9-5-0

Next Up for the Blades: A Home game against Guilford at the Hamden Ice Rink on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

If you’d like to see the girls play closer to home, come to Bennett Rink in West Haven on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 for a match up against the super tough Sacred Heart Academy (10-2).


Boys Hockey: Former Amity Coach Takes New Team Up Against Spartans

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Jan 252019

For many years Brian Gonsalves worked alongside Mike “Scooter” Richetelli assisting Gary Lindgren coach the Amity Spartans Hockey Team. This year, he brought that experience with him as he took the helm at Daniel Hand, coaching the Tigers.

Daniel Hand was the one team on Amity’s season game schedule whose record most closely mirrored their own. So with those two factors the “away” game on Wednesday, Jan. 23 promised to be interesting.

Both teams came out ready to win, but Amity shocked everyone with its first goal in the first 10 seconds on the ice, thanks to Ryan Miller.

Halfway through the period Hand tied the game with a goal by Ethan Massey, assisted by Logan Massey. Just 90 seconds later, Griffin Fitzmaurice added a point assisted by Michael McKeon.

First Period Score: 2-1 Hand.

Amity came out strong in the second period with Cody White tying the game just 5:16 after returning to the ice.

Six minutes later, Hand struck back and reclaimed the lead with E. Massey’s second goal of the game.

Well, Amity Captain Jason Csejka would have none of that, and tied it up again in 23 seconds, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau.

With 27 seconds remaining Holden Prestash, assisted by Tatum Fitzmaurice, pulled Hand back into the lead.

Second Period Score: 4-3 Hand.

The final period belonged to the Tigers and included two Hat Tricks.

It wasn’t the most exciting action we’d seen on the rink, but Hand came alive 11:35 in with T Fitzmaurice’s goal, assisted by John Gagliardi and G Fitzmaurice.

Just 46 seconds later E Massey earned his Hat Trick, assisted by L Massey.

As the clock ticked down to one minute remaining, T Fitzmaurice scored again and got his Hat Trick.

Final Score: 7-3 Hand.

Records: Hand 10-1-1 ; Amity 7-4


Catching Up – A Recap Of Recent Unreported Boys and Girls Hockey Games

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Jan 242019

On Jan. 17, the Blades (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) girls ice hockey team was on the road for a matchup against Masuk.

The Blades got off to a good start with Andrea DelVecchio scoring off an assist from Shannon Reilly

First Period Score: 1-0 Blades

The Blades were on fire in the second period with four goals: Reilly assisted by Sara Cable; Olivea Kosh assisted by Mia Dow; Meaghan Hogan assisted by Haley Cable; and Reilly with an unassisted goal.

Second Period Score: 5-0 Blades

In the third period DelVecchio scored on an assist from S. Cable

Final: 6-0 Blades

Saves: Eva Smith made 25 saves for Masuk, Caitlyn Ranciato made 8 saves for the Blades.

Congratulations on your shut-out girls. Hats off to head coach John Peschell for a job well done.


Amity Spartans Boys Team

The Amity Spartans Ice Hockey Team was on the road in Stamford on Jan. 19.

Very briefly, here’s what happened.

Stamford came out shooting in the first period and scored within the first 2:33 minutes.

First Period Score: 1-0 Stamford

The second period belonged to Amity with Cody White making a goal just 2:50 after returning to the ice on an assist from Caleb Marcin. Then, with only 4:50 remaining in the period, Nick Kiwanis scored on an assist from Connor Bath.

Second Period Score: 2-1 Amity

Both teams made numerous shots and after nearly 9 minutes it was looking hopeful for the Spartans.

Then Stamford tied the game with a goal at 9:01. With tie-breaking overtime looking probable, and just 1:22 remaining in the game Stamford swooped in and made the game-winning goal.

Stamford wins 3-2. So Close.

Records: Amity 7-4, Stamford 6-5





This Weeks’ Amity Varsity Sports Schedules, Jan. 23-26

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Jan 232019

Here are the Amity Varsity team schedules for the remainder of this week, Jan 23-26

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Girls Ice Hockey vs ND Fairfield-Law-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug Away at The Rinks at Shelton – Upper at 4:00 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Daniel Hand Away at Northford Ice Pavilion at 4:00 p.m.

Wrestling vs Branford Home at Amity High School at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Trumbull, Fairfield Warde Away at Gymnastics & Cheer Academy, Fairfield at 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Lauralton Hall Away at Lauralton Hall Gymnasium at 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24

No Varsity games

Friday, Jan. 25

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

Boys Basketball vs Wilbur Cross Away at Wilbur Cross Gym at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Cheerleading Quinnipiac University & Dance Challenge Away at Quinnipiac University at 9:00 a.m.

Wrestling Ridgefield Challenge Away 10:00 a.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Guilford Home at Bennett Rink, West Haven at 1:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Guilford Home at Hamden Ice Rink at 2:00 p.m.


Let’s Go Spartans! Come On Amity – Just Believe

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Jan 232019

Today at 4 p.m. the Amity Spartans boys Ice Hockey team will face perhaps their toughest (and most evenly matched) opponents to date – the Daniel Hand Tigers at the Northford Ice Pavillion.

While other press dwells on the idea that Amity lost three consecutive games Orange Live sticks with other, more important facts:

1) The 2018-19 Spartans are an extremely talented team.

2) Since day-one of practice, they have acted like family.

3) They won their first 7 games of the season, against teams that some said would crush them.

4) They are blessed to have a phenomenal head coach that is well respected by other coaches for his methods and experience.

5) They have a great coaching team.

6) The Spartans have the speed and skill to play well against any opponent and their fans – including the Amity Army – and I believe in each and every one of them 100%.

NOTE: Hey boys, you CAN clip the Tigers’ claws and own this game. Stay out of the penalty box and out on the ice where you’re needed. My slogan for you this year is “Just Believe.” Coach Scooter Richetelli said it early on, and if you believe you can, then you can.




Boys Swimming And Diving: Amity Vs Cheshire — Here’s What Happened

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Jan 232019

The Amity Boys Swim Team was on the road in Cheshire on Monday, Jan. 21.
After a great start to the season, the Spartans experienced their first loss last week and then again, on Monday.
Considering the number of events that Cheshire won, it’s amazing that Amity scored as high as it did. But then, they are a great group of athletes.
Final score: Cheshire 105, Amity 75
 Cheshire’s Winning Events

200 yard Medley Relay: C- 1:46.89 Sam Hanke, Joe Cannatta, Ankit Sahasrabudhe, Nick Brunett
200-yard Freestyle: C- 1:50.46 Sam Hanke
200-yard IM: C- 2:04.95 Joe Cannatta
50-yard Freestyle: C- 23.18 Andrew Lou
Diving: C- 212.10 Noah Duncan
100-yard Butterfly: C- 55.23 Shane Wynne
100 Freestyle: C- 50.29 Andrew Lou
500-yard Freestyle: C- 5:05.25 Justin Finkel
200-yard Freestyle Relay: C- 1:35.02 Sam Hanke, Shane Wynne, Joe Cannatta, Andrew Lou
100-yard Backstroke: C- 56.99 Sam Hanke
Amity’s Winning Events
100-yard Breaststroke: A- 1:10.50 Brodey Lu
400-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 3:32.80 Shiva Gowda, John Alvarado, Kevin Sweeney, Tyler Roy
Record: Amity(4-2)

Boys Ice Hockey: Zurolo Deflects 42 Shots From (D1) Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe

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Jan 182019

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team hosted Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe (D1) in West Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. 

Amity knew that this was going to be a tough game, and they were ready to fight their hardest for a win. 

Everyone entered the ice with confidence, but the game went sideways rather quickly. In 3:10, Fairfield’s Rhys Davis shot one into the net, assisted by Kyle Mazza. And with barely enough time to get back into position, Fairfield struck again six seconds later as Brendan Carney struck like a cobra, assisted by Ashton Lewis and Finn Hoey. 

Amity made 22 shots, all of which were deflected by FWL’s goalie, Will Capalbo. 

First Period Score: 2-0 Fairfield

The beginning of the second period gave us a glimmer of hope. Just 4:33 after entering the rink, Amity’s Jason Csejka smacked one in past Capalbo, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau and Caleb Marcin. 

Almost five minutes later, Fairfield’s James Pisciotta scored, assisted by Carney and Lewis. 

Both teams kept shooting furiously, yet no more goals were posted until, 20.9 seconds before the buzzer, when Kevin Quinn got one past Amity goal tender Malachi Zurolo, assisted by Bobby Winter and Sam Swanson. 

Second Period Score: 4-1 Fairfield

We know that the Spartans often have a very strong third period, and even though six minutes passed before anything happened, Bordeleau scored on an assist from Csejka, and Amity had 9 minutes to tie or win the game, and boy, did they work at it. 

But, Fairfield pulled ahead even further at 9:32 with Carney’s goal, assisted by Lewis and Hoey. 

Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe handed Amity its second loss of the season (5-2). 

Head Coach Michael Richetelli said Fairfield has a really strong team.

“We played hard tonight, 22 shots in the first period, that shows how hard we worked,” he said. Even with the loss, he added, “We’re okay. The reason we put tough opponents in our schedule is so we can get better. We’ll be fine.” 

Saves: Zurolo, 42 stops for Amity; Capalbo 32 for FWL.

Records: Amity 7-2, Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe 6-1-2

Next Up For The Spartans: Amity is on the road on Saturday for a matchup against Westhill-Stamford (5-4) in Stamford at 4 p.m. 

NOTE: I believe the coach. I believe in this team. I KNOW they will come back, just as strong as they were at the beginning of the season. Their schedule isn’t going to get any easier, they still have West Haven, Hand, Guilford, and Cheshire to face (and second to Hand, Amity has most victories this season than any of them). Amity has what it takes to play in the State Championship Game. All we have to do … is Believe.


Save The Date For The K of C Free Throw Contest

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Jan 172019


It’s time for Orange-area youngsters ages 9-14 to sharpen their basketball free-throw shooting skills. The Holy Infant Council of the Knights of Columbus #12523 is conducting its fifteenth annual Free Throw Contest on Saturday, January 19, at the Holy Infant School gymnasium, 460 Racebrook Road from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

All Orange-area residents ages 9 through 14 as of January 1, 2019, are invited to participate. The contest is not limited to Roman Catholic participants; ALL area youths are invited!. Entrants may arrive at any time during the period the contest is in progress to take their free throws.

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, regional and state competitions. Boy and girl winners are recognized for each age group. In recent years, more than two dozen winners of the Holy Infant competition have gone on to the state Regional contests, and there have been four state champions and twelve state finalists who came from the Orange contest.

All contestants on January 19 will be recognized with a handsome certificate of participation. Contestants are requested to furnish written proof of their age, but it
is not mandatory to submit this proof on January 19. Any category winners will be required to furnish proof of age (copy of a birth certificate is best) before the winner can participate at the district championship. Previous years’ participants need not provide proof of age again.

Each contest participant will be given three warm-up free throws. The contestant will then take fifteen consecutive free throw attempts. Nine through eleven year- old contestants may shoot from 12 feet, instead of the “regulation” 15 feet. Participants aged 12-14 will shoot from the standard 15 feet. Girls will use basketballs sized for women and girls. Otherwise, normal rules of basketball regarding free throws apply for all levels of competition. For example, violations include stepping on or over the free throw line prior to the ball reaching the rim.

The Knights of Columbus Holy Infant Council was established in Orange in 1999. With more than 70 members, they sponsor projects to benefit their church, community,
families and youth.