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Boys Basketball State Final: Mustangs Stampede Over Spartans In Second Half, Win Title

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Mar 192018
 

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The Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team made History last week. After working tirelessly all season, they made it to the CIAC D II state semi-final and then the Final at Mohegan Sun before an audience of nearly 5,000.

Amity, the no. 9 seed (20-7) was pitted against no. 2 Immaculate (22-5)

 

Points Per Quarter

AMITY            13 10   8  3 — 34

IMMACULATE 10 16 14 13 — 53

 

SCOREBOARD

AMITY             13  23  31  34

IMMACULATE  10  26  40   53

 

First Quarter

To the surprise and delight of hundreds of Spartans fans Amity held a 2-0 lead with just 2:49 left in first quarter.

The lead quickly grew to 4 to 0; and by the end of the quarter, the score was 13-10 Amity.

Second Quarter

The Spartans lead didn’t last long, as the Immaculate Mustangs tied Amity at 20.

Amity pulled ahead to 23-22, but by halftime the score was 26-23 Immaculate.

Third Quarter

Early into the third quarter Amity’s Tyler Thomas reportedly held his previously injured wrist in obvious discomfort and Immaculate picked up steam and took control of the game, adding 10 points along the way and leading Amity 33 to 28.

The Mustangs gained a 9 point lead on the Spartans, ending the 3rd quarter at 40 to 31.

Fourth Quarter

Soon after returning to the court, the Mustangs lead the Spartans 42 to 33.

Immaculate soon widened the spread to 48 to 33, then, in the blink of an eye the scoreboard read 52-33.

The Mustangs stampeded away with a 53-34 victory and the Division II state title.

 

Notes:

AMITY 

Tyler Thomas 6 1-2 17 (four 3-pointers); Tanner Thomas 3 0-0 6; Cole Wissink 2 0-0 5 (one 3-pointer); Brian Curtin 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer); Chris Bierezowiec 1 0-0 2; Quinnlan Burke 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 2-6 34.

IMMACULATE 

Quinn Guth 6 2-2 18 (four 3-pointers); Isaiah Payton 5 3-5 13; Jack Woods 4 3-4 13 (two 3-pointers); Michael Basile 3 1-2 7; Ronan Doherty 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 9-13 53.

 

Tyler Thomas

One reason the Spartans made it to the state final is their not-so-secret weapon, SCC Player of the Year Tyler Thomas.

Perhaps Thomas’s best game of the season was on Jan. 8, when he scored a game-high 47-points, including six 3-pointers, and made his 1,000th point — and he’s only been with the Spartans for three years.

During the Championship game, Thomas was only 3 points shy of beating the all-time school scoring record, held for decades by Ed Goldstone. He finished with 1,533 career points — imagine what he could have achieved if he’d played all four years. This young man is an amazing player, and humble. He never hogged the ball and never made excuses if things didn’t go quite right.

This held true at the Championship game. Thomas scored eight points (including two 3-pointers) in both the first and second quarters. in the third quarter, something happened to his wrist, which he injured while attempting to dunk the ball during the semi-final game on March 14. He made one point in the second half, but he would not use the injury as an excuse for his overall performance.

 

 

Boys Basketball: Amity Defeats Manchester, Advances To Division II Quarterfinal

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Mar 112018
 

From what you see here, it will be obvious that I did not attend the D II second-round boys basketball game on Friday night. I searched but found no other coverage from which to draw information except the tweets sent out by Amity’s Athletic Director.

From the numbers, it appears to have been a very exciting, tight, neck-in-neck game, but I can’t tell you much more.

At the end of the first quarter, Manchester was ahead 15 – 12.

The Spartans rallied, and by halftime, the game was tied at 31.

Manchester pulled ahead again and had a 7-point lead, 49-42, at the end of the third quarter

But the nailbiting excitement came in the final quarter.

With just 4:22 remaining Amity had tied things up again at 49-49.

Yet with 2:12 left, Manchester had a 54-51 lead.

Less than a minute later, Amity tied them at 54, and 18 seconds after that they gained a 2 point lead of 56-54.

But, it didn’t last for long, Manchester tied them with 50.6 remaining.

And the 56-56 game went into overtime.

OVERTIME

From the tweets that were sent out, you can see that both teams battled hard for a victory:

57-56 Amity 3 min

61-60. 34 sec. Amity on the line

62-60. 34 sec. Manchester ball. Timeout

5.9 sec. 62-60 Amity. Amity on the line

63-60. 5.9 sec. Manchester ball timeout

Amity wins! 63-60

The Spartans (17-5) advance to the Division II Quarters against Stamford (15-7) at Amity, on Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

This Week’s Varsity Sports Schedule

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Mar 042018
 

 

As the Winter Sports Season draws to a close with the all-important tournaments, here is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (as of Sunday). Best of Luck to all our Spartans athletes.

Monday, March 5

Unified Sports High School Basketball Away at Tolland High School 3-5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6

Boys Ice Hockey(12-1-8) vs Cheshire (9-2-9) Home – Bennett Rink – West Haven 5 p.m. (STATES)

NOTE: Amity Tied Cheshire 4-4 on Jan. 31

Boys Basketball vs Hartford Public Home at Amity High School 7 p.m. (STATES)

Thursday, March 8

Boys Swimming and Diving CIAC Class L Diving Trials/Finals Away – Middletown HS 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Boys Swimming and Diving CIAC Class L Qualifying Away – East Hartford HS 11:30 a.m.

Boys Basketball: Thomas Leads Spartans to 50-30 Victory Over Hand in SCC Tourney First-Round Game

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Feb 232018
 

On Thursday, Feb. 22, the #6 Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team hosted the #11 Daniel Hand Tigers for the First-Round of the SCC Tournament in Woodbridge.

The Spartans took an early 14-7 lead in the first quarter and never let up. The second quarter also was awesome with Amity going into the half at 26-11.

The third quarter was Hand’s strongest with 12 points, yet not enough to overtake Amity which pulled ahead even further with 15 points — third quarter score 41-23.

With this 18 point lead, the starters got a big break and the underclassmen had their turn to contribute to the SCC Tournament, including Sophomore Tanner Thomas who made 4 points.

His brother, Tyler Thomas was the game’s high scoring player with 21 points, which includes two 3-pointers. He also had five rebounds, five assists, and five steals to lead the Spartans to their SCC tournament first-round win.

James Van Hise added seven points for the Spartans. Tyler Boris led the Tigers with seven points.

        SCOREBOARD
AMITY  14 12 15  9 — 50

HAND     7  4  12  7 — 30
Amity: Tyler Thomas 8 3-3 21, James Van Hise 3 1-3 7, Brian Curtin 2 0-0 6 (two 3-pointers), Joe Benedetti 3 0-1 6, Jack Nolan 2 0-0 4, Tanner Thomas 2 0-0 4, Mike Young 1 0-0 2, Total 21 4-8 50.

Hand: Tyler Boris 3 0-0 7 (one 3-pointer), Graeme McGivern 2 0-0 6 (two 3-pointers), Pierson Chapman 2 0-1 4, Luke Bocher 2 0-0 4, Flynn Driscoll 0 3-4 3, Jesse Lutz 1 0-0 2, Matt Maxwell 1 0-0 2,Total 12 3-7 30.

3 point FG: Amity 4; Hand 3.

Next Up: For the SCC Quarter Finals, Amity (16-5) will go up against Hamden (17-3) at Branford Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball: Big Night For Spartans And Coach Jeff Nielsen

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Feb 152018
 

Valentine’s Day was a big night for the Amity Spartans Boys Basketball program, the Amity Army was there showing their love on Senior Night, Coach Jeff Nielsen had his 200th career win, and the team secured a spot in the SCC Tournament as the No. 6 seed.

The Spartans took on the Foran Lions in Woodbridge and actually were behind in the first three minutes. Then suddenly they just took over and dominated the game, leaving Foran behind 73-45. (A sweet senior night victory)

Amity’s Tyler Thomas was the game’s high scoring player with 30 points. Foran’s Matt Cruz made 19 points for the Lions.

Scoreboard

Amity 22   41   58   73   

Foran 18   24   37   45 

 

Scoring
Foran   18    6  13    8 – 45
Amity  22  19  17  15  – 73

 

Amity
Tyler Thomas 12 1-1 30 (five 3-pointers, five assists,five revounds), Jack Nolan 3 2-4 9 (one 3-pointer), James Van Hise 3 0-1 6 (eight rebounds, three assists), Chris Bierezowiec 3 0-1 6, Cole Wissink 2 0-0 5 (one 3-pointer),  Joe Benedetti 2 0-0 4,  Nick Huribal 2 0-0 4, Sebastian Formica 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer), Brian Curtin 1 0-0 2, Quinn Burke 1 0-0 2, Tanner Thomas 1 0-0 2  Totals 31 3-7 73
Foran
Matt Cruz 6 5-7 19 (two 3-pointers), Todd Gentley 5 1-4 11, John Shannon 2 2-2 7 (one 3-pointer), Tyler Heenan 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer), Victor Rios 1 1-1 3, Michael Simmonell 1 0-0 2  Totals 16 9-14 45
3 Point Field Goals: Foran 4, Amity 8

Boys Basketball: Thomas Leads Amity In Victory Over West Haven

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Dec 292017
 

On Wednesday evening, Dec. 27, Spartans fans witnessed a fantastic basketball game. It was Amity vs West Haven and from the get-go, the Blue Devils (and their coach) seemed to know they were out of their league.

AMITY           22 23 17 16 – 78

WEST HAVEN 11 13   8 19 – 51

Tyler Thomas 9 5-5 led the Spartans with 25 points, including 2 three-point field goals. He’s also credited with 10 assists and 6 rebounds. He was followed by Joe Benedetti 3 4-7 10 (and 10 rebounds), James Van Hise 4 1-2 10 (and 8 rebounds), Chris Bierezowiec 3 1-2 9, Jack Nolan 2 2-3 6, Sebastian Formica 2 0-0 5, Mike Young 1 1-2 3, Cole Wissink 1 1-2 3, Nick Huribal 1 0-0 2, Brian Curtin 1 0-0 2,  Totals 28 15-23 78.      

West Haven

Josiah Steinman 7 3-4 19 Jordan Berrios 3 2-3 10, Joshua Moncreef 3 1-2 7, Toma Brown 3 1-2 7. Jamal Pate 1 1-2 4,  Shea Shefield 1 0-0 3, Nick Comera 0 1-2 1 Totals 18 9-15 51.

Three-Point Field Goals

West Haven – 6 ( 2 Steinman, 2 Berrios, Pate, Shefield); Amity 7 ( Van Hise, Formica, 2 Bierezowiec, Burke)

Records: Amity 3-0, West Haven 1-2

Boys’ Basketball: Spartans Battle Hornets For The Victory

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Jan 122017
 

 

Colin Beaulieu (10) and Tyler Thomas (14) during the Jan. 11 game.

The Amity Spartans Boys Basketball Team hosted the Branford Hornets in Woodbridge Wednesday night.

Amity Junior Tyler Thomas (14) was the game’s high scorer with 22 points, including two 3-pointers.

Other noteworthy players

Amity: John Nolan (2) 13, John Ahern (21) 8, James Van Hise (41) 4, Robert Kirpas (20) 4 (including one 3-pointer), Colin Beaulieu (10) 4, Chris Bierezowiec (31) 2.

Branford: James Douglas Shaw (12) 16 (four 3 pointers), Jake Sullivan (24) 16 (including three 3 pointers), Ryan Sember (13) 8 (including two 3-point shots), Sam Roach (33) 2, Arthur Northrup (5) 1.

Scoreboard

Amity         15  33  44  58

Branford   12  22  32  43

Records: Amity 4-2, Branford 3-4

Next up, the Spartans are away at Wilbur Cross on Friday night.

 

Boys’ Basketball: Amity Off To A Great Season Start

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Dec 212016
 

basketballThe Amity Spartans hosted the Foran Lions for the season opener in Woodbridge on Tuesday night.

Foran took the first quarter lead with 9-7 over Amity, but after that, it was all Amity.

SCOREBOARD: Foran 9 10 3 13 – 35; Amity 7 16 16 13 – 52

Amity came out on top 52-35.

AMITY 
Jack Nolan 1 4-4 6, Colin Beaulieu 3 0-1 6, Tyler Thomas 2 4-4 8, Bob Kirpas 3 1-2 10, John Ahern 1 0-2 2, Ted Weber 2 5-7 9, Joe Benedetti 1 0-0 2, James Van Hise 2 4-4 9. Totals: 15 18-24 52

3-point goals Amity players shot 4 (Kirpas 3, Van Hise 1);

FORAN
Matt Krempa 1 0-0 3, Michael Sciuto 1 0-0 3, Brett Huber 1 3-6 5, JT Lanese 3 0-0 9, Zach Tauition 4 0-0 8, Victor Rios 1 0-0 3, Todd Gentlay 2 0-0 4. Totals: 13 3-6 35

3-point goals: Foran 6 (Krempa 1, Sciuto 1, Lanese 3, Rios 1);

Records: Amity 1-0; Foran 0-1

Boys Basketball: Two Wins and One Loss in February

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Feb 082016
 

IMG_1235Last week, Amity won two games — marking a 12 game winning streak — Abbott Tech, 51-40 on Monday, Feb. 1, and Shelton, 81-75, on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 6, the boys were on the road at Notre Dame West Haven, where they suffered their second season loss, 54-46.

The boys’ only two losses were “away” games, first to Fairfield Prep on Dec. 23, and most recently to Notre Dame West Haven on Feb. 6.

One of Amity’s star players, Chris Winkel is out indefinitely with a hand injury.

With four more scheduled games remaining, Amity’s record is 14-2 for the season.

Here are the summaries for last week’s games:

AMITY 51, ABBOTT TECH 40

In the first quarter, Abbott Tech led 7-4. Amity picked up the pace in the second quarter with 14 points to Abbott’s 11 – Second quarter score was tied 18-18.

In the third quarter Amity pulled ahead with 17 points to Abbott’s 11 – third quarter score 35-29 Amity.

Amity topped Abbott Tech 16-11 in the fourth quarter, securing a 51-40 victory.

Amity’s Top Scorers:

IMG_0817Tyler Thomas 15 (includes two 3-point goals), Truman Etkin 9 (from three 3-point goals), Brian Ronai 8, Teddy Weber 8, Jack Nolan 2, Eli Oliphant 7 (with one 3-pointer), Mike Stewart 2, .

Abbott Tech’s Top Scoring players:

Nick Placella 15 (includes three 3-point goals), Yermy Zapata 14, Omari Johnson 7 (includes one 3-pointer), Dom Rojers 4.

AMITY 81, SHELTON 75

On Tuesday, Amity hosted Shelton in Woodbridge and enjoyed another victory.

Amity took off in the first quarter and never looked back leading Shelton 21-14.

The Spartans made another 21 points in the second quarter to the Gaels’ 15 — 42-29 Amity.

Shelton picked up the pace in the third quarter topping Amity in points 19-16 — 58-48 Amity.

The Gaels kept up the momentum, topping the Spartans 27-23, but it was Amity’s game in the end with a 81-75 victory.

Amity’s top players:

IMG_0852Brian Ronai was Amity’s top scoring player with 20 points (which included one 3-point goal) he also had 12 rebounds, Teddy Weber 15 and he had 8 rebounds,Tyler Thomas 11 (includes two 3-point goals), Truman Etkin 11 (including three 3-pointers), Eli Oliphant 8, Jack Nolan 6, Mike Stewart 6, Devin Smith 4.

Shelton’s top players:

Jeff Stockmal was the game’s high-scoring player with 25 points (includes two 3-point goals),Casey Belade 15, Jack Gleason 10, Kevin Robinson 5, Matt Terrasi 18, Jake Maier 2.

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NOTRE DAME-WH 54, AMITY 46

On Saturday, Feb. 6, Notre Dame-West Haven hosted Amity and broke the Spartan’s 12-game winning streak.

Notre Dame took a quick lead with 13 points to Amity’s 6 in the first quarter.

Amity kicked it up by outscoring Notre Dame in the second quarter closing the deficit to 23-22 ND

Notre Dame showed its dominance in the third quarter, besting Amity 17-13 — 40-35 ND

The Green Knights secured the win topping the Spartans in the final quarter 14-11 — Final Score 54-46.

Amity’s Top Players:

Tyler Thomas was the game’s top scorer with 22 points (including two 3-point goals), Teddy Weber 6, Devin Smith 4, Brian Ronai 4, Jack Nolan 4, Truman Etkin and Mike Stewart each had one 3-point goal.

Notre Dame’s Top Players:

Ben Bagnoli 19 (includes one 3-point goal), Jalanni White 13 points (includes one 3-point goal) and 12 rebounds, Mike Brooks 8, Connor Raines 6 (includes one 3-point goal, Tim Dawson 6, Chukwudi Dikko 2.

Records: Amity 14-2; Notre Dame-West Haven 12-3

 

Boys Basketball: Tyler Thomas Leads Spartans to Victory Over Sheehan

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Jan 202016
 

IMG_0817The Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team improved its season record to 9-1 following a victory over the Sheehan Titans, Tuesday night in Woodbridge largely due to Tyler Thomas’s 23 point contribution to the game.

Amity was ahead in the first quarter 12-10; Sheehan outshot Amity 14-13 in the second, going into the half with a Amity still ahead 25-24.

In the second half both teams added 15 points, with Amity leading 40-39.

Too close for comfort? The Spartans showed their true colors outshooting the Titans 16-11 and securing the 56-50 victory.

Amity’s top players:
Tyler Thomas was the game’s high scorer with 23 (including two 3-pointers), Truman Etkin 8 (including two 3-point goals), Chris Winkel 7, Eli Oliphant 5, Brian Ronai 4, Teddy Weber 4, and Mike Stewart with one 3-point goal.

Sheehan’s point makers:
Eli Dyer 20, Brad Landry 12 (including two 3-point goals), Matt Ottochian 8, Adam DAntonio 4 (which included one 3-point goal).

Records: Amity 9-1; Sheehan 5-4