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Feb 142014
 

IMG_1020The Amity Boys Indoor Track team will compete in the State Open Championships at Floyd Little Athletic Center on Monday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.  (Previously scheduled for Saturday 2/15 at noon)

The Amity Girls Indoor Track team will compete in the CIAC State Open at Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven on Monday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. (Previously scheduled for Saturday, 2/15 at noon)

The SCC Varsity Wrestling Tournament at Shelton High School on Saturday Feb. 15 has been cancelled.

The Amity Boys Basketball game vs Wilbur Cross scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15 at Wilbur Cross High School has been changed from 3 p.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Jan 082014
 

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This hasn’t  been a stellar year for the Amity Boys Varsity Basketball team. Although the boys play hard, their record so far just doesn’t compare to past years.

On Saturday, the Spartans traveled to Middletown where host team Xavier really stole the spotlight.

At the end of the first quarter, Amity was ahead 11-10; then Xavier took over the lead in the second quarter by 10 points, 27-17, and never let go.

The Spartans rallied in the third quarter, but could not catch up due to their challenger’s aggressive play. Xavier was still ahead at then end of the third 41-26.

Amity made 12 points to Xavier’s 10 in the final quarter, but ultimately Xavier won the challenge 51-38.

Matt Ronai was the Spartan’s high scorer with 12 points; just below the games top point maker, Xavier’s Brandon MacPherson with 14 points.

 

AMITY

Sebastian DiMauro 1 0-0 2,

Dan Horton 1 0-0 3,

Dave Ryan 4 1-2 10,

Gerald Tashea 1 0-0 2,

Matt Ronai 4 1-2 12,

Chris Winkle 2 1-4 5,

Ethan Smith 2 0-0 4.

Totals: 15 3-8 38

XAVIER

Elijah Pemberton 2 4-4 8,

Brandon MacPherson 6 2-2 14,

Tom Jackson 5 0-0 11,

Kaleb Lutton 5 0-0 10,

Alex White 1 0-0 2,

Joe McCormick 1 0-0 3,

Kaleb Downing 1 0-0 3.

Totals: 21 6-6 51

3-point goals:  Amity 5 — Ronai had 3; Horton and Ryan had 1 each/Xavier 3 — Jackson, McCormick, and Downing had 1 each.

Amity      11       6      9    12    -    38
Xavier     10    17    14    10    -    51

Records: Amity 2-4; Xavier 5-1

Feb 092013
 

Zac Campbell made his 1,000 career point for Amity.

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

Sponsored by Maid Brigade of Derby

With Thursday night’s 75-60 home victory over Shelton, the Amity boys basketball team improved its Southern Connecticut Conference—Housatonic Division record to 7-1 (13-4 overall) and clinched its first Housy title since the 2006-2007 season. In addition, his three point play with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left in the game, gave Spartan senior Zac Campbell 1001 career points. He became the ninth player in Spartan history to score over 1000 career points and the first Spartan to join the 1000 point club since Bob Coppola in 1999. In addition to his 22 points, Campbell also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

“We knew that if we beat Shelton, we’d finish 7-1 and win then Housy, but we really didn’t talk about it,” Coach Jeff Nielsen said. “After our poor offensive effort against Hamden earlier in the week, we wanted to focus on ball movement, sharing the ball, finding the open man, and scoring easy baskets.”

The score was tied at 11-11 with 3:28 left in the first quarter when Campbell, Gardner Broderick, and Dave Ryan canned consecutive drives to give the Spartans a 17-11 lead that they never yielded. Campbell closed out the opening session with a three at the buzzer that extended that lead to 20-12. Playing one of their best quarters of the season, Amity netted eight of its 14 shots (57%) and outrebounded the Gaels 10-7.

One minute into the second quarter, Gardner Broderick cashed in on a steal, was fouled and added a free throw that gave the Spartans a 25-12 advantage. When Broderick followed that by scoring off a perfect feed from Ben LeVine to complete a 16-1 run and extend the lead to 27-12 with 4:45 left in the first half.

Christian Federici (who cashed out with a team-high 14 points) scored on a put back that drew Shelton within eight points (32-24) with 1:07 to go, but consecutive lay-ups in the final 35 seconds, enabled the Spartans to walk off with a 36-24 advantage.  Amity ended the first half hitting 15 of 29 shots (52%) while the Gaels were good on 10 of their 23 tries from the floor, but also missed nine of 12 from the foul line.

Following that red-hot start, Amity came out stone cold in the second half, missing eight of its first nine shots.

According to Nielsen, “Shelton went to a zone defense at the start of the second half. Instead of taking the ball inside, we began to settle for perimeter jump shots. Finally, we got back on track, took the ball to the hole, and maintained our lead.”

Despite their frigid second half start, the Spartans hung onto their commanding lead as Shelton scored only one field goal during the first half of the third quarter.  With 38 seconds left and his team still trailing 48-37, Ben Malay swished a trey. Shortly thereafter, the Gaels’ Casey Belade gunned home a three ball from deep in the corner to make it a 10 point game (50-40).

Midway into the final session, LeVine made successive pin-point feeds inside to Matt Lettick (16 points,) and Remi Farrell. Those easy scores enabled Amity to make it 60-45 and put the game out of reach.

Nielsen added, “Tonight, we played one of our best games of the season. Our defense was the best it has been. In addition we got inside and hit the glass hard. Our offensive rebounding was excellent tonight and gave us a lot of scoring opportunities.”

Amity narrowly outboarded the game, but outgunned Gaels 32-31 but also connected on 31 of its 66 shots (47%) while Shelton netted 23 of its 51 tries (45%). The 7-1-, 3-5 losers were good on only 10 of 19 from the foul line, compared to Amity’s 11 of 17 performance.

In addition to  Federici’s 14 points. Michael Davis dropped in 11 points while Malay and Craig Packnick each tallied 10 for Shelton. Packnick also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.

While most of the attention was focused on Campbell, Nielsen also made special note of Broderick’s 19 point-five rebound performance.

He said, “Gardner is very smart and smooth inside with a very soft touch.  His big key to success is his ability to score easy baskets from down the paint. Tonight, he got us off to a good start.”

Amity is at Hand on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  

Feb 082013
 

Zac Campbell

Sponsored by Maid Brigade of Derby

Congratulations to Amity Basketball Captain Zac Campbell who scored his 1,000th career point Thursday night at the Spartan’s home game against Shelton.

Amity won 75-60 and clinched the Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division title.

See Phil Brodsky’s game coverage later today.

Once again, congratulations Zac, we are so proud of you.

Dec 202012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

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Basketball games can often be won or lost from the foul line.

 While Amity recorded 20 field goals in Tuesday night’s Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional battle with Hamden, the Green Dragons came away with a 50-49 overtime victory. It came down to a matter of quantity not quality from the charity stripe. Hamden had a miserable night, hitting only 11 of its 26 free throws (a tepid 42%) while Amity was good on six of its 10 tries.

“They made enough free throws late in the game—when they really counted. They kept Hamden in front by just enough ton win,” said Spartan Coach Jeff Nielsen. “The pressure was on and the crowd was screaming.”

Amity went into the fourth quarter with a 33-28 lead but did not score a point for the first four minutes. On the other end of the gym, Hamden ran off a string of 10 unanswered points and grabbed a 38-33 advantage. Robert Brown dropped in four points during that run and Nathan Bailey added three.

The Spartans finally broke their offensive drought with Matt Lettick’s put back but Blaine Johnson quickly matched that with his base line drive with 2 minutes, 37 left. Trailing 40-35, Amity pared that gap back to two points (41-39) as David Ryan and Lettick both cashed in on perfect feeds from Zac Campbell while Hamden added another freebie by Bailey. In the final minute, the Spartans failed to connect on jump shots by Campbell and Gardner Broderick, but finally managed to get back even at 41-41 on Lettick’s put back with one second left on the clock.

Campbell’s drive gave the Spartans a two point lead with 3:19 to go in the extra four minute session, but Hamden answered with back-to-back baskets by Bailey and Johnson.

Nielsen said, “It’s big once you get that extra field goal in overtime.”

Noting that his team had committed two costly turnovers in overtime, he added, “One of our turnovers let them score those back-to-back field goals.”

While Amity did not score for 50 seconds, Johnson swished a pair of free throws at the 48 second mark and Richard Kennedy added another with 20 seconds left as Hamden opened up as 50-46 lead. Campbell gunned home a three pointer from the wing with 8.6 seconds to go but the Spartans still trailed by a point (50-49). After Byrd missed two foul shots with 3.5 ticks left on the clock, Campbell grabbed the rebound and whipped a long pass down court to Ryan who missed a jump shot as the final buzzer sounded.

According to Nielsen, “Things got hectic when we saw their pressure. We didn’t get to the right spots on the floor on our press break. Somebody was always out of position.”

The Spartans started out ice cold, missing their first six shots, but despite hitting only two of their nine shots in the first quarter, were only trailing by a point (7-6) when Hamden’s Dylan Noble hit a jumper and added a free throw to make it 10-6 with three seconds left.

Amity fell behind 14-6 when Bryant Backus canned a base line drive and Aaron Green followed with a bulls-eye jumper. With 3:20 left in the first half, Kennedy gunned home a three to give the Green Dragons a 19-11 advantage.

After their early offensive snooze, the Spartans pulled off a Rip Van Winkle imitation, and suddenly woke up. Ignited by Broderick’s three at 3:01, Amity went on an amazing 20-1 run, turning their eight point deficit into an 11 point lead (31-20) with 3:05 left in the third quarter. As was the case all game, momentum suddenly shifted back to Hamden. The Dragons finished the third quarter with an 8-2 spurt. When Bailey cashed in on a steal with a second to go, Hamden was back within five points (33-28).

“We didn’t shoot well in the first quarter (hitting only two of nine shots) but then in the second quarter, we began to find the basket. We pressed them, forced a few turnovers, scored a few easy baskets, and gained some confidence. Then, once we had the nice lead (31-20), Hamden pressed us and we couldn’t run and execute our set plays,” Nielsen said. “It was a hectic and at times, ugly game.”

Recalling that his team led its fourth quarter lead slip away, he added, “We did lose our lead but we never quit. We stayed together and then got the big tip-in to send the game into overtime.”

The Spartans were 18 of 51 from the floor (35%) but a mediocre two of 15 (13%) from beyond the arc.

Hearing that statistic, Nielsen said, “Our threes didn’t go in tonight, but we stayed on the glass and got put backs.”

Offensively, Johnson led the winners with 12 points and Kennedy tallied 10. Campbell tallied 12 and Lettick popped in 10 for Amity. Led by Lettick’s eight caroms, Amity outboarded Hamden 31-28.

“We rebounded o.k. That’s not a major concern. We have to work on improving our offensive execution and we had trouble with their press. It really bothered us,” added the Spartan mentor.

Amity (now 1-2) hosts Cheshire on Thursday night at 7.

AMITY ITEMS: Instead of wearing their normal warm-up jackets, Amity’s varsity and junior varsity teams came out wearing white t-shirts with each player having the name of one murdered Newtown child and the date of the massacre (12-14-12) on his back. The Amity dance team wore their normal black and gold uniforms but each member had a green ribbon in her hair in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The gymnasium’s upper balcony, which normally is almost empty, was full of Amity students, most of them wearing similar white t-shirts with the name of a murdered Newtown child on each one.

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