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A Look Back: The Spartans – Indians Thanksgiving Rivalry Over The Years

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Nov 222018
 

 

The Spartans-Indians Thanksgiving rivalry began in 1996.

Amity has won 8 times, while North Haven has won 13 times, including the past 10 consecutive years.

Not since 2009, when the final score was 21-19, has Amity come “this close” to a Thanksgiving Day victory.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the highly skilled 2018 Spartans fought their way all the way through the game in North Haven, nearly breaking the Indian’s decade-long run, only to lose by 2 points at 28-26.

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Amity 37         1996                   North Haven   7

Amity           1997                   North Haven   0

Amity   7         1998                   North Haven  18

Amity   7         1999                   North Haven  32

Amity 15         2000                  North Haven   14

Amity 27        2001                  North Haven   27

Amity 27        2002                   North Haven   0

Amity 47       2003                  North Haven   21

Amity 33       2004                   North Haven   7

Amity 45       2005                   North Haven  13

Amity 14        2006                   North Haven 20

Amity 36        2007                   North Haven 24

Amity 20       2008                   North Haven   7

Amity 19        2009                   North Haven   21

Amity 24        2010                   North Haven  40

Amity 10         2011                   North Haven   27

 Amity   7         2012                   North Haven   32

Amity   14       2013                   North Haven   41

Amity  20       2014                  North Haven  40

Amity 30       2015                  North Haven  62

Amity 14        2016                  North Haven  49

Amity  7         2017                  North Haven  46

Amity 26       2018                  North Haven 28

     Series to Date

    Amity: 9 wins

       North Haven: 13 wins

 Ties: 1

Football: Amity Holds Its Own Against Notre Dame For Three Quarters

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Oct 202018
 

Amity was on the road in West Haven for a matchup against Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 19.

Notre Dame has had a couple of big losses this year, and a couple of big victories as well. Their win against Amity 21-14 was the closest game yet.

The Spartans are warriors this year, and they played hard, and they certainly held their own against the Green Knights.

Here’s how the game played out:

Notre Dame’s Junior Quarterback Jackson Zalinsky scored the first touchdown of the game with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter had a lot of back and forth, and then, with just 48 seconds on the clock, Amity Junior Joey Digello scored for the Spartans, and Abyan Nawaz’s kick was good, putting Amity ahead 7-6.

The Spartans retained their lead throughout the third quarter. Amity Junior Quarterback James Laubstein made his way across the goal line with 2:41 remaining.

Both teams battled for the next 2.5 minutes, but the Spartans retained their 14-6 lead.

The fourth quarter was a nail-biter, with the Green Knights scoring another touchdown within the first three minutes. At one point behind the Spartans, they needed to make a smart strategic move, so, they went for, and succeeded in executing a two-point conversion, tying the game at 14-14.

The Notre Dame band played through the final quarter, and both teams took turns attempting to break that tie.

Then the Green Knights Senior Warren Murphy made his breakaway move. With Amity Senior Runningback Daniel Beckwith hot on his tail, Murphy lept over fallen players and just made a beeline for the goal line. Beckwith made one last-ditch effort to tackle him, but Murphy sprinted on.

He ran past the goal line and straight over to fans lining the fence. He high-fived several of them and then, the extra point was good.

Notre Dame took the lead, 21-14, with 3:14 left on the clock.

Amity’s Michael Young made a valiant effort to tie things up again, but the clock ran out and the Spartans had to take the loss.

Other notable Amity players in this game were Sophomore Anthony Olenechuk (54), Junior Nico Semmonella (81), Junior Andrew Gnidula (13) and Senior Jake Lettick (10). Everyone played to win.

NOTE: This was the closest game Notre Dame has had so far.

Records: Both Amity and Notre Dame are 4-2 for the 2018 Season.

Next Up for the Spartans: a HOME game against Branford (4-2) at 7 p.m.

Rounding out the season, the final three games are ARGH, the undefeated Shelton Gaels at HOME on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

Then, and AWAY game at Hamden (not having the best season at 2-4) on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

And Finally the BIG Thanksgiving Rivalry Game against North Haven (5-1) at Vanacore Field on Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

I’ve said it before, do NOT underestimate the 2018 Amity Spartans, they’re strong, they’re talented and they’re determined. They can do this!

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
— Tom Landry

 

Football: Don’t Underestimate The Amity Spartans

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Oct 132018
 

Photo by Ernie Goodwin

The Amity Spartans football team hasn’t gotten, nor earned much credit for several years, but now, under the leadership of new Head Coach Craig Bruno and Asst. Coach John Johnson, the boys are more than impressive this year.

Fans had grown used to leaving games disappointed more often than not, but so far this season, Amity has seen more victories than defeats, starting with Harding on Sept. 7, W 26-8; Hillhouse, Sept 21, W 27-18; Wilbur Cross, Sept. 27, W 27-12; and today’s tremendous shut-out in New Milford Oct. 13, W 36-0. The Spartans’ only loss was to Foran on Sept. 14. L 8-21.

We don’t have much information on today’s game, except that at halftime Amity was leading New Milford 29-0.

As stated above, the Spartans shut out the Green Wave 36-0.

Records: Amity 4-1, New Milford 0-5

Amity is on the road again next week, a little closer to home, going up against Notre Dame-West Haven (3-2) at Veteran’s Stadium on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.

Football: Senior Michael Young Shows Them How It’s Done

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Sep 222018
 

Michael Young TD number 3

The Amity Spartans Varsity Football Team hosted the Hillhouse Academics in Woodbridge on Friday night, Sept. 22.

Hopes were high for a Spartans victory, with the stands full of fans, or as Channel 3’s Joe Zone put it, “The largest crowd he’d seen all night.”

Even though Hillhouse was first on the scoreboard with 6 points, the Spartans did not disappoint. With 4:44 left on the clock in the first quarter, Amity rushed ahead of the Academics with Michael Young’s first touchdown of the night.

Junior kicker Abyan Nawaz added another point, making the score 7-6 Spartans.

In the second quarter, the Spartans continued to shine, scoring another touchdown and extra point around the halfway point, then, with 2:56 remaining in the first half, Young made his second touchdown, but Hillhouse successfully blocked the extra point.

At halftime, Amity leads 20-6.

Soon after returning to the field, the Academics made their move and junior Tre ronn Bryant made it safely past the goal line.  (20-12)

With less than 5 minutes left in the third, Young made his third touchdown, and the extra point was good.

About 90 seconds later, Hillhouse scored again bringing the third quarter score to 27-18.

The fourth quarter was uneventful, with a bit of back and forth, but no one was able to add any points.

Amity wins 27-18

Records: Amity 2-1, Hillhouse 0-3.

Next up for the Spartans, a HOME game vs Wilbur Cross (2-1) on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.

Amity Football: Foran Schools Amity With 21-8 Victory

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Sep 142018
 

The Amity Spartans Football team hosted the Foran Lions in Woodbridge on Friday night.

The humid, yet cooler temperature out in Woodbridge Friday night reminded everyone that it’s football season.

The stands were full, and the Amity Army had a black-out in the far right of the stands, while on the track the Amity Cheerleaders shared their space with the award-winning Pop Warner cheerleaders, and the Amity Dance Team was on fire.

Out on the field, the Spartans and the Lions went head-to-head, and Foran was first to score closing out the first quarter at 6-0.

Foran continued to dominate with another touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion making their halftime lead 14-0.

The Spartans scored in the third quarter and made a 2 point conversion, and the Lions made another touchdown and the kick was good, bringing the score to 21-8.

No one scored in the final quarter and Foran boarded their bus with a 21-8 victory.

 

 

 

Sep 072018
 

This has been a great week for our Amity sports teams as the Fall Season begins.

On Thursday, the Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving Team won its first meet vs Mercy 106-77.

Tonight, the Girls Volleyball team defeated Branford 3-0.

And the Amity Spartans Football team was victorious against Harding 26-8.

Congratulations to all these fabulous teams, we’re so proud of you!

Great Job Coaches Rainey, Davis, and Bruno!

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule Sept. 2-8

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Sep 032018
 

The 2018 Fall sports season has begun and Amity athletes are ready to go.

Following is this week’s varsity sports schedule.

Monday (Labor Day) Sept. 3. 

Field Hockey in the Pomperaug Jamboree, away at Pomperaug 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

No Games

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Girls Soccer vs Choat Rosemary Hall scrimmage away at Choat 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Sacred Heart Academy scrimmage Home at Amity 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Newtown scrimmage Home at Amity 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Boys Soccer vs Shelton away at Capewell Park, Shelton 4:30 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Mercy away at Mercy 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7

Football vs Harding away at Harding High 7 p.m.

Girls Cross Country Black and Gold Home at Fitzgerald Trail Woodbridge 3:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Branford Home at Amity 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Field Hockey vs North Branford away at North Branford 10:30 a.m.

Girls Soccer vs Newtown away at Blue and Gold Stadium 12 p.m.

Girls Volleyball CIAC Invitational away at Ct Sports Center, Woodbridge 9 a.m.

 

 

 

Amity Football 2018 Season Game Schedule

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Aug 272018
 

The Amity Spartans Football team has a new Head Coach, Craig Bruno, who built the Bunnell High School Football program and won CIAC CLASS L state championships in 2006 and 2007.

Bruno was the head coach at Naugatuck High School from 2013-2016 and most recently was an assistant coach at Staples High School. His overall coaching record is 124-49-1.

He may be what Amity needs to get some respect and start winning games.

Following is the Spartan’s schedule for the 2018 season with five HOME games.

• Wednesday, Aug. 29, scrimmage at Oxford High School turf field at 9:30 a.m.

• Friday, Sept. 7 at Harding High School at 4:30 p.m. W 26-8 

• Friday, Sept. 14 vs Foran at Amity at 7 p.m. L 8-21 

• Friday, Sept. 21 vs Hillhouse at Amity at 7 p.m. W 27-18 

• Thursday, Sept. 27 vs Wilbur Cross at Amity at 7 p.m.  W 27-12 

• Saturday, Oct. 13 vs New Milford at New Milford High School at 6 p.m.  W 36-0 

• Friday, Oct. 19, vs Notre Dame-West Haven at Veteran’s Stadium at 12 p.m. L 14-21 

• Friday, Oct. 26 vs Branford at Amity at 7 p.m.  L 14-28 

• Friday, Nov. 2 vs Shelton at Amity at 7 p.m.  L 7-46 

• Friday, Nov. 9 vs Hamden at Hamden High School at 7 p.m. W 46-26 

• Thursday, Nov. 22 THANKSGIVING vs North Haven at North Haven’s Vanacore Field at 10:30 a.m. L 26-28 

 

Let The Games Begin, This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Events

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Aug 272018
 

Girls soccer file photo

Amity High School students return to school on Wednesday, Aug. 29, but the athletes already are hitting the fields and courts.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Boys Soccer vs Trumbull scrimmage game at Amity High Field 3 at 4 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Trumbull scrimmage game away at Trumbull Turf Field at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

Football vs Oxford scrimmage away at Oxford High Turf Field at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Guilford scrimmage at Amity High Field 3 at 4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Boys Soccer vs Hopkins scrimmage at Amity High Field 3 at 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Trumbull scrimmage away at Trumbull main gym at 4 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31

Boys Cross Country vs. New Fairfield scrimmage away at New Fairfield at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 1

Boys Soccer Amity Jamboree at Amity High at 9 a.m.

Field Hockey New Fairfield Jamboree Away at New Fairfield HS at 9:00 a.m.

V Girls Soccer Shelton Jamboree Away at Shelton High School at 8:00 a.m.

 

Football: Foran Edges Amity 22-21 on Friday

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Nov 122016
 

img_9879In 2016, we’ve watched the Amity Spartans grow stronger as the season progresses. Our boys have had two consecutive wins and last night (Nov. 11) they nearly pulled off another one, only to miss out by one point — 21-22 against Foran 5-3.

The Spartans (3-6) have another couple of weeks to regroup and prepare for the Thansgiving Day rivalry against North Haven — in North Haven this year.

Amity is good enough to actually win the 2016 rivalry game. North Haven (3-6) hasn’t been as dominant this year and both teams are evenly matched.

Congratulations to our Amity Spartans on a well played game last night and good luck on Thanksgiving! You CAN break North Haven’s holiday winning streak.