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Sep 302014
 

 BasketballThe Amity girls basketball team will host clinics for girls in second grade to eighth grade in October.  The Amity coaching staff and team will provide drills, shooting sessions, and more. 

The clinics will take place at the High School gym (entrance is at the back of the building), from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, Oct. 7; Thursday, Oct. 16; Tuesday, Oct. 21, Wednesday, Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12.

Pre-registration fee is $90 for six sessions; or $102 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Amity Girls Basketball team.

For more information, e-mail [email protected].

Feb 242014
 

the Graham Sisters

the Graham Sisters

Let the playoffs begin. The #3 Lady Spartans won their SCC quarterfinal battle against #11 Sacred Heart Academy 44-34 in Wallingford on Saturday.

This is the third time Amity beat Sacred Heart this year.

It was another tight game, but as usual, the Lady Spartans started to pull away towards the end of the 4th quarter.

Elise Graham scored the game high 17 points and Chloe Brinton added 13 points and made 10 free throws in the Spartans victory.

With the win Amity will face No. 2 Career in the semifinals today, Feb. 24.

UPDATE: The Girls Basketball SCC semi-final game Vs Career High will be played at East Haven High School at 6 p.m.

If You can, come out and support our AMAZING Lady Spartans as they continue to fight for the title!

Chloe Brinton (15) and Molly Ronan background  were lauded for their work in the Candy Cane Classic

Chloe Brinton (15) and Molly Ronan background were lauded for their work in the Candy Cane Classic

Girls basketball

Feb 142014
 

Kathleen Feng Prepares  for her second foul shot.

Kathleen Feng Prepares for her second foul shot.

Senior Night (or Day) in any sport is special. It’s a time when the parents of the talented senior athletes finally have their moment in the spotlight — much less than the proverbial 15 minutes of fame. And, of course, for the athletes to shine.

On Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, the Lady Spartans had a very special night, after being behind Sacred Heart throughout the entire game they experienced a miracle in the fourth quarter.

Elise Graham was the high scorer for Amity with 10 points, followed by Mikaila Schmitt and Kathleen Feng each with 6 points; Chloe Brinton, 5 points; Rachel Nevolis 3 points; then Molly Ronan and Ashley Wu each adding 1 point.

But it was Kathleen Feng, who was pushed and knocked to the ground in the final seconds of the game, affording her two foul shots.

With the weight of the world on her shoulders Kathleen tied the game 31-31 with her first shot. Coach Michelle Martinik called for a time out, then Kathleen took her place for her second shot.

She sank it with just 5 seconds left on the clock (#32 made the 32nd and winning point).

Sacred Heart got the ball and furiously tried to score, but it was all over.

Every single point counted in this game.

This game was intense and Sacred Heart was at least 1 point ahead of Amity all four quarters.

Sacred heart was first to post with a 3 pointer, Amity answered with 2 points. and so on.

1st quarter    Amity 7; Sacred Heart 8

2nd quarter  Amity 19; Sacred Heart 22

3rd quarter  Amity 20; Sacred Heart 29  — This by far was the highest point spread.

4th quarter  Amity 32; Sacred Heart 31

Both teams played to win, and it was heartbreaking for Sacred Heart and their fans to lose this game when it seemed to be going their way for nearly two hours.

Feb 122014
 

 BasketballThe Lady Spartans Basketball Team stepped onto the court in Wallingford with the same drive and spirit as they have all season long. This was a big game, going against Lyman Hall, whom they had defeated 37-35 in their last matchup, for the SCC Housatonic Division title.

Coming off a 16 game winning streak, the girls never took anything for granted. They fought for every point and demonstrated that great Amity “there is no I in TEAM” way of competing that their fans have grown to appreciate all year.

In the third quarter, Senior Chloe Brinton hit her milestone 1,000th point for the Spartans. She led her team with 13 points in this game.

Mikaila Schmitt scored 9 points, followed by the Graham sisters (Janae and Elise) and Amanda Vecchio each with 8 points.

Records: Amity 17-2; 7-1 division — Lyman 16-3; 7-1 division

So, which one of these teams made it into the top 10? Although Amity’s season record is better, both teams are tied for the division. We all will have to wait to find out.

Snow has postponed the celebrated Senior Night from Thursday night to Friday night at 7 p.m. Come on out on Valentine’s Day and show them some Love.

Jan 272014
 

IMG_1020This week’s Varsity games: Home and close by

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Boys Basketball vs Guilford, Amity High School, 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Xavier, Orange Community Center Pool, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Wilton, Rinks of Shelton, 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan 29

Boys Ice Hockey vs Notre Dame – Fairfield, Bennett Rink West Haven, 6:30 p.m.

Wrestling vs Fairfield Prep, Amity High School, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs West Haven, West Haven High, 7 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Notre Dame-Fairfield, Milford Ice Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Boys and Girls indoor Track, SCC Championship, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31

Girls Basketball vs Shelton, Amity High, 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton, Amity High, 7:30 p.m.

Jan 122014
 

DSC_0023Amity’s Chloe Brinton and Cheshire’s Missy Bailey tied for highest point makers in SCC Housatonic Division Game in Cheshire.

The Lady Spartans won its 9th consecutive game of the season on Friday taking the lead in the first quarter  with Elsie Graham scoring 6 six points and Mikaila Schmitt with 5. The first quarter ended 15-12 – Amity.

Amity came out strong in the second with Cheshire’s Emily Inzero making a 3-point goal and Jill Howard with two free throws  and Kya O’Donnell scoring 10 points, helping boost the Rams to within two points of the Lady Spartans 33-31.

The third quarter saw Chloe Brinton score 8 of her 18 game points for Amity, which included a 3-point goal and three foul shots. Third period score 48-33.

Cheshire really rallied in the final quarter coming within a 3 point deficit 50-47 with 6:23 left in the game with a lot of help from Ciara Haensel. Unfortunately, with just 1:49 remaining,  Bailey suffered a ankle sprain on a driving layup. Amity kept on it’s excellent team play and was victorious 60-54.

Amity

Chole Brinton 5 6-8 18,  Isabella Bierezowiec 2 4-6 8,  Elsie Graham 3 5-8 11, Janae Graham 2 2-5 6, Molly Ronan 4 0-0 8, Mikaila Schmitt 3 2-2 9.

Cheshire 

Missy Bailey 5 8-11 18, Sara Como 2 0-0 5, Lily Dolyak 1 1-2 3, Ciara Haensel 2 3-4 7, Jill Howard 2 0-2 4, Emily Inzero 1 0-0 3, Bry McIntosh 1 0-0 2, Kya O’Donnell 5 2-4 12. Totals: 19 14-24 54.

3-Point Goals—Amity: Brinton 2, Schmitt 1; Cheshire: Como 1, Inzero 1.

Amity made 19 of 28 free throws: Cheshire made 14 of 24.

Amity        15  18  15  12  —  60

Cheshire   12  19  12  11   —  54

 

Team Records—Amity: 9-1, 3-0; Cheshire: 7-3, 2-2.

Photos courtesy of  Felicia Schmitt

 

 

Jan 072014
 

file photo from Dec. 19 game

file photo from Dec. 19 game

The Boys Basketball Team lost to Shelton on Saturday, however, the girls won 51-30.

Highlights of the game were: Chole Brinton had a team high 23 pts along with Molly Ronan 13 pts.

Elise Graham had 6 pts and 8 rebounds while Janae Graham had 6 assists.

The Lady Spartans are the team to watch, they are playing tonight at Amity at 7 p.m.

Come on out and cheer them on.

Dec 252012
 

Chloe Brinton pictured at an earlier game this season.

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

 Sponsored by Pat Cardozo of Coldwell Banker, Woodbridge

Chloe Brinton popped in 13 points and Molly Ronan added 12 as the Amity girls basketball team defeated Branford 54-36 Thursday night at the Hornets’ home nest. It was the third win in a row for Coach Michelle Martinik’s Lady Spartans, who now sport a glossy 4-1 record, while the Hornets slip back to 3-2.

Led by Brinton and Ronan, the winners jumped out to an early 8-3 lead and by the end of the first half, had expanded their advantage to 19-11. Amity iced its victory cake with a 35-25 second half advantage. The 3-2 Hornets recorded only 10 field goals and half of that total came from three-point land. Branford’s Gabriella Melgar tossed in a team-best 13 points. Included in that total were a trio of field goals from beyond the arc.

In addition to the double-digit scoring by Brinton and Ronan, the Lady Spartans also got solid offensive contributions from Caroline McDonald (nine points) and Mikala Schmitt (eight points). Led by Brinton (eight rebounds) and Kristen Post (7 rebounds) Amity outboarded the Hornets by a whopping 30-11.

“Unlike the West Haven game, we came out, moved well at both ends of the court, and played aggressively against Branford all night. Branford is a very physical, in-your-face, aggressive type of team so we knew that we had to match their intensity. I was so glad to see that we never let up. Branford likes to push the ball and we knew that defensively, we had to be ready to stop them. ” Lady Spartan Coach Michelle Martinik said. “It was our defense that kept us ahead throughout the game.”

She went on to note that because the Hornets were so aggressive on defense, her girls were able to find open teammates and hit them with passes that frequently led to easy, uncontested lay-ups. Amity ended up shooting a sizzling hot 65% from the floor (28 of 43).

Martinik added, “It’s taken us two full years to really get to a point where we are confident playing our man-to-man defense. Janae Graham did a great defensive job on Melgar, who is their top scorer and best guard. She showed that she can drive to the hoop and also step out and hit the three. We were upbeat and really played well. It was a great way to go into our holiday break.”

Amity is now idle until Thursday at 7 p.m. when it hosts Oxford in the first round of the Candy Cane Invitational Tournament. 

 

Dec 202012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

 Sponsored by Pat Cardozo from Coldwell Banker

Following a sluggish first half, the Amity girls basketball team got its offense into gear  during the third quarter and went zooming past West Haven 41-30 Tuesday night In a Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional game that was played at the Blue Devils’ gymnasium. With this victory, the Lady Spartans improved their record to 3-1.

The Westies led by a point (11-10) after the first quarter and the game was deadlocked 19-19 at the break, but the Lady Spartans outscored West Haven 13-5 in the third quarter and 22-11 during the second half.

“We started off slowly, not winning the 50/50 balls and getting outrebounded. That’s why we were tied at the end of the first half,” Coach Michelle Martinik said. “We came out and really hustled in the second half. That led to us going on a good run in the third quarter. Chloe (Brinton) and Mik (Mikaela Schmitt) really worked hard to give us a boost of energy in the second half. We knew that West Haven was a good team and we had to step it up to win. I’m proud of how the girls stayed together and pulled out the win.”

Brinton was the winners’ top gun, scoring 10 points. In addition to tossing in eight points, Schmitt hauled in nine rebounds. The pesky Lady Spartan defense recorded 14 steals.

With the loss, the Westies’ record dipped to 3-3.

Amity visits Branford Thursday night at 7. 

Dec 062012
 

Some of the action from Wednesday’s game.

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

 Sponsored by Pat Cardozo from Coldwell Banker

In her pre-season report, Amity girls’ basketball Coach Michelle Martinik revealed that one of her team’s goals is to keep an opponent from scoring more than 39 points a game. True to their coach’s word, the Lady Spartans used their aggressive, stingy to post a 41-31 season-opening victory over Sacred Heart Academy Wednesday night. The Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional contest was played in Woodbridge. The Lady Spartans also forced the Pacers to make 15 turnovers and hit only nine of their 44 shots (20%) from the floor. On top of that SHA, which was rated to be one of the top teams in the Quinnipiac Divison of the SCC, was good on only 13 of its 20 free throw attempts (65%).

According to Martinik, “It’s always nice to start the season with a win. I thought we played really good defense tonight. We worked hard, helped and communicated well with each other.”

An early field goal by Molly Schmitt and back-to-back scores from Chloe Brinton (who finished with a game-high 16 points) staked the Lady Spartans to a 6-1 lead that they never gave up. Brinton added two free throws to extend Amity’s lead to 14-5 with 1 minute, 48 seconds left in the first quarter. Shortly thereafter, the Pacers’ Shyla Osmond completed a three-point play and cut her team’s deficit to 14-8 at the end of the opening session.

 The second period began with Brinton and Kristen Post dropping in consecutive lay-ups that opened up a 10 point (18-8) Amity lead. After scoring those two field goals in the first minutes of the second quarter, Amity netted only one field goal during the remainder of the first half (a Brinton bulls-eye with 4:27 left in the first half). While the Lady Spartan offense went into a lull, their defense kept harassing the Pacers, allowing them to connect on only two of their 15 shots in the second quarter (five of 29—17% in the first half).

 Late in the first half, Molly Ronan and Janea Graham both canned pairs of freebies as Amity walked off with a 24-16 lead at the break.

Fully aware that Sacred Heart had defeated her team three times last winter, Martinik said, “They are a good team and have given us some tough battles in the past. When our offense cooled off, we compensated for that and fought through the offensive draught with some tight defense and rebounding.”

The Lady Spartans’ offensive draught carried over for the first half of the third period. Prior to freshman Elise Graham swishing a base line jumper with 3:58 to go in the third quarter, Sacred Heart had gone on a 15-7 spurt and drawn within  two points (25-23). After Lexi Cafasso’s put back early in the third quarter, the Pacers did not record another field goal until Michaela Montini’s drive with 32 seconds left on the clock. Amity was able to preserve its advantage when Brinton stole the ball and drove home a lay- up that opened up a 31-23 lead.

Continuing to harass the Pacers with their tenacious defense, the Lady Spartans allowed only two Montini field goals in the final 1:25 of the fourth quarter. Amity did not record a field goal during then final sessions but maintained its upper hand by netting nine of 16 from the foul line.

The winners netted 12 of 44 shots from the floor (27%) and 17 of 27 (63%) from the charity stripe. Led by Post’s nine rebounds along with eight more from Schmitt, the winners ended up with a 43-32 edge off the glass.

“We put in a new offense this year and we’re still getting used to it,” Martinik said.  “We looked for the open girl and ended up making the shot we should make. I was very encouraged seeing how hard we fought tonight. Our team defense was super.”

She added, “This was the first time (point guard) Janea Graham had started a varsity game. I thought she was very composed, gave a great effort, and played a great floor game.”

Graham finished with seven points.

While Osmond was expected to be a team leader for Sacred Heart, she is still coming back from a summer concussion and a pre-season ankle injury, scoring only six points. Montini led the losers with nine points.

AMITY ITEMS: While they did not play together, Martinik and her SHA counterpart, Gail Strumpf-Cheney (who was making her coaching debut) are both Masuk High of Monroe grads. Their Panther coach, Dave Strong was on hand to watch his two former high school stars battle it out from their respective benches.

The 1-0 Lady Spartans visit Guilford Friday night at 7.