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Feb 182013
 

 

Zac Campbell prepares to shoot.

Zac Campbell prepares to shoot.

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

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Leading from start to finish, the Amity boys basketball team celebrated Senior Night by demolishing East Haven 62-30 Fri day night in a Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional contest played in Woodbridge. With the lop-sided win, the Spartans improved their record to 14-4 while the Yellowjackets slumped to 4-14. The winners connected on half of their 44 shots from the floor while the Easties were good on only 11 of their 48 tries (a meager 23%). In addition, Amity outboarded a much shorter East Haven quintet, 38-30.

According to winning Coach Jeff Nielsen “Defensively, we knew that we had to defend against the threes. Offensively, since we knew we were much taller, we wanted to get the ball inside for easy baskets. My only concern is our shooting free throws. We’ve never been the best team from the foul line. (Amity connected on only14 of its 24 freebies) Other than that, I thought we played great. Having the big lead early in the game, I was able to go to the bench and give them a lot of playing time.”

Ben LeVine swished an early trey and Remi Farrell followed that by cashing in on a feed from Gardner Broderick to give Amity a quick 5-0 lead. When Farrell slammed home a tomahawk dunk with 3 minutes, 17 seconds left in the first quarter, the Spartans extended their ever-growing lead to 13-3. By the end of the opening session, The Spartan advantage had been extended to 17-6.

Three pointers by Dave Ryan and Sebastian DiMauro were sandwiched around a short range hook shot from Broderick made it 25-11. When Farrell added successive dunks Amity had run off a 13- 5 spurt that opened up a 30-11 lead. After Steve Perricone’s lay-up with 7:11 to go in the first half, East Haven did not record another field goal until Ben Bagnoli hit from beyond the arc four minutes later. The Spartans walked off with a 35-14 halftime lead.

“Since it was Senior Night, I started Gilbert Guo and Alex Tumeniuk, two seniors that don’t see a lot of action, and they stepped right up to set the tone for the game,” Nielsen said. “Going into the game, I was concerned that we might overlook East Haven and think about Tuesday’s game against Fairfield Prep, the No. 1 team in the state. Fortunately, we never lost our focus and followed through on our game plan.”

Both teams cleared their respective benches during the second half. Led by Farrell’s 11 points, Amity ended up with 11 players sharing in the scoring. Zac Campbell and Broderick each hauled in a team-high six rebounds. Nick Lamberti tallied 12 points and grabbed seven caroms for the losers.

In their final home game of the regular season, the Spartans host Fairfield Prep on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 

AMITY ITEMS: The seven seniors honored in a brief pre-game ceremony were: Campbell, Levine, Broderick, Guo, Tumeniuk, Matt Lettick, and Farrell. Former Amity athlete (Class of 1989) Marine Corporal Chris Zovinka, a 100% service connected disabled veteran, who has undergone 11 surgeries including a kidney transplant, was also honored. While at the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital, Zovinka returned to his alma mater to coach throwers for the Spartan track team.

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Zac Campbell prepares to shoot.

Zac Campbell prepares to shoot.

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Feb 022013
 

The Spartans were fired up for Thursday night’s game

On Thursday, Jan. 31, the Amity Boys Hockey Team took on the Yellow Jackets from East Haven at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.

Both sides showed plenty of spirit and drive from the moment they skated onto the ice. The game was scoreless until 1:50 in the second period when the Easties Mike Falanga, assisted by Matt Longobardi and Nick Latella slapped in the first goal.

Amity quickly answered with two of their own, the first an unassisted goal by Keating Seymour at 3:11; soon followed by Adam Shea, assisted by Brett McNeil and Zach Shelnitz at 4:38.

Not to be outdone in the second period, The Easties Tristan Goodwin assisted by Longobardi, tied up the score 2-2 at 13:59.

Both teams came out for the third period on fire, Amity’s Dane Simone, assisted by Seymour brought the Spartans up one at 2:36; then rocketed his team ahead 4-2 at 5:54, assisted by Patch Flynn and Seymour.

A little more than 2 minutes later Longobardi, assisted by Marty Lendroth and Cory Smith, scored again for the Easties at 8:00 and moments later he tied the game 4-4 assisted by Joe DiAlbero at 9:28.

In the 4th period overtime it was anyone’s game, and obvious that both teams were hungry for the win. The goalies worked hard and the puck went from one end of the rink to the other but it was Longobardi, again assisted by DiAlbero who got one into the net at 3:04.

Final Score 5-4.

Afterward, Coach Gary Lindgren said, “It was a great game, well played, we wanted it bad, the kids worked hard and you can’t ask for more than that. My goalie Nick Nuzzolo played outstanding and I give East Haven a lot of credit — they played late last night and lost, they came back hard and they gave us a great game.

“We had our chances to put them away in the third period, Dane Simone scored two nice goals and we were looking to close them out and this is the first time a team has come back to beat us,” he said. “It’s a heartbreaker, but it’s ok. We win together, we lose together. The kids played hard tonight.”

Amity is now 9-3 for the season and it’s their first loss in Division 1 — to this point they were undefeated 4-0 in the division.

“Losing in overtime — it hurts, but we take a lot with us from this game. The kids showed a lot of character and composure, they hung tough. Both goalies played well. It was a nice game,” Lindgren said.

This was a tight game, nearly blow for blow with both teams making 34 shots each.

Amity’s Goalie Nick Nuzzolo had 29 saves and the Easties’ Zak Bouve’ had 30.

Records Amity 9-3; East Haven 7-4-1

Amity is off to Enfield to play tri-town at the Enfield Twin Rinks Saturday night at 6:10 p.m.

AMITY FUND-RAISER:

On Thursday, Feb. 7 the Amity boys hockey team will host a fund-raising game against Cheshire to support the Martino family from Orange who lost their house and all of their belongings in a fire on Jan.21.

The parents, Eddie and Kellie, are Amity graduates and their children, Eddie, 11, Emily, 13 and Mary-Kate, 15, all are in the Amity school system.  Mary-Kate is on the Amity Girls Hockey Team.

Raffle tickets will be sold in advance and the winner need not be present.

Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. Donations also may be made. Checks should be made out to the Amity Hockey Parent’s Association and be sent to Amity High School 25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge, Ct. 06525 attn: Hockey Parent’s Association.

All proceeds will be going to the Martino family to help rebuild their lives.

For more information contact Gary Lindgren at [email protected].

Sep 222012
 

File photo of Amity Soccer

By Phil Brodsky

Orange Live Sports Writer
Joe Guerra scored twice and teammate Jon Sutton added and 2 assists as the Amity boys soccer team defeated East Haven 6-2 Friday afternoon at the Yellow Jackets’ Crisafi Field.
The Easties opened the scoring by inadvertently knocking the ball into their own goal with 3 minutes gone in the game.
Following that “own goal” the score remained 1-0 until the Easties tied the game on a score by Ronnie Quezada at the 25 minute mark. The deadlock lasted 9 minutes when Guerra scored (with help from Sutton). East Haven answered again with Brian Lucarno found the net at 38 minutes.
With the score again deadlocked at 2-2 at the end of the first half, Amity totally dominated the final 40 minute session. Ian O’Brien-Cannon (set up on a feed from Sutton)  snapped the tie with his goal at 46 minutes. Now leading 3-2, the Spartans added goals from Dean Schwartz (48 minutes), Sean Bealieu (with an assist from Austin Duffy at 70 minutes, and Guerra (from Schwartz at 78 minutes).
The winners outshot the ‘Jackets 13-6. Jeff Curtain recorded 2 saves and Griffin Volta made 1 stop.
Amity visits Shelton Monday in a 7 PM contest at Finn Stadium.   

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