“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.”
Throughout the season, I reminded readers not to underestimate the Spartans Football Team, as they were working on the best season in more than a decade.
Amity went onto Vanacore Field at North Haven High School for the traditional Thanksgiving Day rivalry game with a 5-4 record against the Indians with its 7-2 record.
Even though North Haven has crushed many of its opponents this season, I had a feeling that the 2018 Spartans would give them a run for their money. And although I can’t write a decent sports story, or define a particular play, I was right about this year’s team.
Amity showed its true spirit just minutes into the game when Michael Young ran 77-yards weaving and dodging the Indians best defensive players to make the first touchdown of the game, certainly stunning North Haven fans and players. Joe Digello’s 2-point rush gave the Spartans an 8-0 lead.
North Haven struck right back with Devan Brockamer’s 32-yard run TD, extra point failed 8-6, Amity.
At the end of the first quarter, the Indians held a 4 point lead 12-8.
In the second quarter, North Haven’s Shamus Meehan scored a touchdown and Brockamer’s rush added 2 extra points as well, bringing their lead to 20-8.
Then, with no time on the clock, Michael Young scored another touchdown, but the extra point was no good, bringing the halftime score to 20-14 – North Haven.
There was a lot of back and forth in the third quarter, but both teams’ defense was doing their jobs until the end of the quarter when North Haven added another 8 points, credited to Brockamer pushing their lead to 28-14.
Amity’s Nico Semmonella made a 14-yard touchdown, but the rush failed, bringing the score to 20-28 with 7:20 left
With just 3:29 remaining, Semmonella scored a 16-yard touchdown, again the rush failed- bringing the score to a nail-biting 28-26.
Amity had a first and goal at the 7-yard line with 1:30 to go in the game. The Spartans had a couple of opportunities to tie or win the game but, it wasn’t meant to be.
NORTH HAVEN 12 8 8 0 – 28
I am so proud of the Spartans and grateful to their coaches for leading them this far. We had a great time watching you boys play and admire your integrity and the respect you showed other players on the field throughout the season.
To this year’s 10 seniors: Michael Young, Jacob Lettick, Daniel Beckwith, Gabriel Lipsitz, Andrew Kimball, Brendan Messina, Brenna Dimauro, Ryan Biagetti, Justin Griffin, and James Van Hise, thank you for all you’ve done this year to put the Spartans on the map.
To the fans, remember, next year, we will still have a lot of talent out there on the field when this year’s juniors are next year’s 12th graders leading the team. Among them are: Joseph Digello, James Laubstein, Nico Semmonella, Abyan Nawaz, Andrew Gnidula, Jake Forchetti, Daniel Cavanagh, Aedan Loynsky. With these players and 10 other juniors, along with the 15 remaining underclassmen and any other talent that may be recruited, I think we’ll be in good hands for quite a while.
Although some people may be disappointed in the news, I, for one am relieved that I’ll be able to stay for the entire game on Wednesday evening when it will be played in 40+ degree weather, rather than shivering through a couple of quarters on a frigid Thursday morning and being forced to leave because my fingers and toes would feel like they’re going to fall off.
What does it mean for everyone who planned on going to the game on Thursday morning? Well, our Spartans will be able to play their best and we won’t have to worry about Kim, the trainer, having to treat frozen extremities while these athletes battle it out on the field.
Also, it will give families more quality time together, and perhaps time to think about what they are grateful for.
Thanksgiving Day games are tradition, and I wouldn’t want to see it changed every year, but under the circumstances, I think that the decision to switch it to Wednesday evening is wise and in the best interest of the fans and players alike.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving everyone. And to our Amity Spartans, you guys have been awesome this year, and believe it or not, I think you can hold your own against North Haven. Sure, they only lost 2 games (Fairfield Prep and Shelton and their closest game was by one point against West Haven).
But You Gentlemen had the best season of any Spartan Football team in 11 years. No matter what happens we are proud of you and all you’ve accomplished in 2018. We are Thankful for you. Do your best, it’s all we can ask. Have fun and enjoy your last game together.
Although Amity only won four of the 12 events, the girls outscored the home team by 11 points and defeated North Haven 97.5 to 86.5.
Amity’s Winning Events
200 Free: Julia Snow, 2:03.77
100 Fly: Katie O’Connor, 1:00.11
100 Free: Molly Cox, 57.94
100 Back: Molly Cox, 1:03.04
North Haven’s Winning Events
200 Medley Relay: Nebor, Gambardella, Jooss, Bergin 1:53.54
200 IM: Gambardella, 2:12.89
50 Free: Bergin, 24.54
Diving: Santacroce, 233.70
500 Free: Bergin, 5:20.39
200 Free Relay: Gambardella, Jooss, Nebor, Bergin 1:44.20
100 Breast: Gambardella, 1:07.62
400 Free Relay: Vogel, Laborde T, Faulkner, Regan 4:14.98
Records: Amity 9-1 / North Haven 6-3
Prior to the meet, Amity’s six senior members — Zac Babbitz, Jethin Gowda, Matthew Hill, Daniel Madsen, Sergey Savelyev, and Sakkarin Vilay — were recognized for their contributions over the years and for their future endeavors.
The Spartans defeated the Indians 98-73.
There are only three more regular season meets, all of which are on the road this month.
Amity’s winning events
200 Medley Relay: A- 1:49.90 Andy Yu, Colin Roy, Sergey Savelyev, Uranik Klobucishta
200 Freestyle: A- 1:51.17 Kevin Yanagisawa
50 Freestyle: A-24.18 Zac Babbitz
100 Butterfly: A- 58.15 Colin Roy
100 Freestyle: A- 52.73 Tyler Roy
500 Freestyle: A- 5:04.30 Sergey Savelyev
200 Freestyle Relay: A- 1:37.97 Tyler Roy, Jared Sullivan, Sergey Savelyev, Uranik Klobucishta
100 Backstroke: A- 1:03.31 Colin Roy
North Haven’s winning events
200 Ind. Medley: NH- 2:18.95 Will McCleery
Dive: NH- 19.10 Kyle Duby
100 Breaststroke: NH- 1:13.37 Carl Frunzio
400 Freestyle Relay: NH- 3:58.58 John Stoeffler, Will McCleery, John Hildebrandt, Thomas O’Connor
Records: Amity 6-3, North Haven 3-5
The Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team was away at Northford for its season opener against North Haven on Sunday.
During earlier scrimmage games, Orange Live noted that the 2016 team was faster and stronger than in past years, they showed those skills again in this game.
Amity came out on top with a 1-0 win.
Both goal tenders had about 30 shots on each. Senior Tyler Johnston got his first shut out of the season (he already had 2 in the first exhibition games).
We look forward to seeing how far the mighty Spartans can go this year.
Steve Conn submitted these photos from the game.
Amity is wearing its black “away” uniforms.
The traditionally strong North Haven team took an early lead with Pasquale Liuzzi scoring the first goal at :44 on assists from Josh Back and J.J. Jenson; less than 3 minutes later, Jenson scored off an assist from Mike Gambardella at 2:41; and Corey Reilly ended the first period with a goal off an assist from Back at 8:04.
First period score 3-0 North Haven
In the second period, Jason St. Peter added an unassisted goal at 6:38 and Amity’s Charlie Csejka, also unassisted, put the Spartans on the board at 12:30.
Second period score 4-1 North Haven.
The Indians never looked back in the third period: St. Peter scored on an assist from Kyle Spring and Jamie Montesi at 1:08, and Jenson closed the game with the final goal assisted by C.J. Kenny and Liuzzi at 10:55.
This was a clear 6-1 North Haven victory.
North Haven outshot Amity 35-28.
Amity’s Goalie, Tyler Cold made 30 saves; North Haven goalie Justin Daddio made 27 saves.
Records—Amity 0-2; North Haven 1-2
In the first half Cassie Bishop got one past North Haven goalie Rylee Bathrick on an assist from Lauren Duhl.
The second half saw a lot of Amity action with Marissa Mizzone scoring on an assist from Duhl; then Gabby Torrenti had two goals (one on a Duhl assist). Ending the game at 4-0 Amity.
Rylee Bathrick made 4 saves for the Indians; Ashley Powers made 1 save for the Lady Spartans.
Records — Amity 5-9-1; North Haven 0-11-1
The Amity Spartans have 9 seniors and 5 juniors on its 22-man hockey team this year and their experience is enough to make for an exciting season.
On Wednesday, the team hosted North Haven at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. Both teams looked strong in the beginning and with just 2:26 left in the first period, the Spartans Senior Brett McNeil (#8) scored the first goal of the season with an assist from Zach Shelnitz (#14)
Less than 1.5 minutes later, North Haven’s Chris Lion, with assists from Phil Gauvin and Tyler Luedee, evened the score before the break.
North Haven came out with a winning attitude and within the first 42 seconds, Cameron Owens scored his first of two goals, with an assist from Mike Tantorski; 4 minutes later, Vin Falsulo, scored his first of three goals, assisted by Gauvin and Lion; then Owens, again assisted by Tantorski, scored his second goal; followed by Falsulo rounding out the second period with his second goal with an assist by Kyle Van Bramer.
After a pressure-filled period, McNeil came through with his second goal with just 56 seconds remaining in the second period, bringing the score to 5-2 North Haven.
The third period saw another quick goal by the Indians, this time Tantorski scored with an assist from Owens in the first 57 seconds after returning to the ice.
Coming on strong, Spartans Captain Keating Seymour (#23) slapped one in past Indians goalie Andrew Graziano, unassisted; less than a minute later, Seymour was at it again scoring with an assist by co-captain Adam Shea (#5), bringing the score to 6-4.
But Fasulo wanted more and got one by Spartans goalie Brian Mosher (#30) at the end of the third period, sealing the victory 7-4
North Haven 1 4 2 — 7
Amity 1 1 2 — 4
Amity outshot North Haven 32-31
Amity’s Mosher made 24 saves; North Haven’s Graziano had 28 saves.
Records—Amity 0-1; North Haven 1-0
The Amity Lady Spartans volleyball team won the non-conference match against North Haven on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Amity.
The three games were as follows: 25-14; 25-13; and the final nail-biter 25-23.
The 2013 team, led by captains Kathryn Pisano and Allison Denny shows a lot of promise.
They play hard, and they play well together just as the 2012 team did.