Boys’ Basketball: Cheshire Edges Out Amity

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Jan 242017

The Amity Spartans Basketball team was on the road in Cheshire for a game against the Rams on Monday.

Amity took a quick 4-p0int lead in the first quarter 20-16, Cheshire came within 1 points of their rivals in the second quarter 25-24 (Amity).

The Spartans kept their lead in the third quarter with 12 points to the Rams’ 7, 37-31 (Amity). The fourth quarter was the heartbreaker, dominated by Cheshire, which forged ahead with 22 points to Amity’s 12. The Rams took this one 53-49.

Amity 20 5 12 12 – 49
Cheshire 16 8 7 22 – 53


Amity’s Tyler Thomas and Cheshire’s Eric Angelone each scored 14 points for their respective teams.

Amity — Tyler Thomas 14, Ted Weber 10, John Ahern 9, Bob Kirpas 6, Jack Nolan 4, Colin Beaulieu 3,  James Van Hise 3.

Totals: 17 9-15 49

Cheshire — Eric Angelone 4 4-4 14, Matt Geyda 5 0-0 12, Drew Hart 3 4-4 10, Jenson Bassett 3 3-4 9,  Mike Quint 1 3-4 6,  Evan Russo 1 0-0 2.

Totals: 17 14-17 53

3-point goals: Amity 6 (Ahern 3, Kirpas 2, Thomas 1); Cheshire 5 (Angelone 2, Geyda 2, Quint 1)

Records: Amity 6-4; Cheshire 5-7.

Photos courtesy of Kim Formica

This Week’s Varsity Sports (Home) Schedules

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Jan 312016

IMG_8773Following are the Amity High School Varsity Home games for this week:

Monday, Feb. 1

Boys Basketball vs Abbott Tech in Woodbridge at 7 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Conard-Hall in Shelton at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Boys Basketball vs Shelton in Woodbridge at 7 p.m.

IMG_2326Boys Swimming vs Cheshire in Orange at 7:15 p.m .

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Girls Basketball vs Lyman Hall in Woodbridge at 7 p.m .

Boys Ice Hockey vs Cheshire in West Haven at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4

Girls Ice Hockey vs Simsbury in Shelton at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 5

Girls Basketball vs Cheshire in Woodbridge at 7 p.m.


Amity Varsity Sports: Upcoming Game Schedules

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Jan 042016

47a5cc02b3127cce98547ff4f5b500000035108AZs2blkzaNfThe Amity Winter Sports season is happening now and the following teams have HOME events during the next two weeks.

Jan 4-7

On Monday, Jan. 4, the Girls Hockey Team will play Stamford-Westhill-Staples at the Shelton Rinks at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 6 is a very busy night with the Wrestling Team against Daniel Hand at Amity at 6:30 p.m., Boys Hockey will take on Milford CoOp at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven at 8 p.m. and Girls Hockey plays ND-Fairfield-Foran in Shelton at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan 7 Boys Swimming and Diving takes on Granby at the Orange Town Pool at 7:15 p.m.

Jan 11-15

Monday, Jan. 11, Boys Basketball goes up against Notre Dame-West Haven in Woodbridge at 7 p.m., Girls Hockey takes on Daniel Hand at the Shelton Rinks at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, Wrestling takes on New Haven at Amity at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, Boys Hockey will battle Branford in West Haven at 6:30 p.m., Boys Basketball hosts Guilford in Woodbridge at 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 15, Girls Basketball goes up against Shelton at Amity at 7 p.m.

Originally Published on: Jan 2, 2016 @ 11:14

Boys Basketball: Amity Wins Two

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Dec 232015

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It’s been a great start to the season for the Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team with back-to-back victories.

Many familiar players are back, including Ronai, Oliphant and Winkel.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, Stratford hosted Amity.

The Spartans defeated the Red Devils 65-53.

After the first quarter the game was tied 11-11. The Spartans pulled ahead in the second 14-7 (25-18). Both teams scored 20 points in the third (45-38) and Amity dominated in the fourth 20-15, securing the  65-53 victory in the first game of the season.

Noteworthy Amity Players:

Tyler Thomas 4 8-10 18,  Chris Winkel 5 4-6 14, Brian Ronai 2 2-4 7, Truman Etkin 0 4-4 4, Mike Stewart 4 0-0 10, Devin Smith 0 3-5 3, Eli Oliphant 3 1-6 7, Teddy Weber 0 2-2 2.


Game 2: Amity vs Law, Dec. 21.

The Amity Regional Spartans basketball team won Monday’s home non-conference game against Law by a score of 67-48.

Records: Amity (2-0, 1-0 home), Law (0-2, 0-1 away)

This Week In Amity Sports

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Dec 212015

IMG_7812This is a very busy week for many residents in the Amity area, with Christmas falling on Friday.

But if you have some time to cheer on the fine athletes from Amity High School, here is the HOME GAME schedule for Today through Wednesday.

Monday, Dec. 21

4 p.m. — Boys Ice Hockey vs Staples-Weston-Shelton at Bennett Rink, West Haven

7 p.m. — Boys Basketball vs Jonathan Law at Amity

7:15 p.m. — Boys Swimming and Diving vs Haddam- Killingworth at the Orange Town Pool

Wednesday, Dec. 23 

6:30 p.m. — Boys Ice Hockey vs North Haven at the Bennett Rink, West Haven

6:30 p.m. — Girls Ice Hockey vs Guilford at The Rinks at Shelton


Varsity Sports Jan. 28-31

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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.

Autism Speaks Fundraiser At January 3 Boys Basketball Game

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Dec 292013

Screen shot 2013-12-29 at 12.36.46 AMAutism Speaks Fundraiser: Come out to the Amity Boys Basketball game next Friday, January 3.

The Amity Autism Speaks Club will be selling concessions, and running a raffle.

All proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks.

The Boys Varsity Basketball team is awesome again this year and will put on a thrilling game.

Come to the game, cheer on the Spartans, and help kids with Autism.

Boys Basketball: Alley Oop! Amity Moves Closer To Championship Play

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Feb 222013

IMG_08822013 Southern Connecticut Conference Boys Basketball Playoff pairings are as follows:

ALERT: The SCC sent in these schedule revisions on Friday:

Changed Game Details:
Previous: 02/23/13, TBA vs. SCC Tournament – Away @ East Haven HS
Changed To: 02/23/13, 12:45 p.m. vs. Notre Dame-West Haven – Away @ Branford
Previous: 02/25/13, TBA vs. SCC Tournament – Away @ East Haven HS
Changed To: 02/25/13, TBA vs. SCC Tournament – Away @ TBA

The Spartans Won against Daniel Hand 60-54 on Thursday night.

Quarterfinals – Saturday, Feb. 23 @Branford High School

#1 Hillhouse (19-1) vs. #8 Cheshire (10-10) – 11 a.m.

#4 Notre Dame (14-5) vs. #5  Amity (15-5) – 12:45 p.m.

#2 Fairfield Prep (19-1) vs. #7 Career (13-7) – 2:30 p.m.

#3 Wilbur Cross (17-3) vs. #6 Xavier (13-7) – 4:15 p.m.

Semifinals – Monday, Feb. 25 @East Haven High School

Fairfield Prep/Career winner vs. Wilbur Cross/Xavier winner – 6 p.m.

Hillhouse/Cheshire winner vs. Notre Dame/Amity winner – 7:45 p.m.

Championship Game – Tuesday, Feb. 26 @TD Bank Sports Center – Quinnipiac University – 7 p.m.

The championship game will be broadcast live by CPTV and WELI 960 AM

Boys Basketball: Spartans Fall to No. 1 Fairfield Prep 61-46

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Feb 212013


File photo of Amity's Remi Farrell hanging around.

File photo of Amity’s Remi Farrell hanging around.


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For three periods of Tuesday night’s Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional contest with Fairfield Prep (19-1 and the state’s top-ranked team) Amity’s upset-minded cagers were thinking the unthinkable and doing the undoable—defeating the Jesuits. The Spartans held a 13-11 lead after the first period. Dave Zelinski’s buzzer-beating three pointer enabled  Prep to walk off in a 24-24 halftime deadlock. After falling behind by as much as six points (36-30) Amity clawed back within three points (44-41) heading into the final session. At that point, the Spartans had the same misfortune as Chicken Little—the sky fell in on them. Outscoring Amity 17-5 down the stretch, Fairfield Prep closed out the regular season with a 61-46 come-from-behind win that was far closer than the final score would indicate. This was Amity’s final home appearance of the regular season. Its’ regular season comes to a close Thursday with a 7 p.m. visit to Hand High of Madison.

According to Assistant Coach Mike Cofrancesco (who temporarily took over for Head Coach Jeff Nielsen when his mother passed away earlier in the week), “We had played so hard for three quarters. By the start of the fourth quarter, we were gassed. Once they got the lead, we had to chase their guards. It was tough to do that. It finished us off. Even though we lost, I was happy with our effort. We refused to back down.”

The Jesuits feature their highly publicized 7-foot 1-inch junior Nigerian exchange student, Paschal Chukwu, who ended up with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocked shots.

“In our first game with Prep, we never got any good shots and trailed 15-3 at the end of the first quarter,” Cofrancesco said. “This time, we knew the first quarter would be very important. Remi Farrell got amped up, took on the challenge, and did a great job denying their big guy the ball. In addition, we had our guards double up on him when he tried to dribble the ball and get into position to score. Our game plan was to surround him, crowd him, and make things uncomfortable, but he is so big and its’ tough to control him once he makes his move.”

With 5 minutes, 43 seconds left in the third quarter, Prep’s 5-11 guard Tom Nolan scored on a put-back to put his team on top 30-28. During the next 2:44, he would bag home another trio of driving lay-ups along with a mid-range jumper to give his team a 38-32 lead.

Down but not out, Amity (now 14-5) rebounded to score nine of the next 11 points and grab a 41-40 lead on a trio of Adam LeVine’s free throws, a short pop by Farrell, and back-to-back jump shots by Zac Campbell and Alex Tumeniuk. In the final eight seconds of the hectic third quarter, freshman guard Ryan Murphy cashed in a lay-up to put the Jesuits back on top, 42-41. Amity unloaded a long in-bound pass that was picked off by Chukwu. He quickly fed the ball to speedy Keith Pettway, who raced in to score at the buzzer.

Leading by three points (44-41) at the outset of the final quarter, Fairfield Prep soon extended their advantage to eight points as Pettway swished a three-ball and Nolan (who scored 16 of his 18 points during the second half) netted a jumper. From that point on, the Jesuits gradually extended their lead and iced their 19th win of the winter.

Cofrancesco added, “Those two quick scores at the end of the third quarter were followed by those back-to-back jumpers at the start of the fourth quarter were huge, as suddenly they were up by eight points. They won the game at the end. That’s what good teams are supposed to do.”

  With Amity’s defense sagging in around Chukwu, there were numerous outside shooting opportunities for the Jesuits but they could not capitalize on most of them. While Amity connected on five of its nine first quarter shots, Prep hit on only 5 of 15 and two of those were powerful tomahawk slam dunks by Chukwu. Farrell’s put back gave Amity a 13-11 lead with 20 seconds to go in the first quarter.

Things got no better for Fairfield Prep in the second quarter. Consecutive pop shots by Farrell and Matt Lettick in the first minute of the second session enabled the Spartans to jump ahead 17-11. The Jesuits crept back within three points (19-16) when Ryan Murphy tossed in a pair of freebies with 3:50 left on the clock.  Ryan drained a three ball at 3:30 to make it 22-16 but another Chukwu slam jam at 2:49 cut Prep’s deficit to four points (22-18). Tumeniuk drove the lane at 1:54 but that would be Amity’s final points of the first half.  Its’ swishing his six point lead melted away with Murphy canning three more charity tosses and Zelinski’s game tying shot from beyond the arc  at the buzzer.

Prep connected on only eight of its 25 shots in the first half (31%) and also missed half of its 14 foul shots. Amity was good on 10 of 25 from the floor (40%) in the first half. It was a far different story in the second half. Led by Nolan, the winners were good on 18 of 31 down the stretch (58%) and 26 of 55 (47%) for the night. In addition to Nolan and Chukwu hitting twin digits, Murphy also scored 13 points for the winners.

The Spartans (who only recorded one field goal and five points in the fourth quarter) were good on nine of its 25 second half shots (36%) and 19 of 50 (38%) for the game. While Farrell had an outstanding two-way effort, Campbell (who averages 18) only scored three points.  Each team grabbed 32 rebounds. Lettick hauled in eight caroms and Farrell hauled seven for the Spartans. Each team also recorded 10 turnovers.

Acknowledging that Nolan (18 points and seven rebounds) had really hurt his team in the second half, Cofrancesco said, “He’s a good player. We were focusing on stopping their big guy but that resulted in some outside shots being left open and Prep began to hit them in the second half.”

NOTES: Chukwu and sophomore guard Ray Featherstone (son of Chukwu’s host family in the USA) both attended Trinity Catholic last year but transferred to Fairfield Prep during the off-season.

The Jesuits have the rare distinction of being currently ranked No. 1 in the state both in boys’ basketball and boys’ hockey.