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.

Boys Basketball: A Very Special Senior Night, Huge 62-30 Win, Wounded Warriors Fundraiser

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Feb 182013


Zac Campbell prepares to shoot.

Zac Campbell prepares to shoot.


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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.




Boys Basketball: Tough Game For Spartans in Hamden Monday Night

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Feb 052013


Amity’s Zac Campbell

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Coming off the high of a fantastic victory against Sheehan (70-55) last weekend, the Amity Spartans were pumped when they faced off with the Green Dragons for an SCC interdivision game in Hamden Monday night.

They played hard as usual, but the game didn’t go as well as they planned. Hamden’s Richard Kennedy proved to be a threat making 26 points, nearly half of the Green Dragons’ total.

Zac Campbell was the high scorer for Amity with 13 points.

Hamden 54, Amity 41

Records: Hamden (7-9), Amity (12-4).

Amity celebrates its Senior Night at home with a game against East Haven on Thursday at 7 p.m. This is a fund-raiser for the Wounded Warriors Project.

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Fundraiser For Wounded Warrior Project On Friday, Feb. 15

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Feb 032013

The Amity Boys Basketball Team will donate Senior Night proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project






This Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. the Amity Boys Basketball team will celebrate its senior night with a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The team will be honoring former Amity graduate and 100% disabled veteran, Chris Zovinka.

Chris is a former Amity track coach.

The first 50 fans to donate $5 or more on game night will receive a WWP wristband.

Boys Basketball: Do You Believe in Miracles? Spartans Slap Hand 61-59 in SCC Interdivision Nailbiter

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Jan 092013

Amity’s Zac Campbell #24 was the team’s high scorer in Tuesday’s battle against Hand.

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The Amity Spartans had everyone at the edge of their seats at Tuesday’s SCC Interdivision game against Hand.

For most of the first half, the point spread was painfully wide at times and it seemed like Amity would not be able to catch up to the aggressive, skillful Hand players.

Amity Coach Jeff Nielsen said the team started out slowly and Hand made some very tough shots at the beginning of the game.

“We know [Hand] is a good shooting team and they had a lot of good looks in the first half and obviously they made them,” Nielsen said. “We talked to our team before the game about being tougher and stronger with the ball and doing a better job of rebounding, but in the first half we were not strong with the ball and we didn’t rebound well.”

At half time the coaches addressed this again and going into the second half, the focus was being stronger with the ball and executing their offense as Hand had done in the first half.

“What we needed to do was show a little toughness down the end, which means getting a few more rebounds,” he said. “We did that at the end, we had a couple more putbacks a couple of offensive rebounds and I think we were down about 8 at one point and Remi Farrell, number 52, got an offensive rebound on a foul shot and he put that back in for us. That cut the lead to 6.”

“We were trying to make more foul shots than we made down the end, we  made just enough to tie it (59-59) and then take the lead there and Matt Lettick #35 came up with a big block at the end of the game,” Nielsen said. “We thought we were comfortable with the lead, and then he came down and was able to block that shot and we were able to hold on for the last 8 seconds,  get up and get out of there with the game by 2.”

Nielsen described it as a back and forth game two teams going at it head-to-head.

“We were lucky when the buzzer sounded and we had 2 more points than they did,” he said.

The Spartans played with its normal rotation, using Zac Campbell #24, the game’s high scorer (29 points), Dave Ryan #25, who was put in the point guard spot late in the game. Lettick #35 was in foul trouble for most of the game played well in the end, with a steal, dunk and that blocked shot at the end of the game, according to Nielsen.

“Remi played really strong for us at the end once Gardner Broderick #40 fouled out,” Nielsen said. “It was pretty much the usual cast of characters but our two big guys stepped up to the plate for us. It was a good game.”

Broderick scored 11 points in this game.

The Spartans record is now 6-2

About the fans

“It was loud and exciting and we like the fan support we get,” Nielsen said. “The kids that have shown up have been great so far for us.”

The Boys Basketball Fans are by far the most dedicated of the fans at any sporting event.

Nielsen said that it’s tough on the fans because every home game in January falls on a Tuesday, and all Friday night games are away, yet the fans always come out and each week they follow a theme.

“This week it was Tropical Tuesday (the fans wore Hawaiian print shirts, Leis and shorts) and I asked one of the kids what next week would be and he said “America Night” so, I’m thinking red, white and blue, maybe — but we’ll find out when we get there.”







Boys Basketball: The Players and Fans are Both Red Hot! Go Spartans!

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Dec 242012


David Ryan prepares for his free throw


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What goes around, comes around.

Last Tuesday night, Amity lost to Hamden 50-49 in overtime, despite recording more field goals (20-19) than the Green Dragons. The difference in the final outcome came at the foul line where Hamden sunk 11 of 26 free throws as compared to only six of 10 by the Spartans. The same exact situation occurred Thursday night when Amity defeated Cheshire 59-52—but this time it was a case of role reversal. The Rams netted 19 baskets while Amity sunk 18 (including seven from three point-land); however, the Spartans were good on 16 of 27 freebies while Cheshire sunk only 10 of 16. Both teams are now 2-2 overall but Amity gets a win in both teams’ first Housatonic Division contest of the young season.  The Southern Connecticut Conference contest was played in Woodbridge.

Led by point guard Collin Jordan (who led all scorers with 22 points) Cheshire came out red-hot and quickly jumped ahead 20-12.

According to Amity coach Jeff Nielsen, “Jordan isn’t big but he’s very quick. He came at us all night long. We knew that we had to find a way to stay in front of him and slow down his drives.”

After missing a number of outside shots and falling behind in the first quarter, the Spartans changed their tactics in the second quarter. Instead of tossing up jump shots from the perimeter, they decided to go inside and try to score and/or get fouled. Zac Campbell, who finished with a team-high 17 points, canned 12 of those points during the second quarter as Amity outscored the Rams 17-11 and drew within two points (31-29) at the end of the first half  after trailing 25-12 early in the second session.

“I told my guys that Zac had to touch the ball every possession. He did that and was able to cash in on several lay-ups. He kicked our offense into gear and kept us in the game,” Nielsen said.

Following an uneventful third quarter, Cheshire still hung onto its two point lead (40-38) at the outset of the final period. While Jordan dropped in eight fourth quarter points, Dave Ryan matched that by gunning home a pair of threes and adding two free throws. Gardner Broderick also stepped up with 11 of his 16 points. One of his baskets put Amity into the lead and he clinched the win by canning all seven of his fourth quarter foul shots. While he did shoot well from the floor and rang up 15 points, Campbell struggled at the foul line, making only two of his 10 freebies throughout the contest.

 Nielsen added, “We began to press Cheshire from the outside. We stayed on their shooters and did not give any good looks. Eric Dietrich is a good three point shooter. He did get 13 points, but only one three.”

In addition to Campbell’s 17 points, Broderick rang up 16 and Ryan chipped in with 15.

“It was nice to see three guys in double figures. We went with a smaller line-up and had very balanced scoring. For the first time this season scored over 50 points. In our first three games, we scored in the 40’s. Once we got the lead, time was running short and they began to foul us. We hit a lot of our free throws and that kept the game out of their reach,” added Nielsen. “This was a big win for us. First, we bounced back nicely from the loss to Hamden. In addition, this was our first Housatonic Division game of the season. You always want to win the home divisional games because it can be tough to win them on the road.”

Both teams heads into Christmas with identical 2-2 records. Amity is back in action on Thursday night at 5 p.m., facing Oxford in the first round of the Candy Can Invitational Tournament, which is being played at Woodland High in Beacon Falls.