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Girls Cross Country: Three Wins October 1

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Oct 052013
 

The leader of the pack during the Oct. 1 meet in Woodbridge

The leader of the pack during the Oct. 1 meet in Woodbridge

The Amity Girls Varsity Cross Country Team hosted East Haven, Wilbur Cross and Sheehan for a meet at the Fitzgerald Tract in Woodbridge on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The results are as follows:

Amity 15 (win) – East Haven 50

Amity 27 (win) – Wilbur Cross 32

Amity 20 (win) – Sheehan 43

Amity Wins Three in October 1 Cross Country Meet

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Oct 042013
 

IMG_7585The Amity Varsity Boys Cross Country Team hosted East Haven, Wilbur Cross and Sheehan in a meet at the Fitzgerald Tract on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The results of this are as follows:

Amity 15 (win) – East Haven 50

Amity 15 (win) – Wilbur Cross 50

Amity 19 (win) – Sheehan 44

Wrestling: Spartans Season Begins Tonight

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Dec 132012
 

 

A file photo from last year’s Amity-East Haven Match

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

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As Bruce Marien begins his second year as head coach of the Amity wrestling team, he is quick to admit that he has no delusions of grandeur or challenging for the Southern Connecticut Conference or CIAC Class LL championships. When he took over for ex-Coach Gil Jennings last winter, he felt he needed three years to rebuild the wrestling program to again being among the traditional powers in the SCC. In the first year of that rebuilding process, the Spartans finished 8-13. Marien sees Xavier, Hand, and Shelton as the teams to beat and is hoping that his predominantly junior team can climb up to the middle of the SCC and then go for the gold next winter.

While Tyler Bishop (Class LL state champ at 126 pounds as a junior and fourth at the same weight last year), Jack Kane, and Nick Litwin (second in the SCC last year at 138) all graduated in June, Marien isd pleased with what has seen thus far from his 33 grapplers.

“I’m more impressed than I thought I would be,” Marien said. “With our reactivated youth program and many of our boys going to summer camps, we are progressing faster than I had expected.”

He sees the middle weights (126-152 pounds) as the team’s strength but also admits that the team is lead in the upper weights (182 and up).

There are four possible candidates to fill vacant slots at 106 pounds (which goes up to 108 after Christmas) and 113. Junior Jesse Cala is a third-year wrestler and looks to be a sure bet to start at 120. His twin brother Michael was undefeated at the junior varsity level and also the SCC junior varsity champ at 126.

After placing third in the SCC at 113 pounds as a sophomore, junior Co-Captain Austin McDonald jumps up to 132 pounds this winter and could well be a factor in the SCC and Class LL tournaments. Junior Josh Schaperow saw limited varsity time as a sophomore but now is expected to step up and be a varsity starter at 138. Senior Co-Captain Dan Grover was fourth in the SCC and Class LL last year at 138 but steps up to 145 this year. Marien feels confident that Grover has the potential to make an impact at the SCC and Class LL tournaments. Junior Evan Donahue makes his varsity debut at 152.

Spartan football fans are very familiar with junior Dave Buono but he missed most of the 2011-2012 wrestling season due to a concussion. Marien rates him as “a natural athlete.” He will be Amity’s main man at 160. Second-year wrestler Rob Esposito was at 182 last year but has shed some weight and is now a starter at 170. Behind him is senior (and not a relative) Andrew Esposito.

Junior Stevie Della-Giustina comes to Amity this winter with a lot of previous high school varsity wrestling experience in the State of Washington. With his talent and experience, he has already nailed down the starting nod at 182 pounds. Junior Bryan Vitale is a newcomer who steps into a void at 195. Two years ago Damon Robinson was a freshman junior varsity wrestler. He sat out last year but has returned and will be the Spartans’ starter at 220. Freshman Nick Photos is only 5-feet 10-inches tall but tips the scale at a very lean, muscular 265 pounds.

According to Marien, “Right now, I’m happy with how things are going. We must continue to develop throughout the course of the season. We have only one senior (Grover) on our team. Our juniors need another year of experience before they can become powerful factor as seniors. They will be the guys that lead us back to being among the most competitive teams in the SCC. Our primary goal is to develop people into wrestling champions.”

Amity opens its season hosting the New Haven Coop team tonight, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer: Two Consecutive Wins And A Tie for the Spartans

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Oct 162012
 

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Lots of action at the Oct. 9 home game.By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

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Last week was a good week for the Amity boys soccer team. The Spartans defeated Southern Connecticut Conference rivals East Haven (7-1) and Lyman Hall (3-1). In addition Coach Mike Marchitto’s boys settled for a 1-1 tie with Shelton. Following all that action, Amity currently has a 9-1-1 record.

The Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead over the Easties thanks to goals by Joe Guerra (with help from Dean Schwartz) with 19 minutes, 22 gone in the first half. Aaron Cooper (assisted by Simone Kantore made  it 2-0 at 36:32.) East Haven’s Jhalmer Cambizaca spoiled Spartan netminder Griffin Volta’s shutout bid when he beat him at 38:40.

In the second half, Amity (leading 2-1) blasted five more shots past Yellow Jacket goalie, Gennaro Gagliardi. Those shots were booted home by Ian O’Brien-Cannon (assisted by Jeremy Conn on a corner kick) at 53:14, Evan Donohue (assisted by O’Brien-Cannon on a corner kick) at 59:09, Guerra (assisted by Kantor, who fed Guerra with a perfectly placed cross) at 60:07, Schwartz (from Justyn Broderick on a cross that Guerra settled and then drilled home) at 69:25, and  Matt Whitehill (assisted by Schwartz,) at 72:35.

According to Marchitto, “This was a total team effort. We played great against East Haven, which quite honestly is less than a challenging team. During the last three to five minutes of the game, they never touched the ball. I finally told my guys to stop trying to score.

Amity outshot  the Jackets 23-4 and Volta was called on to make only four saves.

The Lyman Hall match was much closer. The Spartans outshot the Trojans 15-12.

After  his dash down the right side , Ricky Mayer slid a left-footed cross to Schwartz and he banged the ball into the net at 3:00. The score remained 1-0 until O’Brien-Cannon headed home a corner kick by Conn with one minute left in the first half. Shelton’s Claudio Lobello scored the only goal of the first half.

“Ian has a big, powerful header,” Marchitto said.

At 78:48 Guera intercepted a Lyman Hall pass and blasted the ball past Trojan goalie, Bob O’Bryne at 78:48. That three-goal lead was short-lived as Lyman Hall’s Jeff Baska spoiled Volta’s shutout bid six seconds after Guerra’s goal.

“Our defense (Austin Duffy, Jon Sutton, and O’Brien-Cannon) played really well in this game, but we fell asleep and gave up that late goal after Joe scored. We can’t afford mental mistakes like that when we play really good teams in the state tournament,” Marchitto added.

  Volta made 11 saves against Lyman Hall, which now has a 4-4-1 record.

Friday’s 1-1 stand-off with Shelton was really a battle of two very different halves. Marchitto felt that the Gaels definitely dominated the opening 40 minute session.

He said, “They came right at us and controlled the ball. We panicked and began to kick and chase long balls.”

Shelton’s Guiti DeSouza scored the only goal of the first half. It came at 38:58.

While the first half belonged to Shelton, Amity settled down and dominated the play in the second half.

The Black Gold evened the score at 1-1 when  Mayer found the net at 62:48.

Marchitto added, “We slowed their counter-attacks and played our game. We were the better team in the second half.  Our three defensive backs (O’Brien-Cannon, Duffy, and Sutton) really were the anchors of our team.”

With this Housy deadlock, Shelton hold a 4-4-3 record (2-1-3 against Housy opponents.