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Get Your Tickets Now For The Amity Alumni Athletic Hall Of Fame Dinner

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Sep 272019
 

Coach Gary Lindgren

The Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members at the annual Amity Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor Dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange at 5:30 p.m.

The 2019 inductees include:

Gary Lindgren, Ice Hockey Coach, and School Counselor;

Patricia Mascia, Girls Basketball and Field Hockey Coach, and Physical Education teacher

Dawn Stanton, Class of 1986, Girls Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field;

Ted Czepiga, Class of 2004, Football and Lacrosse;

Chris Diette, Class of 2004 Swimming and Lacrosse;

Amanda (Vargo) Zapatka, Class of 2004, Soccer and Basketball;

Dinner tickets for this event are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of October 14th.

Make checks payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame and send to Amity High School Athletic Department, Att. Lori Bonney,  25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge CT 06525

Boys’ Hockey: Big Night For The Amity Spartans and Coach Gary Lindgren

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Jan 052017
 

Fresh off a trip to Germany where they played and won against three international teams, the Amity Spartans were back on the home ice in West Haven less than 48 hours after returning to the USA.

Amity (2-1) hosted Wilton (2-4) at the Edward L Bennett Rink at 6:30 p.m.

Nine minutes into the first period, Wilton scored. Amity’s Joey Schittina (11), tied the game with an unassisted goal at 12:37.

After the break, Amity was so hot in the second period that they melted the ice, Schittina started it up with a goal on an assist at 3:40; two minutes later freshman Edward Martino (10) scored on a power play.

Less than 6 minutes later, Colin Hughes (8) scored on an assist from Martino, bringing the lead to 4-1.

Thirty seconds later, Wilton answered with a goal, then another at 11:47 — score 4-3.

Three minutes later Jason Csejka (18) broadened the lead with an unassisted goal — score 5-3; and six seconds later he shot another one into the net, assisted by Colin Hughes (8).

In the third and final period, Roger Kergaravat (19), assisted by Schittina got one past the Wilton Goalie at 4:45 and then Csejka shot the final goal of the game unassisted at 10:11, when he did, the Amity coaches began congratulating Head Coach Gary Lindgren on his 200th career victory.

Amity goalie, junior Michael Holloway (29) did a phenomenal job in this game.

Final Score: 8-3.

Lindgen’s Big Accomplishment

Gary Lindgren began coaching the Amity Ice Hockey Team in 1999. Two of his former players, Brian Gonsalves, and Jeff Buchter now stand next to him as assistant coaches.

The victory on Jan. 4, marked Lindgren’s 200th career win, something he downplays because the game is about the boys who play it, not him.

Many former players were in the stands to watch the game and congratulate their old coach on his accomplishment in this, his final year as head coach.

Assistant Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli, who will take the head position next season, said it takes a lot of time and dedication for a coach to hit that milestone and Lindgren certainly has put in his time.

Congratulations to the boys on this sweet victory, and congratulations Coach Lindren on your 200th win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys Hockey: Spartans Are Faster, Determined to Go All The Way in 2016

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Dec 122015
 

IMG_6901Before the regular season begins, teams play scrimmage games so the coaches can evaluate how the players perform and to give the boys and girls an opportunity to get out there and hone their skills against actual opponents.

The Amity Varsity Hockey team won it’s first scrimmage against Newtown 4-2 on Wednesday then on Friday, they went up against the division 1 Hamden Green Dragons.

Prior to the game, head coach Gary Lindren said this year’s team showed promise. Of course in the pre-season they are still finding their way, but he believes the 2015-16 Spartans will get into the playoffs.

Lindgren said Hamden is an excellent team and that Amity would have to work hard against them.

As an observer, I noticed that the players had some mad skills. They are faster on the ice than last year and work well together as a team.

Even though they lost this match-up 6-0, the Spartans held their own against the Green Dragons for the majority of the game. It took 9 minutes of play time before Hamden got onto the scoreboard, and that says a lot for Amity.

I think the coach is right, this team can go far this season. They hit the ice again today (Saturday, Dec. 12) at the Edward L. Bennett Rink – West Haven at 3:45 p.m. Come and witness for yourself what the buzz is all about.

After Friday’s game, Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli said this was the team’s third day on the ice and they were still getting their “feet wet.” He said Hamden is a solid division 1 team and it was good for Amity to play them and see what they could do. “We still have a lot to do, and we’ll see how far we can go,” he said.

 

 

 

Boys Hockey: Spartans Go Into Overtime With the YellowJackets

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Jan 222015
 

IMG_1670The Amity Spartans Hockey Team (2-1-8) faced off against the East Haven YellowJackets (1-8) at the Bennett Rink in West Haven Wednesday night.

The game had a rough start for the Spartans, as have many match-ups this season, with East Haven’s Tyler Moss scoring a goal in the first 15 seconds on an assist from Joe Lorello. Then, 9:21 into the first period, the Easties hit again, this time with Zach Paquin scoring off assists from Nick Latella and Joe D’Albero.

Yellowjacket Goalie Devin Avena made 4 saves, while the Spartans Tyler Johnston made 14 saves.

In the second period the defensive players and goal tenders kept their opponents from scoring and the score remained 2-0 East Haven.

Avena made 8 saves and Johnston deflected 14 additional shots.

Amity came alive in the third period at 6:13 Nick DeGennaro scored the first Spartan goal off an assist from Liam Caraciolo.

With only 5:37 remaining in the third period, East Haven’s Mike Montesanto received a 5 minute penalty for boarding an Amity player.

(Boarding in ice hockey is a penalty called when an offending player pushes, trips or checks an opposing player violently into the boards of the hockey rink. The boarding call is quite often a major penalty due to the likelihood of injury sustained by the player who was boarded.)

With just two minutes left in the period Mac Deane passed the puck to Kevin Ryan, who tied things up at 2-2 and the game went into overtime.

In the third period both goalies made 8 saves each.

In overtime, it was do or die and both teams really needed a win to redeem themselves. After some fierce back and forth Amity’s Charlie Csejka passed the puck to Graham Hughes who made the winning goal at 1:02 to a thunderous roar from the Amity fans.

Head Coach Gary Lindgren stepped off the ice and said, “I’m smiling” before heading into the locker room where the Spartans were celebrating their sweet victory.

Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli said, “It wasn’t our best first period, but the message was pretty clear, shut it down, keep working, and play our best.  In the second period we played the most intensely that we’ve played all season. Even though we were down by 2 we had a nice edge and we had good momentum to go into the third.”

Of the final minutes, he said, “For us to get two goals after being down by two, showed a lot. And then for Graham get in there, it was a great hustle and a great effort in overtime and we were fortunate to have him be the first guy to make that play.”

“It’s a great feel good win for us. These kids work hard and they deserved this tonight,” Richetelli said. “We are very proud of what they did.”

Amity plays Scarsdale (NY) this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Bennett Rink.

After that they have 8 more games, some of them against very tough opponents, until the end of the regular season on March 4. 

Boys Hockey: Amity vs Guilford — Has Amity Found Its Stride Yet?

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Dec 242014
 

Zach Shelnitz #8 scored two goals in Tuesday's game.

Zach Shelnitz #8 scored two goals in Tuesday’s game.

The Amity Spartans Hockey Team is starting to get itself together. After playing hard against the powerful Cheshire team on Saturday and holding their own until the third period when Cheshire pulled ahead, they were denied a tie in the last 2 minutes.

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, with “the other Tyler” Sophomore Tyler Johnston (#31) in the net, Amity took on Guilford.

As in past games the opponent was first to score with Guilford’s Ryan Brand getting a goal, assisted by Jack Petrick and Chris Cafiero, just 2:27 into the first period.

Not to be outdone, Amity answered less than 2 minutes later, tying things up with Adam Moscato’s goal, assisted by Captain Kevin Ryan.

At 4:51 Ryan assisted Co-Capt. Zach Shelnitz in the tie breaking goal.

With Amity ahead by one, the Spartans came out for the second period meaning business.

Moscato scored an unassisted goal at 10:34, pulling the Spartans up further 3-1

Guilford’s Kevin Gaudio, assisted by Joe Neleber, got one past Johnston at 13:25.

The Spartans would have none of that, and less than 30 seconds later, Shelnitz, assisted by Ryan and Charlie Csejka scored his second goal of the game, bringing the score to 4-2.

In the third period, the Spartans dominated the ice, bringing in three goals: Ryan, unassisted at 5:55; Anthony Uscilla, assisted by Liam Caraciolo at 7:28; and Graham Hughes, assisted by Nick Gallucci at 8:15 – wrapping up the victory at 7-2

Amity outshot Guilford 27-26

Johnston made 24 saves while Guilford’s Kyle Dwyer had 20.

Records: Amity 1-1-1; Guilford 0-3

Coach Gary Lindgren is back this year after taking a break last season due to illness, but he is enjoying working with this young team and watching them grow with each passing game.

So far we’ve seen two goalies, Freshman, Tyler Cole (#30) and Sophomore Tyler Johnston (#31) in the net.

Lindgren said both are young and are gaining experience this year with the coaches flip-flopping them between games.

He said Cole did a great job against Cheshire on Saturday, Dec. 20. “They’re a tough team, they’re really good and we battled hard with them.”

Of Johnston’s performance against Guilford, Lindgren said, “Tyler played extremely well, he made some big stops.”

Of the team as a whole, Lindgren said, “Our schedule is tough, we have to come ready to play. Today (Tuesday Dec. 23) I don’t think we played our best. It was good in spots, but we struggled for the first couple of periods, It’s a good thing we were ahead 4-2 after the first 2 periods. We need to play better. Guilford battled, they have some good players, their goalie is a little inexperienced and we took advantage of that but, I thought it was a pretty even game even though we won 7-2.”

Opinion: Will The Amity Spartans Hockey Team Make Us Proud This Year?

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Dec 142014
 

IMG_7129The 2014-15 Amity Spartans Varsity Hockey Team had some big skates to fill following last year’s phenomenal season.

Sadly, with the graduation of the 2013-14 senior “stars” Goalie Brian Mosher, Adam Shea, Brett McNeil, John Uscilla and Keating Seymour, this is a rebuilding year, with a primarily young team and just five seniors.

Among those seniors are Dalton Luciani, Kevin Ryan and Zachary Shelnitz, whose names we often heard at last year’s games. They have the experience and are good team players, but can they carry the 2015 Spartans on to greatness?

Friday night’s scrimmage games at the Hockey Jamboree in West Haven proved underwhelming.

Last year Brian Mosher was so amazing that any goaltender who follows will have to work ten times as hard to even come close — although of the three who geared up in the $400 goalie padding, Freshman Tyler Cole #30 (Mosher’s old number) shows a lot of promise.

The boys showed spirit and drive and had some good passes but they will have to step things up a bit if they want to get anywhere this year.

Cheshire’s team was tight and blanked Amity 5-0, then Immaculate came out and defeated the Spartans 3-1.

I have faith in Coach Gary Lindgren and Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli and their abilities to pull this team together. Let’s just hope the boys can follow their directions.

Fingers crossed.

Who’s on the team?

Seniors

William Caracciolo, Dalton Luciani, Cristian Mortali, Kevin Ryan, Zachary Shelnitz

Juniors

Nicholas Gallucci, Graham Hughes, Timothy Johnston, Anthony Uscilla

Sophomores

Jeremy Cable, Charles Csejka, McGovern Deane, Nicholas DeGennaro, Tyler Johnston, Roger Kergaravat, Zachary White

Freshmen

Jamie Blum, Alexander Leyner, Tyler Cole, Jacob Silliman, Chase Kozak, Adam Moscato, Harrison Silver

Relay For Life Photos: Survivor’s Lap, Team Introductions

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Jun 012014
 

Debby Davis drives Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren, the Relay for Life Honoree around the track for the survivor's lap.

Debby Davis drives Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren, the Relay for Life Honoree around the track for the survivor’s lap.

Saturday’s Relay for Life opening ceremony was memorable with a special tribute to Amity Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren, who’s battled cancer for the past 8 months, from his current high school team and former players.

Awards were presented to last year’s teams that earned the most money for the American Cancer Society, as well as a new award for the team that showed the most character and determination as the late Dr. Robert Rauche an inspiration to all who knew him.

When the ceremony was over, Lindgren took his place in a golf cart driven by Relay co-chairman Debby Davis and they led the survivors and caregivers lap around the track of the Orange Fairgrounds.

Each of the teams were introduced and began their laps, walking throughout the night, raising money to help fight cancer.

Jun 012014
 

IMG_7853The affection people have for Amity Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren was obvious on Saturday evening as the 2013-14 Hockey team and several former players, along with Amity Principal Charles Britton and Athletic Director Paul Mengold, scores of students and parents whose lives he touched, attended the Relay For Life to see him honored.

Like this years hockey team Lindgren is a fighter. In September he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and, after several surgeries and chemotherapy, he is soon due to have a pet scan to determine whether or not he’s beat the disease.

Hockey Captain Keating Seymour spoke on behalf of the players, stating that the team dedicated every game to their beloved coach.

Lindgren, who is painfully modest and never seeks to shine a spotlight on himself, gave an emotional speech, which he read from several pages.

He remembered to thank everyone that helped get him through his ordeal.

The audience was spell bound and you could hear a pin drop as he spoke.

(highlights of his speech coming later today)

Here are photos of “everyone’s favorite coach” as he was honored during the opening ceremony.

Relay For Life BOW: Help Fight Cancer Saturday – Sunday At The Orange Fairgrounds

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May 302014
 

Opening Ceremony, survivors and caregivers walk (c.2010).

Opening Ceremony, survivors and caregivers walk (c.2010).

The 2014 Relay for Life of BOW takes place this weekend at the Orange Fairgrounds. The goal is to raise $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. So far teams have raised $74,932.94. If you cannot attend the Relay, visit the Website and make a donation.

In the morning the committee members and other volunteers will arrive and begin setting up.

The larger crowd will come to the fairgrounds at noon and teams will set up their tents and campsites. All participants are asked to bring 3 canned goods that will hold down the Luminary bags and after the Relay will be donated to the Orange Food Bank.

Teams will sell a variety of items from crafts to food along the walking track. Luminary bags will be sold for $10 each. Purchase one in support of someone you love who is battling cancer, is a survivor or who has lost their battle with cancer.

The “Kids Care” are will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Children will be treated to crafts, cotton candy, popcorn, face painting and a bounce house.

Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. This year’s Relay for Life Honoree is Amity Student Assistance

The evening Luminary Ceremony (c. 2010)

The evening Luminary Ceremony (c. 2010)

Counselor and boys hockey coach, Gary Lindgren. Gary will be honored during the opening ceremonies.

The solemn luminary ceremony will begin at 9 p.m.

Closing ceremonies will be held at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 1. 

Unlike past years when the Relay saw freezing cold temperatures, rain or extreme heat, Saturday’s weather is expected to be pleasant and dry and in the upper 60s. Overnight temps in the upper 40s.