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Jan 202014
 

Yes, she made it!

Yes, she made it!

Friday’s nail biter between the Lady Spartans and the Trojans was a real battle to the bitter end at Amity’s SCC Housatonic Division 35-33 win in Woodbridge.

Amity improved its record to (11-1) vs Lyman Hall (10-2) in this amazing show of endurance and determination on both sides.

Amity’s Elise Graham was the high-scoring player with 18 points and seven rebounds and Chloe Brinton added 11 points and seven rebounds. Mikaila Schmitt had 1 point and made seven rebounds for the Spartans.  Isabella Bierezowiec and Rachel Nevolis both made 2 points, and Ashley Wu added 1 point.

Nicole Mierzejewski led the Trojans with 13 points;Taylor Mierzejewski added 8 points;  Krista Petersen, 4; Naomi Rascati and Hayley Hergott each contributed 3 points and Kimberlyn Petit with 2.

Lyman Hall had four 3-point goals by Mierzejewski, Hergott, Mierzejewski, and Petersen.

Amity            6  9  9  11 – 35
Lyman Hall  9  8  7   9 – 33

 

 

Jan 102014
 

The Amity Lady Spartans and Crew.

The Amity Lady Spartans and Crew.

The Amity Girls Basketball Team is off to a great start! They are 8-1 and facing Cheshire tonight at Cheshire at 7:00 which should be a great game.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 11, these fine athletes are hosting their annual Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast at 526 Boston Post Road to support the team.

Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause.  Bring the family and enjoy a great breakfast served by the Lady Spartans from 8-10 a.m. Cost is $7 per person or 2/$10.

All the girls participate in greeting, serving and cleaning up for the customers on this Saturday event.

Dec 312013
 

file photo from Dec. 19 game

file photo from Dec. 19 game

The Amity Girls Varsity Basketball team got a quick lead on Sheehan on Monday and never let go.

Mikaila Schmidt had an excellent game with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals for the Lady Spartans in this 62-45 SCC Housatonic victory in Woodbridge.

Amity’s Chloe Brinton added 16 points; Elise Graham, 10; Molly Ronan, 9; Kathleen Feng, 7, Janaya Young, 2; and Janae Graham, 2.

Brinton and Feng both made 3-point goals.

Sheehan’s accomplishments:

Joelle Mark Anthony had the game-high score of 28 points for Sheehan.

Olivia Collette added 8 points; Katie Read, 2 points; Julia Franzik, 4; Missy Perzonowski, 2, and Kaitlin Lagase, 1.

Screen shot 2013-12-31 at 12.48.08 AMCollette had two 3-point goals and Franzik had 1.

Records

Amity 6-1 (1-0 SCC Housatonic); Sheehan 4-2 (0-1)

Dec 302013
 

Chloe Brinton (15) and Molly Ronan background  were lauded for their work in the Candy Cane Classic

Chloe Brinton (15) and Molly Ronan background were lauded for their work in the Candy Cane Classic

By now, everyone knows that the Amity Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Candy Cane Classic in Oxford and the Spartans’ Sebastian DiMauro was named the tournament MVP, and David Ryan was named to the All Tournament Team.

We are just as proud of our Lady Spartans who put Amity on the map as the tournament champs of the girls’ Candy Cane Classic in Ansonia. Our Molly Ronan was named tournament MVP and Chloe Brinton was named to the All tournament Team.

Ronan scored 9 points for Amity, but Brinton shot the game high of 23 points.

Also scoring for the Lady Spartans were Janae Graham, Elise Graham, Mikaila Schmitt, Ashley Wu, and Janaya Young.

Brinton shot four 3-pointers and Graham made one 3-point goal.

Amity beat Woodland 57-26.

Amity’s season record is 5-1.

submitted photo

submitted photo

 

Dec 062013
 

boys hockeyThe Amity winter sports season has begun, so mark your calendars for these upcoming varsity competitions.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 11

 

The Boys Ice Hockey team will play an away game against Wilton at the Winter Garden Rink in Ridgefield at 8:30 p.m.

 

basketballThe Girls Basketball team will play against Hillhouse at Amity High at 7 p.m.

 

The Girls Ice Hockey team will play Notre Dame of Fairfield at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 6:45 p.m.

 

Thursday, Dec. 12

 

The Boys Basketball team plays Seymour at Seymour High School at 3:30 p.m.

 

The Boys Ice Hockey team plays Masuk at the Rinks at Shelton at 7:30 p.m.

 

Friday, Dec. 13

 

The Boys Basketball team plays Valley Regional at Amity at 4 p.m.

 

The Girls Basketball team will play Mercy at Mercy at 7 p.m.

 

Jan 312013
 

Amity vs Westies game

Sponsored by Pat Cardozo of Coldwell Banker

The Lady Spartans Basketball team knew it was in for a battle when they stepped onto the home court Wednesday, Jan. 30 against Jayva Johnson and the West Haven team.

Johnson was the one to beat as she scored 19 points in the first half and was unstoppable with free throws, rebounds and hitting 9 shots from the field: in the end scoring more than half of the Westies’ points by the end of the game.

The first quarter score was 20-12 and the Westies didn’t slow down in spite of Amity’s valiant efforts and led in the second quarter 37-26.

The third quarter ended at 48-41 and then the Westies commanded the remainder of the game with 7 out of 12 free throws in the fourth

Johnson scored 36 points in the  60-54 victory over Amity she also had 3 assists. Teammate Borer made 11 points and Hoyt has 8 points and 4 assists.

Amity’s notable players were Mikaila Schmitt with 19 points; Chloe Brinton at 16, with  a pair of 3-pointers; and Janae Graham with 9 points.

Amity coach Michelle Martinik said, “West Haven really came out tonight, Jayva’s a great player, she really took it to us. We weren’t ready. We didn’t reach our intensity until the second half, but when you get down by 17 there’s not much you can do against a good team to come back.

“We put in a good effort at the end, but we had a lot to work on to get ready for the last part of our season,” she said. “Kathleen Feng, Bella Bierezowiec and Ashley Wu put in some good minutes tonight just trying to put down Jayva and stop her. They did a great job, but we really need to come together as a team for the last push of the season.”

Records: Westies 7-9; Amity 10-5.

Jan 202013
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

 Sponsored by Pat Cardozo from Caldwell Banker

Trailing Cheshire 29-17 midway into the third quarter of Friday night’s Southern Connecticut Conference—Housatonic Division clash with Cheshire, the Amity girls basketball team could have been written off as road kill. The Lady Spartans had gone nearly eight minutes without a scoring a point in the first half. During that seemingly endless cold spell, the Rams rang up 12 points in a row to turn an 11-5 deficit into a 17-11 lead with 2 minutes, 52 seconds left in the first half. Lauren Cuomo’s three ball at the buzzer enabled Cheshire to walk off with a 22-15 halftime lead. It was the second of the 5-foot 5-inch senior guard’s three treys as she ended up with a team-high 13 points.

Following a horrendous second quarter during with the Lady Spartans hit only two of 16 shots and were outscored 11-4, things improved only slightly during a so-so third quarter. Cuomo’s third quarter rainbow from beyond the arc followed a bulls-eye jumper from Lily Dolyak to give the Rams their biggest lead of the night.

Chloe Brinton drained a three from the corner at the four minute mark. Later in the same session Janea Graham swished a runner, Kathleen Feng cashed in on a steal, and Elise Graham netted a free throw with no time left on the clock. Closing the third quarter with that 8-2 spurt, Amity pared the Cheshire lead back to only six points (31-25) as a wild, game-changing fourth quarter began.

Back-to-back threes by Feng and Janea Graham climaxed the Lady Spartans’ amazing 18-4 come back and put them on top, 35-33 with 5:03 left to play. During the next minute, Elise Graham and Brinton tossed in two more bombs from afar and Brinton added four of her seven fourth quarter foul shots. That completed Amity’s spectacular 26-7 rally that turned the now forgotten 29-17 defect into an amazing 45-36 lead with 2:50 remaining on the clock.

Any hopes Cheshire had of battling back were lost when Missy Bailey and Molly Jalbert committed costly turnovers in the final minute of play as Amity closed out its amazing 48-40 come-from behind victory.

“Cheshire hit a lot of shots in the first half and we missed a lot of shots. We took good shots, but they just weren’t falling. Our defense was not up to snuff during the first half and we got ourselves into foul trouble,” Amity Coach Michelle Martinik said. “At halftime I told my girls we had to pick up the intensity at both ends of the court. Our offense comes from our defensive intensity.  We pushed more in the second half and got some very good shots to finally fall.  We also worked hard to get and make those open threes.”

She added, “The key to winning is making lay-ups and foul shots. We knew that our free throw percentage wasn’t as good as it should be, so we’ve been working on improving it during practice.”

Each team canned six threes. Four of the Rams’ came in the first half while Amity canned all but one of its rainbows in the second half. Included in Brinton’s game-high 20 points were a trio of treys (two in the second half) and five clutch foul shots in the fourth quarter.

Unable to  successfully shoot over or penetrate Cheshire’s two-three zone defense and hitting only six of its 23 in the first half (26%), Amity finally solved the Cheshire defensive puzzle in the second half, and ended up canning 14 of its 44 shot (32%). Cheshire nailed 12 of its 46 shots (26%) but only two of nine in the final session, when it was outscored 23-9. The Rams narrowly outrebounded Amity 36-35. While she scored only one point, Jalbert, Cheshire’s 5-10 senior center, pulled down 15 caroms. Amity’s Molly Ronan (who did not score a point) cleared a team-best seven boards.

According to Martinik, “We like to press, play man-to-man, and pick up the defensive intensity. That’s our style and what we improved on during the second half. We had to want it more and fight harder for it. Once we made the adjustment and started doing that, our shots began to fall.”

With the win, Amity improved its overall record to 9-3 (3-1 and tied with Sheehan for first place in the Housy) while Cheshire slips to 6-7 and 2-2.

The Black and Gold return to action on Monday with a 7 p.m. visit to Shelton.

Jan 142013
 

Chloe Brinton (15) scored 15 points in Friday’s game.

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Boys Basketball team pulled off an unbelievable 61-59 win against hand that left fans at the edge of their seats. On Friday, Jan. 11, the Girls offered up an equally exciting nail biter in an SCC Housatonic victory against Lyman Hall.

Chloe Brinton scored 15 points for the Lady Spartans, Molly Ronan made 10 points and Janae Graham added 9 points for Amity.

Brinton and Kathleen Seng both shot 3-pointers.

High scorers for the Lyman Hall Trojans were Taylor Mierzejewski and Krista Petersen each with 12 points, followed by Naomi Rascati with 7 points.

Both teams played fast and furious and kept going until the last second of the game.

Amity Coach Michelle Martinik was very happy with her team’s performance after a devastating loss [51-47] to Jonathan Law on Tuesday.

“Coming off that loss we really knew we had to turn it around. We had some great contributions from our bench today, Bella [Isabella Bierezowiec #21]  did awesome and Caroline [Caroline McDonald #22] really stepped up,” Martinik said. “Overall, we did really great, we attacked ‘em and our defense was a lot better than it was at Law and I think that really helped out.”

“Lyman Hall is tough. They’re all quick and athletic. It was a great matchup and Kristin [Kristin Post #12] and Molly [Molly Ronan #41] did a great job,” she said. “With this game we qualified for states and we’re 2-0 in the division.”

Other Amity players who scored are Kristen Post-4, Caroline McDonald-4, Isabella Bierezowiec-2, and Kathleen Seng-3.

Records: Spartans (8-2)  Trojans (5-5).

Dec 132012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

Sponsored by Pat Cardozo from Coldwell Banker

Heading into the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s Southern Connecticut Conference girls’ basketball inter-divisional contest, Amity held a precarious 32-29 lead over visiting Jonathan Law. While the Lady Spartans held the lead from the very start of the game, the pesky Golden Eagles were always right behind. Every time Amity tried to pull away, Law refused to fold. The final session got underway with Chloe Brinton netting a jump shot. Shortly thereafter, Molly Roman followed suit to give Amity a 36-29 advantage.  Another Roman pop and Mikaila Schmitt’s three pointer enabled the Lady Spartans to open their biggest lead of the night, 41-29 with 4 minutes, 10 seconds left in the game.

After being held scoreless for more than four minutes, Law finally got back onto the scoreboard with Laura Dulin’s lay-up. Pairs of free throws from Sam Murphy and then Catie Miller along with Murphy’s three point play enabled Law to go on a 9-2 run and slash Amity’s lead back to only five points (43-38). That would be as close as Law would get as the Lady Spartans held off the Eagles and went on to record a 49-38 victory.

“I knew Law would play us very aggressively tonight. They never backed down and gave u s a real fight,” said Amity Coach Michelle Martinik. “We had to maintain our offensive edge, hit our foul shots down the stretch and rebound. All week in practice our focus has been to rebound, rebound, and rebound. Our shooting was up and down tonight, but we won with rebounding and great post play by our front court. We’re still a young team. Things will come together in time.”

True to their coach’s word, the Black and Gold outrebounded Law 46-24. In addition to dropping in 10 points, Schmitt hauled in a game-high 15 rebounds. Kristin Post grabbed 13 caroms and Roman pulled down seven.

Roman’s put back in the opening moments of the contest followed by Schmitt’s three point play gave the winners an early 5-0 lead. That’s to consecutive scores from Brinton and Roman that lead soon was extended to 9-2 with 4:59 left in the first quarter.  As they would do all night long, Law clawed its way back. Jenna Bernard’s put back along with pairs of freebies from Dulin and Murphy draw the visitors back within two points (11-9) with 2:19 to go. Kyra Alston’s base line jumper knotted the tally at 11 but Caroline McDonald swished a p air of foul shots with 41 seconds left on the clock to put the Lady Spartans back on top by a pair (13-11) after the first quarter.

 It was much the same sorry in the second quarter. When Roman canned three foul shots and Post need a pair, Amity opened up a 19-12 advantage with 5:12 left in the first half. Slowly but surely the Golden Eagles nibbled away at that lead and close the first half with a 9-4 run that drew them back within two points (23-21) at the break. They key to Law’s come back were consecutive last minute lay-ups by Bernard.

In addition to being badly out rebounded, Law also committed 23 turnovers as compared to only 17 by Amity.

Noting those two factors, Law Coach Heather Borges said, “We made far too many unnecessary, unforced turnovers. Amity also boxed out well and beat us badly on the boards. We have a lot of work to do, but we are a very young team that is getting better every day.  I started two freshmen tonight.  We’re not deep but we are continually working on the fundamentals.”

Amity hit on 15 of its 54 shots (28%) while Jonathan Law netted 10 of its 42 tries (24%). Murphy tossed in a team-high 11 points for the losers. Both Miller and freshman Erin Saley recorded five rebounds.

Law is now 0-3 while the 2-1 Lady Spartans look ahead to Tuesday night’s SCC inter-divisional visit to West Haven.  

Dec 042012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

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When Michelle Martinik took over as Amity girls basketball coach two years ago, she found her roster full of young, inexperienced but eager freshmen along with a handful of more experienced upper classmen. While the Lady Spartans took their share of lumps and bumps that first year, they also won enough games to qualify for both the Southern Connecticut Conference and CIAC Class LL tournaments. Last year Martinik’s once totally inexperienced freshmen had matured into more experienced but still eager and willing to learn as much as they could about playing scholastic basketball.

Amity again qualified for both the SCC and State tournaments and ended up with an 11-11 record. Now, the former Masuk High of Monroe star cager and starting point guard on Southern Connecticut State University’s 2007-08 NCAA Division II National Championship Team, finds herself with a roster loaded with battle-scarred, veteran juniors that have a wealth of experience under their belts. Instead of hoping just to qualify for post-season play, the current Lady Spartans are expecting to move up and become a significant factor in their division and conference.

According to Martinik (who also teachers in Bethany), “After being so young two years ago, we now have a big junior class of veteran players. Because they have played together for so long, they know what to expect of each other. They also enjoy playing together and are all excited to see how much they have developed as individual players and as a team. Since this is their third year with me, I think they know what to do in most situations. They all love the game and have an amazing work ethic. I’ve never coached a team that’s this dedicated. It’s a special group of girls. Now, it’s time for them to take it up to the next level. If my girls show up every day, keep their heads, make their shots, and play like I think they can play, we should have a successful season.”

Martinik noted that Cheshire and Sheehan shared the Housatonic Division championship last winter and both teams return many of the same players this winter, but then added, “We want to and plan on being a contender in our division.”

In addition to the Rams and Titans, she saw Hillhouse, Career, Mercy, and Sacred Heart as the teams to beat in the SCC.

Co-Captain Kristen Post is one of the two seniors on the Amity roster. She is a tough, physical post player who is expected to be one of the team’s leading rebounders who can convert offensive rebounds into points as well as clearing the defensive boards to ignite Amity’s fast break transition game.

According to Martinik, “Kristen has the knack of always being in the right spot for rebounds.”

Joining Post in the front court are junior Molly Ronan and sophomore Caroline McDonald. Ronan is a very quick-footed post player whom Martinik hopes and expects will be a power on the boards as well as going strong to the basket. McDonald missed a lot of action last year as a freshman due to injuries, but Martinik hopes she will develop into a dependable rebounder, a defensive force under the glass, and a potent offensive player down in the paint.

Junior guard Chloe Brinton is an excellent ball handler and scorer who averaged about 12 points a game as a sophomore. A well-rounded, third-year starter who can handle the ball well, shoot well from outstand as well as put the ball onto the floor and drive to the basket, Brinton has played a lot in her first two years on the team.

“Chloe has been an integral part of our team since she was a freshman,” Martinik said. “Now she is a very mature experienced junior.”

At 5-11, junior Co-Captain Mikala Schmitt is the tallest of the Lady Spartans. Averaging 10 points a game last year, she is a rugged player who can post up and also step out and score from afar.

Martinik added, “Because she can score from inside and also from the outside, Michaela is our ‘Jack of all trades and very tough for opponents to match up with.”

Because she has a good sense of the game and is a good ball handler, junior Janea Graham will serve as point guard and direct the Amity offense. Martinik is also pleased with Graham’s ability to handle defensive pressure and push the ball up the floor. If Graham is left unguarded, Martinik is confident that she can take and hit an open shot.

Senior guard Sarah Rives is a dangerous outside shooter. Isabella Bierezowiec is a very smart junior guard who has the knack of being in the right place at the right time. Kathleen Feng is all-around junior guard who has a good shot and can get down low to battle on the boards. Junior guard Rachel Nevolis is another three point threat from the outside. Junior Amanda Vecchio (who also plays volleyball) is a hustling scrappy rebounder. Junior guard Ashley Wu is a strong defensive player. Elise Graham is the lone freshman on the Lady Spartan roster. Martinik rated her as “a very strong, athletic player whom I am looking forward to watching her varsity career develop in the future.”  

The Lady Spartans’ third-year mentor lists several “must dos” if her team is to have a successful season. That list includes: rebound, play good active defense with multiple looks, keep opponent score in the 30’s, show improved offense over the last two seasons, push the ball and run when possible.

Martinik also said, “We have to look for each other at both ends of the court. I like transition basketball so when the opportunity presents itself, we want to play aggressive defense that can generate offensive opportunities.”

Amity opens its season Wednesday, hosting Sacred Heart Academy at 7 p .m.

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