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Jan 062013
 

 

Amity vs Milford Jan. 5

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

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Sleep walking its way for the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s Southern Connecticut Conference Division II contest against Milford, the Amity hockey team finally awoke from its lengthy snooze and found itself on the short end of a 2-0 tally. After a yawn and a stretch, the Spartans rallied back with three goals in the final nine minutes of the second session and went on to nudge the Indians 4-3 at the Milford Ice Pavilion.

Winning Coach Gary Lindgren said, “Why we’ve had rough first periods is a good question that I haven’t found the answer to. All I know is we’ve been lack luster, tentative, and back on our heels. I’ve been very disappointed how teams have taken it to us and dictated the tempo early in the game. Today, we came out with no jump in our step and were just standing around. Finally came alive during the second period and caught some breaks. We have to find a way to get ourselves going in the first period.”

Trailing 2-0 (and outshot 17-5 during the first period) , Amity finally got onto the scoreboard when Brett McNeil dug the puck out of a scrum in front of the net (with help from Adam Shea) and flipped it over the outstretched glove of Milford goalie, John DePalma with 6 minutes, 25 seconds gone in the second period. That power play goal (which came with Rob Busky in the penalty box for hooking) cut Milford’s lead in half.

Nearly eight minutes later (at 14:20) Erik Dykun tied the game on another power play goal. It came with Ben Levallee also off the ice for hooking. The game remained deadlocked at 2-2 for only 23 seconds as Amity scored again. This time the Spartans caught a big break as Keating Seymour’s shot caromed off an Indian skate and sailed into the net to give Amity a 3-2 advantage.

“Finally, we came alive.  When we scored those two power play goals during the second period, I think we finally settled down and began to believe in ourselves.” added Lindgren.

At 3:50 of the third period, McNeill (assisted by Shea and Jon Crocker) netted what would prove to be the game winning goal. With his team trailing 4-2, Milford’s high-scoring junior center Zack White knocked the puck under the pad of Amity net minder Nick Nuzzolo to again make it a one-goal game. It was White’s second goal of the game, his ninth score and 18th point of the season. Despite a furious Milford finish, Nuzzolo and the Spartans hung on to clinch their fourth win in five games.

Despite the final score, Milford outshot the Spartans by a hefty 42-25 margin, requiring a busy Nuzzolo to make 39 saves. DePalma recorded 21 saves for the Indians.

 According to Lindgren, “Milford (now 3-2) is a good team. They kept coming at us. I like what Sal (Milford Coach Sal Follo) is doing and Zach White is a player. He went by three of our guys to score their second goal. I got worried when White scored again only four minutes into the third period, but our guys played with confidence. I took a time out and told them to be smart and to play conservatively. After that, we battled and Nick was outstanding in goal. He made a tremendous save with 30 seconds to go—it was the save of the game.”

Milford’s first goal came with only 19 seconds gone as Will Vitelli poked the puck past Nuzzolo. At 2:13, White beat three Amity defenders and drilled the puck into the upper right hand corner of the net. That unassisted goal gave his team a 2-0 lead.  Amity caught a huge break midway through the first period as a Milford shot hit off the post, popped up into the air and sailed just over the top of the cross bar.

The 4-1 Spartans return to the Milford Ice Pavilion on Wednesday to face the Division I Notre Dame of Fairfield Lancers at 6 p.m.

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Dec 122012
 

Don’t miss the action when the Lady Spartans take on Law this Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Amity Winter Sports have begun, the Lady Spartans, as you know, started off the season with an awesome win.

Here are this week’s games and meets.

Come on out and cheer on Amity’s athletes. Home games are shown in color.

Boys Hockey HOME games are played in West Haven.

 

Wed. Dec.12             BOYS BASKETBALL         @ East Haven        7:00 PM

                                      GIRLS BASKETBALL               Jonathan Law      7:00 PM

Thu.  Dec. 13              SWIMMING                    @ Foran                   6:00 PM

                                     WRESTLING                     New Haven Coop   6:30 PM

 

Fri.   Dec. 14              BOYS BASKETBALL         @ Fairfield Prep      7:00 PM

                                   

Sat.  Dec. 15               HOCKEY*                         Sheehan                 1:00 PM

                                     WRESTLING                    @ Shelton Inv.       10:00 AM

                                     *Edward Bennett Rink, West Haven (High School)

 

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 Originally Published on: Dec 9, 2012 @ 21:12

Oct 202012
 

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Oct 202012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

For many years, the Southern Connecticut Conference swimming scene was Cheshire sitting alone on top of the pack with Branford, Amity, and sometimes Hand unsuccessfully nipping at the Rams’ heel and the rest of the pack battling it out at the third level. All that changed last year when Glastonbury snapped Cheshire’s 24 year-286 consecutive meet winning streak, proving that the Rams were beatable.

Heading into Thursday night’s SCC show down with Branford, the undefeated Lady Spartans (9-0) had already defeated Hand and will face-off with Cheshire next week.  They improved their spotless slate by defeating the Hornets 91-82 at the Orange Community Center Pool.

By winning five of the meet’s first six events, Amity took an early lead and never looked back.  Anna Lu was a twin winner, copping both the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 57.93 seconds) and the 500 free (5:13.63). The same is true for Dana Grindall as she won both the 200 individual medley (2:10.81) and the 100 butterfly (56.88)  Amanda Craig not only won the diving competition but did it with a new school record score of 241.95, erasing the previous record she had set earlier in the season. Branford (now 8-2) also had a twin winner as Christine Rasile won both the 50 free (24.99) and the 100 free (54.44).

The meet began with Madeline Snow, Natalie Ambrosey, Grindall, and Dana Chung winning the 200 medley relay in 1:54.01. After Chung, Snow, Lu, and Grindall splashed to a first place 1:41.70 in the 200 free relay, Snow added a winning time of 1:04.01 in the 100 backstroke.

Amity now looks ahead to hosting Cheshire Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Orange Community Center Pool. The winner of this show down will be the SCC regular season champs. It will also Senior Night as it is the Lady Spartans’ final home meet of the season.

Sep 172012
 

 

Sept. 11 Soccer Action at Amity

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

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Thanks to Dean Schwartz’s 3-goal first half hat trick, the Amity boys soccer team opened its season with a 4-1 Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional victory over Career/Hillhouse Tuesday afternoon in Woodbridge.  Justyn Broderick opened the Spartan scoring when he found the net with 11 minutes, 52 seconds gone in the first half. Joe Babbitt picked up a assist on that score as he headed the ball on net from the corner and Broderick knocked it home. Schwartz followed with goals at 14:13 (with help from Ian O’Brien-Cannon), 20:53 (assisted by Broderick), and again at 29:41 (set up by Aaron Cooper). The losers’ lone tally was recorded by Shem Emelki at 59:02 of the second half. Amity held a wide 24-5 edge in shots. Goalie Jeff Curtin made 3 second half saves.

“I thought we played well enough to win our first game,” said Coach Mike Marchitto. “We’re still getting used to playing together and we have a lot of work to do.”

On Friday, the Spartans booted Jonathan Law by the same 4-1 margin. Ricky Mayer put the Black and Gold onto the scoreboard at17:45. The Golden Eagles matched that score with Jon Costa’s goal at 29:48 but Amity retook the lead when Joe Guerra found the range at 36:00 to give his team a 2-1 halftime lead. Guerra (with help from Babbit) made it 3-1 at 42:04 and Schwartz closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 72 minute mark.

“We’re starting to come together and played well against Law. It was a big improvement over our first game. I thought we dominated play and controlled the ball 75-80% of the game.

The 2-0 winners outshot Law(now 0-2)  24-5.

Amity is back in action Tuesday with a 7:30 PM SCC contest at West Haven.

Sep 142012
 

Amity High School Principal Charles Britton sent out this notice:

“The highlight for the week was the start of the fall athletic season. This past week, Amity fall teams began SCC and CIAC competition. Every team began the season with the first round of meets and games. This afternoon, the Lady Spartan volleyball and soccer teams will host home contests beginning at 3:45 p.m.”

As our readers know, Orange Live covered these games with stories and/or photo spreads.

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This weekend’s competitions are as follows: (Home games are bolded)

Friday, Sept. 14

SWIMMING @ Lyman Hall 4:00 PM
GIRLS SOCCER hosts Law 3:45 PM
BOYS SOCCER @ Law 5:30 PM
FOOTBALL @ Hand#7:00 PM
VOLLEYBALL hosts Career 5:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 15

BOYS XC @ Windham Inv. 10:00 AM

Sep 102012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

Last year was a dream year for the Amity girls swim team. In addition to defeating Cheshire for the first time in more than 30 years, Coach Todd Rainey’s girls also won their first Southern Connecticut Conference championship, placed second (to Greenwich ) in Class LL, and sixth in the State Open. While Rachel and Kathleen Holden, Colby Champaigne, and Morgan Turner have all graduated, Rainey still has high hopes for the 2012 season that gets underway on Tuesday with a 7 PM meet against Shelton at the Orange Community Center pool.

Rainey said, “I hope we can approach the level of success that we had last year. If everyone does what is expected they can do, achieving what we achieved last year is an approachable goal. Even if we just come close, I’ll still be very happy.”

The 2012 Lady Spartans will be led by senior Co-Captains Nicole Guadagnoli (diving), Lindsay Morton (State Open qualifier in the 100-yard butterfly), Anna Lu (Class LL All State in the 200 and 500 freestyle and a member of the State Open championship 200 free relay), and Dana Grindall (State Open champ in 100 butterfly, state record holder in the 100 butterfly, member of the 200 free and medley relay teams).

Other seniors on the Amity roster are: Amanda Craig (State Open diving), Shannon Early (member of  State Open medley relay and 200 individual medley, Erin Marlor (100 butterfly), Wendy Kenyon (200 free and 100 backstroke), Gabrielle Syrop (Class LL finalist in diving), and Carly Young (Class LL diving finalist).

Jessica Kochiss (State Open member of the 400 free relay) heads a length list of juniors that will provide the team with a lot of depth. Dana Chung (member of the State Open 200 free and medley relays). Mollee Lamb (Class LL finalist in the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley), Madeline Snow (member of State Open championship 200 free relay and State Open qualifier in the 500 free) and Lydia Pokluda (member of state championship 200 free relay and State Open 500 free) are among a similar group of sophomores.

The Amity roster also hosts several talented but inexperienced freshmen that Rainey hopes will develop and provide much needed depth as the season goes on.

According to Rainey, “I’m impressed with the work ethic I have seen so far. It’s a great group of talented, very supportive girls. With Grindall and Morton (14th in the State Open), the Lady Spartans will be very strong in the 100 butterfly. We also have 4 excellent, experienced, senior divers (Syrop, Craig, Guadagnoli, and Young).  Anna Lu (fourth place in the 200 free and fifth in the 500 free at the State Open) and Madeline Snow give us a very potent 1-2 punch in the distance freestyle races.”

He added, “Right now, I really don’t have any major concerns. We have a very deep, balanced team that is headed in the right direction.”

Rainey points to Branford, Mercy, Sacred Heart, and North Haven as the teams most likely to battle his girls for the 2012 SCC crown. Greenwich and Glastonbury appear to be the teams Amity will have to be defeat to win the Class LL title.

Rainey also said that his girls will have to maintain their rigorous work ethic and enthusiasm from last year if they wants to do as well as it did in 2011.

 

Jul 282012
 

            By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

Last year the Orange Post 127 Junior American Legion baseball team advanced to the state Finals before bowing to Waterford . This year was a totally different story. Seeded 10th, the Orangemen were paired against 23rd seeded Guilford Post 48.  Despite its lower seed and having to play on the road, Guilford upset Post 127 1-0 Saturday afternoon under gray, threatening skies at Brinley Field. With the victory, Guilford , which is now 13-9, visits (TBA) seeded Montville on Sunday afternoon. Following its unexpected 1-and-done tourney exit, Orange wraps up its season with a 20-6 record.

While acknowledging it is difficult to win any game getting only 2 hits, losing Coach Rocco DeMaio said, “We hit the ball well all season and consistently put it into play, but today, their pitcher (Ford Linnell) was pretty good. We didn’t get key hits when we needed them. Our biggest problem today was our defense. We made a lot of mistakes. When you have 2 good pitchers like we had today, you have to keep things clean defensively and we just didn’t do that.”

The winners had runners on base and in scoring position in each of the first 4 innings. In both the second and fourth innings, Guilford stranded pairs of runners. After 5 scoreless innings, the visitors finally broke the ice. T.J. Williams reached base on an error by Orange shortstop Mike Appel. It was 1 of 3 bobbles recorded by Post 127. After stealing second base and moving over to third base on Alex Potoscny’s long fly ball to right field, Russell raced home on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt from Ricky Williams. Despite having the ball up in his eyes, he reached up and dropped the ball between the pitcher’s mound and first base. The base runner had such a large jump, he nearly scored without the bunt even being made.

Orange had also had its chances to score but left  runners in 5 of the 7 innings. In the fifth inning, Tim Brown walked with 1 out and then raced around to third base on a wild throw by Post 48 third baseman Christian Triebar. He scooped up Zach Champerlain’s sacrifice bunt and then airmailed far beyond the reach of first baseman J.P. Barrett. With 1 out, Max Hurwitz ripped a line drive that was speared by Barrett. He threw across the diamond to nail Brown, trying in vain to get back to third base.

With 1 out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Christian Luciani reached base on a fielding miscue by Guilford shortstop P.J. Ciocco. He quickly swiped second base but was erased when he tried to reach third base on a 1-hopper speared by Triebar, the Post 48 third baseman. Straying too far off second base, Luciani was caught in a run down and soon erased.

While he was tagged with the loss that lowered his record to 6-2,  Post `127 hurled Mark Kehlenback hurled a complete game, allowing no earned runs on only 4 hits. He also struck out 9 batters and walked only1.

Now 5-1, Linnell hurled a complete game 2-hit shutout, walking 2 and whiffing 3.

According to DeMaio, “Mark pitched really well today. He’s a touch pitcher who throws very hard. He can be overpowering and usually gets a lot of strike outs. In our last game, he struck out 16 batters, but today, we made too many mistakes behind him.”

He added, “We didn’t lose many games this summer, but in the ones we did lose, we were hurt by our own mistakes. I know we had a strong team, and if we had executed plays, we should have won.”

DeMaio refused to blame the loss on the absence of starting shortstop Matt Ronai and catcher Matt Fox, who were promoted recently to the senior Post 127 team roster.

DeMaio added, “Yes, those were 2 huge losses. We were missing 2 big bats from our line-up, but with our depth, we still have a strong team without them.”

Jun 122012
 

Play Ball American Legion 2011 photo

Tonight’s American Legion Post 127 baseball game is postponed due to the rain.

Sunday’s game against Shelton was postponed because many of the players are on the Amity Baseball team and they were raising money at their annual car wash.
No new dates have yet been set to make up for Sunday or tonight’s games.
Tomorrow night, June 13, Orange is scheduled to play at Shelton.
West Haven is at Orange’s Brinley Field on Thursday night at 7  p.m.
The June 19 game at Hamden has been moved up to Friday, June 15.
As scheduled, Orange is at West Haven, Saturday at 10 a.m.
If Mother Nature cooperates, we may actually see a game or two this week and get Phil Brodsky back online!

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