Sep 092014

Amity Sports graphic.jpgThis week’s Amity Varsity Sports schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Boys Soccer, away at Wilbur Cross 3:45 p.m.

Girls Cross Country away at West Beach Invitational, 4 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Sheehan at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Mercy at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving away at Sheehan 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball away at Daniel Hand 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Football away at Seymour 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Boys Soccer away at Branford 3:30 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Lyman Hall at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs North Haven at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Lyman Hall at Sheehan Pool 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Branford at Amity 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13 

Boys Cross Country, Wilton Invitational at Wilton High School 9 a.m.

Aug 302014

Amity Sports graphic.jpgThe pre-season Amity High School scrimmage games continue this week both away and at home.

Following is the schedule for Sept. 2 – Sept. 6

Varsity Boys Soccer away at Hopkins Tuesday, Sept. 2, 4 p.m.

Varsity Girls Soccer vs Guilford at Amity, Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 3:45 p.m.

Varsity Girls Soccer vs Bunnell at Amity, Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 3:45 p.m.

Varsity Girls Volleyball away at Foran, Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.

Varsity Football away at Oxford, Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Brien McMahon at Amity, Thursday, Sept. 4 at 3:45 p.m.

Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Newtown at Amity, Friday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m.

Varsity Boys Soccer (Amity Jamboree) at Amity, Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.

Varsity Field Hockey vs Masuk at Amity, Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Sep 112013

Sports trifecta

The following Amity Varsity sports teams are competing this week.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Girls Volleyball vs North Haven at Amity 5:15 p.m.

Football vs Seymour at Amity 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 12

Boys Soccer vs Wilbur Cross at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Hamden at Amity 4 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Jonathan Law at Law Turf Field 5:30 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Orange Community Center Pool 7:30 p.m.


Apr 072013

IMG_1437Here is the Amity Varsity Sports Schedule for this week.

Monday, April 8

Baseball vs Hand at Amity 3:45 p.m.
Boys Lacrosse vs Hand in Madison 7 p.m.
Boys Volleyball vs Oxford at Oxford 3:30 p.m
Softball vs Branford in Branford 4 p.m.
Girls Lacrosse vs Warde in Fairfield 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9

Girls Lacrosse vs Cheshire at Amity 4 p.m.
Boys Volleyball vs Barlow at Barlow 5:15 p.m.
Softball vs Shelton at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10

Baseball vs Sheehan at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 11

Softball vs Lyman Hall at Lyman 3:34 p.m.
Boys Lacrosse vs Cheshire at Amity 4 p.m.

Friday, April 12

Baseball vs Lyman at Lyman 3:34 p.m.
Volleyball vs Cheshire at Amity 5 p.m.
Girls Lacrosse vs Hamden at Hamden 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 13

Boys Tennis vs Weston at Amity 4 p.m.
Boys Lacrosse vs Brookfield at Amity 10:30 a.m.
Girls Lacrosse vs Trumbull at Trumbull 12 p.m.

Nov 082012

Sydnee Sousa


Orange Live Sports Writer

Sponsored by Robert Sousa of Sousa & Stone

Amity’s 3-1 (25-18, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20) road victory over Mercy High of Middletown  Tuesday night in the semi-finals of  Southern Connecticut Conference  volleyball playoffs seemed to set the stage for the third meeting of the season between the Lady Spartans and Cheshire in Wednesday night’s Finals. That Finals match between the two long-time rivals was however cancelled by Wednesday’s snow storm. With the CIAC state tournaments set to begin on Thursday, there was no time to reschedule the SCC Finals. As a result of the forced cancellation, the SCC has decided that Amity and Cheshire will be declared the volleyball co-champions for 2012.

The Lady Spartans’ victory over Mercy featured excellent serving, solid hitting from Allison Denny, Rebecca Denny, and Sydnee Sousa along with the outstanding play of setter Kathryn Pisano, who recorded 22 assists, six digs, and was good on all 13 of her serves.

According to winning Coach Paul Thees, “I thought we played very well against Mercy and kept the pressure on them.  We went ahead with our game plan to work the setter side of the court on offense. In addition we had a good serving night, missing only five serves. Our motivation was the desire to get to the championship game against Cheshire.”

With the first game tied at 15-15, Claire Foster held her service for three points, followed shortly thereafter by a similar three point run from Allison Denny that gave Amity a 22-16 lead.

“We played smart in the first game and kept the Mercy setter occupied,” Thees said.

He attributed his team’s loss of the second game to its failure to attack the ball as it had done in the opening contest. In the later stages of Game No. 2, the Lady Spartans got within four points of the Tigers (22-18) but never any closer.

Thees added, “Mercy always seemed to have the lead in the second game and we never were able to catch up.”

 The third game was deadlocked at 17-17 when Allison Denny took over service and she proceeded to rack up the last eight points in a row. Thees felt his team totally dominated the fourth and final contest with the turning point being a four point run that gave the Black and Gold an insurmountable 19-11 advantage.

Rebecca Denny was 10 for 10 from the service line and had a team-high seven digs.

The SCC canceled Wednesday Night’s Girls Volleyball Championship Match. Cheshire and Amity were declared co-champions.

Amity (now 16-4 and ranked 11th  in Class LL) turns its attention to the first round of  the state tournament, where it would have hosted 22nd-ranked Norwich Free Academy Thursday at 5 p.m. The visiting Wildcats come in with a 7-9 record. THIS GAME HAS BEEN POSTPONED.


Nov 032012

This is the SCC Playoff Schedule. Amity dropped out of the Field Hockey Competition.


#2 Mercy 3, #10 Guilford 2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-10)

#4 Sacred Heart Academy 3, #5 Foran (25-14, 25-22, 24-26, 22-25, 16-14)



#3 Branford 3, #6 Guilford 0



Shelton 1, Mercy 1 – Shelton advances via penalty kicks, 7-5


Today’s SCC Fall Playoff Schedule – Saturday, November 3



Xavier at Fairfield Prep – 10 a.m.



Daniel Hand at Cheshire  – 3 p.m.


2012 SCC Fall Playoff Schedule & Results



First Round – Saturday, October 27 @Higher Seeds

#6 Branford 3, #11 Jonathan Law 0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-20)

#10 Guilford 3, #7 East Haven 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-17)

#8 Sheehan 3, #9 Lyman Hall 2 (18-25, 26-24, 25-17, 24-26, 15-13)


Quarterfinals - Friday, November 2 @Higher Seeds

#1 Cheshire 3, #8 Sheehan 0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-16) (Thursday, Nov. 1)

#2 Mercy 3, #10 Guilford 2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-10)

#6 Branford at #3 Amity – 4:30 p.m. (Monday, Nov. 5)

#4 Sacred Heart Academy 3, #5 Foran 2 (25-14, 25-22, 24-26, 22-25, 16-14)


Semifinals – Monday/Tuesday, November 5-6

Sacred Heart Academy at Cheshire – 6 p.m. (Monday, Nov. 5)

Amity/Branford winner at Mercy – 5 p.m. (Tuesday, Nov. 6)


Championship Game – Wednesday, November 7 @North Haven HS – 6 p.m.

Quarterfinals @Higher Seeds

#4 Shelton 3, #5 Amity 1

#1 Mercy 1, #8 Guilford 0

#6 Branford 4, #3 Hamden 2

#7 Daniel Hand at #2 Cheshire - 3:30 p.m. (Saturday, Nov. 3)


Semifinals @Higher Seeds

Shelton 1, Mercy 1 – Shelton advances via penalty kicks, 7-5

Branford vs. Hand/Cheshire winner – TBA
Championship Game – Tuesday, November 6 @West Haven HS – 6 p.m.

Shelton vs. TBA


#1 Fairfield Prep 1, #8 Shelton 0

#5 Xavier 0, #4 Daniel Hand 0 (Xavier advances via penalty kicks, 4-3)

#2 Amity 4, #7 Sheehan 1

#3 Branford 3, #6 Guilford 0


Semifinals – @Higher Seeds

Xavier at Fairfield Prep – 10 a.m. (Saturday, Nov. 3)

Branford at Amity - 2:30 p.m. (Monday, Nov. 5)


Championship Game – Tuesday, November 6 @West Haven HS – 7:30 p.m.


Diving Championship – Monday, November 5 @Hamden HS – 3 p.m. warm-ups; 4:30 competition

Championship Meet – Monday, November 5 @Moore Fieldhouse – SCSU – 6 p.m.

Nov 012012


Orange Live Sports Writer

Sponsored by Robert Sousa of Sousa and Stone

Allison Denny’s 12 kills and one block led the Amity volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-4, 25-19, 18-25, 25-10) Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional win over Career last Friday afternoon. It was the final regular season match of the season for the Lady Spartans and gave them a 14-4 record—their best season since 2007, when they won the SCC championship with a 17-1 mark. Julia Bedini and Nina Luciani each chipped in with a trio of kills. Bedini also chalked up a block. Sydnee Sousa was good on 27 of her 28 serves with six aces and added five digs. Amanda Vecchio was a perfect six-for-six from the service line with five aces.

Coach Paul Thees played all of his normal starting line-up except the setter in Game No. 1. Junior setter Haley Pierson made her first varsity start and came through with six assists. Kathryn Pisano, the usual varsity setter joined several members of the Lady Spartan bench for the second game. Following a slow start in which they fell behind 7-1, they battled back to win the game and take a 2-0 lead. The same line-up and were trailing 20-7 when Sousa ran off 11 serves in a row and battled back within two points (20-18). The Panthers regained the upper hand to win the third game. The usual starting line-up played Game No. 4 and quickly won the game and the match.

According to Thees, “I thought the varsity girls played well in the first and fourth games. Haley (Pierson) did a very nice job in her first game as the varsity setter. Although we fell behind at the start of the second game, our younger players battled back to win it. As for the third game, we just lost our edge.”

Playing only the last three contests, Pisano recorded 18 assists.

The Housatonic Division coaches have named Denny and Pisano to the All-Housy team.

Amity now moves on to the SCC playoffs where it has drawn Branford as its quarter-final opponent. It will be the third meeting of the fall between the Lady Spartans and the Hornets with the Hornets winning both of their previous matches by identical 3-2 scores.

See revised schedules for date, time and location of the Amity game.

Oct 112012


Capt. Sydnee Sousa played very well against Shelton


Orange Live Sports Writer

 Sponsored by Robert Sousa of Sousa and Stone

Still physically tired and emotionally bruised by a stinging 3-2 loss at Branford on Tuesday night, the Amity volleyball team returned home Wednesday night to host Southern Connecticut Conference–Housatonic Division rival Shelton. While it was far from its best effort, Amity regrouped to blank the visiting Gaelettes 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-18). With this win, the Black and Gold improve their record to 9-3 (4-1 against Housy  teams, while Shelton (still trying to rebuild after having its top seven players graduate last June, drops to 4-8 (0-4 I n Housy action.)

“Not much went on tonight, but we played well enough to win,” Amity Coach Paul Thees said.

Ignited by Sydnee Sousa’s strong serving, the winners immediately took charge of the opening contest. The Lady Spartans’ senior co-captain ran off six successful serves in a row (including two aces) as Amity quickly jumped ahead 10-2. During that early charge Rebecca and Allison Denny each banged two spikes onto the floor.

Amanda Vecchio’s perfectly placed cross court blast into the far corner along with her block of an attempted kill by Shelton’s Francesca Testani enabled the winners to open up a 10 point lead (18-8). Plagued with erratic serving and hitting, Shelton also found it difficult to respond to powerful and well placed scoring hits by Vecchio and Allison Denny that ended the first game.

The second game began with Amity stumbling out of the starting gate and falling behind 4-1. Once again Sousa’s serving stabilized Amity as she ran off a five point string that featured two more aces and turned her team’s three point deficit into a five point lead (6-5). With the game knotted at 7-7, spikes by Allison Denny, Post, and Vecchio broke the deadlock and catapulted the Lady Spartans into a 10-7 advantage.

Repeated hitting mistakes by the Gaelettes enabled Thees’ girls to open up another 10 point margin (18-8). Struggling to wrap up the game and take a 2-0 lead, Amity withstood a late Shelton rally and prevented any Gaelette hopes for a  comeback thanks to kills by the Denny sisters, sandwiched around a timely off-speed bump over the net from Vecchio.

 Gina Orazetti’s scoring bump and a service ace by Dominika Marczak put Shelton on top 8-7 early in the third game. Back-to back kills by Allison Denny and Heather Watt gave the winners a 9-8 lead. The game see sawed back and forth and was again tied at 14-14  when Watt hammered another spike to the floor  and Sousa put home four consecutive aces that opened up a 19-14 advantage for Amity.

Post caromed a bump off and over the net for another Amity point that was followed by a scoring bump by Kathryn Pisano that preceded a final match-ending blast into the net by Marczak.

“We need to be more aggressive and communicate better,” Thees said.” We were much too passive tonight. At times, we played down to the level of our opponent.  Like I said before, we played well enough to beat a young, rebuilding team.”

Offensively, Allison led the way with 11 kills. Rebecca Denny and Sousa add five kills apiece. Sousa also was good on each of her 22 serves with eight aces. Sophomore Zoe Moscato came off the bench to put home all nine of her serves (with one ace).  Ashley Wu also came off the bench and was good on all five of her serves. Pisano recorded 27 assists and was perfect in her seven tries from the service line and also recorded an ace. Libero Liz Marino chipped in with seven digs.

Thees added, “Lately I’ve watched Ashley serve in practice and jayvee games and saw that she is very smooth and confident in her own play. Heather Watt also played well. Our veterans did not play well last night at Branford, so I called on the young kids off the bench who haven’t seen much varsity action and they actually won the third and fourth games for us.”

Shelton was led by Testani who had three kills and 31 digs., Nicole Baird added 10 digs, seven assists, and two kills.

Amity hosts West Haven Friday at 5:00 p.m.  

Below are file photos from previous 2012 games.

Oct 082012


Orange Live Sports Writer

 Sponsored by Robert Sousa of Sousa & Stone

Some will tell you that one mark of a good volleyball team is its ability to win five- set matches. If that is true, the Amity volleyball team has the marks of being a good team. In their first 10 matches, the Lady Spartans have played four five-setters and won three of them. Two of those four long five-setters occurred last week and Amity won both. Sandwiched around the Lady Spartans’ 3-1 victory over Lyman Hall on Wednesday, were 3-2 wins over Sheehan on Monday and the same score over Guilford on Friday. With those pair of Southern Connecticut Conference triumphs, Amity upped its Southern Connecticut Conference record to 8-2 (3-2 in the Housatonic Division) and qualified for November’s state tournament.

“The good thing about these five set-matches is we are showing resiliency. We have proven that we are able to come back when our backs are against the wall,” Coach Paul Thees said. “On the other hand, we have shown the tendency to let the opposing team win close games due to our inconsistent communication. Too many balls are drop ping to the floor because we don’t talk to each other. That leads to very scary situations.”

In Amity’s 25-12, 24-26, 20-25, 25-15, 15-13 victory over Housy rival Sheehan, it won the first game quiet easily. After that, the Black and Gold let the second and third games slip away in the face of the Titans’ increased offensive efforts.  Trailing 2-1 and facing defeat if they lost Game No. 4, the Lady Spartans shook off their mid-match slump to take that game in convincing fashion. Trailing 13-11 in the 15 point third game, Amity swept the last four points to win the game and the match.

As usual, Allison Denny led the winners’ attack with a season-high 22 kills along with six digs and landing nine of her 10 serves. Sydnee Sousa added five kills, a block, six digs and was good on 25 of her 26 serves—with a pair of aces. Rebecca Denny had five kills, nine digs, and was good on all 20 of her serves—an ace. Kristen Post chipped in with five kills, six digs, and two service aces. Setter Kathryn Pisano was credited with a season-high 39 assists and was good on all but one of her nine serves with two aces.

The 5-4 Titans were led by Ali Sperrnazza, who had 13 kills and 15 digs. Katie Reed dug up 26 balls and setter Meghan Gavin recorded 26 assists and eight service aces.

It was much the same story against Guilford on Friday night when Amity survived a 25-23, 18-25, 23-25, 25-10, 15-13 marathon.

“I’ve noticed that the games we win in the five-setters are usually won quite easily, by wide margins; however, the games we lost are usually very close. As I said before, it all comes down to communication. When we communicate, we play well and win. When we don’t communicate well, we don’t play well and lose,” Thees said.

After squeaking out a narrow victory in the opener, Amity fell victim to hot serving from Sam Gavin in the second game. With her team trailing 14-9, Gavin landed 12 consecutive serves that turned her team’s five point deficit into a six point lead (20-11).

Thees added, “Guilford played well in the second and we didn’t.”

After dropping a hard-fought third game and once again trail 2-1, Amity stepped up to take the fourth game in a laugher. With the fifth and final contest deadlocked at 13-13, Guilford committed a costly net violation, giving the Lady Spartans game/match point and the serve, which they quickly converted into a match-winning final point.

 This time Sousa led the winners with a dozen kills and landed 18 of 20 from the service line—with 2 aces. Allison Denny had eight kills and a block. Rebecca Denny added five kills. Amanda Vecchio was good on all 26 of her serves with four aces. Libero Liz Marino charted a career-high 23 digs while Pisano put up 28 assists and landed 10 11 serves.

Thees said, “This was the same scenario as the Guilford match. We made too many mistakes, which forced us to again come-from-behind to pull it out. As I did against Lyman Hall on Wednesday, I moved Sydnee from weak side to outside hitter in the last two games. That gave us more offense and I put Claire Foster in to give us some additional defense on the weak side. She’s very quiet but is a very smooth player who does her job quiet well. In the spring, she is an outstanding player for our tennis team.”

With her13 kills, Caitlin Sobolewski was the top hitter for the 5-5 Indians. She also chalked up 11 digs and six services aces. Setter Taylor White recorded 20 assists eight digs, and five kills. Grinold had a dozen digs, 14 service points, and four aces.

On Friday Amity visits Branford for an SCC inter-divisional contest at 5:00 p.m. seeking to avenge an early season 3-2 loss to the Hornets.   

Oct 042012

The Lady Spartans celebrate a great play.

Orange Live Sports Writer

Sponsored by Robert Sousa of Sousa&Stone

With Lyman Hall playing consistently inconsistent, the Amity volleyball took advantage of its numerous scoring opportunities to defeat the Trojans 3-1 (25-11, 25-14, 21-25, 25-7) Wednesday night in in a Southern Connecticut Conference—Housatonic Division clash that was played in Woodbridge.

While admitting that his spikers had some uneven moments, for the most part, winning Coach Paul Thees was pleased with their efforts, especially when compared to their play in Monday’s 3-2 Housy win over Sheehan.

“So far, this was our best match of the week. We struggled at times, especially Game No. 3, but our scores were better tonight than they have been in a long while. Lyman Hall (now 6-3, 2-2 in the Housy) is much improved over last year, but we are too. They took Cheshire to 5 games and beat up Sheehan badly,” Thees said.

The match began with Amity jumping off to a quick 7-2 lead thanks to the first of Allison Denny’s team-high nine kills, her off-speed dump over the net, and a series of Trojan mistakes. Pairs of blocks and blasts to the floor by Melanie Schanke and Kim Petit enabled the visitors to creep back within two points (9-7) but the Lady Spartans suddenly caught first, went on a 12-2 run and shot out to a commanding 21-9 lead. During that run, Denny nailed two spikes to the floor and also drilled home a service ace. In addition Lyman Hall continued to have trouble getting the ball over the net and keeping it in bounds.

Game No. 1 ended with a kill from Sydnee Sousa, another off-speed dump by Denny, and a final ace from Sousa.

The second contest began as a see-saw struggle with the lead shifting back and forth. With the score knotted at 12-12, Amity went on another late run, thanks to blocks by Sousa and Denny, another Denny kill, and several more Trojan misfires. With their 6-1 run, the Lady Spartans surged ahead 18-13. The second contest ended with Amity completing a 13-2 spurt that also featured a pair of Kristin Post scores, two dumps by Kathryn Pisano, Heather Watt’s ace, and a game-ending kill by Jessica Bedini.

According to Thees, “We looked unbeatable in the first two games. Our scores were better than they had been in a while.”

Game No. 3 proved to be a totally different story. Stephanie Napierkowski’s pair of kills and her ace enabled Lyman Hall to jump ahead 4-1. While Amity stayed close, Napierkowski banged two more balls to make it 11-8. Amanda Vecchio’s ace and a Sousa kill tied the game at 12-12 but Amity never took the lead. Kills from Schanke and Emily Williams were sandwiched around Lauren Gaffney’s perfectly placed, returnable serve that enabled the visitors to open up a three point (16-13) lead.

Fighting back once again, Amity countered with kills from Pisano and Vecchio to reknot the tally at 17. The pendulum then swung back in an ace from Ally Hackett, the Trojans’ direction with kills from Napierkowski and Williams, as well as a block back over the net by Petit. With her team leading 24-21, Hackett brought the curtain down on that game with a final shot to the floor.

“We never found a spark to us going and take the lead in the third game. We were always behind,” Thees said.

In direct contrast to the third game loss, Game No. 4 was never in doubt. With Sousa serving, the winners opened up with seven points in a row—including three Sousa aces. The Trojans nibbled back within five points on kills by Napierkowski and Petit—but never any closer. Two kills from Sousa and another by Denny, and a pair of Denny aces ignited a 12-2 Amity run. Holding an insurmountable 21-9 margin, the winners soon turned out the lights with consecutive scoring hits by Post and Bedini along with a final pair Trojan side outs.

Thees said, “I switched our line-up for the fourth game and that turned things around. I moved Sydnee (Sousa) from weak side to outside hitter and put Claire Foster in as an extra defender. Syd’s defense can be spotty, but I know Syd can serve well and she hits better from the outside than she does from the weak side. It was a big switch that really paid off for us.”

Key players for the 7-2, 2-1 winners were: Denny (nine kills, and 20 of 21 serves with an ace), Sousa (seven kills, 17 of 17 from the service line with 3 aces) Post  (six kills and 13 of 13 serves), Rebecca Denny (five kills), Vecchio (13 of 13 from the service line with an ace), Pisano (25 assists and 11-11 serving), Jenna Pisano (11 digs) and  libero Liz Marino (25 digs).

Thees added, “This was one of our better matches this week. We spread things around nicely and only missed a total of three serves.”

Schanke recorded a team high 12 kills as well as seven digs for the losers. Napierkowski added nine kills and four blocks.  Hackett chalked up 30 assists and five digs.

The Lady Spartans are back in action on Friday when they host Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional rival,Guilford at 5:30 p.m.