Amity Boys Swim Team Off To A Great Start

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Dec 182013

The 2013-14 Amity Varsity Swim Team Roster

The 2013-14 Amity Varsity Swim Team Roster

The Amity Boys Varsity Swim Team defeated Foran 100-74 Wednesday night at the High Plains Community Center Pool.

Amity took 10 of the 12 events in their first meet of the 2013-14 season.

Following is how each team scored.


200 yard Medley Relay: A- 1:44.89 Stephen Cheung, Ben Clemens, Adam Ambrosey, Charlie Pite,

200 yard Individual Medley: A- 1:59.22 AJ Pite

50 yard Freestyle: A-23.07 Charlie Pite

Diving: A- 119.15 Allie Germano

100 yard Butterfly: A- 56.64 Adam Ambrosey

100 yard Freestyle: A- 50.19 Charlie Pite

500 yard Freestyle: A- 4:54.99 AJ Pite

200 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:42.43 Zac Babbitz, Eric Hansen, Adam Ambrosey, Charlie Pite

A generic photo of a HS swimmer

A generic photo of a HS swimmer

100 yard Backstroke: A- 58.99 Stephen Cheung

100 yard Breaststroke: A- 1:05.11 Ben Clemens

200 yard Freestyle: F 1:59.31 Connor Quinn

400 yard Freestyle Relay: F- 3:48.52 Connor Quinn, Matthew Tylutki, Eric Hammer, Paul Homorodean

Records: Amity 1-0; Foran 0-1

Boys Soccer: Amity Over Sheehan 4-1

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Oct 022013

IMG_7681Amity Goal Keeper Griffin Volta was feeling the heat on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the home game against Sheehan and it wasn’t just from the competition on the field, but from the sudden spike in warmer weather.

Amity took the lead in the first half and never let go. Junior Simone Kanter (3), assisted by Yani Lagoutis (2) scored at 19:50; and captain Justyn Broderick (4) shot one in at 28:47.

In the second half, Broderick scored again at 44:03: followed by Jeremy Conn (5) at 68:51.

Sheehan’s Sebastian Trivino-Martinez put his team on the scoreboard at 69:01.


Amity outshot Sheehan 11-6.  

Sheehan’s John Oliveira made 9 saves: Amity’s Griffin Volta made 4.

Spartans Lacrosse Team on a roll, Record Now 5-3

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Apr 252013

Co Captain Joey Choiniere was named top player of the game.

Co Captain Joey Choiniere was named top player of the game.

The Amity Spartans Varsity Lacrosse Team had another stellar game this week, beating the Green Dragons in Hamden 16-2 on Monday night.

Amity got off to a strong start with seven goals in the first quarter.

With the Spartans clearly ahead, Hamden’s Zach Jolles, scored the Green Dragon’s first goal in the second quarter, and Amity tacked on 2 more. Ending that quarter 9-1.

Jolles came back in the third period with Hamden’s second and last goal of the game and Amity added 5 more goals.  Ending the third quarter with a score of 14-2.

In the final quarter the Spartans tacked on 2 more, winning the game 16-2.

Hamden’s Angel Dimonaco had 1 assist.


Jake Milner had 4 goals, 2 assists; Joe Choiniere had 3 goals, 5 assists; Matt Milner had 2 goals, 2 assists; Tyler Burns had 2 goals, 2 assists.

Also, Steven Sember, Jesse Cala, Matt Attolino, Nick Coassin and Ajay King scored 1 goal each.
Casey Grenier and John Pignataro each had 1 assist.

Hamden Goalie Tom Scott had 13 saves; Amity’s James Chapman had 4 saves and Evan Campbell had 3.

Team records: Amity 5-3; Hamden 4-4

Amity co-captain Joey Choiniere was named the top player of the game and the New Haven Register pegged him as a Lacrosse Star of the week.

“Joe Choiniere, A, (Amity): He had three goals and five assists in a 16-2 win over Hamden.”
— NH Register

Girls Tennis: Another Perfect Day for The Lady Spartans

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Apr 212013

IMG_9934On Friday, the Lady Spartans tennis team did a phenomenal job against East Haven at Amity.

Singles Matches:

(A) Victoria Li def. (EH) Eliza Gladwin  6-1, 6-0

(A) Claire Foster (A) def. (EH) Elise Tomasello  6-0, 6-0 3,

(A) Rebecca Lettick (A) def. (EH) Julianna Maisano 6-2, 6-0 4.

(A) Jamie Thimineur def. (EH) Jurgena Hysolli 6-1, 6-0

Doubles Matches:

(A) Katherine Forbes and Rebecca Bullers def. (EH) Pam Masella and Brianna Dessureau 6-0, 6-2

(A) Jamie Hashem and Alex Petrucci def. (EH) Amy Seliga and Alexis Hernandez 6-3, 6-0

(A) Shoba Patel and Julia Forbes def. (EH) Corrine Palmer and Donita Canieso 6-2, 6-3

The 7 – 0 victory increases Amity’s season record to 7-0, East Haven is now at 0-7

They were among the four teams that played simultaneously at Amity.  Baseball, Softball and Boys Lacrosse also won their competitions.

Lacrosse: Amity Defeats Law 15-1

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Apr 202013

IMG_0255_The Amity Spartans Lacrosse team competed against the Jonathan Law Lawmen in Milford on Tuesday night.

Law’s Lacrosse program is in its first year, and the boys played hard and with a lot of heart. But Amity started off strong, 4 goals in the first quarter, 6 in the second, and never let go of the lead.

The Spartans outshot the Lawmen 25-9. Law’s goal tender Dylan Lucas made 6 saves; Amity’s Jimmy Steinbrick made 6 and Evan Campbell had 1.

In the second quarter, Law’s Jarrod Butts made their only goal of the game, Dylan Hallett is credited with an assist.

Many of Amity’s players were able to score that night. Matt Milner and Sean Grenier both scored 2 goals and Milner also had 2 assists. Steven Sember had 1 goal and 2 assists; Jake Milner had 1 goal and 1 assist.

In addition, other Amity goals came from Brad Uscilla 1; Eric Dykun 1; ; Jesse Cala 1; Mike Cala 1; Matt Attolino 1; David Buono 1; John Pignataro 1; Joe Choiniere 1; and Ajay King 1.

Other assists were by Nick Mazzacco 1; John Uscilla 1; Nick Coassin 1; and Kyle Sullivan 1.

Coach Brandon Pepe said, “Today we had a couple of  nice plays by our captain Joey Choiniere, (we had) a couple of nice goals, our man-up team was really good in executing their plays. They did what they were supposed to do today.”


Amity 4 6 2 3 — 15

Law    0 1 0 0 —   1

The Spartans play Wilbur Cross at Amity on Friday at 4 p.m.


Softball: Lady Spartans Hold On To Perfect Record Against Shelton

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Apr 102013

IMG_2043The Lady Spartans did it again, the fourth consecutive win this season, and this time, against Shelton in an SCC Housatonic Division Game on Tuesday.

The final score was Amity 3, Shelton 1

It was more like summer than spring out on the home field and Amity came on strong and scored all three of its runs in the first three innings.

Winning pitcher Heather Ferranti hit a home run and Teresa Marchitto and Krista Reynolds drove in runs for the Lady Spartans.

In the final inning, losing pitcher Kaysee Talcik hit a home run for the Gaels.

This was another great game for Ferranti who struck out six players and only allowed five hits.

Records: Amity 4-0; Shelton 1-4.

Shelton 000 000 1 — 1 5 3

Amity 111 000 X — 3 2 0

Amity Slaps Hand 8-0 in Home Game

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Apr 102013

One of the runs from the fifth inning.

One of the runs from the fifth inning.

Mother Nature offered up some Baseball weather and the Amity Varsity Baseball Team had a magnificent win when they took on Hand at Janenda Field on Monday.

If you were a casual spectator, the uniforms may have thrown you a curve ball for a moment as the Hand jerseys are nearly identical to the very familiar black jerseys that Amity wears at “away” games this season. But once you took your seat on the bleachers and could focus on the game and the boys in yellow, you were in for an awesome game of baseball.

Amity spanked Hand 8-0

Coach Sal Coppola said the fifth inning was the turning point with 6 runs scored.

“It was only a one run game, so the fifth inning was really big. “Coppola said. “We started off with a nice hit from Jake Russo and we were finally able to get some hits because the kid had us off balance for most of the game.”

Starting pitcher Chris Cimmino only gave up one hit through five innings.

Pitcher Ross Weiner pitched the last two innings.

“Chris Cimmino did a really great job for us today,” Coppola said, “and Keith Klebart and Jake Russo had two or three hits a piece, so they both did a good job too.”

Amity’s record is now a strong 3-0.

The Spartans Host Sheehan Today in Amity at 3:45 p.m.

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Boys Hockey: Amity Comes From Behind to Defeat North Haven 3-2

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Dec 222012

File Photo from earlier game.


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NORTHFORD-Third period goals by John Crocker and Brett McNeil enabled the Amity hockey team to come from behind and nip North Haven 3-2 Thursday afternoon at the Northford Ice Pavilion.

Coming into the final session, the Indians held a 2-1 lead over the somewhat lethargic Spartans. With 6 minutes 32 seconds left to play, Crocker dug the puck out of a scrum in front of the net and knocked it home. Adam Shea and Ryan Hauser picked up assists on the game-tying goal. Just 70 seconds later (at 5:22) McNeil (set up by Dane Simone) banged in a power play goal that provided Amity with its final margin of victory. The game-winning score came with the Indians’ Vin Fasulo in the penalty box for tripping. McNeil had broken loose at mid ice and came in alone on North Haven goalie, Andrew Graziano. As McNeil let the puck fly, he was tripped by Fasulo and went crashing into the boards. Fasulo was still serving his penalty when McNeil netted his goal.

“This is a great win,” Coach Gary Lindgren said. “What we just did feels really good. We’re starting to jell. It was a great opportunity for us to work through a lot of early game frustration. To be perfectly honest with you, we got blown out in the first period and we’re lucky that we were able to hang around and come back later in the game. We caught as few breaks and more importantly, kept our composure, played harder and with more consistency as the game went on.”

As Lindgren said, the Spartans were totally outplayed in the first period and outshot 12-6. North Haven opened the scoring when sophomore defenseman Cameron Owens banged the puck home from then slot with 2:09 gone in then game.

With six minutes left in the first period, Dylan VanBramer broke free and came in alone on Amity goalie, Nick Nozzulo, who make a stick save of Van Bramer’s shot.   Three minutes later, the Indians blasted the puck off a goal post.

According to Lindgren, “We were flat in the first period and North Haven took it to us. We played scared and were just running around. I was very disappointed with our play in the first period. We looked like we were still on the bus. I think we were trying to do too much. Without Nick coming up big in the net, North Haven could have scored four or five goals in the first period. It was really frustrating to be put into that position. Fortunately, we finally were able to calm down later in the game.”

Things began to turn in Amity’s direction early in the second period. The Spartans got even when Eric Dykun (back in action after being sidelined by a concussion) snapped a shot from the right dot that sailed through the proverbial five-hole (the legs) of Graziano at 1:21. The goal was set up by passes from Shea and Zhang Liu.

The 1-1 deadlock was short-lived as Karl Anderson netted an unassisted goal at 4:41. Positioned in front of the crease, he backhanded the puck by Nuzzolo. The Indians hung onto that 2-1 lead until Amity’s third period rally, but the Spartans twice came c lose to scoring the equalizer during the second period. Early in that session, Graziano made a stick same of a shot by Shea. The rebound came right to Simone, but he fanned on the shot. With 40 seconds left, Shea had a break away but when he turned to position himself to take the shot, he lost his edge and fell to the ice.

Lindgren said, “I thought we started to play better during the second period and that was a nice goal by Eric Dykun. We worked harder and played smarter. Then, in the third period, Adam Shea put the puck in front for John Crocker, who put it home. On the game-winning power play goal, our guys (Dane Simone and McNeil) were in the right places at the right time. After we got the lead, our defense hung tough. I think we gradually wore them down.”

Winless North Haven (now 0-2) outshot the Spartans 23-17 but Nuzzolo recorded 21 saves. Graziano made 14 stops.

Looking back at his team’s ragged start, Crocker said, “We started off on the wrong foot. During the first period, we kept losing the battles for the puck, but we kept working hard and knew it would come around for us. By the third period, we started to play with more intensity. We began beating them to the puck and winning the battles.”

 Amity (now 2-0) journeys to Danbury on Saturday to play the Bethel/Brookfield/Danbury Icecats.

Girls Basketball: Lady Spartans Defeat Blue Devils 41-30

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Dec 202012


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Following a sluggish first half, the Amity girls basketball team got its offense into gear  during the third quarter and went zooming past West Haven 41-30 Tuesday night In a Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional game that was played at the Blue Devils’ gymnasium. With this victory, the Lady Spartans improved their record to 3-1.

The Westies led by a point (11-10) after the first quarter and the game was deadlocked 19-19 at the break, but the Lady Spartans outscored West Haven 13-5 in the third quarter and 22-11 during the second half.

“We started off slowly, not winning the 50/50 balls and getting outrebounded. That’s why we were tied at the end of the first half,” Coach Michelle Martinik said. “We came out and really hustled in the second half. That led to us going on a good run in the third quarter. Chloe (Brinton) and Mik (Mikaela Schmitt) really worked hard to give us a boost of energy in the second half. We knew that West Haven was a good team and we had to step it up to win. I’m proud of how the girls stayed together and pulled out the win.”

Brinton was the winners’ top gun, scoring 10 points. In addition to tossing in eight points, Schmitt hauled in nine rebounds. The pesky Lady Spartan defense recorded 14 steals.

With the loss, the Westies’ record dipped to 3-3.

Amity visits Branford Thursday night at 7. 

Girls Basketball: Lady Spartans Start Season With Exciting Win

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Dec 062012

Some of the action from Wednesday’s game.


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In her pre-season report, Amity girls’ basketball Coach Michelle Martinik revealed that one of her team’s goals is to keep an opponent from scoring more than 39 points a game. True to their coach’s word, the Lady Spartans used their aggressive, stingy to post a 41-31 season-opening victory over Sacred Heart Academy Wednesday night. The Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional contest was played in Woodbridge. The Lady Spartans also forced the Pacers to make 15 turnovers and hit only nine of their 44 shots (20%) from the floor. On top of that SHA, which was rated to be one of the top teams in the Quinnipiac Divison of the SCC, was good on only 13 of its 20 free throw attempts (65%).

According to Martinik, “It’s always nice to start the season with a win. I thought we played really good defense tonight. We worked hard, helped and communicated well with each other.”

An early field goal by Molly Schmitt and back-to-back scores from Chloe Brinton (who finished with a game-high 16 points) staked the Lady Spartans to a 6-1 lead that they never gave up. Brinton added two free throws to extend Amity’s lead to 14-5 with 1 minute, 48 seconds left in the first quarter. Shortly thereafter, the Pacers’ Shyla Osmond completed a three-point play and cut her team’s deficit to 14-8 at the end of the opening session.

 The second period began with Brinton and Kristen Post dropping in consecutive lay-ups that opened up a 10 point (18-8) Amity lead. After scoring those two field goals in the first minutes of the second quarter, Amity netted only one field goal during the remainder of the first half (a Brinton bulls-eye with 4:27 left in the first half). While the Lady Spartan offense went into a lull, their defense kept harassing the Pacers, allowing them to connect on only two of their 15 shots in the second quarter (five of 29—17% in the first half).

 Late in the first half, Molly Ronan and Janea Graham both canned pairs of freebies as Amity walked off with a 24-16 lead at the break.

Fully aware that Sacred Heart had defeated her team three times last winter, Martinik said, “They are a good team and have given us some tough battles in the past. When our offense cooled off, we compensated for that and fought through the offensive draught with some tight defense and rebounding.”

The Lady Spartans’ offensive draught carried over for the first half of the third period. Prior to freshman Elise Graham swishing a base line jumper with 3:58 to go in the third quarter, Sacred Heart had gone on a 15-7 spurt and drawn within  two points (25-23). After Lexi Cafasso’s put back early in the third quarter, the Pacers did not record another field goal until Michaela Montini’s drive with 32 seconds left on the clock. Amity was able to preserve its advantage when Brinton stole the ball and drove home a lay- up that opened up a 31-23 lead.

Continuing to harass the Pacers with their tenacious defense, the Lady Spartans allowed only two Montini field goals in the final 1:25 of the fourth quarter. Amity did not record a field goal during then final sessions but maintained its upper hand by netting nine of 16 from the foul line.

The winners netted 12 of 44 shots from the floor (27%) and 17 of 27 (63%) from the charity stripe. Led by Post’s nine rebounds along with eight more from Schmitt, the winners ended up with a 43-32 edge off the glass.

“We put in a new offense this year and we’re still getting used to it,” Martinik said.  “We looked for the open girl and ended up making the shot we should make. I was very encouraged seeing how hard we fought tonight. Our team defense was super.”

She added, “This was the first time (point guard) Janea Graham had started a varsity game. I thought she was very composed, gave a great effort, and played a great floor game.”

Graham finished with seven points.

While Osmond was expected to be a team leader for Sacred Heart, she is still coming back from a summer concussion and a pre-season ankle injury, scoring only six points. Montini led the losers with nine points.

AMITY ITEMS: While they did not play together, Martinik and her SHA counterpart, Gail Strumpf-Cheney (who was making her coaching debut) are both Masuk High of Monroe grads. Their Panther coach, Dave Strong was on hand to watch his two former high school stars battle it out from their respective benches.

The 1-0 Lady Spartans visit Guilford Friday night at 7.