Hey, Amity Spartans, It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over!

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Jan 082022

The Amity Boys Ice Hockey Team lost its fifth consecutive game this afternoon at the Bennett Ice Rink in West Haven. With a 1-5 record, some may think that they “stink” but, I see it differently.

The Spartans have potential and, like 13 other teams in their division, they simply haven’t been very lucky YET this season.

Did you know that the once powerful and feared West Haven Blue Devils haven’t won a single game this season? Do they Stink? No, they still have time to turn things around too, as do the other 13 teams, plus Amity.

There are ONLY five teams that are doing relatively well this season, including three that are undefeated so far, according to the records on the CIAC website as of this afternoon.

Here’s what I found:

The 14 Unluckiest teams
West Haven: L 0-4, L 6-3, L 2-10, L 3-4
Amity: W 1-5, L 6-1, L 5-0, L 8-2, L 4-0, L 4-1
Staples: L 1-5, L 2-9, L 2-3, W 3-1
Immaculate: L 5-6 (ot), W 4-3, L 7-3
Milford CoOp: L 6-1, W 3-1, T 2-2, L 1-7, L 4-0, L 1-9
Branford: L 2-4, L 2-6, W 5-4, L 3-4, W 4-0
Cheshire: L 9-7, L 5-6, T 3-3 (ot), L 2-3, W 5-1, L 3-5, W 4-1
Daniel Hand: L 0-4, L 0-3, L 0-4, W 3.2, W 8-1, L 4-5, L 4-5, W 4-5
Guilford: W 5-1, W 5-1, L 1-5, L 2-3
Newtown-New Fairfield: W 6-5, L 1-5, L 0-5, L 2-5, L 0-4, L 0-3
North Branford: W 4-2, W 3-1, L 0-6, L 1-8, L 2-6
Glastonbury: W 4-2, L 1-4, W 6-0, L 1-5, L 0-3
Watertown-Pomperaug: L 4-5, W 3-0, W 5-0, L 1-8, L 1-5, L 1-4
BBD: W 6-3, W 6-3, L 8-2
Successful Teams as of Jan. 8:
Lyman Hall: W 8-1, W 6-5, L 4-5, W 3-2, W 6-3, W 5-2
Sheehan: W 7-3, W 11-1, W 8-1, W 2-1, W 5-3, W 6-2
Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe: W 6-5 (ot), W 6-3, W 5-0, W 10-2
North Haven: L 1-8, W 6-0, W 8-2, L 1-3, W 3-0
New Milford: L 3-7, L 0-6, W 5-2, W 4-0, W 4-0

Of These five, Amity is still scheduled to play three of them: Sheehan on Jan. 25, Lyman Hall on Feb. 2, and New Milford on Feb. 16. Good Luck Amity, You can do this! The season isn’t over yet!

Amity Middle School Students Give Precious Gift To Veterans

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Jan 062022

Front Row (L to R) Sophia Corey, Lorena Ejlli, Julia Capecelatro, Alexandra Wyskiel, and Katherine Watts Back Row (L to R) Aryan Shrivastav, Evelyn Welander, Angelina Ring, Sara Pesticci, and Armaan Shrivastav

The Amity Farm, Garden, and Craft Club at Amity Middle School Orange (AMS0) ran a Stockings for Soldiers drive during the month of December for the service men and women at the West Haven Veteran’s Hospital.

Due to the generous donations, AMSO collected more than 600 items and filled 57 stockings for our service men and women.

Pictured above: Julia Capecelatro

This is the 14th year AMSO has sponsored this drive and for many of these men and women this is a cherished gift that they look forward to each and every year and are extremely grateful to receive.

Each stocking or gift bag were filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste, DVD, bar of soap, pair of warm socks and gloves, assorted snacks, gum, and candy.

Don’t Panic, But Be Prepared: Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

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Jan 062022

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from midnight to noon on Friday, Jan. 7.

Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected for our area and school closings are anticipated for our children’s safety.

Plan on slippery road conditions, as hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute. Snowfall rates could reach or exceed one inch per hour in any heavy snowbands.

We live in New England, we’ve had snowstorms before, we know what to expect, so don’t panic, just be prepared.

From the AAA Website, here are tips for driving in the snow:

(These are especially important to new teen drivers or nervous drivers who cower at the thought of going out on snow covered roads.)

  • Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

Also, you have plenty of time to prepare today before the first snowflake falls. Follow these cold weather driving tips from AAA.

  • Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.

And here’s something that’s VERY important: Clearing the snow from your vehicle

Why you should completely clean off your car before you drive. (Includes the dangers if you don’t and fines you will face)

Jan 052022

Today, Wednesday, Jan. 5, between the hours of 6:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Woodbridge police responded to fourteen motor vehicle accidents.

There were no reported injuries, but several crashes involved multiple vehicles, one which involved a school bus.

More than seventy percent of the accidents occurred on Seymour Road (Route 67) due to the weather conditions.  Traffic was impassable on Seymour Road for several hours.

— information provided by Asst. Police Chief Ron Smith

Another Nice Victory For The Undefeated Amity Boys Swim Team

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Jan 042022

The Amity Boys Swimming and Diving Team took on Lyman Hall in Orange on Tuesday, Jan. 4.
The Spartans, now 3-0 for the season, swam past Lyman Hall 97-77.

Amity’s winning events:

200 Medley Relay 1:50.52 – Nolan Young, Adam Liu, Matt Li, Allen Liu
200 Free 1:54.76 – Connor Hailstorm
50 Free 23.55 – Seamus Hennessy
100 Fly 57.48  – Connor Hallstrom
100 Free 52.15  – Allen Liu
500 Free 5:40.58 – Matthew Muravnik
100 Back 55.17 – Seamus Hennessy

Lyman Hall’s winning events

200 IM 2:09.86 – Kendrick Lagamao
Diving 122.00 – Lincoln Busa
200 Free Relay 1:40.91 – Jerick Lagamao, Ryan Christopoulous, Alex Sabo, Kendrick Lagamao
100 Breast 1:06.37 – Kendrick Lagamao
400 Free Relay 4:26.14 – Kayla Kearns, Reinajen Munoz, Sydnet Raffles, Jay Zhao

Amity Girls Basketball Kicks off 2021-2022 Season

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Jan 042022

By Ed Whitman

The Amity Girls Basketball team got out of the gates strong earning a road victory, 55-37 over Lyman Hall.

Amity vs Lyman Hall

The team got out to a fast start leading 16-7 after one quarter and 26-19 at the half. With a great defensive effort and unselfish play on the offensive end, they built a ten-point lead going to the fourth
quarter and never looked back.

Amity had three players in double figures led by Junior Sarah Granados with 20 points, Sophomore Jillian Barnes with 15 and Senior Jayne Whitman 10 points.

Other Spartans in the scoring column included Sophomore Vivian Cain with 6 points and Senior Victoria Gaydos with 4 points. Senior Captain Meredyth Laskowski was a big factor on the defensive end all night long. The Spartans made 4 shots from long distance as well to kick off the season.

Amity 55, Lyman Hall 37

Amity          16  10   9   20  –  55

Lyman Hall   7  12   6   12   –  37

Jayne Whitman 1 1 5-6 10, Sarah Granados 7 1 3-8 20, Victoria Gaydos 2 0 0-1 4, Vivian Cain 2 0 2-6 6, Jillian Barnes 2 2 2-5 15

Amity vs Hamden

In their second game of the season Amity hosted a very athletic Hamden team. Amity was down early 14-8 as Hamden came out hot.

Amity played a strong second quarter but found itself down 25-17 at the intermission.

Hamden kept the pressure on in the second half getting to the rim often and coasted to a 52-36 victory.

Amity was led by Jayne Whitman and Sarah Granados each with 9 points, Vivian Cain tallied 8 points and Jillian Barnes and Victoria Gaydos with 6 and 4 points respectively.

Hamden 52, Amity 36

Hamden     14  11  11  16 – 52
Amity           8   9   6  13  – 36

Jayne Whitman 2 1 2-2 9, Sarah Granados 3 0 3-5 9, Victoria Gaydos 2 0 0-0 4, Vivian Cain 4 0 0-0 8, Jillian Barnes 0 2 0-0 6

Amity vs Masuk

Game three of the season took Amity on the road to Monroe to play in the annual holiday tournament, this year hosted by Masuk. In a low scoring first half with each team digging in defensively Amity found
itself tied at 13-13 at the break.

Masuk came out strong in the third quarter as Amity just could not get the ball to go in the basket and took a 23-19 lead into quarter number four.

The Spartans came out determined in the final period with some key steals by Sarah Granados, Jayne Whitman, and Jillian Barnes along with two long three-point field goals by Whitman and a key lay up by Vivian Cain to build a five-point lead that ultimately led to a 36-33 victory and a berth in the holiday tournament championship versus Trumbull, who beat Bethel earlier in the evening.

Amity got strong defensive efforts in the paint from Meredyth Laskowski, Vivian Cain, and Victoria Gaydos and a strong contribution from Lucci Dottori off the bench.

Granados led Amity with 15 points, Whitman had 10 and Barnes 5.

Amity 36, Masuk 33

Amity     4  9    6    17  – 36
Masuk    8 5   10   13  –  33

Jayne Whitman 0 3 1-2 10, Sarah Granados 4 1 4-8 15, Victoria Gaydos 1 0 0-0 2, Vivian Cain 1 0 0-0 2, Jillian Barnes 1 1 0-0 5, Lucci Dottori 1 0 0-0 2

Amity vs Trumbull

In the holiday tournament championship Amity took on a very talented Trumbull team and went toe-to-toe with the pre-season ranked top 10 team.

It was a defensive battle all evening that saw Amity down 14-7 after one period and 16-12 at the half. It was a 5-point game late in the third quarter at 25-20, but Trumbull closed the period on a 6-0 run to take a 11-point lead into the further quarter.

Amity just had many great looks in the second half, but the ball just would not find the bottom of the net as Amity lost 41-26 in a game that was much closer than the final score and finished as holiday tournament runner-up’s.

Victoria Gaydos tallied 8 points for Amity, Jayne Whitman had 6 points, 5 each from Sarah Granados and Meredyth Laskowski who led a fierce effort in the paint along with Vivian Cain. Whitman and Granados were also selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Trumbull 41, Amity 26

Trumbull   14  2  15  10 – 41
Amity.         7  5    8   6 – 26

Jayne Whitman 0 1 3-4 6, Sarah Granados 2 0 1-4 5, Victoria Gaydos 4 0 0-0 8, Meredyth Laskowski 2 0 1- 5, Lucci Dottori 0 0 2-2 2


NOTE: Thank you to Ed Whitman for your help covering Girls Basketball this year and to the photographer for these wonderful images. 

Amity Varsity Sports Schedules For Jan. 3-8

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Jan 042022

Following are this week’s Amity Varsity sports schedules:

Monday, Jan. 3

Girls Indoor Track SCC Girls Developmental 2
Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House
5:00 p.m.
Girls Indoor Track SCC Novice Meet
Away – TBA-Connell Memorial Rink
4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 4

Boys Basketball v. Wilbur Cross
Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium
7:00 p.m. W 65-62 
Boys Indoor Track SCC Boys Developmental 2
Away – Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House
5:00 p.m.
Boys Swimming and Diving v. Lyman Hall/Coginchaug
Home – High Plains Community Center Pool
6:45 p.m.  W 97-77
Girls Basketball v. Shelton
Away – Shelton High School-Murray Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.   W 37-20 

Wednesday, Jan. 5

Boys Alpine Skiing Practice
Southington Ski Mountain
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Girls Ice Hockey v. Hand-Coginchaug-Valley-Old Lyme
Away – Northford Ice Pavilion-Red
3:10 p.m. (Postponed)

Thursday, Jan. 6

Boys Ice Hockey v. Branford
Away – Northford Ice Pavilion-Red
3:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 7

Boys Basketball v. Cheshire
Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium
7:00 p.m
Girls Basketball v. Sacred Heart Academy
Away – Sacred Heart Academy-Gym
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 8

Boys Ice Hockey v. Cheshire
Home – West Haven High School-Bennett Rink
3:00 p.m.
Boys Swimming and Diving v. East Lyme
Away – East Lyme High School-East Lyme Aquatics Center
9:00 a.m.
Wrestling v. Bethel, Newington, New Haven Wrestling
Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium
9:30 a.m.
Girls Ice Hockey v. Suffield-Ellington-E.O. Smith-Granby-Canton-Windsor-Northwestern
Away – Enfield Twin Rinks-Rink 1
8:00 p.m.

Meet The 2021-22 Boys Swimming And Diving Team

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Dec 292021

Unlike most other Amity Sports teams, the Amity Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving Teams’ meet results are usually posted here on the day of the competition thanks to the cooperation of their wonderful Head Coach Todd Rainey.

Year after year, the coach has included us in his e-mail notifications enabling us to keep the public informed of how the teams performed at each meet.

The 2021-22 Amity Boys Swimming and Diving Team includes the following athletes:

There are six seniors on this year’s team: Jack Belfonti, John Hallstrom, Seamus Hennessy, Kevin Sweeney, Nolan Young, and Yaroslav Zabel

The seven Juniors on the roster are: Henry Atwood, Benjamin Frazer, Baran Halicigil, Yazeed Hasan, Matthew Li, Allen Liu, and Eric Yang.

There are three sophomores on the team: David Edwards, Adam Liu, and Alden Zimmerman.

Rounding out the team are four freshmen: Noah Bayer, Yousef Hasan, Matthew Muravnik, and Colin Spoerndle.


Amity Boys Swimmers Win Two

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Dec 292021

The Amity Spartans Swimming and Diving Team is undefeated for the 2021-22 season.
Following are the results of the first two HOME meets, courtesy of head coach Todd Rainey.

Amity vs West Haven

Dec. 28 at Orange

Amity 95, West Haven 71

Amity’s winning events
200 Medley Relay 1:45.85 – Seamus Hennesy, Adam Liu, Connor Hallstrom, Allen Liu
200 Free 1:57.05 – Henry Atwood
200 IM 2:05.97 – Seamus Hennessy
50 Free 23.57 – Kevin Sweeney
100 Fly 58.87  – Kevin Sweeney
100 Free 51.66  – Allen Liu
500 Free 5:01.95 – Connor Hallstrom
200 Free Relay 1:39.30 – Kevin Sweeney, Colin Spoerndle, Connor Hallstrom, Henry Atwood
West Haven’s winning events
100 Back 1:19.82 – Brandon Paucar
Diving 134.70 – Vincent Militrano
100 Breast 1:22.66 – Andrew McLarty
400 Free Relay 4:17.82 – Collin Charron, Mustansir Jamalee, Andrew McLarty, Carl Ponce
Records: Amity(2-0), West Haven(0-1)

Amity vs Notre Dame

Dec. 20 at Orange

Amity 86, Notre Dame 76

Amity’s winning events:
200 Medley Relay 1:43.46 – Seamus Hennesy, Allan Liu, Connor Hallstrom, Ben Frazer
200 Free 1:56.49 – Henry Atwood
200 IM 2:05.62 – Seamus Hennessy
50 Free 22.48 – Ben Frazer
100 Fly 57.58 – Ben Frazer
100 Free 50.96 – Allan Liu
500 Free 5:06.22 – Connor Hallstrom
200 Free Relay 1:39.37 – Colin Spoerndle, Jack Belfonti, Henry Atwood, Ben Frazer
Notre Dame’s winning events
100 Back 1:17.95 – Gavin Kanlong
100 Breast 1:18.79 – Mason Moore
400 Free Relay 3:57.82 – Lelan Jacheo, Jacob Sogueco, Malachi Blatchley, Luke Beerli
Records: Amity(1-0), Notre Dame (0-1)
NOTE: If any parents have photos to share I would gladly use them with these posts. I always took my own, but when I attempted to take pictures at a girls meet, one of the “authorities” on the pool level yelled at me to sit down — in an area where I couldn’t get any decent shots. Please e-mail to orangectlive01@gmail.com so I can give the boys some nice coverage this season. otherwise I will use old photos to illustrate the events. 

Amity Varsity Sports Schedules For Dec. 27-29

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Dec 272021

Following are the Amity Varsity sports schedules for this week.

Monday, Dec. 27

Boys Ice Hockey vs North Haven, Home – Bennett Rink, West Haven at 5 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Masuk, Away – Masuk High School Gymnasium
at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

Boys Swimming and Diving vs West Haven, Home – High Plains Community Center Pool at 6:45 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Conard-Hall, Home – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 29

Boys Ice Hockey vs E.Haven Co-op, Away – East Haven Northford Ice Pavilion – Postponed

Thursday, Dec. 30

Wrestling Trumbull Duals,  Away – Trumbull High School Main Gym at 9:00 a.m.

No More games This Week

See You Next Year