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Winter Sports Postponed Until Mid-January

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Nov 172020
 

I grew up in a house where baseball was the go-to sport in the family. Everyone, including my mother rooted for the Yankees, and to this day, that’s where their loyalty lies.

I collected baseball cards for the collectibility aspect with the hopes of possessing a valuable one someday. But watching the sport just didn’t thrill me as much as the other folks in the house.

So imagine my surprise when I grew to love a sport that was the “polar” opposite of that played by the boys of summer.

When I started Orange Live in 2012, after paying out ALL of the revenue to a sports writer, I smartened up, let him go and started covering the games myself. Ice Hockey was coming up and, even though I wasn’t fond of the cold, I became fond of Amity’s Boy’s Hockey Assistant Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli, my go-to guy for information after games.

Gary Lindgren wasn’t much of a talker and Mike was easy going and patient even after a rough game and he had what it took to put up with someone like me who didn’t know squat about sports reporting.

Ice Hockey has remained one of my all-time favorite high school sports. Both the Amity Boys team and the Girls’ Interschool team have held my attention and my heart for many years.

Which brings me to today’s CIAC News Update:

As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in Connecticut, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Board of Control announced its decision to postpone the start of winter sports until Thursday, January 19, 2021.

In a statement the CIAC stated in part, “The Board of Control will continue to collaborate with the DPH, Governor Lamont’s office, and the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee in the weeks leading up to the January 19th start of winter practices.”

“Today’s action supports our member schools while they continue to manage rising COVID numbers within their communities and experience widespread movements to distance learning,” they added.

I am home today dealing with what may (or may not) be symptoms of the coronavirus, so I totally agree with the extra precautions that the state is taking to protect our health, as painful as it may be to our business owners, students and athletes, I strongly believe that if we don’t do something NOW we may never be rid of this ugly virus.

So, as much as I was looking forward to Hockey season, I guess it will have to wait, and our boys and girls will have time to get conditioned, practice, and then kick some ice come January.

I’ll see you then Scooter.

 

 

 

 

 

The Final Week of Scheduled Sports Events For A While

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Nov 102020
 

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The 2019-2020 sports seasons were destroyed by Covid-19, and although some sports have been able to work through the beginning of the 2020-2021 year, it looks like the growing number of virus infections may put a damper on many sports events in the coming months.

For example, tomorrow, Nov. 11, is the last day where any Amity sports event is scheduled on the official school website for the near future.

Monday, Nov. 9

Boys Soccer v. Notre Dame-West Haven HOME at Amity High School – Field # 3
at 2:30 p.m.

Field Hockey v. Hamden Home Field Hockey Field at 2:30 p.m. W 3-0

Tuesday, Nov. 10

NO EVENTS SCHEDULED

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Field Hockey v. Lauralton Hall Home – Amity Field Hockey Field  at 2:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer v. Foran Away  Foran High School -Turf Field at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. Foran Home  Amity Gymnasium at 5:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for any further developments as the  WINTER Sports season approaches

Amity Varsity Sports Schedule First Week of November

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Nov 012020
 

Here is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Nov. 2-7)

This week’s forecast shows much drier weather and mid-to-late week temperatures in the 60s.

Monday, Nov. 2

Field Hockey vs. Lyman Hall,  Home – Amity Field Hockey Field at 3:15 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving SCC Swimming Championships Home at High Plains Community Center pool at 3:20 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Jonathan Law Home – Amity Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Boys Soccer vs Notre Dame-West Haven Away – Veterans Field at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Lauralton Hall Home – Amity Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Field Hockey vs Cheshire Home – Amity Field Hockey Field at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Cheshire Away – Cheshire High School-Gym West at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 6

Boys Soccer vs Lyman Hall Home – Amity Field # 3 at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Sheehan Away Sheehan HS Riccitelli Field (Turf) at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 7

Football vs Notre Dame-West Haven Home at 10:30 a.m.

Amity Football In 2020 Good Sportsmanship, Fun, Coaches On The Field

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Oct 272020
 

I attended the football game between Amity and Shelton in Woodbridge on Oct. 24 and found myself completely in the dark, even though it was early morning.
I asked Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin to explain it to me and, kindly, he did, but by the time I returned home, I couldn’t remember enough to put it down on paper.
One noteworthy moment was when the Spartans rallied around their very special, treasured teammate Zakarai Schneider and accompanied him across the goal line for a touchdown at the beginning of the game.
SO — I found this online:

The games are 21:00 long. The clock runs continuously during the 1st 20 minutes & stops according to rules during the final 1:00. There is no overtime in pool play.

  • 􏰀  7 defenders (may not line up 8 & drop one before the snap) and 6 offensive players (must use a center or extra player to snap).
  • 􏰀  Each possession starts on the 40-yard line – going in.
  • 􏰀  First downs are made by crossing the 25-yard line and the 10-yard line.
  • 􏰀  Three downs to make a first down; even inside the 10- yard line.
  • 􏰀  PAT snaps are at the 5-yard line, offensive choice of hash. No 2 point conversions allowed in pool play.
    2 point conversions will be from the 10-yard line with the choice of the hash in tournament play (if chosen).
  • 􏰀  4.0 seconds to get a pass off. It will be a loss of down and treated like a sack if not thrown in time (4.01 or greater). The clock will be stopped on a sack in the final 1:00 of the game.NOTE: Passes may be thrown behind the line of scrimmage but the receiver must advance beyond L.O.S. or the play will be treated as a sack.
  • 􏰀  Four (4) second clock starts on the snap of the ball.
  • 􏰀  Possession changes after PAT attempt, failure to make afirst down, or turnover.
  • 􏰀  One time-out per team per game. 1 additional time-out per overtime.
  • 􏰀  All offensive formations must be legal sets.
  • 􏰀  Twenty-five seconds to get the play off.
  • 􏰀  One-hand touch anywhere.
  • 􏰀  No running plays allowed.
  • 􏰀  No double passes or shuffle passes.
  • 􏰀  No coaches on the field, coach from the sidelines.Overtime (tournament only):Consists of 3 plays from 10 yard line. Each team has an attempt to score in each overtime period. Starting with the 3rd and subsequent overtimes, all PAT’s must be 2 point attempts from the 10 yard line. Overtime periods are not timed.

    Mercy Rule:

    If the margin of score between the two teams is 21 points
    or greater at the end of the 1st 20 minutes, the clock will continue to run continuously for the remainder of the game; regardless if the margin of score becomes less than 21 points.

    Scoring:

    • 􏰀  Touchdown – 6 points
    • 􏰀  Interception – 3 points (no points for INT on PAT)
    • 􏰀  Turnover on downs – 2 points
    • 􏰀  PAT – 1 point (may opt for 2 in OT)

Penalties:

  • 􏰀  Defense pass interference = Automatic first down and 5 yards from the original line of scrimmage.
  • 􏰀  Offense pass interference = Previous spot and loss of down.
  • 􏰀  Defensive holding = Automatic first down and 5 yards from the original line of scrimmage. In the event there is defensive holding and a sack on the same play, the defense will be penalized according to the above and the sack will be ignored.
  • 􏰀  Illegal procedure (offense) = Loss of down.
  • 􏰀  Defensive off-sides = 5-yard penalty.
  • 􏰀  Delay of game = Loss of down and clock stops in final 1:00.
  • 􏰀  Fighting / unsportsmanlike conduct: 1st offense = ejection from game. 2nd offense = ejection from tournament.
  • 􏰀  Fighting / unsportsmanlike conduct (team): if any player leaves the sideline to participate in an on-field fight, the ENTIRE TEAM WILL BE EJECTED FROM THE TOURNAMENT.Personal Foul Penalties:
    • 􏰀  Offense = loss of down and 5 yards from the original line of scrimmage.
    • 􏰀  Defense = 1st down and 5 yards from the original line of scrimmage.Seeding, Tournament, and Tie-breakers:
    • 􏰀  Teams will be broken into pools with an equal number of teams.
    • 􏰀  Teams will be seeded for the tournament according to overall records from pool play.
    • 􏰀  Records which are tied after pool play will be broken as follows:

􏰁 Head – to – Head
􏰁 Fewest points allowed. 􏰁 Most points scored.
􏰁 The Flip of a coin.

Event preparation:

  • 􏰀  Participating schools in states where applicable by state association rules and for the purpose of player safety may be allowed to conduct practice sessions leading up to USA Football 7on7 events.
  • 􏰀  Where allowed to do so by state association rules, these practices may be conducted in helmets only.
  • 􏰀  Teams are not allowed to scrimmage as part of this preparation.

Amity Swimming’ Women Splash Past Jonathan Law

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Oct 242020
 

The Amity Girls Swimming and DivingTeam Had a Virtual Meet against Jonathan Law on Thursday, Oct. 22.
The Lady Spartans edged out Law 91 to 87
Here are the results:
Amity’s winning events
 
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:57.94 Lizzie Bodie, Mandy Robinson, Grace Mahon, Julia Snow
200 IM – Amity 2:30.26 Lauren Sender
50 Free – Amity 26.32 Grace Mahon
100 Fly – Amity1:03.13 Julia Snow
100 Free – Amity 56.19 Katherine O’Connor
200 Free Relay – Amity 1:48.03 Lauren Sender, Mandy Robinson, Grace Mahon, Emma Tirollo
Law’s winning events
200 Free – Law 2:05.09 Athena Homorodean
Diving – Law 235.35 MaKenna Sharpe
500 Free – Law 5:38.99 Emma Savoie 
100 Back – Law 1:19.41 Aislinn Burns
100 Breast – Law 1:13.21 Hennessey Shane
400 Free Relay – Law 4:18.90 Athena Homorodean, Olivia Franzman, Macie Rascall, Hennessey Shane

Girl’s Swimming: Lauralton Edges Amity In Virtual Meet

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Oct 222020
 

On Monday, October 19, the Amity Lady Spartans Swim Team went up against Lauralton Hall in a Virtual meet.

Lauralton won this one 96-90

Amity’s winning events:
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:58.05 Lizzie Bodie, Mandy Robinson, Katie O’Connor, Emma Tirollo
50 Free – Amity 25.63 Katie O’Connor
Diving – Amity 170.55 Caitlyn Smith
100 Fly – Amity1:02.25 Grace Mahon
100 Breast – Amity 1:18.28 Mandy Robinson
Lauralton’s winning events:
200 Free – LH 2:00.30 Claire Kehley
200 IM – LH 2:18.40 Morgan Bagnall
100 Free – LH 56.22 Morgan Bagnall
500 Free – LH 5:20.58 Claire Kehley 
200 Free Relay – LH 1:46.92 Ashlyn Blessey, Elizabeth Long, Morgan Bagnall, Claire Kehley
100 Back – LH 1:01.46 Vivian Freitas
400 Free Relay – LH 3:52.99 Ashlyn Blessey, Morgan Bagnall, Claire Kehley, Vivian Freitas

This Week’s (Oct. 19-24) Varsity Sports Schedule

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This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Oct 19 – 24)

Monday, Oct. 19

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Lauralton Hall Home at High Plains Community Center at 3:20 p.m.
Girls Soccer vs Platt Tech Home – Amity High School – Field # 3 at 3:45 p.m.
Girls Swimming and Diving vs Lauralton Hall Away – Foran High School -Pool at 7:15 p.m.
Girls Volleyball vs Shelton Home Amity Gymnasium at 5:15 p.m.  W 3-1
Tuesday, Oct. 20

Boys Soccer vs Platt Tech Home Amity Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Jonathan Law Home High Plains Community Center at 3:20 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Guilford Away Guilford High School Main gym at 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday Oct. 21

Boys Cross Country vs Jonathan Law, Foran Home at Fitzgerald Field, Woodbridge at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Cross Country vs Jonathan Law, Foran Home at Fitzgerald Field, Woodbridge at 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22
Field Hockey vs Shelton Home Amity Field Hockey Field at 4:00 p.m.
Girls Swimming and Diving vs Jonathan Law Away at Foran High School Pool at 5:15 p.m.
Girls Volleyball vs Platt Tech Away Platt Tech Gym at 5:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 23

Girls Soccer vs West Haven Home Amity Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs West Haven Away WHHS-Ken Strong Stadium at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24
Football vs Shelton Home Amity William Johnson Stadium Field at 10:30 a.m.

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Oct. 12-16)

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Oct 122020
 

Following is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (October 12-16)

Note postponements due to rain.

Monday, October 12

Field Hockey v. Hamden Home – Amity at 4:00 p.m. (Postponed)

Girls Volleyball v. Jonathan Law Away – Lawl-Old Gymnasium at 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, October 13  

(Games Canceled Due To Rain)

Boys Soccer v. Sheehan Away – Sheehan – Riccitelli Field (Turf) at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer v. Sheehan Home – Amity  – Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14

Boys Cross Country v. Shelton, West Haven Away – Shelton Track at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Cross Country v. Shelton, Sacred Heart Academy, West Haven Away – Shelton Track at 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey v. Hamden Home – Amity at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 15

Girls Swimming and Diving v. North Haven Home – High Plains Community Cn at 3:20 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving v. North Haven Away – Walter Gawrych Community Pool at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. Cheshire Home – Amity Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 16

Girls Soccer v. Jonathan Law Away – Law Stadium at 3:45 p.m.

Boys Soccer v. Jonathan Law Home – Amity – Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

 

 

Girls’ Swimming: Lady Spartans Win Two This Week

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Oct 082020
 

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The Lady Spartans are off to a good start this season.

On Monday, they hosted Mercy at the High Plains Community Center Pool.
Results: Amity(1-1) 94 Mercy(1-1) 83
 
Amity’s Winning Events
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:58.76 Lizzie Bodie, Katie O’Connor, Grace Mahon, Emma Tirollo
200 Free – Amity 2:03.44 Julia Snow
200 IM – Amity 2:18.29 Katie O’Connor
50 Free – Amity 26.56 Emma Tirollo
Diving – Amity 179.55 Lizzie Buckley
100 Fly – Amity 1:00.43 Grace Mahon
100 Free – Amity 58.16 Emma Tirollo
500 Free – Amity 5:31.06 Julia Snow
Mercy’s Winning Events
200 Free Relay – Mercy 1:55.46 Ana Simoniello, Hannah Gilbert, Emma Lemieux, Elisia Pagliuca
100 Back – Mercy 1:08.91 Meaghan Bertolami
100 Breast – Mercy 1:15.11 Molly Whitaker
400 Free Relay – Mercy Elisia Pagliuca, Ana Simoniello, Molly Whitaker, Jane Sesta

Meet Two — The Swimmin’ Women (Lady Spartans) hosted Hamden in Orange tonight.

Results: Amity(2-1) 99 Hamden 79 at Orange 10/8/20
 
Amity’s Winning Events
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:58.24 Lizzie Bodie, Mandy Robinson, Grace Mahon, Lauren Sender
Diving – Amity 186.70 Lizzie Buckley
100 Fly – Amity 1:00.34 Katie O’Connor
500 Free – Amity 5:48.72 Mandy Robinson
200 Free Relay – Amity 1:45.55 Katie O’Connor, Grace Mahon, Paige Boguniecki, Julia Snow
100 Back – Amity 1:06.60 Emma Tirollo
Hamden’s Winning Events
100 Free – Hamden 56.46 Amanda Wojenski
200 Free – Hamden 2:05.24 Emma Panaroni
200 IM – Hamden 2:27.77 Wynter Berube
50 Free – Hamden 25.58 Amanda Wojenski
100 Breast – Hamden 1:19.93 Genevieve DiChiara
400 Free Relay – Hamden 4:04.41 Amanda Wojenski, Morgan Collins, Wynter Berube, Emma Panaroni
The Lady Spartans are now 2-1 for the season. Keep up the great work ladies!

Amity Varsity Sports Schedule For Oct. 5-9

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Oct 062020
 

Fall Sports Have Arrived!

Following is the Amity Varsity sports schedule for Oct. 5-9

It looks like we’re in for some nice fall-like weather for the entire week. Enjoy. GO Spartans!

Monday, Oct. 5

V Field Hockey v. Sacred Heart Academy Home – Amity 4:00 p.m.  L 0-1

V Girls Volleyball v. Lauralton Hall Home – Amity  5:00 p.m. W 3-0

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Mercy Home – High Plains 6:45 p.m. W 94-83

Tuesday, Oct. 6

V Boys Cross Country v. Notre Dame-West Haven, Platt Tech Away – Eisenhower Park 3:45 p.m.

V Girls Cross Country v. Lauralton Hall, Platt Tech Away – Eisenhower Park 3:45 p.m.

V Boys Soccer v. Foran Home – Amity – Field # 3. 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

V Girls Soccer v. Foran Away – Foran Turf Field 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8

V Field Hockey v. Lauralton Hall Away – Lauralton Hall-Turf Field 4:00 p.m.

V Girls Volleyball v. Foran Away – Foran High School -Edna L. Fraser Gymnasium 5:15 p.m.

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Hamden Home – High Plains  6:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 9

V Girls Soccer v. Lauralton Hall Away – Lauralton Hall-Soccer Field 3:45 p.m.

V Boys Soccer v. Notre Dame-West Haven Home – Amity Field # 3 4:00 p.m.