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Basketball: Amity Lady Spartans Continue Strong Play

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Feb 282021
 

The Amity Lady Spartans just finished off playing four games in 8 days in the rugged SCC Conference winning 3 of 4 games. A consistent defensive effort and balanced scoring have been a key ingredient to Coach Michelle Shoop’s team’s success.

Amity vs North Haven

The Lady Spartans took on an always tough and well-coached North Haven team and lost a close game 42-40. In a back-and-forth affair, which saw the Spartans down 1 at halftime, the team fought their way to a 6-point lead heading to the fourth quarter with a solid defensive effort and solid shot-making where the team scored 17 points, but a couple of key North Haven stops in the final frame turned the tide late and the North Haven held on for the victory.

Amity was led in scoring by Becky Marchitto with a team-high 10 points, along with 8 from Meghan Smith and 7 from Jayne Whitman. Other Spartans in the scoring column included Sarah Granados and Sophia Swift with 4 along with Mya Manzione 3 and Skylar Burzynski and Meredyth Laskowski with 2 points.

North Haven (2-2) 8 10 7 17 42
Amity  (3-1) 7 10 14  9 40

Meghan Smith 1 2 0-1 8, Jayne Whitman 2 1 0-0 7, Sarah Granados 2 0 0-0 4, Mya Manzione 1 0 1-2 3, Skylar Burzynski 0 2-2 2, Becky Marchitto 5 0 0-1 10, Sophia Swift 2 0 0-0 4, Meredyth Laskowski 1 0 0-0-2

Amity vs Lauralton Hall

In their next game, the Spartans traveled to Milford to take on Laurelton Hall. After a close first half, which saw the team up 2 points after one quarter and 6 points at the half, the Spartans came out inspired in the second half and used some tenacious defense and shot-making to outscore Laurelton Hall 30-16 to cruise to a 52-32 victory. Maya Manzione led the Spartans with 12 points that included going 4-4 from the charity stripe. Skylar Burzynski added 10 points along with 2 three-point field goals and Jayne Whitman hit 3 shots from long range and added 9 points. Amity got other strong contributions from sophomore guard Sarah Granados with 6 points, Becky Marchitto with 5 points, Meredyth Laskowski with 4 points, freshman Vivian Cain with 3 points. Meghan Smith with 2 and Sophia Swift with 1.

Amity (4-1)                  14 8 17 13 — 52
Lauralton Hall (0-5)  
12 4 12  4 —  32

Skylar Burzynski 2 2 0-0 10, Meghan Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Jayne Whitman 0 3 0-0 9, Sophia Swift 0 0 1-4 1, Meredyth Laskowski 2 0 0-0 4, Sarah Granados 3 0 0-0 6, Becky Marchitto 2 0 1-2 5, Mya Manzione 4 0 4-4 12, Vivian Cain 1 0 1-2 3

Amity vs Career Magnet

The next game saw Amity back on their home court taking on Career Magnet. After a slow start, the team got back to playing the stout defense they have been displaying all season and took a 22-11 lead into halftime. The lead swelled to 35-17 after the third quarter that led to a convincing 45-24 win for the home team.  A balanced scoring attack, sharing the ball saw offensive contributions from many. Sarah Granados and Mya Manzione led the Lady Spartans with 10 points each along with 9 from Sophia Swift, 8 from Skylar Burzynski, 6 from Jayne Whitman, and 2 from sophomore Sydney Manzione. The Lady Spartans nailed 6 three-point field goals with Granados and Whitman with 2 each and Burzynski and Swift with 1.

Career Magnet (0-6).     7  4   5   8 —  24
Amity (5-1).                    8 13 14 10 — 45

Skylar Burzynski 2 1 1-2 8, Meghan Smith 0 0 0-0 0, Jayne Whitman 0 2 0-0 6, Abby Ganun 0 0 0-0 0, Sophia Swift 3 1 0-1 9, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 1 2 2-2 10, Becky Marchitto 0 0 0-0 0, Mya Manzione 3 0 4-6 10, Adriana Tufano 0 0 0-0 0, Victoria Gajdos 0 0 0-0 0, Stella Carney 0 0 0-0 0, Vivian Cain 0 0 0-0 0, Sydney Manzione 1 0 0-0 2

Amity vs West Haven

Mya Manzione was
the WELI player of the game on Friday vs West Haven.

This past Friday evening the Lady Spartans traveled to West Haven High School to take on a gritty Blue Devils team in their refurbished gymnasium. Playing before an audience of socially distant parents, the team fed of the collective energy and got off to a fast start. In a very physical first quarter, the Spartans got buckets from Mya Manzione and Skylar Burzynski early and then a three-pointer near the end of quarter one by Jayne Whitman to take a 9-1 lead. The second quarter saw Amity pick up the defensive pressure again with Meghan Smith and Sarah Granados forcing turnovers that the Spartans converted into scores. A late second-quarter three-pointer by Granados helped the Spartans to a 21-6 lead. 

To be expected, West Haven came out fighting in Q3 regaining some momentum, but big buckets by Becky Marchitto, Manzione, and another three-pointer by Whitman helped the Spartans take a 33-23 lead into the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils kept applying the pressure down the stretch, but the Amity defense did enough along with 4 free throws by Smith in the final minute to secure the victory in this key matchup 39-36. Manzione led the scoring with 11 points, Granados and Whitman chipped in 9 and 8 respectively. Burzynski with 5, Smith with 4, and Marchitto with 2 rounded out the scoring.

Amity (6-1) 9 12 12 6 39
West Haven (3-4) 1 5 17 13 36

Meghan Smith 0 0 4-8 4, Jayne Whitman 1 2 0-0 8, Sarah Granados 2 1 2-2 9, Mya Manzione 5 0 1-2 11, Skylar Burzynski 2 0 1-4 5, Becky Marchitto 1 0 0-0 2, 

— We thank Ed Whitman for the story and Scott Burzynski for the photos. 

Girls Hockey: Blades Game Results One Tie, One Win

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Feb 282021
 

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Blades (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) took on the Milford Co-op at the Lou Astorino Rinks in Hamden

Blades vs Milford Co-op

The first period was scoreless, but Milford made put the pressure on in the second when Jenna Johnson made a solo goal.

The Blades’ Caroline Cadelina tied the game in the third period, and that’s as far as it went.

The girls went into overtime and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Saves:

Blades: Ginny Currello 39

Milford: Bethany Karp 36

 

Blades vs Hamden Co-op

The competition on Saturday, Feb. 27, between the Blades and the Hamden Co-op also took place in Hamden

First Period

Hamden got the game started with a goal by Tania Cruz assisted by Alyssa Iorfino.

Second Period

In the second, the Blades answered with Mia Dow tying the game on an assist from Caroline Cadelina.

Then Avery DePodesta pulled the Blades ahead to 2-1 assisted by Kelsey McCarthy.

Not to be outdone, Cruz scored for Hamden on an assist from Ella Miller tying the game at 2-2.

Third Period

The Blades came out with a vengeance in the final period McCarthy scored the tie-breaker, assisted by Depodesta and  Cadelina.

Saves:

Blades: Jade Krukar 19

Hamden:?

Final Score 3-2 Blades

Amity Varsity Sports Schedules Feb 28-March 6

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Feb 282021
 

This week’s Amity Varsity game schedule:

Sunday, Feb. 28

Girls Hockey vs Hand-Coginchsug-Valley-Old Lyme AWAY at Northford Ice Pavillion-  White at 6:50 p.m.

Tuesday, March 2

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Cheshire HOME 3:20 p.m. (virtual)

Boye Basketball vs Wilbur Cross HOME at Amity at 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Wilbur Cross AWAY st Floyd Little Athletic Center Field House at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3

Smith

Girls Hockey vs Law-ND Fairfield-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug AWAY Milford Ice Pavillion at 4:40 p.m.

Boys Hockey vs Lyman Hall HOME Bennett Rink West Haven Postponed

Pending change awaiting acceptance by one or more parties involved: Time to 5:00 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Fairfield Warde HOME Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at Connecticut-Gym 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 4

Boys Hockey vs Guilford HOME Bennett Rink West Haven Postponed

Pending change awaiting acceptance by one or more parties involved: Time to 4:20 p.m.

Friday, March 5

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Xavier HOME High Plaina Pool 3:20 p.m. (virtual)

Girls Basketball vs Shelton HOME Amity High School 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton AWAY Shelton High School 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 6

Boys Hockey vs Daniel Hand AWAY Northford Ice Pavilion – Red 3 p.m.

Girls Hockey vs Sacred Heart Academy West Haven HOME Lou Astorino Ice Rink Hamden 8:30 p.m.

 

Hockey Postponed, North Haven Team Quarantined

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Feb 242021
 

The Amity Boys Hockey game vs. North Haven today has been postponed due to the COVID-19 protocols

Approximate clearance dates for teams currently quarantining:

Guilford (2/25)

Xavier (2/28)

Daniel Hand (2/28)

Cheshire (3/1)

North Haven (3/6)

Enfield Co-op (3/8)

I’m so happy our Spartans aren’t on the list.

Keep practicing, stay sharp. Stay Healthy Amity, See you soon.

Boys Ice Hockey: Tough Loss At Bennett Rink

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Feb 222021
 

After a promising start to the season, the Amity Spartans Hockey team felt a couple of blows this week. On Saturday, Feb. 20, the game matchup between Amity and Cheshire was changed with North Branford coming to West Haven’s Edward Bennett Rink instead.

North Branford brought their “A” game, taking no prisoners and breezing through every period like they owned the ice.

In the first period, the Thunderbirds’ Max Maisano (18) got a solo shot past Amity goalie Branden Smith at just 4:32.

Second Period

The Spartans put their game faces on and with just 3:28 left in the period, David Brown (17) tied the game on an assist from Dylan Gherlone (15).

Score 1-1

Third Period

The tie didn’t last long. Just 20 seconds after returning to the ice, North Branford’s Ryan Michonski (15) scored off an assist from Nick Poulin (11). 36 seconds later, Collin Augur (12), assisted by Aidan Stoner (3), and Jake Pedersen (17) pulled the Thunderbirds to an even more comfortable 3-1 lead.

At 4:21, Joe Marra (24), assisted by Maisano (18) added another point to the game. 4-1

But it wasn’t over yet, 6:48 into the final period Amity’s Justin Miller (4), made the Spartan’s second goal, assisted by Kyle Hummel (18), and Jason Dittmann (21). 4-2

With 5:09 to go, North Branford’s Pedersen (17), assisted by Maisano (18), and Dakota Cooper (28) widened the spread 5-2.

As Amity’s parents’ hope sunk, suddenly, Niko Tournas (26), made a shot on Ethan Moffett’s (9) assistance in the last two minutes of the game.

Score 5-3 – Something can still happen!

What did happen was the Thunderbirds’ Maisano (18) got one last one past Smith with just 1:42 remaining and that’s all she wrote. North Branford won this one 6-3. No apologies, No excuses. They simply played to win.

Next Up for the Spartans, an AWAY game vs North Haven at the Northford Ice Pavillion – Red on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 3:50 p.m.

PS My boys still have a lot of potential and they CAN turn this around.

Girls Ice Hockey: Blades Victorious Over Masuk

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Feb 212021
 

Samantha Drane makes the first goal of the game

The (Amity-North Haven-Cheshire) Blades played an Away game against Masuk at the Sports Center of CT Rinks on Sunday, Feb. 21.

The Blades are a pretty solid team under coach John Peschell. This is the kind of game we like to see our teams play. The girls were pumped and determined, playing at the top of their skill set.

This showed on the scoreboard.

In the first period, Samantha Drane made the first goal just 4:29 after entering the ice giving the Blades a 1-0 lead that held steady through the period and the Blades goaltender, Ginny Currello, made 11 stops.

Second Period

The Blades were on fire when they came back for the second period, Kelsey McCarthy wasted no time scoring for her team at 13:45, assisted by Drane.

Stunning Masuk, the Blades scored again just 23 seconds later, this time by Abi Fitol, assisted by Mia Dow.

Score after two Blades 3, Masuk 0.

Third Period

Fitol scored her second goal 2:46 into the third period off an assist from Avery DePodesta.

The Blades retained their 4 point lead and it looked like it was going to be a shut-out until the last 30 seconds of the game.

Currello made a masterful dive to stop the puck then in a split second with only 25.8 seconds remaining Masuk’s Amanda Quinn sneaked one past her, assisted by Izzy Thomas and Avery Dayton.

Final Score Blades 4, Masuk 1

Saves:

Blades: Ginny Currello 21

Masuk: Eva Smith 27

 

This Week’s Varsity Athletic Events: Feb. 21-27

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Feb 212021
 

Following is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule:

Sunday, Feb. 21

Girls Gymnastics vs Greenwich HOME Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at CT – Gym 1 Fairfield 1 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk-Barlow-Newtown-Lauralton-Shelton-New Milford AWAY Sports Center of CT lower rink Shelton 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 22

Girls Basketball vs Lauralton Hall AWAY at Lauralton Hall Milford at 6:15 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Fairfield Prep HOME at Amity 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Daniel Hand AWAY Madison Swim and Racquet 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Boys Swimming and Diving vs N Haven – E. Haven – N Branford- Guilford HOME at High Plains Community Center at 3:20 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Boys Ice Hockey vs North Haven AWAY Northford Ice Pavillion – Red at 3:50 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Career Magnet AWAY Floyd Little Athletic Center Field House at 5:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Career Magnet HOME at Amity 6 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Wilton HOME Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at Connecticut-Gym 1 6:30 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs Law-ND Fairfield-Foran-Weston-Pomperaug HOME Lou Astorino Ice Rink Hamden 8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25 

Girls Gymnastics vs Wilton AWAY Wilton High School 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26***

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Fairfield Prep HOME at High Plains Community Center 3:20 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs West Haven AWAY West Haven High School 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Boys Basketball vs West Haven HOME Amity High School 7 p.m.

***Boys Ice Hockey vs Branford AWAY Northford Ice Pavillion RED at 3 p.m.

***Postponed due to Branford’s COVID Quarantine

Girls Ice Hockey vs Hamden- Wilbur Cross-Lyman Hall-O’Brien Tech AWAY Lou Astorino Ice Rink 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Meet The 2021 Amity Lady Spartans Basketball Team

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Feb 192021
 

Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Michelle Shoop is back with a great team of strong, experienced players.

The Team consists of 7 seniors, 4 juniors, and one sophomore.

Seniors: Skylar Burzynski (3) 5’7″, Meghan Smith (14) 5’4″, Abigail Ganun (21) 5’4″, Mya Manzione (25) 5’7″, Sophia Swift (35) 5’5″, Abigail Eschweller (40) 5’10”, Ribecka Marchitto (44)5’6″

Juniors: Meredyth Laskowski (10) 5’9″, Jayne Whitman (11) 5’4″, Victoria Gajdos (31) 5’7″, Adriana Tufano (50) 5’6″

Sophomore: Sarah Granados (22) 5’7″

The girls are 3-0 for the season: Amity 38 – Hillhouse 24; Amity 45 – Jonathan Law 40; and Amity 52 – Foran 30.

The girls’ next game is at HOME against North Haven at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. 

 

Amity Lady Spartans Off To Strong Start On The Hardwood

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Feb 192021
 

In a season like no other during a national pandemic, Coach Michelle Shoop’s Lady Spartans have gotten off to a strong 3-0 start to kick off the season. Returning a seasoned group of talented athletes, the team has benefited from their prior experience competing together, a collective defensive grit, timely shot-making, and a team-first attitude.

(photo by Scott Burzynski)

The Lady Spartans kicked things off with a convincing 38-24 win over perennial SCC powerhouse Hillhouse. In a total team effort, Amity saw seven different players hit the scoring column that included 14 points from Jayne Whitman, 7 from Mya Manzione, 6 from Skylar Burzynski, along with 4 from Becky Marchitto, 3 from Abby Eschweiler, and 2 each from Meghan Smith and Sophia Swift.

Hillhouse (0-1)

Shaniyah Butler 1 0 1-4 3, Ryan Young 0 1 1-3 4, Nielle Reaves 1 0 2-2 4, Trinity Moody 1 2 0-0 8, Dillan Boyd 1 1 0-0 5

Amity (1-0)

Skylar Burzynski 3 0 0-0 6, Mya Manzione 3 0 1-1 7, Abby Eschweiler 1 0 1-2 3, Meghan Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Jayne Whitman 4 2 0-0 14, Sophia Swift 1 0 0-0 2, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 0 0 0-0 0, Ribecka Marchitto 1 0 2-2 4

Hillhouse (0-1).   0 10 5 9 — 24
Amity (1-0).  7 8 14 9 — 38

(Photos by Scott Burzynski

In their next game, the Lady Spartans traveled to Milford to take on a tough Jonathan Law team. After a slow start, which saw the team trailing by as much as eleven points.  Amity hung tough led by Becky Marchitto’s 10 points to be down by nine at the half 28-19.  The team responded in the third quarter with a tremendous defensive effort baseline- to- baseline led by the scrappy Meghan Smith along with Sarah Granados and Mya Manzione. Strong shot-making by Skylar Burzynski, Sophia Swift, and Jayne Whitman got the team back to even on the scoreboard going to the fourth quarter. In a back-and-forth affair, the Lady Spartans got a big bucket from Burzynski to take the lead until it was tied again until a huge three-point shot late in the game from Swift gave the team the lead that ended in a hard-fought 45-40 win. Marchitto led all scorers with 10 points, along with 9 each for Swift and Burzynski, Manzione and Whitman chipped in with 6 points each, as did Meghan Smith with 3 and Sarah Granados 2.

Amity 45, Jonathan Law 40

Amity (2-0)

Skylar Burzynski 3 1 0-0 9, Meghan Smith 1 0 1-2 3, Jayne Whitman 0 2 0-0 6, Sophia Swift 0 3 0-0 9, Sarah Granados 1 0 0-0 2, Ribecka Marchitto 3 0 4-4 10, Mya Manzione 2 0 2-3 6

Jonathan Law (0-2)

Maddie Lula 6 0 0-2 12, Shelby Green 6 0 3-3 15, Katie Konareski 0 1 0-0 3, Sarah Paulus 1 0 0-0 2, Mariyah Reid 2 0 4-4 8

Amity  9 10 15 11 45
Law 13 15 6 6 40

Next Amity took on another school from across the border in Foran High School. Getting off to their strongest offensive start to date, the Lady Spartans went up 18-8 after one quarter and 32-14 at the half and never looked back in a convincing 52-30 victory. Shooting very well behind the arc along with a tough defensive mindset gave Foran fits throughout. Amity found three players in double figures and was led in scoring by Jayne Whitman with 14 points that included four  3 pointers, Skylar Burzynski added 13 points along with two  3ponters, and the versatile Mya Manzione who had a big night in the paint with 10 points. Other Amity players who hit the scoring column included Victoria Gaydos with 6 points, Sarah Granados with 4 points, Sophia Swift with 3, and Meghan Smith with 2 points along with an incredible 7 steals that led to many fast-break baskets. 

Foran (0-2)

Lauren Henan 2 1 1-1 8, Courtney Musante 3 0 4-4 10, Abby Sanwald 2 0 0-0 4, Mary Rodrigues 1 0 3-4 5, Daviginon 0 0 0-1 0, LaFountain 0 0 1-4 1, Young 1 0 0-1 2

Amity (3-0)

Skylar Burzynski 3 2 1-2 13, Meghan Smith 1 0 0-0 2, Jayne Whitman 0 4 2-3 14, Abby GaNun 0 0 0-0 0, Sophia Swift 0 1 0-0 3, Meredyth Laskowski 0 0 0-0 0, Sarah Granados 2 0 0-0 4, Ribecka Marchitto 0 0 0-0 0, Mya Manzione 4 0 2-2 10, Adriana Tufano 0 0 0-0 0, Victoria Gajdos 3 0 0-0 6, Stella Carney 0 0 0-0 0, Stella Manzione 0 0 0-0 0, Vivian Cain 0 0 0-0 0

Foran (0-2)   8  6  5  11 30
Amity (3-0)  18  14  12  8 52

Photos by Scott Burzynski

 Story by Ed Whitman

Boys Hockey: Sheehan Over Amity in Hamden

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Feb 182021
 

The Amity Boys Ice Hockey Team (2-1) continued its grueling game schedule on Wednesday night at the Louis Astorino Rink in Hamden against the undefeated Sheehan Trojans (3-0).

Everyone played fast and hard in the first period, determined to get the first goal. That advantage went to Sheehan at 4:03 when Anthony DeBalio (6), shot one past Amity’s Brendan Smith (30), assisted by  Luke Festa (13). and. James Stratton (24).

End of the first period Sheehan 1-0.

After returning to the ice, the Trojans did what they had to do, and just 2:47 into the second period, Anthony Romano (3) scored off an assist from Joe Romano (2).

Amity came on strong and Niko Touranis (26) put the Spartans on the board at 6:14.

The Trojans would have none of that, and within 1:30 Sheehan’s Luke Festa (13). pulled his team even further ahead with a goal off an assist from A. Romano (3).

End of the second period Sheehan 3, Amity 1

The final period was do-or-die, could Amity tie the game? After 13:31 of fierce gameplay, it appeared that it was all over, and then, suddenly, out of nowhere, Amity’s Jason Dittmann (21) shot one past the Trojan’s Goalie with just 1:30 remaining.

The celebration didn’t last too long because one second later with 1:29 left on the clock, Sheehan’s Joe Romano (2), assisted by Brandon Hiliash (18) slammed one into an empty net sealing their victory.

Sheehan 4, Amity 2

Records: Sheehan (4-0), Amity (2-2).

The Spartans get a couple of days off, before taking on North Branford at HOME Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven on Saturday at 3 p.m.