Boys Swimming and Diving Faces First Loss Of The Season

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Jan 102022

The Amity Spartans Boys Swimming and Diving Team had three consecutive wins at the beginning of the 2021-22 season, but on Saturday, Jan. 8, they were out splashed by East Lyme in East Lyme.
The final tally, East Lyme 103, Amity 77
Amity’s Winning Events:
200 Medley Relay 1:45.44 – Seamus Hennessy, Adam Liu, Kevin Sweeney, and Allen Liu
200 IM 2:07.23 – Seamus Hennessy
500 Free 5:05.81 – Connor Hallstrom
100 Back 55.62 – Seamus Hennessy
100 Breast 1:07.46 – Adam Liu
East Lyme’s Winning Events:
200 Free 1:48.00 – Eric Wang
50 Free 23.42 – Hawken Hammen
Diving 188.90 – Ryan McLaughlin
100 Fly 55.54 – Hawken Hammen
100 Free 49.13 – Eric Wang
200 Free Relay 1:32.99 – Ryaan Huang, Brendan Fant, Eric Wang, Hawken Hammen
400 Free Relay 4:33.31 – Hawken Hammen, Brendan Fant, Ryan Huang, and Eric Wang

Boys Hockey: Another Disappointing Outcome

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Jan 092022

The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team hosted the Cheshire Rams in West Haven on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.
Coverage hasn’t been very consistent this season and as in past years, Mike Richetelli, one of my favorite coaches, doesn’t send the sheets after a loss, and I can’t always quickly access a live stream. But, yesterday, I did, with the help of Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin (Thank You).
Here’s the best I can do with what I have:

Dom Harris scores Amity’s sole goal at the end of the first period. (Photo by Eric Hackett)

First period

Just 8:23 into the game both teams had one man in the penalty box and Cheshire scored.
Then, with 1:50 left in on the clock, Amity’s #27 Dom Harris smoothly slipped one into the net behind Cheshire’s goaltender to tie the game.
Second period
Five minutes in, a fight broke out near the Amity net that led to penalties and a very long delay in play.
Taking advantage of the confusion, Cheshire scored just 55 seconds later, bringing the score to 2-1.
With 3:15 remaining on the clock, the Rams took a 3-1 lead.
Third period
The clock read 4:33 and Cheshire scored again (4-1)
It appeared that a Amity player was tossed from the game for some reason.
Emotions were running high, confidence was running low, but the Spartans were still working the ice, but not well enough.
Amity’s Record 1-5.
NOTE: in spite of the final outcome, goalie Aiden Courtney #31, worked his butt off and did a phenomenal job staving off the puck as the Rams hammered him in quick succession.
All photos courtesy of Eric Hackett. 

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!

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.

Another Successful Chilly Run Without The Chili

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Jan 022022

For the first time in its history, the Chilly Chili Run went on without a Chili brunch.

The event was canceled all together in 2021 due to raging COVID concerns, but this year, with a better understanding of affective precautions one can take, the run and fitness walk went on as scheduled, but no chili was served. Bread (for carbs) and water were available to the participants and, of course trophies and ribbons were distributed to the winners in each category.

You can find the complete Chilly Chili Run results on the Hitekracing  website.

The overall winner of the 2022 race was Matthew Arovas, 24, of Orange at 16:51.
The first female, crossing the finish line at 20:13 was 19-year-old Betsy Overstrum of Wallingford.
First Place runners in the following age groups are:
12 and younger Male R McGeehan, 11, of Prospect, 24:07
12 and younger Female A O’Neil, 11, of Fairfield, 24:24
13-15 Male Luke Cushing, 14, of Bethany, 19:58
13-15 Female Rebecca Long, 13, of Milford, 46:04
16-19 Male Elliott Bello, 18, of Trumbull, 18:33
16-19 Female Ariana Garay, 18, of Orange, 24:41
20-29 Male Dean Bhatt, 28, of Hamden, 17:49
20-29 Female Katie Overstrum, 24, of Wallingford, 20:15
30-39 Male Nick Fraticelli, 38, of Southbury, 18:25
30-39 Female Chelsea Krombel, 34, of Wallingford, 23:33
40-44 Male Reyes Moreno, 42, of Norwalk, 17:51
40-44 Female Dianna Fuehrlein, 43, of Orange, 23:41
45-49 Male Chris Merrill, 48, of Woodbridge, 21:09
45-49 Female Annie Wang, 46, of Southington, 23:44
50-54 Male Sean Toland, 51, of Bethel, 20:18
50-54 Female Anna Constantinou, 51, of Oxford, 24:52
55-59 Male Billy Barone, 57, of Weatogue, CT, 18:28
55-59 Female  Linda Cordova, 56, of Hamden, 22:34
60-64 Male Frank Tiroletto, 61, of Orange, 21:49
60-64 Female Dawn Krukowski, 61, of New Preston, 28:27
65-69 Male Steve Hewitt, 65, of New Canaan, 26:44
65-69 Female Barbara Pearce, 67, of Guilford, 25:19
70-74 Male Jim Pashley, 72, of Oxford, 23:39
70-74 Female Cathy Bradley, 73, of Orange, 42:19
75-79 Male John Courtmanche, 79, of New Haven, 26:55
75-79 Female Janit Romayko, 76, of East Hartford, 37:18
80-84 Male Bill Borla, 81, of Torrington, 31:57
80-84 Female Patty Carton, 83, of Stratford, 43:59
85-89 Male 00
85-89 Female  00
90 and Older Male 00
90 and Older Female  00

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.