It’s Happening! This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule

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Feb 032021

Amity High School, as you know has many fine athletes, but unfortunately, since the start of the Pandemic, they have been robbed of the opportunity to shine.

But, thanks to the availability of testing and revelations on ways to help prevent the spread of the virus on the court or ice, or pool, or track, winter sports athletes are preparing to play.

The official season begins on Monday, Feb. 8, but, the boys and girls varsity basketball teams will play this week in the Black & Gold Scrimmage games at Amity High School this Thursday, Feb. 4.

The girls play at 4 p.m. and the boys are scheduled to play at 6 p.m.

Great to see you back! Have a great season.

Boys Basketball: Spartans Defeat Panthers 64-47

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Jan 092018

The Amity Spartans hosted the Pomperaug Panthers in Woodbridge on Saturday, Jan. 6.

The Spartans got a quick jump on the Panthers leading by 6 points in the first quarter (18-12).

They never let up, soaring even further ahead in the second quarter (35-20), and into the third (52-34). and our hometown boys won this one 64-47.

POMPERAUG 12  8  14 13—47

AMITY          18 17 17 12—64


Jason Hirschauer 5 3-5 16 (three 3-pointers), Michael Stirk 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer), Zachary McGettigan 1 5-8 7, Mario Paniccia 3 2-4 10 (two 3-pointers), Chase Breyer 1 0-0 2, David Satkowski 0 2-4 2, Will McDonald 2 3-4 7. Totals 13 15-25 47.


Tyler Thomas 9 2-5 21 (one 3-pointer), Brian Curtin 3 0-0 8 (two 3-pointers), Jack Nolan 3 1-2 7, Joseph Benedetti 3 1-4 7, James Van Hise 2 1-2 6 (one 3-pointer), Nicholas Huribal 2 0-0 4,  Christopher Bierezowiec 2 0-0 4, Sebastian Formica 0 3-4 3, Quinn Burke 1 0-0 2, Nico Semmonella 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 8-17 64.

3-point goals: Pomperaug 6, Amity 4

Highlights: Thomas 6 rebounds, 10 assists for Amity.

Records: Pomperaug 6-1, Amity 5-0

Check this out!

One of the most amazing plays of the game came in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter with Tyler Thomas coming out of nowhere to dunk the ball after his teammate missed a three-point shot.

In this video that his teammate Nick Huribal posted on his Twitter page you can hear an “Aw” after Chris Bierezowiec (#31) shoots, then, from the right of the screen, Thomas appears like a superhero, snatching the ball in midair and in one fluid motion, dunks it.

There is so much to see in this clip. Watch the coach, listen to the crowd and celebrate this amazing moment over and over again. This young man is going to be huge!

Photos by Kim Formica and Terri Miles

Boys Basketball: Season Opener Tonight at East Haven

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Dec 122012


It’s Basketball Season!


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Zac Campbell is the only returning starter from last year’s Amity boy’s basketball team that finished with a 17-6 record. While the 6-foot 1-inch senior guard/Co-Captain brings his 15 point/eight rebound averages back with him,  Kevin Russell (11 points), Kevin Kochiss (14 points), Zac Cohen, and Alex Palkowski have all graduated.

 In addition to Campbell, Coach Jeff Nielsen (who is about to start his 15th season as Spartan head coach) has welcomed back seniors Remi Farrell (6-6 center who is an athletic low post player who will be counted on to score from the paint, rebound, and block shots), Ben Levine (5-10 point guard who will direct the Spartan offense and is a dependable shooter), Gardner Broderick (6-1 forward who will drive to the basket and also help on the boards), Gil Guo (5-9 back-up point guard who is very quick, penetrates on offense, and plays good defense), Alex Tumeniuk (5-11 guard who can hop off the bench and destroy zone defenses with his outside shot), Co-Captain Matt Lettick (6-3 forward who will be a face-up wing shooter, and Campbell (a dangerous three point shooter).

Nielsen knows that his seven man all-senior rotation will determine the degree success or failure for the current Amity team.

“We’re good passers and shooters. Even our big guys can hit from 15 feet away. We’re also more athletic than we were last year at every position,” Nielsen said. “On the other side of the coin, we need to work on our rebounding and defense. We need to play defense with more energy and urgency. We tend to be too lay back and complacent. At times we look too comfortable on defense.”

At the same time, he recognizes that except for Campbell, there is not a lot of varsity experience on his roster.

Nielsen added, “If we shoot well, rebound, and play good defense, we’ll be o.k.”

 Cheshire won the Housatonic Division championship last winter but Nielsen sees Sheehan and his Spartans as the teams to beat this winter. Hillhouse is the perennial favorite in the Southern Connecticut Conference, but tabbed Hand as a potential dark horse. He also saw Foran, Hamden, and Fairfield Prep as solid teams in their respective divisions.

Amity looks to be a solid offensive team with decent rebounding, but must play its man-to-man defense with more energy and urgency. The Spartans won’t be doing a lot of pressing on defense.

“For the most part, we’ll operate with a set half-court offense. Our goal will be to take advantage of mismatches and get the ball to the right player. While we won’t run a lot, we’ll run when we can. Offensively, our goal is to score 60 or more points a game,” Nielsen added.

Amity opens its season Wednesday with a 7 p.m. inter-divisional contest at East Haven and then visits Fairfield Prep on Friday night.