Football: First Home Game On New Field Amity Vs Shelton

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Sep 172021

In the first quarter Amity chose to do a lot of running plays and passed once or twice. The game was scoreless after one.

The Spartans intercepted the ball and made some nice progress early in the second, but the Gaels soon took over and the battle was on.

Amity defense was strong keeping Shelton back, but with just 3 minutes remaining in the quarter and the action stuck on the 20 yard line, Shelton chose to kick a field goal to try and get onto the scoreboard, but no joy.

The Spartans took over and once again took to running plays. Sophomore Patrick Coughlin #10 gained 14 yards. Another play, another tackle and it was halftime.

Back on the field and Shelton kicked the ball to nearly the 35 yard line. The Gaels kept inching closer to the goal line and then, with just about 11 yards to go, Shelton’s Santiago made a goal, and the kick was good.

With 2:30 minutes left in the third, Santiago struck again, and the kick was good. (14-0 Shelton)

The Spartans passed the ball and James Denton #67 made a nice catch, but a flag on the play stopped the action.

The QB was sacked before he could throw the ball on the next play.

End of the third quarter Shelton is ahead 14-0.

Amity senior Ralph Toussaint #4 intercepted the Gael’s first pass in the fourth and the Spartans took over and the heat was on for the Spartans to perform.

With about 8 minutes left to play, the Gales intercepted Amity’s punt.

Not much happened for the next 5 minutes, and with 3 minutes remaining a personal foul on Shelton’s #12 gave Amity a 15-yard advantage, but they still couldn’t do anything but admit defeat.

So, after a promising season start,  the Spartans have lost their first game.

Next week, Friday, Sept. 24, Amity hosts Stamford in Woodbridge at 7 p.m. 

Coach Bruno’s Spartans Football Team Off To A Great Start

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Sep 122021

(Photos by A.D. Ernie Goodwin)

Coach Bruno seems to have a good Varsity Football Team at Amity  this year. Keep it up Amity!


On Sept. 2, the Amity High School Varsity Football team won its first season game 22-14 in a non-conference matchup against the Newington Nor’Easters.

Amity started out hot with 8 points in the first quarter (8-0).

Newington fought back in the second quarter scoring 14 points, but Amity added 8 more and retained its lead (16-14).

The Spartans tacked on an additional 6 points in the third quarter and that was all she wrote. Amity Wins 22-14.

(scoring info from Maxpreps site)



On Friday, Sept. 10, Amity was on the road in Branford for a non-conference matchup with the Hornets.

The Hornets had no sting on their home field as Amity flew in and scored 14 points in the second quarter. Then, with just 11 minutes left before the half they scored another touchdown, leading their hosts 21-0 at the half.

Amity Wins 21-0.



Amity plays its first home game against Shelton on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

Come on out to the NEW Amity field and cheer on the Spartans.








Obituary: Luke Smith, 20, Beloved Son, Brother, Amity Grad

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May 212020

Luke Richard Smith, 20, of Bethany  died on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Yale New Haven Hospital as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
Luke is survived by his loving parents, William and Cynthia Smith of Bethany, CT and his sister Alexandra Smith of Wallingford, CT, his maternal grandparents, Richard and Mary Freeman of Trumbull, CT, his adoring cousins, Bridget, Nora and Patrick Murray of Worcester, MA, Edward Smith of Ansonia, CT, Austin Weiss and Autumn Merrill of Milford, CT, and Abigail Kamaitis of Oxford, CT, as well as many loving aunts, uncles and friends. He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother Gloria Merrill, his paternal grandfather William Smith, Sr. and his paternal uncle Richard Lucas.
Luke was born in New Haven, CT and grew up in Bethany, CT where he attended Bethany Nursery Group, Bethany Community School, Amity Middle School Bethany, and graduated from Amity High School in 2018. During his time at Amity High School, Luke was a stellar athlete, where he was the member of both the Amity High school football and lacrosse teams.
He received various honors and awards for his athleticism and team sportsmanship during these years. He then went on to play Division II lacrosse at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. In true Luke fashion, his kinship with his teammates extended well beyond the field and his teammates became his brothers.
Apart from his athletic achievements, Luke will be best remembered as an “old soul”. He was a sweet, humble, gracious, respectful and loving young man. He had a large and extended circle of friends and developed bonds with all of them that were unique, long lasting and meaningful.
Luke’s giving and infectious personality transcended generations. He had the unique ability to make everyone he met feel at ease and like the most special person in the room. He had as much fun playing a silly game of wiffleball in the back yard with his cousins as he did playing a college lacrosse game in front of a stadium full of fans.
Luke also enjoyed a special relationship with his grandparents, who will always remember his warm and loving hugs. Most of all, Luke was a loving son and brother to his parents and sister.
He was the apple of his parents’ eye, who brought such joy into their lives with his infectious smile and rosy cheeks. Luke idolized his sister Lexie, in addition to being siblings, they were each other’s best friend. Luke was a “giver” in every sense of the word. In that spirit, he was an organ donor and his contributions will be life saving to others. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
A live stream wake service with video tribute will be held on Thursday, May 21, from 3:45 p.m. 5:00 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. Please go to www.adzimafh.com to see the live stream link.
Friends and family are invited to pay their respects in celebration of Luke’s on Friday, May 22 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. by driving through the Eastside Cemetery, 157 Pease Road Woodbridge, CT. Due to the current COVID-19 restraints, this is a drive through only procession and the service and burial will be private.
The Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home, 253 Elizabeth St., Derby has been entrusted with the arrangements.

This Week’s Remaining Amity Varsity Game Schedule

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Sep 172019

Go Spartans!

The Amity Spartans Boys and Girls teams have been performing well so far this season.

There are no Varsity games today.

Here is the schedule of events for the varsity teams for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Girls Swimming and Diving AWAY at Hamden High at 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball AWAY at Cheshire High at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20

Boys Soccer AWAY Wilbur Cross at 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Cheshire at HOME at 4 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Hamden at HOME at 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball AWAY at Lyman Hall at 5 p.m.

Football vs Simsbury AWAY at Holden Field at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Girls Volleyball AWAY at John Jay High School (Crossriver) (NY) at 9 a.m.

A Look Back: The Spartans – Indians Thanksgiving Rivalry Over The Years

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Nov 222018


The Spartans-Indians Thanksgiving rivalry began in 1996.

Amity has won 8 times, while North Haven has won 13 times, including the past 10 consecutive years.

Not since 2009, when the final score was 21-19, has Amity come “this close” to a Thanksgiving Day victory.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the highly skilled 2018 Spartans fought their way all the way through the game in North Haven, nearly breaking the Indian’s decade-long run, only to lose by 2 points at 28-26.

Screen shot 2013-11-27 at 3.19.09 PM 

Amity 37         1996                   North Haven   7

Amity           1997                   North Haven   0

Amity   7         1998                   North Haven  18

Amity   7         1999                   North Haven  32

Amity 15         2000                  North Haven   14

Amity 27        2001                  North Haven   27

Amity 27        2002                   North Haven   0

Amity 47       2003                  North Haven   21

Amity 33       2004                   North Haven   7

Amity 45       2005                   North Haven  13

Amity 14        2006                   North Haven 20

Amity 36        2007                   North Haven 24

Amity 20       2008                   North Haven   7

Amity 19        2009                   North Haven   21

Amity 24        2010                   North Haven  40

Amity 10         2011                   North Haven   27

 Amity   7         2012                   North Haven   32

Amity   14       2013                   North Haven   41

Amity  20       2014                  North Haven  40

Amity 30       2015                  North Haven  62

Amity 14        2016                  North Haven  49

Amity  7         2017                  North Haven  46

Amity 26       2018                  North Haven 28

     Series to Date

    Amity: 9 wins

       North Haven: 13 wins

 Ties: 1

Football: Amity Holds Its Own Against Notre Dame For Three Quarters

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Oct 202018

Amity was on the road in West Haven for a matchup against Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 19.

Notre Dame has had a couple of big losses this year, and a couple of big victories as well. Their win against Amity 21-14 was the closest game yet.

The Spartans are warriors this year, and they played hard, and they certainly held their own against the Green Knights.

Here’s how the game played out:

Notre Dame’s Junior Quarterback Jackson Zalinsky scored the first touchdown of the game with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter had a lot of back and forth, and then, with just 48 seconds on the clock, Amity Junior Joey Digello scored for the Spartans, and Abyan Nawaz’s kick was good, putting Amity ahead 7-6.

The Spartans retained their lead throughout the third quarter. Amity Junior Quarterback James Laubstein made his way across the goal line with 2:41 remaining.

Both teams battled for the next 2.5 minutes, but the Spartans retained their 14-6 lead.

The fourth quarter was a nail-biter, with the Green Knights scoring another touchdown within the first three minutes. At one point behind the Spartans, they needed to make a smart strategic move, so, they went for, and succeeded in executing a two-point conversion, tying the game at 14-14.

The Notre Dame band played through the final quarter, and both teams took turns attempting to break that tie.

Then the Green Knights Senior Warren Murphy made his breakaway move. With Amity Senior Runningback Daniel Beckwith hot on his tail, Murphy lept over fallen players and just made a beeline for the goal line. Beckwith made one last-ditch effort to tackle him, but Murphy sprinted on.

He ran past the goal line and straight over to fans lining the fence. He high-fived several of them and then, the extra point was good.

Notre Dame took the lead, 21-14, with 3:14 left on the clock.

Amity’s Michael Young made a valiant effort to tie things up again, but the clock ran out and the Spartans had to take the loss.

Other notable Amity players in this game were Sophomore Anthony Olenechuk (54), Junior Nico Semmonella (81), Junior Andrew Gnidula (13) and Senior Jake Lettick (10). Everyone played to win.

NOTE: This was the closest game Notre Dame has had so far.

Records: Both Amity and Notre Dame are 4-2 for the 2018 Season.

Next Up for the Spartans: a HOME game against Branford (4-2) at 7 p.m.

Rounding out the season, the final three games are ARGH, the undefeated Shelton Gaels at HOME on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

Then, and AWAY game at Hamden (not having the best season at 2-4) on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

And Finally the BIG Thanksgiving Rivalry Game against North Haven (5-1) at Vanacore Field on Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

I’ve said it before, do NOT underestimate the 2018 Amity Spartans, they’re strong, they’re talented and they’re determined. They can do this!

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
— Tom Landry


Football: Don’t Underestimate The Amity Spartans

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Oct 132018

Photo by Ernie Goodwin

The Amity Spartans football team hasn’t gotten, nor earned much credit for several years, but now, under the leadership of new Head Coach Craig Bruno and Asst. Coach John Johnson, the boys are more than impressive this year.

Fans had grown used to leaving games disappointed more often than not, but so far this season, Amity has seen more victories than defeats, starting with Harding on Sept. 7, W 26-8; Hillhouse, Sept 21, W 27-18; Wilbur Cross, Sept. 27, W 27-12; and today’s tremendous shut-out in New Milford Oct. 13, W 36-0. The Spartans’ only loss was to Foran on Sept. 14. L 8-21.

We don’t have much information on today’s game, except that at halftime Amity was leading New Milford 29-0.

As stated above, the Spartans shut out the Green Wave 36-0.

Records: Amity 4-1, New Milford 0-5

Amity is on the road again next week, a little closer to home, going up against Notre Dame-West Haven (3-2) at Veteran’s Stadium on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.

Football: Senior Michael Young Shows Them How It’s Done

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Sep 222018

Michael Young TD number 3

The Amity Spartans Varsity Football Team hosted the Hillhouse Academics in Woodbridge on Friday night, Sept. 22.

Hopes were high for a Spartans victory, with the stands full of fans, or as Channel 3’s Joe Zone put it, “The largest crowd he’d seen all night.”

Even though Hillhouse was first on the scoreboard with 6 points, the Spartans did not disappoint. With 4:44 left on the clock in the first quarter, Amity rushed ahead of the Academics with Michael Young’s first touchdown of the night.

Junior kicker Abyan Nawaz added another point, making the score 7-6 Spartans.

In the second quarter, the Spartans continued to shine, scoring another touchdown and extra point around the halfway point, then, with 2:56 remaining in the first half, Young made his second touchdown, but Hillhouse successfully blocked the extra point.

At halftime, Amity leads 20-6.

Soon after returning to the field, the Academics made their move and junior Tre ronn Bryant made it safely past the goal line.  (20-12)

With less than 5 minutes left in the third, Young made his third touchdown, and the extra point was good.

About 90 seconds later, Hillhouse scored again bringing the third quarter score to 27-18.

The fourth quarter was uneventful, with a bit of back and forth, but no one was able to add any points.

Amity wins 27-18

Records: Amity 2-1, Hillhouse 0-3.

Next up for the Spartans, a HOME game vs Wilbur Cross (2-1) on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.

Amity Football: Foran Schools Amity With 21-8 Victory

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Sep 142018

The Amity Spartans Football team hosted the Foran Lions in Woodbridge on Friday night.

The humid, yet cooler temperature out in Woodbridge Friday night reminded everyone that it’s football season.

The stands were full, and the Amity Army had a black-out in the far right of the stands, while on the track the Amity Cheerleaders shared their space with the award-winning Pop Warner cheerleaders, and the Amity Dance Team was on fire.

Out on the field, the Spartans and the Lions went head-to-head, and Foran was first to score closing out the first quarter at 6-0.

Foran continued to dominate with another touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion making their halftime lead 14-0.

The Spartans scored in the third quarter and made a 2 point conversion, and the Lions made another touchdown and the kick was good, bringing the score to 21-8.

No one scored in the final quarter and Foran boarded their bus with a 21-8 victory.




Sep 072018

This has been a great week for our Amity sports teams as the Fall Season begins.

On Thursday, the Lady Spartans Swimming and Diving Team won its first meet vs Mercy 106-77.

Tonight, the Girls Volleyball team defeated Branford 3-0.

And the Amity Spartans Football team was victorious against Harding 26-8.

Congratulations to all these fabulous teams, we’re so proud of you!

Great Job Coaches Rainey, Davis, and Bruno!