This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule Sept. 2-8

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Sep 032018

The 2018 Fall sports season has begun and Amity athletes are ready to go.

Following is this week’s varsity sports schedule.

Monday (Labor Day) Sept. 3. 

Field Hockey in the Pomperaug Jamboree, away at Pomperaug 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

No Games

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Girls Soccer vs Choat Rosemary Hall scrimmage away at Choat 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Sacred Heart Academy scrimmage Home at Amity 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Newtown scrimmage Home at Amity 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Boys Soccer vs Shelton away at Capewell Park, Shelton 4:30 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Mercy away at Mercy 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7

Football vs Harding away at Harding High 7 p.m.

Girls Cross Country Black and Gold Home at Fitzgerald Trail Woodbridge 3:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Branford Home at Amity 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Field Hockey vs North Branford away at North Branford 10:30 a.m.

Girls Soccer vs Newtown away at Blue and Gold Stadium 12 p.m.

Girls Volleyball CIAC Invitational away at Ct Sports Center, Woodbridge 9 a.m.




Girls Cross Country: Three Wins October 1

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Oct 052013

The leader of the pack during the Oct. 1 meet in Woodbridge

The leader of the pack during the Oct. 1 meet in Woodbridge

The Amity Girls Varsity Cross Country Team hosted East Haven, Wilbur Cross and Sheehan for a meet at the Fitzgerald Tract in Woodbridge on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The results are as follows:

Amity 15 (win) – East Haven 50

Amity 27 (win) – Wilbur Cross 32

Amity 20 (win) – Sheehan 43

Girls Cross Country: Lady Spartans Place 7th in SCC Championship Race

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Oct 222012


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Amity girls’ cross country Coach Sean Mahon proved that he is an excellent prognosticator.   Prior to Friday’s Southern Connecticut C67),Conference Girls’ Cross  Country Championship Race at Hammonassett State Park in Madison,  Mahon predicted  that his girls would finish among the top eight teams in the race. True to their coach’s word, the Lady Spartans placed seventh out of 17 teams with 167 points. Guilford won the race and the SCC title, scoring only 71 points.

Hillhouse’s Kellie Davis was individual race winner as she completed the 3.1 mile course in 18 minutes, 53.68 seconds. Lisa Gorham (15th out of 114 runners—20:21.56), Minnie Chen (24th—21:18.67), Sarah Stein (36th—21:43.38), Marina Tomei (44th —22:02.57), Melissa Taggart—22:11.57), Grace Leyden (61st—22:40.87), and Alanna Morton (70th —23.52.33) were Amity’s top runners.

“I thought the girls ran very well. I didn’t know how really well until the race was over and I saw the results,” Mahon said. “I compared our time from this race to last year’s race, when we placed third, and we were 42 seconds faster this year. There was absolutely nothing for us to be disappointed about. It was a good group effort. All year long we’ve been stressing to the girls that they had to race, not just run. I can honestly say that in this race, each of our girls did race not just run. We’re starting to be competitive at the right time.”

By finishing among the top eight runners in the Housatonic Division, both Gorham and Chen were named to the All-Housatonic Division team.

The Lady Spartans now turn their focus to Saturday’s CIAC Class LL Championship Race, which is also run at Wickham Park, starting at 10:20 a.m. Mahon saw Glastonbury, Guilford, and Cheshire as the pre-race favorites. His goal for the Lady Spartans is to be among the top 10 finishers.

Girls Cross Country: Lady Spartans’ Lisa Gorham Top Finisher In Woodbridge Meet

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Oct 012012


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Branford freshmen Cyrene Nicholas and Annaliese Troidle proved too much for the Amity girls cross country team to handle in last Monday’s Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional meet at the Fitzgerald Trail in Woodbridge. Nicholas won the three mile race in 19 minutes, 39 seconds and Troidle was close behind at 16:43. Led by their potent one-two punch, the Hornets soundly defeated Coach Sean Mahon’s Lady Spartans 19-38.

Amity however did record victories over Lyman Hall (15-48) and East Haven (15-5) to put its record at 4-2 (2-0 in the Housatonic Division of the SCC).

Lisa Gorham was the Lady Spartans’ top finisher (and third overall) with her time of 20:03. Behind her came Minnie Chen (6th overall –21:04), Sarah Stein (8th—21.20), Marina Tomei (9th—21:24), and Alanna Morton (12th—21:45).

“Branford’s first three girls are all freshmen and they are going to trouble for the next four years. Each of our runners improved her times in this race, but this is only the second time they have raced on our new course. I had hoped we would have run better but we weren’t expecting what Branford did to us,” Mahon said. “We did the best we could do, but they really opened our eyes and kicked our butts. I think my girls now better understand the difference between running and racing. We’re a young team that’s still learning what running cross country is all about.”

The Lady Spartans are back in action on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. for an SCC race against Sacred Heart Academy and Mercy on the Pacers home course in Hamden. 

Phil’s Preview: Girls’ Cross Country

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Sep 092012

By Phil Brodsky

Orange Live Sports Writer

When Sean Mahon took over the controls of the Amity girls cross country team 3 years ago, talent was thin and he struggled through a difficult rookie season. Since then, he has rapidly rebuilt the Lady Spartan harriers into being a major force in both the Southern Connecticut Conference and state power structure. Last year Amity was a second place 3-1 against Housatonic Division opponents (the 1 loss was to Cheshire , the eventual Housy champs), a fourth place 9-1 in the SCC and 11th in Class LL.

As he looks ahead to Tuesday’s season-opening West Beach Invitational  at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Mahon returns  5 of his top 7 2011 runners. In addition to Lee Ann Beedle and Rebecca Race, Maggie Jodon, Cynthia Greenberg, and Allie Cocco all departed in June.

“Yes, we did graduate some good runners and have a young team with only 2 seniors (Co-Captains Minnie Chen and Allison Tarente) on the roster. That’s different from the types of teams we’ve had in the past,” Mahon said. “As a team, we are inexperienced, but the young girls on our current roster ran a lot during the summer to prepare for the season. We have some potentially talented girls but all they need racing experience.”

Lisa Gorham is only a sophomore but is the team’s strongest runner and will hold down the No. 1 slot.

According to Mahon , “Lisa is young but gained a lot of experience and confidence running as a freshman last year.”

Alana Morton is a junior but makes her cross country debut this fall. She does come with a lot of outdoor track experience. She also racked up a lot of training miles during the summer and is running No. 2. In a recent intra-squad scrimmage, she came in first.

Chen is the team’s most experienced runner and the team’s No. 3 runner. Mahon also labeled her “a great leader.”

He proudly noted that sophomore Sarah Stein has “worked very hard and come a long way since last year.”  She is currently in the No. 4 slot.

Junior Marina Tomei, sophomore Grace Laydon, along with freshmen Clara Gamsu and Melissa Taggart round out the Lady Spartans’ varsity roster.

As usual, the Housy looks to be a battle between Amity and Cheshire . In addition, Mahon sees Shelton as a young team that has some good runners and very comparable to his team. Guilford is the defending SCC champs. Mahon feels that the Indians should vie will Hillhouse (No. 2 last fall), Cheshire (No. 3 in 2011), Mercy, Hand, and his Lady Spartans for the 2012 conference crown.

He added, “If we can stay away from injuries, put in the mileage, train smart, and not try to do too much too soon, we could do as well as we did last year. Our young kids seem very motivated, easy going, and are having a good time. I think we have a good mix of girls, but, they still have to get used to running cross country as a varsity sport. If we accomplish that; put aside our noviceness, and gain the experience we currently lack, by the end of the regular season, we could be in the chase during the championship portion of our season.