Amity High School Sophomore and Former Amity Football Coach Both Win

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Sep 102018

Molleur takes down Brouwer Memorial, Blaskey pulls out breath-taking win

WATERFORD — Even though he’s just 15-years old, Amity Sophomore Andrew Molleur has chalked up 10 years of experience in motor sports. He says his thrilling win in Saturday’s Bubby Brouwer Memorial SK Lite 49 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl was his biggest victory yet.

“This is No. 1,” Molleur said after he held off Keith Caruso and John O’Sullivan to claim a win in the Brouwer Memorial, worth more than $1,500. The race was sponsored by Racechoice.com. “We weren’t sure if we were going to run this race, but now we’re glad we did. To win a race named after someone like Bubby Brouwer, who did so much at the Speedbowl, is an amazing accomplishment.”

There were several other amazing accomplishments Saturday. Doug Curry whirled past Charles Canfield on the final lap to win the 25-lap Mini Stock feature. Jason Palmer thundered around Anthony Flannery on the last lap to capture the 30-lap Late Model race.

Former Amity Football Coach Mike Blaskey and Peter Bennett continued their duel in the 25-lap Legends feature. Blaskey was able to take down the win by just 0.040 seconds.

Kyle James started eighth, blistered through the field in just 23 laps to win the 40-lap SK Modified feature. Jason Chicolas opened up a big early lead and held off Al Stone down the stretch to collect his third Sportsman win of the season.

The spotlight, however, was on Molleur who was able to win the most lucrative SK Lite race in Speedbowl history.

Paul French led the first seven laps and then Brett Gonyaw took over the lead, Molleur, however, was sifting his way through the field and moved into second by lap 20.

After a caution came out midway through the race, Molleur was able to rocket past Gonyaw to take the lead with 22 laps to go.

Then Molleur had to survive three caution flags over the final 10 laps to post the win. On the final green-white checker restart, Molleur outgunned both Caruso and O’Sullivan to finish off the hard-earned win.

“We just had a great car tonight,” Molleur said. “I knew Caruso and O’Sullivan were going to be right there at the finish, but I was able to stay in front of them.”

O’Sullivan roared past Caruso with one lap to go to finish second.

James started eighth in the SK feature but he didn’t stay there for very long. It took him 23 laps to take the lead from Todd Owen en route to his seventh win of the season.

“The car has been hooked up every time we go racing,” James said. “I have no complaints. We’re able to put the car wherever we want. But the outside tonight definitely was the place to go.”

James did most of his passing on the outside as he sizzled his way into the lead. Own was second and Molleur was third.

James was able to increase his point lead to 16 over Rob Janovic Jr.

Curry said he was tired of finishing second behind Charles Canfield in the Mini Stock division, something that already has happened four times this season.

So he went out and did something about it. Curry went to the outside groove to take the lead from Canfield, and then protected his lead from the hard-charging Canfield during the final lap to get the win.

“The only place the car was good tonight was on the outside groove,” Curry said. “Everywhere else, the car was horrible. But we pulled it off. That’s all that matters.”

Curry also was able to move back into the points lead by two points over Canfield.

Flannery appeared to be on the verge of pocketing his fourth straight Late Model win when he surged into the lead late in the race. A caution flag with five laps to go changed the complexion of the race, however. Palmer was able to blur his way around Flannery on the last lap to secure the win.

“The 25 (Flannery) is definitely the car to beat,” Palmer said. “I think we were able to pull a rabbit out of the hat tonight. We blew a rear-end last week, but tonight our car was good enough to win.”

Blaskey pulled off a power move on the final lap to missile past Bennett for the second straight week.

”I hope everybody enjoyed this race because we put on a great show,” Blaskey said after nailing down his second straight battle with Bennett. On Sept. 1 he claimed a win over Blaskey by 0.003 seconds.

“I think we missed the set-up on the car and we gave this one away,” Bennett said.

While point leader Shawn Gaedeke got trapped in traffic and eventually spun out, Chicolas was able to grab a hefty lead.

He kept it for the entire race, despite a late move by Stone, whose three-race win streak was snapped.

“Whenever you can beat Al Stone, you know you had a heck of a race,” Chicolas said.

Gaedeke recovered to finish third and leads Chicolas by 17 points in the standings.

Racing resumes Saturday with the Valenti Modified Racing Series 100. The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lights will be competing, along with the SK Modifieds, the SK Lites, the Speedbowl Trucks , the Sportsman and the Mini Stocks.

Sophomore Tyler Burns Does Whatever It Takes To Help His Team

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Oct 282012


Sophomore Tyler Burns (9) has been doing a great job for Amity while James Semmonella is sidelined.


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Tyler Burns is only a 5-foot 8-inch, 140 pound sophomore but he has already become a valuable member of the Amity football team. In his role as quarterback, he has completed nine of 20 passes for a140 yards and three interceptions. As both a quarterback and wingback he has carried the ball 26 times for 146 yards (6.37 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. In his sometime role as wide receiver, he has caught 13 passes for 99 yards. As if his offensive contributions aren’t enough, he is also a defensive back who has made 16 tackles, one fumble recovery, and picked off three passes. On top of all that, he has returned three punts (37 yards) and 12 kickoffs (214 yards and a touchdown).

By his own admission, Burns never expected to see this much varsity action. Last year he was a freshman quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back.  Earlier this fall he quarterbacked three junior varsity games.

“No, I didn’t expect to play this much varsity football, but I do whatever our coaches want me to do. They have given me a lot of opportunities to show myself,” Burns said. “I’ll play any and all positions they ask me to play—whatever it takes to help our team.”

At the start of the season, senior Co-Captain James Semmonella was the Spartans’ starting signal caller but he suffered a concussion in a game against Shelton and Burns has been his primary replacement since that time. Admitting that he lacked any prior varsity experience as QB, Burns said, “In practice, James has helped me reading keys and working on my steps.”

Head Coach Burt Mozealous acknowledged that Burns has been a valuable contributor to the varsity team but also added, “While I expected Tyler to play this much at several different positions, I also know he’s not James and he can’t do things that James can do. Up to now, Tyler has been relying on his raw, natural ability and he’s been practicing at different positions, including quarterback.  Our offense is quite complicated with several different looks. When James went down and Tyler stepped in as our quarterback, we knew that he was only a sophomore and we had to simply our play calls for him.”

As for his Burns biggest assets, Mozealous said, “He has great feet and vision. He can see the entire field.”

With a big grin, he added, “The best thing about Tyler is that he is only a sophomore. We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg with him.”