Boys Basketball: Spartans vs Gaels Charity Game a Battle To the End

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Jan 102015

IMG_0536Friday night’s Coaches Vs Cancer Night at Amity featured some great basketball action from both the girls and boys varsity teams as they went up against Shelton in the annual cancer fundraiser.

All proceeds from ticket sales went to the Amity Relay for Life in honor of Amity High School security guard Lorie Tamaro who is battling cancer.

The Spartans and Gaels both hit the court determined to win this SCC Housatonic Division game, they kept the score fairly tight flip flopping the lead, often within 2 points of one another.

Everyone played well, with impressive rebounds and hook shots, the first quarter had Amity in the lead 13-11, at the half Shelton edged out Amity 29-28, the third quarter belonged to Amity at 44-43, but in the end, Shelton reigned supreme squashing the Spartans hopes for the win, ending the game at 56-66.

Shelton’s biggest scoring contributions came from juniors Matt Terrasi with a game high 21 points, followed by Casey Belade with 17 points for the Gaels.

Amity’s top player, also a junior, Chris Winkel racked up 15 points, followed by senior captain Brett Southworth with 12 points.

Amity’s season record is now 2-5.

On Monday, the Spartans face the always tough Cheshire team in Woodbridge at 7 p.m.

Boys Hockey: 2015 Has its Fair Share Of Challenges For the Spartans

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Dec 312014

Coach Lindgren talks to the team during a time out.

Coach Lindgren talks to the team during a time out.

Amity Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren has a challenge before him in 2015, trying to make a young team into a force to be reckoned with on the ice.

With only 6 seniors on the roster this year, Amity is made up primarily of equal amounts of sophomores and freshmen (7 each) and just 4 juniors to carry over to the next season.

As a spectator at Monday’s game it was disheartening to hear the players from the opposing Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe team leave the ice after the first period laughing and trash talking our Spartans.

But, realistically, the Fairfield kids played hard and kept Amity’s goalie, Freshman Tyler Cole on his toes all three periods, while for Fairfield’s goalie, sophomore Mike Grace, it was pretty much a stress-free game.

Lindgren could throw in his hat at this point and just say, “there’s always next year.” but he simply states, “We didn’t play well, we didn’t do as good as we could, but with each game they learn from their mistakes and they’ll get better as time goes by.”

In the first period, Fairfield’s Jake Fuss got an unassisted goal by Cole at 5:17.

Soon after the start of the second period, Fairfield scored again with a goal by PJ O’Reilly, assisted by Wade Petro and Fuss at 1:22.

Then, with just 46 seconds left in the period Fairfield senior Matthew Roberts, assisted by Kevin Boldrighini and Zach Weinstein brought the score to 3-0.

With their confidence in overdrive, Fairfield came out in the final period with a vengeance and just :25 seconds in, Fuss made his second goal of the night, this time assisted by O’Reilly and Trevor Demitt.

Thanks to a nice move by Amity captain Zach Shelnitz who made an unassisted goal at 3:23 in the third period, the Spartans did not suffer a shut out.

The final score was 4-1 Fairfield.

Lindgren clearly was not happy with his team’s performance in this game, but did take a moment to comment on the freshman goalie who made 33 saves during the game. (Fairfield’s Grace made 13 saves). “Tyler worked real hard in this game. He had some nice saves,” Lindgren said.

The Spartans will play Milford at the Milford Ice Pavillion Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m.

Boys Hockey: Amity vs Guilford — Has Amity Found Its Stride Yet?

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Dec 242014

Zach Shelnitz #8 scored two goals in Tuesday's game.

Zach Shelnitz #8 scored two goals in Tuesday’s game.

The Amity Spartans Hockey Team is starting to get itself together. After playing hard against the powerful Cheshire team on Saturday and holding their own until the third period when Cheshire pulled ahead, they were denied a tie in the last 2 minutes.

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, with “the other Tyler” Sophomore Tyler Johnston (#31) in the net, Amity took on Guilford.

As in past games the opponent was first to score with Guilford’s Ryan Brand getting a goal, assisted by Jack Petrick and Chris Cafiero, just 2:27 into the first period.

Not to be outdone, Amity answered less than 2 minutes later, tying things up with Adam Moscato’s goal, assisted by Captain Kevin Ryan.

At 4:51 Ryan assisted Co-Capt. Zach Shelnitz in the tie breaking goal.

With Amity ahead by one, the Spartans came out for the second period meaning business.

Moscato scored an unassisted goal at 10:34, pulling the Spartans up further 3-1

Guilford’s Kevin Gaudio, assisted by Joe Neleber, got one past Johnston at 13:25.

The Spartans would have none of that, and less than 30 seconds later, Shelnitz, assisted by Ryan and Charlie Csejka scored his second goal of the game, bringing the score to 4-2.

In the third period, the Spartans dominated the ice, bringing in three goals: Ryan, unassisted at 5:55; Anthony Uscilla, assisted by Liam Caraciolo at 7:28; and Graham Hughes, assisted by Nick Gallucci at 8:15 – wrapping up the victory at 7-2

Amity outshot Guilford 27-26

Johnston made 24 saves while Guilford’s Kyle Dwyer had 20.

Records: Amity 1-1-1; Guilford 0-3

Coach Gary Lindgren is back this year after taking a break last season due to illness, but he is enjoying working with this young team and watching them grow with each passing game.

So far we’ve seen two goalies, Freshman, Tyler Cole (#30) and Sophomore Tyler Johnston (#31) in the net.

Lindgren said both are young and are gaining experience this year with the coaches flip-flopping them between games.

He said Cole did a great job against Cheshire on Saturday, Dec. 20. “They’re a tough team, they’re really good and we battled hard with them.”

Of Johnston’s performance against Guilford, Lindgren said, “Tyler played extremely well, he made some big stops.”

Of the team as a whole, Lindgren said, “Our schedule is tough, we have to come ready to play. Today (Tuesday Dec. 23) I don’t think we played our best. It was good in spots, but we struggled for the first couple of periods, It’s a good thing we were ahead 4-2 after the first 2 periods. We need to play better. Guilford battled, they have some good players, their goalie is a little inexperienced and we took advantage of that but, I thought it was a pretty even game even though we won 7-2.”

Amity Mathletes Place Second in Tournament, League

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Jan 172014

mzl.jlbwiyhzCongratulations to Amity’s mathletes and Amity Math Team coach, Joy Gathers.

The Amity Math Team competed Thursday, Jan. 16, at Hamden High School in the Greater New Haven Mathematic League tournament.

The Amity Math Team finished in 2nd place in the tournament and 2nd place in the league.

The Amity Spartans narrowly lost out to Choate Rosemary Hall.

The team was first among public schools and earned an invitation to the state competition in March.

Amity Football Player Has Something To Be Thankful For on This Holiday And Every Day

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Nov 282013

Eric Laugeni takes a moment before the game

Eric Laugeni takes a moment before the game


At today’s Thanksgiving Day Football Game you may notice one player,  Amity co-captain Eric Laugeni #70 step away from his teammates after the National Anthem, take a knee on the field and bow his head for a few moments.

This has been a ritual for the Senior, who turned 17 on Tuesday. He is not praying for a win, but thanking God for giving him the opportunity to play the game that he’s loved since he was little.

The road to high school football was filled with uncertainty, beginning with one life changing moment on August 1, 2008, when Eric, then a sixth grader, was just 11 years old. It was opening day of the Amity Pop Warner Football Season and Eric was helping his father pick up safety cones. He was standing behind his father’s truck, when the cable on a fork lift that was being loaded onto a truck behind him, snapped, sending the 15,000 lb. forklift careening down and pinning the boy against the truck, crushing him from the chest down, making an indentation in the back of the truck.

Eric’s left leg was severed and his right leg was broken and dislocated.

Five years ago, Eric was told he would never run again.

Five years ago, Eric was told he would never run again.

His father rushed to his side and laid him down on the pavement and stayed with him, making sure he remained conscious until the paramedics arrived. In the ambulance, one of the EMTs said they would have to amputate the leg, which aggravated his father to no end, Eric was crying, his future uncertain.

Once at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Laugenis were told that he would have to have surgery within 6 hours because of the risk of infection with the sand and dirt inside his open leg.

After 8 hours of surgery, the doctors said, “He’s alive. We saved the leg, but he will never run again and he’ll always have a terrible limp.”

Eric spent 8 days in the hospital with his left leg fully casted from the hip down. The broken right leg was braced, but no surgery was done on it.

On August 9, the Laugeni’s living room became a makeshift hospital room for Eric with a hospital bed and visiting physical therapists.

He couldn’t use either leg, and had to use a wheelchair to get around.

A couple of additional surgeries were done and then regular therapy at Rehab Associates.

 Mission Accomplished, with a little help from his friends.

Mission Accomplished, with a little help from his friends.

Prior to the accident, Eric had been trying to get into shape, lost 20 lbs. and was training for the Woodbridge Roadrace. He was determined to compete in the 5k, but how could he do that without the use of his legs?

Longtime Amity residents will recall the victorious photo that I ran in the Amity Observer newspaper of several friends pushing Eric in a wheelchair in the pouring rain as they approached the finish line.

During physical therapy, even as he began to walk by himself, Eric’s mom was a driving force behind his recovery. She would not let him slack off and pushed him to try as hard as he could to regain the full use of his legs (without a limp).

Some doctors suggested he take up swimming because he would never be able to do anything else. His mother was disgusted. “How can you even think of telling an 11-year-old that?”

Eric was a member of a travel basketball team at the time of the accident and his coach, Scott Hurwitz figured out a way for him to play. He spoke with the team and all opposing teams and arranged it so Eric would shoot all the foul shots for his team, therefore being an active team member, even if he couldn’t run the court.

Still, Eric wanted to play football. He worked hard to recover, sat out one season then the following year, he was back on the field again.


Never Ever Quit!

As a 7th grader at Amity Middle School, Eric was fully casted and had tutors for 3 months and therapy.


Eric is thankful for all that he is able to do. The doctor who said he should never play football again, just inspired him to work hard and prove the doc wrong.

Dr. Jim Ronai, who works on many difficult cases, knew Eric had a long battle ahead, but never discouraged him from living his dream. For this Eric is grateful.

Daily Pain and More Surgery

The accident shattered a growth plate in his left leg, so it did not grow normally afterward. His leg is 3/4-inch “off.” He goes to New York to the Hospital For Special Surgery where Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch is prepared to lengthen Eric’s femur whenever he is ready to take time off for the surgery and rehab. This could be during his college years or after, but it is better done while he is young.

Eric has chronic back and knee pain, and often it takes a while to climb out of bed. But football is his life and today, when he takes a knee after the National Anthem, take a moment to join Eric in his prayer giving thanks for the second chance on life he’s been given.


Amity Spartans Are NBC30s Subway Team Of The Week: Friday’s Game Will Be Featured On The News

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Sep 252013

IMG_6094Congratulations to the Amity Spartans Varsity Football Team.
Tonight the boys won NBC30s Subway Team of the Week contest and the Friday Night game against Shelton will be featured on the 11 p.m. NBC30 newscast.
(I was in error before when I reported that the game would be televised live as I had been told)
According to the station, this was the closest vote they’ve ever had, Amity Won by 8 votes.
Let’s Hope that the game against one of their toughest challengers will have the same winning results.
GO Spartans!
Congratulations also to Eli Oliphant who won 1 year’s worth of Subway Sandwiches for voting…. Is he an Oliphant from Orange?


Boys Soccer: Amity 4 – Wilbur Cross 1

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Sep 142013

Amity Junior Natan Busel makes his way across the field.

Amity Junior Natan Busel makes his way across the field.

The Amity Spartans Boys Soccer Team ran over Wilbur Cross in Woodbridge Thursday 4-1.

Amity Captain Justyn Broderick (4), assisted by Jeremy Conn (5) quickly scored the first goal of the game at 1:07 in the first half.

Wilbur Cross’s Chris Crespo tied the score at 28:22.

The second half saw a lot of action with Amity taking the lead and never letting go of it.

Scoring for Amity were: Broderick, assisted by captain Dean Schwartz (10); then Schwartz bringing in an unassisted goal; and Conn, with an assist by Broderick.

Amity outshot Wilbur Cross 14-7.

Wilbur Cross goalie Chris Casas made 8 saves to Amity’s Griffin Volta’s 7.

Records: Amity 2-0, Wilbur Cross 0-1-1



Boys Hockey: Spartans Play Round 1 Tourney Game on Tuesday

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Mar 022013

IMG_0277The Amity Boys’ Hockey Team lost to Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe 3-2 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven on Thursday.

The game was scoreless until the second period when Fairfield’s Kevin Robinson scored the first goal, assisted by Dan Silvestri at 12:47.

Amity’s Dane Simone tied the score, with an assist from Brett McNeil at 14:04.

The third period brought some heavy competition to the ice, with Fairfield scoring its second goal by Tom Kyrstin, assisted by Charlie Medov and Conor Schelop at 6:00.

The Spartans’ Brett McNeil, assisted by Johnny Uscilla answered with Amity’s second goal at 11:50.

Fairfield’s Kyrstin scored his second goal, again assisted by Medov and teammate Kevin Robinson at 14:20.

Fairfield outshot Amity 32-21.

Amity Goalie Nick Nuzzolo had 29 saves; Fairfield’s Kyle Green hut had 19.

Records: Amity 13-7; Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe 10-10.

On Tuesday, March 5, No. 1 Amity takes on the winner of the Conard/Newtown game in the first round of the Division II CIAC Boys Ice Hockey tournament at Bennett Rink in West Haven at 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball: Senior Night/Wounded Warriors Fundraiser Tonight

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Feb 152013

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The highlight for the week will occur tonight at 7 p.m. when the Amity Boys Varsity Basketball team plays East Haven and celebrates their annual senior night.

During the game, the team will be honoring former Amity student, Corporal Christopher R. Zovinka.

The team will also be collecting donations for the Wounded Warriors Project.

The first 50 fans to donate $5.00 or more will receive a WWP wristband.

As part of the I-AMITY spirit, all fans are asked to wear red, white, and blue in support of the team, the cause, and the guest of honor.

Come on out for a great game and an important cause. Go Spartans!

Boys Soccer: Amity Defeats Sheehan 4-1 In Sunday Play

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Oct 302012


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Getting off on the right foot with Joey Guerra’s goal at 24 seconds of the first half, the second-seeded Amity boys soccer team defeated seventh-seeded Sheehan 4-1 Sunday afternoon in the quarter-finals of the Southern Connecticut Conference Play-off Tournament.  The victory improves Amity’s record to 14-1-2, which is the best record and most wins in a season during Mike Marchitto’s 11 year tenure as head coach of the Spartans.

According to Marchitto, “Sean Beaulieu fed Joey a through ball that he got at the top of the 18 yard line and quickly finished.”

Amity made it 2-0 when Jon Sutton passed the ball to Beaulieu, who proceeded to beat the Titan defender at the end line and then brought the ball out to 6-yardlix box and sent it home at 2:42.

The score remained 2-0 until the Titans’ Jose Estrada scored at 50:49 and ruined goal tender Griffin Volta’s bid for a shutout. That 2-1 tally was short-lived as Justyn Broderick found the net at 64:04 and then  launched a 20 yard jaunt with the ball, beat three Sheehan defenders, and fed a perfectly placed cross to Simone Kantor, who drilled it  home at 75:10.

“It was one of the prettiest goals I’ve seen this season, Marchitto said.

Amity outshot the Titans 11-9 and Volta recorded eight saves.

Marchitto added, “We played a spectacular game today—one of our best this season. This time, we worked together, played defense together, and finished most of our scoring opportunities.”

On Thursday, Amity is scheduled to host the winner of Wednesday’s quarter-final contest between Guilford and Branford.

Last week the Spartans concluded their regular SCC season by hammering both West Haven (7-0) and Career (5-1). Guerra recorded a three-goal hat trick and added an assist against the Westies. Ian O’Brien-Cannon added a pair of scores and an assist. Sutton and Jeremy Conn each put a ball into the net for the winners, who outshot West Haven 12-6. Volta recorded six saves.

“We got off to a slow start. Our first goal wasn’t scored until 30:46. Then, we scored two more goals in a minute, 20 second span to take a 3-0 halftime lead. We really got going in the second half with four more goals,” Marchitto said. “All in all, it was a good team effort.”

Dean Schwartz’s unassisted goal at 2:46 was the only goal in the first half of the contest against Career.  Once again the Spartans got off to a slow start but then came alive to add four scores in the second half. Those goals were drilled home by Austin Duffy (at 42:00), Guerra (at 50:49), Schwartz (from Guerra at 57:21) and Yani Lagoutis, who came off the bench to add the final goal at 63:14.

The Panthers’ lone goal was scored by Saad Hashiem at 67:36.

Marchitto added, “Once again, we got off to a slow start. We spent too much of the first half playing keep away at midfield and going nowhere. Finally, we got more creative and went on the attack in the second half.”

The Spartans held a 15-6 edge in shots. Volta made two first half saves and Jeff Curtin had three second hand stops.