Baseball: Amity Wins Two In A Row, Final Game On Friday

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May 182017

After losing its second game of the season, this time to Notre Dame-West Haven on Monday, the Amity Spartans were back on track Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Amity hosted Jonathan Law in Woodbridge. The Spartans shut out the Lawmen 5-0.

On Wednesday, the Spartans were on the road in Wallingford against Sheehan.

With Max Scheps pitching and a phenomenal 10-run third inning, Amity defeated Sheehan 21-6.

Amity      4310 030 1 — 21
Sheehan 20 1  021 0 —   6

Amity’s season record as of Wednesday, May 17,  16-2

The final game of the regular season takes place tonight as Amity takes on Cheshire at Old Tavern Road Complex in Orange at 7 p.m.

Amity (17-2) defeated Cheshire (13-8) 1-0 earlier in the season, so this should be a good game.

On Monday, May 22, the Spartans are home in Woodbridge to play in the SCC Quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Come on out and cheer on the Spartans as they reach for another state record — a fifth State Championship title.

Amity Sports: This Week’s Home Game Schedule

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Apr 042016

girls tennisThe Spring Sport Season at Amity is now in full swing. Unfortunately the weather has been uncooperative for the outdoor events.

Today’s Girls’ Tennis has been postponed due to the rain and snow.

On Wednesday, April 6 Girls’ Track is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.

Thursday’s schedule includes Track and Girls’ Tennis both at 3:45 p.m. (But the forecast shows rainy weather and possible postponement)

Friday should see the Boys’ Lacrosse team take the field at 4 p.m  and Boys Tennis at 3:45 p.m.

On Saturday, the Girls’ Lacrosse game is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Boys Hockey: Amity 0-1 In Regular Season So Far

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Dec 222015

IMG_8349The Amity Spartans have a fast, talented team this year with many returning players, including Anthony Uscilla (16), Mac Deane (22), Jeremy Cable (14), Tyler Cole (30) and Tyler Johnston (31) to name a few.

On Monday, the boys went up against the Wreckers from the Staples-Weston-Shelton regional team with Goalie Tyler Cole from Orange at the net throughout the game.

Staples was first to score at 11:44 in the first period. Jesse Greenspun (14) on assists from Ryan Johnson (11) and Sam New (19).

Coming out in the second period, Staples’ Johnson quickly scored in the first :35 seconds on an assist from New.

Amity answered at 10:06 with Jeremy Cable smacking one in past Goalie Zack Bloom (30), on assists from Nicholas Gallucci (11) and #12 (name?)

Second period score, 2-1 Staples.

Staples came out strong in the third period too, with Johnson sneaking in a goal in the first :48 seconds — again assisted by New.

They followed that up with two more goals at 2:56 — New, assisted by Johnson and Billy Hutchinson (13) and 9:03 (Hutchinson, assisted by Sam Zaritsky (52) and New).

Amity fought back with a second goal at 12:00, scored by Jamie Blum (17), assisted by Michael Miller (9) and Zach White (13).

The Spartans lost this one 5-2.

Shots — Spartans – 37, Wreckers – 28

On Wednesday, the Spartans will go up against the North Haven Indians at 6:30 p.m. at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven [our home ice] — Guys, be aware that many of the Indians players were studying you at Monday’s game. 

Amity Football: Spartans Vs Xavier How Did They Do?

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Sep 222015

IMG_8553The Amity Spartans Varsity Football Team suffered a big loss on the road last Friday against the Xavier Falcons.
The final score for the conference game was 41-6.
We do not have any details from the game. Orange Live made arrangements for coverage that never came through.
The Spartans (0-2) are on the road again this week as they take on the Shelton Gaels (2-0), Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

Vinny Sienna Already Making News After the Draft

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Jul 202015

Vinny Siena at 18 playing for Post 127 in Orange.

Vinny Siena at 18 playing for Post 127 in Orange.

At Amity we knew Vinny Sienna as a nice guy, and a great baseball player with a passion for the game.

We followed him on Orange Live in 2012 from Amity through the American Legion Post 127 season.

He was the shortstop, #23, and just 18 years old.

He continued to make a name for himself playing ball for UCONN for 3 years.

A month ago, we published a story about the Mets decision to draft him.

And now, we’re proud to say that he’s already making headlines playing for the Class-A Brooklyn Cyclones.

Here’s the LINK to the story Newsday.

Ray Moquet shared this LINK of “the new kid” talking to reporters from YouTube.

Continued Success to you Vinny, make us proud!

Vinny Siena of the Brooklyn Cyclones rounds second during a New York Penn League game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds on July 12, 2015 at MCU Park in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: Brooklyn Cyclones / Dustin Satloff

Vinny Siena of the Brooklyn Cyclones rounds second during a New York Penn League game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds on July 12, 2015 at MCU Park in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: Brooklyn Cyclones / Dustin Satloff

Jan 112015

Amity shadowed Branford's top scorer... and, it worked.

Amity shadowed Branford’s top scorer… and, it worked perfectly.

Although Amity has not exactly had a stellar Hockey season, the coaches told the boys that they were proud of them after their 6-1 loss to the undefeated Branford Hornets (7-0) at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Saturday.

Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli said, “Yes, we hit a few glitches, but they played hard and they did their jobs out there today. Branford is a good team, they play well. We’ll just keep working on getting better.”

Branford had one standout player in this game, Sophomore Zach Withington who had a hat trick (3 goals). But it was Amity’s Liam Caraciolo that everyone, including many Branford fans, talked about throughout the game.

Since the printed game program did not include Amity’s players numbers, no one knew his name, but the number “17” was heard in conversations around the rink as Caraciolo stayed on top of his man — Branford’s star player Tyler Criscuolo, (#11) who easily scores 3 goals per game — holding him down to just one goal and an assist this time out.

This was Amity’s plan: to shadow Criscuolo, who had 21 goals in the first 6 games of the season, and hold him back.

Play after play spectators could see Criscuolo’s frustration growing until the third period when he finally snapped. With just 3:12 left in the game, Criscuolo butt-ended Caraciolo (using the top of his stick shaft to jab his opponent) for which he received a game misconduct, a major 5 minute penalty and ejection from the game. — He may also be forbidden to play in Branford’s next game.

You can watch CPTV highlights of the game HERE

Play by Play

After a lot of back and forth and and a fierce barrage of unsuccessful shots at Amity’s sophomore goalie Tyler Johnston, well into the first period Criscuolo, assisted by Cooper Bunton, was first to score for the Hornets with just 6:36 remaining.

Just 1:04 later Withington scored his first goal, assisted by Bunton and Aidan Deane.

First Period score 2-0 Branford.

The Hornets came out like a ball of fire in the second period with back to back goals. Scott Klouda, assisted by Criscuolo and Deane stunned Johnston just 16 seconds in, and before the goalie could take a breath, Withington got his second game point one minute later with an assist from Matthew Dow.

Jeremy Cable made the Spartan's only goal.

Jeremy Cable made the Spartan’s only goal.

The Spartans finally got on the scoreboard with a nice play by Jeremy Cable with an assist from Zach Shelnitz 6:02 into the middle period. Hornet Goalie AJ Brink couldn’t stop that one.

Second Period score 4-1 Branford.

The third period began much like the second, with Deane getting one past Johnston in the first 59 seconds.

Withington earned his hat trick with less than 7 minutes left in the game.

Final score 6-1

Both goalies worked hard, making some amazing ninja moves to keep their opponents down.

Branford outshot Amity 36-20.

The Spartans will play Wilton in West Haven at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16.

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.