Amity Has Early Football Game on Friday

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Oct 022019

The Amity Spartans Football team is 2-1 for the season.

On Friday, Oct. 4, the boys take on Notre Dame-West Haven (1-2) at Veterans Field at 3:30 p.m.

Veteran’s Field is located at 129 Bull Hill Lane, West Haven. Visitors generally park in the Gateway Christian Fellowship lot.

Come on out if you can to cheer on the Spartans as they shoot for a third victory on Friday afternoon.

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


Boys Swimming and Diving: Amity Defeats Notre Dame at Albertus

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Jan 302018

On Monday, Jan. 29, the Amity Spartans Swimming and Diving team was on the road at Albertus Magnus for a meet against Notre Dame.

As you may know, the Spartans, under the leadership of Coach Todd Rainey, only lost one game this season — that was to Fairfield Prep. The boys had no problem defeating Notre Dame 102-81 here.

Amity’s Winning Events

200 Medley Relay: A- 1:44.62 Shiva Gowda, Arsenio Bustos, Kevin Yanagisawa, Tyler Roy

200 Ind. Med: A- 2:08.90 Arsenio Bustos

50 freestyle: A- 23.45 Kevin Yanagisawa

Diving: A- 207.30 Uranik Klobucishta

100 Butterfly: A- 55.20 Kevin Yanagisawa

100 Freestyle: A- 48.61 Colin Roy

200 Freestyle Relay: A- 1:34.66 Nic Robinson, Uranik Klobucishta, Kevin Yanagisawa, Colin Roy

100 Backstroke: A- 57.18 Arsenio Bustos

Notre Dame’s Winning Events

200 Freestyle: ND- 1:44.46 North Hansen

500 Freestyle: ND- 4:41.50 North Hansen

100 Breaststroke: ND- 1:09.68 Sean McDermott

400 Freestyle Relay: ND- 3:45.34 William Hinckley, Shawn Parrott, C.J. Holt, North Hansen

Record: Amity 8-1, Notre Dame 4-4

Boys Basketball: Thomas Scores 1,000th Point in Monday Night Battle With ND West Haven

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Jan 102018

The Amity Spartans hosted Notre Dame-West Haven Green Knights in Woodbridge on Monday, Jan. 8.

Amity (5-1) experienced its first loss of the season to Notre Dame (5-3) and it was a tight one 78-77.

This nail-biter of a game included Amity’s Tyler Thomas scoring the game-high 47-points, including six 3-pointers, and his 1,000th point. What’s amazing is that he reached the milestone in just 2.5 years. Congratulations Tyler!

Now, back to the game…


ND-WEST HAVEN  24 12 13 29—78
AMITY                  13 16 20 28—77

3 Point FG: Notre Dame 7, Amity 9

Notre Dame: Connor Raines 6 9-11 21, Zach Laput 5 6-6 20 (including four 3-pointers), Mike Brooks 4 7-7 17 (including two 3-pointers), Alec Kinder 5 4-4 14, Justin Corrington 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer),Trevor Setzer-Smith 0 2-2 2, Jaiden Kimbro 0 1-2 1. Totals: 21 29-32 78.

Amity: Tyler Thomas 16 9-14 47 (six 3-pointers), Joe Benedetti 5 3-4 14 (one 3-pointer), James Van Hise 4 1-2 10 (one 3-pointer), Quinn Burke 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer), Cole Wissink 1 0-0 2, Chris Bierezowiec 0 1-2 1. Totals: 27 14-22 77.


Boys Swimming: Amity vs Notre Dame Finds the Green Dragons On Top

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Feb 102015

A generic photo of a HS swimmer

A generic photo of a HS swimmer

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Amity Spartans Swim and Dive Team faced up against Notre Dame at Wilbur Cross.

The Green Knights splashed past the Spartans, winning this meet 98-83.
Notre Dame’s Winning Events:      
200 yard Medley Relay: ND- 1:47.04 Ed Falcigno, Michael Secchiaroli, David May, Dylan Latella
200 yard Freestyle: ND- 1:56.52 Noah Hansen
50 yard Freestyle: ND- 23.43 Ed Falcigno
Diving: ND
100 yard Butterfly: ND-53.63 David May
500 yard Freestyle: ND- 5:08.95 Noah Hansen
200 yard Freestyle Relay: ND- 1:37.71 Michael Secchiaroli, David May, Dylan Latella, Noah Hansen
100 yard Backstroke: ND- 57.62 Ed Falcigno
Amity’s Winning Events:
200 Ind. Medley: A-2:14.81 Dan Madsen
100 yard Freestyle: A- 51.06 Ben Clemens
100 yard Breaststroke: A- 1:03.19 Ben Clemens
400 yard Freestyle Relay: A- 3:34.42 Ben Bacal, Sergey Savelyev, Zac Babbitz, Colin Roy
Amity’s record is 4-3

Amity LAX Defeats Notre Dame in Season Opener

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Apr 102014

IMG_6664The Amity Varsity Lacrosse Team celebrated its first season win on Wednesday after defeating Notre Dame 8-7 in West Haven.

Coach AJ Alessi of ND had his team ready to go in his first game as their new Head Coach. Coach Pepe is very familiar with Alessi as the two used to compete against each other while Alessi played attack at Branford, and Pepe was the goalie for Amity, both graduating in 2005.

“It was great to get a win against a conference team on the road early in the season. Close games like this one really are a great experience for the players and makes both teams better,” Pepe said. “There are some things we did pretty well, but we have a ways to go before we reach our full potential. I was very impressed with the four goal run we went on late in the 3rd quarter to open up a 3 goal lead, which ended up being too much for ND to come back from.  There is great senior leadership on this team, and if we continue to work hard and get better everyday then this will be a special season.”

The Spartans outshot Notre Dame 39-28

Quarters            1     2      3      4         total

Spartans            10      10      10       9      –       39

Notre Dame       9        4         8       7       –       28

Spartans              2        1         1        4       –        8
Notre Dame       1        2         1        3       –        7


Brad Uscilla (1), Steve Sember (2), David Buono (2), Joe Choiniere (2), Tyler Burns (1)


Ajay King (1), Steve Sember (1), Nick Coassin (1), Joe Choiniere (1), Tyler Burns (2)

Notre Dame

Alex Hassen (3), Joe Biondi (3), Dylan Penna (1)


Andrew Stofko (1), Hassen (2)

Spartans – Evan Campbell 11
ND – John Brunetti 13

Next up is Branford at home on Friday, April 11, at 4 p.m.

Notre Dame Pulls Away from Amity Late in 38-20 Victory

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Oct 212013

Captain Joe Choiniere en route to his 35 yard first quarter Touchdown

Captain Joe Choiniere en route to his 35 yard first quarter Touchdown

After senior Joe Choiniere scored from one yard out to cut the score to 24-20 with 3:39 left in the third quarter, Amity was with within a single score in the second half.  After losing back-to-back games where they never trailed by less than two scores in the second half, the Spartans were primed to break a two game losing streak. But, once again, Amity yielded too many big plays on the ground and committed untimely turnovers as Notre Dame scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to win 38-20 Friday night in West Haven.

With eight minutes left in the game trailing by 4, Amity fumbled on an option play to the left side of the field.  Four plays later, Notre Dame senior Cameran Tucker scored on a 15-yard run with 6:03 left to increase the lead to 31-20.  On Amity’s ensuing drive, senior Dave Ryan was intercepted by senior linebacker Sal Esposito.  Notre Dame put the game away on a methodical and time consuming 10 play, 46 yard drive ending in a 4-yard Tucker touchdown.  Tucker rushed for 101 yards on 27 carries.  Notre Dame rushed 48 times for 290 yards.

Notre Dame started the scoring with 5:46 left in the first quarter on a Esposito 9-yard touchdown run. After an Amity three and out, Esposito ran for his second touchdown from 14 yards away on the drive’s first play.  Esposito ran for 134 yards on just 12 carries.  The run was set up by a 57-yard punt return by senior Drew Arciuolo and made the game 14-0.

Amity cut the lead in half on the following drive, scoring after just four plays on a Choiniere 35-yard touchdown catch with 2:32 left in the first quarter.  After a Notre Dame missed field goal and trade of punts, Amity tied the game on a 9 play, 64 yard touchdown drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Cory Ricks with 1:10 left in the first half.

Notre Dame added a touchdown to end the first half on a Tucker one yard to run to push the lead to 21-14.  The play was set up by a recovered onside kick and a 41 yard catch by Arciuolo.

Ryan was 23-37 for 261 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.  The passing yards were spread out between senior Ben Feola (5 catches, 74 yards), Choiniere (7 catches, 87 yards) and junior Tyler Burns (7 catches, 85 yards).

Amity falls to 3-3 with the loss.  The Spartans will take on Wilbur Cross Friday night at Amity.