Boys Hockey: Spartans Prove Their Talent On The Ice

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Dec 292019

The Amity Spartans were on the road in Milford on Saturday, for a match-up with the Staples Wreckers.

Under the leadership of head coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli, the boys took his words to heart and practiced hard since their last game.

First Period

They skated onto the ice like winners with a new attitude, confidence, and determination. Just 5:02 into the first period, Justin Miller stunned the Wrecker’s goalie by getting one into the net, assisted by co-captain Nick Kiwanis.

Seven minutes later, Staples answered with its first goal, tying the game.

Second Period

Bent on breaking the tie, the Spartans came out on fire and Connor Bath, assisted by Kiwanis, wasted no time in making that happen. 1:06 into the second period, the Spartans again took the lead 2-1.

Third Period

The Spartans never lost momentum. Feeling that winning spirit, Bath made the move and quickly scored an unassisted goal at 1:07.  At 4:28, Kiwanis made an unassisted goal, pushing the Spartans even further ahead at 4-1 (This may have been the empty-netter sliding perfectly from center rink into the net). His victory lap included a one-knee slide like Jason Csejka used to do.

Rounding things out Bath came through with a hat trick with only 2:39 remaining. Amity won its first game of the season, playing superbly and working well together.

NOTE: It would have been hard not to notice that the referees may have been related to some of the Staples players as there appeared to be a bias against the Spartans. Amity’s boys were put into the penalty box for offenses that the Wreckers had done and gotten away with ten times over.

Why the player who slammed into Jason Dittman nearly knocking him out, was never penalized is beyond us.

There was another Wrecker that I call “the enforcer” who should have been in the box for roughing a few times. Without outing him, his number was between 6 and 8. Why the refs turned a blind eye to his antics is beyond me.

Coach Richetelli said, “It happens. You gotta keep playing, you can’t stop. What I was most proud of is we kept our cool, took our penalty went to the box and did what we had to do.”

He added, “We were a little sloppy early, but then we worked hard and got pucks into the net and good things happened. We still have work to do, but we’re on our way.”



Boys Ice Hockey: Staples Defeats Amity 3-2 in Milford

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Dec 312017

The Staples Wreckers of Westport, hosted the Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey team in Milford Saturday afternoon.

The game got off to a slow start with a scoreless first period. Staples goaltender Zachary Bloom made 10 saves, Amity’s goalie Tyler Cole made 8 saves.

The Spartans were first to get on the scoreboard with Jason Csejka’s unassisted goal at 2:56 into the second period.

The Wrecker’s Sam New tied the game five minutes later with his own unassisted goal, then, within two minutes New got another one past Tyler Cole, assisted by Reed Caney and Brian Gray.

Period two: Staples 2-Amity 1. Saves: Staples 5, Amity 10.

Brian Gray got the third period going at 5:22 with a Staples goal, assisted by Matt Bidgood and Zach Stober.

Amity edged closer with Csejka’s second solo goal at 10:45, but that was as good as it got.

Unfortunately, for Amity, Colin Hughes (#8) was cited for checking from behind which led to his being kicked out of the game with just 2.5 minutes remaining and he’s banned from Wednesday’s game as well.

Staples won this one 3-2.

Amity Head Coach “Scooter” Richetelli said his team got off to a late start in this game. “They played well in the third period, but you have to play well throughout the game, not just 15 minutes.”

He added that he wasn’t upset with the outcome, just disappointed in the performance. “We have a lot to work on and we take one game at a time,” he said.

Records: Amity 2-1, Staples 3-1-0

The Spartans host Milford at the Bennett Rink in West Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m.



Girls’ Volleyball: Lady Spartans defeat Wreckers in Westport

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Sep 102016


(File photo)

Amity Girls’ Volleyball is off to a good start.

The Lady Spartans traveled to Westport to take on the Staples Wreckers on Friday.

With coach Seth Davis at the helm, Amity performed extremely well, defeating Staples 3-2.

The game scores were as follows:  26-24, 17-25, 24-26, 25-20,15-8.

Amity’s standout players were: Kathleen Walsh had 13 kills and 5 digs with 1 ace, Abby Harbinson had 13 kills and 2 blocks, and Jaiden Williams had 30 assists.

The 2016 Records: Amity 1-0; Staples -1.

Expect more great things from this team for the remainder of the season.

Lacrosse: Amity Loses to Staples in Semifinal

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Jun 122014

IMG_0443Amity went up against Westport’s Staples High School at the CIAC Class L semifinal game at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk Wednesday afternoon

Both teams played to win with great defensive moves on both sides.

Staples took an early lead, ending the first quarter 3-1 and 3-2 in the second quarter.

Amity stepped up in the third quarter tying the game with 8:33 left on the clock. Joe Choiniere pulled the team ahead with a goal with 5:42 remaining. Less than a minute later, Brad Uscilla shot one in,  bringing the score to 5-3. Choiniere scored again with just 2:11 left in the quarter. Staples’ Jon Pacilio answered with a goal with just 1:10 on the clock, ending the third behind by to point (6-4).

Determined to move forward to the state championship game on Saturday, Staples owned the ball in the final quarter. Amity held them off for the first four and a half minutes, but Staples pulled ahead and never looked back, scoring four goals. One particular heartbreaker was the tie breaker by Staples’ Patrick Lesch whose shot bounced off Amity goalie Evan Campbell’s stick into the net  with 7:20 left.Staples made its final goal with just 1:13 on the clock.

Choiniere did manage to get one in the net in the final quarter, but it didn’t count due to interference.

Amity Coach Brandon Pepe is proud of his team’s valiant effort in this game and their work throughout the season (the best in 11 years). “My heart really goes out to our seniors who worked their butts off. I feel bad but I’m also proud of our entire group. This was a special season and once the sting of this loss fades they’ll realize how much they’ve done for this program.”

Staples moves on to the CIAC championship game against Greenwich.

The Semifinal

STAPLES  3  0  1  4 — 8

AMITY       1  1  4  0 — 6


Amity — Joe Choiniere made 2 goals and had 1 assist; Brad Uscilla made 2 goals; Tyler Burns made 1 goal and had 1 assist and Jake Milner made 1 goal.

Staples — Patrick Lesch was the game’s high scorer with 3 goals; Jon Pacilio made 1 goal and had 1 assist; Peter Blevins , Michael Reale, Will Johnson and Teddy Coogan each made 1 goal. Connor Chamberlin had 2 assists.



Goalies: Amity’s Evan Campbell and Staple’s Cole Gendels each made 11 saves.

Records: Amity and Staples are tied at 15-5