The Magnificent Zakarai Schneider

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Sep 242018

Over the years, I’ve covered many Amity Football and Boys Ice Hockey games. The players come and go, but one player is always there, year after year, a member of both teams even though he doesn’t actually play the full-contact sports.

This super kid is Zakarai Schneider. He always wears a jersey to every game, either football or hockey, depending upon the season. He is always accompanied by his devoted father, Mark.

Zak was born with Down Syndrome, Apraxia, and he has an intellectual disability. His communication skills are limited and he has weak muscle tone, yet he loves sports and his positive attitude and infectious smile make everyone’s day when they see him. Since he came to Amity High School, Zak (class of ’21) has always been accepted by the boys and coaches in both sports programs and they appreciate his support at the games.

During halftime, under the lights at last Friday night’s football game, Zak and his dad took to the field and passed the ball around.

From the booth, game announcer Rob Kennedy introduced him to the crowd, stating, “Ladies and gentlemen, out on the field is Zakarai Schneider. He’s one of our most dedicated players, but because of his handicap, he can’t play with the team, but we all love him. Let’s hear it for Zakarai!”

If everyone was as upbeat as Zak, and supportive as his father, the world would be a much better place.

We love you Zak!





Support Your Amity Spartans Varsity Athletes

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Sep 192018

The remainder of this week’s sports schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 20

Girls Soccer vs Foran HOME at Amity Field # 3  3:45 p.m.

Boys Cross Country vs Guilford, Hillhouse, Sheehan AWAY at East River Preserve 4:00 p.m.

Girls Cross Country vs Guilford, Hillhouse, Sheehan AWAY at East River Preserve 4:00 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Fairfield Warde HOME at Amity 4:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Sheehan HOME Orange Community Center Pool 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21

Boys Soccer vs Hamden AWAY Hamden Turf Field #1 5:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Shelton AWAY Shelton Gym 6:30 p.m.

Football vs Hillhouse HOME at Amity 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Girls Cross Country Ocean State Invitational AWAY Rhode Island 9:00 a.m.

Field Hockey vs New Milford AWAY New Milford High School 1:00 p.m.

Get Ready for Fall Sports At Amity

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Sep 022015

IMG_7993During a visit to Amity High School Tuesday afternoon, I got an early look at a few of the fall sports teams.

Boys cross country was finishing up a run on the streets of Woodbridge, Varsity field hockey was practicing as were the Freshman and Varsity Football teams. The girls Varsity soccer team was playing a scrimmage game against Trumbull and a few Tennis players (out of season) were practicing on the courts.

Boys soccer was away playing scrimmage against Trumbull.

Other Fall Sports include: Girls Cross Country, Girls Swimming and Girls Volleyball.

Since the field hockey team was only practicing shooting, it was hard to really gauge how they look for the season. The goalie, though, did have some moves and girls soccer team seemed to be playing well too.

The only season schedules I have so far are Varsity Football and Girls Soccer which begin next week.

Varsity Football

Sept. 11, conference home game vs Hand @ 7 p.m.

Sept. 18, division away game at Xavier @ 7 p.m.

Oct. 2, conference home game vs Cheshire @ 7 p.m.

Oct. 9, conference home game vs Wilbur Cross @ 7 p.m.

Oct. 16, division away game at Fairfield Prep @ 6 p.m.

Oct. 23, division home game vs Hamden @ 7 p.m.

Oct. 30, division away game at Shelton @ 7 p.m.

Nov. 6, conference home game vs Notre Dame – West Haven @ 7 p.m.

Nov. 13, conference away game at Branford @ 7 p.m.

Nov. 26, (Thanksgiving) home game vs. North Haven, @ 10 a.m.

Girls Soccer

Sept. 11, home vs Lauralton Hall @ 3:45 p.m.

Sept. 15, away at Mercy High School @3:45 p.m.

Sept. 16, home vs Shelton@ 3:45 p.m.

Sept. 18, away at Sheehan @ 3:45 p.m.

Sept. 21, home vs North Haven @ 3:45 p.m.

Sept. 25, away at Hand @ 3:45 p.m.

Sept. 28, home vs Lyman Hall @ 3:45 p.m.

Oct. 1, away at Cheshire (rival game) @ 6 p.m.

Oct. 6, home vs Mercy @ 3:45 p.m.

Oct. 9, away at Lauralton Hall @ 3:45 p.m.

Oct. 13, away at Shelton @ 7 p.m.

Oct. 16, home vs Sheehan @ 3:45 p.m.

Oct. 19, away at North Haven @ 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 21, home vs Hand @ 3:45 p.m.

Oct. 23, away at Lyman Hall @ 3:45 p.m.

Oct. 26,  home vs Cheshire (rivalry game) @ 3:45 p.m.




Sep 092014

Amity Sports graphic.jpgThis week’s Amity Varsity Sports schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Boys Soccer, away at Wilbur Cross 3:45 p.m.

Girls Cross Country away at West Beach Invitational, 4 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Sheehan at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Mercy at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving away at Sheehan 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball away at Daniel Hand 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Football away at Seymour 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Boys Soccer away at Branford 3:30 p.m.

Field Hockey vs Lyman Hall at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs North Haven at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Lyman Hall at Sheehan Pool 4 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Branford at Amity 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13 

Boys Cross Country, Wilton Invitational at Wilton High School 9 a.m.

Amity High School Athletics Scrimmage Games Continue Sept. 2 – 6

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Aug 302014

Amity Sports graphic.jpgThe pre-season Amity High School scrimmage games continue this week both away and at home.

Following is the schedule for Sept. 2 – Sept. 6

Varsity Boys Soccer away at Hopkins Tuesday, Sept. 2, 4 p.m.

Varsity Girls Soccer vs Guilford at Amity, Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 3:45 p.m.

Varsity Girls Soccer vs Bunnell at Amity, Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 3:45 p.m.

Varsity Girls Volleyball away at Foran, Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.

Varsity Football away at Oxford, Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Brien McMahon at Amity, Thursday, Sept. 4 at 3:45 p.m.

Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Newtown at Amity, Friday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m.

Varsity Boys Soccer (Amity Jamboree) at Amity, Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.

Varsity Field Hockey vs Masuk at Amity, Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Football: Spartans Throttle Lyman Hall

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Oct 052013

A file photo of the 2013 Amity Spartans.

A file photo of the 2013 Amity Spartans.

By Nick Mirto

Orange Live Sports Writer

Amity took care of business briskly and efficiently last night before giving the JV over a half of varsity experience in a 49-19 win.

Amity built a 43-0 halftime lead behind TD runs by senior Anthony Buono of 15 and 2 yards.  Senior Corey Ricks added a 35-yard TD run right before halftime.  Senior David Ryan was 5-8 for 52 yards and touchdown passes to Tyler Burns and Nick Bottone.  Burns added a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Lyman Hall was only able to muster 26 yards and one first down playing against the Amity varsity defense.  The Trojans punted six times in the half.  Amity maintained excellent field position and gained 174 yards and 7 first downs on 23 plays.  The Spartans did not punt once during this time.

Amity Sports Teams Start Season With Scrimmage Games This Week

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Sep 032013

File photo of Steven Butler making his first career touchdown

File photo of Steven Butler making his first career touchdown

Get a preview of this year’s Amity Varsity sports teams.

The following scrimmage games are scheduled for this week.

Girls Volleyball Trumbull vs Amity, 3:45 p.m. at Amity Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Girls Soccer vs Bunnell, 6 p.m. at Bunnell Turf Field, Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Boys Soccer vs Brian McMahon, 4 p.m. at McMahon, Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Field Hockey, Trumbull vs Amity at Trumbull,  Indian Ledge, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 4:00 p.m.

Football, Amity vs Oxford at Oxford Wolverine Field, Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

Boys Soccer, Amity Jamboree at Amity Field 3, Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m.

Field Hockey, New Fairfield HS Jamboree, at New Fairfield, Saturday, Sept. 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Girls Soccer, Amity vs St. Joseph, at St. Joseph High School, Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Play Ball! Amity’s Varsity Games Rescheduled

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Nov 092012

The Amity Senior Night Football game vs Wilbur Cross scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m.  is postponed to Sunday Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at Amity

The Girls Volleyball game will take place at Amity tonight at 5 p.m.

The CIAC boys and girls soccer tournament games have been postponed to: Saturday Nov. 10 at Ken Strong Stadium, West Haven HS

Boys vs Warde at 5 p.m.

Girls vs Danbury at 7 p.m.



Football: Without Semmonella, Amity Struggled Against The Xavier Falcons

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Oct 192012


Junior David Ryan (19) was one of the Quarterbacks to fill the void while James Semmonella is on the injured list.


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Heading into Thursday night’s Southern Connecticut Conference Division I clash between Xavier High of Middletown and Amity, the Falcons’ 5-foot 7-inch, 182 pound running back D’ Angelo Berry had 15 touchdowns this fall. By the time the game (which was played at Bill Johnson Field in Woodbridge) was over, the Falcons (currently ranked No. 4 in the state) had soared to a convincing 52-17 victory and Berry had added five more scores top his season total. He now leads the state in scoring with those 20 touchdowns. Berry also picked up 141 yards in 18 carries against the Spartans.

While Xavier (now 5-1) was chewing up Johnson Field for 248 yards and throwing for another 168 yards, Amity was proving to be its own worst enemy. The 2-4 Spartans committed four costly turnovers.  Three of those turnovers led directly to points for Xavier.

According to Amity Coach Bert Mozealous, “Our regular quarterback (James Semmonella) was out due to an injury ( concussion) that he suffered last week against West Haven. As a result we had to use two inexperienced guys (junior David Ryan and sophomore Tyler Burns) to replace him. As a result of that inexperience, we made some mistakes and those mistakes cost us points. We had four turnovers that ended up giving Xavier 17 points. We can’t afford to do that against any team, let alone a good team like Xavier.”

The Falcons wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard. Their first possession of the game was an 11 play-67 yard drive that was climaxed by a Berry’s one-yard plunge into the end zone. I t came with 6 minutes, 7 seconds left in the first period. The highlight of that drive was a 46 yard pass from quarterback Tim Boyle (who has accepted an NCAA Division I full scholarship to Boston College)  wide receiver James Sullivan for a first down at the Amity 1-yard line.


Sophomore Tyler Burns (9) runs with the ball.

Two plays after that score, Burns fumbled the snap and the loose ball was recovered by Xavier linebacker, Charlton Ortega at the Spartans’ 8-yard line. Four plays after Ortega’s recovery, Berry shot up the middle for a three-yard touchdown that gave his team a 14-0 lead with 3:31 to go in the opening session. It took only three more plays for another Burns fumble that Xavier fell on at the Spartan 21.  With 22 seconds left in the quarter, Andrew Verre booted a 27 yard field goal that extended the visitors’ lead to 17-0.

Things quickly went from bad to worse for Amity in the second quarter. Keyed by Boyle passes of 17 and 18 yards to wide receiver Kris Luster, Xavier covered 70 yards in seven plays. Berry’s 24 yard sprint into the end zone with 8:24 left in the first half gave Xavier a 24-0 advantage.

Burns brought the Spartan fans to their feet as he roared right up the middle for a 75 yard TD on the first play after the Falcon touchdown. That roar was quickly silenced when Ted Duarte’ took the Amity kickoff  55 yards in the opposite direction before he was brought down at the Amity 5-yard line. On the second play from scrimmage after Duarte’s long return, Boyle called his own number and scored on a five yard run at 7:22 that enabled Xavier to open up a 31-7 lead.

After the two teams exchanged interceptions, Amity’s Lyle Luth kicked a 22 yard field goal as time ran out in the first half.

“Even though we were behind, our guys kept working hard throughout the game. I thought our execution was pretty good in the first half. It took a while but our offensive line finally woke up and responded as the game went on,” Mozealous said. “I know Xaiver’s a really good football team. Their QB (Boyle) is a Division 1 recruit but No. 75 (6-2, 269 senior center/defensive end, Max Schurmann) did a great job tonight.”

While the first two quarters were a nightmare for Amity, the third quarter was even worse, as the Falcons tacked on three more scores and blew out to a 52-10 lead.

Three plays into the second half, Berry shredded the Spartan defense for a 78 yard score. Three plays after that TD, Falcon cornerback Vincent Neri intercepted a Ryan pass at midfield and raced it back 48 yards before being rolled out of bounds at the Spartan 2. Shortly thereafter, Berry scored on a one foot dive that upped the tally to 45-10. With 5:44 left in the third quarter, Xavier closed out its’ offensive fireworks display when Boyle and Sullivan teamed up on a 48 yard scoring strike.

The lone score of the final session came with 1:05 left in the game. With Burns at the controls, the Spartans drove 90 yards in 14 plays and finally cashed in on a three-yard run by Burns.

Mozealous said, “When James (Semmonella, the Spartans’ starting signal caller) returns, we can take our time, developing Burns and Ryan. They will get more time as they learn more of our offense. Right now, we’re searching for answers. We need to block, tackle, and execute.”

The ledger book shows Amity picking up nine first downs, 255 yards on the ground and another 70 in the air. Attolino rushed for a team-high 113 yards on 27 carries. The pair of Amity quarterbacks combined to complete four of 10 passes (with one interception) for70 yards. Ben Feola had three grabs for 51 yards.

Xavier racked up 12 first downs, 248 yards on the ground and another168 yards in the air. In addition to Berry’s141 yards and five scores, Boyle completed 10 of his 17 throws.

On Friday night, Amity hosts SCC Division 1 rival, Fairfield Prep, in a 7 p.m. contest at Johnson Field. 

Amity Football: Spartans Lose To Gaels in Shelton (PHOTOS)

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Sep 302012

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Both teams fought hard on Saturday afternoon, but in the end Shelton came out on top defeating Amity 34-28.

Here are some photos from the game.