Girls’ Basketball: Everyone Got To Play, Amity Slams Sacred Heart Academy 64-29

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Feb 012018

The Lady Spartans Basketball Team hosted Sacred Heart Academy on Jan. 30 in Woodbridge.

There is no doubt about it that this was Amity’s night. Michelle Shoop’s girls hit the court on fire and were spot on with just about every move they made.

Tara Laugeni was the game’s high scoring player with 18 points, followed by Jill Martin with 17.

First Quarter: 

Amity got a quick jump on Sacred Heart with a 17-4 lead.

Second Quarter:

It was more of the same in the second as the Lady Spartans continued to trample the Sharks with 20 points to Sacred Heart’s 7. Score: 37-11 Amity.

Third Quarter:

Several younger players who don’t normally get much play time were able to show their skills in the second half of the game as coach Michelle Shoop split the time up between her starters and the underclassmen.

Amity made 13 points to Sacred Heart’s 7 bringing the score to 50-18.

Fourth Quarter:

Shoop continued to give her younger players some court time and the Lady Spartans made 14 points to the Shark’s 11.

Final Score: Amity 64, Sacred Heart Academy 29


Amity: Tara Laugeni 7 4-4 18 and 9 rebounds, Jill Martin 7 0-2 17 (three 3-pointers), Leia Foyer 4 1-1 10 (one 3-point goal), Amanda Granados 3 2-3 9 (one 3-point goal, plus 10 assists). Hayley Esparo 1 0-0 2, Jenna VanHise 1 0-0 2, Carly Marchitto 1 0-0 2 and 8 rebounds, Skylar Burzynski 1 0-0 2, Mya Manzione 1 0-0 2, Totals: 26 7-10 64.

Sacred Heart Academy: Elena Tarquharson 4 3-4 11, Clarie Vissers 3 0-0 6, Mary Sarah Olson 1 0-0 3 (3-point goal), Emily Copenhavek 1 0-2 3,  Sydney Peters 1 0-0 3 (3-point goal), Gabriela Koziol 0 2-2 2, Ally Kirck 0 2-1 1. Totals: 10 6-14 29.

3-pointers: Sacred Heart 3, Amity 5.


Girls’ Basketball: Lady Spartans Off To A Great Start

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Dec 142016

img_1231The Amity Varsity Girls Basketball team hosted Kolbe Cathedral for their first regular season game in Woodbridge on Dec. 13.

Obviously, the scrimmage game we attended last week was not the place to gauge the abilities of the 2016-17 Lady Spartans.



                    Q1         Q2          Q3          Q4  

AMITY      11           27           36          48

KOLBE      8           22           28          40

The Kolbe Cougars were first to score, but the Lady Spartans  quickly pulled past them staying at least 2 points ahead in the first quarter and finishing it up at 11-8.

Amity was in charge in the second quarter, with Kolbe pulling ahead by 3 points at the halfway mark, but it didn’t last long with the help of Amity Sophomore Hannah Iwaszkiewicz  #3, the Lady Spartans were able to stay on top and went into the half with a score of 27-22.

Amity Junior Carly Marchitto #22 helped keep things exciting in the third quarter, during which the Lady Spartans ruled the court.

Sophomore Tara Laugeni #44, posted 8 of the 9 points in the final quarter.


Kolbe Junior Trinity Bravo #23, was the game’s high scoring player, with 19 points (nearly half of her team’s total points). Senior Naomi Harris #35 posted 8 points.

Amity’s Hannah Iwaszkiewicz had 12 points, Amanda Granados and Tara Laugeni each added 10 points.

The NEW Lady Spartans play well together. There are 12 Freshmen, 7 Sophomores, 2 juniors and 3 seniors on the team.

Head Coach Michelle Shoop is back in the swing of things and already knows her players well. The girls respond to her instructions and skillfully demonstrate their belief in the old saying that “There Is No ‘I’ In Team.”

We look forward to watching these girls throughout the season and see how far they can go.

Next up for the Lady Spartans, an away game at Hillhouse High School on Friday at 7 p.m.

Here are some photos from Tuesday’s game courtesy of Scott Burzynski (and Orange Live).

Meet The Newest Member Of The Amity 1,000 Point Club

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Jan 162016

IMG_2295Friday, Jan. 15 was a huge night for Amity Basketball player Elise Graham, a senior.

With only 5 points before she made school history, she sunk a 3-pointer then, her teammates worked with her, passing her the ball and edging her closer to the goal.

In the first quarter it happened, Emma Gehr (11) passed the ball to Elise who took a shot and made another 3-pointer, and she became the 10th basketball player in school history to make 1,000 points.

The stands erupted in cheers as the crowd revealed the “1,000” signs, posters and giant balloons they’d been concealing. Elise’s dad, Derek did his famous “Rocky run” dashing down the bleachers to the floor and back again, as he has in the past whenever one of his daughters made an exceptional play.

The buzzer sounded and both teams went to their respective corners. Debbie Davis announced the achievement as Elise hugged her parents and sister, former Lady Spartan, Janae, mid court while the elated fans continued to cheer.

The game resumed and as always, Graham continued to do her best for the Lady Spartans, scoring 27 points (including five 3-pointers).

The 1,000 Point Club

Others who’ve accomplished this amazing mark are: Ed Goldstone (1964), Greg White (1968), Gary Bello (1971), Mike Gambardella (1974), Stacy King (1981), Ann Moscovics (1983), Bob Coppola (1999), Zac Campbell (2013) and Chloe Brinton (2014).

Brinton’s sister, former player Courtney, is this season’s interim coach while coach Michelle Shoop is on maternity leave.

Shoop was on hand for the game, too, whispering coaching advice from the sidelines, but no one could hear it except former Athletic Director Paul Mengold, who was watching the game next to her.

Congratulations Elise, all the best to you for the rest of this season and at Fairleigh Dickinson University.




Girls Basketball: Lady Spartans Battle It Out With Hand In SCC Semifinal

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Feb 242015

IMG_4953The Amity Lady Spartans faced off against Tigers from Daniel Hand for the SCC Semifinals Monday evening at Jonathan Law High School.

As a single elimination game, both teams badly wanted the win.

The Tigers quickly got the upper Hand on Amity with a 2 point lead, then the Lady Spartans rallied and took a 10-2 lead for most of the quarter. But the girls from Hand would not have any of that, they fought back and finished the quarter at 13 – 10.

In the second quarter, Amity came out strong with a will to overtake the Tigers. It was a tight, action filled 8 minutes with the Lady Spartans coming within 1 to 2 points of their opponents: 17-12; 17-16; 19-16; 19-17; 23-17; and at the buzzer it was 27-17 Hand.

The third quarter was a heartbreaker beginning with the 31-17 lead Hand had in the first 1:30 minutes. Still Amity didn’t throw in the towel, Katie Helfenbein and Elise Graham scored a combined 14 points, but the closest they came to Hand was 9 points, at 40-31 with only 2:07 remaining in the quarter.

Hand retained their lead at 44-31.

Even though they were behind … this was an important game … the Lady Spartans were not about to let it go.

Junior Elise Graham went out there like a category 5 tornado, taking every opportunity to race across the court and take a shot. She made 9 points (including one 3 pointer) for the Spartans.

For the Tigers, foul shots were their friend in the final quarter, scoring 10 points in fouls along with 12 in regular play.

They were merciless in their drive for the win, never letting Amity get within less than 10 points.

Hand won this game 66-44 and will play Mercy for the SCC Championship title.

A tearful Graham, who scored 29 points this evening, was comforted by her former teammate Chloe Brinton and other players after the game. She and fellow junior Molly Dragan walked back to the bus together.

Amity Coach Michelle Shoop, although disappointed in the outcome, had nothing but positive things to say about her girls after the game.

“I am so proud of the girls. Hand is a great team, they have an awesome inside and outside game, so I’m proud of how hard we worked,” she said. “We had two tough, tough games leading up to this, and they gave everything they had so I am really proud of them.”

This is not the end of the road for the Lady Spartans.

“We have states on Monday, it’s another tough one, but after what I’ve seen from these girls, I know they can do anything,” Shoop said.


For Amity — Graham scored 29 points (including three 3-pointers); Katie Helfenbein had 9 points; and Molly Dragan contributed 6 points.

For Hand — Geena Catelano scored 17 points; Paula Materin had 12; and Gaby Martin contributed 10.

Show of Support: After his daughter made two consecutive 2-pointers In the fourth quarter, proud father, Derek Graham ran from the top of the bleachers to the floor and back up again, high-fiving Amity fans in the stands.