Shayna Goldblatt Named To Dean’s List At Elon University

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Jul 132021

Shayna Goldblatt has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2021 spring semester at Elon University.

The Dean’s List is composed of students with no grade below a B-minus and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Shayna is the daughter of Mitchell and Abby Goldblatt of Orange.

About the University

Elon University in North Carolina has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered environment for experiential learning, with an emphasis on strong personal relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors.

Elon’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional programs.

Elon is ranked among the top-100 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, with a #2 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and #10 for innovation.

Elon is the only university in the nation recognized by U.S. News for excellence in all eight academic programs “Focused on Student Success.” Included are #1 rankings for study abroad and learning communities and #2 rankings for first-year experiences, senior capstones and service learning.

Meet Amity’s Two 2018 Scholar Athletes

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Jun 122018

Jake Silliman and Shayna Goldblatt, Amity’s 2018 Amity Scholar Athletes

On Sunday, June 10, The Amity Booster Club hosted the annual Block A Dinner at Race Brook Country Club.

The event honors the best of the best of all the Athletes at Amity High School.

Top honors (Athlete of the Year), as we posted the other day, went to Patrick Winkel and Nicole Koshes.

One of the other highest awards (Scholar Athlete) went to one boy and one girl who are not only excellent on the field, court, links, track, whatever but also excel in the classroom.

This year, the male scholar-athlete Jacob Silliman was an Amity Ice Hockey defenseman.  He has an astounding 4.9 GPA.

The female scholar-athlete Shayna Goldblatt, a tiny, physically fit young lady who surprised the wrestling coach when she expressed her desire to join the team a couple of years ago. With sports trainer Kim Pierce’s encouragement, Shayna learned everything she needed to know and this year, she was one of the co-captains. She also played field hockey, contributing a lot to that team and as an underclassman, she was on the outdoor track team.


No matter what she takes on, Shayna always gives her all. She obviously takes her studies seriously and is a fantastic choice for this year’s scholar athlete award.


Wrestling: Amity Defeats Notre Dame of West Haven 53-21

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Feb 042018

On Tuesday, January 30, the Amity Wrestling team beat Notre Dame of West Haven 53-21 to remain undefeated in the SCC B division.

On this night, Amity also held its Senior Night celebration to honor its four senior wrestlers, Christian Chadwick, Shayna Goldblatt, Sam Keylock & Matthew Rothman.

This was a strategic match with both coaches bumping wrestlers up to different weight classes to try and get the most favorable match ups to score as many team points as possible.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “It was great to see all of the excitement in the gym on Senior Night. We had a great turnout from our fans and all four senior wrestlers finished their careers at home with a win. Juniors Justin Griffin and Cole Johnson pulled off key wins to help Amity secure the victory tonight.”

Amity 53, Notre Dame, West Haven 21

106- Shayna Goldblatt (A) Forfeit

113- Christian Chadwick (A) Forfeit

120- Aiden Hebert (A) Forfeit

126- Cole Johnson (A) dec. Jeff Brocole (ND) 9-5

132- Liam Keylock (A) dec. Johnson (ND) 12-2

138- Chris Fillon (ND) pinned Claire Jackson (A) 2:37

145- Tyler Hughes (ND) pinned Jesmond McVety (A) 1:32

152- Connor Massey (ND) pinned Shaki Gray (A) 2:21

160- Matt Rothman (A) pinned Jonah Dohr (ND) 0:53

170- Sam Keylock (A) dec. Matt Peters (ND) 15-6

182- Alex Barbour (ND) dec. Andrew Seaton (A) 6-4

195- Simon Flaherty (A) pinned John Paulson (ND) 4:23

220- Josh Foote (A) pinned Bombier (ND) 3:29

285- Justin Griffin (A) pinned Clark Rubin (ND) 3:03

Wrestling: Amity Defeats Branford 58-15

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Jan 242018

On Tuesday, January 23 the Amity Wrestling team beat a historically tough Branford squad 58-15 to remain undefeated in the SCC B division.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy stated “It was a great win tonight with the older wrestlers setting the tone for the team with pins and the younger kids are getting better every week. The atmosphere in the wrestling room is great. The wrestlers are working hard in practice and their hard work is showing during their matches.”

The Amity wrestling team is headed to Ridgefield this coming Saturday, January 27 to compete in the Ridgefield Challenge where they will face some of the top teams in Connecticut and New York.

Amity 58, Branford 15

106- Shayna Goldblatt (A) Forfeit

113- Danny Carlson (A) Forfeit

120- Christian Chadwick (A) tech fall Peyton Tracy (B) 4:23

126- Aiden Hebert (A) pin Brendan Shamar (B) 2:10

132- Liam Keylock (A) tech fall Stella Kelly (B)4:15

138- Claire Jackson (A) Forfeit

145- Mike Widell (A) Forfeit

152- Matt Rothman (A) pin AJ Robinson (B) 0:18

160- Zach Cash (B) pin Sam Keylock (A) 2:40

170- Cody McHenry (B) dec. Andrew Seaton (A) 9-4

182- Simon Flaherty (A) dec. Minsok Lee (B) 3-2

195- Josh Foote (A) dec. Jake McParhand (B) 10-6

220- Kyle Salunski (B) pin Andrew Coscia (A) 1:32

285- Justin Griffin (A) Forfeit

— By Chris Chadwick

Amity Wrestlers Sweep Home Tournament

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Jan 102018

Amity high school wrestling team hosted a quad tournament this past Saturday, January 6.

The teams included Bethel, Joel Barlow and New Haven.

The three wins give Amity a dual meet record of 6-5. Amity is 4-2 vs. SCC opponents and 2-1 in B division matchups.

Head Coach Ryan Roddy said “The season is off to a great start lead by captains Christian Chadwick, Shayna Goldblatt and Matt Rothman. We are currently filling a full lineup for the first time in 3 seasons and have a total of 36 wrestlers on our roster. There are a lot of first-year wrestlers picking up the sport quickly with underclassmen filing 10 out of 14 starting spots on the varsity lineup.”

“Seniors Christian Chadwick, Sam Keylock and Matt Rothman have been wrestling tough setting the tone for the Spartans placing top 3 in the past two tournaments and beating returning state place-winning opponents in the process. We are 4-2 against SCC opponents and just finished up a 3-0 weekend quad against Joel Barlow, Bethel, and New Haven.” Coach Roddy added “Our plans for the future is to continue to have the toughest and most determined athletes at Amity to come out for the sport and to build through our
youth programs in the three towns. “We don’t just want to participate at the state level, we want to compete.”

Amity 48, Joel Barlow 29 
106- Josh Brault (JB) pin Shayna Goldblatt (A) 1:02
113- Christian Chadwick (A) pin Christian Hiden (JB)
120- Aidan Hebert (A) pin Cameron Hirsch (JB)
126- Walter Alverez (JB) dec Josh Cala (A) 12-4
132- Liam Keylock (A) pin Quinn Siddiqui (JB) 1:03
138- Gabriel Ortiz (Immaculate) pin Aidrian Gonzales (A) 1:33
145- Alex Klein Wassink (JB) dec Mike Widell (A) 15-0
152- Ben Coppock (JB) dec Matt Rothman (A) 3-2
160- Chris Castro (A) forfeit
170- Carson LiCastri (JB) pin Sam Keylock (A) 2:17
182- Anthony Olenechuck (A) forfeit
195- Josh Foote (A) pin Shayne Ortiz (JB) 4:57
220- Ben Bai (JB) pin Andrew Coscia (A) 4:45
285- Justin Griffin (A) forfeit

Amity 81, New Haven 0
106- Danny Carlson (A) forfeit
113- Christian Chadwick (A) forfeit

120- Josh Cala (A) dec. Zach Sanders (NH) 11-7
126- Aidan Hebert (A) forfeit
132- Liam Keylock (A) forfeit
138- Adrian Gonzales (A) pin Marcos (NH) 4:32
145- Mike Widell (A) forfeit
152- Matt Rothman (A) forfeit
160- Sam Keylock (A) forfeit
170- Bill Regan (A) forfeit
182- Anthony Olenechuck (A) forfeit
195- Josh Foote (A) pin Steve M (NH) 2:46
220- Andrew Coscia (A) forfeit
285- Justin Griffin (A) pin Jalyn Justin (NH) 0:34

Amity 55, Bethel 23
106- Danny Carlson (A) forfeit
113- Christian Chadwick (A) pin Jacob Anderson (B) 1:18
120- Josh Cala (A) forfeit
126- Aidan Hebert (A) pin Christina Ruiz (B) 2:15
132- Liam Keylock (A) dec Nikita Redmond (B) 18-7
138- Vincent Giannone (B) pin Aidrian Gonzales (A) 3:28
145- Eamon Matos (B) dec Mike Widell (A) 15-0
152- Matt Rothman (A) forfeit
160- Sam Keylock (A) dec. Nick Marchak (B) 7-2
170- Max Khoshabo (B) pin Bill Regan (A) 0:45
182- Anthony Olenechuck (A) forfeit
195- Josh Foote (A) pin Pat Pena (B) 1:13
220- Nick Cote (B) pin Andrew Coscia (A) 0:08
285- Justin Griffin (A) pin Luke Rioux (B)1:15


— Written by Brian Chadwick

Orange Teen Wins The 2016 Rotary Turkey Trot 5K

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Nov 272016

screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-11-06-09-pmThis year, 356 athletes participated in the Orange Rotary Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.

Tim Cannata, 19, of Orange was the overall winner, at 16:24, followed by his brother, Michael, also 19, at 16:54.

The first female finisher was Alexandra MacEy, 25, of Woodbridge, at 19:46.

Two Orange residents won first place in their age groups: Grace Mahan, 11 and Shayna Goldblatt, 16.

Click HERE to see a list of the winners by category.

Click HERE for complete race results.

Amity Wrestling: Hand Slaps Amity on Wednesday

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Jan 082016

IMG_0029The Amity Wrestling Team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Woodbridge on Wednesday night.

Many of the Spartans were able to wrestle a Tiger prior to the beginning of the event, including the team’s only girl, Shayna Goldblatt (see photos) who battled hard, and went the distance and was outpointed 11-3.

Hand has a strong team and defeated Amity 64-11.

Hand’s winning matches:

106 Sakmar (H) pin Chadwick (A) 1:38

113 Hartmann (H) major dec Rothman (A) 14-2


132 Sullivan (H) pin Keystone (A) 3:29

138 Will Hendrick (H) pin Christian (A) 0:33

145 Adam Hendrick (H) pin Morrison (A) 3:38

152 Santoemma (H) pin Seaton (A) 1:42

160 Pardales (H) won by forfeit

170 Brenardo (H) won by forfeit

182 Rogers (H) pin Hoddinnott (A) 0:12

195 Docker (H) pin Loffe (A) 0:36

220 Burchell (H) pin Bennanto (A) 3:03

Amity’s winning matches:

120 Cala (A) tech fall Brochard (H) 16-0

126 Fucci (A) dec Jensen (H) 3-1

285 Photos (A) dec Westphal (H) 3-0

Amity Athlete Willing To Give It Her All (With Videos)

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Dec 292015

IMG_9408What is a great athlete? Is it the final relay runner who crosses the finish line or the teammate who handed her the baton? Is it the tallest basketball player who can hang off the hoop after dunking the ball or the little guy who passed it to him 10 seconds earlier? Is it the hockey player who makes the goal or the goaltender who prevents the other team from scoring for three periods?

A great athlete isn’t necessarily the one that gets all the accolades or who wins every event. A great athlete is the boy or girl, man or woman who gives everything he or she has to their sport. The team player who attends every practice and works just as hard or harder than teammates twice as strong and double the experience.

Amity High School has many fine athletes, some “benchwarmers” show they’ve got the right stuff when given a chance.

This year there is one sophomore who has always been interested in sports. She’s done gymnastics, field hockey, outdoor track and more. No matter what she’s doing, she puts everything she has into it.

12294813_1695502630693158_5587750816812748348_nDuring the fall field hockey season, Shayna Goldblatt, 15, of Orange began talking to the new Athletic Trainer, Kim Pearce every time she had a chance.

Pearce played football and wrestled when she attended Oxford High School and saw something special in young Shayna.

Noticing the drive and determination she showed on the field, Pearce told her, “You would be perfect for wrestling.”

After several conversations and careful consideration, Shayna was ready to try something different.

“It took a long time to convince my parents. I had to beg them, and when they realized I was serious about it, they agreed to let me try out,” she said.

No parent wants to see their daughter tossed around and held down by boys bigger than her.

Shayna’s father Mitch said, “It’s something she really wanted to do. She’s so determined and works so hard.”

Of  her new endeavor, Shayna said, “I LOVE IT, it’s different from any sport I’ve done. The technical side of wrestling is the toughest. You need to have a willingness to give it your all and it takes everything out of you.

“Practices are the hardest workout I’ve ever done, and it’s all for a 6 minute match,” she said.

At 94 pounds, Shayna is wrestling kids in the 99-106 weight class.

“It’s hard, but I put up a good fight,” she said.

Giving her all

In her first tournament in Shelton, where she was the only female, she wrestled a boy who had 10 pounds on her and he also had 3 years experience. She held her own until she was ultimately pinned. Shayna racked it up to experience.

“Wrestling is a team sport, but it’s all on YOU — you against one other person — you have to do it and want it,” she said. “You get out there on the mat, try your hardest and leave it all out there.”

After a match you have to figure out what you did wrong and work on the moves that didn’t work and improve on getting out of a jam.

Shayna said she appreciates the support she receives from Pearce and her parents.

“For my first tournament, which lasted several hours, my mother came and stayed for every match,” she said.

Opportunity of a Lifetime

10350349_1700094623567292_1295453894094353587_nOn Sunday, Dec. 27,  Shayna got the opportunity of a lifetime to meet and work with Women’s Wrestling Olympian Elena Pirozhkova in Springfield, Mass.

It turns out that her wrestling coach Todd Patterson went to high school with Pirozhkova and asked Pearson, to talk to Shayna about going to a clinic.

“So, on Sunday Kim and I went to a clinic with Todd and Corynne Chadwick and her father in Springfield Mass. and we got to meet and work with Elena,” Shayna said. “When we went off into groups to practice moves she spent most of her time with Corynne and me which was super cool because she focused so much on us and trying to get us to become better at the moves she taught us.”

“It was such an amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am so glad that she took the time to work one on one with us,” she said.


It looks like the opportunity really gave her an advantage. Shayna competed in the Danbury Holiday Tournament on Monday, Dec. 28, and she won her first match ever (against Portland) and after that she won her second match (against Joel Barlow) and placed 4th in the 99lb weight class at the tournament.

Other Activities
Aside from Field Hockey, last spring we saw Shayna participate in outdoor track.
She competed in sprints and long jump, but in 2016, she wants to do long distance running.
Last summer she competed in her first 5K, the Peck Place Panther Pounce and placed second in her age group. She liked it so much that she ran in the Rotary Turkey Trot and took first place in her division.
The Amity Wrestling Team will host a meet in Woodbridge on Jan. 6.

Hundreds Come Out For The Turkey Trot Road Race

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Nov 302015

Screen-shot-2013-10-24-at-4.45.34-PM-242x300At least 450 people from as far as Washington State participated in the annual Orange Rotary Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Morning.

Mario Longo, 43, of Cheshire was the overall winner.

Orange residents who took first place in his or her age group are:

Shayna Goldblatt, 15

Shannon Murphy, 51


Mason Beaudette, 12

Click HERE for a complete list of race results.