Football: Don’t Underestimate The Amity Spartans

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Oct 132018

Photo by Ernie Goodwin

The Amity Spartans football team hasn’t gotten, nor earned much credit for several years, but now, under the leadership of new Head Coach Craig Bruno and Asst. Coach John Johnson, the boys are more than impressive this year.

Fans had grown used to leaving games disappointed more often than not, but so far this season, Amity has seen more victories than defeats, starting with Harding on Sept. 7, W 26-8; Hillhouse, Sept 21, W 27-18; Wilbur Cross, Sept. 27, W 27-12; and today’s tremendous shut-out in New Milford Oct. 13, W 36-0. The Spartans’ only loss was to Foran on Sept. 14. L 8-21.

We don’t have much information on today’s game, except that at halftime Amity was leading New Milford 29-0.

As stated above, the Spartans shut out the Green Wave 36-0.

Records: Amity 4-1, New Milford 0-5

Amity is on the road again next week, a little closer to home, going up against Notre Dame-West Haven (3-2) at Veteran’s Stadium on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball: Martin Leads Amity In Victory Against Sacred Heart Academy

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Jan 102018

The Lady Spartans Basketball team was on the road in Hamden for a game against Sacred Heart Academy on Monday, Jan. 8.

Amity’s Jillian Martin was the game’s high-scoring player with 19 points

Amity 60, Sacred Heart Academy 44


AMITY  24 13  9  14—60
SHA     10   5 13 16—44


Amity: Jillian Martin 7 3-3 19 (two 3-pointers), Leia Foyer 5 2-3 13 (one 3-pointer), Hayley Esparo 5 1-1 11, Amanda Granades 2 1-2 7 (two 3-pointers), Jenna VanHise 2 2-2 6, Tara Laugeni 2 0-0 4. Totals: 23 9-11 60.

Sacred Heart: Elena Farquharson 8 1-6 17, Emily Copenhaver 4 0-0 10 (two 3-pointers), Gabriela Koziol 3 2-2 8, Ally Kirck 2 0-2 5 (one 3-pointer), Francine Corpus 1 0-1 3 (one 3 point goal), Claire Vissers 0 1-2 1. Totals: 18 4-13 44.

Halftime: Amity 37-15.

3-point goals: Amity 5, Sacred Heart 4.

Records: Amity 4-4, Sacred Heart Academy 0-4.

Boys Hockey: Spartans Defeat Icecats

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Dec 172017

The Amity Spartans Ice Hockey team hosted the BBD [Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury] Icecats at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven for its season opener on Saturday, Dec. 16.

This was the first game of the season, but we’ve seen the Spartans play a couple of times already and have been very impressed with their skill and focus.

During a scrimmage with Masuk on Dec. 12, the Spartans stayed ahead of the game, defeating their guests 6-3.

On Dec. 13 at the West Haven Jamboree, the Spartans played two 20 minute periods the first, against West Haven, which ended in a 0-0 tie. Both teams played hard and the goalies for each played their hearts out.

On Saturday, Dec. 16, The Spartans came on strong and showed what they were made of.

halfway through the first period, Colin Hughes (#8) made the first goal, assisted by Jacob Stillman (#6) and Connor Bath (#14).

About 2 minutes later, Chase Kozak (#23) scored, assisted by Nick Kiwanis.

Amity 2 – BBD 0

In the second period, Amity’s Connor Bath slammed one into the net on a power play, assisted by Jason Csejka (#18) and Ken Page (#20).

Nearly 8 minutes later, BBD’s Tanner Trew (#13) put the Ice Cats on the scoreboard on an assist from Spencer Abrams (#14)

Amity 3 – BBD 1

Just 59 seconds into the third period Jason Csejka scored on an assist from Colin Hughes (#8) and Brian Early (#28)

BBD scored the last goal of the game halfway through the period. Patryk Fancher (#25 made the shot on an assist from James McCarthy (#8).

Final= Amity 4 – BBD  2

Amity outshot BBD 37-16

BBD Goalie Stephen Fanning made 33 saves; Amity’s Michael Holloway made 14 saves.

The Spartans take on Daniel Hand at the Bennett Rink on Friday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 p.m.


Amity Football: Not A Bad Start To The Season

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Sep 092017

The Amity Spartans Varsity Football Team played against the Harding Presidents in Woodbridge under the Friday night lights and the glow of the waning Gibbous moon with a full crowd in the stands. The Amity Army en masse, Dance Team looking sharp in new uniforms and our brand new cheerleading squad offering just the right amount of enthusiasm.

Coach Ted Czepiga must have been practicing the 2017 team hard. They came on strong, scoring the first (and second) touchdowns of the game, and holding onto their lead never letting Harding get too close.

A few standout Amity players were seniors Chris Butler, Luke Smith, Ryan Sabo, Matt Weidenfeller and kicker Jordan Conn.

The Spartans won this game 24-14. Let’s hope the season continues like this.

Here are your 2017 Amity Spartans:

3 Dan Beckwith OLB, RB Junior

4 Jake Forchetti WR, DB  Sophomore

5 Chris Butler  WR  Senior

7 Quinton Tilghman  QB, OLB Sophomore

9 Andy Gnidula TE, DB Sophomore

10 Luke Smith WR, DB Senior

11 Jamie Genovese  RB, LB  Sophomore

12 James Laubstein QB Sophomore

13 Paul Buda WR, DB Senior

14 Rayshon Jacobs RB, DB Sophomore

15 Ryan Sabo (Captain) OLB, RB Senior

20 Jack Figuly WR, CB Sophomore

21 AJ Pocwierz WR, CB Sophomore

22 Matt Weidenfeller CB, WR Senior

23 Alex Ablozhey WR, LB  Sophomore

24 Clayton Fischman WR, LB Senior

25 Sam Sachs  RB, LB Sophomore

27 Jordan Conn, K, PK  Senior

28 Mike Allen TE, DL Senior

35 Bryce Feltman TE, DL  Senior

50 Daniel Cavanagh  OL, DL Sophomore

52 Gabe Lipsitz OL, LB junior

54 Brendan Dizenzo OL, DL Senior

55 Elis Feola (captain) OL, DL Senior

58 Joe Digello OL, DL Sophomore

60 Bryant Esparo  OL, DL  Senior

61 Sam Papelo  OL, DL Freshman

64 John Healey OL, DL  Sophomore

66 John Benanto  OL, DL  Senior

68 Jeremiah Schmidtke OL, DL  Sophomore

72 Ryan Biagetti OL, DL  Junior

73 Janek Olofsson  OL, DL  Sophomore

76 Mekhl Ellis  OL, DL  Sophomore

78 Justin Griffin  OL, DL  Junior

81 Nico Semmonella TE, DL Sophomore

84 Quentin Pitter WR, DB Senior

86 Ricky Fagan WR, DB Senior

87 Adam Boyle Junior

89 Mike Dimatteo Senior

Boys Lacrosse: Amity Victorious in Double Overtime

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Apr 152017

The Boys Lacrosse Team wins again! Coach Brandon Pepe filed the following report on today’s game (April 15).

A very exciting Overtime win for the Amity Boys Lacrosse team today. We traveled to East Lyme and beat a strong ECC team. East Lyme is set to potentially join our SCC conference next year. They are a talented and well coached team.

Down 1 goal late in the 4th quarter, senior Ryan Rattley stepped up and scored a goal assisted by Mark Dellatorre with just 1.9 seconds left on the clock.

In the overtime periods, Cory Sachs won both faceoffs, and again Ryan Rattley scored the game winner on a transition goal assisted by junior midfielder, Chris Bierezoweic. The defense, led by Goalie Matt Perrotti was strong all game. Perrotti had 16 saves including  3 huge stops in OT.

After the game, senior midfielder Mark Dellatorre was announced as a captain for the remainder of the season due to the leadership and work ethic that he has displayed all season.

Amity 9 – East Lyme 8 (2OT)


Amity          4-1-1-2-0-1 = 9

East Lyme  3-2-2-1-0-0 = 8

Noteworthy Players:

Amity — Colin Hughes 4 goals and 2 assists; Mark DellaTorre 2 goals and 2 assists; Ryan Rattley 2 goals; Adam Cusano 1 goal; Matt Weidenfeller 2 assists; Blake Batista and Matt Merriam each had 1 assist.

East Lyme — Connor Schofner 3 goals; James McCoy 2 goals and 1 assist; Sean Williams 1 goal and 1 assist; Ned Shields and Andrew Alden each made 1 goal and Aiden Patterson had 1 assist.

Amity goal keeper Matt Perrotti made 16 saves, East Lyme’s goalie Mac Bentley made 12 saves.

East Lyme outshot Amity 39-33

Records: Amity 4-2, East Lyme 2-1

Boys’ Lacrosse: Spartans Come From Behind To Defeat Gaels

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Apr 092017

The Amity Spartans were on the road in Shelton on Saturday for a matchup against the Gaels.
Shelton took a quick lead, scoring twice in the first quarter.
Amity got onto the scoreboard in the third quarter with two goals, but Shelton kept its lead with a third goal — 3-2.
Amity was trailing 5-4 with 2:11 left in the 4th quarter. After a timeout, the Spartans offense came alive and went on to score 3 straight goals for a great comeback win. Captain Cory Sachs sealed the game by winning the final 3 face-offs.
“This was a very exciting all-around team win. We showed a lot of patience against a Shelton team that played us very tough. I am proud of the effort that we played with for all 48 minutes of the game,” said coach Brandon Pepe.  “We expect this momentum to carry over into our home opener against Daniel Hand on Monday at 3:30 p.m.”
Amity 0 0 2 5 – 7
Shelton 2 0 1 2 – 5


Amity — Luke Smith 2; Mark DellaTorre 2; Tyler Vincent 2; Adam Cusano 1;
Shelton — Nick Pavone 2; Matt Rice 1; Jake Roberts 1; Casey Brennan 1


Amity — Ryan Ratley 3; Adam Cusano 1; Matt Merriam 1, Colin Hughes 1, Mark DellaTorre 1
Shelton — Nick Pavone 1; Casey Brennan 1
Amity outshot Shelton 24-16.


Amity’s Goalie Matt Perrotti made 5 saves; Shelton’s Goal Keeper Tim Schiffer worked hard with 17 saves.
Amity is 2-1 for the season. 

Boys’ Basketball: Spartans Battle Hornets For The Victory

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Jan 122017


Colin Beaulieu (10) and Tyler Thomas (14) during the Jan. 11 game.

The Amity Spartans Boys Basketball Team hosted the Branford Hornets in Woodbridge Wednesday night.

Amity Junior Tyler Thomas (14) was the game’s high scorer with 22 points, including two 3-pointers.

Other noteworthy players

Amity: John Nolan (2) 13, John Ahern (21) 8, James Van Hise (41) 4, Robert Kirpas (20) 4 (including one 3-pointer), Colin Beaulieu (10) 4, Chris Bierezowiec (31) 2.

Branford: James Douglas Shaw (12) 16 (four 3 pointers), Jake Sullivan (24) 16 (including three 3 pointers), Ryan Sember (13) 8 (including two 3-point shots), Sam Roach (33) 2, Arthur Northrup (5) 1.


Amity         15  33  44  58

Branford   12  22  32  43

Records: Amity 4-2, Branford 3-4

Next up, the Spartans are away at Wilbur Cross on Friday night.


Amity Football: Spartans Defeat Titans 33-6 in Wallingford

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Sep 202014

Touchdown! Dchuan Wilson scores for the Spartans.

Touchdown! Dchuan Wilson scores for the Spartans.

The Amity Spartans crushed the Sheehan Titans 33-6 in Wallingford on Friday night.

NOTE: I was taking photos and did not write down any notes during the game. Although I requested it, no one sent the line scores so I’m winging it from matching the photos to the timeline. Sorry Spartans. You deserve better than this. 

The first quarter was scoreless, then senior Dchuan Wilson stayed ahead of the pack and scored for the Spartans with 1:37 left in the second quarter.  (6-0 Amity)

Amity scored at 8:10 in the third quarter (I believe it was Matt Attolino) and the kick was good.  (13-0 Amity) and (Wilson) again at 4:33 with extra point (20-0 Amity)

Tyler Selmecki put Sheehan on the score board with a 65 yard TD with 33 seconds left in the third quarter. The point kick was no good.  (20-6 Amity)

At 11:01 in the fourth quarter (Attolino) came through with another TD for Amity, and Jordan D’Onofrio’s kick was good (27-6 Amity)

Kevin Nusdeo sealed the win for the Spartans at 6:51 with D’Onofrio’s point kick. Final Score Amity 33 – Sheehan 6.

Records: Amity 1-1; Sheehan 0-2

Boys Tennis: Amity Shuts Out Xavier 7-0

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Apr 232014

IMG_8873The Amity Varsity Tennis Team defeated Xavier 7-0 in Woodbridge on Monday April 21.


Jason Seidman (A) def Richard Ciamarra 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Max Einbinder (A) def Trevor Morris 6-1, 6-0

Jarred Pepper (A) def. James Rosborough 6-0, 6-0

Marco Canepa (A) def. Michael Higgins 6-0,6-0


Nick Sabatelli/Noah Gallant (A) def. Rob Borea/Dylan Amble 6-4, 6-2

Jake Noyes/Gabe Betancur (A) def John Borea/Garrett Baker 6-2, 6-0

Nathan Brownstein/Kolby Santos (A) def Matt Ferris/Jack Curran 6-1, 6-3


Boys Hockey: Goalie Nick Nuzzolo Makes 39 Saves in 4-3 Win Against Milford

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Jan 062013


Amity vs Milford Jan. 5


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Sleep walking its way for the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s Southern Connecticut Conference Division II contest against Milford, the Amity hockey team finally awoke from its lengthy snooze and found itself on the short end of a 2-0 tally. After a yawn and a stretch, the Spartans rallied back with three goals in the final nine minutes of the second session and went on to nudge the Indians 4-3 at the Milford Ice Pavilion.

Winning Coach Gary Lindgren said, “Why we’ve had rough first periods is a good question that I haven’t found the answer to. All I know is we’ve been lack luster, tentative, and back on our heels. I’ve been very disappointed how teams have taken it to us and dictated the tempo early in the game. Today, we came out with no jump in our step and were just standing around. Finally came alive during the second period and caught some breaks. We have to find a way to get ourselves going in the first period.”

Trailing 2-0 (and outshot 17-5 during the first period) , Amity finally got onto the scoreboard when Brett McNeil dug the puck out of a scrum in front of the net (with help from Adam Shea) and flipped it over the outstretched glove of Milford goalie, John DePalma with 6 minutes, 25 seconds gone in the second period. That power play goal (which came with Rob Busky in the penalty box for hooking) cut Milford’s lead in half.

Nearly eight minutes later (at 14:20) Erik Dykun tied the game on another power play goal. It came with Ben Levallee also off the ice for hooking. The game remained deadlocked at 2-2 for only 23 seconds as Amity scored again. This time the Spartans caught a big break as Keating Seymour’s shot caromed off an Indian skate and sailed into the net to give Amity a 3-2 advantage.

“Finally, we came alive.  When we scored those two power play goals during the second period, I think we finally settled down and began to believe in ourselves.” added Lindgren.

At 3:50 of the third period, McNeill (assisted by Shea and Jon Crocker) netted what would prove to be the game winning goal. With his team trailing 4-2, Milford’s high-scoring junior center Zack White knocked the puck under the pad of Amity net minder Nick Nuzzolo to again make it a one-goal game. It was White’s second goal of the game, his ninth score and 18th point of the season. Despite a furious Milford finish, Nuzzolo and the Spartans hung on to clinch their fourth win in five games.

Despite the final score, Milford outshot the Spartans by a hefty 42-25 margin, requiring a busy Nuzzolo to make 39 saves. DePalma recorded 21 saves for the Indians.

 According to Lindgren, “Milford (now 3-2) is a good team. They kept coming at us. I like what Sal (Milford Coach Sal Follo) is doing and Zach White is a player. He went by three of our guys to score their second goal. I got worried when White scored again only four minutes into the third period, but our guys played with confidence. I took a time out and told them to be smart and to play conservatively. After that, we battled and Nick was outstanding in goal. He made a tremendous save with 30 seconds to go—it was the save of the game.”

Milford’s first goal came with only 19 seconds gone as Will Vitelli poked the puck past Nuzzolo. At 2:13, White beat three Amity defenders and drilled the puck into the upper right hand corner of the net. That unassisted goal gave his team a 2-0 lead.  Amity caught a huge break midway through the first period as a Milford shot hit off the post, popped up into the air and sailed just over the top of the cross bar.

The 4-1 Spartans return to the Milford Ice Pavilion on Wednesday to face the Division I Notre Dame of Fairfield Lancers at 6 p.m.

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