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This Week’s Varsity Sports Schedules

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Feb 022020
 

Following are this week’s Amity varsity sports schedules:

Monday, Feb. 3

Boys Ice Hockey vs Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug Away at the Northford Ice Pavilion-Red at 4:20 p.m.

Boys Swimming and Diving vs Daniel Hand Home High Plains Community Community Center at 6:45 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs Wilbur Cross Away at Wilbur Cross High School at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Daniel Hand Home at Amity at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Wrestling vs Branford Away at Branford High School at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Mountain at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Shelton Home at Amity at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Boys and Girls Alpine Skiing Boys Ski Racing Home – Southington Mountain at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics vs Fairfield Warde Home – Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy at CT-Gym 1 at 6:30 p.m.
V Boys Basketball vs Daniel Hand  Away at Daniel Hand HS at 7:00 p.m.
V Girls Ice Hockey vs Simsbury Away at Simsbury ISCC-NHL at 4:20 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7
Boys Indoor Track SCC Championship Meet Away at Floyd Little Athletic Center at 4:00 p.m.
Girls Indoor Track SCC Championships Away at Floyd Little Athletic Center-Field House at 4:00 p.m.
Boys Swimming and Diving vs Suff./E.Windsor/Ell./W.Locks Away – Windsor Locks High School-Pool- No diving at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs Sheehan Home at Amity at 6:00 p.m.

 Saturday, Feb. 8

Wrestling Foran Duals Away at Foran High School at 9 a.m.

Boys Basketball vs Shelton Home – Amity at 3:30 p.m.

Boys Ice Hockey vs Milford Co-op Home at Bennett Rink at 5:00 p.m.

Girls Ice Hockey vs West Haven-SHA Home – Hamden-Lou Astorino Ice Rink at 8:00 p.m.

Girls Hockey: Blades Have Unusual Shutout Loss

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Feb 022020
 

(file photo)

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Blades hosted Hall Conard on Saturday night, Feb. 1, in Hamden.

Their opponents dominated this game, with one player, Gracie Cho, getting a hat trick.

                                SCOREBOARD

                              1              2              3           F

Blades                  0              0              0          0

Hall/Conard         2              0              3          5

First Period

Hall/Conard- Ana Haubrich (Luci Allissi)

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho (Annie Woods)

Second Period

No Scoring

Third Period

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho (Ana Haubrich)

Hall/Conard- Gracie Cho

Hall Conard- Bailey Manning-Ingala (Luci Allissi, Jordyn Trent)

The Blades may have lost this one, but they are awesome and they’ll be back!

The girls will play again on Thursday, Jan 6 in Simsbury at 4:20 p.m

Wrestling: Amity Falls To Xavier, Last Weekend’s Results

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Jan 312020
 

This week the Spartans fell to Xavier 54-24. Josh Foote, Andrew Coscia, Colin Boufford, Liam Keylock, and Simon Flaherty all won their matches.

Over the weekend the Spartans competed in two of their toughest tournaments.

The varsity team competed in the Ridgefield Open. Andrew Coscia finished in 4th and Simon Flaherty battled in the finals to take 2nd place!

The JV team traveled to Norwalk where Sina Shojaee was a winner and Camryn Brown finished in 2nd!

This weekend the team travels to Newington to compete in the Hastings Duals.

 — By Mike Cala

Box Score

Xavier 54- Amity 24

220 Josh Foote (Amity) tech Will Cullen (Xavier) 17-2; 285 Andrew Cosia dec Malcolm Wilso-Tollivere; 106 Collin Boufford (Amity) tech Nick Martin (Xavier); 113 Michael Rapuano (Xavier) forfeit; 120 Colin Loria (Xavier) pin John Pierre (Amity); 126 Tommy Mangiello (Xavier) dec Brayden Esposito (Amity); 132 Ronan Moynihan (Xavier) pin Kyle Ciola (Amity); 138 Giovanni Ime (Xavier) pin Aiden Vas (Amity); 145 Liam Keylock (Amity) pin Nick Romco (Xavier); 152 Quinn Moynihan (Xavier) pin Harry Wyndorf (Amity); 160 Luke Tischo (Xavier) pin Bill Regan (Amity); 170 Ryan Miner (Xavier) forfeit; 182 Simon Flaherty (Amity) pin Thomas Lunt (Xavier); 195 Marc Ellius Ruez (Xavier) pin Jake Williams (Amity) 

 —Pictures by Betsy Flaherty & Darren Johnson

Boys Hockey: Amity Ties BBD on Saturday

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Jan 292020
 

The Amity Spartans played two periods of great hockey on Saturday, with first-time goalie Aiden Courtney in the net.

First Period

Amity was first to score with an unassisted goal by #27 Dom Harris getting past the Icecats’ first-time starting goalie Louis Alfidi with 3:08 left on the clock.

Second Period

The Spartans returned to the ice with a fighting spirit and Capt. Nick Kiwanis #22 scored on a power play at 1:37, assisted by Caleb Marcin #6.

At 8:18 the Spartan confidence was high when Connor Bath #14 shot one past Alfidi, assisted by Harris.

Third Period

Brookfield (BBD) Icecats had a lot of catching up to do and from the parent’s point of view, they made a lot of desperate moves trying to land the Spartans in the penalty box. There was a lot of dramatics on the ice, with Brookfield players falling backward when no one was around them, and crashing onto the ice without so much as a Spartan or hockey stick in their path. Yet it was done apparently out of the line of sight of the referees who called penalties against Amity players anyway. The unnecessary roughhousing was ridiculous as well. (But what do I know about Hockey rules?)

Halfway through the period, Kyle Boller scored for the Icecats on a power play.

Then at 10:51, an unfortunate “Not A Goal” call in the third period gave BBD its second point. What happened was contestable, and caught on video by the station filming it above the announcer’s box and in clear view from where I and several parents were standing.

Courtney clearly made a stop and all play had halted on the ice. When he moved to stand up, the puck magically appeared from under his waist (about 16″ from the goal line) and gently slid past the line and into the net. NOT A GOAL, right? Well, imagine our surprise when the Ref called it, and the announcer said “BBD Goal by #13 Bryce Wallace, assisted by #28 Anthony Britton. A power-play goal by Wallace.”

WHAT? NOT A GOAL!

But it wasn’t contested, and those who witnessed the injustice of a non-goal had to forever hold their peace.

Sadly, with :30 remaining in the game, Boller made his second goal of the game, unassisted tying the score at 3-3.

The overtime period was fastpaced and filled with more dramatics, BBD ended up in the penalty box 3 times in those 8 minutes, Amity received one penalty.

To demonstrate just how desperate the opposition was, the formal score sheet listed one BBD player’s penalty with :22 remaining as “Too Many.”

No I’m not a parent, and I’m not supposed to have opinions on sports, but Amity was robbed because of the third period Not A Goal.

Coach Richetelli’s only comment was, “They (BBD) played the game. They came out and played the game.”

I will though, give credit where it’s due. Amity outshot BBD nearly 2-1 but Alfidi did an unbelievable job for his first time tending goal. I think he made 54 saves, maybe a couple more.

Of course, our own Courtney also worked really hard making about 27 saves (and one that he wasn’t credited with).

Jan 292020
 

The Purple Power week at Amity began on Monday, but it’s not too late to join in the fight against cancer.

Wear your purple tonight (Wed. Jan. 29) during Wrestling at Amity HS at 6 p.m. and Boys Hockey in West Haven at 7:30 p.m.; and Friday (Jan. 31) Boys Basketball at Amity at 7 p.m.

Visit RelayForLife.org/BOWCT  for more information about the BOW Relay For Life coming up at High Plains — Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Cancer touches everyone’s life somehow. Your support may help beat it before it gets personal with you or a loved one.

Full Wolf Moon At Its Peak AT 2:23 P.M. Jan. 10

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Jan 092020
 

The January Full Moon will be at its peak on Friday, Jan. 10 at 2:23 p.m. but it will not appear in the sky until later that day.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, The January Full Moon will pass through Earth’s faint outer shadow (the penumbra) causing a lunar eclipse.

It said, “During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the full Moon appears marginally darker than usual, though the effect is so slight that it can be difficult to recognize. This makes for a far less spectacular show than that of a partial lunar eclipse (when a large chunk of the Moon is significantly darkened) or a total lunar eclipse (when the entire Moon is obscured and turns a deep red color).”

Native Americans called the January Full Moon the Full Wolf Moon because wolves were more often heard at this time.

 

Boys Hockey: OUCH, Stamford Skates Over The Spartans

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Jan 082020
 

The Amity Spartans hosted Stamford/Westhill in West Haven on Wednesday night. The student fan section came out to watch them play, and the parents were there too, as was I.

What was going known in advance to be a huge challenge, turned out to be so much more.

Not only does Stamford have really handsome uniforms, but they also have a lot of tricks up their sleeves.

When Amity first came out onto the ice, they had their game faces on, looking strong and determined to be contenders in this battle. Brendan Smith was the goaltender and he showed off some really impressive ninja moves in the first period. Amity outshot Stamford and kept Jared Maloney on the move, but at the end of one, the score was a tie at 0.

1:29 Jason Marchese assisted by Tyler Tuccinardi, 3:24, power-play goal by Marchese assisted by Tucker Healy and Tuccinardi, 10:34 shorthand goal by Healy assisted by Jason Bacco, 11:20, shorthand unassisted goal by Gavin Dolan, 12:14 Edward Zelerman scored the fifth goal of the game assisted by Healy and Tuccinardi.

Finally, in the second, just 26 seconds after Stamford scored, Nick Kiwanis got one past the defensive line and Maloney, assisted by Connor Bath and Caleb Marcin.

Second-period score: 5-1.

Could Amity recover from this in the third period?

After the Zamboni smoothed the ice Stamford lined up outside the rink and the refs put the nets in place as the clock ticked down the seconds, someone asked, “Is Amity coming out?” And there they were, taking to the ice like they wanted to take care of business.

Amity fans didn’t have to wait too long, at 2:48 Connor Bath scored with a power-play on an assist from Justin Miller. Now we’re talking! But Stamford had other plans, it only took 56 seconds for Healy to score an unassisted goal, and it was downhill for the Spartans from there.

At 9:02 a power-play goal and Healy got a hattrick assisted by 24. A minute later Jordan Grabine shot one over Smith’s shoulder for a power-play goal assisted by Ethan Skaug.

Then with just 4:03 remaining Hunter Gilchrist slipped one in behind Smith’s back assisted by Bacco.

Stamford remains undefeated with this 9-2 victory.

Although I didn’t speak to Coach Mike Richetelli after this game, I believe he would have said something like, “You have to play if you want to win.”

Records: Stamford 6-0, Amity 1-3-1

Turkey Hill School Drama Club 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert On Friday

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Jan 072020
 

Amity High School hosted an unforgettable 10-Year Alumni Reunion concert in 2018 and this Friday, Jan. 10, Turkey Hill School is following its lead with the Turkey Hill School Drama Club 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert at 7 p.m.

Come see past and current Turkey Hill School Drama Club performers sing songs from the last ten shows!  Hear the stories from the past actors and re-live the magic in this short and entertaining show!

The Turkey Hill Drama Club is inviting all performers who were actors in “Halloween, Again” to come up on stage and in the front of the gym to sing with our performers for the last song! 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors/students and can be purchased at www.dramaclub-ct.com or at the door the night of the show!

Boys Hockey: No Winners or Losers In Saturday’s Overtime Matchup

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Jan 062020
 

The Amity Spartans hosted North Haven in West Haven on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m.

Naturally, the game could have gone either way and in the first period it appeared that North Haven was a little more determined to take it.

At 14:06 North Haven’s Aaron Racino asst by Owen Quick got the puck past Amity’s goalie Brendan Smith in his first career start. Then, 31 seconds later, Eli Brubacher, assisted by Racino brought the score to 2-0.

You simply can’t write off the 2019-20 Spartans, though, just 12 seconds after returning to the ice, Amity Captain Nick Kiwanis shot a goal, assisted by co-captain Justin Miller and Connor Bath, giving Amity fans the hope they needed.

At 5:39 in the third, Jason Dittmann tied the game on a power play, assisted by Kiwanis and Dom Harris.

In overtime, both teams battled for that extra point, but nothing more happened and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. No winners, no losers, but an awesome effort on both sides.

The Spartans will play a HOME game against Westhill-Stamford in West Haven at 6 p.m. Come cheer on our boys then.

 

 

Cartoonist Dave Roman To Visit Amity Regional High School

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Jan 062020
 

Author and illustrator, Dave Roman, will visit Amity Regional High School next week to offer workshops to Amity’s Art and English Language Arts classes.

Mr. Roman is the creator of Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, which won Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award.  Mr. Roman has also written Teen Boat!, which was honored as a Junior Library Guild Selection, and Agnes Quill:  An Anthology of Mystery.  He is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story, and recently illustrated the children’s science book Pluto is Peeved.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts (New York), Mr. Roman worked as a comics editor for Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009.  He currently lives in New York.

Mr. Roman’s visit promises to be a lively and visually-engaging discussion about comics and how they have served as inspiration throughout his life, fostering a love for reading and a passion to make his own books.

The event will be hosted by Amity Regional High School librarians, Robert Musco and Victoria Hulse, and made possible by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org . This event is not open to the public.