Girls Volleyball: Amity Shuts Out West Haven

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Oct 112018

The Lady Spartans Volleyball Team hosted the West Haven Blue Devils in Woodbridge on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Led by Abby Harbinson, Amity was on fire, winning three matches 25-20, 25-16 and 25-17.

Final score: Amity 3, West Haven 0


Amity — Abby Harbinson 15 kills, 4 digs; Maddy Adzigian 7 kills; Caroline Fertman 8 kills; Zoe DiZenzo; Olivia Pisano 8 digs; Lauren Campos 7 kills

West Haven — Irene Ronan 4 kills, 2 digs; Noelle Noble 2 kills, 5 digs, 2 aces

Records: Amity 5-2-0; West Haven 6-6-0


Girls Soccer: Amity Earns SCC Housatonic Division Title

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Oct 152014

IMG_3814The Lady Spartans Varsity Soccer Team hasn’t had a perfect season so far, but Tuesday’s 6-0 win against Lyman Hall in Woodbridge was enough to earn them their first SCC Housatonic Division Title in 8 years.

Alexa Gibbs got things started in the first :45 seconds of the game with a goal assisted by Alissa Beedle; she scored again on an assist from Emma Gehr at 12:00: eight minutes later, it was Beedle’s turn to net the ball with Christine Hill’s assistance; and Mariana Marchitto rounded out the first half with a goal on an assist from Jackie Smith at 37:00.

Halftime score 4-0 Amity

The second half had a lot of back and forth until near the end when Gibbs’ hat trick, at 53:00 on an assist by Sarah Nevolis; Smith came through at 68:00 with Kelsey Morgan’s assistance to end the game at 6-0. 

Amity outshot Lyman Hall 20-3

Lyman’s goal tender Alexa Eves made 12 saves for the Trojans; Zoie Reed made 3 saves for Amity.

Records— Amity 7-4-2 (5-1-1); Lyman Hall 2-10-1 (0-7)

Legion Baseball: Post 127 Has Another Win Against Hamden

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Jun 262013


Orange Live Sports Writer

Orange Post 127 Coach Bob Mirto was quick to admit that Wednesday night’s 12-6 Brinley Field win over Post 88 of Hamden was an ugly win, but then added, “An ugly win is always better than a beautiful loss, but a win is always a thing of beauty.”

With the victory over Post 88, Orange recorded its eighth win in a row and improved its record to 9-1.

For the first 2 innings, Post 127 had trouble with the off-speed offerings of Hamden southpaw Jason Rodriquez. Coming to bat in the bottom of the third inning, Orange trailed 2-0 but adjustments were made to solve Rodriquez’s pitches. Keith Klebart led off by whacking a double into right center field. Jake Russo followed with a run-scoring base hit. After stealing second and third base, Russo trotted home when Matt Ronai (the team’s leading hitter with a .429 batting average) lined a game- tying RBI single into right field. Mike Concato drew a walk and Justin Ashworth drilled a base hit up the middle. Ronai rounded second base and as he dashed onto third base, the throw from center fielder Vito Puapolo was off the mark, allowing Ronai to score the go-ahead run. Mike Appel beat out an infield hit to load the bases. Rodriquez forced in another run when he walked Gerald Ferace. Sean Beaulieu’s sacrifice fly brought home Ashworth as Orange took a 5-2 lead.

Post 127 pitcher Austin Pokluda (who threw a no-hitter at North Haven Post 76 in his previous outing on Saturday) had a rocky outing this time. In the top of the fourth, consecutive base hits by Caleb Cyril and Matt Murphy along with a wild pitch, a passed ball and Eli Mosca’s infield out gave Hamden 2 runs and shaved Post 127’s lead back to 1 run (5-4).

According to Mirto, “Tonight, Austin had poor control. His mechanics were off and he couldn’t throw strikes. Every so often, all pitchers have these kind of games. He tried to make adjustments on the fly, but nothing worked. He was never able to get into a smooth groove, but we rode him as far as he could go.”

Pokluda was scuffed up for 4 runs on 6 hits in his rocky 4 inning stint on the mound. He also walked 2, hit a batter, and struck out 7.

For the second inning in a row, Orange sent 10 batters in a row to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning and hung another 5 spot into the scoreboard. With 2 outs, Concato singled, raced onto third base on Ashworth’s double down the left field line and both runners scored on R.J. Moquet’s base hit into the left center field gap to give Orange a 7-4 lead. When Cyril over ran the ball, Mike Appel  (who had been hit by a pitch) also crossed home plate. By the time the inning ended, Beaulieu walked with the bases loaded to force in another run and send Rodriquez to the bench. Klebart greeted the new pitcher, Mark Sarapani by lining a 2-run double over the head of Puapolo giving Post 127 a 10-4 advantage.

“We got off to a slow start tonight, but that 2-out, 5-run rally in the bottom of the fifth showed a lot of character. R.J. Moquet’s drive into center field put the game out of reach,” Mirto said.

 Same Nepiarsky came on to replace Pokluda in the fifth inning and gave a double to Sarapani, who later scored on a wild pick-off throw to third base by Nepiarsky. Post 127 quickly responded with a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the same inning. Concato reached safely on a fielder’s choice, Ashworth was hit by a pitch, and Moquet blasted another 2-run drive to deep center field.

Ross Weiner threw the last 2 innings, allowing 1 run and fanning 3 to pick up his second victory of the summer.

Pokluda’s first pitch of the night was lined into center field by Mosca. He swiped second base, and later scored on a passed ball by Ferace. In the top of the third, Dan Matthews singled with 1-out and Matt Pientandrea followed with an RBI double to right field.

Mirto added, “Hamden swung the bats tonight and the slow stuff their starting pitcher (Rodriquez) threw gave us trouble early in the game.”

Moquet led the winners’ 12 hit attack with his double, single, run, and 4 RBI. Klebart chipped in with 2 doubles, a single, a run, and 2 RBI. Ashworth broke out of his recent slump with a double, a single, and 3 runs. Appel also doubled, singled, and scored twice.

Mathews had 2 base hits and scored twice for the 0-8 losers. Sarapani also had 2 base hits and scored a run.

On Tuesday night, Orange scored 9 runs in the top of the first inning and went on to pulverize Hamden 16-0 in a  game that was halted by the Mercy Rule after 5 innings,.

Post 127 is back at Brinley Field tonight to again host Hamden at 7.    

Football: Amity Beats the Odds, Puts Prep In Its Place 24-21

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Oct 272012


David Buono snakes his way through the playing field against Fairfield Prep


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Trailing 14-0 midway through the second quarter, the Amity football answered with 24 unanswered points, then withstood a fourth quarter response to upset heavily-favored Fairfield Prep 24-21. The Southern Connecticut Conference Division I battle was played at Bill Johnson Field in Woodbridge. The win snaps the Spartans’ two game losing streak and ups their record to 3-4.   On the other hand, the Jesuits saw their five game winning streak come to an end and lowers their record to 5-2.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of my guys,” Amity Coach Bert Mozealous said.

John Moten’s 11 yard run around his right side and Liam Coyle’s extra point kick gave the Jesuits a 7-0 point lead with 7 minutes, 57 seconds left in the first half. Prep’s next possession was a 54 yard-eight play drive that was capped by Moten’s one-yard plunge into the end zone. Coyle’s second PAT made it 14-0 with 1:32 to go.

Tyler Burns gathered in the Jesuit kick off at his own 25 and was off to the races  on a 75 yard jaunt that cut the Prep lead in half (after Lyle Luth’s PAT). Burns’ coast-to-coast dash took only 16 seconds off the clock.

Mozealous added, “That kick- off return was a big turn of events. I thought we had the talent to break one tonight.”

According to Burns, “It was a squib kick that didn’t go too deep. The guys in the middle missed it and it just came to me. I found a couple of holes to run through and after that; I just followed the blockers in front of me.”

After Fairfield Prep started the second half by going three-and-out, Amity took possession at its own 43. On the Spartans’ first play from scrimmage, senior halfback Dave Attolino rambled 24 yards for a first down at the Jesuits’ 33.  Three plays later Attolino (who ended up with 118 yards on 23 carries) picked up 13 yards and then went the final 10 yards. Combined with Luth’s second PAT kick, Amity tied the score at 14-14 with 7:38 .left in the third quarter.

“Dave runs very hard for a guy that’s only 5-10, 185 pounds. The kids call him ‘The Great Galloper’ because he doesn’t run—he gallops,” Mozealous said.

The Spartans’ next drive reached the visitors’ 5 but a personal found backed them up 15 yards and stalled at the Prep 23. On fourth down, Luth tried a 40 yard field goal but his boot fell short of the goal post.

According to Mozealous, “A 40 yard field goal is within Lyle’s range, but there was no wind tonight and his back has been bothering him.”

Amity launched its next drive on the second play of the fourth quarter. Eleven plays and 39 yards later, Burns lofted a throw that Corey Ricks gathered in and “took it to the house” for a 28 yard touchdown that came with 7:07 left in the game and gave the hosts a 21-14 advantage.

With a big smile, Mozealous said, “Corey works his fanny off. When he wants to kick it into gear, he can really go.”

Burns added, “I just threw it up. Corey caught it, made a great move, and was off to the races.”

On the first play after Amity’s tying score,  Prep quarterback Strecker Backe tossed a short pass that was picked off at midfield by defensive back Ben Feola and he returned to the Jesuits’ 16-yard before being rolled out. Three plays later, Luth knocked a 30 yard field goal that extended Amity’s lead to 24-14 with 4:45 left on the clock.

The Jesuits responded with a 76 yard-eight play drive that ended with Joe Ganim cashing in on an 11 yard reverse. The touchdown was set up on a 36 yard pass from Backe to Moten for a first down at the Spartan 11. Coyle’s perfect PAT made it a three point game (24-21) with 2:30 left to play.

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Prep tried an on-sides kick but that move backfired when the Spartans’ Noah Fleischer-Carino fell on the ball at his own 49. Five plays later, Amity had its biggest win in Mozealous’ season and-a-half as head coach.

Looking back at his team’s somewhat lethargic first half, Mozealous chuckled and said, “During the halftime break, I said a few things I can’t repeat to you and I also made a few suggestions. I also told my guys that they were way better than they showed in the first half. I also told them that if they executed properly and didn’t make any foolish mistakes, we could still win the game. I thought all along that with our big, veteran offensive line, we were more physical than they were and could run at them. We hadn’t been as physical as we could have been or should have been the last two or three weeks. ”

The winners proved Mozealous’ point by racking up 16 first downs and 285 yards of total offense (all but 44 on the ground) as compared to a dozen first downs, a mere 66 yards on the ground and 137 in the air. Backe completed half of his 22 throws with the one big interception by Feola.

Amity visits Hamden next Friday at 7 pm.