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Monday, October 17, 2011

RAY CURREN'S INSIDE THE SCC FOOTBALL: James Semmonella making key contributions to Amity football team

By Ray Curren
Elm City Sports Columnist

March 3, 2008 started out, and nearly ended, as any other day in the Amity High School community. The hockey team was preparing for a state tournament game with Enfield, and the basketball squad was getting ready for Windsor.

But after completing a pickup basketball game at the Jewish Community Center on that Monday night, Amity football captain Sal Semmonella, along with friend Francesk Zafi were tragically killed in a one-car accident as they were getting off the Merritt Parkway.

More than three years have gone by and monuments on the Amity campus have been proposed and rejected by the school board, but Semmonella’s jersey is still proudly displayed in the Amity locker room as a reminder of a well-liked kid and another life cut too short.


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