Sports

Youth sports in New Canaan include—and go far beyond—the thrilling championship games for our celebrated varsity sports teams out of New Canaan High School. Youth sports and the local businesses and residents behind them, private programs, recreational programs and New Canaan’s rich history with standout athletes are the foundations of sports in our town, so they form the foundations of our coverage.

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District: New Canaan-Darien ‘Turkey Bowl’ Football Game To Be Held at Boyle Stadium in Stamford

District officials said Tuesday that the “Turkey Bowl”—the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between New Canaan and rival Darien—will be held at Boyle Stadium in Stamford this year and next. The 10,000-capacity stadium “is the ideal venue for this traditional rivalry game between the schools, and we are thrilled that our student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete in this exciting environment,” according to a press release issued by New Canaan Public Schools Director of Communications Mike Horyczun. “Neither school district’s stadium has such a large capacity, which has resulted in many community members from both towns being turned away from attending the event in the past,” it said. “After much conversation and collaboration between the schools, the decision was made to provide virtually unlimited seating for this exciting rivalry, which allows for alumni, extended families, community members, and football fans region-wide to attend the game.”

The Darien High School team is 5-0 so far this season, perched atop the FCIAC East, while New Canaan fell to 3-2 following a loss last weekend at the hands of the Greenwich Cardinals. Details have not yet been released about purchasing tickets in advance of the game. Continue Reading →

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Youth Sports Roundup: Weekend Wins for Field Hockey, Soccer Teams

Field Hockey

NCYFH 7 Red Eases passed Easton/Redding 6-0

—submitted by Darleen Ferraro

On Saturday, October 14th, NC 7 Red came out with their sticks in overdrive. Within the first five minutes of the game, NC Red scored six goals. The score was 6–0. Coach Hills decided, even this early into the game, that it was time to make the girls pass, pass, pass. The girls could not score unless the other team did. Continue Reading →

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Youth Sports Roundup: Weekend Wins for Boys and Girls Soccer Teams

Soccer

New Canaan Boys 08 White Hold Off Monroe in 7-6 Nailbiter

—submitted by Sheryl Kilkenny

After a slow start to the season, New Canaan Boys 08 White brought home a fantastic win on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. With no substitutes and one less player on the field, New Canaan played a remarkable game. The team held control of the field and the ball for most of the first half. After one of many great saves by first half goalkeeper Cooper Fox, the ball was punted up the field, where Hayden Shoemaker was waiting for it. Hayden controlled the ball well, beat the defenders and scored into the upper back of the net. Continue Reading →

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Hoffman Steps Down as NCHS Varsity Baseball Coach

Officials said Saturday that the head coach of the New Canaan High School varsity baseball team has stepped down after seven years in the role. Mitch Hoffman will continue to be involved in the Rams’ program as an assistant coach, according to NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan. “Mitch’s decision to step down is based on increasing demands on his time from his business and young family,” Egan said in a letter to baseball families. Geoff Lambert, a 28-year veteran of the New Canaan Police Department who since last fall has served as the NCHS school resource officer, will step into the role, Egan said. “Geoff is an excellent baseball technician and has broad coaching experience both at the high school and travel team level,” Egan said in his letter. Continue Reading →

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Officials Postpone Planned Overhaul of Little League Fields at Mead One Year Due To High Cost Estimates

A widely anticipated plan to improve the little league baseball fields at Mead Park is being pushed back one year after those overseeing the project received higher-than-anticipated cost estimates, officials said Wednesday night. Unveiled last year, the project to create larger dimensions at Mellick and Gamble Fields and to install new fences, light poles, bleacher areas and a scoreboard originally had been pegged at about $950,000 and was to start this fall. Recently, however, a cost-estimate came back about $600,000 higher than that, according to Scott Werneburg, president of New Canaan Baseball, and officials are not willing to rush into a project now without further pricing out of materials as well as total confidence that it could be wrapped up by spring. “The prudent course of action was not wanting to risk onset of winter and not being able to compete our fields and risk losing our spring season,” he told members of the Town Council during their regular meeting, held at Town Hall. “And the smart course of action is to take our time, get through this process and hopefully have our selected contractor this fall and be able to order early and plan everything to go to construction in August next year after the baseball season has ended.”

The re-engineered project will accomplish many of the big-ticket items originally imagined, he said: turf on the infields, increased playability, improved drainage and new backstops, scoreboard and fencing. Continue Reading →

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