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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New Canaan 12U All Stars Advance to the Cal Ripken New England Regional Tournament

The New Canaan 12U All-Star baseball team will represent the state of Connecticut in the Cal Ripken New England Regional Tournament this weekend in Nashua, New Hampshire. New Canaan started the tournament with a 7-0 shutout against Newtown on June 29th. The Rams scored six runs in the third inning, with RBIs by Alex Benevento, Sam Bisesi, Jack Sommers and Teddy Cooney. Brian “Salty” Balkun pitched five strong innings for the Rams, striking out five and giving up only one hit and no earned runs. Danny Rogers came on in relief, pitching one inning and allowing no hits to complete the shutout. The next game, on June 30th, was a thriller against New Milford. After surrendering an early four-run lead, the Rams clawed their way back in to the game, trailing 6-4 in the top of the sixth inning. That’s when the bats came alive. Mason Pickering started the rally off with a line drive single to right field. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Girls Softball 10-U All Stars Defeat Wilton to Win Districts and Advance to Sectionals

The 10-U New Canaan Girls Softball All Stars are Little League District 1 Champions. This is the first time New Canaan has won the 10-U district championship ever. The team now advances to sectional play. Battling the heat all week, New Canaan won its first two district games defeating Darien (4-2) and Wilton (4-3). The Rams played a balanced game with strong offense and defense throughout district play. Continue Reading →

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‘A Concern That I Have’: New Canaan High School Sees Drop in Teacher-Coaches

Just 37 percent of the total athletics coaching positions at New Canaan High School are filled by Board of Education staff—a figure that has dropped off in recent years though it would benefit the district to see it higher, officials say. Out of 106 coaching positions, 39 are filled by district staff, a number that represents 29 unique coaches, as some of them coach multiple sports, according to NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan. A closer look at the numbers shows that just 21 of those unique coaches are teachers, Egan told Board of Ed members at their most recent meeting. “So that means almost 20 percent of the coaches are teachers,” Egan said at the June 18 meeting, held in the Wagner Room at NCHS. “Now, 15 years ago that was a much different model. Continue Reading →

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NCHS To Live-Stream Sports Contests at Dunning, Gym with New System

New Canaan High School Rams fans soon will have the ability to watch significantly more sports contests online, as district officials work with the broadcast arm of an Indianapolis-based organization that helps develop standards and rules for interscholastic activities nationwide. Starting no later than this fall, some 200 games and matches at Dunning Stadium and the NCHS gym will be streamed live, according to Athletic Director Jay Egan, through the High School Sports Network, a service of the National Federation of State High School Associations. “I think it’s an expectation that our parents have that this is a service we can provide for them and I think people are really excited thinking about being able to do this,” Egan told members of the Board of Education during their regular meeting, held Monday night in the Wagner Room at NCHS. The service costs user a fee in the range of $25 to $50 per year, and involves installing camera equipment at the NCHS facilities, Egan said. The approximately $6,500 it costs to get up and running is being paid for by the Booster Club, he said. 

The coverage will complement and expand about 55 to 60 games already streamed online each year through an excellent student-operated NCTV 78 YouTube channel. Continue Reading →

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Youth Sports Roundup: Spotlight on NCFC ’07 Boys Black, New Canaan Crew

New Canaan Football Club ’07 Boys Black Defeat Westport 2-1

—ilubmitted by Greg Martin

The New Canaan F.C. 2007 Boys Black Team, coached by Han Park, improved their record with a 2-1 win on the road against Westport.  As usual, New Canaan started the game on the offensive with Gregory Martin being robbed 5 minutes into the game on a great save by the Westport goalie on left footed blast from just inside the box. Shortly thereafter, Donovan West hit the post on a Sportscenter worthy shot from 25 yards away. Just past midway through the first half, New Canaan finally broke through and opened the scoring on terrific wing play on the left side from Gregory Martin who sent in a pinpoint low cross to Parker Della Bitta on the near post who adeptly one touched the ball into the goal. New Canaan maintained the pressure on Westport and were rewarded with their second goal on a nice corner kick taken by Holden Prymas with Donovan West picking up the deflected ball in the box and shooting the ball on the ground through the oncoming defenders legs into the goal. Westport continued to fight hard and with a minute left in the half they nearly cut the lead in half.  Westport came in on a breakaway when their two forwards got behind the New Canaan defense. Continue Reading →

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