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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Youth Soccer Roundup: Opening Matches Deliver Warmth, Wins

NCFC Red Boys 2007 Victorious over Greenwich Barcelona, 3 – 0, Setting the Tone for the Spring 2018 Season
—submitted by Ed Ho

As we eagerly await the arrival of Spring in this lovely corner of SW CT, we New Canaan soccer moms and dads continue to grace the sidelines of our kids’ matches with blankets, winter coats, and wooly hats with a hope that something good is coming…something to warm our bodies and our souls as Spring customarily should. Here in NC this past sunny Sunday afternoon, the prolonged April chill made temperatures seem high at 60 degrees, while the expectations for a W seemed low given the thrashing Greenwich gave us the last time our two clubs played in 2017. And unlike the weather, Greenwich came out hot in their away Red, launching several well organized and feisty runs. Over the course of the first 15 minutes, Dylan Ho, playing goalie for NC, turned away at least five shots highlighted by two well directed Greenwich shots to the left corner where Ho dove, and in full stretch, punched the ball away drawing cheers from both home and away supporters. But it wasn’t just the goalkeeping that kept Greenwich from taking an early and commanding lead again…Brooks Walker and Joaquin Blanco anchored the defense with solid back line play, assisted by midfielders Javier Minuesa, Rohan Shenoy and Rogan Lowe, all teaming together to thwart the visitors’ efforts to ruin this glorious New Canaan Spring Sunday. Continue Reading →

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Board of Selectmen Divided on Disbanding ‘Youth Sports Committee’

While New Canaan’s highest elected official has suggested dissolving a committee tasked with overseeing youth sports in town and transferring the responsibility to a standing commission, fellow members of the Board of Selectmen are pushing back on that move. The Youth Sports Committee—widely known among locals for instituting a per-player, per-season fee for fields use 18 months ago, an effort that was itself a few years in the making—was formed in the wake of “some well publicized issues,” Selectman Nick Williams said Tuesday morning. “We had the trophy burning incident that made national headlines, we had some situations in youth sports where we had allegations made against certain coaches in terms of use of language to the kids that coincided with an explosion of youth sports, much of that because of the burgeoning of girls sports—girls lacrosse, girls soccer, et cetera— and then that brings in Title IX issues,” Williams said during the board’s regular meeting, held at Town Hall. “It became apparent that nobody was looking at youth sports, which is huge in this town, from the town’s point of view. The not-for-profits had youth sports organizations—soccer, football, et cetera—but there was no hub for those folks and the Youth Sports Committee was designed to be that hub, the clearinghouse for information, exchange of best practices, things like that.”

The comments came during a discussion of several volunteer “committees”—Deer Committee, Spencer’s Run Committee and Dog Litter Committee, for example—whose futures appear to be uncertain. Continue Reading →

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Superintendent Calls for ‘Review of Every Coach in Our Program’ Following Revelation That Arrested Man’s Coaching Permit Had Expired

The New Canaan High School basketball assistant coach whose employment with the district ended following his arrest last weekend on multiple drug charges had been working for New Canaan Public Schools even though his state coaching certification had expired, Connecticut Department of Education records show. Jose Amor’s five-year interscholastic/intramural coach permit had been issued Nov. 20, 2012, according to the state’s database, and expired Nov. 19, 2017. The NCHS boys varsity basketball season opened Dec. Continue Reading →

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Athletic Director: NCHS Assistant Basketball Coach Arrested Over Weekend Is No Longer Employed by District

New Canaan High School officials on Monday said an assistant basketball coach arrested over the weekend is no longer employed by the district. According to NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan, the coach—Jose Amor, of Stamford—had “passed the mandatory background check necessary for employment in the New Canaan Public Schools.”

“The New Canaan Public Schools has an extensive background check for all employees and will continue to use this system for all future hires,” Egan said in an email addressed to the ‘New Canaan Public Schools Community.’ According to The Advocate, Stamford police found Amor to be in possession of 20 bags of heroin and charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Formerly a basketball coach at Westhill High School, Amor also had been arrested in 2016 following accusations that he had tipped off one of his players there that he was a suspect in a shooting, leading to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with police. Amor’s criminal record in that matter was erased one year ago after he completed a short “accelerated rehabilitation” program, though Google search returns related to the incident remain high. Continue Reading →

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Town To Take Up Modified Application for Overhaul of Little League Baseball Fields at Mead

Town officials are scheduled Monday to vote on a modified application filed on behalf of New Canaan Baseball to improve the little league fields at Mead Park. Unveiled 18 months ago, plans call for installing turf o the infields at Mellick and Gamble Fields as well as increased playability, improved drainage and new backstops, scoreboard and fencing. Originally, the project was to start last fall and also was to include new light poles and a re-oriented Game Field, but higher-than-expected cost estimates connected to lighting forced New Canaan Baseball to push back the work to 2018 and forego replacement of existing light poles and fixtures. According to an application received Feb. 20 by the New Canaan Inland Wetlands Department, changes to the original project include: Moving Mellick field slightly to the east and adjusting the left-field corner so that the existing light pole could be used; concrete dugouts on both fields now will be asphalt; outfield fencing on both fields has been adjusted slightly;

and a playground walkway west of Mellick Field will need to be replaced and that effort will be coordinated with planned improvements to the playground. Continue Reading →

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