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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NCHS Athletic Director Calls for More Inter-Sport Support among Student-Athletes

New Canaan High School’s athletic director said Monday night that he’d like to see more of the school’s athletes supporting fellow students who compete in matches and games in other sports. Jay Egan told members of the Board of Education at their regular meeting that he’s been at NCHS for a number of years and that inter-sport support “used to be more pronounced than it is now.”

“I think by coming up with some incentives and working with captains, to really get our athletes supporting each other more during their competitions would really be a good direction for us to move,” Egan said during the meeting, held in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School. The comments came during a presentation in which Egan spotlighted outstanding Rams sports coaches Priscilla Schulz (girls’ golf) and Ben Young (boys’ tennis), reviewed athletics participation data, listed recent championships (state football, state boys swimming, state boys tennis and both county and state girls golf titles) and laid out Athletic Department goals for next academic year. (more…) Continue Reading →

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New Canaan High School Celebrates Senior Athletes

Graduating senior athletes and their families gathered Monday at New Canaan High School for the 36th Annual Varsity Senior Athletes’ Picnic & Athletic Awards. The event, which celebrates the achievements of seniors who participated in a varsity sport during their time at the high school, traditionally is held outdoors at Waveny, but was moved to the NCHS gymnasium this year due to weather concerns. With family members and coaches present, each senior athlete was awarded a plaque in recognition of his or her contribution. A handful of students received special honors, as follows:

Firstly, the Vin Iovino Scholarship Award was granted to field hockey star Mariana Ferreira, diving captain Katie Kushner, and football player Chris White. Named for former NCHS coach Vin Iovino, the scholarship is granted to senior athletes who exemplify the qualities of leadership, loyalty, and humility. Continue Reading →

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Victory Blossoms for NCFC Boys 2007 Red Team

—submitted by Ed Ho

So I was at the garden store this past week asking one of the guys if I should fertilize my plantings from a few weeks ago that have yet to bloom. The nice gentleman turned and gave me the wisest advice, “No – let the warm weather and sunlight do its work this weekend. They’ll be fine.” The NCFC Boys 2007 Red team, like my flowers, blossomed this weekend on their home field basking in the radiant sunshine here in lovely New Canaan. After starting the season in the new Elite division with 5 straight losses, the 2007 Boys Red side desperately needed a win to boost their confidence and to avoid relegation. But the visiting Stamford team did not offer a rosy outlook for the game by scoring first with their two strongest frontline players pressing the attack. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Seventh-Grader Attends U.S. Soccer’s National Team Futures Camp

In New Canaan, soccer has emerged as a staple of many childhoods, whether players take to the pitch in a rec jersey, for a travel team, with the high school Rams or in an adult league. And among the hundreds of New Canaanites who suit up across every level, one Saxe Middle School student is beginning to stand out in a unique way. Seventh-grader Noah Radecki has emerged as one of the town’s top players, recently attending the U.S. Soccer National Team’s Futures Camp, a highly selective training program hosted by national team coaches. Notable players at the camp include Jermaine Jones, who is on the U.S. Men’s National Team as well as the L.A. Galaxy, and Cobi Jones, who has the most appearances for the U.S. National Team in its history. After receiving the invitation to the prestigious camp, Radecki said he was speechless. Continue Reading →

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Youth Sports Roundup: NC 6 Red Shines in Jamboree, Boys Soccer 07 White Trounces Trumbull, Brewers Beat Cardinals in Baseball Championship Game

NC 6 Red Shines in Lacrosse Jamboree
-submitted by Darleen Ferraro

The day was filled with brightness and not just because of the amazing weather that beamed down on the Water Tower Fields on Saturday, June 10th.  The NC 6 Red proved once again they are in it to win it.  Not only did the team shine, but they were very lucky to have NC’s own shining star, Elizabeth Miller (Boston College) to coach them for the day. As we all know, Miller may have the wow factor on the field, but she also brings the same energy to her coaching.  The girls showed one of their best displays of what it means to work together as a team: passing the ball and utilizing each and every player’s determination to pull together as one to get the job done. The first game of the morning was against Fairfield 6.  Besides the clumpy grass that the girls had to run through, that seemed to be their only obstacle, for the NC 6 Red came out on top with a score of 4-2.  Stella Nolan took the net by storm and scored two goals.  Katherine O’Connell and Polly Parsons-Hills both picked up one goal.  Caroline Underwood had a nice shot on net.  As always, Katharine Byrne and Tessa Cosco displayed nothing but complete control of their sticks and did whatever it took to get the ball in the offensive zone. Katherine Wronski had four saves. This win helped to set a precedent for how the rest of the day was going to play out. The second game of the day was against Ridgefield 6 Black.  Miller’s magic remained and so did the girls’ effort since this was one of their best displays of passing.  Passing in lacrosse is one of the fundamentals of the game, and, if done right, usually leads to a successful win.  This team was successful and their passing paid off, for they came out with another victory, 5-2.  Polly Parsons-Hills scored two goals and had another shot on goal.  Caroline Langford, Stella Nolan, and Katherine O’Connell all took away one goal.  Grace Crookenden and Shawna Ferraro had a strong shot on goal. Continue Reading →

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