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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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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‘We Are Very Close To Reaping the Rewards’: New Turf Fields, Track at New Canaan High School Near Completion

The sub-surface work for the new turf fields at New Canaan High School was completed last month and lighting towers and fencing there have been installed, according to the volunteer committee that’s overseeing the widely anticipated projects. Turf and fill for both fields—a full-size field and a smaller one—will be installed once daytime temperatures consistently reach 45 degrees and that installation will take about three weeks to finish, according to a information supplied by the Town Fields Building Committee. According to NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan, an ex officio member of the committee, next week’s warm temperatures are expected to deliver a window for the installation. “Thanks to the town’s contribution and the private donations, as we kick off the spring season, we are going to have some tremendous fields and a track complex for our athletes to use, and for the youth-level lacrosse and soccer players, and so I think it’s really exciting,” Egan said. “We are on the verge of having a complex that will be second to none as far as this area is concerned.” Continue Reading →

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‘He Was a Quintessential Rink Rat’: Hockey Community Honors Nico Mallozzi

Though he’d spend four hours per day on the ice as part of his own age group during summer hockey camps, Nico Mallozzi had an uncanny knack for finding his way back out there, even if it wasn’t technically his time, according to the former hockey director at the facility where the New Canaan boy learned to skate. “He was a handful,” Marvin Minkler recalled with a smile at Darien Ice Rink on Saturday afternoon, as the New Canaan High School varsity team warmed up for its first home game since Nico, a 10-year-old who played with the CT RoughRiders youth hockey club, died unexpectedly on Jan. 14 following a brief illness. “He would find a way to make it out there with the Bantams,” Minkler recalled. “It was like, ‘How did Nico get out there?’ I would speak to Coach Tomasz Piatek. Continue Reading →

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Youth Basketball Roundup: Victories for New Canaan Girls’ Hoops Squads

NCBA 7th/8th Grade Girls Black Opens Season Strong

—submitted by Nina Braccio

Beginning with the Brewster Turkey Shoot Out, the Girls Black team played through to the Championship Game – winning the first two games 33-10 and 33-29, only to fall in the final 16-29 to a strong New York team. The following weekend, the team went on to win against Milford (27-20) and Norwalk Teal (49-12). This past Saturday, the Girls Black team had their first League win over Wilton (38-23). The offense was led by Natalie Plosker who scored a season-high 21 points, Meghan Driscoll who had numerous key rebounds and assists, and Katherine Wronski’s clutch 4th-quarter shooting. Abby Richardson with a season-high 12 rebounds, Nola Kammerer, Grace Crookenden and June Cochran dominated the boards to shut down a 3rd-quarter push by Wilton to tie up the game. Continue Reading →

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Turkey Bowl: New Canaanites Gather for Beloved Annual Tradition as Rams Beat Down Blue Wave 27-0

For generations of Americans, Thanksgiving Day and football are synonymous. And for New Canaanites, the football appetite is fed each year when the New Canaan High School Rams football team is pitted against their arch rival, the Darien Blue Wave in the Turkey Bowl. Thousands of New Canaanites traveled to Stamford’s Boyle Stadium on Thursday as part of the local holiday ritual—students, teachers and faculty, alumni, parents and residents. Among them was James Freyre, a 2017 NCHS graduate, and linebacker of two state championship Ram football squads, who said he was eager to come back and enjoy his first game as an alumnus. “It’s definitely a little less stressful to be a fan than a player,” Freyre told while standing on the sidelines on a sunny, mildly chilly day. Continue Reading →

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