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 High School Per-Sport Spending [TABLE]

On a per-student, per-season basis and before private donations are applied, New Canaan Public Schools projects next fiscal year to spend the most money among all sports on NCHS girls ice hockey ($2,264), followed by boys ice hockey ($2,094), girls gymnastics ($2,072), girls softball ($1,437) and girls golf ($1,311), according to district officials (see table below). Within the total NCHS athletics program cost of $1.47 million for fiscal year 2018, the varsity football team at an estimated $154,993 by far would garner the highest percentage of spending for any single sport, according to the schools’ budget book. Football’s high participation (158 total athletes across four teams) drives that overall cost, as does its large combined coaching staff of 16—more than twice the next-closest sport (boys’ lacrosse, at seven), according to the data. Overall, NCPS expects to spend about 23.7 percent more on combined boys’ sports versus girls’ sports next year—$589,875 versus $477,033, the data shows. On an average per-student basis, it expects to spend about 11 percent more overall on boys than girls, before shared costs and private contributions are considered, according to the district’s own data. Continue Reading →

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NCHS Girls Varsity ‘A’ Squash Team Finishes Strong at Nationals This Month

The New Canaan High School Girls Varsity A team played in Division IV at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. The girls, in ladder order, are Tara Chugh, Liza Cuoco, Katie Conese, Jenny Loomis, Margaux Brennan, Chloe Sigg and Caroline Grogan. Grogan, originally an alternate, made it to the first match with seconds to spare after getting a call that she needed to replace ill teammate Charlie Gardner. Their first match was against Nichols School from Buffalo. They lost 1-6. Continue Reading →

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Top Cats: Youth Ice Hockey Girls Team Wins Tier II at States

The Ice Cats U12A1 team, a youth ice hockey squad that includes a number of New Canaan girls, this week beat the West Hartford Wolves in overtime to become Connecticut State Tier II Champions. Coached by Kayla Grace, the team is composed of mostly New Canaan and Darien girls. The New Canaan girls on the U12 A1 team are Alla Duane, Shawna Ferraro, Grace Flatow, Avery Minter, and Nora Moley. With the performance, the team heads to the University of Maine-Orono for Regionals March 17 to 19. In round robin play, the Ice Cats initially lost to the West Hartford Wolves 1-2, beat the Northern Lights 2-0, then, in a nail biter, beat the Greenwich Skate Club 1-0. Continue Reading →

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Sweeney Scores 1,000th Point; New Canaan Falls to St. Joe’s

Tyler Sweeney would be the first person to tell you he’d trade every point he’s ever scored for a win. The New Canaan senior basketball star has seen more than his share of personal success over his four-year career—success that unfortunately hasn’t translated into wins for the Rams.

Even so, Sweeney—as he has been every game since cracking the New Canaan lineup as a freshman—was a huge bright spot in the Rams 58-42 Senior Night loss to St. Joe’s, netting the 1,000th point of his career. Sweeney became the first century scorer at New Canaan since the great Monroe Trout hit the mark in the 1979-80 season. He is only the fourth 1,000-point scorer in NCHS boys basketball history joining Wilky Gimore, Bill Saunders and Trout in that exclusive club (former girls basketball star Sara Mannelly also scored 1,000 points for the Rams). Continue Reading →

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Knight and Conley Strike Gold at FCIAC Indoor Track Championships

Two New Canaan track and field athletes took first place in their respective events at Thursday’s FCIAC boys indoor championship held at New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic Center. Sean Knight blew away the field in the 55-meter hurdles, as the junior established a personal-best time of 7.86 seconds. Sophomore Jack Conley took home the gold in the shot put. Conley’s throw of 48’3″ narrowly edged his older brother Will Conley by a mere half-inch. The Rams finished in fifth place as a team, as Danbury won its fourth consecutive conference indoor title. Continue Reading →

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