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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Not-So-Youthful Sports Roundup: Recidivists Prevail 20-15 in Annual ‘Rich-Mich’ Softball Game

—submitted by Keith Richey

The 20th Annual Rich-Mich Softball Game was held at St. Luke’s School on Sunday, September 24th. Playing for the Michno Marauders were Roger Bolton, Jim Cullinane, Landon Hafen, Jim Petrus, Luke Tashjian, Kevin Wilder, Charlie Woodman and captain Tim Michno. For the Richey Recidivists were George Benington, Doug Dooley, John Fulkerson, Rick Kilbride, James O’Hora, Chas Timberlake, David Woodman and captain Keith Richey. This once a year men’s softball game has become a New Canaan tradition. Continue Reading →

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Town Officials to Committee Steering NCHS Fields Project: ‘It’s Like We Ordered a Rolls Royce and We Ended Up with a Toyota’

A building contractor of 30 years experience who sits on the town’s legislative body said last week that he sees two major signs that spelled failure on recently disclosed cost overruns for a widely anticipated sports fields building project at New Canaan High School. According to Town Council member Joe Paladino, it’s never advantageous to be under a “tight time crunch” with respect to deadlines in a large project. “It’s not a great idea to have gun against your head and you folks truly did because you are under a time crunch, and there’s no way out of it,” Paladino told the chairman and secretary of the town-appointed committee that’s overseeing the turf fields and track project at the high school, now estimated to cost $5.8 million. “When your architect says he is ‘shocked’ by the number and your committee is ‘shocked’ by the number you are getting from your contractor, how do you know you got the right number?” Paladino told Bob Spangler and Mike Benevento of the Fields Building Committee during a meeting of the council’s Land Use and Recreation Subcommittee, held Sept. 20 at Town Hall. Continue Reading →

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Youth Sports Roundup: Weekend W’s for Field Hockey, Soccer Teams; ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’

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8 Red Team Blanks Ridgefield 2-0

—submitted by Roxanne Mitchell

The Rams youth 8 Red team showed up on Saturday looking for their second win of the season. New Canaan 8 red defeated Ridgefield 8 red for a final score of 2-0. Rams first goal would come from the Rams midfielders swarming the tigers to create a turnover. Faith Hibbert, Carolyn Baron and Ellie Hanson aggressively moved the ball upfield to Molly Mitchell who shot the ball to Grace Flatow who tipped the shot beautifully past the Ridgefield goalkeeper. The Rams second goal would come Zoey Bennett, who after gracefully dribbling the ball into the circle. Continue Reading →

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Youth Sports Roundup: Bicycle Kick Finishes ‘Greatest Comeback Ever’


NCFC Boys Red 2007, Greatest Comeback Ever

—submitted by Ed Ho

If any fans paid to watch this match, they would have headed for the exits early to beat the traffic. Dominated for over 62 of 70 minutes by Fairfield and down by a seemingly insurmountable lead, the NCFC Boys, Coach Dan and the usually effervescent parents acted like defeat had already been etched into this weekend’s record book. For those of us who love sports, we live for the moments that take us out of our seats and transport us to that magical wonderful place where athletes do something truly exceptional. Ahhh but let’s not rush to that moment just yet… After falling 3-0 early in the second half, Chase Harden kept NC’s slim hopes alive by taking a few bricks and some mortar and building a wall around the NC goal. Continue Reading →

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Meeting Minutes Detailing Decision to Change NCHS Fields Projects Filed Aug. 30, Two Months Late

Though officials said this week that meeting minutes disclosing a controversial decision to change a taxpayer-funded project without notifying New Canaan’s funding bodies were available after that decision was made, the public record shows that those minutes weren’t filed with the Town Clerk until Aug. 30. The June 23 meeting of the Fields Building Committee was attended by four of five regular members—Chairman Bob Spangler, Secretary Mike Benevento, Scott Werneburg and Nick Williams (regular member Amy Bennett was absent)—as well as four ex officio members, Recreation Director Steve Benko, New Canaan High School Athletic Director Jay Egan, Public Works Director Tiger Mann and Parks Superintendent John Howe. First Selectman Rob Mallozzi and Public Works Senior Engineer Joe Zagarenski also were present. According to meeting minutes date-stamped Aug. Continue Reading →

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