‘They Just Refused to Lose’: Recalling New Canaan Football’s Historic Undefeated 2008 Season, 10 Years Later

The year 2008 was supposed to be about rebuilding for the New Canaan Rams football program: The team was ranked in the bottom half of the FCIAC’s preseason polls and only a handful of starters from the previous season were returning. They were not expected to accomplish anything special. Yet they ended up doing exactly that, with unforeseen contributions from a particularly tight-knit squad that would post an undefeated record heading into a dramatic showdown versus New Canaan’s longtime rival before moving on to states—cementing a legacy whose storybook season launched 10 years ago this month. Behind center

One of the squad’s returning starters, tri-captain Nate Quinn, switched from defense to quarterback for 2008, marking a dramatic turnaround for what New Canaan had been fielding in recent years at the all-important position. The Rams had won consecutive state titles in 2006 and 2007 with guys like Curt Casali and Charlie Westfal at QB.

Local Moms Succeed in Push for New Canaan’s First Official Girls-Only Flag Football Program

Mariella Montoni Scofield, a Brazil native who’s lived in New Canaan for eight years, wants her daughter to be tough. An 8-year-old who soon will enter the fourth grade at South School, Gabriella Scofield plays softball and swims with the New Canaan YMCA Caimans, “but I want her to do this,” her mom said. “I want my daughter to be tough and it’s a sport that makes you tough,” Montoni Scofield said. “You have to be tough and fast and you have to think ahead … I want her to learn so she can play with her brother and friends. And to stand up for herself.

New Canaan 12U All Stars Advance to the Cal Ripken New England Regional Tournament

The New Canaan 12U All-Star baseball team will represent the state of Connecticut in the Cal Ripken New England Regional Tournament this weekend in Nashua, New Hampshire. New Canaan started the tournament with a 7-0 shutout against Newtown on June 29th. The Rams scored six runs in the third inning, with RBIs by Alex Benevento, Sam Bisesi, Jack Sommers and Teddy Cooney. Brian “Salty” Balkun pitched five strong innings for the Rams, striking out five and giving up only one hit and no earned runs. Danny Rogers came on in relief, pitching one inning and allowing no hits to complete the shutout. The next game, on June 30th, was a thriller against New Milford. After surrendering an early four-run lead, the Rams clawed their way back in to the game, trailing 6-4 in the top of the sixth inning. That’s when the bats came alive. Mason Pickering started the rally off with a line drive single to right field.

New Canaan Girls Softball 10-U All Stars Defeat Wilton to Win Districts and Advance to Sectionals

The 10-U New Canaan Girls Softball All Stars are Little League District 1 Champions. This is the first time New Canaan has won the 10-U district championship ever. The team now advances to sectional play. Battling the heat all week, New Canaan won its first two district games defeating Darien (4-2) and Wilton (4-3). The Rams played a balanced game with strong offense and defense throughout district play.

‘A Concern That I Have’: New Canaan High School Sees Drop in Teacher-Coaches

Just 37 percent of the total athletics coaching positions at New Canaan High School are filled by Board of Education staff—a figure that has dropped off in recent years though it would benefit the district to see it higher, officials say. Out of 106 coaching positions, 39 are filled by district staff, a number that represents 29 unique coaches, as some of them coach multiple sports, according to NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan. A closer look at the numbers shows that just 21 of those unique coaches are teachers, Egan told Board of Ed members at their most recent meeting. “So that means almost 20 percent of the coaches are teachers,” Egan said at the June 18 meeting, held in the Wagner Room at NCHS. “Now, 15 years ago that was a much different model.