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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Youth Sports Roundup: Field Hockey Champs, Shutouts and Undefeated Soccer Sides

Field Hockey

NC 7 Red Jamboree Champs

—submitted by Darleen Ferraro

Shutout! Shutout! Shutout! NC 7 Red must like the way that sounds since they, once again, claimed three more shutouts this past Saturday as they faced Westport, Trumbull and Norwalk in a jamboree hosted by Westport. This was NC 7 Red’s final weekend of playing together as a team and it couldn’t have ended in a better way. Continue Reading →

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End of an Era: Danielle Simoneau Steps Down as NCHS Softball Coach; Joel Geriak Named Successor

The highly successful and widely respected head coach of the New Canaan High School varsity softball team has stepped down, officials said Monday. Danielle Simoneau decided to make the change in order to watch her own daughter Makenzie—a freshman at Trumbull High School—play, according to NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan. “We are very grateful for all the time and effort Danielle has given to build the softball program at NCHS and in the community,” Egan said in an email to softball families. “NCHS softball was a perennially weak program before Danielle came on board. We won an FCIAC Championship under her leadership and the youth softball program is viable option for girls in the spring.”

Named to the NCHS post in 2010, Simoneau herself was a standout pitcher, and powerful hitter, at Westhill High School in the early 1990s. Continue Reading →

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‘The Cacophony of Finger-Pointing’: Selectmen Voice Concerns over Third-Party Review of NCHS Fields Project

Saying that a very able town-appointed committee appears to be directing funds for outside contractors instead of handling the work itself, members of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voiced concerns regarding how reviews of the track and fields projects at the high school will affect public-private partnerships and volunteerism in New Canaan. When the town first formed the Audit Committee, Selectman Beth Jones said, she was “under the crazy impression that they were actually going to do some of this auditing and stuff.”

“I did not know they would just tell us what needed to be done and pay outside people,” Jones said during the selectmen’s meeting, held at Town Hall. “I would hope they are all such financial experts and so great at this that I would love their insight on what needs to be done, rather than just handing it off and paying $16,000 to somebody else.”

She referred to funds to be paid to independent auditors who, at the request of the Audit Committee, will take on reviews of how the building projects at New Canaan High School have unfolded. The projects, partially completed, include re-turfing a playing field, creating a new turf field-and-a-half and replacing the track. Originally estimated to cost $4.9 million, with the town committing $3.9 million in bonding, the project itself was changed in June by a Fields Building Committee as higher-than-expected costs emerged. Continue Reading →

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Youth Sports Roundup: New Canaan’s Soccer, Field Hockey Teams Shine

Field Hockey

Hat Trick, Shutout for NC 7 Red

—submitted by Darleen Ferraro

If you were at Treadwell Park on Saturday, October 21st, in Newtown you would have thought the heat on the field was coming from the 75-degree weather that day; however, any spectator would have told you that wasn’t the case. The NCYFH 7 Red team turned up the heat with their long drives, lightning speed and amazing stick work. There was no way this team was going to let Newtown even get the ball into scoring position. This held true for the entire game and not one shot was made on NC’s ready and waiting Goalie, Lucy Parsons-Hills. The offensive line was eager to start making their mark on this combined 7/8 grade team. Continue Reading →

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District: New Canaan-Darien ‘Turkey Bowl’ Football Game To Be Held at Boyle Stadium in Stamford

District officials said Tuesday that the “Turkey Bowl”—the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between New Canaan and rival Darien—will be held at Boyle Stadium in Stamford this year and next. The 10,000-capacity stadium “is the ideal venue for this traditional rivalry game between the schools, and we are thrilled that our student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete in this exciting environment,” according to a press release issued by New Canaan Public Schools Director of Communications Mike Horyczun. “Neither school district’s stadium has such a large capacity, which has resulted in many community members from both towns being turned away from attending the event in the past,” it said. “After much conversation and collaboration between the schools, the decision was made to provide virtually unlimited seating for this exciting rivalry, which allows for alumni, extended families, community members, and football fans region-wide to attend the game.”

The Darien High School team is 5-0 so far this season, perched atop the FCIAC East, while New Canaan fell to 3-2 following a loss last weekend at the hands of the Greenwich Cardinals. Details have not yet been released about purchasing tickets in advance of the game. Continue Reading →

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