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: Spotlight on NCFC ’07 Boys Black, New Canaan Crew

New Canaan Football Club ’07 Boys Black Defeat Westport 2-1

—ilubmitted by Greg Martin

The New Canaan F.C. 2007 Boys Black Team, coached by Han Park, improved their record with a 2-1 win on the road against Westport.  As usual, New Canaan started the game on the offensive with Gregory Martin being robbed 5 minutes into the game on a great save by the Westport goalie on left footed blast from just inside the box. Shortly thereafter, Donovan West hit the post on a Sportscenter worthy shot from 25 yards away. Just past midway through the first half, New Canaan finally broke through and opened the scoring on terrific wing play on the left side from Gregory Martin who sent in a pinpoint low cross to Parker Della Bitta on the near post who adeptly one touched the ball into the goal. New Canaan maintained the pressure on Westport and were rewarded with their second goal on a nice corner kick taken by Holden Prymas with Donovan West picking up the deflected ball in the box and shooting the ball on the ground through the oncoming defenders legs into the goal. Westport continued to fight hard and with a minute left in the half they nearly cut the lead in half.  Westport came in on a breakaway when their two forwards got behind the New Canaan defense. Continue Reading →

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‘Olé – Olé – Olé – Olé – Olé’: New Canaan FC Red ’07 Boys Victorious over Stamford Rivals

Days from now, the world’s greatest sporting event, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, will kick off in St. Petersburg, Russia. National pride stirs the passion and souls of fans from all over the world – from the championship expectations of the millions of fans from powerhouses like Brazil and Germany to the 330,000 chanting Vikings of Iceland, the smallest country ever to qualify. From the long-suffering supporters of the home of soccer, England, to the return to World Cup play after a 2014 Asian no show with Japan and Korea. The intrigue of the story lines abound and are as compelling as a junior travel soccer match played out by 22 boys here in chilly New Canaan last Sunday. Continue Reading →

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High Marks for New Turf Fields at NCHS, Despite Delay in Lighting

Despite a yet-unresolved delay that’s cut down on practice hours, those making use of the newly laid turf fields in their inaugural spring at New Canaan High School are giving high marks for a facility that’s more weather-resistant, flexible and consistent with those of area towns. Though the lights at the new Water Tower turf fields are not yet powered due to recent storms, athletes, coaches and officials from the nonprofit organizations that run youth sports here say the fields—part of a an estimated $5.8 million project that also includes the new track at NCHS, a public-private partnership between the town and New Canaan Athletic Foundation—already are paying dividends. “The new turf is great because there is more space to play when it rains,” fourth-grade lacrosse and soccer player Emma Barnard said. “That’s a good thing.”

The track and fields project has been “a long time coming,” Recreation Director Steve Benko said. “When we’re finished, we’ll have a spectacular facility. Continue Reading →

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Youth Soccer Roundup: Opening Matches Deliver Warmth, Wins

NCFC Red Boys 2007 Victorious over Greenwich Barcelona, 3 – 0, Setting the Tone for the Spring 2018 Season
—submitted by Ed Ho

As we eagerly await the arrival of Spring in this lovely corner of SW CT, we New Canaan soccer moms and dads continue to grace the sidelines of our kids’ matches with blankets, winter coats, and wooly hats with a hope that something good is coming…something to warm our bodies and our souls as Spring customarily should. Here in NC this past sunny Sunday afternoon, the prolonged April chill made temperatures seem high at 60 degrees, while the expectations for a W seemed low given the thrashing Greenwich gave us the last time our two clubs played in 2017. And unlike the weather, Greenwich came out hot in their away Red, launching several well organized and feisty runs. Over the course of the first 15 minutes, Dylan Ho, playing goalie for NC, turned away at least five shots highlighted by two well directed Greenwich shots to the left corner where Ho dove, and in full stretch, punched the ball away drawing cheers from both home and away supporters. But it wasn’t just the goalkeeping that kept Greenwich from taking an early and commanding lead again…Brooks Walker and Joaquin Blanco anchored the defense with solid back line play, assisted by midfielders Javier Minuesa, Rohan Shenoy and Rogan Lowe, all teaming together to thwart the visitors’ efforts to ruin this glorious New Canaan Spring Sunday. Continue Reading →

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Board of Selectmen Divided on Disbanding ‘Youth Sports Committee’

While New Canaan’s highest elected official has suggested dissolving a committee tasked with overseeing youth sports in town and transferring the responsibility to a standing commission, fellow members of the Board of Selectmen are pushing back on that move. The Youth Sports Committee—widely known among locals for instituting a per-player, per-season fee for fields use 18 months ago, an effort that was itself a few years in the making—was formed in the wake of “some well publicized issues,” Selectman Nick Williams said Tuesday morning. “We had the trophy burning incident that made national headlines, we had some situations in youth sports where we had allegations made against certain coaches in terms of use of language to the kids that coincided with an explosion of youth sports, much of that because of the burgeoning of girls sports—girls lacrosse, girls soccer, et cetera— and then that brings in Title IX issues,” Williams said during the board’s regular meeting, held at Town Hall. “It became apparent that nobody was looking at youth sports, which is huge in this town, from the town’s point of view. The not-for-profits had youth sports organizations—soccer, football, et cetera—but there was no hub for those folks and the Youth Sports Committee was designed to be that hub, the clearinghouse for information, exchange of best practices, things like that.”

The comments came during a discussion of several volunteer “committees”—Deer Committee, Spencer’s Run Committee and Dog Litter Committee, for example—whose futures appear to be uncertain. Continue Reading →

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