Nine NCHS Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent To Play Sports in College

Nine New Canaan High School seniors on Monday signed early Letters of Intent to play sports in college starting next year. The photos below are from socially distanced signing ceremonies overseen by NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan, held throughout the morning and early afternoon at Waveny House. 

“When I attend these ceremonies I am always struck by how emotional this moment in time is for our athletes and their families,” Egan said. “In many instances these college commitments represent the  culmination of many years of sacrifice and dedication. It is very gratifying to watch our athletes realize their lifelong dreams.”

We asked the student-athletes why they chose their future schools, and put their responses next to photos where provided. 

Henry Benton

University of Wisconsin
Crew (coxswain)
NCHS coach: Sharon Kriz
Also recruited by: Bucknell, Cornell
“I chose Wisconsin because of the academic prestige of the university, partnered with the supportive alumni community, it provides a great launch pad for a career. In addition the university provides extensive resources and support for its student athletes.

Letter from NCHS Athletic Director: ‘Our Student-Athletes Made Life-Long Memories’

The New Canaan High School Fall Sports Season concluded on November 14th with over 650 New Canaan High School students participating in our programs.

As we reflect upon the season, I want to thank the NCHS Fall Coaching staff, our student athletes, and their families for helping to make this Fall season extremely successful. Even though the season was far from “normal,” our athletes and coaches focused on the positives, such as the joy of playing, the confidence that comes from improvement through committed practice, and the excitement being together to experience the challenges and successes of competitions. We began the season with uncertainty due to the COVID pandemic, and are concluding it with feelings of pride and gratitude. There were many highlights during the Fall Season. 

Boys and Girls Cross Country competed extremely well in the Divisional Meet in Waveny Park on November 4th. The girls team had many fast times and placed 2nd overall.

Parks Officials Vote 11-0 To Support New Canaan Softball’s Proposal To Plant Trees by ‘Orchard Field’ at Waveny

Parks officials last week voted unanimously in favor of a youth sports organization’s proposal to fund and help plan for the planting of trees by a softball field in Waveny. An iconic tree located behind the backstop at the “Orchard Field” at Waveny recently came down, prompting New Canaan Softball parents to plan for its replacement, according to Jeff Fortmann, a town resident and father of two children who serves on the organization’s board and who swam short-distance events in the early-1990s for the New Canaan Y team. “That tree was beloved,” Fortmann told members of the Parks & Recreation Commission at their regular meeting, held Oct. 14 via videoconference. Softball parents consulted with Recreation Director Steve Benko and Parks Superintendent John Howe, and have developed a plan to raise $5,000 toward purchase of trees.

‘O Jogo Bonito’ Uplifts Players and Parents as NCFC ’06-’07 Boys Start the Season 4-0

Sports can be such a wonderful distraction.  And in times like these we all need something beautiful, to take our collective and individual minds off of our concerns and worries, and to remind us that, yes—there is joy in this world. 

We pause to take in the simplest gift that nature has bestowed on us these past four weekends—one pictured at right. The glorious sun beaming over the leafy trees as they begin to change over to their autumnal shades. The greenest of natural grass laid out like a carpet for young boys to meet and play, as Pele made famous, “the beautiful game.” The vigor of our youth, cheered on for a taste of the valor and glory of sport. So simple, so wonderful, so beautiful. So, please let me take a stab—at something really beautiful that our boys have given us these past four weeks in their victories…not a highlight of goals scored, or a recounting of how they won the games, but instead my adaptation of Frank Sinatra’s “You Can’t take that Away From Me” (play it while reading, embed below):


There are many many crazy things that will keep us cheering for you
And with your permission, may I list a few? Coach Meaghan– the way you wear your hat,
Oliver Sturn, Ben Bognon—the way you stop those free…
The memory of ALL THAT
No, No they can’t take that away from me…
Will Arnold, Rogan Lowe—the way your kick just beams,
Teddy Ansaldi, Ollie Carr, Harry Cullen—the way you pass so key. Dylans Rees and Ho and Snell – the way you play, such dreams!