Raising the Bar: NCFC 2007 Boys Red ‘Onward to Victory’

New Canaan, September 15, 2019

The incredibly rich and storied history of Notre Dame football has given the fans of the Fighting Irish 11 national championships and seven Heisman trophies, a fight song that induces goose bumps whenever, in all of their glory and splendor, the Band of the Fighting Irish marches out playing the ND Victory March. 

More than any other college football program, Notre Dame has created heroes and legends on the field that have translated into tinseltown legends. I of course am referring to the two classics topping USA Today’s 25 best football movies of all time, “Knute Rockne, the All-American” and “Rudy.” Thank you in advance to the Fighting Irish for the key ingredients for my New Canaan Youth Sports story this week. 

This past Sunday on the pastoral fields of New Canaan’s beautiful new athletic facilities, the NCFC Boys Red 2007 team embraced its new leader and Coach, Maegan Doyle. Coach Maegan is a highly accomplished soccer player who hails from Harwich, England, played for England’s U19 Women’s team and recently won the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year for the University of Bridgeport Women’s soccer team while leading them to the 2018 D2 National Championship. 

And just before this weekend’s match, one of the NCFC Red ’07 Boys players, Javi Minuesa, broke his collar bone and will be sidelined for four to six weeks. A team favorite, Javi definitely will definitely be missed on the field and on the sidelines. See where this is going?

Podcast: The Rise of the New Canaan Athletic Foundation

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free weekly podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk New Canaan Athletic Foundation Chairman Mike Benevento about the organization’s efforts over the past several months not only to formalize a partnership with the town, but to sketch out—for the very first time—a detailed, sustainable master plan for youth and varsity sports facilities in New Canaan. Those efforts include a newly announced music festival planned for Saturday, Sept. 7. This week’s podcast is sponsored by Karl Chevrolet, a proud supporter of the full range of New Canaan Athletics. Let’s go Rams.

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March Madness, New Canaan Style

It’s March—and that ushers in a very special time of year for basketball fans. Long ago someone aptly called it “March Madness,” and for the parents and players of the New Canaan Chargers this Fairfield County Basketball League Tournament was most definitely madness, New Canaan style. Having never played together as a team and under the guidance of a new coaching staff, the Chargers surprisingly got off to a quick start with three wins and one loss as they kicked off the 2018-2019 campaign. 

But the back end of season was not pretty, as the boys finished the regular season with five losses over the last six games by an average margin of 14 points. Opposing coaches realized that the Chargers could not handle full-court pressure. No lead that the boys built in any game was safe and the team’s winning ways seemed a distant memory.

Three NCHS Seniors Sign Letters of Intent To Play Football in College

Three senior captains of the New Canaan High School football team on Wednesday signed letters of intent to play football in college. 

Garrett Braden (Rice University), Jack Conley (Boston College) and Jack Stewart (University of Michigan) participated in a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony in the Wagner Room at NCHS. 

Along with senior co-captain Quintin O’Connell, who last month signed his own letter of intent to play lacrosse at North Carolina, the trio led a tenacious Rams team to a Turkey Bowl win against Darien and all the way to the state Class LL championship game. 

After a 3-2 start that saw many write off the Rams as overrated, the team went on a winning streak and, in New Canaan’s first-ever season in the larger Class LL, lost only in the title game to a powerful Greenwich High School squad. Braden, a linebacker and edge rusher with a nose for the football who led the team in sacks, was named to the Class LL All-State defensive team. Conley, who like Stewart played on the line on both sides of the football, was one of the biggest and best linemen in the state, and was named as an All-State Class LL offensive lineman. Stewart, a ferocious player with a knack for the big play who played a tough and physical game that often saw his uniform bloodied, was names to the CHSCA All-State first team. We asked each of them about how they chose their respective colleges.