‘Marinelli Bowl’: Officials Move Saturday’s New Canaan-Greenwich Football Final to Stamford

Saying “heavy online ticket sales” led to concerns about a single venue accommodating two high-attendance games, the organization that oversees high school sports in Connecticut announced Wednesday that the widely anticipated New Canaan-Greenwich state football championship will be played in Stamford. 

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class LL final will be played at 10 a.m. at Boyle Stadium. 

CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini said in a statement that the organization’s policy “remains to not alter championship predetermined venues or schedules based on the geography or requests of the participants, but in this instance the circumstances of having a predetermined site change late in the process and another venue becoming available led to the decision to make this change.”

“As always, the focus is on providing the best and most appropriate championship experience possible for the qualifying teams, and we believe this decision provides that opportunity and we are grateful for those facilities that have offered their sites for our championship contests.”

Originally, the game was to be played at Shelton High School. Officials from both New Canaan High School and Greenwich High School had requested the change of venue, noting that Boyle was available and saying it would better serve local students and their families, as well as each team’s legions of fans. This year’s final is unusual in that it pits New Canaan head coach Lou Marinelli’s Rams against his son John’s Cardinals for the first time in the postseason. John Marinelli, a NCHS graduate and varsity football team alumnus who later worked as its offensive coordinator under his father, was named head coach of Greenwich in 2015. Each team has won two games in four regular-season contests. 

‘A Lasting Win-Win’: New Canaan Athletic Foundation Proposes Expanded Role, Formal Partnership with the Town

Rather than failing to plan for New Canaan’s athletic facilities or leaving the big job of fundraising to one-off volunteer groups, the town should partner with a single, existing nonprofit organization ready to map out a long-term strategy, collect private dollars and ensure that fields and facilities are playable, officials said last week. The New Canaan Athletic Foundation would establish a much-needed endowment for future turf replacement at Dunning Field, under a new agreement with the town, as well as hold additional accounts for operating expenses and, separately, for fundraising in support of new athletic complex-related capital improvements, according to Leo Karl III, who had been tasked to study town fields by the first selectman. “This is our chance as a town to build an endowment that is lasting and that does what it should,” Karl told members of the Town Council at their regular meeting. “There are a lot of reasons this makes a lot of sense,” Karl said at the meeting, held Nov. 14 at Town Hall.

PHOTOS: 11 NCHS Student-Athletes Sign Early Letters of Intent To Play Sports in College

Eleven New Canaan High School seniors signed early Letters of Intent on Wednesday to play sports in college starting next year. The photos below are from a signing ceremony overseen by NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan, held in the Wagner Room. Egan called it “Probably the happiest day” of the year, marking the “culmination lot of hard work, lot of time, lot of effort and a lot of dreams young people are realized by what they have earned.”

Each student received an engraved ‘New Canaan High School’ pen that included the date of Signing Day. We also asked the student-athletes why their future schools are a good fit, and put their responses next to the photos. ***

Lauren Bisceglia

“It was the best balance between social and academics for me, out of all the schools I was looking at and I really liked the people there.”

Campbell Conners

“Honestly I thought it was a good location for me, just because everyone here stays on the East Coast and they want to go to the same schools and when Butler started looking at me, it was all the way in the Midwest and I was kind of scared about that, but then I felt like the fit was just right.

New Canaan Youth Field Hockey 7 Red’s Exciting Undefeated Season Finale

New Canaan Youth Field Hockey’s 7 Red team completed it’s undefeated season on Nov. 3 with an exciting sweep of the Jamboree at Staples High School in Westport. Coach Cari Hills instructed the team to play the shortened games with purpose and pressure. With this aggressive offensive strategy, tight defense, and some superb goalie work, the girls fought hard through three games to finish the season undefeated and take home the championship medals. 

Coach Hills said, “Every single one of our players from the front line to our goalie contributed to the jamboree outcome with their tenacity, teamwork, flexibility, and never-give-up attitude. Their composure during the shootouts and during their comeback against tough competition was inspiring.”

The first game against Westport 7 Blue was a battle of well-matched teams. Both teams took came out aggressively, taking shots on goal, all of which were saved by the teams’ goalies. 

The 7 Red Goalie Lucy Parsons-Hills, made four exciting saves during regulation.