NCHS Recognizes Student-Athletes Who Will Play Division 3 Sports in College

New Canaan High School on Monday recognized more than one dozen seniors who will play Division 3 sports in college starting next year. 

NCHS Athletic Director Jay Egan said the school’s annual ceremony is a way to mark and celebrate an achievement for the student-athletes as well as their families, asking those in attendance to recognize the parents who “make this all possible.”

“A lot of car rides and check-writing,”  he told those gathered in the Wagner Room at NCHS for the short ceremony, including the student-athletes, their families, close friends and coaches. Egan also reviewed some statistics regarding Division 3, which came into being 50  years ago, saying it makes up 40% of the total NCAA membership. “Division 3 members provide a well-rounded collegiate experience that involves a balance of rigorous academics, competitive athletics and the opportunity to pursue the multitude of other co-curricular and extracurricular activities offered,” he said. We asked the student-athletes why they chose their future schools, and put their responses next to photos where provided (students not present include Ben Maden):

Abigayle Bleil

Middlebury College

“I wanted to go there, regardless of whether I was going to be able to swim or not. So I reached out to the coach about a year ago.

Q&A: Celebration of Bo Hickey’s Life Set for May 21

A remembrance for the late Bo Hickey—longtime New Canaan High School football and hockey coach, and superintendent of Lakeview Cemetery—is to be held 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at Waveny House. Free and open to the public, the celebration of Hickey’s impactful life will include food and drinks for attendees (RSVP here), and donations to to a scholarship established in his name are welcome. We put some questions to co-organizer Terry Dinan, a lifelong New Canaan resident, sports historian and board member of the New Canaan Old Timers/Athletic Alumni Association who put the celebration together with Scott Overbeck, Lou Marinelli, Frank Granito, Rick Ericson and Mary Miller. Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: How would you describe Bo Hickey to those who didn’t know him?

‘We Had The Potential To Beat Any Team In The State’: Boy’s Hockey Sees Bittersweet End To Season

Back-breaking, bone-crunching, heart-stopping hits. Sliding skates and piles of pads to protect players from their opponents’ malicious punches. Hockey is a game like no other. It requires the toughness of a boxer and the precision of a golfer, all while skating on ice. In such a grueling sport, there are two possible outcomes: spectacular triumph or disgruntling defeat.