‘We Should Be Able To Do Better’: Officials Flag Sharply Rising, High Costs of Youth Basketball Program

Concerned about planned cost increases to New Canaan’s only youth basketball program—already the most expensive in the area, prohibitively so for many families—officials said Monday night they hope to address rising gym rental fees at Saxe Middle School, which have doubled in three years. In reviewing a financial breakdown from the New Canaan Basketball Association, officials with the town’s Youth Sports Committee said they were surprised by and concerned about rental fees at Saxe that have jumped from $16,000 in 2012 to $32,000 last year—and, as a result, pushed the 5-month program’s per-player cost from $780 (with uniforms) to what likely will be about $980 next year. “I am having difficulty with this,” committee member Sally Campbell said during the group’s meeting, held in Lapham Community Center. While field sports pay a $20 per-player fields usage fee to the town, basketball’s gym rental cost is more than 12 times that amount on a per-player basis. “I feel that our outdoor sports—lacrosse, soccer and so on—they have access to our fields, and a town resource, and they do not have to pay anything and this is a similar program and I think somehow we should be able to do better.

NCBA Fifth Grade Boys Continue Racking Up Wins

The New Canaan Basketball Association Fifth Grade Red and Black boys travel teams combined to go 5-1 last weekend, continuing their domination over the rest of the Fairfield County Basketball League. The Red 5’s (6-7 overall, 5-6 FCBL) defeated Greenwich and Milford before falling to a tough Orange squad on Sunday, ending their five game conference winning streak. Meanwhile the Black 5’s (15-1 overall, 9-0 FCBL) took down league powerhouses Bristol and Mt. Vernon to maintain their hold on first place in the conference. New Canaan Red – 30, Greenwich Flame – 26

New Canaan erased a late fourth quarter deficit as Chris McLallen and Matt Salmini hit clutch foul shots down the stretch in the final stanza to help the Red 5’s to a comeback win over the Greenwich Flame.

New Canaan 7th Grade Girls Basketball Team Triumphs Over New Fairfield

New Canaan’s 7th grade girls beat New Fairfield 30-24 on Sunday at New Fairfield Middle School in a FCBL league game. Quinn McKiernan led all scorers with 13 points including 4 3-pointers, followed by Elizabeth St. George with 7 and Marlee Smith with 4. New Canaan controlled the pace of the game right from the tipoff but New Fairfield kept the game close. Chloe Reidy scored the first basket of the game off of a pass by St.

NCBA Roundup: Fifth Grade Boys Red and Black Teams Ride Winning Streaks

The New Canaan Basketball Association fifth grade Red and Black boys are sending the rest of the Fairfield County Basketball League a loud-and-clear message this season:

You don’t want to play us. The Black team (13-1, 7-0 FCBL) has dominated throughout the season, as head coach Fred Crawford’s crew has outscored opponents 673-448 so far. Meanwhile, Felix Belgrove’s Red team (4-6, 3-5 FCBL) has turned its season around after an 0-5 start, winning four of its last five games, including a dramatic overtime victory over Weston this past Sunday. NC Red 5 – 33, Redding-Easton – 29

Ryan Connelly scored 9 points and Connor O’Donnell added 8 as the Red 5’s took down heavily favored Redding-Easton Friday night at Saxe Middle School. New Canaan trailed for virtually the entire contest after Redding-Easton jumped out to a 7-4 lead after one quarter.

New Canaan Seventh Grade Basketball Takes MLK Tourney

The NCBA Seventh Grade Black basketball team won four consecutive games to win the 28th Annual Martin Luther King Weekend Tournament, sponsored by New Castle Youth Basketball. New Canaan defeated New Castle 35-18, Yorktown 67-62 and Somers 68-26. In the finals they faced New Castle again where they battled it out in overtime to become the champions by way of a 58-51 win. Led by head coach Bobby Spezzano, New Canaan came into the tourney having won four consecutive games going back to the previous Friday against Wilton. New Canaan got off to a fast start jumping out to an early 12-6 first quarter lead.