New Canaan Old Timers Association Spotlight: Robert (Bob) Schott

In 1972, Robert (Bob) Schott was a standout on the New Canaan High School track and field team. Elected one of two team captains by his peers, Schott was one of the few sprinters to break the grip members of New Canaan’s elite distance corps had held on the position for many years. Schott rose to the status of an elite national athlete that year, establishing school records in the 50-yard dash (5.5 seconds), the 60-yard dash (6.6 seconds) and the 300-yard run (32.1 seconds). Schott was ranked third in the nation in the 300, and his time put him in second place in the Connecticut High School CIAC record book at the time. His indoor track season was followed by an even more storied outdoor track and field season.

New Canaan Old Timers Spotlight: Andy Towers

Recently inducted into the United States Lacrosse Connecticut Hall of Fame as well as the Brown University Sports Hall of Fame, Andy Towers had an illustrious career as a player. A 1987 graduate of New Canaan High School, Towers played both varsity basketball and lacrosse for Hall of Fame coaches Don Usher and Howard Benedict. As a lacrosse player, he helped the Rams win three straight CT State Championships, earning high school All-American honors as a junior. In 1988, Towers played for the 19 & Under USA Team that won the World Championship in Adelaide, Australia. Towers attended Brown University and played for legendary Hall of Fame coach, Dom Starsia.

New Canaan Old Timers Association Spotlight: Cari Hills

One of the most prolific athletes in New Canaan High School history, Cari Hills was a three-sport star in field hockey, lacrosse and basketball. A 1994 NCHS graduate, she received the both the Bob’s Sports Award for outstanding female athlete and the Master of Sports Award. In field hockey, Hills was recognized with All-State honors scoring 45 career goals with 20 assists. In lacrosse, she helped the team win the first and only FCIAC championship in 1993. She scored six of the eight goals in the championship-winning game against Greenwich and posted 97 career goals as a tri-captain in her senior year.

New Canaan Old Timers Association Spotlight: Kara Devlin Yonker

One of the most dominant and decorated swimmers in the history of Connecticut swimming, Kara Devlin Yonker attended New Canaan High School and swam for the Rams from 1981-1985. A three-time high school All American, Kara won every CIAC race she competed in during her career except one, where she placed second. She won 8 individual FCIAC, Class M and State Open titles and held FCIAC and CIAC records in the 200 and 500-freestyle events. Kara earned Connecticut Swimmer of the Year honors in 1983 and 1984. She was also captain of the NCHS swim team.

New Canaan Old Timers Association Spotlight: Mary Beth McNichol

There have been many trailblazers throughout the course of New Canaan’s sports history. That being said, perhaps none have broken as much new ground as both a player and a coach as Mary Beth McNichol. Mary Beth McNichol Pickering, known to most as “MB,” grew up in New Canaan and went through the public schools system, with the exception of her freshman year when she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich. While at New Canaan High School, Pickering was a standout student-athlete in soccer (three years), basketball (three years), lacrosse (two years) and softball (one year). She received postseason accolades in many of these sports, ranging from All-FCIAC, All-State, and All-New England.