New Canaan Rams 2014 Football Preview: ‘Enjoy the Ride’

It’s going to be a tough act to follow. A year removed from one of the most dominant football seasons in the program’s rich history, the New Canaan Rams will get their 2014 season underway against Daniel Hand on Sept. 12. That being said, the first challenge for the defending FCIAC and Class L State Champions will be putting the past behind them. “We lost 28 seniors and to show you the quality of that class, 14 of them went on to play at another level,” Rams head coach Lou Marinelli told

New Canaan Football’s Present and Future Connect at Rams Camp

Perhaps the only thing more gratifying than connecting the past with the present is the connection between the present and the future. And if the New Canaan Rams youth football camp is any indication, the future looks very bright indeed. More than 90 future Rams gathered this past week at Water Tower turf field to receive instruction from current NCHS varsity football players at Rams Camp, a four day instructional program that teaches the basic principles of head coach Lou Marinelli’s system. “As the head coach I like to have a seamless program from third right up through twelfth grade,” Marinelli told “The terminology is the same.

New Canaan Baseball Tops New Fairfield as Rajkowski Returns


For New Canaan’s Dan Rajkowski, opening day could not come soon enough. Almost one year ago to the day, Tommy John surgery put an end to Rajkowski’s junior season, forcing the flame-throwing righthander to the bench during the Rams’ storybook 2013 state title run, and clouding the pitcher’s baseball future. “When I found out that I had to have Tommy John surgery, it was heartbreaking,” Rajkowski told “I just thought to myself if I ever come back out I’ll make it the best year of my life.”

He’s off to a good start. Rajkowski made a triumphant return to the Mead Park diamond Wednesday night, driving in the first two runs of the game with a booming triple off the tree in right center and–perhaps more importantly–closing out the game with a scoreless 7th inning on the mound, as the Rams began their title defense with an 9-0 win over New Fairfield.

New Canaan Girls Hockey Falls to Ridgefield in FCIAC Semis


DARIEN – Three minutes, 32 seconds. That’s how close the New Canaan girls hockey team was to reaching its tenth consecutive FCIAC finals. Clinging to a 2-1 lead over Ridgefield as the minutes ticked down in Wednesday’s semifinal at Darien Ice Rink, the Rams seemed destined to get back to the championship game­, a place no one expected them to be at the start of the season. Destiny, however, was not on New Canaan’s side. Ridgefield scored a power play goal at the 11:28 mark of the 3rd period, and netted the game-winner in overtime as they defeated the Rams 3-2 in a thrilling, yet ultimately disappointing game for head coach Rich Bulan’s squad.

New Canaan High School Boys, Girls Basketball Postponed

By Terry Dinan

NEW CANAAN – With the winter storm slamming our region with heavy snow and freezing rain, tonight’s New Canaan – Darien boys and girls basketball games have been postponed yet again. According to, the girls (3-14 overall, 3-12 in the FCIAC)will play on Saturday at 2pm. The boys (3-12 overall, 3-10 in the FCIAC) will play on Thursday, February 20th at 7pm. Both games will be at Darien High School. This is the second time these contests were moved due to the weather.