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                             2007 Spring Varsity Sports Preview

PAGE 2A                                                            NCHS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW a New Canaan Advertiser Special Section                                                           THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2007

Turning point
With entire varsity roster back,
softball Rams eye State playoffs
        By George Albano                “We had no seniors last year,
   On paper, and especially on the three juniors, six sophomores and
field, the 2007 New Canaan High one freshman,” Tomaselli said.
School softball team looks a lot “So now weʼre junior heavy this
like the 2006 Rams.                   year. We have nine juniors.
   In fact, barring                                     “We have three
injury, the lineup                                    seniors, our tri-
will be exactly the              Softball             captains, who are
same.                       2006 record — 4-16        the same as last
   That, however, is                                  year.”
where the similari-                                     That would be
ties end.                             Jen Spindel, a four-year varsity
   This yearʼs New Canaan soft- starter at third base, Christina
ball team is an entirely different Wozniak, another four-year start-
squad. Only the names remain er in left field, and Kim Malizia,
the same. The level of experi- a three-year starter at first base.
ence, maturity and confidence           “Christina is our cleanup hitter
are all different.                    and we look for her to drive in a
   Hopefully, so will the teamʼs lot more runs this season. Sheʼs
record.                               a strong hitter,” Tomaselli said.
   “We went 4-16 last year, but “Jen Spindel is just an excellent
we had four two-run losses and a third basemen who bats in the
couple of three-run losses,” third- middle of the lineup. We also
year Head Coach Larry Tomaselli look for her to drive in more
pointed out. “We probably should runs.
have won eight games last year,         “And Kim has improved dra-
but whenever we were in a criti- matically both offensively and
cal situation with runners in scor- defensively. Sheʼs swinging the
ing position we couldnʼt get the bat a lot better.”
big hit.                                Meanwhile, junior pitcher
   “I attribute that to age. We had Caitlin Duffy will be starting on
a bunch of sophomores last year the mound for the Rams for the
who were not quite ready. The third straight year.
talent was there, but the experi-       “In our first scrimmage (last
ence wasnʼt.”                         Thursday against St. Lukeʼs) you     Junior Sarah Freeman will be back behind the plate for the New Canaan High softball team this season, as the Rams
   Now fast forward to this spring could see the difference in her         return their entire varsity roster. (Dave Stewart/File Photo)
and the Rams are a year older velocity,” Tomaselli said. “Her
and a year more experienced, not velocity got better and now she           second year in a row will be fel-     be shortstop Katie Hogan, anoth-      Tomaselli will also has the        Greenwich, while the home open-
to mention a little more talented throws three pitches.                    low junior Sarah Freeman, who         er junior and two-year starter.     luxury of a second pitcher he        er is Saturday at 1 p.m. against
because of those first two fac-         “But the main thing I saw          Tomaselli said “had a solid year         Joining Wozniak in the out-      can rely on this season in junior    New Fairfield in a non-league
tors.                                 was her command. She had real        last year and I just expect her to    field will be juniors Katie Cody    Daniela Hincapie.                    contest. Tomaselli hopes itʼs the
   But theyʼre still a young team, strong command of her pitches           keep getting better. Sheʼs also our   in center and Elizabeth Bradley       “For the first time since Iʼve     start of a turnaround season by
at least on paper, with only three and I think that will make a big        leadoff batter and usually sets the   in right.                           been coaching here (two years        the Rams.
seniors. Then again, thatʼs three difference.”                             tone for us offensively.”                “Katie was our leading hitter    as an assistant and the past two        “We put the ball in play all
more than they had last season.         Duffyʼs batterymate for the           Freeman was an All-FCIAC           last year and made second-team      seasons as head coach) I have        the time last year. We just didnʼt
                                                                           Honorable Mention in 2006,            All-FCIAC,” Tomaselli said.         two pitchers,” he said. “Daniela     drive the ball and again I think
                              New Canaan Softball                          as was Michelle Tomaselli, yet        “We look for her to continue to     pitched for the JV last year and     that was just their age,” he said.
                                                                           another junior who also “had a        improve. Sheʼs gonna bat in the     her velocity has improved and so     “But we should be much better
Rams at a glance

                      Head Coach Larry Tomaselli (3rd year)                solid season last year,” according    third spot so she should drive in   has her control. She will see time   at that this season. In our first
                                   Whoʼs Back                              to her coach and father, and will     runs.”                              on the mound.”                       scrimmage against St. Lukeʼs we
                                                                           start at second base again.              Sarah Dalia, one of the two        Other reserves include junior      beat them 11-2. Last year we lost
                         1B Kim Malizia, 3B Jen Spindel,                      “We look for her to step up and    sophomores on the varsity roster,   Samantha Turner, whoʼs also up       to them 5-3. And we got a lot of
                      LF Christina Wozniak, P Caitlin Duffy,               get to the next level, too,” the      returns as the DH after a solid     from JV and will see action in the   two-out hits with runners in scor-
                                                                           elder Tomaselli said of the two-      season in that role last year.      outfield, and sophomore Paulina      ing position, which was a good
                     C Sarah Freeman, 2B Michelle Tomaselli,               year starter. “She bats second in        The Ramsʼ coach also likes       Rodriguez, who will see time at      sign for me.
                                                                           the lineup so we look for her to      his bench, which includes junior    third base, behind the plate and        “We hope it continues. If weʼre
                         SS Katie Hogan, CF Katie Cody,                                                          Cate OʼRourke, a second base-       in the outfield.                     aggressive at the plate and drive
                                                                           get on base and move runners
                      RF Elizabeth Bradley, DH Sarah Dalia                 around,”                              man/outfielder who was captain        New Canaan opens the 2007          the ball, I think weʼll have a suc-
                                                                              Her partner up the middle will     of last yearʼs JV team.             season today, Thursday, at           cessful season.”

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Gems on the diamond
New Canaan seniors ready for grand finale
         By Dave Stewart           group can find a way to get a                   the hardcore one-two punch of
   Three years ago, New Canaan second number on the baseball                       Casali and Krieger in the third
baseball coach Mark “2-5-0” banner, itʼs this group.                               and fourth spots.
Rearick was having some dif-         Last season, the Rams went                       Casali, who will play at
ficulty finding a starting short- 17-8 and won three dramatic one-                 Vanderbilt next year, bats third
stop for his varsity club, so he run games to capture their first                  and the numbers heʼs put up dur-
shifted a freshman by the name FCIAC championship in 17 years                      ing his high school career has
of Curtis Casali from his normal and give Rearick his first title as               been nothing short of incredible.
position of catcher                                a head coach.                   In 81 games over three years, he
to the key spot on                                    Six starters and             has 88 hits,. 73 RBIs, 11 home
the infield.
   Casali,      who
                                  Baseball         the entire three-
                                                   man starting rota-
                                                                                   runs and a .415 batting aver-
                                                                                   age, including a high of .448 as
would wind up            2006 record — 17-8        tion return from                a sophomore. Last season, he
behind the plate as       FCIAC Champions          that champion-                  batted .378 with 28 hits, and a
the starting catcher                               ship team, and                  team-leading six home runs and
by seasonʼs end,                                   with them come                  33 RBIs.
also slipped into the lineup and sky-high expectations, along                         Krieger took over as the
began hammering varsity pitch- with a huge bullʼs-eye for the                      starting first baseman last year
ing immediately. The hits havenʼt rest of the league.                              and eventually settled into the
stopped since.                       “It has its pros and cons,”                   clean-up spot protecting Casali.
   Casali is now heading into Rearick said. “The con is every-                     Krieger hit .391 with 34 hits,
his senior year as part of what bodyʼs shooting for us and weʼre                   both team highs, drove in 24
Rearick called the best senior likely to see everybodyʼs ace                       runs and scored 17 times. Heʼll
class New Canaan has had in 50 pitcher. The upside is hopefully                    be heading to Ohio to play ball at
years. The list of stars goes far weʼll feel a sense of confidence                 Denison next spring.
beyond Casali to pitchers Tommy knowing what we can do if we                          Defensively, Krieger, an
Harkins and Brendan Rafalski, put our minds to it.                                 FCIAC All-East selection, is part
first baseman Peter Krieger and      “Teams arenʼt going to just roll              on an infield which returns three
shortstop James Mase.              over and play dead because we                   starters.
   But itʼs the senior catcher won the FCIAC last year.”                              At second, senior Mark Kelley
Casali who Rearick compared to       New Canaan graduated three                    has nailed down the starting spot,
one of the greatest baseball stars key players from last yearʼs                    after seeing some playing time
in NCHS history.                   team: Centerfielder and lead-                   last year at third base.
   “Heʼs certainly the best Iʼve off hitter John Aldrich, an All-                     Mase started at second base
ever coached and heʼs the best FCIAC selection, shortstop                          last year and earned an All-East
I can remember at New Canaan Matt Pares and leftfielder Ryan                       nod, and has shifted to shortstop
High School,” Rearick said. “The McRedmond.                                        and will lead off in the lineup.
only guy who might rank up           “They were all very valu-                        “Mase has made the transition
there with him was Gene Ready, able contributors to the team,”                     to short and heʼs looked pretty
who single-handily pitched New Rearick said. “All three are going                  solid. I have a lot of confidence
Canaan to the State title in 1950 to be difficult to replace for dif-              in him. Heʼll make all the routine
with three complete games in six ferent reasons. They all brought                  plays and heʼs more than capa-
days. But other than Gene, I canʼt a heckuva lot to the table and                  ble of handling the position,”
remember a kid like Curtis whoʼs were instrumental in the FCIAC                    Rearick said.
been so dominant for so long.”     championship that we won.”                         At third will be the tandem of
   Itʼs been 57 years since New      But while the losses left some                Harkins and Rafalski, tri-captains
Canaan won its only State base- gaps to fill, the majority of the                  who also make up two-thirds of
ball championship, but if any starting lineup is back, including                   the starting rotation. Rafalski will
                                                                                   bat second after hitting .312 as
                                                                                   a junior, while Harkins, the No.
                              New Canaan Baseball                                  5 batter, had one of the biggest
Rams at a glance

                      Head Coach Mark Rearick (17th year)                          hits of the postseason when he
                                                                                   belted a grand slam in an 11-10
                                   Whoʼs Back                                      win over Stamford in the FCIAC
                       C Curtis Casali, P/3B Tommy Harkins,                        quarterfinals.
                     P/3B Brendan Rafalski, 1B Peter Krieger,                         In the outfield, junior Connor
                                                                                   Fleming moves from right to cen-
                    2B James Mase and P/CF Connor Fleming                          ter in place of Aldrich, with senior
                                   Whoʼs Gone                                      Adam Michalek in left. Junior Tommy Harkins, a three-year starting pitcher with the Rams, has compiled a record of
                         CF John Aldrich, SS Matt Pares                            Jack Wallace starts in right.        13-5 the past two seasons. Harkins, Brendan Rafalski and Curtis Casali will be senior
                                                                                                                                  tri-captains this year, as New Canaan looks to defend its FCIAC championship.
                            and LF Ryan McRedmond                                       See BASEBALL on Page 9                                                                                 (Dave Stewart/File Photo)



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Chemistry class
Right mix should make laxmen
contenders in FCIAC an States
         By Dave Stewart             during this school year.
   Each year, when Head Coach          “Athletically, there are some
Howard Benedict first scans the mentally and physically tough
many players who come out and kids,” Benedict said. “They have
try to earn a spot on the New the relationship chemistry to do
Canaan Ramsʼ boysʼ lacrosse well. Whether they will create
team, the process of evaluation the chemistry on the field needed
begins.                              to win close ballgames as we
   What form the 2007 varsity did last year remains to be seen.
roster, and the final                                You never know.
starting lineup, will                                Theyʼre     high
take, remains to be
seen, but there is
                                                          Boys’ Lacrosse
                                                     school kids and
                                                     you never know
one thing Benedict         2006 record — 14-6        how theyʼll react
and the NCHS                FCIAC Runner-up          to certain situa-
team can always                                      tions.”
count on.                                               New Canaanʼs
   “What we have is a tradition,” 2006 season was one of lows and
Benedict said. “Since I started highs, with the biggest moments
off, the only thing thatʼs changed coming against Greenwich. The
is Iʼve gotten more experience low point came early, when
and learned from my players and they started 0-3 and lost to the
opponents. New Canaan is about Cardinals, 10-7. The high point
having high expectations. New came in the FCIAC tournament,
Canaan lacrosse has a long tradi- when they knocked off the heav-
tion and I have high expectations ily favored Cards, 9-8, in the
from myself and from the kids.” semifinals.
   Those high expectations can         The FCIAC championship was
either weigh heavily on a team decided in an anticlimactic game,
or can cause it to become more as the final was postponed due to
driven and with the group of ath- a lightning storm. Because the
letes Benedict this season, itʼs a State tournament was scheduled
good bet theyʼll do the latter and to start the next day, the Rams
find a way to succeed.               and Blue Wave played for the                                                                 New Canaan junior goalie Fergus Campbell scoops up the ball during a boysʼ lacrosse game between the Rams and
   The varsity team is strong ath- conference title in the Class M                                                                Brien McMahon last spring. Campbell, junior Paul Dubas and senior co-captain Stewart Calder give the Rams a unique
letically and the experience leans quarterfinals, with Darien win-                                                                triple option in the net, as each will have opportunities to start again this season. (Dave Stewart/File Photo)
heavily to the defensive side, ning 12-7 to deliver a double
although their are some sharp whammy to New Canaan, which                                                                         midfield.                              Benedict said heʼll stick with the                      game of lacrosse. Thereʼs no one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 State Class M and All-FCIAC
offensive threats at midfield and finished 14-6.                                                                                     Injuries hindered the Rams          three until one separates from                          standing out there right now, so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 First Team honors last year.
up front as well.                      This year, the Rams will be                                                                during the preseason, making the       the pack.                                               itʼs a great unknown,” the coach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Theyʼll be joined by Healy and
   One thing the Rams shouldnʼt led by five senior captains: Dan                                                                  final picture a bit murky even            “All three goalies saw time                          said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 senior Stuart Knechtle, both of
have to worry about is mental Neeleman, Chris Healy and goal-                                                                     as the season-opener with Brien        because we never identified a                              One spot which is secure is on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 whom played varsity last spring,
toughness, as many of the players ie Stewart Calder on defense, and                                                               McMahon approached. Benedict           consistent starter and weʼre going                      face-offs, where senior Grayson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and junior Richie McGinniss,
have had success in other sports Sam Davies and Charlie Streep at                                                                 said he hopes to have all the          to continue doing that this season                      Simon returns for another sea-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 another player with varsity expe-
                                                                                                                                  players back together on the field     unless somebody steps forward                           son.
                                            New Canaan Boysʼ Lacrosse                                                             soon.                                  and identifies himself as the go-                          At midfield and attack, Benedict
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Weʼre returning some athletes
                                     Head Coach Howard Benedict (34th year)                                                          “With all the injuries weʼve        to person,” the coach said.                             and the Rams have some big
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and some experience there,”
                                                                                                                                  had right now, itʼs impossible            The goalie position could be a                       shoes to fill after the graduations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Benedict said of the defense.
 Rams at a glance

                                                     Whoʼs Back                                                                   to have any understanding of           unique strength, if things break                        of leading scorer Jamie Mauk and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Whether we play together well
                                  D Dan Neeleman, Kevin Gildea, Chris Healy and                                                   what the teamʼs potential is,”         right this spring.                                      Chris Fetchet, both All-State first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in a team defense, I canʼt see at
                                  Stuart Knechtle; GKs Stewart Calder, Paul Dubas                                                 Benedict said. “At this point the         The three netminders will be                         team selections, Peter Campbell,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 this point what will happen with
                                                                                                                                  only thing weʼre working on is         fronted by a strong and deep                            an All-State second teamer, Tyler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that. But we do have the experi-
                                     and Fergus Campbell; MF/A David Hawley,                                                      fundamentals and weʼre not even        defensive unit, as five main play-                      DeTour and Dillon Simpson.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ence with Neeleman and Gildea
                                   Charlie Streep, Alex Drexler and Grayson Simon                                                 ready to begin the team part of        ers, all long poles, are varsity                           There will be several weap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Chris Healy. And Stuart
                                                     Whoʼs Gone                                                                   the game.”                             vets. Just two, Chris Parent and                        ons intact, however, with seniors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Knechtle and McGinniss look to
                                                                                                                                     The defense will feature the        Coleman Stoltze, graduated.                             David Hawley, Alex Drexler and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 be improved at this point.”
                                  MF/A Jamie Mauk, Chris Fetchet, Peter Campbell,                                                 same triple threat of goalies as the      Leading the group is Neeleman,                       Streep back.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The midfield defense situa-
                                          Tyler DeTour and Dillon Simpson;                                                        Rams had last year with Calder         who started last season. Neeleman                          Hawley was emerging as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tion is a bit more muddled, and
                                         D Chris Parent and Coleman Stoltze                                                       and juniors Fergus Campbell and        is coming off a stellar football                        strong option on offense late last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Benedict said there havenʼt been
                                                                                                                                  Paul Dubas. All had big games          campaign in which he helped                             season, as he scored two goals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 any standouts who jumped in and
                                                                                                                                  as well as difficult moments, and      lead the Rams to an 11-2 record                         during a 3-0 fourth quarter run
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 grabbed starting jobs early in the
                                                                                                                                                                         and was named the MVP of New                            preseason.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 which turned the tide in the Ramsʼ
                                                                                                                                                                         Canaanʼs State championship                                “We have to fill all of the short
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 playoff win over Greenwich. He
                                                                                                                                                                         win over Maloney.                                       stick defensive middie spots.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 followed that with a nine-goal
                                                                                                                                                                            Also starring on D is senior                         Thatʼs known as the most impor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 explosion in a 14-10 win over
                                                                                                                                                                         Kevin Gildea, who earned All-                           tant position on the field in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ridgefield in the first round of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the States.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Streep and Drexler were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 injured last year and although
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Streep managed to return for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 few games at the end of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 season, their absence hurt New
                                                                                                      �������������������������                                                                                                  Canaanʼs depth up front. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 year, both are healthier and hop-
                                                                                                      ��������������������                                                                                                       ing to return to form.
                                                                                                      �������������������������                                                                                                     Davies will also star in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 midfield, along with seniors
                                                                                                      ����������������������                                                                                                     Brian Belak and David Reed and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 junior Ted Citrin.
                                                                                                      ���������������������                                                                                                         As always, the rivalry games
                                                                                                      ���������������������������                                                                                                will be the ones circled on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 calendars, with the Rams vis-
                                                                                                      �������������������������                                                                                                  iting Wilton on Tuesday, April
                                                                                                      ����������������������                                                                                                     17, before hosting Greenwich on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Friday, April 20, and Darien on
                                                                                                      ���������������������������                                                                                                Tuesday, May 1.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Games against Brien McMahon,
                                                                                                      ���������������������                                                                                                      Glastonbury and Fairfield Prep
                                      ���������������������                                                ��������������                                                                                                        will also be big ones.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “To compete with the best,
                                                                                                       �������������������                                                                                                       what we need is more skills in the
                                         �����������������                                                                                                                                                                       team parts of the game as well

                                              ������                                                                                                                                                                             as with the individual parts of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the game,” Benedict said. “Weʼll
                                            ��������                                                                                                                     New Canaanʼs Charlie Streep (18) and Darienʼs Jamie need to gain experience and
                                                                                                                                                                         Ozzano go head-to-head in last yearʼs FCIAC final/Class develop those skills in order to
                                  �������������������������������������������������������������������������   ��������������������                                                                                               contend with the better teams.”
                                                                                                                                                                         M quarterfinal game. (Dave Stewart/File Photo)

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2007                                             NCHS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW a New Canaan Advertiser Special Section                                                                   PAGE 5A

New faces in new places for New Canaan girls’ lacrosse
         By Dave Stewart              She worked as an undergradu-                                                                                                               varsity level as a sophomore.
   When a new head coach takes ate assistant coach at Penn State in                                                                                                                 “She played in one game last
over a varsity level sports pro- 2004, before returning to Wilton                                                                                                                year and did pretty well, so weʼre
gram in high school, it usually High as the freshman lacrosse                                                                                                                    looking for her to step into the
comes with some bumps in the coach and a public schools                                                                                                                          role. Sheʼs been playing well in
road, as both players and coach teacher in 2005. She joined New                                                                                                                  the scrimmages,” Wood said.
go through a period of transition. Canaan Public Schools and the                                                                                                                    Boland and Mauk will be joined
   For Kristin Wood, the New Ramsʼ JV lacrosse team in 2006.                                                                                                                     on the defensive end by junior
Canaan Ramsʼ new leader in            Earlier this season, she suc-                                                                                                              Brooke Atherton and sophomore
girlsʼ lacrosse, the adjustment ceeded former varsity head coach                                                                                                                 Hailey Dray. Courtney Barfuss is
this spring has been far smoother Brett Gillan when Gillan stepped                                                                                                               the Ramsʼ other senior defender.
than it was last year                               down after two                                                                                                                  “With all the hard work and
when she started                                    years as head                                                                                                                all the things weʼve been doing
her first year with    Girls’ Lacrosse              coach and six                                                                                                                in practice, things will fall into
the junior varsity        2006 record — 11-5        years in the pro-                                                                                                            place and itʼll work. Weʼve got
program. And that         FCIAC Semifinalists       gram.                                                                                                                        to learn to slow those fast people
goes to a very basic                                  “Last year was                                                                                                             down but itʼll work,” Wood said.
level.                                              tough because I                                                                                                                 At midfield, there are sever-
   “Itʼs been a lot easier,” Wood didnʼt know anyone and now,                                                                                                                    al strong options after Nietsch
said with a smile. “At least I this year I sort of knew what to                                                                                                                  and Purdy. They include junior
know their names this year.”        expect,” Wood said.                                                                                                                          Sydney Hare and sophomore
   And really thatʼs where it all     New Canaan lost some big                                                                                                                   Meg Boland, both varsity return-
starts, although Wood and her names to graduation after its                                                                                                                      ees, sophomore Katie Durkin,
coaching staff have had to get to 11-5 season, including All-State                                                                                                               whoʼs moved up from the JV
know 27 new freshmen players second teamers Meghan Ryan,                                                                                                                         ranks, and newcomers Alexandra
who have come out for NCHS Julie Wooters and Caitlin Dudley,                                                                                                                     Crerend and Erin Fessler, fresh-
lacrosse this season.               along with Jen Slemp, Hope                                                                                                                   men who Wood said are “going
   With four seniors, eight juniors Krause and Katie Fox.                                                                                                                        to make a big impact on the var-
and nine sophomores in the pro-       This year, with so many young-                                                                                                             sity team this year.”
gram, the freshmen make up the er players on the roster, the role                                                                                                                   Up top on attack, the Rams will
majority of the Ram roll call, a of team captain takes on even                                                                                                                   be looking to sophomores Jenny
fact which may come with grow- greater importance and Wood is                                                                                                                    Simpson and Veronica Lizzio
ing pains at first, but will return confident she has the right people                                                                                                           and junior Claire McCardell.
big dividends in the future.        in seniors Katrina Nietsch and                                                                                                               Junior Stephanie Hale is another
   “Weʼve got a lot of building Katie Boland and junior Kaitlin                                                                                                                  option, but sheʼs been sidelined
ahead of us,” Wood said. “It sets Purdy.                                                                                                                                         by an ankle injury and will be
the tone for future years. When       Nietsch possesses blazing                                                                                                                  re-evaluated soon. Adding depth
you come in and try to start speed and has experienced suc- Senior Katrina Nietsch (6) looks to work the ball out of the defensive zone during a                                 on attack is Liz McSorley, the
things up for a program, youʼve cess in several sports during lacrosse game last spring. Nietsch will be moving forward to midfield and will captain the                         Ramsʼ fourth senior.
got to have things in place right her high school career, includ- Rams alongside Katie Boland and Kaitlin Purdy. (Dave Stewart/File Photo)                                          As for the opposition, the
at the beginning. Youʼve got to ing lacrosse, ice hockey, soccer                                                                                                                 discussion always gravitates
make sure the kids know whatʼs and track. She has played several this year,” Wood said. “Sheʼs her, sheʼll go both sides now.”               be, who to go to, what slides to    to FCIAC powers Wilton,
expected of them and what coach- positions in lacrosse, starting at new to the midfield — she played        Also at midfield will be Purdy, make and that kind of thing.”        Greenwich and, of course, New
ing style I have in comparison to goalie as a sophomore and on defense last year and the year another returning varsity starter                Wood has switched the Ramsʼ       Canaanʼs rival Darien.All three
previous coaches.                   defense as a junior. This season, before that she played goalie. So and three-sport athlete from the scheme from a three middie set          will again be favorites to con-
   “Iʼm excited to have a lot of sheʼll shift forward again to mid- this year weʼre going to get her soccer and basketball teams.            to four midfielders, a change       tend for league and State titles.
these girls at such a young age,” field and become an offensive in on attack and Iʼm expecting              “KP is an all-around great play- which spreads around some of        Breaking back into that group
the coach added. “Iʼll have a lot threat.                              her to be one of our big scor- er,” Wood said. “Sheʼs athletic, the responsibilities.                     will be key for New Canaan
of these girls for two, three or      “Her pure athleticism and ers. Sheʼs got the ability to do she can transition and she can                “Last year, there were only       either this year or further down
four years.”                        speed are going to be big for us it. Thereʼs no restraining line for play defense or offense — weʼre three people at midfield and            the line.
   Wood has plenty of experi-                                                                            definitely going to have her at that makes it really easy on the           When the Rams need to look
ence with building a program.                                                                            midfield this year after she played other eight people on the field,”   for positive signs on the field,
She was a senior captain and an                           New Canaan Girlsʼ Lacrosse                                                                                             they need not look further than
                                                                                                         defense last year. Sheʼs another Wood said. “Instead of having
All-American with the Wilton                          Head Coach Kristin Wood (1st year)                 person weʼre going to look to for four attackers, three midfield-       their scrimmage with Guilford
                                   Rams at a glance

Warriorsʼ first FCIAC champion-                                     Whoʼs Back                           a few goals this year.”             ers and four defenders, weʼre       during the first weekend of the
ship team in 1999, and was part                                                                             Boland, a runner with the cross going to do two attack wings         preseason.
of a class which pushed that pro-               MF Katrina Nietsch, Kaitlin Purdy, Sydney Hare,                                                                                     “The last scrimmage against
                                                                                                         country and indoor track teams, and a center and two D-wings on
gram to become a yearly County                   Meg Boland, Stephanie Hale and Katie Durkin;            will be the center of the lacrosse defense. So the attack wings and     Guilford, they were connecting
and State contender.                                  D Katie Boland and Brooke Atherton;                teamʼs defense.                     the D-wings have to communi-        and all the passes were beauti-
   She played lacrosse at Penn                                                                              “Katie Boland is definitely cate whoʼs going over, so five of        ful passes,” Wood said. “They
State for four years, the last                         A Jenny Simpson and Veronica Lizzio                                                                                       were short and concise and direct
                                                                                                         going to be our quarterback on them are working hard instead of
two as a captain, and was an                                        Whoʼs Gone                           defense,” Wood said. “She knows just three. Theyʼve picked up it        and they really came together
Academic Big ten athlete. During              MF Meghan Ryan, Julie Wooters and Hope Krauss;             the game really well and knows really quickly.”                         during that scrimmage. It was
her sophomore year, the Nittany                                                                          where to be positioning-wise on       On defense, junior Maddie         definitely exciting to see because
Lions qualified for the National                  D Jen Slemp, Katie Fox and Ani Kavookjian                                                                                      everything was starting to come
                                                                                                         the defensive end. Sheʼs just very Mauk takes over as the starting
Championship Tournament.                                          A Caitlin Dudley                       knowledgeable about where to goalie after limited time at the           together offensively.”

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PAGE 6A                                                            NCHS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW a New Canaan Advertiser Special Section                                                             THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2007

Captains courageous
Powell begins first outdoor season with strong leaders
       By George Albano             the first-year head coach of the
                                                             becoming a head coach.
  Rita Powell will complete her NCHS girls outdoor track team.  “The team is shaping up
own personal trifecta this spring.     Then again, itʼs not like Powell
                                                             to be pretty good,” she said
  Powell, who was                                    is a “new” coach
                                                             Wednesday, one week before the
a first-year head                                    over on Farm
                                                             Ramsʼ season opener. “We have
coach with the                  Girls’               Road. After all,
                                                             a talented group of girls, similar
New Canaan High         Track and Field she spent last       to our indoor track team. But we
girls cross country        2006 record — 9-3         year as a first-
                                                             also have a lot of new athletes,
team in the fall              6th, FCIAC             year      assistant
                                                             younger athletes.
and a rookie head           11th, Class MM           coach on the
                                                                “So the trick for us this year is
coach of the Ramsʼ                                   same three New
                                                             can we learn fast enough to use
girls indoor track                                   Canaan teams.
                                                             our talent.”
team in the winter, is about to        Now, for the third time in
                                                                The Rams will have to cram
begin her inaugural season as seven months, she excited aboutreal hard if they hope to be ready
                                                             for the stiff challenge that awaits
                                                             them next week when they open
                                                             in Danbury against the Hatters
                                                             and Staples.
                                                                “Itʼs a little tough to open up
                                                             against two powerhouse track
                                                             programs,” Powell, who led the
                                                             Rams to a runner-up finish at the
                                                             Eastern Division Championships
                                                             during indoor season, said. “But
                                                             weʼve got some good people in
                                                             each event and Iʼm gonna relay
                                                             on our captains a lot.”
                                                                Sheʼll have five of them to
                                                             lean on, too. One of them is
                                                             senior sprinter Rafaella Dobles,
                                                             who will run the 100-, 200- and
                                                             400-meter dashes.
                                                                “Sheʼs very talented,” Powell
                                                             noted.                                         Junior Alex Purdy, who won the 55-meter hurdles title at the FCIAC East meet this win-
                                                                Senior twins Kiara and Katrina              ter, will be one of five co-captains for New Canaan this spring. (Scott Mullin/File Photo)
                                                             Tulla will be two more captains
                                                             and will compete in the throws
                                                             and the pole vault, while Anna                 herself when she was in high           to tell. We need to get a better           “But everyone has the same
                                                             Hughes, another senior captain,                school, said. “She has really good     sense of where we are and where          weather,” Powell said. “So that
                                                             is also a thrower.                             leg speed so sheʼs somebody to         everyone else is.”                       was not a big deal.”
                                                                The fifth captain is junior                 watch.                                   Powell was having a tough                What is a big deal, however,
                                                             Alex Purdy, who will run the                      “And Iʼm definitely also            time trying to figure that out. Up       is the Ramsʼ 2007 season, and
                                                             400 meters, and the 100 and 300                expecting good things from Arrin       until a few days ago, the often          Powell is anxious to go.
                                                             hurdles.                                       Manning (another junior) in the        chilly and sometimes icy weather           “We just have to moderate
                                                                “She will also high jump and                hurdles and pole vault.”               forced the Rams to stay indoors,         between our individual goals and
                                                             long jump,” Powell added. “Sheʼs                  A pair of sophomores “who           hindering their progress as the          what the team can do as a whole,
                                                             a good all-around athlete.”                    are going to do well individu-         season fast approaches.                  and then see what emerges.”
                                                                Purdy, who won the 55-meter                 ally,” according to their coach,
                                                             hurdles event at the FCIAC East                are Emma Hunsinger and Alex
                                                             championship in February, will                 Lysenko, who both ran cross                                     New Canaan Girlsʼ Track and Field
                                                             be the Ramsʼ top hurdler again                 country for Powell in the fall.                                 Head Coach Rita Powell (3rd year)
                                                                                                                                                    Rams at a glance

                                                             this spring, as Eliza Reiss gradu-                “As always, thereʼs an array of
                                                                                                            freshmen and new kids, and hope-                                             Whoʼs Back
                                                             ated last spring. Reiss was a two-
                                                             time FCIAc champ in the 100-                   fully some of them will emerge,”                           Srs Rafaella Dobles, Katrina Tulla, Kiara Tulla,
                                                             meter hurdles and also won the                 Powell said. “Weʼre still final-                                          and Anna Hughes;
                                                             300-meter hurdles race last year.              izing the roster, but it looks like
                                                                                                            weʼre going to have about 50                                     Jrs Alex Purdy and Arrin Manning;
                                                                Another junior the Rams are
                                                             counting on is Tory Grieves.                   girls and overall I expect it to be                           Sophs Emma Hunsinger and Alex Lysenko
                                                                “She has been a distance run-               a pretty good season.                                                       Whoʼs Gone
Senior co-captain Raffaella Dobles will be sprinting for the ner, but sheʼs actually starting to               “Itʼs definitely starting to
                                                                                                            develop and the girls have a very                                   Eliza Reiss, Katie Faughnan,
Rams again after a strong indoor season.                     do shorter distances,” Powell, a
                                                                                                            commendable work ethic,” she                                       Alice Hughes and Katie Schott
                                (Dave Stewart/File Photo) middle and long distance runner                   added. “But itʼs still real early

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2007                                                NCHS SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW a New Canaan Advertiser Special Section                                                                              PAGE 7A

Numbers game
Huge track squad gives
Rams a leg up in FCIAC
         By Dave Stewart              jump and high jump, while tak-
   When it comes right down to it, ing silver medals in both events
assembling a high school athletic at the State Open. He capped his
team is a lot like putting together winter by taking second in the
a big puzzle. You take all the high jump and third in the long
pieces, put them in their spots, jump at the New Englands.
and hopefully, the picture will be      Bedard and Remley, the head
a complete and perfect fit.           coach of the boysʼ cross coun-
   In the case of                                     try team, have
Steve       Bedard                                    worked together
and the coaching                  Boys’               for the past two
staff for the New        Track and Field seasons. Bedard,
Canaan High boysʼ           2006 record — 17-1        a      collegiate
outdoor track and             East Champion           thrower      with
field team, the          2nd, FCIAC & Class MM        Syracuse, works
puzzle is a bit                                       primarily with the
larger this season.                                   NCHS hurdlers
It features — ready for this? and throwers, while Remleyʼs
— 95 pieces this season. The focus is with the middle distance
wealth of interest has given the and distance runners.
season a “sense of urgency,” for        Aberle was added this year to
Bedard and assistant coaches help with the large number of
Evan Remley and Tom Aberle, as athletes. A collegiate athlete at
the Rams hope to take advantage Iona, he will work with the jump-           Senior Paul Russo, who was third in the FCIAC pole vault during the indoor season, will again lead the Ramsʼ boys;
of the turnout.                       ers and the sprinters.
   The sheer numbers are all good       After a strong winter season,
                                                                            team in the event during spring track and field competition. (Scott Mullin Photo)
for Bedard, last springʼs FCIAC the switch to the outdoor arena
Coach of the Year, who has seen should benefit the Rams, who                and Murphy — are motivat-                ball team, and solid freshman       long jumps for his four events.       Tyler Neuhaus.
interest in track and field grow have excelled in the field and             ed and have been successful,”            Matt Young in the jav.              The Rams also have sophomore             Sophomore Reed Bratches
since he took over the program technical events. Added for the              Bedard said. “Our objective now             In the shot put, Gallego, who    Kyle Rohrs back in all three          and senior Devon Lynch, the
two years ago.                        spring are the triple jump, the       is to get two or three younger           took FCIAC bronze indoors, will     jumps, along with junior Patrick      Ramsʼ top cross country runners,
   “Itʼs something where theyʼre discus and javelin throws and a            kids into those events. We have          lead a solid group which includes   Ready in the high jump.               will star in the longer distance
going to get a good experience, second hurdling race.                       a few ideas, but weʼll move them         returning juniors Kyle Duncan          In the pole vault, senior Paul     races along with senior Doug
theyʼre going to be competitive         “We spend a lot of time on          in slowly to get ready for next          and Craig DiFulvio, along with      Russo is the featured athlete.        Richardson and sophomore Nick
and theyʼre going to be part of a the field events, technical events        year.”                                   senior Jon Garrity and junior       Russo earned a spot on the All-       Sykes. Bratches and Richardson
winning program,” Bedard said. — the events other people donʼt                 In the throws, New Canaan             Charlie Donnelly. Gallego, Quinn    FCIAC team after finishing third      will likely run the mile, with
“I think thatʼs the big thing that spend a lot of time on,” Bedard          returns the defending FCIAC              and Donnelly will also compete      in the event at the FCIAC meet.       Lynch and Sykes at two miles.
draws kids into it. Theyʼll get said. “You have to figure every             champ, senior Steve Gallego, in          in the discus.                         Over on the track, the Rams           Bedard pointed out that a
better, theyʼll get the attention teamʼs going to have some sprint-         the javelin, along with sopho-              Murphy will again be looked      have a number of options in the       key area for the Rams will be
from coaches that high school ers, every team has some distance             more Nate Quinn, a finalist as a         upon for big points in the jumps,   sprints and the distance events.      the relays, and the coaches are
kids need and theyʼll be in a win- runners, but what separates a lot        freshman. The Rams have also             although Bedard pointed out he         In the sprints, senior Nico        focused on finding the right com-
ning program. Thatʼs something of the good teams is how much                added junior Charlie Westfal, a          could end up running both hur-      Gutierrez has returned after miss-    bos to give the team its best shot
that has grown since the first time and effort they put into the            quarterback for the NCHS foot-           dling events, and the high and      ing the football and indoor track     at winning titles.
year.”                                technical events. We have the                                                                                      seasons with an ACL tear. Senior         One thing which the Rams
   The Ram boys have gone from coaches to do that and weʼve                                           New Canaan Boysʼ Track and Field                   Zach Renner is also in the sprints,   bring to the table this year is the
conference afterthought to con- built the reputation of being a                                                                                          along with newcomers John             competitive nature, as many of
                                                                                                      Head Coach Steve Bedard (3rd year)
                                                                            Rams at a glance

tender the past couple of years. strong field event team.”                                                                                               Slemp, Evan Rosenstein, Ted           the athletes have starred in other
Last spring, the Rams were 17-1,        The hurdles was a big source                                               Whoʼs Back                            Finan and Westfal, all juniors.       sports and bring that experience
won the East Division champion- of points for the Rams this winter                                 Srs Tim Murphy, Steve Gallego, Paul Russo,               Any of those runners, along           “If you take a kid whoʼs a
ship, and finished as the runner- and theyʼll have their three top                                                                                       with Coco and Hobbs, could            good athlete in other sports and
up at both the FCIAC and CIAC guns — seniors Gus Hobbs and
                                                                                               Adam Lysenko, Devon Lynch, Gus Hobbs, Rob Jansen
                                                                                                                                                         stretch out and compete at 400        he puts some time in, you hope
Class MM meets.                       Murphy and junior Alex Coco —                             Doug Richardson, Nico Gutierrez and Zach Renner;         meters as well.                       that competitiveness will come
   This winter, New Canaan took running at 100 and 300 meters.                                            Jrs Alex Coco and Nick Sykes                      Junior Colin Greaney, who          out,” Bedard said. “I know kids
third place in the FCIAC for During the indoor season, in the                                                                                            emerged as a viable contender         do track to get faster and stronger
the second straight year and was 55-meter hurdles, Coco was sec-
                                                                                                                  Whoʼs Gone
                                                                                                                                                         during the winter, will run the       and get better in other sports, but
fourth at the Class L meet. Senior ond in the FCIAC and Hobbs                                        Bobby Noble, Marquez Word, Ryan Bone,               middle distance races, which will     the thing you canʼt substitute is
Tim Murphy headlined, winning took gold at the Class L meet.                                      Jordan Lysenko, Joe Vittoria and Sven Englund          also feature seniors Rob Jansen       the competitiveness. You canʼt
gold medals in the Class L long         “Those kids — Coco, Hobbs                                                                                        and Adam Lysenko and junior           train that.”


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Rebuilding year for Rams?
Junior John Mannelly leads young tennis team
        By George Albano             team, ever,” he said. “Iʼm sure           “Heʼs clearly No. 1 and our
   Dan Borgman thought he had other teams have experienced                  sole captain,” Borgman said.
seen it all.                         that before, but itʼs the first time   “Heʼs the only one with the lead-
   In a distinguished and illus- for us.”                                   ership qualities to lead this young
trious coaching career spanning         Not that Borgman didnʼt see         group. Heʼs young himself, but
three and a half                                     this coming. With      heʼs experienced because heʼs
decades, Borgman                                     four key seniors       been on varsity since his fresh-
thought he had               Boys’ Tennis            on last yearʼs         man year. Since we have no
experienced       all      2006 record — 17-4        team, he knew the      seniors, he commands respect.”
there was as the          CIAC Class M champs        Rams were going           But beyond Mannelly, the
head coach of the                                    to take a severe       Rams sorely lack any kind of
New Canaan High                                      hit. But even he       varsity experience.
School boysʼ tennis team.            admits now that it was “probably          “We have a couple of promis-
   Owner of 465 career victories, more than I thought.”                     ing freshmen, which is kind of
Borgman has led the Rams to 10          Thatʼs because a few players        nice,” the NCHS coach pointed
FCIAC championships and an he expected to be back went                      out. “One is Ben Lee, who will
amazing 24 state titles in his 35 elsewhere.                                possibly be our No. 2 player at
years, including five straight in       “One senior we might have           this point. Heʼs a strong freshman
the 1980s and six more in a row had went to a private school,”              and a bright spot for us.”
in the ʼ90s. He has been named Borgman explained. “Another                     Another player Borgman
a Region coach of the year four kid who had the potential to be             expects to contribute this sea-
times.                               a starter decided to go to another     son is junior Joe Addeo, whoʼs
   And after last season, in what sport.                                    been in the program the past two
had to be the crowning achieve-         “So this really is a rebuilding     years, but has really stepped up
ment in his career, Borgman was year. I know a lot of coaches               this season.
named the National High School say that, but this is the first time            “He is certainly our most
Coach of the Year in boys ten- Iʼve had a team win the state                improved player,” Borgman said.
nis.                                 championship the year before,          “He has really looked good after
   Yes, Dan Borgman thought he then all of a sudden everyone is             spending a lot of time going to
had seen it all. Been there, done gone. I never had anything quite          clinics in the summer, fall and
that.                                like this.”                            winter. He had a tough time mov-
   But as he prepares to enter the      Well, almost never.                 ing up the ladder the last couple
2007 season, his 36th with the          “There was a period in the          of years and got beat a lot on our
Rams, Borgman is about to expe- early ʼ80s where we went through            team, but he stayed with it and
rience something he has never something similar and lost a lot              kept getting better.
gone through before: A rebuild- of players,” said Borgman, who                 “He was No. 15 last year, but
ing year.                            began coaching in 1972 and won         this year heʼs probably going to
   With six of the top seven play- the FCIAC three straight years           start at singles or probably be
ers from last yearʼs team, which and four of his first five seasons.        one of our starting doubles play-
won a third straight Class M state “But that was kind of antici-            ers. Heʼs definitely on varsity.
crown, gone, Borgman and the pated.                                         Itʼs just a great thing to see how
Rams truly are starting over. The       “With this yearʼs team, two         through determination he got bet-
losses include four of last yearʼs people we planned on coming              ter and moved up.
five singles players, three of back didnʼt.”                                   “Thatʼs why Iʼm bringing as
whom earned All-State honors.           One player who did come             many kids on board as I can this      Junior John Mannelly, an All-State player in ʼ06, will play in the number-one singles spot
   All of which has left Borgman back, however, is junior captain           year.”                                and fill the role of team captain for the Rams this spring. (Dave Stewart/File Photo)
in a position heʼs never been in John Mannelly, last yearʼs No.                Borgman is hoping some of the
before.                              2 singles player and another All-      younger players in the program
   “I have no seniors. Itʼs my first State pick, who will take over the     will see what Addeo did and be        Addeos in the group.                  wasnʼt helping me. We wouldnʼt           “Itʼs the first time in a long
time I have no seniors on the No. 1 position this season.                   inspired to do the same thing.           “Heʼs an example of if you         have been able to keep so many        time where just making the State
                                                                               “Iʼm keeping everyone, which       put the time and effort in it pays    kids if I was by myself.”             tournament is going to be tough,”
                                                                            is about 20 kids. Usually I keep      off, which in his case it did,”          With such a young team,            he said. “You have to win 50
                                                                            15,” the veteran coach said. “But     Borgman said.                         Borgman is experiencing some-         percent of your matches. I never
                         New Canaan Boysʼ Tennis
Rams at a glance

                                                                            the only way to build is to keep         With a larger than usual roster,   thing else for the first time.        even had to worry about that in
                    Head Coach Dan Borgman (36th year)                      everyone and teach, and maybe         Borgman has the luxury of hav-           “I usually donʼt have to teach     the past, but this year itʼs some-
                                 Whoʼs Back                                 someone emerges. The bulk of          ing a JV coach for the first time     certain strokes,” he said. “But       thing we have to worry about.
                                                                            our team is juniors and sopho-        to help him this season as George     this year Iʼm gonna be teaching       Itʼs something we have as a goal,
                              Jr John Mannelly                              mores, many of whom tried out         Mandler joined the New Canaan         strokes.”                             but itʼs not gonna be easy. Itʼs not
                                Whoʼs Gone                                  last year and didnʼt make it. We      staff.                                   And Borgman is not even            a given.”
                                                                            didnʼt have enough space on the          “Heʼs a volunteer coach, but I     thinking about winning a fourth          Yes, things will certainly be
                         Ryan Mannelly, Will Ambler,                        JV. So weʼre going to take anoth-     hope to eventually make it a paid     straight Class M State title. He      different this season with the
                     Wes Ballentine and Eric Stringfellow                   er look at them.”                     position,” Borgman said. “I donʼt     just hopes to get back to the State   New Canaan High boysʼ tennis
                                                                               And hope thereʼs a few Joe         know what I wouldʼve done if he       tournament.                           team.

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Perfect encore
With their ace gone, Ram girls
try to follow unbeaten season
         By Dave Stewart             ally bettered Parsonsʼ perfect
   It wouldnʼt be proper to take a record by one victory when they
look at this seasonʼs New Canaan went 30-0 at No. 1 doubles last
High girlsʼ tennis team without spring. The dynamic duo was the
taking at least one quick glance top seed at the Open and went on
back at the Ramsʼ                                     a 6-0 run to take
former singles ace                                    the title.
Ashley Parsons.                 Girls’ Tennis            Willett will be
   The 2006 NCHS           2006 record — 24-0         moving over to
graduate is now               FCIAC champs            singles to fill one
a freshman at            CIAC Class M champs          of the top spots,
Williams College,                                     facing the chal-
after going 29-0                                      lenge of taking on
and winning the State Open sin- the conferenceʼs best players.
gles title as a high school senior.     “I promised her Iʼd give her
Parsons, who played at No. 1 for a shot at singles this year and
three years, helped captain the sheʼs on the top,” Overbeck said.
Rams to a 24-0 record last year, “Sheʼs strong, sheʼs hitting the
as they won the FCIAC champi- ball hard and hitting it early and
onship and a third consecutive sheʼs trying to go for the corners.
CIAC Class M title.                  Sheʼs been working all year on
   Parsons leaves behind some her singles and most of the girls
pretty big sneakers to fill as Head come to me as singles players
Coach Gail Overbeck and the anyway. Sheʼs a good player and
Rams prepare for the 2007 sea- sheʼs out there working hard.
son.                                    “Itʼs a tough position because
   “You have to move on,” youʼre going to get the best, but I
Overbeck said. “Sheʼs left a hole, think sheʼll do well.”                     Senior Sean OʼHanlan keeps her eyes on the ball during a match last spring. OʼHanlan, Kelly Hallinan and Stacey
she really has. You have to bask        Earlier this week, the Rams           Reiss will be tri-captains for New Canaan, which is coming off a 24-0 season that included FCIAC and State champi-
in that year of perfection because picked up a top-flight singles
when you come off of it, reality player when freshman Tina
                                                                              onships. (Dave Stewart/File Photo)
sets in and you have to be ready Tehrani commited to the team.                weak because of this back injury      team, the No. 4 spot belonged          and theyʼre going to be a solid        tough as ever, with the Greenwich
to fight again.”                     Tehrani is a tournament-tested           she had, but as I said at the         to sophomore Katie DeWaele,            team.”                                 Cardinals being the early favorite
   But hold on. Parsonsʼ depar- player and will likely fit into No.           luncheon, it was like a flower        who will now likey fit into the           OʼHanlan was a standout last        to take the crown. New Canaan
ture certainly leaves a void, but 1 position with Willett sliding to          unfolding before my eyes. She         doubles picture after a fine fresh-    year while playing with Hallinan       defeated Greenwich, 4-3, in the
New Canaan still boasts plenty of the second spot, which was open             just got so much better during        man year.The final positions of        at No. 3 doubles. Splitting up the     conference final last spring, but
talent and depth on its roster.      after co-captain Julie Achenbaum         the year. Later in the season,        the singles and doubles players        duo helps make two doubles pairs       the Cards are returning all their
   And there are still two State graduated last spring.                       when we had to play against a         could shift after the season starts,   stronger, according to Overbeck.       key players.
Open champions on the scene,            Sophomore Lauren Ambler               team and she had lost at that spot    as snow delayed the teamʼs try-           “I split them up because if I          “Greenwich is definitely going
making the Ramsʼ sure-fire con- will play at one of the other sin-            in the prior match, I knew sheʼd      outs for three or four days and        have young people playing, I           to be the team to beat, I think
tenders in the FCIAC and the gles spots. As a freshman at No.                 beat the girl the second time and     set the selection process back.        need a vet in there,” she said. “It    Ludloweʼs going to be tough and
State meet.                          4, Ambler overcame a back injury         she did.”                             Last Thursday, heavy winds also        just happened with this clicking       itʼll be a typical FCIAC year,”
   The two State champs in ques- and compiled a 21-2 record.                    Senior Stacey Reiss, a four-        hampered the Ramsʼ time on the         between Sean and Kasey play-           Overbeck said. “Darien will be
tion are juniors Sara Willett and       “She      really     improved,”       year singles player, is also back     courts.                                ing together, so I feel okay about     tough, Ridgefield didnʼt lose any-
Xandra “Z” Hompe, who actu- Overbeck said. “She came in                       after going 22-2 last season.            “Itʼs just not tennis,” Overbeck    that.”                                 body and Wilton should be good
                                                                                “She likes it there, sheʼs com-     said of the weather. “Everyoneʼs          The other two doubles teams         but they lost their No. 1.”
                                                                              fortable and she does well,”          lunging at things and the ballʼs       were still to be decided this             But even with the loss of
                              New Canaan Girlsʼ Tennis                        Overbeck said. “Sheʼs hitting the     all over the place. Itʼs just crazy.   week, although itʼs fairly certain     Parsons, you can never count out
Rams at a glance

                       Head Coach Gail Overbeck (12th year)                   ball hard and I hope she contin-      Itʼs definitely the toughest tryout    Hompe will anchor one tandem           a Ramsʼ team that has won three
                                                                              ues with that aggressive play.        season for me. Iʼve never been         with Hallinan on the other.            County and six State champion-
                                     Whoʼs Back                               Sometimes she would lull back         under ice for starters.”                  Possible partners include return-   ships in the past seven years.
                         Srs Stacey Reiss, Sean OʼHanlan and                  and be defensive, but sheʼs got          Thus the doubles picture is a bit   ing varsity players DeWaele and           “We just work hard every
                   Kelly Hallinan; Jrs Sara Willett, Xandra Hompe,            the shots and sheʼs got the power.    jumbled, although Overbeck said        junior Meredith Barcia, sopho-         year,” Overbeck said. “Itʼs starts
                                                                              Sheʼs just a great girl and a great   she found a great match when           more Jen Popper and freshman           anew and we go out there and
                         Kasey Newton and Meredith Barcia;                    player.”                              she paired OʼHanlan and junior         Alyssa Baker.                          try and do a lot of doubles tech-
                      Sophs Lauren Ambler and Katie DeWaele                     The steady Reiss will be a tri-     Kasey Newton together the first           “Iʼm trying to get looks each       niques and work on strategy. The
                                     Whoʼs Gone                               captain along with Sean OʼHanlan      weekend of the preseason.              day of people with Z and Kelly         singles players just work hard on
                                                                              and Kelly Hallinan, the other two        “They teamed up and theyʼve         and see how that shakes out,”          their own more or less and every-
                        Ashley Parsons and Julie Achenbaum                    seniors on the roster.                just been really good,” the coach      Overbeck said.                         thing has worked out pretty well
                                                                                Before Tehrani joined the           said. “Theyʼre playing great              The FCIAC figures to be just as     for us over the years.”

Baseball: Rams begin title defense
Continued from Page 3                   like to see him be a little more         “Billy Calanca is our mister               ���������������������������
                                        consistent with his command of        versatility,” Rearick said. “He
   The rotation is as solid as they
come with Harkins at the top, fol-
lowed by Rafalski and Fleming.
                                        his pitches but heʼs got a live arm
                                        and his breaking pitches break
                                        alot. Itʼs just a question of him
                                                                              can literally play anywhere and
                                                                              weʼre also grooming him to be a
                                                                              closer too in case anything hap-
   Harkins is 13-5 since joining        being able to put them where he       pens to PK, and for next year.
the Ramsʼ varsity as a sophomore        wants them on a semi-regular          Heʼs shown a really live arm,
and had ERAs of 2.45 two years          basis.”                               he just hasnʼt pitched all that
ago and 3.32 last spring. Heʼs also        Pitching depth should be a         much so we want to work him in
been the Ramsʼ big-game pitcher         strength this season and as many      slowly.”
and earned the MVP award in the         as five other players will get a         Senior Lowell Bourgeois will
FCIAC final. Harkins will play
baseball at Gettysburg next year.
                                        chance to throw some innings.
                                           Junior Grant Garrison is a lefty
                                                                              back up Casali at catcher.
                                                                                 Adding depth to the roster are
   Rafalski is 8-8 the past two
years and had earned run aver-
                                        who pitched in four games last
                                        year and had a 1-0 record. He is
                                                                              seniors Robby Geriak, a return-
                                                                              ing varsity player, Dan Basone,                          �����������������������
ages of 2.83 as a sophomore and         recovering from an off-season         Tom Luke, Peter Bouloukos and
3.02 as a junior. Another college-      shoulder injury.                      Drew Needs.                                                      ������������
bound player, Rafalski will play           Rearick said that junior Byron        As the team gets set to embark
at Hamilton next spring.                Cordes, a righthander, has            on an FCIAC championship                            �����������������������������������
   Both Rafalski and Harkins were       “looked very good in the pre-         defense, the number 1950 will
All-East selections last year.          season workouts.”                     certainly be in the backs of every-
   Fleming emerged as a depend-            Another lefty, junior Will         oneʼs minds. The players would
able starter last season, earning       Hanley, looks promising, as does      love to end the State champion-
an FCIAC honorable mention              junior righthander Billy Calanca.     ship drought and add another
and he will be the third pitcher in     Junior Nick Miloro could also         chapter to their legacy at NCHS.
the rotation.                           see time on the mound.                As far as Rearick is concerned,
   Moving into the closerʼs role           Miloro has also looked solid       this could be the group to do it.
will be Krieger, who has pitched        defensively on the infield, Rearick      “Iʼve never had this many qual-
in the past but did not throw for       said. Calanca and Hanley will be      ity players,” Rearick said. “This
the varsity last season.                key reserves as well, with Hanley     is definitely the best senior class
   “PKʼs looked pretty good in          in the outfield and Calanca pretty    in the 50 years Iʼve been follow-
the gym,” Rearick said. “Weʼd           much anywhere heʼs needed.            ing New Canaan baseball.”


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Fantastic five
Golfers back for another
run at FCIAC, State titles
         By Dave Stewart             and Brian Paturzo as seniors,
   Curtis Loop was put in a fairly along with Andrew Krieger and
pressure-packed spot last year Devon OʼRourke as juniors.
when he opened the season in the        Those five competed in the
No. 1 spot for the New Canaan State final, where they provided
High boysʼ golf team. Opposite a perfect example of the Ramsʼ
Loop, who was just                                    key to success.
a freshman, was                                       All five players
Trinity Catholicʼs         Boys’ Golf                 shot with two
top gun Mike Balo,         2006 record — 18-0         strokes of each
the player who was            FCIAC champs            other, with Curtis
considered by many                                    Loop scoring 75
to be the FCIACʼs           CIAC DII champs           to tie for fourth
leading star.                                         place, OʼRourke
   The ending probably isnʼt what shooting 76 and the rest shoot-
anyone, other than Loop perhaps, ing 77s.
would have expected.                    “I really donʼt have a No. 1
   “Balo had to birdie the ninth out of those guys,” Brown said.
hole to tie Curtis,” Ramsʼ Head “Someone elseʼs No. 1 may shoot
Coach Bill Brown said. “They one or two shots lower than our
both shot 36s and I thought to No. 1 that day. But our No. 5 will
myself, ʻWow, this is pretty good. shoot a 37 and their No. 5 will
This team might be better than I shoot a 52. We have tremendous
thoughtʼ.”                           depth and any one of them could
   Such is life for Brown and the be a No. 1 on any team.”
Rams, who turned what could             And the depth goes further than
have been a rebuilding year the top five, as the Rams boast
into a study in perfection on the four other golfers who would
greens.                              likely start for many teams in the
   New Canaan was undefeated at FCIAC.
18-0, was the only team to qual-        Duncan Littlefield and Brendan
ify all five of its regulars for the McEneaney are seniors who
Hap Holahan tournament, and saw some playing time last sea-
capped the season as FCIAC and son, and Crispin Love and Kurt New Canaan High School senior Stuart Loop tees off during the Ramsʼ run to an undefeated record and FCIAC and
CIAC Division II champions.          Ondash are sophomores.              State championships in boysʼ golf last year. Loop and senior Brian Paturzo will be co-captains this year, as New Canaan
   And with all five of those start-    Captaining the Rams this year returns all five starters from last yearʼs squad. (Dave Stewart/File Photo)
ers back in the fold this season, are Paturzo and the senior Loop,
thereʼs no reason to think some who teamed up at the Chappa                “I was so happy for (Paturzo)    As for the Loops, the two against very good competition. match at the Country Club of
if not all of those feats can be last season and finished sixth out because heʼs really into golf and brothers are the main cogs in Theyʼve been through it and the New Canaan on Tuesday, May
accomplished again.                  of 85 teams. They shot a 68, just he works hard at it,” Brown said. the New Canaan machine right high school match may not be 15.
   “Iʼd be a goofball not to feel three strokes off the lead.            “He doesnʼt hit the ball a long now, and each has participated as intimidating. Theyʼve been in      “Weʼve got a couple of weeks
really good about this team,”           Paturzo was one of the play- way, but he hits it straight. He in a number of high-stakes junior big matches before and they can where weʼll have a couple of big
Brown said. “But Iʼm going to ers who showed tremendous had one of the top 10 differentials tournaments the past couple of handle pressure.”                                matches,” Brown said. “Thereʼll
tell them they have to under- growth last spring, and he was in the league and he deserved it. years.                                        The New Canaan golfers will be people out to get us, so weʼve
stand that being the champions, one of three Rams named to the He really wants to do well and               “Theyʼre a piece of work,” be carrying a large bullʼs-eye got to be ready to play against
all these teams are going to want All-FCIAC East team, alongside Iʼm so proud of him and what Brown said. “Obviously based with them this season, and there everybody. Hopefully, weʼll be in
to play their best and beat you. Stuart Loop and OʼRourke.               heʼs done.”                     on performance last year, Curtis are few pushovers in the FCIAC. good form by then.
Theyʼll want to knock off the                                                                            was better than Stuart, but that The Rams also get several of the    “These guys work hard, but
undefeated team from last year                                                                           doesnʼt bother Stuart. Heʼll do marquee teams in rapid-fire suc- weʼre not the only ones who work
and thatʼs the way things are                                       New Canaan
                                     Rams at a glance

                                                                                                         whatever you ask him to do, heʼs cession thanks to the scheduling. hard,” the coach said. “There are
going to be this year. But I feel                                     Boysʼ Golf                         a great teammate and a great        New Canaan will face Darien a lot of good teams and on any
really good about this team, Iʼm
fortunate to have these guys back                       Head Coach Bill Brown (8th year)                 player. I couldnʼt ask for a bet- at the Country Club of Darien given day, anything can happen.
                                                                                                         ter group of guys — all nine of on May 1, followed by Staples Over the years, our league has
and weʼre looking forward to                                         Whoʼs Back                          them.                             at Longshore on the 2nd and done well in the State tourna-
another great season.”                                  Srs Stuart Loop and Brian Paturzo;                  “These kids have played Ridgefield at the Ridgefield pub- ments and I think our league is
   In addition to the sophomore
Curtis Loop, an All-FCIAC and                       Jrs Devon OʼRourke and Andrew Krieger;               junior golf and Curtis and his lic course on the 3rd.              the best. To be the best in our
                                                                                                         brother and some of the other       The Rams also face Greenwich league, we have to be ready to
All-State player, the Rams will                                   Soph. Curtis Loop,                     guys have played junior matches and Wilton in a three-school play against everybody.”
feature his older brother, Stuart,

Returning starters make Ram girls a threat in the FCIAC
       By Dave Stewart       ing impression on her opponents onship as a freshman.                naments. In the FCIAC meet, she
  Laura Valk burst onto the  around the league. Heck, thatʼs    And perhaps the only one who finished first by shooting a 40 on
                             what happens when you claim didnʼt realize the magnitude of the par-35, nine-hole front nine at
high school girlsʼ golf scene last
                             the FCIACʼs individual champi- what sheʼd accomplished was Shorehaven Golf Course in East
year and made a fast and last-
                                                             Valk herself.                        Norwalk. That gave her a spot on
                                                                “I donʼt think she                                the All-FCIAC
                                                             realized she was as                                  team and she
                                                             good as she was last               Girls’ Golf       earned a spot on
                                                             year,” second-year                                   the All-State team
                                                             Head Coach Dave             2006 record — 8-4        as well when she
                                                             Fine said. “When               FCIAC — 5th           finished fifth in
                                                             she played in the                                    that match.
                                                             FCIAC and then in                                       This spring,
                                                             the State tournament as well she Valk has come out firing, accord-
                                                             played her game. She ended up ing to Fine.
                                                             fifth in the State tournament and      “Sheʼs playing great and sheʼs
                                                             she was double-bogey, bogey on hitting the ball well so far,” the
                                                             the last two holes, so she could coach said. “Weʼve talked about
                                                             have been in the top three or a lot of things she can do coming
                                                             maybe even winning. After play- out of last year. She is one of the
                                                             ing last year, she has a confidence top golfers in the FCIAC and she
                                                             about her game that sheʼs coming won the FCIAC tournament.”
                                                             out with this year.”                   Deluca, a two-year varsity
                                                                With Valk back in form for player, was also rolling along
                                                             her sophomore season and junior last season when she separated
                                                             Ellie Deluca back after a sea- her shoulder in May and was
                                                             son-ending shoulder injury last sidelined for the remainder of the
                                                             spring, the Rams have a strong schedule.
                                                             one-two punch at the top of the        “Ellie hurt her shoulder last
                                                             lineup.                              year just when she was really
                                                                And with the rest of the start- coming into her game,” Fine
                                                             ing varsity roster featuring three said. “She had started to find
                                                             veterans in senior Katy Pluck and her place and really pick up her
                                                             juniors Liz McCool and Taylor game right at that time, so it was
                                                             Clarke, New Canaan could be a a disappointment that the injury
                                                             team to watch in the FCIAC and happened then. But she worked
                                                             State tournaments this year.         really hard over the summertime
                                                                “This year, with the two of and sheʼs hitting the ball great.
                                                             them, the one-two out in front, Sheʼs really going to be down
                                                             and then weʼre looking for the there with Laura this year.”                 Junior Taylor Clarke takes a swing during a match last
                                                             other girls to step up,” Fine said.    Also featured in the lineup will     season. Clarke, Laura Valk, Ellie Deluca, Liz McCool and
                                                             “All of them have the ability to be Pluck and McCool, both co-              Katy Pluck are all retnring for another year as varsity
                                                             be under the 50 mark. If we can captains, along with Clarke. All            starters . (Dave Stewart/File Photo)
                                                             get those three there, then weʼre three have varsity experience,
                                                             looking to start challenging the and played in the FCIAC cham-              like solid golfers.                    cess in numbers and if those
                                                             FCIAC and State.                     pionship last year, with McCool           “Itʼs only been a week, so you      type of numbers come out every
                                                                “Those five played together shooting 53, Pluck at 60 and                 canʼt jump the gun, but the fresh-     year, weʼre definitely going to
                                                             last year and weʼve already talk- Clarke at 61.                             men are looking match-ready,”          have a lot of success. The more
                                                             ed about how weʼre going to line       “You can really tell that their      Fine said. “Theyʼre looking like       people who come out, the higher
                                                             things up to have it be the way game has improved from last                 they can step into a match, maybe      the quality is going to be in the
                                                             we want it to be.”                   year,” Fine said. Iʼve been watch-     just a JV match, but theyʼll step      people who make the team. If
                                                                The Rams finished the 2006 ing them at the range and theyʼve             in there, take it seriously, and       youʼve got 30 girls trying out for
                                                             season with an 8-4 record and worked hard and made a lot of                 post some good numbers.                a small number of spots, theyʼre
                                                             earned berths in the FCIAC improvements. Theyʼre looking                       “Iʼm definitely happy with the      all going to have to raise their
                                                             championship, where they fin- like theyʼre definitely ready for             turnout,” Fine said. “Thereʼs suc-     level of play.”
                                                             ished fifth, and in the State match, competition in these matches.”
                                                             where they finished 11th.              Among the players at the junior
                                                                Only two players graduated varsity level, the standouts are a
                                                             after last season, as the New trio of sophomores who played                                                    New Canaan
                                                                                                                                          Rams at a glance

                                                             Canaan lost captain Jackie Blosio last year: Phoebe Davis, Heather                                              Girlsʼ Golf
                                                             and Natalie Larson, but five of Roberts and Isabel Pluck.                                           Head Coach Dave Fine (2nd year)
                                                             the six golfers who saw the most       While this yearʼs outlook is
                                                             playing time last season are bright, perhaps the biggest plus                                                   Whoʼs Back
                                                             back.                                this year is the interest the pro-                         Sr Katy Pluck; Jrs Ellie Deluca, Liz McCool
                                                                The sophomore Valk headlines gram is beginning to draw. Fine                                     and Taylor Clarke; Soph Laura Valk,
Sophomore Laura Valk returns for her second season with the returning players after a fresh- said 28 girls showed up for try-                                               Whoʼs Gone
                                                                                                           about 16 made the
the varsity Rams after winning the FCIAC championship man season in which she starred outs and them freshmen whoteam,
                                                             at both the FCIAC and State tour- many of                           look                                       Jackie Blosio
last spring. (Dave Stewart/File Photo)
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                                               NEW CANAAN HIGH SCHOOL
       SPRING SPORTS SCHEDULES                                                                                                                       New Canaan sports on the Web at

                                                                                                                                              Date              Time          Opponent
                                                                                                                                              Wed., April 4     *Yesterday    Vs. Brookfield at Mead Park
                                                                                                                                              Thurs., April 5   3:45 p.m.     Vs. Greenwich at Mead Park
                                                                                                                                              Mon., April 9     4 p.m.        At Staples
                                                                                                                                              Wed., April 11    4 p.m.        At Ridgefield
                                                                                                                                              Fri., April 13    3:45 p.m.     Vs. Trinity Cathlic at Mead Park
                                                                                                                                              Mon., April 16 4 p.m.           Vs. St. Joseph at Mead Park
                                                                                                                                              Wed., April 18    3:45 p.m.     At Bridgeport Central
                                                                                                                                              Fri., April 20    4 p.m.        At Fairfield-Warde
                                                                                                                                              Mon., April 23 3:45 p.m.        Vs. Brien McMahon at Mead Park
                                                                                                                                              Wed., April 25    3:45 p.m.     Vs. Westhill at Mead Park
                                                                                                                                              Fri., April 27    3:45 p.m.     Vs. Bassick at Mead Park
                                                                                                                                              Mon., April 30    4 p.m.        At Trumbull
                                                                                                                                              Wed., May 2       3:45 p.m.     At Danbury
                                                                                                                                              Fri., May 4       3:45 p.m.     At Stratford
                                                                                                                                              Tues., May 8      3:45 p.m.     Vs. Darien at Mead Park
                                                                                                                                              Wed., May 9       3:45 p.m.     At Harding
                                                                                                                                              Fri., May 11      3:45 p.m.     Vs. Norwalk at Mead Park
                                                                                                                                              Mon., May 14      3:45 p.m.     At Stamford
                                                                                                                                              Wed., May 16      7 p.m.        At Wilton
                                                                                                                                              Fri., May 18      4 p.m.        Vs. Fairfield-Ludlowe at Mead Park

Junior Xandra Hompe teamed with Sara Willett last season and the doubles pair went 30-0 and won the State Open                                Date              Time          Opponent
championship. The girlsʼ tennis team was 24-0 and won FCIAC and State Class M titles. (Dave Stewart/File Photo)
                                                                                                                                              Thurs., April 5   3:45 p.m.     At Greenwich
                                                                                                                                              Sat., April 7     1 p.m.        Vs. New Fairfield at Waveny Park
                   Boys’ Lacrosse                                                          Girls’ Lacrosse                                    Mon., April 9
                                                                                                                                              Wed., April 11
                                                                                                                                                                3:45 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                3:45 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              Vs. Staples at Waveny Park
                                                                                                                                                                              Vs. Ridgefield at Waveny Park
Date              Time        Opponent                                  Date              Time        Opponent                                Fri., April 13    3:45 p.m.     At Trinity Catholic
Wed., April 4     7:30 p.m.   At Brien McMahon                          Thurs., April 5 5:30 p.m.     At New Milford                          Mon., April 16 4 p.m.           At St. Joseph
Sat., April 7     2 p.m.      Vs. Ridgefield at Dunning Field            Sat., April 7     11 a.m.     At South Windsor                        Wed., April 18    3:45 p.m.     Vs. Bridgeport Central at Waveny Park
Tues., April 10 4 p.m.        At Trumbull                               Tues., April 10 4 p.m.        Vs. Trumbull at Dunning Field           Fri., April 20    4 p.m.        Vs. Fairfield-Warde at Waveny Park
Sat., April 14    2 p.m.      Vs. Glastonbury at Dunning Field          Thurs., April 12 4:30 p.m.    Vs. Wilton at Dunning Field             Mon., April 23 3:45 p.m.        At Brien McMahon
Tues., April 17 4:30 p.m.     At Wilton                                 Mon., April 16 6 p.m.         Vs. Darien at Dunning Field             Wed., April 25    3:45 p.m.     At Westhill
Fri., April 20    6 p.m.      Vs. Greenwich at Dunning Field            Fri., April 20    4 p.m.      At St. Joseph                           Fri., April 27    3:45 p.m.     Vs. Bassick at Seaside Park #15
Wed., April 25 4 p.m.         Vs. St. Joseph at Dunning Field           Sat., April 21    6 p.m.      At Branford                             Mon., April 30 3:45 p.m.        Vs. Trumbull at Waveny Park
Thurs., April 26 4 p.m.       Vs. Trinity Catholic at Dunning Field     Mon., April 23 4 p.m.         At Fairfield-Warde                       Wed., May 2       3:45 p.m.     Vs. Danbury at Waveny Park
Tues., May 1      6 p.n.      Vs. Darien at Dunning Field               Fri., April 27    7 p.m.      At Ridgefield                            Mon., May 7       3:45 p.m.     At Darien
Thurs., May 3     4 p.m.      Vs. Fairfield-Warde at Dunning Field       Wed., May 2       6 p.m.      Vs. Fairfield-Ludlowe at Dunning Field   Wed., May 9       3:45 p.m.     Vs. Harding at Beardsley Park
Sat., May 5       4 p.m.      Vs. Fairfield Prep at Fairfield Univ.       Fri., May 4       4 p.m.      Vs. New Fairfield at Dunning Field       Fri., May 11      3:45 p.m.     At Norwalk
Tues., May 8      7 p.m.      At Fairfield-Ludlowe                       Mon., May 7       7 p.m.      At Brien McMahon                        Mon., May 14      6:30 p.m.     Vs. Stamford at Waveny Park
Thurs., May 10 4 p.m.         Vs. Staples at Wakeman Field B            Thurs., May 10 4:30 p.m.      Vs. Cheshire at Dunning Field           Wed., May 16      6:30 p.m.     Vs. Wilton at Waveny Park
Tues., May 15     4 p.m.      At Bridgeport Central                     Tues., May 15     6 p.m.      Vs. Danbury at Dunning Field            Thurs., May 17 4 p.m.           Vs. Fairfield-Ludlowe at Sturges Park
Thurs., May 17 6 p.m.         Vs. Danbury at Dunning Field              Thurs., May 17 7 p.m.         At Greenwich                            Sat., May 19      Noon          Vs. Weston at Hurlbutt Elem. School

                      Boys’ Tennis                                                           Girls’ Tennis                                             Boys’ Track and Field
                                                                                                                                              Date              Time         Opponent
Date              Time         Opponent                                 Date              Time         Opponent                                                              Vs. Westhill, Harding
Wed., April 4     yesterday    Vs. Wethersfield at NCHS                                                                                        Wed., April 4     yesterday
                                                                        Thurs., April 5   3:45 p.m.    Vs. Daniel Hand at NCHS                                               & Ridgefield at NCHS
Tues., April 10   4 p.m.       Vs. Trumbull at NCHS                     Tues., April 10   4 p.m.       At Trumbull                            Tues., April 10   4 p.m.       Vs. St. Joseph, Fairfield-Ludlowe
Thurs., April 12 4 p.m.        At Fairfield-Warde                        Thurs., April 12 4 p.m.        Vs. Fairfield-Warde at NCHS                                            & Staples at NCHS
Mon., April 16    4 p.m.       At Ridgefield                             Fri., April 13    4 p.m.       At Greenwich Academy
                                                                                                                                              Tues., April 24   4 p.m.       Vs. Fairfield-Warde, Greenwich
Tues., April 17   4 p.m.       Vs. Darien at NCHS                                                                                                                            & Bassick at Fairfield-Warde
                                                                        Mon., April 16 4 p.m.          Vs. Ridgefield at NCHS                  Tues., May 1      4 p.m.       Vs. Trumbull & Trinity at Trumbull
Mon., April 23 4 p.m.          At Westhill                              Tues., April 17   4 p.m.       At Darien                              Tues., May 8      4 p.m.       Vs. Danbury, Stamford
Tues., April 24   4 p.m.       At Fairfield-Ludlowe                      Mon., April 23    4 p.m.       Vs. Westhill at NCHS                                                  & Bridgeport Central at NCHS
Thurs., April 26 4 p.m.        Vs. Norwalk at NCHS                      Tues., April 24   4 p.m.       Vs. Fairfield-Ludlowe at NCHS           Tues., May 15     4 p.m.       Vs. Norwalk, Wilton, Darien
Mon., April 30    4:30 p.m.    At Wilton                                Thurs., April 26 4 p.m.        At Norwalk                                                            & Brien McMahon at NCHS
Tues., May 1      4 p.m.       At Danbury                               Mon., April 30    4 p.m.       At Wilton
Thurs., May 3     4 p.m.       Vs. Staples at NCHS                                                     Vs. Danbury at NCHS
                                                                                                                                                      Girls’ Track and Field
                                                                        Tues., May 1      4 p.m.
Mon., May 7       4 p.m.       At Greenwich                             Thurs., May 3     4 p.m.       At Staples
Tues., May 8      4 p.m.       At Bridgeport Central                    Mon., May 7       4 p.m.       Vs. Greenwich at NCHS
                                                                                                                                              Date              Time         Opponent
Thurs., May 10 4 p.m.          Vs. Brien McMahon at NCHS                Tues., May 8      4 p.m.       Vs. St. Joseph at NCHS
                                                                                                                                              Wed., April 4     yesterday    Vs. Danbury & Norwalk at Danbury
Mon., May 14      4 p.m.       Vs. Stamford at NCHS                     Thurs., May 10 4 p.m.          At Brien McMahon                       Mon., April 16 4 p.m.          Vs. Wilton & Staples at NCHS
Tues., May 15     4 p.m.       Vs. Trinity Catholic at Scalzi Park      Mon., May 14      4 p.m.       At Stamford                            Mon., April 23 4 p.m.          Vs. Bassick, Trinity
                                                                        Tues., May 15     4 p.m.       Vs. Trinity Catholic at NCHS                                          & Bridgeport Central at NCHS
                                                                                                                                              Mon., April 30    4 p.m.       Vs. Fairfield-Warde & Darien
                           Boys’ Golf                                                                                                                                        at Fairfield-Warde

Date              Time        Opponent
                                                                                                   Girls’ Golf                                Mon., May 7
                                                                                                                                              Mon., May 15
                                                                                                                                                                4 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                4 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                             Vs. St. Joseph at NCHS
                                                                                                                                                                             Vs. Ridgefield & Harding at Ridgefield
                              At Bridgeport Central, Harding
Thurs., April 5   4 p.m.                                                Date              Time        Opponent
                              & Bassick
Tues., April 10   3:15 p.m.   Vs. St. Joseph at Tashua Knolls           Thurs., April 5
                                                                        Mon., April 9
                                                                                          3 p.m.
                                                                                          3 p.m.
                                                                                                      Vs. Darien at Country Club of NC
                                                                                                      At Ridgefield
                                                                                                                                                            New Canaan Crew
Mon., April 23 4 p.m.         Vs. Danbury at Country Club of NC
                                                                        Wed., April 11    3 p.m.      Vs. McMahon/Norwalk                     Date              Time         Opponent
Thurs., April 26 3:15 p.m.    Vs. Fairfield-Warde at Brooklawn CC
                                                                                                      at Country Club of NC                   Sat., April 7     11 a.m.   at Greenwich Invitational
Tues., May 1      3:15 p.m.   Vs. Darien at Country Club of Darien      Thurs., April 12 3 p.m.       Vs. Lauralton Hall and Greenwich        Sat., April 21    All Day   NYC Junior Sprints Regatta (HS rowers)
Wed., May 2       3 p.m.      Vs. Staples at Longshore                                                at Country Club of NC                                               at Corona Park, Queens, N.Y.
Thurs., May 3     3 p.m.      Vs. Ridgefield at Ridgefield Public GC      Tues., April 17   3:30 p.m.   Vs. Danbury at Richter Park             Sat., April 21    All Day   Mercer Sprints Regatta (Advanced HS)
Mon., May 7       3:15 p.m.   Vs. Stamford at Country Club of NC        Tues., April 24   3 p.m.      Vs. Fairfield-Warde                                                  at Mercer Lake, N.J.
Tues., May 8      3 p.m.      Vs. Trinity at Country Club of NC                                       at Country Club of NC                   Sun., April 29    All Day   Cooper Cup Regatta
                                                                        Wed., April 25    3 p.m.      Vs. Trumbull at Country Club of NC                                  at Cooper River, N.J.
Thurs., May 10 3:15 p.m.      Vs. Norwalk at Oak Hills
                                                                        Thurs., April 26 3 p.m.       Vs. Lauralton Hall at Racebrook CC
                                                                                                                                              Sun., May 6       7 a.m. -  St. Luke’s Invitational Regatta
Tues., May 15     4 p.m.      Vs. Wilton and Greenwich                                                                                                          1:30 p.m. in Norwalk, Ct.
                              at Country Club of NC                     Mon., April 30 3:30 p.m.      Vs. Greenwich at Griffith E. Harris GC    Sun., May 20      All Day   Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional
Wed., May 16      3:15 p.m.   Vs. Westhill at Country Club of NC        Thurs., May 3     3:15 p.m.   Vs. Darien at Woodway CC                                            at Lake Quinsigamond, Mass.
Thurs., May 17 3:15 p.m.      Vs. Trumbull at Tashua Knolls             Wed., May 9       3:45 p.m.   Vs. Danbury at Country Club of NC       Sun., May 20      All Day   Connecticut States Regatta
Mon., May 21      3:30 p.m.   Vs. McMahon at Country Club of NC         Thurs., May 10 3:15 p.m.      Vs. Fairfield-Ludlowe                                                at Lake Waramaug, Ct.
Tues., May 22     3:15 p.m.   Vs. Fairfield-Ludlowe                                                    at Smith Richardson                     Fri., June 8 -    TBA       US Rowing Jr. National Championship
                                                                        Mon., May 14      3 p.m.      Vs. Staples at Longshore                Sun., June 10               in Cincinnati, Ohio
                              at Country Club of NC
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