New Canaan Sports Digest Aug 31

Your interactive, daily digest for all New Canaan scores, schedules and standings — and a place for you to add information and images for all youth sports

Despite the fact that numerous schools in the region remain closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the CIAC has not altered its mandatory requirement of 14 practices prior to first day of competition.

The CIAC says the practice day requirement has been in existence for more than 30 years.

The only adjustment that it will be making to the regulation is to allow schools to count practices held on Sundays toward the required 14 days. Many schools already practice on Sunday anyway.

Sunday practices have always been allowed, but could not be counted toward the requirement. As always, the holding of Sunday practices will be at the discretion of the local school district.

"Any team that has not conducted 14 days of practice prior to its first scheduled game must postpone and reschedule all games until it has satisfied the requirement," the CIAC said in a statement.

New Canaan will resume practices on Wednesday on a limited basis. The school does not have power so the building can not be used, but administrators will retrieve any necessary equipment at 11 a.m.

Football, boys and girls soccer, girls swimming and cheerleading are planning to practice on Wednesday, but there will be no freshman practices for any sport until school reopens.

All practices practice conducted in any sport until the schools re-opens is optional.

The following message was posted on the school's athletic website:

"We are most concerned about the safety and well being of our students and coaches. Please do not come to practice if you have any issues with respect to your personal safety."

New Canaan's Cole competing in World Rowing Championships

New Canaan's Charlie Cole will be in action Wednesday in the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovakia.

Cole is a member of the men's four team that will race Romania, Italy and Poland in the second of four repechages. Wednesday in the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovakia.

The top two boats move to the semifinals. The U.S. crew narrowly missed its ticket to the semis Sunday after finishing 0.02 seconds behind Belarus.

New Canaan's Andrew Campbell, a 19-year-old sophomore at Harvard, won his heat Sunday in the lightweight men's sculls and will compete in the semifinals on Thursday.

Hanratty Second At Right Guard on ND's Depth Chart

New Canaan's Conor Hanratty is listed as the backup right guard on Notre Dame's depth chart heading into Saturday's season opener against South Florida.

The freshman, who has bulked up to 315 pounds after adding 15 pounds, is listed behind senior Trevor Robinson.

Coming off an 8-5 season in which it won its final four games, Notre Dame is ranked 16th in the preseason Associated Press poll and 18th in the preseason USA Today poll. Notre Dame is beginning its season under coach Brian Kelly.

NC Boys Soccer in Action On Friday

The New Canaan boys soccer team, which is the defending CIAC , plays the first of two preseason scrimmages on Friday against Rye County Day School at Conner Field at 4 p.m.

The Rams also take on Fairfield Prep in a scrimmage on Sept. 7 at at 4 p.m.

New Canaan opens defense of its state championship at Danbury on Sept. 14 at 4 p.m.

The Rams again will be led by junior goaltender Scott Levene, who made the All-State team as a sophomore last season.

Levene. who was a standout goalie for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-16 team this spring, allowed just four goals in five games during the state tournament last year.

Another player to watch is senior midfielder Jon-Luke Ferrandino, who was a first-team all-FCIAC pick a year ago. Levene and Ferrandino were named among the top 20 players in the state by MSG Varsity.

The Daily Sports Digest is designed for you to add your best photo and/or video to share (instructions here). If you see anything in our scores, standings, or schedules that requires updating, please e-mail sports editor Bob Birge at bob.birge@hotmail.com



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