New Canaan Basketball Association travel basketball teams earned top level seeds in the recent Fairfield County Basketball League tournaments. The FCBL is a 250 team league, including travel teams from every town within Fairfield County, and about two dozen teams from beyond the county’s borders (see FCBLhoops.org).
After three month of regular season play that starts in December, the FCBL splits each boys and girls grade into tournament pools of peer groups. Three of NCBA’s boys teams received bids into the league’s highest level tournament pools for their grade.
The eighth grade team received the No. 4 seed (out of 51 teams) and advanced to the semifinals before losing to New Castle of Westchester County. The seventh grade team received the No. 5 seed (out of 42 teams), losing to Westport in the quarterfinals. The sixth grade team earned the No. 6 seed (out of 42 teams), losing to Bridgeport in the quarterfinals.
For the entire New Canaan teams’ FCBL tournament grids, see the Photos section.
The Sky Rink at the Chelsea Piers in lower Manhattan was a perfect backdrop for the final game of the St. Luke’s varsity ice hockey season. On Feb. 25, the team participated in a fund-raising benefit game against the Fieldston School
to support the Special Olympics.
St. Luke’s played a strong game, out-shooting and out-possessing Fieldston. Fieldston’s goalie made a number of incredible saves to hold St. Luke’s to only one goal, which was scored by freshman Tyler Klein.
Only in its second full season as a varsity sport, the St. Luke’s ice hockey program continues to develop and make big strides. The middle school and varsity teams went undefeated this past season.
“These boys should be very proud of their accomplishments, said Corey Gammill, who completed his first season as the Storm's coach. “We have just committed to prime-time ice at the New SONO Ice House."
Starting a high school ice hockey program in the highly competitive hockey hotbed of Fairfield County is never an easy task. But looking at the progress of this program in the past two seasons, St. Luke’s athletic director Kevin Butler is pleased with the results to date.
“Last year our goal was to establish the Upper School program as a participant in the FAA (Fairchester Athletic Association) League," Butler said. "We played a competitive 14-game schedule with 12 players. As with all new sports
program, we knew it was going to be a challenge. This group of young underclassmen faced established teams stacked with juniors and seniors and we held our own.”
Gammill is excited about the current nucleus of two-year starters and he is looking forward to the new talent that is being added to the team.
Team members include:
Fairfield: Carl Graczyk '14
Greenwich: Carter Bergeron '14
New Canaan: Spencer Jaffe '12, Noah Daniel '15, Justin Kramer '14
Redding: Clay D'Alessandro
Ridgefield: Ryan Adams '15, Christian Duncan '14, Matt Marchand '14
Rowayton: Justin Kramer '14
Stamford: Tyler Klein '15
The next event in the Connecticut Challenge Speaker Series features a talk by Sean Swarner, a two-time cancer survivor, mountain climber, and author of Keep Climbing: How I Beat Cancer and Reached the Top of the World.
Swarner shares his inspirational life story Thursday, April 12 at Roger Ludlowe Middle School at 7:30 PM. The event is free to the public and made possible in part with support from People’s United Bank. Registration is required at www.CTChallenge.org/keepclimbing.
Swarner, who was named the 2007 Jimmy V Foundation’s Don’t Ever Give Up Award winner for his courage, will take you on his life’s journey through a dynamic audiovisual presentation, that is not only inspiring, but offers a message of hope that taps into that motivational adrenaline rush that runs through all of us. The presentation will include his climb up the 29,035-foot giant that is Mount Everest, surviving hurricane-force winds and crossing crevasses thousands of feet deep on rickety aluminum ladders. Swarner will offer insight into the grueling journey of his youth and his fight for survival in overcoming two bouts with cancer. Finally, you will trek with Sean to the highest peaks in Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
Prior to the event, a special reception and flag signing for cancer survivors will be held at 6:30 pm. Swarner will carry the flag up Mt. Kilimanjaro this July and plant it at the summit. Following the event, Swarner will sign copies of his book, Keep Climbing. A limited quantity will be available for purchase or you may bring your own copy for him to sign.
Additional support for this program provided by BMW of Bridgeport and Aetna.
About the Connecticut Challenge
The Connecticut Challenge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, founded in 2005, that creates and supports unique survivorship programs and research to empower cancer survivors to live healthier, happier, longer lives. Over $6MM has been raised to date to benefit programs for cancer survivors. The Annual CT Challenge Bike Ride is the primary fundraiser for the CT Challenge and takes place this year on July 28 in Westport, CT. Learn more at ctchallenge.org.
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Overall RecordWesthill* 13-5 15-7 Danbury* 10-8 12-10 Bridgeport Central* 10-8 12-10 Greenwich 9-9 11-10 Trumbull 9-9 11-10 Staples 8-10 9-12
Overall RecordRidgefield* 13-5 16-6 Stamford* 11-7 12-10 Fairfield Ludlowe 9-9 9-12 Norwalk 8-10 10-11 McMahon 4-14 4-16 Harding 3-15 4-16
Overall RecordSt. Joseph* 18-0 21-1 Trinity Catholic* 14-4 20-6 Bassick* 13-5 19-5 Fairfield-Warde 9-9 11-10 Wilton 8-10 11-11 Darien 1-17 2-18 New Canaan 1-17 2-18
FCIAC RecordOverall Record Danbury* 18-0 25-1 Trumbull* 15-3 20-5 Staples 11-7 13-9 Westhill 10-8 10-11 Greenwich 4-14 4-16 Bridgeport Central 1-16 2-17
Central DivisionNorwalk* 13-5 16-7 Stamford* 11-7 12-11 Fairfield Ludlowe 7-11 8-13 Ridgefield 7-11 7-13 McMahon 3-15 3-17 Harding 2-15 4-15
East DivisionSt. Joseph* 15-3 18-5 Wilton* 13-5 15-8 Trinity Catholic* 12-6 14-9 Darien* 11-7 12-10 Fairfield Warde 10-8 12-9 New Canaan 8-10 10-11 Bassick 0-18 0-20
BOYS HOCKEYEast Division FCIAC Record FCIAC Points Overall Record Darien* 11-1 22 16-6-0 Ridgefield* 11-1 20 20-2-0 St. Joseph* 9-3 18 15-7-0 New Canaan* 8-4 16 13-8-1 Wilton* 8-4 16 10-11-0 Trinity Catholic* 8-4 16 9-12-0 Stamford 4-8 8 6-14-1 West Division FCIAC Record FCIAC Points Overall Record Fairfield 7-5 14 9-12-0 Westhill 5-7 10 6-14-2 Trumbull 4-8 8 13-9-0 Staples 2-10 4 9-11-0 Greenwich 1-11 2 3-17-0 Norwalk/McMahon 0-12 0 2-18-0
Teams FCIAC Record FCIAC Pts Overall Record New Canaan* 14-0 28 21-1 Ridgefield* 10-3-1 21 13-6-1 Greenwich* 10-4 20 12-5-1 Darien* 9-4-1 19 11-6-1 Fairfield 4-9 8 6-10-0 Wilton 4-9 8 5-11-1 Staples-Trumbull 3-11 6 6-12-0 Stamford 0-14 0 1-14-0