New Canaan athletes and coaches make resolutions for New Year
As the calendar turns from 2010 to 2011, it marks a chance at a fresh start, or to strive to continue to succeed in the world of sports. New Canaan High School's athletes and coaches are looking ahead to what they hope will be a memorable 2011. Here is what some of them resolve to do in this coming calendar year:
* Jason Paige, boys' swimming and diving coach: Our challenge is whether or not our third- or fourth-string guys can do the work and improve over he course of the season to a point they're going to make an impact at the class meet," Paige said. "Our resolution, this year, is to dedicate a lot of attention to our depth."
* Paul Gallo, wrestling coach: "Our goal this year is to be .500 and to fill out the lineup and have wrestlers in every weight class," said Gallo, who has some grapplers trying to make weight to compete in certain weight classes as needed. "I'm almost there." The coach added that his personal resolution is to lose 20 pounds to be able to better compete with some of his team members during drills in practice.
* Chris Rama, boys' basketball player: "Our goal is to make (the state tournament) and contend for FCIACs. We need to start piling up some wins." Rama resolves to do his best to help the Rams compete for a playoff spot, and is also aiming to reach the 500-point plateau.
*Jana Persky, hockey player: "Just keep improving -- and not take anybody lightly," said Persky, adding that her personal resolution is to get into college.
* Alex Farina, boys' track and field competitor: "My New Year's resolution for the track team would be to instill a hard-working mentality and continue what we've done so far and have a successful 2011," said Farina, adding that his personal resolution is to win the shot put event in the state tournament.
* John Santoro, boys' swimming competitor: "To possibly have an undefeated dual-meet season, have one of the best seasons we've had as a team, and beat some of the teams we haven't beaten in years." Santoro said his personal resolution is to "work as hard as possible in the pool and juggle all of my activities the best I can this year. Junior year is a really important year."
* Brian Khzouz, wrestling team member: "I would really like to see us win 50 percent of our matches, and place in the top-six in FCIACs," said Khzouz, adding that he resolves to help teach the up-and-coming wrestlers on this overall inexperienced and young squad.
"I'd like to see us do pretty well," he added.
Khzouz, who will attend the University of Richmond, said he resolves to line up an internship this summer or early in his college career.