Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Boys Swimming Championship

Amelia Fordyce

Courtesy of DAF

The 2018-2019 CIAC Class L Boys Swimming Championships finished with New Canaan in the lead with 776 points. The DHS boy’s swim team ranked up from 8th place and are runner ups in second place with 620 points. Senior Spencer Erickson placed first in the final Mens 200 yard Freestyle with a time of 1 minute and 42 seconds. Senior Carl Wadleigh tied for fourth with a time of 1 minute and 43 seconds. In the Mens 200 yard IM, Junior Scotty Tuck also took fourth with a time of one minute and 59 seconds. The boys team did a great job this year, and they plan to do even better next year.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Girls Ice Hockey Takes On New Canaan at State Finals

Natalie Vasileff

The Darien High School Girls Ice Hockey team had to deal with a great challenge in coming face to face with the New Canaan rams for the State Finals on Saturday the ninth. The Darien girls have won States for three consecutive years up until this year after they lost to the New Canaan team with a 3-1 score.

The first period started off slowly and the girls did not have a lot of energy. New Canaan was able to get to the puck a lot faster and the Blue Wave players felt like they were behind. Darien had trouble breaking the puck out and had a hard time moving their feet. The rink was filled with nervousness coming from the girls.

During the second period, the girls were able to get their confidence back and recuperate. The team started to move their feet more and get around New Canaan easily. Darien got more chances in scoring a goal than they had in the first period and found the same number of high chances in the third period. New Canaan got most of their shots from lucky bounces, so the Darien girls found themselves unfortunate in those situations. 

Darien played with a lot more heart and courage in the second and third periods and the team was more aggressive. 

The Darien Girls Ice Hockey players race for the puck at the State Finals. Courtesy of Dave Stewart.

Although the team had great intensity, they realized that because of the slow start they were a period late finding the confidence to be as aggressive in the later periods - it could have been what cost the girls the game.

“Although this season had a bittersweet note, we played our last game collectively as team together. We played for each other,” junior Caitlin Chan said. “We now know what we’re we need to do next season in order to come out bigger, better, faster, and stronger than ever before.”

Friday, March 8, 2019

Check Out Track Phenom Alumnus Alex Ostberg (‘15) at NCAA Nationals today and tomorrow

Neirad Staff

Alex Ostberg (DHS Class of 2015) will be competing at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ostberg runs for Stanford University. He will compete on Friday, March 8th at 10:00 p.m. (EST) in the Distance Medley Relay, running the 1st leg which is 1200 meters, and on Saturday at 7:25 p.m. (EST) in the 3000 meters.

All the information for the meet including how to watch is located here: https://www.ncaa.com/news/trackfield-indoor-men/2019-03-06/ncaa-track-and-field-schedule-live-results-highlights-and-how

Courtesy of USA Today

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Boys Hockey Team Ready to Make Noise in the State Tournament

Grace Carlo

Senior CJ Hathaway (Courtesy of Darien Times)

On Tuesday March 5th, the boys hockey team battled against St. Joes in the first round of state playoffs. The boys ended their regular season with a record of 17-4, with a last upset in FCIAC semifinals to Greenwich in double overtime. Tuesday night they came out strong with an impressive 10-0 shutout against St. Joes. The wave outshot the Cadets 35-10. Senior captain James Gregory states that “It doesn’t matter who we play, we’ll go out there and play our game. We treat everyone the same way”. Even though they beat the Cadets 9-0 in the regular season, the Wave did not take this for granted. They came ready to play and played their game not underestimating the opposing team.

The Wave will now face Notre Dame-West Haven in the state quarterfinals at the Wonderland of Ice on Saturday March 9th at 4pm.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Boys Hockey on a Winning Streak in 2019

Alix Platt

Darien Boys Ice Hockey played Xavier on January 5th. Starting out the New Year right after their win against Notre Dame-West Haven, the boys won a nerve racking game. They ended 4-3. Within the 1st period, Darien was up 2-0, however, Xavier came back just in time due to a penalty. Within the last 4 minutes both the Blue Wave and Xavier had 3 points. Luckily, sophomore Sean Bradley got the winning goal.

"No one expected Xavier to tie us in the 4th period," said senior James Gregory. "We received so many penalties but still won."

Junior Bennet McDermott Courtesy DAF
Go support Darien hockey against Ridgefield this Friday, January 11th!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Girls JV Basketball Brings Home a Win to Start the Season

Megan Streeter

Darien Girls JV Basketball team started off the season right, with a win against Bethel, on Monday the 19. Junior point guard Olivia Maniscalco said the game went exceedingly well. “We worked as a team and even when we were down we never gave up,” said Maniscalco. Her opinion of the team is faithfully optimistic, and she commented on the “amazing defence and offense” played by her teammates. The final score was 27-19, a wonderful early season score for the team.
Junior Olivia Maniscalco Courtesy DAF

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Girls Basketball Defeats New Canaan after 4 Overtimes

Lilliana Cullen

Darien Girls Basketball played against the long time rival New Canaan Rams on December 29, their last game of 2018.

Their success would not have come, if not for the efforts of Coach Melba Chambers and star players senior Rachel Stobbie and junior Lindsay Dimonekas. After four grueling overtimes, Darien finally came out on top with a final score of 43-42.

Captain Rachel Stobbie said, “This was the most exciting game I’ve ever played in. There was so much energy in the room, and I’m very proud of my team”.

The moment the buzzer rang, signifying the end of the high tension game (Courtesy of Darien Athletic Foundation instagram).
This is the second victory for Wave ball. Their next game is Thursday, January 3 at home against the Greenwich Cardinals.