Saturday, October 31, 2009
The Girls' Varsity Soccer team met Westhill at DHS for its final game of the regular season this week. The girls already qualified for the State Championship. However, this Oct. 29 game was the determining factor to qualify for FCIACs. Unfortunately, the Stamford girls scored midway through the first half. Darien fought hard, but was unable to come back leaving the final score 1-0. Perhaps aiding the defeat was the absence of injured senior captains Kelly Mahoney, Cat Thomas and Alex Budd. Mahoney was the most recent to join the sidelines when she tore her ACL playing Ridgefield last week.
Despite the defeat, the girls kept their spirits high to celebrate Senior Day with a ceremony on the stadium field on Thursday. (10/29) Senior soccer players honored include captains Mahoney, Thomas, Budd, Liz Calby and Rachel Kanigan as well as Abigail Sickinger, Leanne Stone, Madison Hughan, Mackenzie Jones, Meredith Jordan, Ann Fucigna and Francesca Chiamulera. (pictured)
Stay tuned to see how the girls do in States. We wish them the best of luck!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Darien went into the game with seven wins. The match started off strong with a goal by sophomore Danny Rizzuto. With time winding down, the Black Knights scored on a free kick when junior David Bigelow was in the net. Sophomore Chris Smith was untouchable not letting any goals score. Junior Graham Hotchkiss, in the striker position , said this about the disappointing loss, “It was good effort, but in the end we just got unlucky.” The JV soccer season did not end with a win, but it could have been worse: they didn’t end with a loss.
The game left the girls with a solid victory, winning all three matches, but also with important lessons to lead them to success and fuel the fire to reach their goals. “I think half the reason why we had such a successful outcome on Monday was because we knew from the start that Ludlow was such a strong and talented team. We knew they were going to bring it, so we knew we had to step up our game and intensity if we wanted to pull through,” senior captain Sarah Gorski said.
Senior Colby Billhardt agreed: “Monday, we played a great game against Ludlowe, and we couldn't have done it without the passers in the back row, and Mackenzie Begley setting up a fast offense.”
Sarah Gorski said it was important to get it right off the top: “From the start we were all really cohesive and united on the floor – we had great communication especially coming from the back row. Ludlow played great--with so much heart and intensity, and they left it all out on the court,” Gorski said.
However, the senior captains are well aware the season is not over. “We still have a lot of work to do if we want to achieve our goals. We need to focus on controlling the things we can control and doing the little things in order to prevail. I think this year we have a lot of determination and strength. Even though we are a very young team, we are capable of achieving our goals!” Gorski said.
With yet another undefeated record within grasp, Gorksi doesn’t let all the hype of the volleyball legacy cloud her awareness of what is going on in the moment. “Our game against Ludlow was definitely one of the best matches of the season and it was so much fun to be a part of it,” Gorksi concluded.
Come cheer the girls at the last home game tomorrow (10/30) against Ridgefield at 5:30pm. “Friday we face Ridgefield, another tough team with a lot of heart so we will prepare tomorrow at practice, and we will leave it all on the floor Friday,” Billhardt said. (pictured Colby Billhardt spikes the ball next to Mackenzie Begley)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Two well-placed goals by Trumbull’s ace that just went by the hands of senior goalie Robbie Schindler, gave Trumbull an early lead. However, in the second half the “Blue Wave came storming back,” junior Rupert Hansford said. Early in the first half, the Blue Wave struck back with a corner kick from junior Rupert Hansford, to junior J.P. Walsh to decrease the deficit to 2-1. Schindler was then replaced by senior Andrew Del Col, who according to Hansford, “kept the Blue Wave in the game.” The Wave hopes to rebound against Stamford at 4pm at the Black Nights home field on Wednesday. (10/28) A win won’t move them to States, but it will leave them with a victory for the last game of the season. (pictured Boys' Blue Wave Varsity Soccer team)
Monday, October 26, 2009
Blue Wave field hockey keeps up its perfect season with a 4-1 win over New Canaan on Monday (10/26) to improve its record to 14-0. Senior Aimee Rich shut out the Rams while junior Sophie Doering had two goals in the game, and juniors Sophie Watters and Leslie Gill had one goal apiece. When asked about the success of the season junior Claire Dickson said, “Overall I think what makes this so enjoyable is the incredible coaching staff and the good chemistry that we have.” During the game though, junior Madeleine Gill was hit in the face with the ball, and is questionable for tomorrow’s game against Staples in Westport at 4pm. (10/27)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
In spite of losing many talented seniors last year, the Blue Wave Varsity Field Hockey team has been dominant thus far thanks in part to the efforts of junior twins Madeleine and Leslie Gill. (Leslie, pictured left) The duo provided all of the scoring in a 4-0 win over Stamford this Wednesday (the Blue Wave’s 11th shutout in 12 games), with Madeleine notching a hat trick. Still, despite the combined success, the two keep each other very grounded, inspiring each other to get better all the time. When asked how it felt to start alongside her sister, Madeleine responded, “Leslie’s degrading comments motivate me to get better.” Leslie responded sarcastically, “Seeing her on the field makes me play worse.” But the competition doesn’t end on the field; the two also consider, among other things, the strength of their appetites to be very important. Madeleine said of the field hockey team, “I’m really in it for the pasta dinners; I set the team record with 15 cookies.” Leslie scoffed at the notion, saying, “I BY FAR hold the team record for cookies at a pasta dinner. At the Heck’s I had two meatball subs, three plates of pasta, four huge oatmeal cookies, eight molasses cookies, and four chocolate cookies.” Not to be outdone, Madeleine said, “That’s nothing compared to the time I downed and entire plate of brownies at the Riegel’s.” Though they may not agree on who can eat more, at least they both speak positively of their experiences on the field so far this year.
Oh, and if you're reading this today (Oct 25) be sure to wish them a happy 17th birthday!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Girls finish the race strong as Darien gets 6th in the FCIAC race at Waveny Park in New Canaan on Thursday. (10/22) Junior Amanda Dobler (pictured below right) finished in the top 16 to medal as a member of the first team all FCIAC.
The Boys Cross Country team traveled to Waveny Park for the FCIAC Championship on Thursday. (10/22) Darien had a great showing placing in second out of 17 teams. Darien only lost to the favorite Danbury by five points. Darien runners senior Jake McCauley (pictured at bottom of story) and junior John Conley finished second and fourth. Other Darien runners, including senior Alex Reynoso and senior Willem Sandberg (pictured with McCauley below), ran well both finishing in the top 25. Willem Sandberg had a 40-second decrease in time from his previous best. Senior Jack Bushell seemed pleased with the team’s performance he went on to explain how “a Danbury runner ran better than expected but we are satisfied with the result”. The Boys Cross Country team has its next meet is States at Wickham Park in East Hartford on October 31st. We wish them the best of luck in finishing their season strong.
Yesterday, the First Team All FCIAC, was announced. Darien Runners senior Jake McCauley, junior John Conley, and senior Alex Reynoso were announced to the team. These runners also helped lead their team to the FCIAC championships. The Darien team also got its FCIAC East Chapionship trophy. We wish these runners best of luck throughout the remainder of their season! (also pictured above sophomore Charlie Baird and senior Brandon Tripodi)
Darien boys soccer blew the game against Danbury on Thursday at home (10/22) where the boys lost 2-1. The game started off in the Wave's favor, with a goal by junior J.P Walsh off a corner kick. The Wave shut down the Hatters for the first half even without senior starting keeper Robbie Shindler, who didn't play because of a wrist injury. Darien began to lose control as Danbury dominated the ball possession in the second half. In the last 20 minutes Danbury scored two goals to wrap up the victory. Senior Per Bjornstad isn't phased by the setback. "We will beat Trumbull and Stamford, and make States," the quietly confident Bjornstad said. Darien needs to get two wins or a win and a tie to guarantee a spot in States. Come watch the Wave play Trumbull at home on Monday at 4pm. (senior Sean Fahey pictured)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Girls’ soccer had a disappointing 3-0 loss against St. Joe’s in Trumbull on Wednesday. (Oct 21) St. Joe’s scored two goals in the first half, and the last in the second half. DHS is missing three players due to injury, and several girls are sick. Senior Meredith Jordan went in early in the game, but came out soon after due to an injury. Senior Alex Budd is also injured, and sophomore Leslie Yuen and senior Rachel Kanigan are ill. Due to absences, Coach John Bradley put in a few JV players. Despite the loss “the girls played well individually just not as a team,” senior Francesca Chiamulera said. Please come out and support the girls when they face-off against Ridgefield at 4pm at home on Friday. (photo supplied by Rachel Kanigan)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Maritime Rowing Club had another fantastic weekend of racing at Head of the Charles in Boston. The Norwalk-based club sent three boats to the largest head race in the world the weekend of October 17th. Despite harsh weather conditions (sub 40 degree weather, heavy rain and snow), senior Emily Pik and junior Christine Bragg of Maritime’s varsity eight boat, took home a gold medal after competing with 76 other crews from the United States and Canada. Seniors Michelle Bravo and Chrissy Weigand were members of the varsity 4+ that placed eighth out of 77 competitors. Juniors Andi Cara, Emily Crump and Alex Enzor raced in the same category placing 18th. All three boats did incredibly well on the hardest race course in the world and qualified for next year’s competition. The team has another large regatta this weekend in Philadelphia, Head of the Schuylkill and hopes to continue its winning streak.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
In the latest fall league hockey game featuring our own Blue Wave against the Trumbull Eagles, Darien managed to come out on top with a 4-2 victory on Saturday at Terry Conners Ice Rink in Stamford. Early in the game Trumbull came out flying with a goal six minutes into the first period off a breakaway. The remainder of the first showcased some terrific opportunities for the Wave, but the next goal wasn't scored until early on in the second period, when freshman Brendan Hathaway capitalized on a power play to tie the game at one goal apiece.
With new found strength, defender sophomore John Baker scored on another power play towards the end of the second period to put Darien on top 2-1. Unwilling to give up three unanswered goals, Trumbull evened out the game at the beginning of the third period, making the score 2-2. three minutes later, senior Connor Sullivan scored off of a nice pass from junior Richard Gregory, giving the Wave back the lead with the score now at 3-2.
With two minutes remaining the Trumbull goalie was pulled, but to their surprise not soon after sophomore Cameron Murray scored an open net goal to cancel out any chances the Eagles had of winning.
Monday, October 19, 2009
On the first drve of the game, Darien marched down the field for an impressive effort that ended with a touchdown pass from senior quarterback George Benitez(#3 pictured) to senior wide out Michael Wohlberg. Then senior kicker John Gardner added an extra point, Darien took a quick 7-0 lead. However, Trinity Catholic, quickly answered after junior Tre Crumbley took the kick inside the Darien five yard line. From there, Trinity junior running back Mike Rivas took it to the end zone. After Darien senior Bobby Nolan blocked the extra point, Drien remained on top 7-6.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Darien Field Hockey continues its undefeated season with a 9-2 win over Trumbull. Before this game, the tenacious Darien D did not allow a goal all season, but sadly that streak was snapped. “I’m happy the streak is over because it takes the pressure of the girls,” assistant coach Kelly Vegliante said. Juinors Sophie Doering and Sophie Waters registered two goals each for the Wave. Junior Sam Johnston contributed one goal and one assist. Senior Captain Ana Heck also added two goals to the Trumbull beat down. The Wave’s next game is 4pm Monday, October 19 against Brien McMahon in Norwalk. (Photo courtesy of Darien Times)
The boys’ swimming and diving finished 7-3 last year, also coming third in their class of 22. Their season runs from the end of November through mid-March, with 10 regular season meets followed by championship meets. The team’s main events are the 50, 200, and 500 yard freestyle, as well as the 100 yard back and breaststrokes. Competitors in these events include sophomore Tyler Gould, junior Chris Weihs, junior Jake Greene, senior captain William Plunkett, and senior captain Wesley Dean, respectively. According to coach Matt Czaplicki, Gould “may emerge as a top sprinter in the state.”
The coach is also excited about the incoming freshmen. “We have an awesome new class coming in this year” Mr Czaplicki said, “They are able and ready to prove it.” Plunkett mentioned James Baker as one of the top freshmen. Mr Czaplicki is hoping for a top 10 state finish and Plunkett wants to go 8-2, a one win improvement on last year.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Darien boy's Cross Country team finished its season with a great race on Tuesday at Tod's Point in Greenwich. The Wave took on hosting team Greenwich, Norwalk and Wilton. The Wave, led by the senior Jake McCauley, went 1-2-3 demolishing the competition. McCauley was the second runner ever to break 16:00 on the course, and was three seconds off a record set by ex-Wave runner, Artem Skobrev from the DHS Class of ‘09. McCauley was followed by senior Alex Reynoso, pictured, 16:25, and junior John Conley with a time of 16:46. With the three wins, Darien wrapped up the regular season with a record of 16-1. The Wave also became FCIAC Eastern Division Champions. With the postseason getting under way, Darien looks to be a contender for the FCIAC championship as well as the Class MM championship. The Wave will take on the rest of the FCIAC at 3pm Thursday, October 22nd at Waveny Park. (Photo courtesy of Fred Gaston).
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Girl’s cross country dominated on Tuesday at Waveny Park with 3 runners finishing in the top 16 of their race. Junior Amanda Dobler (pictured) led the pack with an incredible time of 15:53 for 2.45 miles (a pace of 6:24 per mile). Behind her was senior Hannah Lyons coming in sixth place and freshman Katie Farren coming in tenth. Overall, Darien’s time was an average of 16:52, an astoundingly low time for almost 2.5 miles. The team came in second place overall and had an awesome race, but they hope to do even better in their next meet on Tuesday October 13 in Greenwich.
On Tuesday, October 6th the DHS Boys Cross Country Team had another spectacular performance at its meet at Waveny Park in New Canaan. Senior Jake McCauley took first place in the race, and junior John Conley was close behind in second place. Sophomore Michael Johnston also had a notable performance this meet. Staples High School’s top runner did not have a great run, which also contributed to Darien’s win. The team’s win was especially exciting because it was coach Tyson Kaczmarek’s 100th victory. This weekend the Boys Cross Country team will be attending the Wickham Invitational, which has a state meet course and they are anticipating a showdown with their class rival, Guilford. The team is also preparing for the FCIAC meet on October 22nd. (Michael Johnston pictured)
Field Hockey improves to 7-0 against Danbury. They kept their undefeated season despite star player, junor, Sam Johnston going down in the early 1st half after being striked by a ball in the head. Leslie Gill and Sophie Doering each had two goals to help the Blue Wave drown the Hatters. The Blue Wave has still not allowed a goal in all seven of their games. (Alex Bair pictured, photo courtesy of Darien Times)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The Blue Wave girl's field hockey team beat Westhill handily on Monday in a rout of 8-0. Led by junior standout Ellie Riegel, who scored twice for the Wave as well as adding a pair of assists, Darien coasted to an easy victory. The Wave refused to back down during amounting to an assault on the goal with a 35 shots-on-goal effort. Senior goalie Aimee Rich, who improved to 6-0 on the season, as well as junior Perrin Brown, led a stingy Darien defense, not allowing the Vikings to even take a single shot on goal. Winning its sixth game in a row, Darien Field Hockey looks very impressive as the season slowly dwindles to an end. The team continues to strive for its goals of winning FCIACs for a third straight time and winning the state class championships. Come root on DHS Field Hockey at its next game today at home against Danbury.
UPDATE: Darien kept the streak alive, still not allowing a team to score in it's 7-0 win over Danbury yesterday.
Monday, October 5, 2009
The girls kept the ball in opposing territory for the majority of the game, which gave the defense little work. Every player on the team got into the game which is a goal of the team in order to improve underclassmen for the varsity level. Junior Eleanor Palmer said, “Our season has been pretty good. But JV is hard because most people haven't played together. Darien has a hard week coming up with games against New Canaan and Greenwich on Wednesday and Friday. (Pictured freshmen Anjali Krishnamachar).
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This week Darien faces Wilton on our own turf at 2pm on Saturday.
Don't miss Neirad Enilno reporter Brian Curry's look at the 2009-10 varsity football team. Read "Football Moving on from ‘08" in the October issue live @ Neirad.org.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
After a long, relaxing three-day weekend, girls JV soccer team came hard to play Wilton this past Tuesday. (9/30) Wilton is one of the top teams in the state so it proved to a tough match. Darien held its own, keeping the ball out of their half. However, about 15 minutes into the game varsity coach Jon Bradley arrived to deliver some bad news. Five of the JV girls, including a few starters, were caught in an accidental fire alarm incident. The players were pulled off the field and taken back to the high school where they were subject to questions from the administration as well as the fire department. They were excused, as the episode was an accident, with promise to volunteer this weekend at the Big Rig event. The girls shortly returned to the game. The score remained 0-0 well into the second half and the teams battled it out until the end of the game. Wilton scored a goal in the last five minutes, and it was impossible for sophomore goalie Lauren Pryor to save it. Junior captain Lisa Randall (pictured) said "it was a tough fight to the finish, which is where games usually end." Good luck to the girls JV soccer team throughout the season.