Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Boys will be Boys, but Celtics will be Men

-By: Connor McCarthy-

The Titans once again unleashed a battle of epic proportions at the 11th/12th grade House Basketball Championship on Monday night. (2/22) It was time for the greatest display of athletics from out-of-shape kids in all of 2010.
Senior George Benitez and the Lakers faced off against senior Travis Fitzpatrick and the Celtics. After a motivational speech and prayer from Celtics coach Mr. Rogers, the game was nearly ready to start. As all players nervously suited up and tied their shoelaces, the fans on the opposite side of the court were growing. One by one, students added to the large amount of children there to support the Celtics, because no one seems to like the Lakers.
The game started off with both teams missing easy lay-ups. There was little score for the first three minutes, until finally both teams got into gear and stepped up the game. After a riveting 19 minutes of play, and a large amount of booing for George Benitez and “freshman” Brent Eppley (senior), the game came down to 11 seconds left with a rebound by senior Charlie Taylor.
As Taylor weaved carefully to the half court line, peer pressure set in. “Shoot it” was chorused from around the room. So Charlie pulled up a little beyond the half way line, and popped a three with a beautiful arc. The crowd waited in anticipation as the ball flew gracefully through the air, and, with a satisfying swish, went straight through the hoop. This brought the Celtics within three points at the end of the half.
The second half saw more of the same excitement (except for junior Sam Nelson was air-balling left and right). Benitez continued to run the court, with quick footwork that split any defense the Celtics had. But the crowd was on the Celtics side. With a minute left, the Celtics saw themselves down by four points. After a few strategic time outs, the Celtics finally had an opportunity to almost level the score. Fitzpatrick stood stealthily in the corner, and hit an amazing three point shot with around 40 seconds left. This brought the score to 47-46 in favor of the Lakers.
After a quick turn over, Fitzpatrick had another opportunity to score, but could not finish. The ball ended up in Benitez’s possession, and unsurprisingly, the Celtics were unable to catch him to even foul him. The game ended 47-46, and joy was seen, tears were heard, and the fans were disappointed.
As the Lakers won their trophies (a lovely t-shirt each), the Celtics could just look on in avid wonder as to why the underdog story was not fulfilled. Kudos to senior Justin Miller, who played like a champ, and also to senior Billy Griffiths, who was unstoppable beneath the boards. All in all, the game was one of the most exciting this season, and everyone who was a part of it will be sorry to see House basketball end.

Boys' Basketball Drops Another on Senior Night

-By: Katie Stueber-

The boys’ basketball team lost against the Bassick Lions on Senior Night on Monday. (2/22) The action scored off in the main gym, ending with yet another close defeat of 38-48. Regardless of the loss, which seems to be a trend this season, four seniors, Michael Lee, Wes Blummer, Grant Scott, and Philip Stueber played hard which also happened to be the last home game of the season. The team started off strong and senior captain Philip Stueber won the tip off. The boys were able to stick with the Bridgeport team keeping the score close with tough defense and plenty of missed shots by Bassick. Sophomore Tony Britton drained a much needed three-pointer during the second quarter which pumped the crowd up. But in the end, the Wave wasn’t able to pull through in the final minutes due to weakness on the offense and the boards. The Blue Wave’s final game is against the Trumbull Hornets at 7pm on Wednesday. (2/24) With a rough season behind them, the team, especially the seniors, is looking forward to earning at least one win during the final game on the Trumbull court. (Update: the boys lost to Trumbull ending the season without a winning game)

Ski Team Takes the Slopes Again

-By: Jack Bushell-

The loyal Darien fans were cheering again and the Ski Team banner hung at the finish line for both the boys and girls ski teams.
On Tuesday (2/11), the Darien High School Boys Varsity Ski team improved its record to eight wins against six losses at Mount Southington by defeating Danbury while losing to Fairfield and Cheshire. The DHS boys finished sixth with a time of 292.79. Fairfield had the best time of the night at 274.05 and Cheshire’s time was 286.14 while Pomperaug finished with a time of 307.53. Boys’ times this week were Co-captain Andrew DelCol 45.26, Will McCoy 48.20, Co-captain Robert Goeller 48.38, Brady Collins 49.34, Chris Brophy 50.20, Willem Sandberg 51.41, Andy Mogenson 52.79, Billy Griffiths 57.11, David Maturo 57.34, and Jack Clarke 57.97.

Also on Tuesday, the Darien Girls Varsity Ski Team extended its unblemished record to 10 wins and no losses by defeating Cheshire, Fairfield and Danbury. The DHS Girls finished had a winning time of 299.58 while Fairfield 301.16, Cheshire 317.08 and the Danbury team was disqualified. Girls’ times were Co-captain Meg DelCol 49.68, Co-captain Alex Bair (pictured) 49.65, Natalie Rowe 50.26, Fay Rizzuto 50.56, Courtney Kyritz 50.86, Allison Graham 51.27, Kailin Edgar 54.23, Kendall Kyritz 54.30, Dana Howe 55.51, and Kelsey Edgar 56.32. For more scores and information about the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League may be found at

Monday, February 22, 2010

Girls' Track Places 5th, Boys' Places 10th

-By: Meg Murphy-

The girls indoor track team placed fifth in the state at the New Haven Athletic Center in New Haven on Saturday. (2/20) Both the DHS Boys’ and Girls’ Indoor Track and Field teams competed against every indoor track team in the state. The boys’ placed 10th out of more than 40 teams which is great considering the team only competed with four total athletes.
Senior Christy Gasparino took home the most points winning the girls’ high jump event with a 5’4” jump. Gasparino also placed second in the 55m Hurdles with a time of 8.53 seconds.
Senior Cat Thomas took sixth place in the 1600m run with a time of 5:19.86.
Sophomore Robin Bone took first place in the pole vault, while also setting a new school record and state open record with a height of 11 feet, 10 inches.
The boys’ 4x200m relay team run by junior captain Stockton McMullen, senior captain Brent Eppley, junior Peter McDonough and junior Kevin Keller (pictured) placed 3rd with a time of 1:34.13. Keller also placed second in the boys’ long jump with a jump of 22’1.5” with Stockton McMullen getting into the finals.
All three girls, Kevin Keller and the boys’ 4x200 relay team will go to compete in the New England Meet in Boston on March 5. Good Luck to all of them!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Girls' Ice Hockey Takes Down Hamden

-By: Kevin Cassidy-

Girls' varsity hockey pulled off a big win against a tough Hamden team at Darien Ice Rink on Saturday.(2/13) The Blue Wave was able to walk away with an important 1-0 win bringing them to an overall record of 11-4-1. The two first periods showed tough back and forth physical play. The game remained scoreless after two periods. Then half way through the third period, senior captain, Madeline Coburn was able to score what ended up being the game winner. Senior captain Katharine Macomber (pictured) said "It was a big win for the team". As usual Macomber was huge in net stopping all 23 of Hamden's shots on goal. The Blue Wave's next match is against Greenwich at DOrothy Hamil Ice Rink, in Greenwich, Tuesday (2/16) at 4:30pm. We wish the team the best of luck with the remainder of their regular season!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Eppley Leads #1 Lakers into Finals

Senior Brent Eppley was unstoppable from three-point range in a 54-51 Lakers victory over the #4 Hornets in the semifinals on Sunday. (Feb 14) In a Valentine's Day game filled with three-point shots, Eppley made the most despite playing with a jammed finger. Hornets’ juniors John Foster, Chris Carmody, and senior Ryan Saffa, Lakers’ Eppley, senior George Benitez, and junior Sam Nelson all joined in on the three-point barrage and made at least one three-point shot.

The game started off with a bang as junior Dan Pidgeon nailed a jump shot five seconds into the game in possibly the fastest points ever scored in a game. Then both teams combined to make five combined three-point shots in a row. The game was tight the whole way through with the score 32-29 at halftime in favor of the Hornets. Late in the second half the Lakers started to pull away with the score at 54-45 with four minutes left, but then Hornets’ Saffa hit a couple three pointers in a row to make the score 54-51. However, neither team scored for the rest of the night, and the Lakers held on to win.

Celtics overcome KLHT's Reyes' 35 points on a Buzzer Beater

The score was 63-64 and senior Charlie Taylor had the ball with 11 seconds to make something happen. He did just that, finding an open lane and driving in for a lay-up with 1 second left to lead the #7 Celtics to a 65-64 win over the #3 Bobcats at the YMCA House Basketball semifinals on Feb 14.

The game started as a battle between the two point guards, Bobcats’ KLHT junior Max Reyes and Celtics’ senior Travis Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick scored the Celtics first eight points, and Reyes scored the Bobcats’ first seven points. The Celtics went into halftime with contributions from every player on the floor whether it was blocks from Taylor or rebounds from junior Sam McCarthy or points from junior Graham Maybell. The Bobcats went into halftime with a 30-27 lead behind the offensive firepower of Reyes and senior Mikel Marku.

Fitzpatrick and Reyes went at it again after halftime, with Taylor and Celtics’ senior Justin Miller and the Bobcats’ Marku joining the offensive fireworks. The fireworks settled into a 64-63 Bobcats lead with 11 seconds left, when Taylor drove to the hoop for the game winning lay-up. When it was all said and done the offensive juggernaut of Reyes and Marku combined for 54 of the Bobcats 64 points. Fitzpatrick led the Celtics in a spectacular game with 26 points.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

House Basketball Legendary Night

-By: Darius Majd-

Feb. 8, 2010 will forever be known as the the Darien YMCA house basketball league’s finest exhibition. With single elimination in place for the first time, every team was fighting to live another day from the onset. The eight teams in the 11th/12th grade league playoffs played their first round games at the Darien YMCA from 6p-10p, providing four of the most exciting, closely contested games in recent memory.
The undefeated #1 Lakers took on the #8 Timberwolves (who won their only game of the regular season against the #2 Bulls on Feb. 7) in the first game of the night, just holding on for a 40-37 win. Despite finishing the season with just one win, the Timberwolves gained some respect by beating the #2 team and losing twice by one possession in their last three games. Also, the Timberwolves junior Graham Hotchkiss finished the season as the league’s leading scorer.
The second game, between the #4 Hornets and #5 Knicks, was a rematch of a game played the day before (won by the Hornets 31-26). The Hornets led throughout, but the Knicks defense, sparked by inspired play from junior Scotty Waters, let up only nine second half points, and seniors John Gardner and Brandon Tripodi hit timely jumpers to force OT. Both teams failed to score in the first two overtimes, but junior Kevin Keller capped off a game high 10 points with a decisive layup. Senior Ryan Saffa added a free throw, and the Knicks were unable to make a three- pointer on the other end, giving the Hornets a 36-33 win in 3OT.
The third game of the night pitted the #2 Bulls against the #7 Celtics. Many players from around the league felt the Bulls were unlucky to draw the Celtics, who despite their record have as much talent as any team in the league. The Celtics lived up to their billing, taking out the favored Bulls in OT 54-52. It was a disappointing end to a once promising season for the Bulls, who were considered the best team in the league until losing three straight by a basket or less.
The final game of the night continued the drama, matching the 3OT clash between the Hornets and Knicks in excitement. The #3 Bobcats and #6 Spurs staged an epic battle on the court for the last spot in the Semi Finals. Senior Jack Bushell put up 19 points on offense, and senior Andrew West dominated on defense for the Spurs. But KLHT junior Max Reyes, who finished with an absurd 38 points, led the Bobcats back from a 16-point deficit with five minutes remaining to force yet another overtime. The Bobcats took advantage of the momentum and won 68-66 in OT, capping off a night of brilliant basketball and bitter disappointment.
The timing of these spectacular games could not have been worse, as in past years all of the losing teams would have had a chance at the title via advancing through the losers’ bracket (the last four champions for the current junior grade have come from the losers’ bracket). But in an effort to beat February break, single elimination was adopted, leaving all of the worthy losers out of the running. Bulls junior Peter McDonough was disappointed that such scintillating play was marred by administrative decisions.
“I think they should have taken a break and done double elimination playoffs after the break. It doesn’t seem right to let one game undo the entire regular season. Also, there was one ref for four games, and he was obviously worn out by the end – they should have had multiple refs. Lastly, they should not have moved the playoffs to the smaller YMCA gym, because the style of play was completely changed,” McDonough said.
The playoffs continue on Wednesday (Feb. 10) at the YMCA, so anyone who missed this season's excitement should go and cheer on the surviving teams.
(Photo: Senior Connor "all air" McCarthy (left), Clarke"professor" Glavin (middle) and Zach Miller (right) on the Spurs bench)

Squashing the National Competition

-By: McKinley Stauffer-

The varsity squash team made a name for themselves this past weekend as they served their way through the U.S. High School Squash National Championship to become the 2010 Division III Consolation champions. Darien's varsity team had a rough start losing its first match 6-1 in matches against Episcopal Academy JV team, but in the first round of the consolations, were victorious against Pomfret Academy 5-2 in total matches at the championship held on the Choate Rosemary Hall campus Feb 5-7. Tabor Academy posed a challenge to Darien, but Varsity Team A prevailed with a close triumph of 4-3. Senior Captain Britt Gordon came back 2-1 in the match versus Tabor Academy, winning by two points in the fifth and final set, with a score of 11-9. Senior Zac Calahan and Junior Malcolm Willis defeated their opponents in the fifth set of their matches versus Tabor as well. Darien Team A also vanquished Salisbury Academy in which Darien won five out of seven matches to win the consolation championship. Junior JV member Robbie Florian was satisfied with the team’s performance. “The team overall has made a great improvement since last year. I’m really proud of everyone,” Florian said. Whereas Darien's A Team only won one match last year at nationals, this year they are consolation champions of Division III.

Calby Puts Up 19 in Rout of Bridgeport Central

-By: Ryan Barthold-

Senior Captain Liz Calby led the way for the Darien High School Girl’s Basketball team on Tuesday night. (2/9) with 19 points in a dominating 64-32 performance over Bridgeport Central. The win ended a five game slide that began on Jan. 22. Calby raised her team-leading season total to 76 points, and helped the Blue Wave improve to 9-8 on the season. Freshman standout Meg Marren contributed 13, and was a force to be reckoned with on defense as the Hilltoppers had trouble getting the ball past her all night. Junior Nicole Buch put on a show with five breakaway layups (two of which she was fouled on) and a total of 12 points. Senior captain Leanne Stone chipped in 10 during a great outing under the boards. On the Hilltoppers side of the ball, Phyllisse Lewis scored 16, while her teammate Natalie McLaughlin caught fire from beyond the arc, finishing with 9. The Blue Wave’s next game is against Fairfield Warde in the DHS Gymnasium at 7pm on Friday. (2/12)
(senior Leanne Stone pictured)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

First Round House Basketball Stats

Hornets beat the Knicks 36-33 in OT

Junior Kevin Keller: 10 points 6 rebounds
Senior Mike Wohlberg: 6 points 7 rebounds
Junior John Foster: 9 points 3 rebounds
Junior Chris Carmody: 3 steals
Junior Ben Preston: 5 points 13 rebounds 3 blocks
Senior John Gardner: 10 points 4 rebounds 3 steals
Junior Scottie Waters: 7 points 3 rebounds 3 steals
Senior Brandon Tripodi: 8 points
Junior Jarrett Gatling: 4 rebounds 4 steals

Celtics beat the Bulls 54-52 in 2 OT
Senior Charlie Taylor: 21 points 9 rebounds 4 blocks
Senior Travis Fitzpatrick: 11 points 2 rebounds 2 steals 2 assissts
Junior Evan Rogers(pictured): 9 points
Junior Graham Maybell: 5 points 3 steals
Junior Jake Weil: 13 points 9 rebounds
Junior Tyler Pruden: 11 points 5 rebounds 2 blocks
Junior Brian 'brain' Curry: 8 points 7 rebounds 2 steals
Junior Peter 'Swiss Cheese' McDonough: 3 points 3 steals 7 rebounds

Bobcats beat the Spurs 68-66 in OT
Junior Max Reyes: 37 points 3 rebounds
Senior Mikel Marku: 12 points 4 rebounds 2 steals
Junior Alex Bruno: 6 points 3 rebounds
Sophmore Sean Donoghue: 2 points 2 assists 4 rebounds
Senior Evan Cunningham: 2 points 6 rebounds
Senior Jack Bushell: 19 points 7 rebounds 4 steals
Senior Phil Schwartz: 16 points 11 rebounds
Senior Andrew West: 8 points 3 assists 2 blocks 2 steals
Senior Henry 'teapot' Glavin: 6 points 6 rebounds 2 blocks
Senior Dennis Conetta: 11 points 4 rebounds 2 steals

Monday, February 8, 2010

Wave Drop Two and Fall to .500

-By: Christian Panier-

A rough start to February for girls’ basketball who lost two games last week. The first was a 43-46 loss to number-one seed St. Joe’s on Feb. 2 followed by a 53-58 loss to Brien McMahon on Feb 5. With these two losses, the team drops to 7-7, tenth in the FCIAC, which means the Blue Wave will still make it to the playoffs. Three other teams in addition to Darien arefighting for the last FCIAC spots: Danbury, Brien McMahon, and Trumbull. In order for Darien to win, they will need to take care of the ball and capitalize on easy baskets. Good news for the Wave, junior Julia Boulton returns to the line-up this week after being out with three broken toes (the three middle ones). This coming week, the girls will play Bridgeport Central on Tuesday (2/9) at 7pm and again on Friday (2/12) at 7pm against Fairfield Warde. Both games are at home and Friday is Senior Night. Bridgeport Central and Fairfield Warde are tied for the 11th seed in the FCIAC.
(Pictured seniors Liz Calby #3 and Taylor Wells taken by John Boulton)

Who Dat?

-By: Sam Nelson-

For the first time ever, the Saints are known as World Champions. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 on Sunday. (2/8) The first half of the game was not great for the Saints, as they went down 10-0 fast. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning threw a 19- yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon for the early lead. At the end of the half, the Saints were in a 10-6 hole at the half, but then the Saints Drew Brees showed why he was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. At the beginning of the second half, the Saints tried a risky move by doing an on-side kick, and were fortunate to land it. The Saints then went on to score a touchdown and take the 13-10 lead. The Colts then engineered a 10 play 76 yard drive to take the lead back at 17-13. There was no looking back for the Saints. They scored 18 unanswered points going up 31-17 which would be the final score. The big play of the game was the only turnover, an interception thrown by Peyton Manning. Defensive back Tracy Porter(pictured w/ ball) of the Saints returned the touchdown 74 yards to seal the game. Drew Brees had an unbelievable game, going 32-39 with 288 yards and two touchdowns. No surprise, Brees was named with Super Bowl MVP.

(picture courtesy of ESPN)

T'Wolves Get First Win of the Season in Finale

The Timberwolves, with the league’s worst defense, (allowing 49.7 ppg) won their first game of the season in a finale against the league’s best offense, the Bulls (45.3 ppg). The Timberwolves, down 22-16 at halftime, came back and scored 28 points in the second half to win 44-43. For the second straight game, the Bulls missed a last second shot in the final seconds, falling to 5-2. With the score at 44-43, Bulls’ junior Tyler Pruden was fouled with 2.0 seconds left, and made his first foul shot. However, he missed his second and the Timberwolves got the rebound but lost the ball with 0.1 seconds remaining. The Bulls had a chance on the inbound with 0.1 seconds left, but Tyler Pruden missed the last second tip in, giving the Timberwolves their first win of the season.

The game started off as expected, with the Bulls lead by senior Stevenson Bone jumping out to an early lead, and they lead 22-11 at one point in the first half. However, the Timberwolves stayed in the game with key baskets from junior Mason Barron and senior Sean Gill, who scored six points apiece in the first half.

After halftime, the Timberwolves league leading scorer junior Graham Hotchkiss caught fire, drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd, using his full arsenal of scoring weapons from lay-ups to mid range jump-shots to three-points shots, seeming to be unable to miss. Hotchkiss and senior point guard Reilly Harmer lead the Timberwolves to a 44-37 lead with just four minutes left on the clock. However, the Bulls were rejuvenated by a three- point play by Stevenson Bone, and caught up to make the score 44-43… only to have the Timberwolves hold on to win. Stevenson Bone led the Bulls with 15 points, and junior Tommy Farren backed him up with a solid 10-point game. Graham Hotchkiss led the Timberwolves with 21 points, while Reilly Harmer, Sean Gill, and Mason Barron all finished with six points a piece.

Graham Hotchkiss and the #8 Timberwolves (37.6 ppg) will take on senior George Benitez and the #1 Lakers (41.1 ppg) in the first round of the playoffs, which begin today. (2/8) The two best offensive teams will clash as Stevenson Bone and the #2 Bulls (45.0 ppg) will take on senior Charlie Taylor and the #7 Celtics. (46.3 ppg)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Rams Shut Out Wave 4-0

-By Christian Nielsen-

Darien boys ice hockey lost for a second time this season against New Canaan at Darien Ice Rink on Wednesday. (2/3) With the Wave playing solid the first period, the only goal scored was by New Canaan at just over three minutes remaining. Going into the second period the Wave’s hopes were high, but thoughts of victory were quickly diminishing after New Canaan struck again five minutes into the second. Not 15 seconds later, the Rams scored once more, further distancing Darien from a chance of victory. The Rams got their last goal to seal the deal with 22 seconds remaining on a power play with a final score of 4-0. The Wave falls to 5-9 CIAC and 3-3 FCIAC, they hope to better their record when they face Westhill at 6:30pm at home on Saturday. (2/5)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Girls' Track Wins FCIAC East

-By: Claire Dickson-

The DHS girls track team won FCIAC East for the seventh year on Saturday (1/30) in Wilton. The girls finished with a 40-point lead against New Canaan, Fairfield Warde, Wilton, St. Joe’s, and Bassick. They were led by senior captains Cat Thomas, Kelly Brophy, Christy Gasparino (pictured), and Meredith Jordan. Captain Gasparino won the high jump, long jump, and the hurdles competition as Captain Jordan won the 45-meter dash and placed in the 300 meter. Captains Thomas and Brophy along with juniors Trisha Vossler and Katie Grozier placed third in the 750-meter relay and junior Megan Keane placed second in the 1,000-meter run. Sophmore Robin Bone smashed the field house record of 10 feet set earlier in the season by junior Elizabeth Crafford, vaulting 11 ft 9 in. in the pole vault competition, placing first. The 4x2 25-meter relay run by Captain Jordan, Alexa Tarantino, Charlotte Phillips, and Sam Simon was crushed as the girls placed first. Overall, DHS smashed their opponents, bringing BWP another win and another trophy for the trophy case.
(Picture courtesy of Darien Patch:

Monday, February 1, 2010

Lakers The Lone Undefeated Team

-By: Sean Gill-

The Lakers came out on top against the Bulls with a thrilling 30-28 win in a highly anticipated clash between the only two undefeated House basketball teams. It was a battle between the league’s best offense (Bulls 48.8 ppg) and the league’s best defense (Lakers 31.6 ppg) on Sunday. (1/31) Bulls star junior Tyler Pruden led the Bulls to an early lead with strong inside play, but it was the Lakers’ defense that kept them in the game, as they only scored a single point in the first 10 minutes of the game, and went down 17-7 at halftime. After halftime, Senior George Benitez took over on offense for the Lakers, going on a scoring tear that got the Lakers ahead of the Bulls 28-27 with three minutes left. For the next three minutes, the Lakers played shut down defense, limiting the Bulls to only one point, and watched a last second shot miss for the Bulls. Benitez was the leading scorer in the game, scoring 20 of the Lakers’ 30 points. The final games of the season will be held at the MMS Gym on Feb 7. Watch George Benitez and the Lakers try to cap off a perfect season in their season finale against Max Reyes and the Bobcats at 5 pm, and Tyler Pruden and the Bulls try to finish the season on a good note against league-leading scorer Graham Hotchkiss and the winless Timberwolves at 3 pm.
Pictured: Bulls Junior Tyler Pruden shoots over junior Tucker Morehouse.

House Final Kicks Off On Super Bowl Sunday

-By Connor McCarthy-

There was a clash of the titans in the Middlesex Middle School New Gym. The Hornets took on the Spurs in an epic battle of big men and huge dreams on Sunday. (1/31) During the first half, the Spurs pulled out a whopping 0 points in the first five minutes, and after about 15 minutes were down 15-29. With morale boosters coming from fluke shots and clutch buckets, the Spurs managed to catch up to 26-29 at the half. With the style and grace usually presented by the Spurs, the game moved quite quickly. After a quick paced second half with the Hornets moving the ball around hastily giving them the ability to get their big men underneath the basket. The game ended with the victory going to the Hornets over the Spurs 43-40.
To tell you the truth though, if we were going by style points, the Spurs had the game in the bag. The Hornets played well, but had extraordinarily textbook tactics. The Spurs used their high scorer Henry “Pepe” Glavin to their advantage. Using his frog-like style of play, he launched from the three-point line and spun underneath the basket and, after putting a large amount of backspin of the ball, had the ball swish into a lovely two-point play. Senior Clarke “The Professor” Glavin taught the Hornets some knowledge with his three-point shooting. Overall this was a great game all the way to the finish, and next week the Spurs take on the Celtics, and the Hornets take on the Knicks in the final regular games of the season on Super Bowl Sunday (2/7)

Darien Boys, Girls Track Dominate Division Championship

-By Matt Pik-

Darien Blue Wave Boys and Girls Indoor Track team came into Saturday's (1/30) FCIAC Eastern Division Championships with a simple goal in mind: bring home the hardware. The two teams did just that, each of them capturing first place over rival New Canaan High School in the meet held at Zeoli Fieldhouse in Wilton. Even more impressively, the pair of championships mark the 8th consecutive win at this event for the boys, as well as a seven-peat for the girls. Senior Christy Gasparino completed the jumping trifecta for the girl's, easily taking first place in the 45-meter hurdles, high jump, and long jump. Sophomore Robin Bone achieved a monumental milestone in the pole vault, as she first broke her own record, then the meet record, and then shattering the field house record until she finally tapped out at 11’6. On the boy's side, junior John Conley had a banner day, winning both the 1600 meter and 3200-meter races. Junior sprinters Kevin Keller and Stockton McMullin finished one-two in both the 300-meter race and the long jump, with Keller narrowly topping McMullin in each. Junior Austin Cockerill reached 5 feet 10 inches to win the high jump, as well. The meet was an excellent one for both the boy's and girl's track teams, but their season continues Thursday (2/4) at the FCIAC Championship located at Hillhouse High School in New Haven. Supporters are welcome to help cheer on Blue Wave track as they each seek another championship.