Darien tennis easily took down Central this past Wednesday(4/28). Here is the final point against Central with Miller Schweizer beating his Central opponent.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Boys' track team's record breaking 4X100 meter dash on Tuesday(4/27). The team beat the previous record of 44.5. the runners for this race were senior captain Brent Eppley, senior Jack Bushell, junior Peter McDonough, junior captain Stockton McMullin. The new record is 44.4 and the team hopes to get that even lower in better conditions.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
DHS boys’ varsity volleyball team beat Bridgeport Central in the DHS Main Gym on Wednesday. (4/28) The boys secured a 3-2 win. The game started out well for DHS, leaving Bridgeport Central to look as an underdog. After DHS crushed Bridgeport Central in the first two sets, the team soon realized they had their work cut out for them when Central took the next two sets, leaving both teams to a tie.Pressure was on with the last set, but DHS pulled through with a 15-10 win after junior Calder Billhardt (#6, pictured) had a spike, allowing DHS to claim a victory.Overall there were 53 kills, five blocks and eight aces made by the DHS varsity team. Junior Billhardt had the most kills and a total amount of 26 points. Junior Austin Cockerill (#9, pictured) was also leading DHS to victory with 22 points scored as well as many kills.The team’s next game will be on Friday (4/30) in the DHS Main Gym. The varsity team will be playing St. Joseph’s, a worthy match, at 4 p.m. Hopefully the team will continue acquiring victories for DHS.
Boys’ Tennis team is now 6-1 after dominating Bridgeport Central on Wednesday. (4/28) But although the team’s record is strong, there is room for it to get worse. The boys face quality teams in the coming weeks. Darien has played two quality teams in Ludlow and New Canaan. They didn’t have enough skill to take New Canaan who delivered a 5-2 defeat to the Wave’s record. However, Darien pulled off a spirited win over Ludlow on Tuesday. (4/27) as they were down 3-1 and won three straight matches to come away with the win. Senior captains Britt Gordon and Reilly Harmer won their singles matches, and the #2 doubles team of freshman Ryo Usami and junior Malcolm Willis came through with the tie-breaking win.
The goal for this season is first to qualify for the FCIAC tournament. Darien has to finish in the top 8 in the FCIAC to make it. The last two years Darien has been seeded 3 and 4 respectively, but despite a good start to the season continued success in the FCIAC will be tough this year.
“We’re in a really good place right now,” tennis coach Tom Stepkoski said. “We’re not as good as last year, we graduated half of the team, but hopefully we can make the FCIAC tournament.”
Come post-season time the State tournament will see a lot of new Darien faces, including #1 singles player Reilly Harmer, #2 singles player senior Captain Louie Rawden, #3 singles Britt Gordon, and #1 doubles Sam Jackson. Darien will be hoping for big contributions from these guys, but one player the Wave can rely on to come through in the clutch is #1 doubles player senior Captain Charlie Taylor, who has won the Class M Doubles title with Class of ’09 grad Martin Hannon two years in a row. (Hannon is now at Villanova) This year Taylor hopes to go undefeated with Sam Jackson in the regular season and win States.
As for the team’s hopes in the state tournament, Coach Stepkoski has a prediction.
“This post season we won’t be repeating as Class M Champions….because we just moved up to Class L,” he said.
The boys take on Ridgefield at Ridgefield on Thursday (4/29). Good luck to boys going into regular season and post-season. Photo: senior Sam Jackson in his #1 doubles match against Central.
Monday, April 26, 2010
The 4x800m team consisting of junior Julia Boulton, sophomore Leslie Yuen (pictured), freshman Caroline Weihs and junior Amanda Dobler took 6th place with a combined time of 10:13.35.
The sprint medley relay team run sophomore Katy Close, junior Alex Iqbal, senior captain Meredith Jordan and junior Megan Keane finished in 3rd place with a combined time of 4:24.71.
The 4x400m team also finished in 3rd place with a time of 4:14.64 and was run by Dobler, Iqbal, junior Elizabeth Crafford and sophomore Claire Gaffney.
Senior Hannah Lyons, Yuen(pictured) and freshman Grace Loh(pictured) took 5th place in the 2000m steeplechase.
Junior Charlotte Phillips, Keane, Jordan and senior Meg Murphy ran the 4x200m relay team and took 4th place with a time of 1:51.65.
Darien also took first in the pole vault, long jump, triple jump and high jump.
Senior captain Christy Gasparino, senior Mackenzie Jones and junior Sarah Dailey jumped a combined height of 14’8 to take first in the high jump.
Crafford, sophomore Katie Southworth and junior Lee Bolton vaulted over a combined height of 24’6 to take first in the pole vault.
With a combined jump of 101’2, Gasparino, sophomore Robin Bone and Gaffney took first in the triple jump.
With a combined jump of 46’8, Bone, Phillips and Jones took 1st place in the long jump and broke the meet record that had previously been held by Danbury with a combined jump of 45’11 set in 2002.
Senior captain Aimee Rich took first in the hammer with a throw of 113’8.
And lastly, in the Co-ed 8x100m relay, Darien came in second just behind Danbury. This race was not scored, but was run by senior Jack Bushell, Jones, senior Brent Eppley, Gasparino, junior Kevin Keller, Murphy, junior Stockton McMullin and Jordan.
DHS Rugby team went down to the Delbarton Rugby Club from Delbarton, NJ on Saturday. (4/24) Darien went into the game with high hopes, but quickly fell to the superior talent of the New Jersey boys. The Delbarton squad, which was extremely well trained and made a lot of improvement from last year had the obvious size and strength advantage, which showed in the outcome. Ultimately, Delbarton won the match 56-3. Several DHS Rugby players including seniors’ James Payne and Andy Brewer agreed that this was the best team they have faced all year, with the exception of Greenwich who is nationally ranked. The absences of juniors’ Stockton McMullin, Kevin Keller, and Will Weinstock didn’t help the situation.
The only points of the first game came from a converted penalty kick by junior Sam McCarthy, which came midway through the first half. The first half ended with the score 37-3 in Delbarton’s favor. Although Darien did not have any points in the second half, several times Darien came very close to scoring. This included a solid run from sophomore Max Kiplinger that got the team near the opposing try line, as well as a pass that lead junior Ashwin Basu a bit too far and went out of bounds, and a loose ball that was recovered by Delbarton near their try line. For the most part, the team played well, and was just outmanned. Senior Sebastian Kopp played an extremely good game and battled with a cramp for most of the second half.
The second match featured more Delbarton vs. Darien rugby. Darien took their anger from the previous game and put it into action in the second game. Sophomore Christian Watson scored two tries for Darien in the second game leading them to victory in a 12-0 win. Junior José Corte-Real converted the first try for the extra two points, but failed to convert the second try. The team played extremely well and rarely allowed Delbarton into their own 22. Come support the Darien Rugby team in its next match at Randall’s Island in New York at 4pm next Sunday. (5/1) Photo: The second half starters huddle up at the end of half
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The Darien Girls Varsity Lacrosse team beat Staples 18-10 in an away game on Thursday (4/22), adding another win to its record. Though they came through strong at the end, the first half of the game was close. The girls got off to a rough start, holding a small lead at halftime. But in the second half, the team pulled several goals ahead. By the end, most of the team had gotten a chance to play “It wasn’t our best, but I’m confident that we can and will perform on Saturday. Garden City is a really big competitor and it will be awesome to play against girls with such high skill levels,” junior goalie Claire Dickson said. The girls face the Nassau County, N.Y. team away at 1pm on Saturday. (4/24)
Pictured: Freshman Caylee Waters in goal and senior Cat Thomas. Courtesy of the Darien Times
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
-By: Claire Dickson-
Darien girls lacrosse proved itself once more in a victory over long-time rival the Wilton Warriors on Friday. (4/16) As the clock began to run, the Wilton offense came down strong on Darien’s defense, getting the first goal five minutes into the game. This gave a wake-up call to the Wave. Senior captain Liz Calby fired back tying the game one minute after Wilton’s goal. This back and forth goal scoring went on for most of the game, but the Wave girls finally got their groove back scoring five goals by half time. But the Warriors hadn’t given up yet. They gained momentum during the half, scoring three goals in a row. In the end, the Darien girls won 16-9. But the biggest scorer was senior Ann Fucigna, (pictured) who played the game of her life scoring five goals combined by three apiece for Calby and senior Paige Gasparino. The next game is Tuesday (4/20) against Greenwich as they play for the first seed in the FCIAC. Let’s hope the Wave dynasty can keep up its reign. Photo courtesy of the Darien Times
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Boys’ varsity lacrosse proved they are road warriors with an impressive 12-0 win at Brien McMahon on Thursday night. (4/15) The offensive barrage commenced less than one minute into the game when senior Bryan Annecchino netted a goal, his first of two on the night. Senior captain Brian Gleason (pictured) kept the assault going by extending the lead to 2-0, and the Blue Wave never looked back. Darien scored eight of its 12 goals in the first period, setting the tone for what would be a remarkable road victory. Senior Alden Frelinghuysen scored a hat trick and had an assist. Junior Ben Preston and sophomore Case Matheis added a couple of goals each and juniors Graham Maybell and Richard Gregory both contributed points in the beatdown over the Senators. While the offense was showcased all night, the defense deserved equal praise for its effort. Senior goalie Andrew West led the shutout with four saves. Junior Dylan Torey displayed excellent skills between the pipes during his playing time. This win boosted Darien’s record to 4-0 on the season, and dropped Brien McMahon down to 1-3. The Blue Wave has a huge battle in store on Saturday (4/16) when they travel to Pennsylvania. It will be a clash of powerhouses when they take on Conestoga at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Girls' Blue Wave Softball consumed Harding High on the Bridgeport team's home field in a mere five-inning game on Monday. (4/12) Varsity's main pitcher, sophomore Jessica DeMaio (pictured), had a rough start, but ultimately led Darien's defense to victory. Although she walked the first batter, DeMaio made a fierce return and struck out the next three. In the bottom of the first, junior Nicole Buch started Darien's thunderous hitting streak with a double to left field. Sophomore Emily Blosio then stepped up to the plate, second in the offensive line up, and brought Buch home with a relentless drive that soared down the third base line. Varsity catcher sophomore Olivia Godz pumped out a double that brought Blosio in to score the second run. The Wave kept racking up the scoreboard thanks to the contribution of freshman Emma Hamilton, who scored a triple. The first inning ended Darien leading 11 to zip. Harding finally put themselves on the scoreboard to make it 15-1, coach Nick DeMaio takes mercy on Bridgeport by emptying the bench and putting in some JV players as well. Darien was declared the winner in the 5th inning with a score of 18-1. The girls will take on Norwalk High School at 4pm at Norwalk on Friday. (4/16)
Sunday, April 11, 2010
-By: Darius Majd-
The Darien Blue Wave Boys’ lacrosse team started off the spring break with a busy weekend slate, beginning with a game in Albany Friday night. (4/9) The team traveled for three hours to beat the New York state finalists Niskayuna 9-2 at Union College. The Wave used a stifling defense to hold Niskayuna at bay, taking a 2-1 lead into halftime and a 4-1 lead into the fourth quarter. Senior captain Andrew West set the tone early, and finished with 15 saves, whilst the defense, anchored by senior captain George Benitez and juniors Eric Parnon and Baylis Treen, caused turnovers and created transition opportunities. The offense, led by attackmen sophomore Case Matheis (3 goals, 1 assist) and senior Brian Gleason (2 goals, 1 assist) capped things off with a five- goal fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Face-off specialist junior Brandon Coley (won 4 out of 5) was happy with the result: “It was a great game, and a big win over a solid team. I think we really improved over the course of the game and played well as a team,” Coley said.
The next day, (4/10) the team (except for a few unfortunate juniors taking the ACT after the late return home the previous night) traveled to the new Meadowlands Stadium to watch a college lacrosse tripleheader: Hofstra defeated Delaware 12-11; Virginia beat North Carolina 7-5; and Syracuse hammered Princeton 13-4. “The trip was a fun experience. We got to see the top four teams in the country play, and we witnessed the first event ever at the new Giants Stadium,” junior Justin Coley – twin brother of Brandon – said.
The lacrosse team returns to action next week with three games: Bridgeport Central (home – Tuesday), Brien McMahon (away – Thursday), and Conestoga (Saturday – neutral site). Photo: Seniors Alden Frelinghysen and Robbie Winter having fun at the Meadowlands.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
-By: Ryan Barthold-
Yale-bound senior David Hickey (pictured) pitched a gem Friday afternoon (4/9)
during a 2-0 Blue Wave baseball win over New Canaan. Hickey threw
seven shutout innings, six strikeouts and only let up three hits while leading the Wave to a 2-0 start on the season, just a few days after beating New Fairfield. Senior Tommy Blankemeier jump-started the Wave
offense with a stolen base in the first. Later in the inning, senior John Gardner put the Wave up on the board with a sacrifice fly. Darien’s next run came after senior Brandon Tripodi hit a sacrifice fly to score senior Scott Dempsey, who had doubled earlier in the
inning. The Wave will take on Norwich Free Academy on Saturday (4/10) in Darien, and then face Harding of Bridgeport on Monday (4/12), also at home on the turf.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Girls' outdoor track started its season with a strong opening, winning against Weston, 85 to 60 on Thursday. (4/8) Senior Christy Gasparino won four events: 100 hurdles in 15.8 seconds; long jump with a jump of 16-1; triple jump with a length of 35-10 and the high jump at 5-2. Senior Meredith Jordan clinched first place in the 100 and 200 with times of 13.4 and 27.7, respectively. Senior Hannah Lyons won the 1600 in 5:57.1, and Sam Simon took the 400 with a time of 62.0. Junior Megan Keene won the 800 in 2:25, while Aimee Rich took the discus with a throw of 94 feet, and Niya Wright clinched the shot put with 26-10.75. Come out and support the girls at their next meet against New Canaan at home on April 22.
Darien Boys Track lost its first meet of the season but not its confidence in a head-to-head dual meet against Trumbull 78-72 on Thursday. (4/8) Trumbull beat Darien last year 78-72. Darien was looking for redemption entering this highly-anticipated meet. The meet came down to the very last leg of the very last event, the 4 x 400. With Trumbull way ahead halfway through the meet, Darien put together a string of victories on the track to get back into contention, and with the meet hanging in the balance, Trumbull came away with the win by winning the 4 x 400 by less than half a second.
The meet started off in favor of Trumbull when they won the 4x800 and 4x100 relays to jump out to an early lead. Early in the meet, Darien got points from senior captain Sean Gill, 2nd in the 110m high hurdles at 18.0, senior captain Brent Eppley, 1st in the 100m dash, junior captain Stockton McMullin, 3rd in the 100m dash and 2nd in triple jump, and Junior Kevin Keller, 1st in the long jump and triple jump, senior captain Jake McCauley, 1st in the 1600, junior John Conley, 2nd in the 1600, senior captain Walker McKeough, 2nd in discus with a personal record by 7 ft, and Senior Andrew Kristof, 1st in javelin with a throw of 130 feet. However, Trumbull swept (1st 2nd and 3rd) in high jump and pole vault.
The tide of the meet started to turn when Keller won the 400 with a time of 51.04 in a must win situation, and Matt Pik got 3rd in the 400. Following the 400, Gill came back from way behind to win the 300m hurdles at 44.0. Next, McCauley and Conley managed 2nd and 3rd in the 800. At this point, in order to win Darien had to get 1st and 2nd in the 200, sweep the 3200, and win the 4x400 to win the meet by two points.
Darien almost completed the epic comeback, as Keller and Eppley got 1st and 2nd in the 200, and McCauley, Conley, sophomore Charlie Baird, and sophomore Michael Johnston got places 1-4 in the 3200. In the 4 x 400, the final race of the meet, with the meet on the line, Darien’s team of senior Jack Bushell, junior Peter McDonough, Sean Gill, and Stockton McMullin all ran near or better than their personal bests, only to get beaten in the last stretch of the last leg.
Despite the loss, Darien performed well, and looks to bounce back on April 20 against Central, Westhill, and Greenwich at Westhill High School.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Darien Boys Varsity Tennis started the season off winning comfortably over Brien McMahon 6-1 on Wednesday. (4/7) Senior captain Louie Rawden recently stepped in to the coveted #1 singles spot for Darien, but he faced a tough match against McMahon standout Thomas Luchars in his match and lost 6-3, 6-3. Senior captain Britt Gordon won his #2 singles match in convincing fashion 6-2, 6-2, senior Dennis Conetta won his match at #3 singles 6-1, 6-4, and senior captain Reilly Harmer won his match at #4 singles 6-2, 6-0. Junior Rupert Hansford took the #5 singles spot with a strong showing at pre-season practice, and easily won his match. Senior Sam Jackson and freshman Ryo Usami won at #1 doubles easily, with Usami filling in to play for senior captain and two- time state doubles champion Charlie Taylor who was away. The sophomore duo of Cal Kervorkian and Briton Dailey, both first-year varsity players, also won easily at #2 doubles. The Darien guys are away at Westhill today (4/8) and look to continue the good start.
Monday, April 5, 2010
The Darien Blue Wave softball team won its scrimmage against Trumbull on Thursday (4/1) at DHS with an end score of 3-2. With only two returning seniors Kelsey Ott and Michele Piccaro, the team looks to its underclassmen for support. Sophomore Jessica DeMaio pitched 5 innings with 5 strikeouts. Sophomore Emily Blosio went 3 for 3 with a sac bunt and freshman Emma Hamilton went 2 for 3. Junior captain Nicole Buch, (pictured) “knew it was going to be a tough game.” However, the team worked hard throughout the eight innings played and in the end this paid off with a rightly deserved win, a promising start to the season. Be sure to check out the team’s first game on Wednesday (4/7) at DHS’s softball varsity field when they take on Masuk of Monroe at 4:15pm.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
As the spring sports season gears up, we take a look at one of the most successful teams on campus: boys’ tennis. After finishing first in the Class M state tournament and losing to New Canaan in the FCIAC quarterfinals, the Blue Wave hopes to add to its success. Seniors Reily Harmer, Louie Rawden, Charlie Taylor,(pictured) and Britt Gordon will be captaining this year’s team, to what they hope, as an FCIAC champion squad. When asked about the expectations , Gordon said, “We are going to need to work extremely hard this year because we are now in Class L, a much more difficult state tournament. If all goes well, I do believe we will have a successful season.” Gordon also told Neirad the team has strong underclassmen talent including juniors Rupert Hansford and Malcolm Willis, freshman Ryo Usami, and sophomore Cal Kevorkian. When Hansford was asked about his opinion of this year’s squad, he said, “I really hope to add on to the team’s success, and I believe under our coach [Tom Stepkwoski] we can make a run in the FCIAC and state tournaments.” Even though the team’s top three single players in the 2009 season graduated, the team still believes they can win it all. Come watch the Blue Wave play in its first match at 4pm on Wednesday (4/7) at home against Brien McMahon.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
A 1-19 season, 0-18 in the FCIAC, was all it took to bring the boys’ basketball season to an end. Yes, there was that single win against a team from Maine, Noble, but even that did not count as an FCIAC-sanctioned win. The nadir of the season had to be the Bridgeport Central routing where the team scored 101 points against them on February 9th. The new defensive coach was not even enough to help the boys eke out a single win. There have already been reports that a number of athletes do not want to play next year instead using the time to focus on pre-season lax prep. The team will lose many seniors this year, well the four that actually stayed with the team through their four years and stuck it out. Coach Tom O'Donnell always commented on the "heart" and the "intensity" of the team. Looks like the focus will be on girls' basketball nnext year because well, the boys' basketball team will cease to exist except in the infamy of DHS sports history. Pictured: Darien Playing some good defense as Greenwich gets an easy layup