By Matt Pik
It was another tough year for the Darien Boys Basketball team, as its season came to an early end with a loss to Fairfield Ludlowe in the regular season finale on Wednesday, February 22. The game, which the Blue Wave lost 34-49, marked the end of a season in which the team tallied a final record of 2-18, and just 1-17 in FCIAC play.
However, while some critics and skeptics bash the team’s play, there are many who believe that the potential for a turnaround is there. It starts with the strong junior class, who will gain one more year of experience on the path to the 2012-2013 season. Juniors Liam Naughton and Kyle Green will lead the group next year, as well as strong players like Brian Wiegand, Drew Martzolf, and a cast of talented sophomores. “Although we struggled, the team can play much better and improve for next season. It starts with the players we have now, I know they’re talented enough,” senior captain Geoff Leeker said.
Under the direction of Coach Marian, the team hopes to leave its past struggles behind. Without a doubt, the number of returning players, specifically juniors, should give optimism to the DHS student body that the basketball team will bounce back in a big time way.
Photo caption: Juniors Liam Naughton (right) and Kyle Green (bottom left) are key parts of a possible turnaround