Thursday, March 30, 2017

Darien Boys Lacrosse Scrimmage Against Salisbury Ends in a Tie

By Arden Cohen

Senior Matt Meyjes attacking from the X. 
The boy’s lacrosse team played Salisbury yesterday , March 29th, and as expected it was a great game. Per usual, senior Kevin Lindley and junior Logan Mcgovern were a force to be reckoned with on offense. Lindley was able to rack up 3 goals and one assist. Other standouts include Senior Captains Riley Stewart and Finlay Collins. Stewart played  his best through an ankle injury. The varsity portion of the game ended with a 10-10 tie coming with a goal from Lindley on the fast break to tie the game up. Quinn Fay and Jake Bieler played lock-down defense holding the talented Salisbury attack at bay. Senior FOGO, Jack Beatty, said “the game went really well, but we definitely have stuff to work on. We have to keep preparing for the season.” The Boy’s next game is this Saturday home against Yorktown.

Darien Struggles in Second Scrimmage of the Year vs. Westhill

By Will Pegler

The Boys Varsity Baseball team took on Westhill on March 29 at Darien High School. Despite a strong defensive effort, the Wave lost the game with a final score of 4-2. The boys had strong pitching and good fielding, but the offense did not seem to show up for the Blue Wave. There were several base running errors throughout the game with runs being left on base to end a few innings. Senior captain Cord Fox said: "Our mistakes on the bases definitely hurt us. Luckily this was only a scrimmage and we should be able to clean up these mistakes once the regular season starts". The Blue Wave's first regular season game is on Saturday, April 1st against Fitch High School in Groton, CT. Come out and support!
The biggest moment from last year's season, Sean O'Malley's walk off in the FCIAC Championship. (Courtesy Darien Times) 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Darien Synchronized Swimmers Sweep East Zone Meet

By Hannah Vogel

Three Darien High School students-Camilla Kline, Katie Chidley, and Sarah Hoyt-competed with their synchronized swimming team, the New Canaan Y Aquianas at the East Zone Invitational meet March 10-12, and swept the competition.  This was an important meet for the Aquianas as Chidley expressed that, “it qualifies [the team] for nationals so it is understandably imperative that [they] do [their] best”.

In their combo team routine, Kline, Chidley, Hoyt, and teammates placed first out of ten routines. Their winning streak only continued as Kline and Chidley, swimming as part of the A Team, went on to take 1st place again this time competing against 16 other team routines.  Hoyt, swimming with the B  Team took sixth place, placing within the top half of the competing routines.

In small routines, Chidley and her duet partner, Alex Poteet, placed second out of twenty-six other duets and Chidley  on to make the East Zone All Star team.

The Aquianas’ team succeeded in making it to Nationals and will continue training for the meet which takes place in April in Arizona.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Darien Baseball Takes on McMahon in First Scrimmage of the Year

By Cord Fox

The Blue Wave Baseball team took on Brien McMahon high school on Saturday, March 25th. This was Darien’s first scrimmage of the year and it was comprised of two seven inning games against the Senators. The Wave had a strong first game with Jake Geddes starting on the mound. In total, the Blue Wave tallied six runs to McMahon’s four. The result was the same in the second game. Although it was only a scrimmage, this was a good test for the Wave to get the season rolling. Many newcomers stepped up in during this scrimmage including Chris Davey who had two doubles that helped Darien put their runs on the board.

The Blue Wave are the defending FCIAC champions and are looking to have another very successful season. There are two more scrimmages this week vs. New Canaan and Wilton before Darien’s first regular season game against Fitch. Come out and support the team as they look to defend their title.

Senior captain Casey Brown squares up a pitch in last years game vs. New Canaan (Courtesy DAF). 

Boys Varsity Volleyball Preview

By Will Pegler

Senior Alex Preston going for a spike last season (Courtesy Darien Times).
The Boys Volleyball team will look to continue their culture of dominance in the FCIAC and the state of Connecticut this season. Led by Seniors Tim Herget, Zak Swetye, and Alex Preston, the team has a good mix of experience and talent that should bode well for them this year. Preston and Swetye, two basketball players, have no problem getting air and making exciting plays for the wave. Swetye said; "Our expectations are as high as ever. We know we can be the best team in the FCIAC this season and compete for a championship". Clearly the wave has plenty of talent that they know can take them far. The team looks to get off to a hot start in their first match of the season against Masuk on Saturday, April 1st at Darien High School.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Girls Golf Preview

By Lilliana Cullen

Although the girls golf team did not make FCIACs last year, they are determined to become champions. Senior captains, Megan Hobbs and Bridget Wolters are pumped for the upcoming season. “We are really excited and we are happy to get some new faces on the team. I think we are just looking forward to having a fun season!”  The team lost one senior this year, but they are looking forward to the extremely enthusiastic leadership throughout the season. Sophomore Emily Cohen says, “I am excited for the new freshman, they are very promising. I think we have a lot of potential this year. It’s going to be an awesome season with awesome captains.” Wolters and Cohen took first place for the first time in Darien Girls Golf history at the Guimaraes Tournament, so the talent is evident on this team. Their first match is April 4th against Wilton at home. There is a lot of talent on this team, and they have a strong chance of taking home a win at FCIACs this year.

Sophomore Emily Cohen last season against Greenwich (Courtesy DAF). 

Darien Boys Lacrosse Jamboree

By Arden Cohen

Senior Finlay Collins hustles down the field in a game last season. 
The Darien boys lacrosse team took on Hand, Everest Academy, and Fairfield Prep this past weekend and emerged victorious in all three. There were several standouts for Darien High School both offensively and defensively. Senior Kevin Lindley was able to bury several goals in all three games and played tremendously well with junior Logan McGovern. The middie captains Finley Collins and Riley Stewart were a strong force offensively and even defensively. Stuart was also crucial in the Wave’s clearing game. “Just give the ball to Riley,” Matty Hathaway said, “he’ll get the ball right out.” Hathaway also played a strong defensive game as well. Senior FOGO Jack Beatty tore it up on the face off X ending the three games with a winning percentage. On defense, seniors Jake Bieler and Quinn Fay played lock-down defense. The boy’s next scrimmage is this Wednesday against Salisbury and their first real game is Saturday against Yorktown at home. Collins is definitely “excited to finally get going this upcoming Saturday.” He believes that the team “has a lot depth with people contributing across grade levels which should definitely help keep practice tempo up. We have a tough road ahead, but are certainly up for the challenge.”

Wave Girls Varsity Tennis Preview

By Ellie Nelson

There may still be snow on the ground, but the courts at Darien High School and over at Weed Beach have been cleared as the Girls Tennis team prepares to redeem their shot for a chance to be Class L State champions this year. Last season, the FCIAC champion (for the first time since 1997) and undefeated varsity team was forced to forfeit their placement in the state tournament due to an over-scheduling issue of one of the team members. Playing as a number one seed and hot off of an win against Wilton in the first round of the tournament, the girls stepped down from their path to victory.

However this spring season, the team is bouncing back strong. Senior captains Kateri Martin, Mia Dursht and Susie Alptekin plan on leading the team straight back into the tournament, with no regulations standing in their way to a state championship. Juniors Daphne Gray, Emilia Callery and Julia Tong will also serve as formidable forces for the team both in singles and doubles matches. Following their undefeated record of 19-0 from last season, the team has some big shoes to fill in order to rightfully earn their spot in the state championships this year; however they are confident that it won’t be too hard. Catch the team at their first home match of the season on 4/3 against Greenwich.

Junior Emilia Callery sets up a shot last season during a match against Greenwich. 

Wave Sail Preview

By Libby Markham

With their spring season fast approaching, Darien High School’s Varsity Sailing Team is preparing to take on its competition. With their first team-racing regatta on March 29, the team has a lot to do to prepare for their upcoming season. Their season began this Monday, March 21st, led by captains Brooks Daley, Jensen Peters, Maddie Keane, and Ryan Jones. Keane expressed her excitement for the season ahead, but also described some challenges the team will face. “This season will be a little different due to our change in location. We normally sail out of Noroton Yacht Club, but while it is under construction, we will be sailing out of Norwalk Yacht Club. One of the challenges we will be facing this year will reconstructing the team. We lost quite a few sailors but I still think we can be strong if we work hard,” Keane said.

With 6 new sailors trying out for the team this year, the team has a strong chance of compensating for the loss in sailors, and perhaps even coming out of the tryout process stronger than ever.
Keane’s strategy for making sure the team is working hard is by setting individual goals for herself . “My goal this year is to qualify for the Rebecca Herreshoff Regatta, which is the Women’s Championship and Gold Cup, which is FCIACs,” Keane said.

Brooks Daley and Lauren Miller sailing out of the harbor last season. (Courtesy Jim Smith)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Sports Start Dates

By Cord Fox

Girls Lacrosse
Opponent: Yorktown (NY)
When: Saturday, April 1st. 11:00 a.m.
Where: Darien High School

Boys Lacrosse
Opponent: Yorktown (NY)
When: Saturday, April 1st. 2:00 p.m.
Where: Darien High School

Girls Golf
Opponent: Wilton
When: Tuesday, April 4. 3:15 p.m.
Where: Country Club of Darien

Boys Golf
Opponent: Danbury
When: Thursday, April 6th. 3:15 p.m.
Where: Woodway Country Club

Boys Volleyball
Opponent: Masuk
When: Saturday, April 1st. 11:00 a.m.
Where: Darien High School

Opponent: Fitch High School
When: Saturday, April 1st. 12:00 p.m.
Where: Fitch High School

Opponent: St. Joseph
When: Monday, April 3rd. 4:00 p.m.
Where: St. Joseph High School

Girls Outdoor Track:
Opponent: Greenwich
When: When: Tuesday, April 4. 4:00 p.m.
Where: Greenwich High School

Boys Outdoor Track
Opponent: Greenwich
When: When: Tuesday, April 4. 4:00 p.m.
Where: Darien High School

Girls Tennis
Opponent: Greenwich
When: Monday, April 3rd. 4:00 p.m.
Where: Darien High School

Boys Tennis
Opponent: Greenwich
When: Monday, April 3rd. 4:00 p.m.
Where: Greenwich High School


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Blue Wave Softball Preview

By Taylor Davis

The DHS Softball team had a rough season last year as they were 13-10; however, despite finishing as the 23rd seed, they made a good run beating the 10th and 7th seeds. The team hopes to be more successful this year and is led by captains Sophia Barbour, Kristen Picard, Brittany Pierce, and Cassidy Schiff.

The team huddles up while playing Trumbull last season 
The team only lost two seniors, and this is a great advantage. “I think only losing two seniors benefits us,” Captain Cassidy Schiff said. “There is not a lot of rebuilding to do, so we can just keep rolling.” The team will face some tough competition this year, specifically St. Joes and Trumbull. St. Joe’s has won the FCIAC title for the past three years and according to Schiff, the team battled with Trumbull all last year. The team has big goals for the upcoming season. “Our goal is to make it back to Sacred Heart which is where the FCIAC semis and finals are played,” Schiff said. When I asked Schiff how the team will reach this goal she said, “We can make it there by taking it one game at a time and working hard in practice and making sure we’re not just going through the motions but getting the most out of our time.” Come out and support the Softball team at their first game against St. Joe’s on April 3rd!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Boys Basketball's Magical Season Comes to a Close

By Will Pegler

Senior Alex Preston at the line (Courtesy Darien Times). 
The Wave Basketball team traveled to East Hartford Wednesday, March 8th to play their second game of the state tournament. Unfortunately, the Blue Wave could not defeat the strong East Hartford team that only had two losses on the season, losing 59-43. The boys battled hard throughout, overcoming a halftime deficit of 31-16 and keeping the game close. Alex Preston led the team with 14 points and was a constant force in the paint. Other scoring came from seniors Theo Moore, Carter Scott, and Zak Swetye, who put up 10, 6, and 5 points respectively. East Hartford was one of the best teams in the state and the Wave were proud of their efforts, junior Jack Tierney said; "We played our hearts out but just could not pull out the W. We're really proud of how we played and the seniors should have no regrets". After an unbelievable season, the future still looks bright for the Wave with Head Coach Charoy Bentley coming back and many rising seniors with plenty of talent.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Boys Basketball Takes Down West Haven

By Cord Fox

The Darien bench celebrates a big basket (Courtesy Gregory Vasil - Hearst Media). 
On Monday, March 6th, the Darien Blue Wave took on the West Haven Blue Devils in the first round of the state tournament for basketball. The first half was very sloppy by both teams with little points and a lot of turnovers. West Haven took a 22-16 lead into the half, but early in the third quarter Darien was able to erase the deficit. The game was back and forth for most of the third, but once the Blue Wave were able to settle into their game they started to get a big lead. Zak Swetye’s lights out shooting and Jack Richter’s hustle on both sides of the ball propelled Darien into the lead. In the fourth quarter Darien outscored the Blue Devils 32-12, with 10 of those points coming from Theo Moore. Alex Preston also had a strong night with 21 points. The 54 point second half was enough for the Blue Wave to move on to the next round of the playoffs.

The Wave play #4 East Hartford on Wednesday. This will be an away game for Darien, but they look to carry their momentum from the big win. Come support Darien Basketball on Wednesday in East Hartford as they look to add to one of the best seasons the team has ever seen.

Girls Hockey Takes the Win Against East Catholic

By Julia Clarke

DHS’s girls Ice Hockey Teams takes the win in a double overtime; bringing victory to the team and State Final game this Saturday.

In the first period DHS was down 2-0. The team was struggling a bit to connect and make ends meet, but in the second period that quickly changed. Darien scored two goals and made it a tie against East Catholic.

By the end of the game neither teams scored and the game continued into over time and then double over time.

No one scored in overtime, but Kiki Tropsa a junior on the DHS team scored the third goal in double overtime, resulting in DHS’ victory. “Kiki is an amazing player. She has been an absolute blast to play with and she is amazing at the sport. We could not have done it without her”, says Sally Cassidy who is also on the varsity team.

Junior Kiki Tropsa puts a shot on net earlier this season (Courtesy Darien Times). 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Girls Hockey Wins State Championship

By Taylor Davis

On Saturday March 4, 2017 the Girls Hockey Team won the State Championship 4-3 against Hamden. The team lost FCIACs; however, they did not let this affect them. “We never quit. After losing the FCIAC finals we knew what we had to do to bounce back and make it to the state final, and we did it,” Senior Captain Cassidy Schiff said. Logan Book, Kiki Tropsa, and Elise Maro played exceptionally well, each scoring a goal. Hamden was quite a tough competitor and both teams were fighting for the win until the end. Schiff secured the victory for the Wave, scoring the winning goal in overtime. Despite the struggles at the beginning of the season, the Girls Hockey Team was extremely successful. “This win shows that we had a lot of heart and determination and that we weren't going to let a bump in the road slow us down,” Schiff said.

The team poses for a photo as state champions (Courtesy Doug Schiff).