Thursday, April 27, 2017

Boys Lacrosse Dominates St. Joe's

By Cord Fox

Coming off a big win against Wilton, Darien looked to continue their perfect season and dominant run in the FCIAC. On Tuesday, April 24th the Blue Wave took on St. Joe’s high school at home. The Wave scored early and often. They were able to get their starters out early and get some of the younger players some playing time. Kevin Lindley and Logan McGovern were among the top scorers in the game and help propel the Wave to a 23-4 commanding win.

The Wave now turn their sights to one of the biggest games of the regular season where they will play FCIAC powerhouse New Canaan on the road at 4:30p.m. Come out and support the Wave as they continue their quest for perfection.

Senior Finlay Collins takes a shot on net earlier this year against Niskayuna (Courtesy DAF

Synchronized Swimming Update

By Hannah Vogel

Recently Darien High School synchronized swimmers, Katie Chidley, Camilla Kline, and Sarah Hoyt competed at synchronized swimming nationals with their team, the  New Cannan Y Aquianas, in Arizona. The Aquianas have been training hard for this competition and their practice certainly paid off as the team represented themselves with distinction at this highly competitive meet. 
Kline and Chidley led teammates to bronze in the team competition and then went on to win fourth place in the combo routine with Hoyt swimming as well.  Chidley’s duet went on to make finals  placed eleventh out of over forty duets. Overall the Aquianas represented their team well with a successful competition at nationals.  

Chidley (front) competing with duet partner Alex Poteet 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Varsity Baseball Rolls Past Stamford

By Cord Fox

On Monday, April 24th, the Darien Blue Wave baseball team took on the Stamford Knights. This was a league game and both teams were looking for a much needed win. Casey Brown broke the ice in the third inning with a grand slam to put the Wave up 4-0. Stamford, however, would rally in the bottom half scoring three runs of their own to get them back in the game. Darien responded again, by scoring another four runs in the next inning to put them up 8-3. Justin Van de Graaf had a solid day on the mound only letting up three runs. Jackson Vaught and Peter Marren let up 2 runs between the both of them. Justin Jordan came in to relieve and shut down Stamford giving Darien a 9-5 win.

This was a good test to start the week as they now have to face two of the top teams in the FCIAC. They will play Wilton and Ridgefield on Wednesday and Friday respectively. Come out and support the Blue Wave baseball team.

Junior Justin Jordan smacks a single up the middle. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Girls Track Has Big Win in St. Joe's/Norwalk Meet

By Liliana Cullen

On April 24, the Darien Girls Track team competed against St. Joe’s and Norwalk. Junior KC Grady came in second in the 100m dash, missing first place by .13 seconds. However, she won the 200m dash with 27.68, qualifying for FCIACs. Many people qualified for FCIACs yesterday, including senior Maggie Skeats, who threw over 80 ft for the javelin. The results of the meet have yet to be revealed, but I am sure the Blue Wave took home a win. The girls next meet is next Monday, May 1, against Warde at Wilton. Boys track has a meet on Tuesday April 25, so be sure to come out and see them at the Stadium at 4:00.

Junior Abigail Craigin competes at the meet. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Boys Lacrosse Takes Down Wilton

By Arden Cohen

Tanner Strub winning a face off (Courtesy Ruden Report).  
The Darien Boy’s lacrosse team defeated Wilton this past weekend 11-4. “It was an amazing game to watch,” said junior goalie Will Culliton. Senior captain Finlay Collins had an outstanding game. He was able to beat his one on one match up and snipe from just inside the restraining box. His two goals were both within a 22 second period. Kevin Lindley had an impressive first half scoring four goals in the twenty four minute period. After a great week of practice, the Wave’s defense locked down their individual match ups. This has been one of the closest games so far, and the boys hope to expand on this lead the next time they see them in either FCIAC’s or States. The next game for the Wave is this Tuesday followed by rival game against New Canaan this Saturday. This game could possibly be the most anticipated game in New England.

Varsity Baseball Loses a Tough One to Danbury 6-4

By Will Pegler

Senior Jake Geddes has played a big role on the mound this season (Courtesy Darien Times). 
The Blue Wave lost a hard fought game to the Danbury Hatters 6-4 last Friday, April 21st. Making plays on defense was a struggle, as the wave made a total of 6 errors in the field. A solid takeaway from the game, though, is the strong hitting the team had in the game. Junior Fin Batson said; "If we can clean up our mistakes on defense, our strong hitting will allow for us to win games handily". The team now has a 6-4 overall record and a 5-2 in the FCIAC. The Blue Wave have high expectations to live up to this season, and with three games this week they have the chance to prove why they won the FCIAC this past season. Come out this Monday afternoon to see the team take on Stamford at 4 pm.

Girls Softball Dominates McMahon 16-2

By Taylor Davis

The team huddles minutes before the game. 
On April 19, 2017 the Girls Softball team beat McMahon 16-2. The team excelled and performed very well as all players were major contributors to the win. “We all contributed to the win yesterday,” Senior Captain Cassidy Schiff said. “We’ve been working on playing every game with the same intensity for a full seven innings regardless of who we’re playing, and I think we did a good job executing that.” Throughout the game it was raining; however, the team did not let this get in their way. “We pushed through despite the rain starting and I’m proud of the mental toughness our team showed on that field,” Schiff said.

Come out and support the Varsity Softball team at their next game against Danbury!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Wave Sail Dominates Staples at Cedar Point Yacht Club

By Libby Markham

This past Tuesday, Darien High School’s Varsity Sailing team participated in a regatta at Cedar Point Yacht Club against Staples High School. Sophomore Lauren Miller played an important role at the regatta as crew for senior Ryan Jones. “The wind ranged between 6-12 knots with inconsistent gusts. Even with the variation of wind puffs and a ripping current pushing us down the start line, our team successfully won both races in very stable positions. In the first race we came out really strong, with our three boats finishing in a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place combination, winning most of our pairs right off the start and continued to compete aggressively the entire race.In the second race we place 1st, 2nd, and 6th. Our boat in 6 helped hold off the opposing team so we could keep the stable 1, 2 combination. We had great communication all throughout the day that clearly showed in the final results. Our team is off to an excellent start this season,” Miller said.

DHS boats sailing out of the harbor for a regatta two years ago. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Boys Lacrosse Dominates Ludlowe

By Arden Cohen

The Darien Boy’s Lacrosse played against Ludlowe this past Tuesday and emerged victorious. The final score was 18-4. Senior Kevin Lindley and Junior Logan Mcgovern both had amazing contributing to the majority of the offense and scoring. However, it was not only the starters that played well. The second string defense consisting of juniors Andrew Darby and  Matt Gould were a terrifying presence attacking any ball or player that came over the midline.Others like Blake Sommi, Jack Joyce, Ryan Quinn, and Nick Green stepped up and filled the role of the first line middies. “The whole team really stepped up,” said Junior goalie, Will Culliton“Everybody did their part”.  It has been a great season so far for the Wave remaining undefeated at 7-0 and hope to continue the streak against rival Wilton this Saturday away.

The boys sprint out to the field following a timeout in the second quarter.

JV Girls Tennis Gets The Win Against Fairfield Warde

By Julia Clarke

Under head coach Allie Pleacher and captains Katie Martin and Grace Wakim, the girls JV Tennis team won all 9 sets of their match against Fairfield Warde on April 18.

Last year's FCIAC champions (Courtesy Darien Times). 
It was only the second match of the season and the girls pulled through with a strong win. “Allie is still trying to figure out the lineup and who plays well with each other. We were not expecting such a strong win, or even a win at all. I am really proud of the team and I can already tell this season is going to be great”, said junior captain Grace Wakim.

“Everyone took their match seriously and played with heart”, said teammate of Wakim, Grace Fay. For the past two years, girls JV Tennis has not played against Fairfield Warde and everyone went into the match with a winning attitude.

“The match was tough in the beginning because only a select number of girls played each set, but they did great and it turned out to work just fine”, said junior Annabel Hartigan.

Catch girls JV Tennis at their next match against Wilton on the 24th at Weed Beach.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Boys Lacrosse Takes Down Manhasset

By Arden Cohen

The Wave taking on Manhasset last year
The Darien Boy’s Lacrosse team defeated rival Manhasset this weekend 12-8. Senior Kevin Lindley and junior Logan Mcgovern both contributed with hat tricks this past weekend. From the midfield, senior Finlay Collins and junior Brian Minicus had two goals apiece while Riley Stewart contributed two assists. Senior Nick Percarpio dominated the ground ball game and was able to secure the Wave with several possessions off the face off. Ryan Cornell had an amazing game with eleven saves and a driving force behind the goals in transition the Wave was able to acquire. “Overall it was a great game to watch,” said Senior fogo Jack Beatty, “We played a great unselfish game.” Overall the boy’s lacrosse team is 5-0 and hopes to continue the streak this Wednesday against Warde High School away.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Varsity Softball Defeats St. Joe's 3-2

By Taylor Davis

On Monday, April 3rd the Girls Softball team won 3-2 in extra-innings against 3- time FCIAC champion, St. Joes. According to senior captain Cassidy Schiff, “Sophia Barbour pitched a great game and Hailey King was awesome.” The team suffered as senior Captain Kristen Picard was taken out of the game for throwing her bat back and hitting the other team’s catcher. However, freshman Rosali Pirone was able to step up and take Picard’s place, and she hit the game winning run in. Schiff reflected on the game and said, “we definitely could have played better. Their pitcher was not very fast, and we had a hard time adjusting. But as soon as we tied the game up, I knew we were going to win ーwe had all the momentum.”

Come out and support the DHS Softball Team on April 5th at home against Norwich Free Academy!

The team huddles up to calm things down on Senior Day last year

Darien Boy's Lacrosse Beats Yorktown

Senior Ryan Cornell makes a save at a scrimmage earlier this season. 
By Arden Cohen 

The Darien Boy’s Lacrosse team defeated visiting rival Yorktown this weekend with a 15-4 win on Saturday. To open the festivities Senior Matt Meyjes buried one early in the first quarter and two more later on in the game. To follow, Junior Logan McGovern scored five goals and had four assists. Senior Kevin Lindley was also able to score two goals despite being covered by a Maryland commit. In the mid-field, Riley Stewart, Jack Joyce, Finley Collins, and Brian Minicus played great and excelled in the transition game. Senior Long- stick middie  Nick Percarpio had several ground balls and dominated between the restraining boxes. Overall “it was a great game and an even better way to kick off the season,” said Jack Beatty, “I am really excited for the rest of the season.” The boy’s take on McMahon today home at four. 

Varsity Baseball Beats Fitch in Season Opener

By Will Pegler

The team's pre-game huddle at last year's FCIAC final (Courtesy Darien Times).
The Darien Varsity Baseball team took down Fitch High School in Groton, CT on Sunday, April 2nd by a margin of 5-1. Senior pitcher Jake Geddes was on fire, striking out 14 of the 15 batters he faced. Sophomore Henry Williams came in to pitch the 6th inning, and junior Justin Jordan came in to close out the game. Pitching was huge for the Wave on Sunday, junior Justin Jordan said; "All three of us who pitched were able to get quick outs and keep control of the game throughout. I'm really happy with the way everyone played". On the offensive side, senior Peter Marren had a two-run homer that sparked the Wave's hitting and sophomore Henry Williams had a few RBI's. The Wave looks to stay hot against New Fairfield at 4:30 at DHS.