Friday, November 30, 2018

Varsity Girls Volleyball Beats Glastonbury in Quarterfinals

Natalie Vasileff

The Varsity Girls Volleyball team played against Glastonbury in the Quarterfinals on Saturday the tenth. The girls beat them in four sets, winning the first and second, but then losing the third. However, the girls got back up and won the fourth set. Middle blockers junior Hassana Arbubakrr and freshman Aerin Bowman both played a huge part in stopping the other team’s attacks. The girls were ready to pick everything up and not let any balls hit the ground. They have been playing together as a team and it has worked out in their favor.

“The energy we had tonight was great,” said captain senior Gaby Highton , “and we took a lot of buzz from our home crowd.”

“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. If we play every point and every game the way we need to, the rest, including our legacy, will come,” said senior Cristina Ecsajadillo.



The team celebrates after scoring a point, Courtesy of DAF.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Rams Take the Turkey Bowl Again

Eva Criscuolo

This year, for the 14th year in a row, the state football playoffs included Darien High School, and historic rival, New Canaan High School, in the annual, and legendary Turkey Bowl Thanksgiving morning game. This year the game took place in Stamford’s Boyle Stadium. Darien entered the game with an undefeated record of 9-0, while New Canaan entered with a respectable count of 7-2. The New Canaan Rams went into the game seeking a spot in the playoffs, while Darien Blue Wave desired a secure spot at hosting the quarterfinal playoff game at home. Darien desired payback for their shutdown by New Canaan in the previous year’s match up of 27-0. However, despite a valiant effort on the part of DHS, New Canaan bested us, 17-14. The team’s loss in the Turkey Bowl marked its first loss all season, leaving the team 46-2 over the past four seasons with only two defeats that both came in the last two Turkey Bowls. The issue that marked this year’s game was turnovers. The Wave lost the ball on three interceptions. Two were lost to new Canaan player, Charlie Cunney, and one was lost to New Canaan player, Drew Guida. Defense played a strong game on Darien’s part, but offense lacked the strength necessary to take down the Rams. The game reached a turning point on a pair of fumbles in the fourth quarter, both, unfortunately, went New Canaan’s way. With DHS leading 14-7, New Canaan running back J.R. Moore broke free for a 10 yard run, yet the ball had jarred loose, due in part, to a tackle by Darien linebacker Sam Wilson. Wave player, Will Bothwell, emerged out of the pile with the ball, however, after a conference, the referees rewarded possession to New Canaan. Darien’s defense managed to keep the Rams from entering the end zone, however, kicker Nicholas  Radman booted a 28-yard field goal to close the gap to 14-10, with only 9:47 remaining. New Canaan's Harrison Skyrm sacked DHS quarterback Cooper Hancock, leading to a forced fumble. The fumble was quickly scooped up and returned by Kieran Buck to the Wave 20-yard line. Two plays passed, and Pyne discovered Wilson was wide open for the go-ahead touchdown with about seven minutes remaining. Darien’s next possession ended up going nowhere, however, on the team’s final drive, Hancock managed to hook up with receiver T.J. Cornacchia for a 50-yard pass to New Canaan’s 20-yard line. Hancock proceeded and hit Herget for 10 yards and a first down at New Canaan's 10 with only a minute left. New Canaan’s defense, unfortunately, greatly stepped up their efforts, and the game came to an end when Kirby’s field goal attempt went wide. Team member, Sofia Bender, said, “I feel like the Varsity team had a lot of pressure on their shoulders because they wanted to defeat their rival in the biggest game of the year. The team also wanted to meet the coaches expectations. Yet, at the same time, the team played really well, considering the amount of pressure they had on top of them. They played a tough opponent and the score was super close, which shows the huge amount of effort they put throughout the game”. The team has had a good season, and played a good game despite their loss. Hopefully, they will do well in with what is left of the season.
Darien’s Will Kirby goes head-to-head with New Canaan’s Dean Ciancio during the Turkey Bowl football game Thursday at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. — Scott Mullin photo
Credit: Darien Times
DAF coverage of the entire game

Next game : November 27th

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Girls Basketball Preview

Liliana Cullen

The season has just begun for Darien Girls Basketball. With a record breaking 13 freshmen trying out for the team, this is the largest the program has been in years. Under the leadership of Melba Chambers, Ian Bossert, and two new coaches, the girls team is destined for success. The four captains this year are seniors Penn Boucher, Caroline Krueger, Rachel Stobbie, and Kelly McKay. They are ecstatic for the upcoming season: “We are really excited to see what we can do this season especially with so many new girls joining the program”, Boucher said. “We are hoping to build off of last year and make FCIACs again and hopefully make a run in states”, Krueger added. “We can’t wait for a great season! We also have two new coaches which is very exciting. This is the first time we have had a freshman team in years, and we are so happy”, Stobbie remarked. Their first home game is December 10 against Kolbe Cathedral High School, so be sure to head to the main gym to show your support!


Courtesy DAF

Monday, November 12, 2018

BWFH Dominates in the State Quarterfinals

Tess Keating

After their first round win against New Canaan the Varsity Field Hockey Team advanced to the state quarterfinals against Hall High School. After leaving school at 12:10 on Friday November 9th, the team was in high spirits. After resting on the long bus ride to West Hartford, the girls were energetic and excited to play. Just as warm up began, it started to rain, and continually got heavier and colder as the game went on. Although the whether was less than ideal, that didn’t stop the Blue Wave from dominating, with a 4-0 win.
Goals were scored by 3 of the 4 senior captains, Shea van den Broek (2), Bridget Mahoney (1), and Katie Elders (1). Darien defeated the previously undefeated Hall Warriors, allowing them to advance to the semi finals on Tuesday November 13th at 6:00pm vs. Staples at Brien Mcmahon High School. The team lost to Staples in the beginning of the season, however they were able to beat them in the FCIAC finals for the championship title, so it should be a great game!
“Despite the bad whether, the energy was great, and I think that's what really kept us going,” says junior Catie Duggan.



Shea van den Broek in action in the 1st round of the state tournament vs. New Canaan. Courtesy of Dave Stewart (Darien Times).

Friday, November 9, 2018

Girls Soccer Loses in Quarterfinals

Brianna Lyons 

Darien losses against Ridgefield 1-0 in FCIAC quarterfinal game. This marks the end of the road for the Darien Girls Varsity soccer team. It was an incredible season for the team. Qualifying for states, Fciacs, and CIAC’s and winning more than half their games. This past Friday 11/9/2018 the team played against Ridgefield in a tough battle for the  final game on saturday 11/17.

The first half of the game was an incredible half for the Darien players. With incredible defense by Neil Kniffin, Courtney ball, Anna fox, and Eva Finn, the ball stayed away from the goal and ended the first half with a tie of 0-0.

During the second half, Darien had a lot of shots on the goal, unfortunately the ball would not find the back of the net. The offense pushed the defensive line of Ridgefield way back to the point that they almost let Darien slip in. With an encouraging talk during halftime by Leigh Parsons, the head coach of the  team and by the senior captains, Anna Fox, Eva Finn, Alaina Dolan, and Lauren Sulger, Darien started very strong against Ridgefield.

Unfortunately, Ridgefield was able to find a crack in the defense and scored a goal making the game 1-0 Ridgefield. However, Darien did not give up. They started playing more aggressive and kept the ball in the other half the rest of the game. The teamwork was outstanding and Darien left it all on the field. Unfortunately, the ball could not find the back of the net.
Courtesy DAF
“It was a great game, and we fought till the very end,” says freshman Alexis Lyons.


Darien Girls Swimming Takes Second at FCIAC’s

Scotty Tuck

On Thursday, October 31, the BWSD Girls swam their way to an impressive second place performance at FCIAC Championships. With multiple best times and first time-finalists, the girls had an excellent meet. During the meet, three different swimmers cracked top 5 in their respective events, Freshman Kelly Dolce and Kaitlyn Holmes, along with Junior Cassie Maroney.

In the 200 Freestyle, Dolce threw down a huge time of 1:53.97, taking 3rd and breaking the school record in the event. In the 100 Freestyle, Dolce took 2nd place, going another school record breaking time of 52.69. In the 200 IM, Freshman Kaitlyn Holmes took 3rd, scoring big points for the team with a time of 2:08.75. In the 100 Breaststroke, Holmes took 2nd place, going a time of 1:07.03. Along with the two Freshman, Senior Cassie Maroney also made it into the top 3, going a time of 24.50 to take 2nd in the 50 Freestyle.Other big contributions made were the 4th place finish in the 200 Medley Relay, 3rd in the 400 Freestyle Relay, and 2nd in the 200 Freestyle.

Courtesy DAF
Make sure to show some support for the BWSD Girls as they prepare for the CIAC State Trials, which will take place on Saturday, November 10.

Girls Soccer Makes Quarterfinals

Megan Streeter

Girls varsity soccer had an important game against Suffield this Wednesday, November 7. 
According to junior Olivia Maniscalco, the girls, “went into the game knowing Suffield was undefeated, and hadn’t let a goal in all season.” Based on statistics, the odds seemed to be in Suffields favor. Maniscalco was not phased by this, saying, “Because of our success against teams like Staples and St. Joe’s...we were not phased by this.” The girls upheld their high spirits throughout the game. Maniscalco attributes the team’s success to their team, which did not falter through two halves of overtime playing. With their 1-0 win, they will now advance to the CIAC quarterfinal against Ridgefield. The game will take place at Ridgefield High at 4 pm this Friday, November 9.

Junior Olivia's Maniscalco defending goal (Courtesy DAF)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New Canaan Beats Darien 1-0

Brianna Lyons

On October 9, 2018, Darien lost to New Canaan. It was a hard fought battle, unfortunately, the outcome was not ideal. The team lost 1-0, but they did not give up till the very last whistle, ending the game.


The Darien High School Varsity team fought till the very end on the field. With New Canaan being Darien’s biggest rival, it came as no shock that the team came out ready to play. Unfortunately, the Rams came out as energetic as Darien, and started the game off very strong. Darien held their ground throughout the first half. Unfortunately, during the second half New Canaan slipped pass Darien scoring a goal making the score 1-0.


Courtesy DAF
“We fought as hard as we could. We worked really hard and never stopped playing” says freshman Alexis Lyons.


The Junior Varsity team also lost against New Canaan. Just like the Varsity team, the Jv team fought through the entire game. The whistle was blown and the game began with Darien keeping the ball in New Canaan’s half for most of the first quarter. Unfortunately, New Canaan broke the barriers of the strong defensive line of Darien and scored. The end score of the game was 3-2 New Canaan.



Girl's JV XC Earns 3rd Place

Nina Rodriguez 

On October 18th, Blue Wave Girl’s Cross Country went to Wickham Park in New Canaan, CT, to participate in FCIACs. The Junior Varsity course was 4000 meters, or 2.5 miles. The course was revised, due to muddy grounds from the rain. Out of 13 team, Darien placed 3rd, with 120 points; New Canaan got 2nd with 86 points; and Ridgefield won, with 52 points.


Senior Girls during homecoming week. Courtesy of Penn Boucher
Darien’s top runner for JV, senior Kate Dempsey, earned a time of 16:58. Other notable runners, are junior Suzanna Alliegro (17:21), and sophomores Georgia Sheehan (17:23) and Charlotte Van Ingen (17:23).


“Darien did very well compared to the boy’s team. Everyone tried very well on their last race, which is something I’m proud of,” says Dempsey.


Darien’s top seven runners will attend CIACs on October 26th at Wickham Park. We wish the team the best of luck!

Boys Soccer End Their Season

Alix Platt

Boys soccer has had a fantastic streak this year. Sadly, during the first game of the state tournament, Boys Varsity Soccer lost at Wakeman Turf. In a suspenseful tied game of 1-1, the boys lost during penalty kicks in over time. The only goal was made by junior Charlie Sears, assisted by senior Connor Olson. Their record was 7-4-5 for this season. The boys all had a fantastic year together, yet again. 
Senior Max Marcin fighting for the ball. Courtesy DAF

Senior John Reid said, "It's so sad we lost but this season was really awesome, wouldn't have changed it."


New Canaan Beats Darien 1-0

Brianna Lyons

On October 9, 2018, Darien lost to New Canaan. It was a hard fought battle, unfortunately, the outcome was not ideal. The team lost 1-0, but they did not give up till the very last whistle, ending the game.

The Darien High School Varsity team fought till the very end on the field. With New Canaan being Darien’s biggest rival, it came as no shock that the team came out ready to play. Unfortunately, the Rams came out as energetic as Darien, and started the game off very strong. Darien held their ground throughout the first half. Unfortunately, during the second half New Canaan slipped pass Darien scoring a goal making the score 1-0.

“We fought as hard as we could. We worked really hard and never stopped playing," says freshman Alexis Lyons.

The Junior Varsity team also lost against New Canaan. Just like the Varsity team, the Jv team fought through the entire game. The whistle was blown and the game began with Darien keeping the ball in New Canaan’s half for most of the first quarter. Unfortunately, New Canaan broke the barriers of the strong defensive line of Darien and scored. The end score of the game was 3-2 New Canaan.

Courtesy Darien Athletic Foundation

Girl's JV XC earns 3rd Place

Nina Rodriguez

On October 18th, Blue Wave Girl’s Cross Country went to Wickham Park in New Canaan, CT, to participate in FCIACs. The Junior Varsity course was 4000 meters, or 2.5 miles. The course was revised due to muddy grounds from the rain. Out of 13 teams, Darien placed 3rd, with 120 points; New Canaan received 2nd place with 86 points; Ridgefield won with 52 points.
Senior Girls during homecoming week. Courtesy of Penn Boucher

Darien’s top runner for JV, senior Kate Dempsey, earned a time of 16:58. Other notable runners, are junior Suzanna Alliegro (17:21), and sophomores Georgia Sheehan (17:23) and Charlotte Van Ingen (17:23).

“Darien did very well compared to the boy’s team. Everyone tried very well on their last race, which is something I’m proud of” Dempsey said.

Darien’s top seven runners will attend CIACs on October 26th at Wickham Park. We wish the team the best of luck!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Darien Field Hockey Defeats Staples

Lily Genovese

Darien beats the undefeated Staples on Thursday, November 1.
Senior Captain Katie Elders with the Ball (CCourtesyDAF)
After losing to Staples in the regular season, BWFH unified to defeat their biggest rival. As stated in CT Post, Captain Shea Van den Broek states, “We worked so hard and to come this far is so exciting for our team, we’ve improved so much since we first played them in the first game of the season. This just sums up the accomplishments we’ve worked toward this year.”
First goal was shot by Staples junior Kyle Kirby, less than eight minutes into the game on a penalty stroke. However, BWFH fired back when Shea Van den Broek scored with 18 minutes left in the first half.
At halftime, the game was tense, with the score 1-1 in a tie.
However, the second half was where Darien shone. Molly Helman scored a quick goal just six minutes into the second half, shifting the score to 2-1.
Later, Darien held opportunities for three penalty goals. They also shot 9 shots on goal.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Varsity Girls Field Hockey Defeats Greenwich in Semi-Finals

Natalie Vasileff

The FCIAC Semi-Finals proved to be successful for the hardworking players of the Varsity Girls Field Hockey team. The team has been preparing for this huge win and is has finally reached the finals! Darien High School started off strong by scoring three goals within the first half. All goals were scored by senior Shea van den Broek, captain of the team.

Greenwich tried to flush out DHS, but only managed to score two goals. The girls were able to hold off all attempts caused by the opposing team, leading the team to the triumphant win.
The team celebrates after a goal. Courtesy of DAF.

“We were all really excited for this game and the players on the field let that fuel them. There was one focus for that game and it was to win,” says junior Tess Keating.

Thanks to this success, we have hope that our girls will be victorious in the upcoming finals! Make sure to go support the girls in their last game against Staples this Thursday at Brien McMahon at 7 p.m.!


XC Girls Make a Great Lead in States

Kate Dempsey

On Friday, October 26th, the Girls Cross Country team ran at CIAC State Class L Meet at Wickham Park. The runners picked for the state meet were the top 7 best on the team. The race, which was early in the morning at 9:45 a.m., meant that the runners were excused for the whole day in order to attend the race.

The team has seen a significant amount of freshman this year who have started off at the varsity level. First being Mairead Clas who came in sixth place in the FCIACS. The team overall has seen a great season, finishing second in the East Division, only loosing to New Canaan.

“We are super happy with the way we were able to finish this season not only in our individual races but as a team score as well,” says senior Penn Boucher.

The team hopes to qualify for the CIAC State Open at Wickham Park on November 1st, and if they do well there they can expect to go to the New England Meet in New Hampshire on November 10th.



The Girls Cross Country team on Homecoming Day wearing Toy Story inspired outfits. Courtesy DAF

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Girls Soccer Take a Loss to the Rams

Alix Platt

The Darien Girls Varsity Soccer sadly lost to the ultimate rivals, New Canaan. The team had a great season so far. However, this streak of glory did not transition into the game at New Canaan High School. After beating the number one seed, Staples, during the quarter finals, the girls sadly lost to New Canaan. They lost to the Rams 5-0.

"It was a huge bummer considering we beat Staples. Definitely sad for us," says senior Lauren Sulger.

Senior Eilanna Dolan Throwing in the Ball (Courtesy DAF) 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Girls JV Season At An End: Varsity to Advance to Postseason

Megan Streeter


Girls Varsity Soccer took home a 5-1 win against Norwalk High School on Monday, a refreshing improvement after their recent string of losses. The girls JV team also took home a win, completing their season on a high note. Junior Brianna Lyons praised the JV team, saying, “We passed the ball quite well, and our shots were on target.” While the Varsity team is moving on into postseason, it’s time for the JV girls to hang up the towel. “I will miss this team a lot”, says Lyons.
JV team spirit, courtesy of DAF


Tune in Thursday to see the Varsity team play Staples, and track their process here or via the Darien Athletic Association.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Varsity Field Hockey- Senior Day Win Against Ridgefield

Tess Keating

On Friday, October 19th, the varsity field hockey team had their senior day game against Ridgefield on the DHS stadium. As it was their last home game for the regular season, senior day was celebrated. All the seniors received a bouquet of flowers just before the game began. Ridgefield put up a good fight, but Darien were able to come out on top with a 2-0 win.

Courtesy DAF
The teams came out strong and were battling it out. Both defensive lines were being pressured. 12 minutes in to the first half the first goal was scored by junior Molly Hellmen. 15 minutes in to the second half senior Shea van den Broek scored the second goal. Darien held off the Ridgefield offense well, never allowing any goals to be scored.

“I think coming off the Wilton win was huge for us, and it helped to spark our offense at the perfect time as we go into post season” says Hellmen. Senior day wasn’t the only thing being celebrated!

Come support the girls in their next game on Friday, October 22. This will be the FCIAC quarterfinals, and it will be on the DHS stadium at 3:30.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Darien Boys Soccer Defeats New Cannan Rams

Liliana Cullen

On Wednesday October 10, Varsity Boys Soccer took on the New Canaan Rams. With a 2-1 feat, the team now stands at 6 in the FCIAC, and 16 in the state. This game was the team’s 7th win of the season, with only 3 losses and 3 ties. “The New Canaan game went well, starters moved the ball quickly and created tons of chances. We had a lot of strength coming off the bench and put in a good overall performance. The team had a few tough games but I firmly believe that we are going to end the season strong, while surprising people in the postseason” said Siddhant Parwal when asked about the game. Their next game is on October 13 at 2:00 against Staples. Their final home game is October 18 against Westhill at 5:00 pm.


Courtesy of Darien Times and Darien Athletic Foundation

Darien Girl's Soccer vs. Staples

Eva Criscuolo

On Friday, October 5th, the Darien High School Girls Soccer team played a home game against Staples. Unfortunately they lost the game with a score of 2-0. Player Kaitlyn Popson explained, “the first half of the game our team was unorganized and let in both goals after half we really rallied, worked together, and controlled the ball”. Eliza Spain acted as an incredible goalie, putting in an immense amount of effort in defending the teams goal. Charlotte Sulger stood out, playing forward for the first time alongside fellow teammate Lizzy Barber. Katie Stevens, Joen Echelon, and Lexi Lyons held down an incredible defense.
The game may come off to a rough start, but the girls hard work, and team effort kicked in the second half. They are looking forward to next Friday's home game against St. Joe’s, and rallying together,once again, to hopefully submerge triumphant.

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Player Emma Williams tries to get the ball away from opposing team.

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Next Game: Friday, October 19th      Location: Darien High School Opponent: St. Joe’s

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Blue Wave Volleyball Defeats Ridgefield High

Megan Streeter

Darien High School’s varsity Volleyball team beat Ridgefield High 3-0 in their home game last night on Friday, October 5. Darien beat Ridgefield in three sets, an incredibly successful game that served to raise the spirits of Darien’s athletes and spectators alike. Junior Rosali Pirone referred to it as, “our best game yet.” The confidence and trust the teammates had in each other was apparent throughout the game.
Courtesy DAF
“It was all because we trusted each other and had each other’s backs,” said Pirone, “Last night’s game showed us that there are bigger and better things to come down the road.” Show us it did! More than halfway through their scheduled games for the season, the Blue Wave Volleyball team is currently ranked 2 in the East division. Make sure to turn out for their next home game against Newtown on Monday, October 8.

Friday, October 5, 2018

BWXC Almost Takes a Win

Nina Rodriguez

On October 5, Darien Girls’ Cross Country earned second place with a total of 58 points, for the 4000 meter (2.5 miles) Varsity race at Waveny Park in New Canaan. New Canaan earned 1st with 33 points, Fairfield Warde got 3rd place with 64 points, and Wilton in 4th place with 67 points.

Junior Mia Sparks and seniors Amalia Madariaga and Penn Boucher at FCIAC in 2016. Courtesy of Darien Athletic Foundation 
Due to the heavy rain on Tuesday, the field was full of mud and the woods had many puddles, leading to damp socks and muddy legs. Despite this, it was perfect running weather, with the sun shining and the ideal temperature. There was support from parents, leading to motivated runners.

DHS freshman, Mairead Clas, earned 1st place, with a time of 16:04. Seniors, Penn Boucher and Sophie Hill, earned times of 16:50 and 17:15. Other notable DHS runners are senior Amalia Madariaga and junior Noelle Kennedy.

The next meet is October 9th at Staples. If Fairfield Ludlowe beats New Canaan, then BWXC has a three way tie for FCIAC Eastern Division championship. Wishing the team the best of luck!