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.

2018,Darien Athletic Foundation, DAF, DHS Darien High, Girls Soccer, JV, New Canaan
Player Emma Williams tries to get the ball away from opposing team.

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!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Varsity Field Hockey Defeats The Cardinals

Tess Keating

On Thursday, October 4th, the varsity field hockey team had a game against the Greenwich Cardinals on the DHS stadium. Right as the game started, the weather went south, and it began to rain. Helpful to cool off the players, but making the turf a slippery surface. Fortunately, the girls were able to make the most of the foul whether and still defeat the Cardinals.

Darien came out strong from the start and began to put the pressure on the Greenwich defenders. Only 3 minutes into the game Shea van den Broek (senior, captain) got the Blue Wave’s first goal. At this point the rain began to pick up but that didn’t stop the intensity. Later in the game, 15 minutes in, Darien scored again- Bridget Mahoney (senior, captain)  with the goal and Daphne Cutler (senior, captain) with the assist. 2 minutes later Katie Elders (senior, captain) was able to take a penalty stroke and she scored. 5 minutes later Elders got to take another stroke and she scored again, making the score 4-0 after 23 minutes. With 5 minutes left in the first half Mahoney scored again. After these 5 goals Greenwich was motivated and able to get a goal with one minute left in the first half.

After both teams got to rest at half time they came back on the field with the same intensity as before. Darien was able to score 2 more goals in the second half, and Greenwich scored none. The first scored was set up perfectly by Catie Duggan (junior) and shot in by van den Broek. The 7th and final goal was scored by Molly Hellmen (junior) and Bridget Mahoney had the assist.

“Offensively we clicked really well with passing and scoring, and the defensive unit played well stepping up and stopping rushes” says van den Broek.

Come support the girls in their next game vs New Canaan on the stadium at 4 on October 8th!

Courtesy of DAF

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Blue Wave Cross Country vs. Trumbull and Stamford

Kate Dempsey

On Thursday, the Darien Girls Cross Country team ran at Todd’s Point located in Greenwich after originally planning on running in Trumbull. The day’s conditions were idealistic for the team (no sun and slightly chilly) which helped their chances at securing a win against the other competitors.

The race saw new changes to the course, adding in a new element to the results. The Girls Varsity course was extended to 3 miles with an elimination of a part of the course that went over sand, and the Girls JV race course also eliminated the sand part.

“I think the majority are working really well, I think that there are definitely individuals who have more potential.” Senior Nina Rodriguez said. “Overall, I think that varsity did really well yesterday and many JV runners had an amazing performance as well.”

The winner of the girls JV race was, well um, me (kind of by accident though because I had been sick for a week and needed to gradually get back to the Varsity level). The Girls Varsity race also saw an amazing performance by Mairead Clas, who came in third place with a time of 19:26:17.

Courtesey DAF

The Girls Cross Country’s next race will be on Tuesday, October 2nd, at New Canaan at 4:15 p.m. where they will be going against Wilton and Fairfield Warde.

The Girls Cross Country team is off to a great start with amazing performances by Mairead Clas, and with a few more meets coming up they will be well ready for FCIACS on October 14th.

Blue Waves Defeat the Tiger

Liliana Cullen

On September 24, Darien’s Girls Swim team raced against the aggressive, competitive Ridgefield. The Blue Wave scored 88 points, but it was not enough to beat Ridgefield’s 98. As of September 17, Darien’s record was 2-0, making this meet the first loss of the season. Captain Lauren Picard says, “I thought the meet went really well, aside from the fact that we lost. But, it was a great meet despite the the actual outcome score wise because there were a lot of best times. Everyone was pushing everyone.” Other captains Kelsey Vrooman and Rachel Stobbie weighed in on the meet as well. Vrooman said, “They were really tough competition, but I’m really proud of my team and what we have to look forward to”. Stobbie added, “We swam our hardest, but I am really proud of the whole team for rising up to the occasion.” Their next home meet is Wednesday October 10 against Darien’s rivals, the New Canaan Rams.

Courtsey DAF

Girls Varsity Volleyball Triumphs Over Danbury

Natalie Vasileff

The Darien High School Varsity Girls Volleyball team faced off a very successful game against Danbury on Friday, September 28. The girls were set and ready for a winning match, going in with positive mindsets and prepared attitudes. The team is hoping to be in the polls on Ruden Report team of the week as the girls have won all of their games in the past week. So far, this season is truly looking to be a sensational one for the team!

The team beat Danbury in three sets, supporting a strong lead in most of the sets throughout the whole game. Team captain senior Lindsey Bennett was racking up kills, gaining points and heading for the big win. Senior Cristina Escajadillo, another team captain, was racking up assist while the whole team helped out with aces and service points. The huge team effort resulted in a cool and collected game with the enthusiasm of the team showing strongly. The team began to get worried when Danbury gained momentum and became less sloppy in the second set, seemingly leading to a close score. However, the girls pulled through and made a strong comeback, taking them back into the lead.

It was 100% a team win, we had a calm and confident energy throughout the match” said junior Rosali Pirone. We never let them get on too many runs which is good because it means that our passing stayed consistent and we didn’t get frazzled when things didn’t go our way.” Make sure to go support the girls at their away game at Stamford on Monday!
Junior Rosali Pirone and senior Cristina Escajadillo congratulate each other on scoring points after a rally. (Courtesy of DAF)

Darien vs. Wilton

Eva Criscuolo

On September 26th, the Darien Girls’ Soccer team faced off against Wilton in a challenging game. Freshmen, Jacqueline Calihan took a strong lead in the game, taking a number of extraordinary kicks. Junior player, Brianna Lyons, professed, “the team maintained a strong and fierce morale when valiantly facing against our opponents. Unfortunately, the team did not emerge the winner, we tied, but we played a good game, and I am sure we will do better in future games”.

The team overall provided a strong effort. Although they did not manage to win, they did indeed tie, which has fueled their desire to work even harder in the future.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Darien Beats the Madhatters

Brianna Lyons

Just like the lyrics go “ all I do is win, win, win no matter what” (song by Ludacris), Darien girls soccer takes the win against the crazy mad hatters of Danbury, Connecticut. Waking up at 7:30 to make a bus that left at 9:00, the Varsity and Jv Soccer team made their way to the home of the Mad Hatters to play games that started at 11:00. With barely any sleep, and a long bus ride, the beginning of an FCIAC qualifying game began.

For Varsity, the game started off very good. Scoring 4 goals in total and having an incredible display of teamwork and effort. You could see that Varsity wanted to win. They fought till the very end, ending the game with a win. This will be Varsities 6th game this season and they are on trek to finishing what lasts years varsity team started. Meaning winning both states and FCIACs for the first time in girl’s soccer history. With the team’s strong defensive line and attacking line up, the Varsity girl’s soccer team is set to have a fantastic season.

Unfortunately, the Jv soccer team did not have as much luck with the fierce, fighting Mad Hatters. They did not lose, but they did not win either. Jv tied 0 to 0 in their game vs. Danbury, causing their tieing streak to continue. With their 4 games ending in ties, the Jv team is ready to win their fifth game against Stanford. Fortunately, the team had some good luck during the second half, when Danbury scored, but it was called as an off sides play. Darien also had suffered through refs calling everything on them, and nothing for the other team. Definitely, Danbury refs with a grudge against Darien.

“ The opportunities where their, we just could not find the back of the net. It was a tough one. “ Jane Keleghan, a sophomore, said.

“We attacked, just could not get the ball in the back of the net.” Alexis Lyons, a freshman, said.

Both teams are set to play Stamford at Darien on Tuesday.
Photo Courtesy: DAF

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cristian Pannuto

The Darien Girls Lacrosse had their seemingly unstoppable 107 game win streak shattered by New Canaan on June 5th. Not all hope was lost, as two goals by Darien’s Nicole Humphrey and Kendall Wisinski forced the score to a tie of 11-11. With everything starting to look positive, New Canaan managed to snatch the ball into their offensive. With only 3 minutes left New Canaan ended it with one final goal, leaving the final score at 12-11 and ending Darien’s winning streak.
Senior, Christine Fiore heading towards goal. (Courtesy DAF)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Natalie Vasileff

The Darien High School Boys Varsity volleyball team faced a tough and intense game against Ridgefield on May 23. The boys are super excited for FCIAC’s and have been working very hard to prepare for the challenge that the team knows it will have to face. Ridgefield has also shown to be training for the season very hard, as they have had many successful games in the past season. The team’s momentum and strive for success was ready to carry the boys into a difficult game that awaited them. 

In the first set, DHS lost to Ridgefield by 5 points, leaving Darien with a score of 20 and the Ridgefield Tigers a score of 25. In the second set, the boys showed some improvement in scoring 22 points while Ridgefield scored 25. However, after a small spurt of what seemed to be success, the boys once again lost to Ridgefile in their third set with a score of 19 to 25. Despite the upsetting loss, the team is still ready to give their all in the last games of the season. 

 "I am super excited for our post season FCIAC and State's games that are upcoming,” happily said sophomore John Barsanti, “I believe that we are playing well as a team, but we need to keep working even harder to achieve our goals that we set at the beginning of the season. We are all so close, so I know that if we play together, as a team, we can achieve whatever we set our minds to."
Junior Tyler Herget gets ready to spike the ball (Courtesy DAF)

The Undefeated Wave

Brianna Lyons

The odds were never in our favor last Thursday, when we played against Wilton. The refs were not on our side, most of the fans were also against us. Every team in connecticut wanted the 7 time defending champions of the FCIACs. Unfortunately, for all the haters, Darien came out on top winning with a score of 11- 10.

At first, the game was not going our way. The refs called everything on us, the ball was never truly on our side, and we had a breakdown in defense and riding causing 3 goals to go in the first few minutes. The wave pride still stood though, and after cheerful words from coach Lindley, the wave came back tying the game 7-7 by the first half.

The second half was an uphill battle for both teams. It was like watching a game of ping pong. Wilton scored, than Darien Scored, than Wilton again. So on so forth until the last few minutes when Darien held the ball for two minutes straight. In the end Darien Scored a last few minutes goal ending the game 11-10.

Now Darien Girls Lacrosse is going on to play Staples in the first round of states.   
Darien girls lacrosse celebrate their win (Photo Courtesy DAF)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Boys Lacrosse Beats New Canaan 13-12 For Another FCIAC Championship

Will Pegler

The Varsity Boys Lacrosse team took on the New Canaan Rams on Friday at Brien McMahon High School in the FCIAC Championship.  It was a back and forth game throughout, as both sides went on scoring runs and made big defensive stops.

Senior goalie Sean Collins made several big saves throughout, including his biggest of the night when New Canaan took one final shot as the clock ran out, Collins blocked it with ease and the Wave's celebration began. Sean made a total of four massive saves down the stretch, as New Canaan threw everything they could at him to try and tie the game in the final few minutes.

Senior attack Logan McGovern was the MVP of the game, scoring two goals and assisting on several others. The captain seemed to be involved on just about every Darien goal, and acted as the straw that stirred the drink throughout the night. The Wave went on a huge offensive run in the middle of the 2nd quarter, scoring five unanswered goals and stretching their lead to 7-3. The Rams were able to battle back though, scoring a few quick goals and making the halftime score just 7-6 in Darien's favor.

Senior attack Logan McGovern looks to make a play behind the net. 
In the second half scoring came from a myriad of players for the Wave, including seniors Brian Minicus (two goals) and Tanner Strub, along with sophomore Jackson Peters. The offense struggled a bit in the fourth quarter, but junior Hudson Pokorny scored an amazing goal in the final minutes to give Darien a 13-12 lead that they never relinquished.

New Canaan scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 12-12. Eventually, though, the Wave's defense was able to settle down and play at their normal caliber, not allowing the Rams to score again for the rest of the game. Defensive efforts were led by seniors Matt Gould and Andrew Darby, both of whom had to deal with a talented New Canaan attack throughout the game.

Darby was proud of his team's efforts but knows that they could have done more, simply telling me, "It was an awesome win. I thought we could have played a lot better though."

This FCIAC Championship was the team's 73rd consecutive win, and they will look to continue to strive for perfection in the state tournament over the next few weeks. It is very likely that the Wave will face New Canaan for a third time in the tournament, where the Rams will try to actually beat Darien in something.

Varsity Baseball Beats Staples For Second FCIAC Title in Three Years

Will Pegler

The Blue Wave Varsity Baseball team capped off their magical FCIAC tournament run at Cubeta Stadium in Stamford on Thursday night with an extra innings win over Staples. The Wave's tournament run was mainly carried by their strong pitching and defense, but last night the offense erupted, as they put up 13 hits and were getting base runners on at will.

The offense came from all ends of the lineup for the Wave, but was led by seniors Fin Batson and Arthur Xanthos. Batson finished the night with three doubles, while Xanthos had three singles, including a base knock that put the Wave ahead by a run in the top of the eighth inning. Seniors Harry Rayhill and junior Mac McLean each drove in two runs, while senior Max Gasvoda came up big with two hits of his own.

The game was tied at four heading into the eighth, but Xanthos' single with the bases loaded gave the Wave the lead and McLean's single added two more, stretching the lead to 7-4.

Senior Arthur Xanthos drives one of
his three singles on the night.
(Courtesy Dave Stewart) 
Senior Justin Van de Graaf took the hill for the Blue Wave and put in 5 and 2/3 innings of good work against Staples strong bats, allowing four runs but keeping the Wave in the game throughout the night. Senior Jackson Vaught did his best Mariano Rivera impression, coming into the bottom of the sixth with runners on second and third and the score tied at four. He and his coaches decided to walk one of Staples best hitters, junior Chad Knight, to load the bases, but was able to get the next hitter to pop out to first and leave the inning unscathed.

Vaught kept the Wreckers from scoring again in the seventh, and took the hill with a three run lead in the eighth and the chance to close out Staples for good. With some help from senior Center Fielder Justin Jordan, who made an amazing diving catch to get the first out, Vaught was able to set down the Staples hitters in order, winning the game and helping the Wave earn yet another FCIAC championship.

Senior catcher Arthur Xanthos, who played great behind the dish throughout the playoffs, said about catching both Van de Graaf and Vaught, "It was such a pleasure catching those guys. The 'J.V' duo was always a 1-2 punch that no one wanted to face this season. They did a great job of mixing up pitches and locking in when we needed them to."

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Blue Wave Girls Lax Drowns Cardinals in FCIAC Tournament Win

Eva Criscuolo

On Monday, May 21rst, Darien High School’s Varsity Lacrosse team traveled to Norwalk High School to play Greenwich's team. Greenwich started strong, and in the first three minutes had already scored three games. However, Darien came in strong, and scored almost immediately after, and subsequently called a time out afterwards. Upon returning Darien fought hard, picking the game up to 6 to 5. Darien dominated the second half of the game, ending with a score of 14 to 7. Sophomore Varsity Player, Kennison Harmon expressed that “the game was by far (their) most challenging of the season”. JV player Brianna Lyons agreed, stating, “it was an intense game”. Yet, the girls played a strong game, and emerged triumphant. The team will progress on to FCIAC finals.

Some key players in the game were sophomore Varsity player, Ashley Humphrey, who scored more than three times, Varsity player, Katy Elders who played an active and aggressive defense, and Varsity player, Maggie Brooks who blocked numerous shots.

Sophomore Varsity Player, Catie Dugan (Photo courtesy DAF)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Darien Boys Lacrosse Beats Ludlowe

Alix Platt

Darien Boys Varsity Lacrosse played Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday, May 21. For the FCIAC quarterfinals, boys lacrosse was able to maintain their 71 game winning streak. Having already played and beat Ludlowe earlier in the season, 12-6, the boys had to come back again and pull a win. The team won 20-2. This score was significantly better than their prior game against Ludlowe. Junior Jack Bogdan, with 2 assist, said, “It’s cool seeing how competitive everyone gets in order to make it to the finals.” Go support Darien Boys Lacrosse today, May 23, at 7 at McMahon High School. 

Junior Tommy Hellman, who scored one goal at the Darien vs. Ludlow game.  (Photo courtesy DAF)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Varsity Baseball Advances to FCIAC Semis in Pitching Duel Against Trumbull

Jack Tierney

In what may have been the quickest game of baseball ever, the Blue Wave narrowly defeated Trumbull on Monday May 21st 1-0. The headlines of the game were the two pitchers Junior Henry Williams on Darien and Trumbull’s Ben Fero. Fero pitched a no hitter and Williams allowed no scores on the day.

The Wave lacked confidence early on at the mound but late in the 6th inning Henry Williams got to first on a fielding error. Nonetheless this sparked momentum and led to a controversial run that many, players included, were confused about. However Darien played a flawless defensive game and showed why they are one of the best teams in the state.

Senior captain Justin Jordan mentioned, “We played strong all season and we’ve been in a lot of close games. This was nothing new.” Darien have fought for every win and they will continue their fight at Cubeta Stadium in the FCIAC Semi Finals tonight at 5 pm against the 8 seed Fairfield Ludlowe Falcons.

Senior captain Arthur Xanthos has had a strong season at catcher and looks
to bring his powerful hitting ability into the rest of the playoffs. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Varsity Baseball Wins on Senior Day

Jen Tomaj

Senior day for Blue Wave Baseball took place on May 17th; however it was originally supposed to be held on the 16th but got pushed back because of the weather.

Senior Art Xanthos steps in for his at-bat. 
It was important game for the team as the Wave had to win to get home field advantage in the first round of FCIACS.

 The Wave ended up besting Norwalk 11-1. Seniors Nate Hadlow and Brendan Ross came through with soild base hits that enabled both seniors to come around to score.

After the game the team held a senior day ceremony that celebrated the eleven seniors on the DHS baseball team. Seniors Justin Jordan, Sean O'Malley, Nick Conte, and Arthur Xanthos celebrated their recruitments to play baseball in college at the event. This senior class was lucky enough to be part of the 2016 FCIAC championship as sophomores, and working to win a second championship in three years.

The FCIAC quarterfinals should begin on on Monday, May 21st, times and locations TBA.  Cheer on the baseball team as they look to improve their already impressive résumé.

The seniors pose with their parents for a photo. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Beats Fairfield Warde

Brianna Lyons

The saddest part about the end of a season, is realizing that as a senior you may not play another game in that sport for the rest of your life. This is not the case for the Darien Girls Lacrosse teams Senior class, because they have made it into the FCIAC and States once again. WIth a crushing win against Fairfield Warde. Before the game, the Varsity girls lacrosse team had already clinched a spot in the FCIAC but this game was the deciding factor on whether or not the team would place first in the tournament.

With a huge win against Fairfield Warde, Varsity starts the post season off right, by being ranked number one in the tournament. The first game is set to play on thursday, and a time has not been announced.

Varsity has also qualified for states this season and will be starting that tournament after the end of FCIAC and continue until Darien ethier losses or wins the whole thing. We all are hoping for the second options. 

Seniors (left to right) Kendall Wisinki, Katie Ramsay, Emma Jaques, and
Christine Fiore get the team fired up. 

Varsity Softball Loses Tough Game to St. Joseph's

Isa Nuissl

Freshmen Grace Karas pitching against
St. Joe's. (Courtesy DAF)
On Monday, the Darien High School softball team lost to St. Joe’s in Trumbull. The Cadets beat the Blue Wave 12-0 in the 6th inning. Although the Blue Wave has 8 wins and will be playing in the state tournaments in the coming weeks, but will not be competing in the FCIAC tournament. Senior Stefani Gentile and sophomore Rosali Pirone had the only two hits of the game, while St. Joe’s had many hits including a two run homerun and a three run homerun.

“St. Joe’s is always a tough team to beat and unfortunately we lost this year after winning both games we played against them last year. We are using this loss as motivation to work hard at practice and to win against Norwalk tomorrow” said senior Stefani Gentile.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Beats Ludlowe 20-2

Julia Clarke

May 14th 2018 Darien High School Girls Varsity Lacrosse stole the win from Fairfield Ludlowe Varsity team 20-2 on Senior Day. It was senior day and all of the DHS seniors started the game and played for the majority of it.

Senior Emma Jaques scored three goals, senior Lindsey Ferreria had plenty of saves in goal, and senior Katie Ramsay was key in winning the draws.
One of the Wave's top scorers, Ashley Humphrey,
takes the ball up the field. (Courtesy Dave Stewart) 

“The team played really great together and it was a bittersweet moment for all of the seniors on the team. I am definitely going to miss the team, over the past four years we have really become a family” said Team Manager and previous field player Lindsey Wallach.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Boys Varsity Baseball Takes Down New Canaan in Pitching Duel

Will Pegler

On Monday, May 7th the Boys Varsity Baseball team took on border rival New Canaan at the DHS turf field. The Wave beat New Canaan by a score of 3-2, improving to a 13-3 record and a 3rd place position in the FCIAC, clinching a spot in the playoffs. Coming off of a busy week with five games in a row and a tough loss to Staples in their last outing, the team was poised to get back on track against their rival.

Duke commit Henry Williams got the start on the mound and did not disappoint, allowing just two runs to the Rams and a mere three hits. Sacred Heart commit Justin Jordan got the save, coming in for the 7th inning and sitting down three Ram hitters with ease. Jordan, a senior captain, definitely noticed the sizable crowd of DHS students behind the right field fence who were loudly supporting their team, telling me, "It was awesome to see so many people come out. Everyone knows the New Canaan game is always huge, and it always helps to have a crowd in your corner. I loved my new nickname 'The Ocho', I heard it when I was playing center field."

Junior Henry Williams tosses yet another gem with plenty of rowdy DHS students in attendance.
(Courtesy Dave Stewart) 

Despite their strong defensive effort, the Wave's offense was fairly quiet throughout the game, only mustering up five hits. They were still able to push enough runs across for Williams to work with, though. Senior Sean O'Malley led the offense with three of the teams five hits, including a clutch RBI double that put Darien ahead by a run late in the game.

With yet another win, Darien continues a strong 2018 against their border rivals. The varsity team's next game will be this Friday against Westhill.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Girls Tennis off to a Great Start

Kate Dempsey

Junior Lily Ma playing against her Staples
opponent for the varsity team. (Courtesy DAF) 
The Girls Tennis Team took on Staples this last Tuesday (5/1) at the Darien High School tennis courts. The start of its season has shown them to be off to a great start as they have won almost all of its matches.

“We’re off to an amazing start this season; so far we’re 11-0 while just beating our biggest rival, Staples, 5-2 yesterday,” said junior Lilly Ma. “I feel the team has really been working together especially in supporting each other on and off the court. We’re looking forward to finishing the season strong while heading into FCIAC’s and states.”

Even after losing a few seniors from the team, they have been able to continue on the legacy of having a great season.

“Though we did lose a few seniors, we were able to make up for it by taking on new teammates. We are a very close team and everyone is always friendly with one another which really benefits us especially when we play our matches,” said Lilly Ma.

Its next game is Tuesday (5 /8) against Westhill at the DHS tennis courts at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cardiac Kids: Blue Wave Steals One From Wilton

Jack Tierney

 The Darien Boys Varsity Baseball continued their insane start to the season with a walkoff win home against Wilton on Tuesday May 1st.

Good teams win the games they should win. Great teams find ways to win no matter the circumstance. It took until the 6th inning for the boys to truly escape the dreadful start they endeavored. Trailing 2-0 bottom of the sixth until Henry “hank” Williams hit a rocket to the left field fence and got an absolutely crucial double. Big game players step up when they’re needed most.

Relaxing views from Center Field. Right before
the chaotic and exciting end that got everyone on their feet.
In the bottom of the seventh, the fourth quarter, or whatever you need to call it to comprehend the magnitude of this moment. Senior Fin Batson singles to center on a pinpoint line drive. With Fin on first Senior Captain and Sacred Heart commit Justin Jordan walked up to the plate. With every fan on the edge of their seats he delivered the most beautiful bunt ever to grace the Blue Wave baseball field. Something so normally boring, gross, or downright underutilized was executed to perfection. It’s simple beauty inevitably led to sheer chaos. Wilton tried to make the tough play by swinging the ball to third only to overthrow the panicked first basemen. At this point Batson’s knees were at his chest in an all out sprint to go home. Finally Wilton recovered the ball and threw home but Fin’s speed was too much and while he scored Justin found third. At this point the score is 2-2 and the momentum has swung wildly in Darien’s direction.

Lastly Henry Williams found himself up to the plate again and it was clear at this point Darien was finding a way to win. Henry hit a sac fly to right field sending Justin home and capping off an incredible win.

Pitching today was Justin van de Graaf only giving up 4 hits and doing a very good job keeping the Blue Wave alive to have this crazy ending. “It was great to stay on the mound today even though we had a tough start. This team never gives up and we love it.” said Justin.

Composed as ever this team is going places and strong performances like this will mean postseason success later on. Come check them out next week against rivals New Canaan on Monday May 7th.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Girls Lacrosse Takes on Manhasset

Eva Crisculo

On the sunny afternoon of Thursday, April 26th, the Varsity and JV teams played a home game against Manhasset. The opponents traveled all the way from Long Island. The game was out of conference.The game did not count towards FCIAC's. Both the JV and Varsity teams played an intense game, however both lost by a mere one point. JV player, Brianna Lyons, conveyed, “It was a good game. We lost by one, but it was one of the better competitions we’ve had this season, because usually we win by a fair  number of points”. Varsity member, Kennison Harmon, agreed. She expressed,”We all really had to come together and try our hardest. It was a great team experience.” Although, neither team emerged victorious, both played challenging games, and will work to improve their strategies, and team playing for future games.

Sophomore Nicole Humphrey looks to make a play earlier this season. (Courtesy Darien Times)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Varsity Softball Beats Wamogo in Hard Fought Game

Isa Nuissl

DHS Girls Varsity Softball defeated Wamogo 6-5 on April 21th At Darien High School. Sophomore Rosali Pirone hit the walk off single to win the game after a 4 run deficit in the 7th inning. Other big hits in the 7th inning came from freshman Maddie Conte, junior Sydney Fagerstrom, senior Keilani Caruso, and senior Hailey King that helped aid the win.

“Wamogo was a difficult team to beat and I’m very proud of our team for coming back and winning. Our next focus is playing Stamford High School on Monday and we expect the same enthusiasm and energy from our team!” said senior Stefani Gentile.

Sophomore Rosali Pirone up to bat before a big hit. 

Girls Varsity Golf Toughs It Out Against Staples

Natalie Vasileff

The Darien High School Girls Varsity Golf team had a little bit of a rough start, consisting of delays and unsure schedules. Due to all of the snow and rain, the first game of the season game was only traveling farther into the distance. However, the girls survived the delays and brought their best to their match against Staples. Since their first match should have been almost two weeks ago, the team was able to bond and spend a little bit more time improving individual skills. After being very successful with high scores in their first game, the girls brought their hustle to Staples.

Pictured left to right in their interview for HAN Network
are captains Elizabeth Petner, Amanda Blaze, and Ashley Amirsakis. 
There were already a few obstacles that were in the way of the team, including the odd and strange weather that day. The day’s weather proved to be very inconsistent, raining on and off with very low temperatures. The team also carried the burden of losing seven team members, including their top two players from last year. On a bright note, though, the team gained five new players, all being led by team captains junior Ashley Amirsakis and seniors Amanda Blaze and Elizabeth Petner.

Despite coming back strong, the golf team fell short this time. This game was unfortunately lost to Staples. Still, the top leading scores were those made by Ashley Amirsakis (54), sophomore Charlotte Keane (54), and sophomore Eliza Koorbusch (58). After being brought down, team members believe that they will return strong next time.

After the loss, the team was able to proudly move on, knowing that they will have a better chance next time. “All of our players had scored pretty high this week,” said Amirsakis, “but I think we, as a team will come back stronger next week because we have great potential.”

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Wins Big Over Brien McMahon

Julia Clarke

DHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse defeated Brien McMahon 19-7 on April 18th at Brian McMahon high school. Jordan Vaught and Charlotte  both scored three goals, bringing the half time score to 11-4. Nelle Kniffin was a key player in the game for the draw, as Katie Ramsay is injured and couldn’t play. Nelle had five draw controls and proved she could play the position.

Sophomore Sarah Jaques looks to get a shot
on net earlier this season. (Courtesy Darien Times)
“The team had good shot placement and a tight defense” Team Manager Lindsey Wallach said. Maddie Joyce was a key player for defense and Katie Elders used her speed in the midfield, which granted our win. Sarah Jaques and Ashley Humphrey did an impressive job on attack.
Catch Blue Wave Girls Varsity Lacrosse next on April 21st against Long Beach Island at Cold Spring Harbor.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Gets Big Win Over Garden City

Alix Platt

The Darien Girls Varsity Lacrosse played Garden City, Long Island Monday afternoon, April 16th. The girls won 15-13 against one of their biggest biggest girls lacrosse rivals. After a tough 3 years, DHS was dry with no win against Garden City, however, this game changed that streak. Junior Lily Kosnik, says, “It was an awesome game. I’m so happy for the team.” With 15 goals, sophomore Sarah Jaques scored 4 and junior Nicole Humphrey scored 3, along with junior Shea Van De Brooke, senior Christine Fiore, senior Katie Ramsay, senior Kendall Wisinski, and freshman Nelle Kniffin all scoring for the win.

Senior Katie Ramsay wins a key face off. (Courtesy DAF)