Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Track Team Warms Up

By Jack Bushell

The Darien Boys Indoor Track team had a great showing last year at the FCIAC East meet and came away as FCIAC East champions. This year the team will be led by senior captains: James Carol, Kevin Sousa, Kevin Knapp, Artem Skobrev and John Bolton. This combination of captains should be a good balance for the team. In addition to these runners, the team has other great returning seniors: Rob Hendrickson, Peter Watson, Pat Luongo, Cam Webster, Cam Bogie and Garrett Loeffelman. The top junior runners are distance runners: Jake McCauley, Alex Rynoso, William Sandberg and Brandon Tripodi. The lone junior returning sprinter is Jack Bushell. The sophomore and freshmen class look strong as well, the top returning sophomores are: John Conley, David Watson and sprinter Charlie Lacy. The top competitors for the Blue Wave this year are Ledyard, Staples and of course rival New Canaan. Coaches Tyson Kaczmarek and Al Granite are excited for this upcoming season. The team’s goals are to win FCIAC East again and to win the class M State meet. For the full article check out the December issue of Neirad Enilno.

Cheerleading at its Best

-by Meg Murphy-

After a bit of fallout last year, the Darien cheerleaders have high hopes for this year’s competition season. With a new year, a few changes have been made that are expected to be very beneficial to the team. The first major change was turning what used to be two seasons, with two separate try-outs, into one season that would last from August to March. By merging the seasons, the team will be able to get an early start on preparing its competition routine. In addition, there will be no new girls on the team struggling to grasp basic stunting skills such as elevators, extensions and twist downs.
More and more cheer squads throughout the state are now hiring professional choreographers, while the Darien team has always left it up to its captains to create original routines. But this year, in order to keep up with the strong competition, a new choreographer named Kevin Best was hired to help the girls acquire a flawless routine that will utilize every ounce of ability these girls have. Kevin has already helped by polishing the skills they already have and teaching them new techniques and a wider range of stunts. Under the strong leadership of the seven seniors and their new choreographer, the girls look forward to a very successful year.

Boy's Basketball - Dream Team?

-By Jake McCauley-

The Darien High School Boys basketball team is looking stronger this year than in recent years. The squad is starting to settle in after their first season under new coach, Tom O’Donnell, who some may know as the DHS Golf coach as well as a chorus teacher at Middlesex Middle School.
The team will be led this upcoming season by senior co-captains Brian Curth and Brian Kosnik as well as returning seniors Ryan Pruden and Tyler Scott. After taking a slight break from the game last year, seniors Matt Wheelock, James Patton, and Nikki Dysenchuck will be coming back in their last year at Darien High School. There is a lot of hope and promise in the senior class this year to revive Blue Wave basketball. Junior Grant Scott has a lot of hope for the team, “We have high expectations this year. I believe this is the dream team of the FCIAC’s,” Grant said. Grant’s preseason prediction for the team’s record this year is 18-0.
Despite the team’s goals and confidence, there is going to be tough competition this year in the FCIAC division. Trinity Catholic, lead by senior Tevin Baskin, a top NCAA Division I recruit, will be a challenge to beat. Yet, the team is still hoping for a major turn-around this season after quite a few years of mediocrity.
To read more about the Blue Wave Boys Basketball team and the players’ individual goals for the season, check out the preview in the sports section of the December issue of Neirad.

Girls on Ice

-By Jorden Cappiello-

Under the leadership of junior captains Madeline Coburn, Katherine Macomber, Aimee Rich, and senior assistant captain, Brittany Coley, the Girl’s Ice Hockey team looks promising this year. Through the fall, most of the players trained with Sunday captains’ practices, as well as spent time on the ice together for free skate.
One player, Annie Fischer, graduated last year. Although there are not many returning players, the team is gaining some great freshmen with great leadership.
“We have an amazing head coach, Al, and our other coach, Jamie, is awesome!” Rich said.
The first game is December 13th at 2:00 p.m. against Notre Dame of Fairfield.


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