Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Here’s a little preview of the fall teams. Neirad will have a complete look at all the sports in our back-to-school issue, but who wants to think about school when we just got out! Have a great summer!
Football – Senior captains Stephen Arcamone, George Benitez, Bobby Nolan, Max Schreyer and Mike Wohlberg have high expectations for the 2009 football season. Their goals are “the same as every year, but most of all we want to beat New Canaan” Arcamone said.
Cheerleading- Senior captains Meg Murphy and Brittany Sipple are very excited to start working with their new coach, AJ Dixon. With a tough schedule and new rules, they plan on “strongly emphasizing, sharpness and smiles at competitions for an even more successful season” Sipple said.
Girls’ Soccer- After 15 seniors graduated last year, senior captains Alex Budd, Liz Calby, Rachel Kanigan, Kelly Mahoney and Cat Thomas plan to rebuild the team and “still play with the intensity that our team is known for” Mahoney said.
Boys’ Soccer- Seniors Sean Fahey, Alden Frelinghuysen, Peter Witschi, and Robbie Shindler will be leading the boys’ soccer team this year. Like many teams, the boys hope to make and contend in the FCIAC and State games.
Boys’ Cross Country- Seniors Jake McCauley, Alex Reynoso, Willem Sandberg, and Brandon Tripodi want to go 17-0 for the first time in years, as well as taking the FCIAC and State titles.
Girls’ Cross Country- Leading the pack this year are senior captains Kristen Abberly, Kelly Brophy Hannah Lyons and Kaitlin Maier. The girls hope to avoid any injuries and take the FCIAC and State title. Expected varsity members include Lyons, Brophy, junior Megan Keane, junior Amanda Dobler, Maier, and senior Olivia Smith.
Girls’ Swimming and Diving- Senior captains Sam Berizzi, Cali Ceglarski, Alex Leinroth, Katie Rohn, Katie Orem and Andrea Smelser are just six of the 13 seniors swimming and diving for DHS this year. The team will work hard with a new practice schedule in effort to achieve their goals.
Girls’ Field Hockey- Seniors Anna Heck, Ella Heck and Taylor Wells are excited to lead their team to success next year as captains. Their ultimate goal is to have an undefeated season, winning FCIACs and States for the third year in a row.
Girls’ Volleyball- The girls’ volleyball team will be lead by senior captains Colby Billhardt, Sarah Gorski, and Corinne Sommi. Coming back from a long summer of intense training, conditioning and a few camps, the team is expected to start the season strong. (captains pictured above)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The boys’ varsity lacrosse team wrapped up their season by acquiring the title of Class M State champions for the fourth consecutive year. The boys wiped out the Wilton Warriors with a score of 17-11 at Brien McMahon in Norwalk. Every player contributed to the success. Multiple players racked up the goals: everyone from freshman Case Matheis to senior John Bolton.
Senior manager, Lauren Miller didn’t miss a moment of the game. "Everyone played really well, I would put the spotlight on Nikki Dysenchuk because he was hurt all season and played in the last few games, and really was amazing." Lauren said. With a great senior class graduating, the underclassmen have big shoes to fill. However, senior Matt Gorski has a lot of confidence for the team in the years to come. Be sure to congratulate the ‘lax brahs’ if you see them walking down the halls at DHS in the final days of school.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This past year's varsity baseball season has been marked with many great achievements and an outstanding performance from one of its most recognizable seniors, Devin Burke. (pictured) This star pitcher and new head Coach Mr. Michael Scott have led this year's squad to an 18-8 record, outscoring opponents 159 to 54. Burke also led the team to both FCIAC and state playoffs. The boys ended their season with a semifinal defeat to the Branford Hornets on Wednesday. (June 10) It was still a dream run for Burke: "Devin is a hard worker and shows his commitment to the team by supporting us and pushing us to play our best," junior teammate Brandon Tripodi said. In Darien's last state playoff win, Devin finished with a one-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts and a walk. Devin will attend Duke University next fall and continue to play the game that has brought him so much attention thanks to his commitment and skill. His presence on the field will be greatly missed.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Darien Boys Lacrosse beat East Lyme 16-4 to advance to the finals this weekend. The Number 3 seed Darien faced Number 2 seed East Lyme in Guilford in the state M Division semifinal on Thursday. (June 11) “It was a blowout. Everyone on the team got in,” sophomore laxer Ben Preston said. Senior Tyler Foley led the scoring with five goals. (Pictured) Some laxers noted not only the play but the stinky setting. “The school smelled gross,” Preston said. The boys move on to the championship to play Wilton at Brien McMahon in Norwalk at 1pm on Saturday. "Wilton's a good team and it's hard to beat anyone three times in a season. I'm sure it will be a good game," senior laxer Chas Brickman said.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
With one championship under their belt, DHS Girls Lacrosse is ready for another victory, and to none other than archrival New Canaan who is still waiting with a bitter taste in their mouth from the final game of FCIACS last June. Last year Darien won by one goal in the final minutes of the game against the Rams. Darien's coach Lisa Lindley claims that her team played worse than she thought capable in that match. Meanwhile, the girls moved to the next round after beating Wilton yesterday (June 10) to advance to the Division I Championships. "The girls game was awesome. The defense played really well. Amy Marchesi looked hot out there," senior boys varsity laxer & sideline onlooker Matt Gorski said. Girls varsity senior laxer Corey Vernon agreed: "We controlled the game in the first half, but it was still close. In the second half, we picked it up even more and dominated them," Vernon said. (pictured above) Darien hopes to show how badly they could have beaten New Canaan the first time, and New Canaan hopes to show the opposite. At 7 p.m. on Saturday at Trumbull High School stadium, the two teams will battle it out to see who deserves the Division 1 title. Hopefully the Blue Wave will once again drown the Rams and continue to reign as state champions.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
DHS Girls Varsity Tennis team beat Farmington at Hebron 5-2 June 1, however, number 1 and 2 singles senior Annie Wilson and junior Alex Budd lost. They stayed in the game beating Hebron 7-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. The girls played Fairfield Warde in Fairfield and won, advancing to play Wilton, but lost 4-3. Despite the loss, the team played hard this season. Sophomore Amanda Brodsky said, “I think I had a really good season…I lost two matches. I think (the team) also had a great season…they’ve been awesome. The new players have been really great, too. The new coach (Mr. Davin Gebauer) really helped us to have a successful season while having a lot of fun." Looking back now that the season’s over, Brodsky gave a rundown of the games. “ For States this year, we won against Farmington at Hebron CT, 5-2. Directly after that we played Hebron and won 6-1. Then we moved to the quarterfinals at Warde and won 5-2, which was an improvement for us. Semi-finals were at wilton where we lost 4-3.”
Although the season’s over, 1D (Courtney Whiting and Lindsay Battey) and 2D (Amanda Brodsky and Kyle McCoy) played in the State opens Saturday. McCoy and Brodsky lost in the opening round to Cheshire. Whiting and Battey advanced to the third round on Monday where they lost to Greenwich. (pictured above sophomore Lonneke Eenkema van Dijk. Pictured below junior Alex Budd)
June 9th, 1969: the day lax was born. Maybe it was more like 1989, but who has time to think about their birthday while club laxing 24/7? Either way, one year on June 9th, at some time around 4:20 p.m., Brantford Winstonworth was brought into the world. Lax wand in hand, he asked, "Bros...anybody care to lax?" Over the next 20, or 40 years, Brantford continued to hone his lax skills, scoring two goals in practice, and of course increasing his flotrons until they were off the charts. Along with a new pair of mid-calves and a few lax pinnies, Brantford wants a new pair of sugar brown Oakley Fives for laxing in his free time. His turf dogs are beginning to lose their original fresh glow, which Brantford believes significantly decreases his flow. To counter such drastic circumstances, Brantford will be getting a new pair, Warrior Burn Turf Mid's, 2.0. Competition now doesn't stand a chance, as if they did before. One thing is for sure; we have been graced with another year of Brantford's presence, and can only hope to continue to bro-out with him in years to come.
Girl’s track competed well at CIAC State Opens on Monday at the Veterans’ Stadium in New Britain. In four events, Darien girls placed in the top ten. Junior Christy Gasparino placed fifth in the Triple Jump, and second in the high jump. With her high placings, she will be competing at New Englands in Burlington, Vermont on Saturdat. Senior Caroline McDonough (pictured above) also qualified for New Englands with her first place finish in the 3200 Meter Run. The Darien 4x800 Meter Relay Team senior Brooke Pfister, sophomores Megan Keane, and Amanda Dobler placed ninth out of 25 teams. Overall the DHS Track Girls earned a total of 31 points, which placed them fourth in the state. Good luck to Christy and Caroline this weekend!
The Blue Wave Sports Blog would like to congratulate senior Artem Skobrev (pictured right) on breaking the school record in the 1600 meter run yesterday at the State Opens. Artem ran a 4:18.54, breaking his time and school from last year of 4:20. He placed 5th in the event, scoring the only points for the Wave at the meet. It certainly was a great way to start finish up his career here at DHS before moving onto UCONN. Artem will be competing at the New England Championship meet this weekend.
A two-hour bus ride and funky grass was not enough to stop DHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse from beating Avon 22-10 in the quarterfinals today (June 8). It was a slow start after the long bus ride. Then they were greeted with a field of grass, not the turf the Darien team has become accustomed.
"Yeah, the grass was kind of a downer we had to slowly get use to it with ground balls but I thought we managed really well!" senior Chloe Drimal said.
With a leading score of more than five at the end of the first half, the girls looked set to move onto the next stage against the Wilton Warriors this week. This game promises to be a tight race. Last time the teams faced each other Darien won in overtime with just one lead goal.
Be sure to catch Darien in the semi's at Trumbull High School against the Wilton Warriors on Wednesday. (senior Courtney Bennett pictured)
Friday, June 5, 2009
The boy’s singles tennis team continued its matches in Hamden, and all four boys won their matches in the second rounds. The matches played on Thursday were continued from Wednesday. Senior captain Dane Gebauer, (pictured right) the number one seed in the tournament, beat Alex Anisimov of Waterford 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the third round. Another senior captain, third seed Chris Martin, beat his opponent Bennett Krantz of Foran 6-0, 6-0 to advance. Junior Britt Gordon and senior James Critelli were the other two team members to win, winning 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-2 respectively. Four of the boys on the team played. The boys’ doubles team plays today, and the singles tournament, which still has four more rounds to go, continues on Saturday.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The Darien Girl's Lacrosse had a very tense victory in the FCIAC finals against New Canaan on Tuesday. (June 2) As the huge crowd arrived, they saw the Rams score the first goal, leaving Darien behind. But the Blue Wave girls were not going to give up without a fight. They answered the Ram's one goal with three of their own to bring the score up to 3-1 in the middle of the first half. New Canaan came back with fire scoring three goals in a row, putting themselves on top. This is how the game remained, one team scored, the other would answer, for the rest of the time. The lead never exceeded two goals and Darien coach Lisa Lindley was beginning to see that this was an entirely different New Canaan lacrosse team than they had played before. As the numbers on the scoreboard increased, so did the tension. After every goal scored, screams could be heard miles away from the fans, and the players on the sideline. With three minutes left, the teams were still tied 9-9. Finally, junior Anne Fucigna showed off her incredible capability to play well under pressure and scored the winning goal with 2:18 to go. The Darien girl's were ecstatic at the end of the game, running onto the field to congratulate each other, and pouring the water cooler all over their coach. They lined up for their metals and were pleasantly surprised when senior Amy Marchesi was presented with the All-Eastern award, and Fucigna was awarded MVP for the game. The Darien - New Canaan rivalry will still continue to thrive during the state tournament. Their first game is at 5:00 at Darien on Thursday, June 4 and they hope to see a good turnout of students to support their ever growing dynasty. (picture above: the team reacts to junior Anne Fucigna being named MVP)
- Baseball defeated Wilton 1-0. They will play on Saturday vs. Avon at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury at 4:00PM.
- Softball Defeated Branford 2-1 in 8 innings. They will play Rockville at DHS on Friday at 4:00PM. There will be a CIAC Admission charge for this game - 5$ students and 7$ adults.
- Girl's Tennis defeated Warde 5-2 and will play Wilton today at 3:00PM.
- Girl's Lacrosse won the FCIAC Championship defeating New Canaan!
- Boys Volleyball defeated St. Joes. They will play at Lewis Mills on Friday at 5PM.
TODAY - June 3rd
- Boy's Tennis is at Yale in the CIAC First Round
- Girl's Tennis is at Wilton today in the CIAC Semifinals
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The Darien Boys track team went up to New Britain to compete for the number one spot in the state on Monday. (June 1) The boys placed 3rd, which was higher then expected at this level. Senior captain Kevin Knapp battled through some injuries this past season but showed he was one of the fastest taking second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.7 seconds, senior Matt Ligouri (pictured) also ran the dash and placed 5th with a time of 11.9 seconds. UCONN-bound Artem Skobrev took second in the 1600 meter (1 mile) run and 1st in the 800 meter dash with a time of 1:59.2. (No surprise for the standout distance senior captain!) The 4 by 100 meter relay came very close to taking the school record, only .3 seconds off the time. Overall the team did well and will hope to continue their run in State-opens.
The Darien Girls track team went up to New Britain on June 1 to try and prove that they were the fastest and strongest team in the state of Connecticut. The girl’s team has come off a win at FCIACs and States for indoor track and determined to succeed this outdoor season. In the 4 by 100 meter relay seniors Grace Doering, Meg Gilbert, Caroline Zuckerman and junior Meredith Jordan came in 2nd place. The high jump was won by senior Grace Doering. Another strong event for the team was the pole vault where sophomore Elizabeth Crafford, senior Kristen Long and sophomore Charlotte Phillips placed 5th-3rd respectivly in that order. Good Luck to the girls in the State-Open competition.
Monday, June 1, 2009
The Darien baseball team beat Platt Tech in the first round of the State tournament on the DHS turf today. Darien won easily 12-1. With senior Teddy Malley (pictured) pitching a no-hitter through four innings, the Wave was off to a good start. After being up by three runs after three innings of play a two- run homer hit by senior star Devin Burke swung the game in Darien’s favor. The Wave didn’t look back from there putting up 12 runs against the sad defense of Platt Tech. The only run that Tech got was in the top of the last inning where a couple of hits manufactured a run. Nonetheless the Wave come out on top in the first round after being beat in the FCIAC semifinal on Saturday. Their next game will be on Tuesday on the turf against Wilton at 3:30pm. You could also catch the first round of the State softball tourney at home at the same time.