Saturday, December 29, 2018

Girls Basketball Defeats New Canaan after 4 Overtimes

Lilliana Cullen

Darien Girls Basketball played against the long time rival New Canaan Rams on December 29, their last game of 2018.

Their success would not have come, if not for the efforts of Coach Melba Chambers and star players senior Rachel Stobbie and junior Lindsay Dimonekas. After four grueling overtimes, Darien finally came out on top with a final score of 43-42.

Captain Rachel Stobbie said, “This was the most exciting game I’ve ever played in. There was so much energy in the room, and I’m very proud of my team”.

The moment the buzzer rang, signifying the end of the high tension game (Courtesy of Darien Athletic Foundation instagram).
This is the second victory for Wave ball. Their next game is Thursday, January 3 at home against the Greenwich Cardinals.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Girls Hockey Take the L

Eva Criscuolo

Image result for dhs girls hockey against morristown beard
Courtesy DAF
On Friday, December 21st, the Darien High School Girls Hockey team faced off against Morristown-Beard in New Jersey. According to Hallie Kreppin, the team’s starting goalie, the team “really wanted to bounce back from [their] game against New Canaan with a solid win, because [Morristown-Beard is] a very good team”. In the first period Morristown-Beard scored twice in a row when they had penalties. Morristown-Beard played a hard game, and DHS had to make sure to calm down a little and plan smarter passes and shoot more on the net. By the end of the first period the score was 2-0 Morristown-Beard. According to Kreppin, “nobody scored in the second period but it was really evenly played, and both teams had good chances to score”. In the middle of the third period, Shea Ven Den Broek scored on behalf of DHS, pulling the score up to 2-1. Ven Den Broek’s shot revived the team’s confidence. By the end of the third period Morristown-Beard had gotten a penalty, and DHS pulled the goalie to get an extra skater on the ice, so it was 6 against 4. Morristown-Beard then received another penalty, making it 6 against 3. DHS was dominating on the ice but according to Kreppin, “the team really had no solid chance to score which was frustrating”. Morristown-Beard scored in an empty net with about a minute left making the score 3-1, which was the game’s final score. Overall, the game was a pretty frustrating loss for the DHS team. However, the game was well played on both sides, and could have gone either way. Kreppin explained, “I think the most frustrating part of the game was when we were 6 on 3, and could not score to tie it up, even though we had double the players on the ice. However, I think we put in a good effort and they had a few more lucky bounces than us. I think that Catherine Martin and Ceci Stein together really held together the defense, and hustled to every puck. Shea Ven Den Broek played great with her line because they scored the only goal for our team. I definitely think that we learned from our two loses against Morristown-Beard and New Canaan and will help us work harder to make sure it never happens again”.

Next Game date: DHS Vs. Simsbury on January 5th

Monday, December 17, 2018

Girls Ice Hockey Crushes Ridgefield and Danbury

Natalie Vasileff

The Darien High School Girls Ice Hockey team had huge success in its game against Ridgefield and Danbury on Saturday the 15th. The final score ended up being 8-1 with DHS proving to be victorious in the game.

The team started off slow in the first period, but the girls were able to gain momentum in the second period which benefited them immensely. It was a real team game and everyone played hard.

Of course, this triumphant win wouldn’t have happened without the hard work the team has been putting in for the past few weeks. The team has largely improved in looking up at each other for passes and communicating well. However, the girls admit that they still need to work more on moving their feet properly and taking more shots. Despite it all, DHS still remains very proud!

“I think our team is in a good spot right now,” junior Caitlin Chan said. “We have a lot of good things going for us, but also plenty to work on. I’m looking forward to the progress we’ll be making this season.”

Make sure to go support the Girls Ice Hockey team in their next game against Darien’s top rival, New Canaan. The game will be this Monday the 17th at the Darien Ice Rink at 7:10 p.m.

The Girls Ice Hockey team celebrating its 2018 Senior Day

Saturday, December 15, 2018

BWTF First Meet Success

Tess Keating

Sammie Wagner pole vaulting during the 2018 spring season. Courtesy of DAF.
December 15th was the first meet for the girls track team. The team was very successful and had many people that placed in the top 10 in their events! Starting off the meet was the 45 meter dash, in which junior Kate Armstrong placed 9th out of 89. Junior Tess Keating and freshmen Brooke Dolan placed 7 and 8 in the very close 45 meter hurdles race. Sophomore Charlotte Sulger placed first in the 300 meters out of 85. Senior Eva Finn placed first in the 600 meters out of 37. In the 600 also freshman Alexis Lyons placed 4th, and sophomore Chelsi Chevannes placed 6th. Freshman Mairead Clas got 1st place in the 1000 meters, senior Olivia Stein got 3rd, and junior Brianna Lyons, Sulger, and sophomore Sally Boucher were also in the top 10. In the 1600 meters senior Daphne Cutler came in 1st place, and sophomores Katie Chandler and Georgia Sheehan placed 3rd and 4th. Chavannes came in 2nd place in the high jump, jumping 5’0 ft. Sammie Wagner, Joen Echeverria, and Ashley Hagender all got to 6’6 ft in the pole vault event. Christina Pizzani jumped 13’6.5 ft in the long jump. Overall the first meet was a success and the girls track team is looking like it is going to have an amazing season, as they already have many FCIAC and state qualifiers!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Girls Hockey Wins 2/3 Games

Kate Dempsey

This past Saturday, December 1st, the Girls Ice Hockey had their first unofficial game of the season. The team played Shelton at the Shelton Jamboree and played a total of three games, winning two out of the three. For the last game, they tied with New Canaan with a score of 0-0. The games that they won saw a final score of 1-0 and 2-0.

“The team looks good,” junior Caitlin Chan said. “We lost a lot of seniors and we have a lot of incoming freshman but it looks like the team is going to be strong again this year.”

Last year, the team was almost undefended. After playing a total of 20 games, they won 17 of them. The other three include one tie and two losses against New Canaan. It seems that New Canaan will be the most difficult team they will have to face again this year, yet the upcoming season seems favorable for team. 

Their next game with be against Hamden at the Darien Ice Rink on Wednesday, December 15th at 5:50 p.m.

The Darien Ice Rink where the Girls Field Hockey practices (Credit: Darien Times)