STAMFORD—She has an unassuming appearance, is shy and laconic around people she does not know well, and can easily blend into the crowd.
Then Westhill’s Emma Hart steps onto the playing field, and her alter ego takes control.
“I’m a very competitive person,” said Hart, a senior who has been a four-year starter for both the Vikings’ field hockey and softball teams. “I just hate losing more than anything, so I get like feisty.”
That spirited attitude has carried her well. A midfielder, Hart will be one of the captains of the field hockey team this fall, looking to improve on a year ago, when it was 7-9-1, losing to eventual champion Darien in the first round of the state tournament.
DANBURY—When you think football, it’s hard not to also think of cheerleading, the classic counterpart to the tradition of the game. Cheerleaders bring the spirit and the motivation to unite everybody in the stadium to root for their favorite team.
Danbury High School has this tradition down pat, and the girls have already started training for the upcoming fall season.
According to coach Joanne Tatarzycki, the coaches picked the team in May and started immediately after with a stunt clinic at North Haven High School and consistent trips to the weight room and the track to get its preseason going.
DARIEN—There was not much advance hype for sophomore Mark Evanchick prior to last year’s opening game against Hillhouse, when he finished with eight tackles, including three for losses, and was a constant presence in the backfield.
It was a foreshadowing of a season in which the Darien defensive end was the breakout star of the FCIAC season, with a performance that even surprised his coach a little.
“I’ve known Mark since the DJFL days and he’s always been a special player, but translating that into a high school player, your never know,” said Rob Trifone, referring to the Darien Junior Football League. “I didn’t expect him to come out of the blocks like he did.”