If you have scanned your Twitter feed at any point during the past month, it is easy to see why there is a strong sentiment to give 2016 a swift kick into the rear-view mirror. Often this has been in response to the growing list of celebrity losses in the entertainment world; we have seen the deaths of an extraordinary number of performers with visionary talent, especially in the music world.
There are no more games to cover. The high school season came to an end with the state championships on Saturday. For those of us in the media it is bittersweet. We love our jobs, love glorifying the accomplishments of scholastic athletes, but by mid-June we are in need of a break.
Still, there are stories to be written before we close the books. Some thoughts.
Five members of the league and Class L champion Darien boys lacrosse team are among the 12 FCIAC players who have been honored with All-American status. They are joined by three starters from Class M champion New Canaan.
Kevin Lindley, Jack Kniffin and Riley Stewart scored three goals apiece as Darien steamrolled to its third straight state title with an 18-2 rout of Simsbury in Saturday’s Class L final.
The Blue Wave’s 31st win in a row gave them four state titles in the past five years and 10 in 12.
I met Austin Carfi by accident.
In February I wrote a story on Natalie Brassinga, a Ridgefield High School soccer player and talented artist. She sent me some artistic photos of her shot by Austin. When I needed some non-action pictures to accompany the feature, Austin took them at the last moment.
FAIRFIELD — The Darien boys lacrosse team still gets nervous before big games.
Mark Evanchick, who along with his teammates have been showcased in a few of them, offered up what might have been the lone revelation following Wednesday’s 10-6 Class L semifinal win over Ridgefield that earned the Blue Wave their 10th trip to a state final in 12 years, on the precipice of a three-peat and four titles in five seasons.
WESTPORT — After blowing a 5-1 lead by yielding six unanswered second-half goals in a regular-season loss to Staples, revenge was a theme for the defensive-minded Ridgefield boys lacrosse team in Saturday’s rematch.
Keeping its season and championship hopes alive was a greater rallying point.
League champion Darien placed nine players on this year’s All-FCIAC boys lacrosse team. New Canaan, the runner-up, was next with five players honored.
Greenwich, Staples and Ridgefield were each represented with two players.
A long holiday weekend could not have come at a better time for the sports media, after a more condensed FCIAC Tournament week that, with pretty cooperative weather, will leave teams better rested for the state playoffs as we prepare for the final two games of the 2015-16 high school season.
Today we put on the rally cap to look back on what took place last week and do a little forward thinking for the CIAC Tournaments.