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.
RIDGEFIELD — Caroline Curnal has spent the entire school year in the Ridgefield High School gymnasium. Right now she is going through practices with the girls basketball team, which opens the season on the road Monday against Masuk. Curnal will play an increased role for the Tigers this season, moving into the starting lineup for a team that graduated its two best players, but is still considered a contender.
Class L and FCIAC champion Darien had three players named to the All-American in girls lacrosse, while Class M winner New Canaan had two starters honored, part of eight FCIAC players earned the recognition.
Katie Cronin, Chandler Kirby and Laura Murphy were selected from Darien in Class L, while Catherine Granito and Sami Stewart were picked in Class M. They were joined by Class L players Eva Greco and and Paisley Eagan from Wilton and Fairfield Ludlowe’s Regan Steed.
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.
Behind Susie Ropp’s four goals and a balanced attack, the Darien girls lacrosse team won its fourth straight state title Saturday with a 12-5 victory over Fairfield Warde.
MILFORD —When the final horn sounded, and the Darien girls lacrosse team had secured a fourth straight state championship following a 12-5 Class L final win over Fairfield Warde on Saturday morning at Jonathan Law High School, there was a celebration modest in nature, one that didn’t register on the Richter scale.
It was a reaction not made out of arrogance, though the Blue Wave were such a prohibitive favorite over the Mustangs, who have a great deal to be proud of after reaching their first title game.
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.
Darien, which won its fifth straight league championship, placed 10 players on this year’s All-FCIAC girls lacrosse team.
Conference runner-up New Canaan was next with six players honored.
FAIRFIELD — Ready, set, start your David vs. Goliath stories. That is what you will be reading for the next three days after Darien and Fairfield Warde advanced to the Class L girls lacrosse final following close wins on Tuesday.
The Blue Wave, the three-time defending champions and nine-time finalists — with seven titles — survived an 8-6 battle with pesky Wilton in the second game of a doubleheader at Fairfield Ludlowe.
DARIEN — The past nine days have been a celebration of the Darien High School sports program. The Blue Wave won five FCIAC titles in four days last week — and on Thursday added a sixth when the boys golf team was crowned for the first time since 1998. The talk has since centered on the success of the seven seniors who have played on the football and boys lacrosse teams since their sophomore year, compiling a 98-6 overall record. This may be the best graduating class of accomplished athletes in school history.
But absent from the conversation is the most decorated member of all. Following a 17-6 quarterfinal decision over Glastonbury in Thursday’s Class L quarterfinals, the Darien girls lacrosse team moved within two games of its fourth straight title. And one of its captains, Chandler Kirby, is on the precipice of an amazing distinction for a two-sport athlete: she already has won eight league and four state championships.