RIDGEFIELD — Rachel Bodner is certain she has had a better summer than her Ridgefield High School friends, particularly those that traveled a few hours away to common vacation spots.
STAMFORD — Like most twins their age, Devon and Taylor Yaghmaie have the same circle of friends, occasionally fight over clothes and are often inseparable.
That penchant for close proximity extends to the tennis court.
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.
For well over two decades now, once winter has morphed into spring, Darien has been known as Lacrosse Town, U.S.A., or some similar derivation. Children are given toy sticks not long after losing baby teeth, the youth programs are a model for success and both the boys and girls high school teams from this small tony town are no longer just state, but now regional and national powers as well.
But as Chris Manfredonia, the high school’s athletic director, recently noted, Lacrosse Town is too limited in scope.
“We have a variety of strong programs from the youth to high school levels,” Manfredonia said. “It’s Sports Town, U.S.A.
DARIEN — She is among the best players in the history of one of the state’s premier high school programs, with the ability to play at the very highest collegiate level, yet opted to take the road less traveled.
She took up a new sport to stay in shape for another, achieved outstanding success and had what she said was one of the best experiences of her four years at Darien High School.
But what makes Dillon Schoen such a compelling figure is not just her many achievements but the manner in which they were attained.