Darien blanks rival New Canaan 3-0 in early girls volleyball clash

Darien senior co-captain Lindsey Bennett takes to the air during the Wave’s 3-0 win over New Canaan Thursday at DHS. — Dave Stewart photo The Darien Blue Wave volleyball team takes a straight-forward approach to every new season: Focus on the here and now and don’t worry about the past. It’s an approach which has … Read more

Notice served: Ridgefield volleyball team tops Greenwich

Although the stage might not have been as big, a statement was delivered: The Ridgefield High girls volleyball team has reloaded. Despite graduating several starters, including All-State hitter Caroline Curnal, the Tigers sent an early season message on Tuesday night to anyone who thought they might be rebuilding this year. In a thrilling, intense match … Read more

New Canaan field hockey cuts Cards in a shutout, 1-0

New Canaan’s Estelle Asker splits two Cardinals during the Rams’ 1-0 win Tuesday at Dunning Field. — Dave Stewart photo Watching a New Canaan field hockey game nowadays is a lot like being an observer at a chess match. Look away for a minute and the pieces will have shifted around the board. With so … Read more

St. Joe’s shuts down and shuts out New Canaan football, 28-0

New Canaan’s Christian Sibbett (44) and Drew Guida (4) close in on St. Joseph’s Jaden Shirden during Sunday’s football game at SJHS. — Dave Stewart photo The last time the New Canaan football team was shut out, it was 2006 and Curt Casali was the Rams quarterback, George W. Bush was President of the United … Read more

Tiger tamers: Darien football tops Ridgefield 30-6 for opening night win

Darien’s Cooper Hancock eyes a receiver during the Wave’s 30-6 win over Ridgefield at DHS on Friday, Sept. 7. — Dave Stewart photo During the first half of Friday’s opening night football game at Darien High, the Ridgefield Tigers were providing a strong challenge to the reigning Class LL champions. That’s certainly not unexpected and, … Read more

Football preview: Ridgefield needs new starters to be quick learners

If the Ridgefield High football team is going to once again contend for a playoff berth, younger and less-experienced players will need to perform like veterans. The Tigers — who open the season tonight (7 p.m.) on the road against three-time reigning Class LL state champion Darien — lost most of their starters on both … Read more

Pay it forward: Darien football looks to continue its reign in 2018

Running back Andrew Lucas races for a big gain during Darien’s victory over St. Joseph last fall. Lucas and Will Kirby lead the Blue Wave’s rushing attack this season. — Darien Athletic Foundation photo A team would have to get up pretty early in the morning to have a shot at beating the Darien football … Read more

The sky’s the limit for New Canaan football in 2018

New Canaan’s Drew Pyne throws on the run during the state semifinals last December. Pyne returns for his third year as the starting quarterback this fall. — Dave Stewart photo It’s Lou Marinelli’s favorite time of the year. Days away from the opening kickoff to the 2018 high school football season, Marinelli and his staff … Read more

Darien field hockey dives into new season with state final rematch vs. Staples

Darien’s Katie Elders sends the ball upfield during a game last season. This year, Elders is a senior co-captain alongside Bridget Mahoney, Shea van den Broek and Daphne Cutler. — Darien Athletic Foundation photo Talk about starting the season off with a bang. After losing the Class L state championship to Staples last fall 1-0, … Read more