DARIEN — With 40 seconds remaining in their basketball game against the Harding Presidents, the Darien Blue Wave had seen a 15-point lead advantage evaporate and were in danger of having their first bid to secure a state tournament berth slip away. Then a freshman stepped up and played the hero. Miles Drake took a […]
NEW CANAAN — Emotions run the full gamut every season at the Joe Sikorski FCIAC Wrestling Tournament. From Staples’ Jacob Rizy raising his arms to the air after dramatically turning and pinning his opponent for a heavyweight title; to Trumbull’s Joseph Palmieri finally defeating a rival on a championship stage; and even to Danbury’s Ryan […]
Jack Conley was a clear favorite heading into the FCIAC shot put competition. As he prepared to go for the gold, the New Canaan senior added something new for the event: A t-shirt owned by New Canaan assistant football coach Jason Cooper, who passed away at age 52 last July. “Quintin O’Connell got a bucket […]
NEW CANAAN — It was difficult not to be distracted by the electricity in the air when Darien met rival New Canaan on the basketball court on Tuesday night. Darien head coach Charoy Bentley, however, managed to make sure his players kept their minds on the task at hand. “I preached during the game that […]
DARIEN — There’s been a Granito suiting up for New Canaan’s boys hockey teams for more than 10 years. When it came time for Gunnar, the youngest of five siblings, to skate in his final senior night game on Monday, he made sure to put on a show. Granito collected four goals and an assist, […]
Will Rolapp has been one of the top shooters for the Darien boys basketball team during the past two years. On Thursday night in Fairfield, he took his game to an elite level. Rolapp racked up a career-best 44 points, also the high mark for the FCIAC this winter, while leading the Blue Wave to […]
DARIEN — It’s a thrill a minute whenever the New Canaan and Darien boys ice hockey teams clash. Just ask Darien senior Blake Swiggett, who made the most of his first game against the rival Rams.
Even the best teams need to change things up every once in a while. A switch on the forward lines helped lead to three goals in the second period as the New Canaan Rams’ girls ice hockey team topped the Ridgefield/Danbury co-op, 4-1, Monday night at the Darien Ice House. Sophomores Courtney O’Connell and Anika […]
It was a girls ice hockey game more befitting a state championship in March than squarely in the middle of the regular season for the Darien Blue Wave and New Canaan Rams. Darien’s Colleen Cassidy scored with 0.7 seconds remaining in regulation and the two rivals skated through an eight-minute overtime before finishing in a […]
Early in the fourth quarter of New Canaan’s boys basketball game against the Ludlowe Falcons on Friday, Ram junior Matt Brand stole a pass and got the ball ahead to senior co-captain Luke Rwambuya, who then dished off to junior Ryan McAleer for an easy lay-up. On the next series, McAleer drove the lane and […]
If you’ve followed high school boys basketball even a little bit this winter, you’ve surely seen the shot. Ryan McAleer intercepts an inbounds pass, heaves the ball up from halfcourt and scores at the buzzer to give the New Canaan Rams a 52-49 victory over the Stamford Black Knights. Bedlam ensues in the NCHS gymnasium. […]
NEW CANAAN — It may not have the hype of the Turkey Bowl, but make no mistake, when the New Canaan Rams and Darien Blue Wave swimming and diving teams clash, the competition is just as intense. The rivals delivered another thriller on Wednesday as the Rams pulled away in the second half of the […]
For the New Canaan boys ice hockey team, patience was truly a virtue on Monday. Delivering a cool and collected performance, the Rams blew open a close game with two goals in the final 3:15 and defeated the Fairfield co-op team, 3-0, at the Darien Ice House. The Rams controlled the pace of play and […]
BRIDGEPORT — Darien’s Jack Massey apparently can be in two places at once. Seconds after diving to disrupt a breakaway chance in the defensive zone, Massey took a cross-ice pass from Sean Bradley and fired in the game-winning goal as the Blue Wave boys ice hockey team defeated Fairfield Prep, 4-3 in overtime, Saturday at […]
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. After her latest goal, New Canaan’s Jess Eccleston isn’t likely to disagree. Eccleston rifled in a goal from the point with 7:41 remaining as the Rams defeated the Greenwich Cardinals, 3-2, in a girls ice hockey showdown Friday night at the Darien Ice House. A New Canaan senior […]
During a rare three-game losing skid earlier this season, the Darien girls ice hockey team was struggling to create offensive opportunities. Fast forward a few weeks and the Blue Wave is now getting goals up and down the roster. Six different players scored, including two short-handed, as Darien knocked off a strong West Haven/Sacred Heart […]
The Ridgefield Tigers have emerged unscathed from the first half of the boys ice hockey season and, to put it simply, they’re having a blast. “It’s a lot of fun,” senior Nick Cullinan said. “You get to see everybody working and playing well and Sean (Gordon) is playing out of his mind every single night. […]
DARIEN — Two boys ice hockey games in two days will take its toll on the best teams. Even the No. 1 ranked Ridgefield Tigers aren’t immune, but they again found a way to win.
It also helps when you have a spectacular goalie.
NEW CANAAN — Danny Melzer typically doesn’t celebrate at the end of basketball games. However, following the latest victory for his New Canaan, Melzer made an exception. Junior Ryan McAleer intercepted a long inbounds pass and then banked in a 3-point shot from halfcourt to give New Canaan a wild 52-49 victory over the Stamford […]
NEW CANAAN — It took the New Canaan and Norwalk wrestling teams approximately 50 minutes to battle through 14 weight classes on Wednesday night at NCHS. After the last bout ended, it took an extra five minutes to determine a winner. When the calculations were finally complete, the New Canaan Rams had edged the Bears, […]
Rich Bulan’s New Canaan girls ice hockey team has a seemingly endless supply of talented freshmen this season, a fact which has been a boon for the Rams and a bane for their opponents. Take New Canaan’s latest contest, for instance. Freshmen accounted for four goals and three assists as the Rams handled a solid […]
Darien set and met its goal of claiming a state championship in boys swimming and diving last winter, taking the crown for the first time in 17 years. While a championship like that could serve to make a team hungrier for more, the Blue Wave is content to focus on the task at hand. “We’re […]
NEW CANAAN — Three games into the new girls basketball season, the Danbury Hatters were still searching for their first victory. True, those games were against strong opponents, but a goose egg in the win column isn’t the best feeling. Five games and five wins later, things are looking up for the Hatters, Danbury closed […]
Jennifer Kelly and many of her Greenwich teammates began their hockey careers playing at the Greenwich Skating Club. Years later, they still look right at home at that rink.
Kelly started a barrage of three goals in the first s…
DARIEN — The Darien boys ice hockey team didn’t have much success while facing the Fairfield Prep Jesuits the past two years. But four straight losses, including a 9-3 margin of defeat in two games last winter, just served to make the Blue Wave even hungrier this season. Sophomore Sean Bradley netted the game-winning goal […]
NEW CANAAN — Jack Stewart, Jack Conley and Garrett Braden have been side-by-side ever since their days playing football in the New Canaan youth leagues.
So it was perfectly fitting that when they began the next chapter of their…
Round one goes to the New Canaan Rams. The Rams rode a shutout performance by goalie Blythe Novick and went 3-for-3 on the power play as they defeated the rival Darien Blue Wave, 3-0, Monday night at the Darien Ice House. It was a perfect slate for Novick, a sophomore who spent of a couple […]
It’s a season of high hopes for the Darien Blue Wave boys ice hockey team. So why not begin with a championship-caliber opponent? Darien and defending Rhode Island state champion La Salle Academy played a season-opening thriller, with the Rams edging the Wave 3-2 in overtime before a packed house at Stamford Twin Rinks on […]
Midway through their season-opening boys ice hockey game against Notre Dame-West Haven, the New Canaan Rams had fallen into a 2-0 hole and time seemed to be slipping away. Then sophomore Carter Ellis hit the back of the net and the floodgates opened. New Canaan scored five unanswered goals over the final 21-plus minutes and […]