Chik Chatting: Spring wrap-up
And so another season is in the books at Darien High School.
With no shortage of talented squads in the spring, several Blue Wave teams turned in seasons to remember. Just about every spring team at Darien did something memorable over the course of the 2012 season, whether it was meeting or exceeding lofty expectations or even bringing home a championship.
Darien's final championship count for the spring was a trio of FCIAC titles (softball, girls lacrosse, girls track) and a state crown (boys lacrosse), and just about every team managed to qualify for postseason play.
You'd be hard-pressed to find many teams in the FCIAC that enjoyed a more successful and consistent season than the Darien softball team, which seemingly picked up right where it left off last year. The end result was a second straight FCIAC championship, which was clinched in an 8-5 win over Westhill in the title game. Darien's state tournament run was halted by eventual champion Amity in the quarterfinals of the Class LL brackets, but it is impossible to understate this team's accomplishments over the last two seasons.
As far as "exceeding lofty expectations" is concerned, you won't find a better example than the Darien boys lacrosse team. After being denied a spot in the FCIAC championship game after falling to Ridgefield, the Blue Wave regrouped and weren't going to allow the state title to get away. Darien outscored its four state tournament opponents 63-15, and the Blue Wave defeated the rival Rams 11-5 in the championship game. The state title was Darien's seventh in the last eight years after missing out in 2011.
Speaking of lacrosse, the Darien girls team also added some more hardware to its mantle by capturing the FCIAC title in a 17-14 win over Greenwich. Darien, the No. 4 seed in the FCIAC brackets, also ended border rival and top-seeded New Canaan's bid for a perfect season by ousting their archrivals from the tournament with a 15-9 win in the semifinals. Darien wasn't quite able to defend last year's state title, falling to the same New Canaan team in that tournament's quarterfinals, but 2012 was the second straight season with either an FCIAC or state crown.
Although it struggled to the tune of an 8-12 regular season record, the Darien baseball team made some noise in the state tourney. The No. 33-seeded Blue Wave won their qualifying round game before scoring their signature victory of the season, a 4-0 win on the road against top-seeded Cheney Tech.
The Darien boys volleyball team's season didn't come without some dramatic moments. As the FCIAC tournament's fourth seed, Darien scored a 3-2 win over top-seeded Staples (which had defeated Darien twice during the regular season) to advance to the FCIAC championship game, a loss to Ridgefield.
The Darien girls track team also won the FCIAC crown with an unbeaten regular season before also placing second to Windsor in the Class L championships.
The Darien boys and girls tennis teams each remained competitive in the FCIAC. The boys team made it to the FCIAC tourney before falling to Ridgefield in the first round; the girls team scored a tough 4-3 quarterfinal win over Staples before being ousted by then-unbeaten Greenwich in the semifinals.
Finally, congratulations to all Darien senior student-athletes on their graduation. To excel on the field while also handling everything else that comes with high school is quite the accomplishment.