A store offering running supplies and events, Darien Running Company, will open this July at 14 Brook St., next door to the Sugar Bowl, in downtown Darien, its owner announced Thursday morning. Megan Searfoss, who cofounded an associated store, the Ridgefield Running Company, in 2014, announced the new location in the RRC’s newsletter. The RRC had plans to expand before the COVID-19 epidemic, which forced a lot of changes on the business. Despite the pandemic, Searfoss said, she decided to go forward with plans for the new store, which she abbreviates as “DRC.” “DRC will offer the same services as Ridgefield Running Company, now retooled to provide a safe and trusted environment,” Searfoss said.
Members of the Darien community announced today the formation of Darien Junior Field Hockey (DJFH), a new youth field hockey program beginning in the Fall of 2020. Registration is open now. — an announcement from Darien Junior Field Hockey
The all-new program will be developed and directed by former Darien High School Freshman Coach Wynne Lennon. “My motto has always been ‘If you’re not having fun, then why do it?’,” Lennon said. “I am eager to bring this philosophy, along with my passion for the game, to Darien’s youth.”
DJFH will also be supported by celebrated Darien High School Varsity Coach Mo Minicus, and Junior Varsity Coach Kari Johns.
Darien High School banquets for end-of-season winter sports teams are being “postponed,” DHS Athletic Director Chris Manfredonia told coaches in an email Wednesday morning. The postponement comes in response to a just-issued school district rule banning gatherings of 100 or more people at school-related events, but it even covers banquets where less than 100 people are expected, Manfredonia said. “While I understand that some banquets may be less 100 than people, it will become nearly impossible to monitor those numbers,” he said in the 9:13 a.m. email. “We are hopeful that in the future, your teams will be able to celebrate their seasons.” DHS Assistant Principal Katherine Dimoulas, in a 11:18 a.m. email addressed to the “Class of 2020” made a similar announcement:
“[W]e are postponing the 100 Day Dinner Celebration; we hope to be able to reschedule for a later date in the school year,” she wrote.
The Greens Farms Academy squash programs to compete on the national level last week, with some Darien residents stepping up in a big way. — an announcement from Greens Farms Academy
Here’s a rundown of what happened:
It was a weekend of growth, both figurative and literal, as the Greens Farms Academy boys squash team placed sixth in the 2020 US Squash Division IV High School National Championship tournament. The Dragons—a team that boasts just one senior and two middle schoolers amongst its top seven—were seeded eighth in the 16-team tier. They lost twice in the tourney—once to the eventual national Div. IV champ and once to the top-seeded team.
Not every gymnastics team qualified for the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this year, but Darien did — barely. Heading into the Feb. 15 championship meet at Stamford’s Westhill High School, the Blue Wave was seeded seventh out of seven high schools, county-wide. When the chalk dust settled, though, Darien had nudged ahead of Staples, 125.05, with a 127.4 score that bumped the Wave to sixth place. — This article was written by Holly Russell on behalf of the Darien High School girls gymnastics team.
Darien Head Coach Judy Zakim was pleased with her team’s jump in FCIAC standings.
Darien players helped Greens Farms Academy girls squash and boys basketball teams to these wins last week:
— an announcement from Greens Farms Academy
The GFA squash team placed fifth at the FAA championship tournament after topping St. Luke’s by a 5-2 score early last week. After losing in the top two slots, GFA swept the remaining matches to post the win. Ryan Boyle (Southport) won in four sets (11-8, 14-12, 6-11, 11-7), Kavya Krishnamurthy (Westport) won in four sets (11-3, 9-11, 11-2, 11-6) and Anya Bettegowda (Wilton), Annabelle Kreitler (Fairfield) and Keely O’Shea (Darien) won in straight sets. BOYS BASKETBALL
The Dragons went 1-2 last week notching a win early in the week before falling twice at home.
A mixed bag of meets this week put Darien gymnasts in the middle of the pack heading into FCIACs this coming Saturday, Feb. 15, but as Coach Judy Zakim said in an email, “I have every reason to believe that we will qualify.”
If the team does (when it does), the return of co-captain Kerry McDermott, injury-free, is sure to help, and morale is great, as usual. — This article, by Holly Russell, is from the team. On Tuesday
Battling Wilton on Tuesday, Feb. 4, Darien fought but not hard enough, taking home a 128.55 to the Warrior’s 136.3 despite some personal successes by the team.
The Darien High School Girls Gymnastics Team didn’t win against Westhill High in Stamford at a meet there on Jan. 28, but two days later it recaptured its momentum against Greenwich. — This article, by Holly Russell, is from the team. “We’re working on a positive mindset. It’s been a tired day,” co-captain Lana Schmidt said at Westhill after a week of midterm exams.
The team trailed Westhill 124.55 to 128.8.
Darien gymnasts may have placed third in both their meets this week — but with overall scores of 130.9 at Trumbull and 131.5 at Saturday’s home meet, they still emerged victorious. The team went up against St. Joseph High School and Trumbull High School a week ago Monday. Last Saturday they competed against Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe. — This article, by Holly Russell, is from the team.
The best squash players in the world will be at the 2020 Ox Ridge Open professional doubles squash event from Jan 3 to 6 at the Ox Ridge Riding & Racquet Club. The total purse for the event is $25,000. — an announcement from Ox Ridge Riding & Racquet Club
Ox Ridge will be raising the funds through different levels of patronage, and sponsors, which range from playing in the pro/am tournament with a world class professional to custom branding opportunities for businesses. Player opportunities in the pro-am will be limited, so be sure to reach out to email@example.com if you wish to compete. We are also offering a pro-am tournament for youth players who would participate in a junior pro-am.
The Darien YMCA Gymnastics Team achieved 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place rankings in various levels at the Rhode Island Invitational earlier this month. — an announcement from Darien YMCA
The Level 6 Gymnasts finished in 1st place, Level 8 finished 3rd and Level 9 finished 2nd. The team also had four All-Around Champions and 13 Event Champions. Results and photos provided by John Swartz, Darien YMCA gymnastics director.
CIAC Football Playoff Game in Darien Postponed to Wednesday, Police Issue Advisory, Announce Shuttle Service
Due to the continuing forecast of inclement weather and a need to allow host schools adequate time to prepare their facilities, the CIAC football quarterfinal games scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 3 have all been rescheduled to Wednesday, Dec. 4. Game times will remain at 6:30 p.m. All quarterfinals are scheduled for the site of the higher seeded team. — This update of an article that originally was published Sunday is an announcement from the CIAC
As a result of the rescheduling and a need to allow adequate rest between football postseason games, the semifinal games scheduled for Sunday, Dec.
The public is invited to attend and learn more about At Home In Darien and its services at the organization’s annual meeting, held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at Darien Library. All are welcome! — an announcement from At Home In Darien
In honor of At Home In Darien’s 10th anniversary, there will be a special panel discussion with staff, drivers, board members, volunteers, and seniors. Learn first-hand how At Home In Darien fulfills its mission of keeping seniors connected to the community with the help of these dedicated individuals.
Darien High School Wrestling coach Joe Testa will be offering wrestling classes at Darien High School this winter. — an announcement from Blue Wave Wrestling Club
Goals are to develop wrestler’s skills in scholastic wrestling. Emphasis on technique, match preparation, mental preparation, goal setting, conditioning, and weight training. Requirements: Every Wrestler must have a USA Wrestling Card and wrestling shoes. Copy of your current card must be presented at 1st session.
With a strong wind blowing out of Darien High School’s north end zone, it looked like the elements would be a factor in Thursday morning’s Turkey Bowl between the Blue Wave and the New Canaan Rams.
In the end, Mother Nature had nothing on New Canaan’s defense. On the strength of four turnovers, three of which led to scores, the Rams pulled off a shocking 20-0 win over No. 3 Darien. “They outplayed us start to finish,” Darien head coach Rob Trifone said. “We certainly had our opportunities, we were in the red zone quite a bit but we couldn’t cash in.
The 2019 Darien-New Canaan Turkey Bowl starts at 10 a.m., Thanksgiving morning at Darien High School, and for the 4,000 people with tickets, there are rules about where to park and how to get onto the high school campus. Expect delays in traffic, so give yourself plenty of time. If you’re one of the lucky people parking on the campus, you got your parking pass with your tickets. Don’t forget to bring it. If you don’t have a parking pass (or forgot to bring it or you lost it or the dog ate it or you left it in your unlocked car and it was stolen overnight), you’re not going to get in.