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Darien High School Sports Preview - Spring 2013

Nov 08, 2014



Darien High School Sports Preview - Spring 2013


Darien High School Spring 2013

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Defender Peter Gesualdi (right) is one of five Wave captains.

Steven Buono

Every year is the next guys opportunityThis is the year coach Jeff Brameier makes it 30 seasons at the helm for the WaveBy Steven Buono Times Sports Editor If opportunity knocks, it is hitting Blue Wave boys lacrosses door with a sledgehammer. All-time scoring leader Case Matheis, Tony Britton and Henry West, all major All-Americans, are lost to graduation. And thats not all. Tommy Lyons, Corey Eppley, Bobby Weaver and Tim Murphys absences also need to be factored in if you want to know whats been inflicted upon Wave 2013 with this years particularly taxing college exodus. And on and on and on, said Jeff Brameier, who has seen it all before and in Technicolor, starting his 30th year as Wave coach. But were used to that. It says the most about Brameiers three decades, that the loss of a crew that would crater most any other team Rams, Warriors, Tigers included can not be even slightly moaned about. Not by Brameier. Every year were going to lose kids like that, he continued, every year is the next guys opportunity. Cue the Thor at the door. But many are expected to answer that hard knock, startBoys Lacrosse 2013

ing with the captains. There are five. Captain Kevin Seiler returns at starting attack. Captains Sean Foley and Brendan Hathaway are back at midfield, although Hathaway broke his leg playing hockey and will not likely be available before May. Two short stick D middies who handled things very well last season are new captains Peter Gesualdi and CJ Raia. Were not necessarily rebuilding, but giving a guy who has been waiting his time to get on the field and show what he can do, Brameier said. You see it every year. A lot of kids dont get to play until their senior year, due to the strength of the program. Not very much, Brameier said. Not a starting role. And these too are players who step into college careers, with about an entire squad full of them active on university fields this season, as usual. We had kids last year like Corey Eppley and Tommy Lyons, Jon Magnusson, who really were just senior starters, Brameier said. And those kids got into their senior year and really stepped up to have big time years. Matheis, now at Duke, was

a select case, having been the only player to start as a freshman, and keep starting, for the Wave. This year 46 freshmen came out for the team. A lot of talent there, Brameier said. Were excited about the future. And so it goes. Phil Huffard, slated for Yale as a junior, is back in the cage. Started as a sophomore, and a great rookie season for him, said Brameier. And he is going to be one of the premier goalies in the state this year. At attack, its Seiler, committed to Colby, a likely sniper in Peter Lindley (UMass), who came on like an old hand around the net last season, and John Reed (Bucknell). Then we have senior James Lyons, who is very quick and darty, can see time in both attack and midfield. And there is freshman, lefty Jack Kniffin, who has scored half a dozen goals in preseason. Hes a quick little heady kid, said Brameier. Very comfortable out there. Freshman Colin Minicus joins him as a solid rookie on attack. They are going to be in the mix, said Brameier. Three juniors move in at midfield: Kyle Cornell

(Bryant), who saw much time on offense and defense last year; Harry Gillespie, who Brameier calls one of Dariens top shooters in the midfield; and Owen Koorbusch. Sophomore Ian Burgoyne will see time at third short stick and is a two-way top middie. It gives us a lot of good size, Brameier said. Andrew Pugliese comes in as a top face-off man as sophomore. Clay Barker (Class of 12) took the draw last year. Hathaway is really our No. 1 guy, Brameier said. Which makes Pugliese and Koorbusch the go-to face-off guys in Hathaways stead. Freshman middie Hudson Hammill, who Brameier says is tough and with good skills will also get a look.

Defensive midfield long pole, last years back-up Brad McCarthy will be the starter. Daniel Traver, a sophomore will back him up. Theo Frelinghuysen is third long pole. Defensively, Darien returns Sam Meyjes, senior Drew Martsolf, playing well in preseason, juniors Kyle Gifford and Christian Cochran, senior Carter Rae, sophomore Jack Feeley and freshman long pole Mark Evanchick, a physical force. Im very happy with whats going on, Brameier said. And hes happy with one all-time great who was both lost to graduation long ago, and now also returns, in CT Hall of Famer and former pro star, international player Jamie Hanford.

Hanford is back in blue and white as assistant coach (see feature on Hanford archived on our site). Defending Class M state champ Darien was beaten in the FCIAC semis by Ridgefield last year, one of only two losses. Brameier thinks Greenwich is the preseason favorite for 2013, returning all starters. The FCIAC is always going to be a challenge, he added. And actually getting into the 30th season commanding the Blue Wave bench? This is when you really get to coach the team and work on strategy, breakdown opponents, that kind of stuff, Brameier said. Its always a challenge to see how you can put the puzzle together.

Seniors Crane, Collins, Nelson, Sickinger lead on the seaDariens sailing team is led by seniors Ian Crane, Patrick Collins, Matthew Nelson and Ben Sickinger. Juniors are Jacqueline Haranzo, Nick Cohen and Haley Okun. Sophomores are, many, including Owen Beringer, Megan Berry, Calvin Crosby, Florian Eenkema van Dijk, Taylor Hart, Emma Janson, ChristianSailing 2013

Kanlian, Christopher Milne, Olga Papaeconomou, Vincent Puzio, Julia Russo, Connor Schiff. Freshmen: Sarah Beringer, Roisin Burke, William Crane, Christopher Graves.


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Emma Hamilton takes a senior captain roll.

Steven Buono

Two-time FCIAC Champs reload on the moundBy Steven Buono Times Sports Editor The two-time defending FCIAC champs are led by some girls that helped get the Wave into the winners circle last spring. Some very significant others, though, are gone. Brittany Osborne, a first baseman, center fielder EmmaSoftball 2013

Hamilton and left fielder Ali Aparicio are senior captains. There are a lot of girls competing for positions, said Darien coach Nick DeMaio, with final choices coming late due to the winter that would not go away. Sophomore Erica Osherow is set to take the mound,

although there are a bunch of other girls working on pitching as well. Osherow came on and made a quick impact at short last season. Right now, it looks like Erica is the leading candidate, DeMaio said. Sophomores Avery Maley, Rebecca DeMaio are likely to be in the starting lineup, just where is to be determined.

Senior Emily Moscotello is back from the 2011 team. The Wave is without a group that helped to propel it to two titles, with, among them, star pitcher Jessica DeMaio, catcher Olivia Gozdz and Courtney Bell, all lost to graduation. We lost that core of seniors that were together for a long time, said DeMaio of the trio who were primary hitters.

And so now we have to have other girls step up. Darien still has lots of power in reserve in sophomore Kelly Vodola, in the title lineup last season, and second baseman junior Julia Domiziano. Both can hit. We still have a fair amount coming back, DeMaio added. Its just that we have to plug those holes that were left. Thats what we are concen-

trating on. At catcher, third and at short are the main concerns as far as filling holes goes. The main plan is a simple one. To go out there and compete again, DeMaio said. The Wave started the season hosting Kaynor Tech in a nonleague game on Wednesday and plays at Masuk Saturday in another non-FCIAC tilt.

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From left in blue stripes, Dariens Alex Gunn, James Foster, Jack Griffith (obscured), Rob James and Jack Bennett in recent action.

Camaraderie plays a huge part in smashing sportBy Steven Buono Times Sports Editor Dariens rugby team is resilient and growing in its early days. I think we lost about a dozen last year, however, it was 23 the prior year, said coach John McCarthy. It seems we get just about every player returning who has played before and we already have a few freshmen on board which will help with continuRugby 2013

ity. There are 35 on the roster, with 40 being the ideal aim. We always endeavor to make sure no player is left standing on the sideline with no game time, McCarthy said. So 40 players means we can comfortably run both A and B sides. Captain is Jimmy Weinstock. Alex Gunn is captain of

the forwards (football linemen equivalents). Jeff Gebauer and Chris Brophy are our co-Presidents of the DHS Rugby varsity team, McCarthy said. Last year Darien was 3-3 in the League and did not make the state playoffs. The strengths which make rugby unique is the ability to play for each other and bond as a team, said McCarthy. Camaraderie plays a huge part in any rugby club and we promote this concept com-

pletely. We also make sure that the brotherhood which is rugby, is encouraged both off and on the playing field. Seniors mix with freshmen and help to educate them regarding the game. Just getting on its feet as a varsity sport, Darien is keen to keep the interest up. We are also huge exponents of making the whole rugby experience fun and enjoyable as theres no real room for players who dont

want to be out there or are being pushed to play, said McCarthy. However, we also maintain strict standards of discipline as its a tough game with no scope for hot-headedness. Theyre polite, even amidst the pummeling. As an example, even swearing is outlawed, McCarthy

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