CIAC Tournament Football Underway

Football, the last of the Fall sports to compete in State tournaments, played quarterfinal games on Tuesday, Nov 29.

In the Class LL division, top seed Southington loss to No. 8 Trumbull in an upset,  34 – 25. No. 2 Greenwich advanced by beating Hamden 47 – 7.

In the Class L division, (Darien is out).  No. 1 St. Joseph’s loss to No. 8 Cheshire 24 – 14. No. 4 New Canaan advances by beating Naugatuck HS 17 – 7.

Blue Wave Suffer 5th Straight Turkey Bowl Loss

The New Canaan Rams defeated Darien for its fifth-straight Turkey Bowl win. Overall New Canaan has dominated the Thanksgiving Day game, leading the series 20 – 8.

Darien was not going to go without a fight. And with just under 2 minutes to play, Darien had driven inside the Rams 10 yard line. But Darien was stopped four times by a powerful New Canaan defense. With the ball on the Rams 2 and fourth down, Darien went for the win and touchdown instead of the field goal for a tie. The ball turned over on downs, and New Canaan sealed the game with a 13-10 win.

Darien (6-4) entered the game needing a win to get in the CIAC Class L playoffs but now their season is over. 

New Canaan (9-1) secured the No. 4 seed and a home quarterfinal game in Class L. 

Field Hockey

The Blue Wave are the state champions in field hockey. The top seed defeated Wilton HS in the CIAC finals 4-0. The game was held at Wethersfield on Saturday, November 19.
The Darien team, ranked 10th in the US, finished with an 22-0 record with an amazing 130 goals scored while allowing only 6.

In boys soccer, Darien entered the CIAC Class LL tournament seeded No. 11. The Wave lost to S. Windsor HS in the second round, 4-1.  No.16 Greenwich Cardinals came away with the championship, beating Hall HS of Hartford 3 – 1.

The Darien girls soccer team made it to the second round before losing to the top seed Cheshire HS, 3-1. Cheshire lost in the finals to Staples 4-1.

In swimming, the Darien girls swam away with the CIAC Class LL finals, posting a team score of 789.5. Second place Cheshire had 588 points. But in the CIAC Open, Team Darien finished second overall behind Ridgefield 478 to 377.5. The Open was held at the Yale University pool on Sunday, November 20.
Girls Volleyball

In volleyball, Darien’s amazing girls’ team are state champs, winning the Class LL tournament by beating Trumbull HS 3 – 0. Throughout both the FCAIC and CIAC tournaments, Darien won a total of 21 sets will only losing 3. They finish with a 31 – 0 record.

Results are in from the CIAC Cross Country finals.


In the Girls Class LL 5K event, held October 29 at Wickham Park, Darien's best time was 20:05 - a 9th place finish. The winning time was 19:00, recorded by Trumbull HS.


The Darien boys are in Class L. Darien’s best finish was 15th place with the time of 17:18. Xavier HS was first at 16:08. 


In the CIAC Open run November 4, Darien came in 64th place. The Open winner was junior Steven Hergenrother from Ridgefield HS. His winning time was 15:42, with a pace of 5:04/mi.



Great shot of Cap'n Mike Lopriore as he takes command of the USS Indianapolis. Actually Mike's golfing friend is the real CO and Lope got a personal tour. 

Anchors Away!

1967 DHS Cheerleading Squad

As the high school gets ready for a new season of sports, here is another great picture from the camera of DHS grad Joe Vitti. 

From left: Janet Meyer, Lindy Allen, Mary Lou Brameier, Jenny Hunt, Nancy Brown, Byllie Hill, Lynnie Lynch, Carol Haesche, Josie Mullen.

Go Blue Wave!


There are many reasons to celebrate, as summer draws to a close. One real good one is that we still can!
Classmates Dave Lynch and George Farrington came up with a Survivor Party for those of us who’ve skirted death - with ailments ranging from cancer to heart bypass.
The red-cross shirts harken back to the Maher/Crump team football days when injured players wore the cross to avoid being hit (again).

Continued success to us all!

From left: Tinker, Robin and Jay Baker, Marisa, Nancy and Steve Verses, Skins, Deana and Dick Costello, Lynch, Patti Mazza Sturges, Christi and George Farrington

A Lobster lunch and a summer shout-out from

Steve Craig, Heidi Gerber Wolfey, Janet Martin Fisher, Goody Bates and pooch Sammy, and Patti Shaw Craig

Long Live the Sugar Bowl! 

It happened over the summer, news that the iconic Sugar Bowl, a Darien staple and teenage hangout since 1958, has been sold. The new owner, Peter Crawford, also owns the Darien Butcher Shop, a local store on the same block.

The lunchette came into being by classmate Patty Mazza’s aunt Edna in 1958. The classic Americana décor of wood paneling and checkered tile floors has little changed, even as Darien has transformed around it.

In 1975 Patty’s cousin Bobby Mazza began managing the place for his mother. The plan was to help out for a few weeks but Bobby remained for 47 years as the proprietor, pouring countless cups of Joe while serving breakfast and lunch with the classics: eggs, pancakes, burgers and BLTs.

The new owners are planning changes to the space beginning in 2023. Tentavely called “The Club”, they are planning a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and are applying to serve alcohol.

People Finally Getting Together Again

After a long year of masks and quarantines, people are once again back together.

Benny Bruno and Mike Lopriore recently drove up to Myrtle Beach for some golf with Dick Costello and Navy friends. 

As Mike said: "Great golf courses, good food, and we even had a few beverages." 

Amen to that.


Picture from Pear Tree Beach posted on Facebook


Hard to Believe
More than Three Years since our 50th Reunion !

See You Again Soon!
Post 50th Reunion Get-Together
Great shot of classmates Kenny Peliksza, Mike 'Lope' Lopriore, Dick Costello, and Ben Bruno in Jacksonville. Nobody mentioned any golf scores but all were sad to see former Jax resident Paul Hepp leave for Texas. 

Go Team!

We know things are rough right now. So who better than some cheerleaders to keep up our spirits to finish the fight!

Front row left to right:
Anahid Kavookjian, Josie Mullen, Joni Dobson
Back row left to right:
Sue Geiger, Sharon Denunzio, Cinny Cobb, Sue Perschino, Peggy McNeil, Sue Venarde
Sandy Young, Carol Ann Augustus

Mardie Porter shares her winter adventure:

Another ski adventure! Three days at the Appalachian Mountain Club  Lodge “Gorman Chairback”. We left home when the temp was a freezing -14 below.  We trekked eight mile to the lodge as temperatures  warmed to near 17 degrees. 

The second day was on snowshoe on back-country trails. Day 3 we skied back out to our cars on a glorious day, with temps above freezing!!!

Sounds like a ball!


Steve and Patti Craig did well in their apple orchard this fall. They report harvesting over 20 bushels of apples. (Note: 1 bushel = 48 pounds). The Craigbo Cider Co. made 16 gallons of unadulterated apple cider, while also donating apples to a local farmer and food pantry.
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From Our 50th!


Chris Eng Leventhal, Kate Mason Gredinger, Sue Geiger Johanson

Benny Bruno, Mark Tinker, Gary Gibbs

Tim and Jamila Potts

Folks From Hindley School

Sue Venarde Mahoney, Sue Geiger, Anahid

Thomas Lane and Edward Tyler
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Georgianna Smith Bloom, Rick Bloom, Tom Lane

Charlie Smith and Lauren Fair

Carol Ann Augustus Summers and Bev Bonfoey

Patti Shaw Craig and Mardie Porter
Mark Paddock, Dennis Sullivan, Sue Venardi Mahoney, Janet Martin Fisher, Martyn Goossen, Kathy DelleFontane Goossen, Steve Craig


Dave Lynch, Barb and Jim Tully

Cliff Powell, Gork Boneman, Sandy McGill

Chris Eng Leventhal, Dennis Sullivan, Patti Shaw Craig, Dick Costello

Rick Weber, Chris Weber, Eric Joosten, Paul Hendrickson


Josie Mullen and Lauren Fair

Peter Johnson, Paul Dominis, Paul Buckley, Carolyn Johnson


Sue Geiger, Anahid Kavookjian Vrana, Ann Back Price


Josie Mullen and James Tully

Bill and Annie Schade

Ed Tyler and Bob Mercer


Dick Costello and Rick Poccia


Janet Martin Fisher and Sally Armus Shutts


Charlie Smith, Bill Guptill, Kathy Strachan

Tom Lane, Stu Traver, Jay Baker, David Miller

Bruce Frail, Eric Joosten, Vandy Van Wagener

Sue Venarde Mahoney, Kathy DelleFontane Goossen, Marty Goossen, Ed Tyler
Gary Gibbs and Chris Bischof

Our Schedule of Events


The Goose Restaurant at 7:00 pm.
Cash Bar, Refreshments, Free Appetizers 


Breakfast at the Sugar Bowl

A golf outing at Ridgefield CC 11:00 

Main Event at Tokeneke Club

Dinner and music at the Tokeneke Club


Weed Beach Paddle Pavillion
Lunch and refreshments

    Our Guest List

Pete White Dave Terry
Claudia Smith Davenport Kathy DelleFontane Goossen
Dennis Gavin Pete Johnson
Rick Poccia Janet Martin Fisher
Mark Beckwith Anita Conway
Bruce Frail Paul Dominis
Patty Mazza Sturges Sue Dickman Klein
Sally Armus Christy Rodgers
Mardi Porter Ed Tyler
Bill Guptill Mark Blackman
Georgiana Smith Bloom Kate Mason Gredinger
Pete Franklin Gary  Gibbs
Tom Lane Billy Harper
Anahid Kavoojian Vrana Dave Lynch
Lauren Fair Jimmy Valente
Tim Potts Casey Nickerson
Suzanne Nikola Baldino John van den Heuvel
Jim Morrison Chris Bischof
Josie Mullen Paul Buckley
Johnny Maul Skip Kennedy
Bev Bonfoey Barb Thorne
Marni Kent Hansell Bob Mercer
Bob Ierardi Eric Joosten
Dennis Sullivan Tom Milek
Gary Swartz Dave Miller
Steve Verses Jay Baker
Cliff Powell Ann Back Price
Steve and Patti Craig Anne Marie McGarry
Vandy Van Wagener Bill Schade
George Farrington Todd and Martha Robbins
Rick Weber Jane Seyferth
Sue Venarde Mahoney Mark Tinker
Joan Dobson Glazebrook Paul Hendrickson
Sandy McGill Ted Vanech
Jim Tully Stu Traver
Dick Costello Mike Lopriore
Charlie Smith Chris Eng Leventhal
Jane Genster John Wuerthner
Carol Ann Augustus Summers Anne Irvine
Ken Broska Paul Hepp
Dave Jefferson Sue Geiger
Allison Poccia Joanne Schoepf Reisser
Benny Bruno                 Kyle Hepp    
Kathy Strachan Pam Burkhardt Mele 
Peter Scholtz  
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Mary Bass Brown: Have fun everyone! Enjoy - post pictures.....lot's of pictures!
Anna Lamberton Whelpley: So sorry to be missing this great time😫Have a blast!

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Christy Rogers on the Camino de Santiago
Pete White
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Joanne Schoepf Reisser

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We Thank the DHS 1969 Classmates Who Served
Laura Mandi
Skins and Terry Cummings
Vandy Van Wagener - Good to hear from you!

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Anne Marie McGarry
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Deb Ridabock preps for the end of summer
Greetings Anahid!
Great to Hear from You
Hot Fun in the Summertime
The perils of missing class on senior 'Skip' Day
George Wehmann's Pontiac Super Chief
Mary Grace Joynt and Suzanne Ferree

 Terry Cummings, Tim Maul, Cliff Powell

Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker  Photo by George Wehmann
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker Photo by George Wehmann

 Shot of trip out west during summer of '69 when we hitchhiked to California. Mark Tinker's dad bought us the car to roam around California and back to CT. Thought I lost this. Great memories from that trip. Those were the days!  -George Wehmann

The names just keep on coming in!

(starting bottom left): Chris Garr, Ellen Johnson, Martha Whelan, Jane Hindenlang
Sue Dickman, Kathy McIntyre, Pam Burkhart Melee, Co Koppert (Young LIfe)
Bobby Grant, Kathy Fricke, Jackie Fitzpatrick, MaryLou Sivos
Heidi Gerber
Carol Augustus Summers, Anna Lamberton, Louis Belfour, Sara Schyler
Man in hat- L. (Ron) Hubbard, the kid on far right with hood is Mardie Porter's brother, Clark Porter 
The guy near top row hat and glasses: Middlesex science teacher "Booger" Bates
Right Center back row: The man in the hat and woman next to him-
Mr and Mrs Hendrickson (Paul's parents)! 

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Cheaper than Prep School!
Ivy League Here I Come!
Best partyin' school in Fairfield County!
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