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Subject: winner and still champ


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 17:23:46 06/10/17 Sat

Darien Boys HS lacrosse #1 in the country (girls won third in a row too). Top defenseman going to ND, no Ivies I don't think though which surprises me
Anthony E. Parelli
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Darien wins 54th straight game, fourth straight title, 16-3, over Cheshire. #ctlax

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[> Subject: Re: winner and still champ


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AsiaSunset
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Date Posted: 19:37:44 06/10/17 Sat

Finlay Collins

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[> [> Subject: Re: winner and still champ


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foehi
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Date Posted: 11:44:36 06/11/17 Sun

Then there is this on the Salisbury School athletics website

Darien High School Win 13-10

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[> Subject: Re: winner and still champ


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 20:20:20 06/10/17 Sat

Holtsie, you're shortchanging the Darien girls, who won their fifth consecutive state Class L title.

That the Darien boys are ranked #1 in at least one national poll is especially impressive because the top national high school lacrosse programs are almost always private schools who can recruit from a larger geographic area. Darien is a regular public school, albeit one in a wealthy area where parents typically invest in the full smorgasbord of camps, travel teams and training for their kids growing up.

Both Darien and New Canaan (boys lacrosse four straight Connecticut Class M championships, girls three straight until this year) programs hail from towns with a population of less than 20,000.

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[> [> Subject: this pretty much


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 21:10:51 06/10/17 Sat

says it all
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/highschool/article/Darien-beats-Cheshire-for-fourth-straight-state-11210908.php#photo-13064694

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[> Subject: my neighbor


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 21:36:45 06/10/17 Sat

across the street played at Dartmouth with legendary Darien HS's Scott Hapgood (major league badass) who was also all first team Ivy football DE. His daughter is 10 and already has pretty good stick skills. It just amazes me how good these kids are at an early age.

It is a public HS but the pipeline for lacrosse is deep and never ending. A friend of my daughter's got a scholie as a goalie to UNC and is part time ass't coach and told her recently that the parents just shovel money toward him to teach their young kids how to play goalie. Still a pretty impressive record for a public school albeit it a very wealthy one

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[> Subject: Darien and Greenwich


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Tod Howard Hawks
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Date Posted: 00:14:29 06/11/17 Sun

At Andover, from which I graduated in 1962, I can remember several handsful of fellow students, specifically from Darien and Greenwich, whose individual and collective mean- spiritedness poisoned the whole school, students and teachers alike. I remember countless acts of unkindness perpetrated by these students from Darien and Greenwich. In the main, this is why I chose to go to Columbia instead of Yale. Yale, in those years, would have been a continuation, I feared, of Andover. Columbia asked only to be myself. I made the right choice.

Tod Howard Hawks CC 66

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[> [> Subject: Re: Darien and Greenwich, Ivy League colleges, "Too Many DBs"


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 10:14:42 06/11/17 Sun

THH, I agree with you. Many people who attend elite colleges and enter intense occupations do so with the express objective of winding up in a beautiful wealthy town where the schools are great, the town facilities are extensive and, not least, other successful people can be found to further one's career.

But the cost of living in these towns, besides financial, can sometimes be psychological. A good friend of mine sold his beautiful house in one of these exclusive Fairfield County towns and moved to a suburb further afield. When I asked him why he would extend his commute so drastically, he replied simply, "Too many douche bags."

I don't know what can be done about this feature of the stereotypical American rat race. People aspire to attend an elite college in part because their fellow students will be ambitious, high achieving and in many cases aggressive. That can indeed correlate with being a douche bag.

I think you characterize the difference between Yale and Columbia fairly. Many talented students select Columbia in some part so that they can go to college in an exciting, stimulating city which also offers anonymity. In contrast, very few people pick Yale because they think it offers anonymity.

This critical difference is both a strength and a weakness for Columbia. Almost all Yalies go to Yale to be a part of Yale, for better and as you point out also for worse. Many kids select Columbia so that they can blend into the city around them. That's one of the reasons why the alumni giving rate at Columbia is so low. Students identify with New York City more than they identify with Columbia.

Years later, I'll bet that the percentage of Yale graduates who end up in these exclusive suburbs probably is higher than the percentage of Columbia graduates. The same kids who self-select for Columbia are less likely to say, "You know, I want to live in Darien so my kid can start playing competitive lacrosse in second grade and I can shovel thousands of dollars a year to further his or her lacrosse career so that, when he or she is in high school, there is a chance he or she will be on the top lax team in the country."

This is absolutely a difference between attending Columbia and winding up years later in a place like Darien. This may or may not be sad, but I think more high school kids will instinctively opt for the more intense rat race, not necessarily recognizing the choice that they are making until they arrive on campus in New Haven.

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[> [> Subject: eh not sure


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 12:00:36 06/11/17 Sun

A bit whiny tad, Andover is an elite prep school that 99.9 % of the people in this world including me had or have little or no chance of attending. Small class sizes are just one advantage. I went to catholic HS and we had over 30 in every class. I bet you didn't have over 15. If it was so bad why didn't you ask your parents to send you somewhere else.

No doubt there are a lot of douche bags populating lower Fairfield county perhaps I am one of them. I doubt it since I spent most all of my working career in the small mining towns of W PA and WV living out there for almost 10 yr.

I have lived here for almost 35 yrs, my daughter has MSW & MPH and works for a non profit. My son used to work for hedge fund in Greenwich and now is a trader in ATL. I think despite the distractions I raised my kids to be outstanding citizens, one is a lefty the other wants to make America great again so they cancel each other out LOL

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[> [> [> Subject: To an observer and holtsledge


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Tod Howard Hawks
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Date Posted: 16:01:28 06/11/17 Sun

An observer: Thank you for your thoughtful response to my post. On balance, I think your commentary was accurate.

Holtsledge: You asked, why didn't I go somewhere else. In short, I was at Andover because that's where my Dad wanted me to be; and at that time in my life, I didn't have the guts to defy him. It took me quite a while to become my own man; Columbia was the first step.

Moreover, your kids grew up to be "outstanding citizens." My bet is that the reason that happened is because they had a good father.

Tod Howard Hawks CC 66

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[> [> [> [> Subject: nah


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 14:42:40 06/15/17 Thu

has much more to do with their mother than me

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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: BTW Tod


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 15:35:01 06/15/17 Thu

my daughter has volunteered at this camp for 8 yrs. They just had their big fundraiser at Chelsea Piers couple of weeks ago. Next year I will drag you along, bc it is a very worthy cause
https://elm-project.org/

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[> [> [> [> Subject: What You Can Learn At a Cocktail Party


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 12:47:29 06/16/17 Fri

I went to a cocktail party Wednesday night and chatted with a father whose eight-year old daughter attends lacrosse camps with mine. I said that, at their age, the girls don't have the hand-eye coordination to really "play" lacrosse, they just chase the ball around the field.

Without batting an eye, the other father said, "I don't care if they can pass or catch, I want her to learn early on that life is all about competition."

I thought back to this thread and said, "Yup, that's why these towns are like these towns, great lacrosse, DBs and all."

I don't know where the other father went to college but, no surprise, I know it wasn't Columbia because he played lax in college.

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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: What You Can Learn At a Cocktail Party


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 15:44:02 06/17/17 Sat

we need to have lunch, I promise I won't blow your cover or stalk you :). I appreciate your perspective on this area and would like to talk more. I would invite you to play golf at WFGC but I am on the DL with really sore bicep tendon that hopefully is just a strain and not partial tear. It happened on a shot out of the deep rough hit it well but stopped playing two holes later

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[> Subject: Returning to topic


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sparman
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Date Posted: 13:31:29 06/11/17 Sun

Lots of people think undefeated Landon (not my HS) was No. 1. Landon plays top teams from around the country each year, perhaps Darien could venture south. Landon sends kids to ivies every year.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Returning to topic


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foehi
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Date Posted: 14:49:33 06/11/17 Sun

as I previously posted, Salisbury School where my kids went beat Darien 13-10 early on and then went on to a pretty good season although they did lose a couple of games including one to Brunswick.

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[> [> Subject: huh


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 16:26:15 06/11/17 Sun

maybe in a scrimmage ole buddy not in an official game, although if you can prove differently I am all ears and eyes

Going back to Sparman's post I think there were ranked #2 in same poll. The Darien coach hasn't been afraid to schedule out of conferences I think they played 2 LI schools this year one pub one private plus 2 other NY programs. This years team was pretty special though great D and 3 very skilled attackman I think they could have played with anybody including the Steak school

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[> [> [> Subject: well said


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 17:52:34 06/11/17 Sun

A classmate of my daughter,a brilliant girl and valedictorian who later went to Dartmouth twice a week had a special math teacher with 2 other kids because they were so smart. Your statement says it all:

"Since I earlier critiqued the high DB factor in towns like Darien and Greenwich, I think it's only fair to say that there is something to be said for living in a town where the local public high school offers an education the equal of almost any private school in the country.

Your kid walks to the end of your driveway and is picked up by a bus which drives five minutes to deposit him or her at a school with a potential education other parents elsewhere have to pay $20,000-40,000 to get. Your kid goes to school with all of your neighbors' kids and also plays with them after school and on sports teams."
My only real complaint about the local schools is they start too dang early. School starts at 7:40 ish which means they are up 6-6:30. It should be an hour later so they kids can get a proper good nights sleep

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[> [> [> [> Subject: Re: well said


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foehi
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Date Posted: 18:44:03 06/11/17 Sun

here's the only proof I have and it doesn't look like a scrimmage. http://www.salisburyschool.org/page.cfm?p=560&teamID=129&display=Schedule

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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: Sorry Foehi


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 21:37:05 06/11/17 Sun

as Jeff Probst likes to say to the losing team in a reward challenge "I got nothing for ya"

http://darienlacrosse.com/Results.asp?org=DARIENLACROSSE.COM

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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: BTW


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 21:43:05 06/11/17 Sun

I doubt whether they would be #1 in country if it was an official game and they lost to the "Steaks"

had to be a scrimmage especially since the "Steaks" are nowhere to be seen in this late season poll
http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/under-armour-il-top-25-high-school-power-rankings-week-13/49788

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: BTW


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foehi
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Date Posted: 23:48:43 06/11/17 Sun

I report, you decide.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: BTW


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 07:57:12 06/12/17 Mon

Fake News

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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: Laxpower.com scoreboard


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 08:32:02 06/12/17 Mon

http://www.laxpower.com/common/scores.php?targetDate=2017-03-29&categoryToShow=boys&levelToShow=CT

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: scrimmage with the "steaks"


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 10:50:21 06/12/17 Mon

I know I know with 3 or more posts in a row on any topic I am talking to my self just wanted to put this thing to bed once and for all
"Darien, DHS Center Oval - Turf 
    4:00p - 5:00p 

Varsity & Salisbury 
Scrimmage"


Of course The Steaks would like to claim it as a regular season game

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: scrimmage with the "steaks"


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foehi
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Date Posted: 11:39:22 06/12/17 Mon

whatever you want to call it , they lost

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: one more time with feeling


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 12:55:26 06/12/17 Mon

 Scrimmage Information 
Date: 
03/29/2017
Time: 
4:00p - 5:00p 
Type: 
Scrimmage 
Division: 
 
Event: 
Varsity vs. Salisbury 


are you trying to tell me that you are equating a scrimmage with a real game that counts if so fine enjoy your meaningless victory

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: one more time with feeling


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foehi
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Date Posted: 20:11:21 06/17/17 Sat

so why do they keep score?

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: sorry pal


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 22:00:04 06/17/17 Sat

it seems like the "Steaks" were the only ones keeping score remember it was a "Scrimmage" I guess they are using it a recruiting tool. I am sure Darien played their top players all game never subbing in players or goalies but lost in a valiant effort to the far superior "Steaks". Give it up dude it is almost embarrassing that Salisbury calls it a win when we both know it was just a scrimmage. Sparman has a better argument then you do with Landon. I mean you are really grasping at straws calling it an official game rather than the "SCRIMMAGE" that it really was

That deserves a real "Come On Man"

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: one more time with feeling


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foehi
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Date Posted: 22:23:30 06/18/17 Sun

If you win it's a game, if you lose it's a scrimmage

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: It's over Foehi it's over


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 10:20:52 06/19/17 Mon

this is taken from the CT interscholastic handbook for the 2016-17 season. The "Steaks" are disingenuous if not outright dishonest calling it a game on 3/29 since if Darien had played it as a game and not a scrimmage it would have been against the State mandated start date of 4/1. If you are interested in fact checking it is on page 148

BOYS 2016-2017 CIAC GAME LIMITATIONS AND PRACTICE DATES
First Date of Maximum Minimum Maximum Last Date
Practice First Games Games CIAC Games to Count
Sport Date Contest Season Tournament Per Week Tournament Tentative Tournament Dates

Cross Country Aug. 25 Sept. 9 14 4 2 Oct. 27 Class Oct. 29; Open Nov. 4; NE Nov. 12
Football See below Sept. 9 10 8 1 Nov. 24 Quarters Nov. 29; Semis Dec. 4, 5; Finals Dec. 10
(Conditioning – See below)
Soccer Aug. 25 Sept. 9 16 10 2 * Nov. 3 Begin Nov.7; Finals Nov. 18, 19
Basketball Dec. 3 Dec. 17 20 12 2 * Feb. 28 Begin Mar. 6; Finals Mar. 18, 19
Ice Hockey Dec. 3 Dec. 17 20 12 2 * Mar. 2 Begin Mar. 6; Finals Mar. 17, 18
Indoor Track Dec. 3 Dec. 17 14 1 2 Feb. 6 Class Feb. 9, 10, 11; Open Feb. 18; NE March 4
Swimming Dec. 3 Dec. 17 18 4 2 * Mar. 4 Qual. Mar. 11; Class Mar. 14, 15, Open Mar. 18
Wrestling Nov. 28 Dec. 12 18 ** 8 2 Feb. 9 Class Feb. 17, 18; Open Feb. 24, 25; NE Mar.3, 4
(** 8 of 18 may be multi-meets)
Baseball Mar. 18 Apr. 1 20 12 3 May 25 Begin May 30; Finals June 9, 10
(Conditioning Mar. 13)
Golf Mar. 18 Apr.1 16 10 3 May 31 All classes June 5, 6 or 7; NE June 19
Lacrosse Mar. 18 Apr. 1 16 10 2 * May 24 Begin May 30; Finals June 10
Tennis Mar. 18 Apr. 1 20 10 3 May 25 Classes May 27,29, 30, 31, June 1; Open June 3, 5, 6
Track Mar. 18 Apr. 1 16 1 2 May 24 Class May 30, 31, June 1; Open June 5; NE June 10, Decathlon June 13, 14
Volleyball Mar. 18 Apr. 1 20** 12 3 May 25 Begin May 30; Finals June 9

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: The real litmus test


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sparman
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Date Posted: 12:23:43 06/19/17 Mon

Is there a ridiculous trumped up fake "trophy" awarded to the winner? Maybe you could donate a stale donut.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: ah maybe


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 12:26:54 06/19/17 Mon

Vineyard Vines V Neck cable sweater in pink?

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[> [> Subject: Re: Returning to topic


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 16:44:50 06/11/17 Sun

I don't think that Darien boys' or girls' lacrosse programs need my defending them, but it's complete apples-to-oranges to compare Darien to Landon, Salisbury or any private school which recruits players. The private schools are essentially feeder programs to Division I and III colleges, casting their nets wide to recruit promising 13 and 14 year old athletes, to say nothing of 15 and 16 year olds, plus of course the great unequalizer -- 17 and 18 year old PG players who already have a college admission in hand.

In contrast, any public school program is a team comprised entirely of walk-on's, who are there because, as I described before, for good reasons or bad, their parents choose to live in that town.

Since I earlier critiqued the high DB factor in towns like Darien and Greenwich, I think it's only fair to say that there is something to be said for living in a town where the local public high school offers an education the equal of almost any private school in the country.

Your kid walks to the end of your driveway and is picked up by a bus which drives five minutes to deposit him or her at a school with a potential education other parents elsewhere have to pay $20,000-40,000 to get. Your kid goes to school with all of your neighbors' kids and also plays with them after school and on sports teams.

In a town like Greenwich, where so many affluent parents send their children to private school, there is no connection binding parents with their neighbors. But in, say, Darien and New Canaan, the parents are bound to each other and the local school in a very healthy way. Granted, some of them are douche bags, but I've already covered that.

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[> [> [> Subject: Jonathan Kozol: Savage Inequalities


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Tod Howard Hawks
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Date Posted: 18:58:39 06/11/17 Sun

Germane to this discussion is Jonathan Kozol, a Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar who has written many provocative books on pressing social issues in America. His first book ever, "Death at an Early Age," about his teaching in a Boston inner-city public school, won the National Book Award.

The book I wish to underscore for this discussion is "Savage Inequalities," which is about the staggering and unconscionable disparities of funding for public schools in different cities across the United States. The enormity of the profound social, educational, and psychological impact these inequalities have on the students who attend these grossly underfunded schools, once understood, will never be forgotten.

Tod Howard Hawks CC 66

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[> [> [> [> Subject: Re: Jonathan Kozol: Savage Inequalities


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L et V
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Date Posted: 05:18:30 06/12/17 Mon

Wrong. Kozol's first book was a limp novel.

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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: Kozol's "Death at an Early Age"


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Tod Howard Hawks
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Date Posted: 15:53:17 06/12/17 Mon

"Death at an Early Age" was Kozol's first non-fiction book. It did win the National Book Award.

Thanks for the correction.

Tod Howard Hawks CC 66

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: Kozol's "Death at an Early Age"


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L et V
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Date Posted: 15:57:06 06/12/17 Mon

Sorry to sound like such a peremptory jerk. Thank you for your polite response.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: Kozol's "Death at an Early Age"


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An Observer
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Date Posted: 16:25:41 06/12/17 Mon

THH, I'd like to thank you for your heartfelt response earlier this thread about why you were at Andover. I hope that the first steps you took by going to Columbia were followed by many others.

I've thought about the inequities in local schooling myself. Of course it all hinges on the fundamental decision that we in the United States made that public schooling should be administered and funded purely on a local level. That one decision inevitably creates and sustains gigantic disparities across school districts.

The "business model" I see in affluent suburbs to literally price themselves out of the reach of poor people. With fewer low income families in town, the educational dollars available per student are maximized. The school districts become highly rated and more affluent people want to move there, so their kids can attend those schools. It's a "virtuous" cycle analogous to what the Ivies have created in higher education, with the conspicuous difference that the Ivies offer financial aid to lower income students.

The key to the Darien and New Canaan business model is to have a high quality of life which encourages empty nesters to stay in town after their children have graduated from school. The whole objective is to maximize property values and property taxes while keeping the number of school age children low.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Thanks, An Observer


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Tod Howard Hawks
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Date Posted: 20:12:00 06/12/17 Mon

Thanks, An Observer, for your kind and thoughtful post above.

It is regrettable that there isn't more civil discourse on this Board.

I think you nailed it: public schools are "...funded purely on a local level."

Kozol's "Savage Inequalities" speaks to this issue, but virtually nothing has been done nation-wide to ameliorate this problem.

My Dad paid for Andover and Columbia. I was a beneficiary of of this inequitable condition. I am pleased that all the Ivy schools now offer need-based financial aid.

I have been all my adult life a poet and a human-rights activist--my attempts to make my life meaningful and helpful to others.

I have not been able to change the world, let alone our nation, but every kind act reverberates throughout humankind, whether we know it or not.

Thanks again.

Tod Howard Hawks CC 66

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[> [> [> [> Subject: good point An Obeserver


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 21:51:29 06/12/17 Mon

this fits me to a T
"The key to the Darien and New Canaan business model is to have a high quality of life which encourages empty nesters to stay in town after their children have graduated from school. The whole objective is to maximize property values and property taxes while keeping the number of school age children low."
But the charade is about to end, my modest 3000 sg ft home on a pond that my neighbor and I paid 100k to dredge is worth about what we paid for it after renovations 10 yrs ago. Believe me it is a tres cool location, bull frogs are bellowing as I write this, but my prop taxes will be over 20k and prop insurance is pushing 10K. So what am I going to do, move and declare FL residence like former CT gov Jodie Rell and stop paying for the ridiculous union benefits that have turned CT into pseudo union welfare state. The hell with ASFME and SEIU. Oh btw save 7% in state income taxes. Biggest problem is having to change the addresses on my concealed carry permits from 31 states, have gun will travel

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[> [> [> [> [> Subject: It all makes sense now, Holtsie....


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Jackson Hatfield
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Date Posted: 07:55:05 06/15/17 Thu

...I had previously ascribed that telling bulge beneath your clothing to an entirely different source!

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: made me laugh


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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 14:39:37 06/15/17 Thu

see you in the fall

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Returning to topic


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sparman
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Date Posted: 20:27:06 06/12/17 Mon

Without getting into the significant public policy issues being raised, and dealing only with the mundane question of comparing current sports teams, I don't agree it is completely apples and oranges in favor of privates.

A private school can "recruit," but (and depending on the institution) there is at least some academic gate keeping; also, there are caps on class size (in Landon's case, about 100-125) and the schools must allocate spaces among all constituencies accordingly. Sometimes kids don't play as well as you hope, but you can't tell them to leave to open up a slot. Also, there are competitors for players - not only numerous private schools, some of which are equally, or nearly so, accomplished on the sports and/or academic front. And private schools cost money. In Landon's area, you can attend a good parochial school for less than half the cost, for example Gonzaga HS (which has about 300-350 kids per class) which has recently had just as good a record and even defeated Landon occasionally.

In contrast, public schools draw from a much wider pool; students cannot opt to attend a school outside their district. Also, numbers mean something. I gather that Darien has at least 350 students per grade and that Darien has an extremely large and active youth program that feeds into the HS from an early age.

None of this is to denigrate Darien's accomplishment, just to point out that the "David v. Goliath" meme may be overstated.

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[> [> [> [> Subject: Darien refuses to play Top 25 Teams


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Date Posted: 07:26:50 06/16/17 Fri

There are several Top 25 rankings in the country for lacrosse. Brunswick School is universally ranked 4th in all of these polls. USA Today shows Darien ranked 5th. It is sad for the boys that Darien decides not to play Brunswick School, a team that is about 15 minutes from its campus. Also, to my knowledge, and depending on which Top 25 list you use, Darien does not have a win vs. a Top 25 team. Brunswick, by contrast, has 4 wins vs. Top 25 teams, and 1 loss on opening day to then #1 ranked Landon on the road down in Maryland where the Bruins were beaten fair and square by a fine Landon team. Brunswick has 19 D-1 commits on the team and a D3 faceoff guy going to Wesleyan.

Darien does not play Brunswick because adults get too involved in youth sports. Each kid on the Brunswick and Darien team want to play a legit game. They all play with each other during summer circuit. Many of them will play together in college. Many of them are good friends, and hang out together. But the adults (not saying who) get in the way.

In contrast to Darien, New Canaan plays Brunswick in lacrosse. This year’s game drew 3,000 fans at New Canaan. Great spirit and fun for all in a showdown won by Brunswick. Last year New Canaan came to Brunswick, and soundly beat the Bruins in an equally exciting environment. The point is that the best should play the best. Darien simply has not done that, and I think every kid on Darien regrets that fact, as I think they would give Brunswick a great game, and maybe beat them, and beat other Top 25 teams, but the adults restrict the Darien kids from earning a top ranking.

http://usatodayhss.com/rankings/expert/boys/lacrosse/2016/13

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holtsledge
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Date Posted: 09:38:02 06/16/17 Fri

they don't play Brunswick, as you said 15 mins away and NC plays them. I know one of the ass't coaches pretty well I will ask him

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Date Posted: 17:18:24 06/19/17 Mon

Sparman, I'm sure that it varies from private school to private school but, in general, they seem to have bought into the concept that, just like colleges do, they can use winning sports teams to advertise and market their academic institutions. So more and more of them are recruiting great athletes, some with remarkable aggressiveness.

Look at the journey of one of our most well known Ivy athletes, Zena Edosomwan. I don't mean to pick on him for any reason other than the fact that his personal story is so well known. By all accounts, he is a great young man, filled with intellectual curiosity and an engaged member of the community. The guy speaks Mandarin, for crying out loud. Now what are the odds he is recruited or admitted to Harvard Westlake School if he is 5'8" and Caucasian or, worse yet, Asian or Jewish?

Similarly, Northfield Mount Hermon fell all over itself to host Zena for a PG year after he did not clear the minimum AI score to be admitted to an Ivy. Again, he's a great prospect for any school, but if he's 5'8" and can't play basketball, does he get in? Does he get as much financial aid?

The same phenomenon takes place across other elite schools like Landon. And Landon places a special emphasis on lacrosse. So you tell me, if a kid like Zena can be admitted to and probably granted generous financial aid at prep schools ranging from Los Angeles to New England, what are the chances that Landon turns down a promising lacrosse prospect regardless of his grades or other qualifications?

These expensive elite private schools have turned into feeders to Division I and Division III lacrosse programs. Once you recruit on a national scale, the sky is the limit for how good you can become. Or, as MJ says, the ceiling is the roof.

A public high school is constrained to the kids who live in the school district. Even if it's a lacrosse hot bed like Baltimore or Long Island, that's a limiting factor. The only limiting factor at a school which recruits aggressively is its own ambition. Look at Harvard.

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