Eight to be recognized by athletic association
The Darien Old Timers Athletic Association will host its 52nd annual Sports Award Dinner Monday, Nov. 11, at The Water's Edge at Giovanni's.
Buchs was a first team all-state football tackle on Darien High School's undefeated state championship team in 1956. Buchs also played hockey and held the school record for the shot put in track. He was a member of the DHS class of 1957
Williams, also from the class of 1957, played varsity ice hockey, baseball and tennis for DHS and tennis at Duke University. He went on to have a musical career, highlighted by numerous awards, such as four Emmys and two Grammys.
Lopiano, class of 1963, was a baseball and basketball player and team captain. He was a pitcher, helping the Darien Little League and Babe Ruth League All-Star Teams represent Darien in the World Series in 1958 and 1961.
Hendrickson, class of 1969, was a member of the track team during his four years at DHS, was team captain and earned Most Valuable Athlete as well as All FCIAC honors and state recognition.
Battino coached the boys' gymnastic team to 10 state championships in his 17 years at DHS. Battino is most remembered for teaching thousands of Darien students the "Battino Roll."
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Gouin played varsity field hockey, basketball and track at DHS, helping it to win the FCIAC and state field hockey championships in 1981, and the FCIAC championships in track in 1981 and 1982. She later went on to excel in college and amateur lacrosse leagues.
Tunick is nominated for his long-standing support of scholarships for DHS students, especially the Edward Tunick Business Scholarship, which is given to a graduating senior.
Lindsay is a well-decorated Special Olympian who has distinguished herself in sailing as well as representing the United States in cross-country skiing at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
John Maher Jr. and Ed Maher will be presenting a special tribute video of their father, the late DHS Coach John Maher Sr. Additionally, special recognition will be paid to DHS' 1963 state championship football team on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its victory.