Thursday, February 11, 2016
Westporter No. 1 in Fenway Snowboard Event
UPDATE Julia Marino, 18, of Westport tonight took home first place in the women’s Big Air At Fenway snowboard finals in Boston’s Fenway Park. The home of the Red Sox was transformed into a snowboard winter wonderland with a 140-foot tall, 430-foot long man-made snow-covered ramp and landing zone covering the area from center field to home plate. More than 75 athletes from 25 countries competed in men’s and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing, part of an attempt to bring the sport down from the mountain and into cities where more people can enjoy it. It gave U.S. fans a chance to get more familiar with big air before it enters the Winter Olympics in 2018 in South Korea. Moreno is a 2018 Olympic hopeful. Contributed photo
‘I Was So Stoked’
Westporter Julia Moreno, 18, is all smiles after completing a first place award-winning run tonight at the women’s Big Air At Fenway snowboard finals in Boston’s Fenway Park “I was so stoked,’’ Marino told the Boston Globe. “I was so happy actually to be able to put down my runs and win. This is an amazing place to have a snowboarding contest. It’s definitely the coolest, most creative place to have a contest because it’s so unique. There’s never been anything like this. It’s just a big jump in the middle of a baseball stadium and that’s pretty cool to say.’’ Marino is a 2018 Olympic hopeful when the Big Air event debuts at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Julia’s mom, Elaine, said she heads Friday night to Quebec to compete in the Quebec City Big Air. She departs Sunday morning with the U.S. snowboarding team, to compete in a FIS World Cup slope style contest in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, the course that the Olympians will ride in 2018. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo from NBCsports.com
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Staples Student Athletes Honored
Two outstanding Staples High School student athletes were honored today in a ceremony in the school cafeteria. Football offensive lineman Jackson Ward has committed to Harvard University while field hockey midfielder Jordan Ragland is going to the University of New Hampshire. Ward is the first football player from Staples to go to Harvard. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Westport Baseball & Softball Sets Info Meeting
Westport Baseball & Softball has announced that it will hold a parent informational meeting on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria at Bedford Middle School.
At the meeting there will be an opportunity to meet the board of directors, officers, commissioners and program directors, to learn about Westport’s baseball and softball programs and to ask questions, an announcement said.
It said parents interested in registering their child for a spring baseball or softball program are encouraged to attend.
Westport Baseball & Softball also announced that registration for spring little league baseball and softball is now open.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
P&Z Legalizes Pickleball Courts
The Parks and Recreation Department found itself in a pickle, so to speak, when it erected two pickleball courts at Compo Beach last summer without going to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) first.
The pickleball courts were installed at Compo Beach last summer next to the skate park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Pickleball? Originated outside of Seattle in 1965, pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is one of the nation’s fastest growing sports.
The sport itself was news to P&Z commissioners tonight as they heard Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava and Supervisor Dan DeVito ask for after-the-fact legalization of the courts, which are adjacent to Compo’s skate park.
The 20-foot wide by 44-foot courts went in under the direction of former Parks & Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Staples Boys Soccer Team Wins Academic All-America Honors
For the 13th time in 15 years — and the seventh season in a row — the Staples boys soccer program has been honored with a national award for academic excellence.
The 2014 Staples boys soccer varsity team: Academic All-Americans. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo by Kim Lake
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America gave the Wreckers a Team Academic Award — one of only three boys public high school soccer teams in Connecticut to be so named. The Staples girls team also earned Academic All-America honors.
To qualify, a squad must have a 3.25 grade point average of all varsity players. The award is given for the previous academic year. In 2014, Staples’ varsity players had an average GPA of 3.40 — just .03 points behind the record, set in 2013.
“I’ve always said that our players are some of the smartest and most creative people at Staples,” said head coach Dan Woog.
Saturday, December 05, 2015
Staples Coach Fired After Cocaine Possession Arrest
David Bernstein: relieved of duties after arrest. Westport Police photo
David Bernstein, the Staples High School wrestling coach, was arrested early today by Westport police after a motor vehicle stop that led to the discovery of “a small amount” of cocaine in his possession, police said.
Bernstein, 28, of Fairfield was later relieved of his coaching duties.
Westport police stopped him in the vicinity of 1655 Post Road East at 1:30 a.m. after he was spotted driving erratically, crossing the double line, and a records check showed there was an outstanding warrant from Bridgeport for failure to appear, police said.
During the stop, police found a small clear plastic bag of cocaine in a cigarette pack in his vehicle, leading to a narcotics charge. He was later released on $3,500 bond with a Norwalk court date set for Dec. 15 on the narcotics charge and a Bridgeport court date of Dec. 14 on the failure to appear charge.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Darien Crushes Staples 41-7 in Playoffs
Darien crushed Staples 41-7 tonight in the opening round of the state football playoffs at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.
The Wreckers, who were shut out by Darien 27-0 on Nov. 14, end the season with a 7-3 record.
It was the first Staples appearance in the Class LL playoffs after a two-year absence.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Staples Gridiron Club Sets Annual Dinner
The Staples High School Gridiron Club banquet in honor of the 2015 Staples football team will be held on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at Continental Manor in Norwalk.
The banquet is an annual event celebrating the Staples High School football program.
Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Staples Defeats Greenwich 28-26, Earning Playoff Spot
Wreckers Elliott Poulley and Mac Barreca celebrate in the end zone today after a Poulley touchdown that helped Staples edge Greenwich 28-26 in a thrilling Thanksgiving Day game that saw Greenwich pull within two with 12 seconds left in the game. The win for Staples (7-2) gives the Wreckers al spot in the state playoffs, playing Tuesdy against Darien. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
Gallery: Staples Edges Greenwich 28-26
Scenes from today’s Thanksgiving Day Staples 28-26 victory over Greenwich at home. Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Winning Season for Boys Red U9 Travel Soccer
The Westport Boys Red U9 travel soccer team recently beat Fairfield or FUSA 7-1 to complete a 9-0 fall soccer season. Coached by Jose Zito Corte, it was one of five teams out of 52 in the competition to go undefeated. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples Player in Senior Soccer Bowl
Daniel Perez Elorza (2nd r) was Staples’ representative to the Senior Bowl played Monday at Middletown High School. The striker started for Region 4 (southwestern Connecticut, primarily FCIAC and SWC players). His side beat Region 3, 4-0. Selections for the Senior Bowl are made by the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association. Others are (l-r) Max Atkinson (Westhill), Harry Allers (Wilton), Stathi Panagiotidis (Brien McMahon), Jack Brandt (Wilton), Andrew Mathew (Darien), and Patrick Prinner (Wilton). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Lacrosse Third Grade Champs
A team of third graders from Westport won the fourth annual Gobbler Games lacrosse tournament Saturday at John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y. Pictured are Mark Adipietro, Charlie Clark, Justin DiDonato, Grant Fidel, Ian Hoffman, Sam Johnson, Josh Marcus, Logan Marra, Tristan Schaefer and Adam Udell along with Coaches David Schaefer and John Marcus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Members of Westport’s sixth grade PAL football team celebrate today at the Black Duck Café in Westport after defeating Wilton White 26 to 6 in the championship game at Ridgefield. Most of these boys have been playing together since third grade, and this is the first time their team has gone to the championship and had a winning season, finishing 7-1.They are led by head coach Ron Marsilio and assistant coaches Sal Augeri, David Titlebaum and Jeff Rees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com