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Wednesday, June 29, 2016



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Yankees Honor for Orphenians Image
For the second consecutive year, the Staples High School Orphenians tonight sang the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium. The appearance followed a moment of silence for the Orlando massacre victims. See video here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Morgaine Pauker for

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On the Field Image
Members of the Staples High School Orphenians take to the field tonight at Yankee Stadium to sing the National Anthem. Pictured (l-r) Colin McKecknie, Oliver Smith, Daniel Pauker, Keenan Pucci, and Wells Baumann. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Morgaine Pauker for

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Rugby Enthusiasts Image
Rugby has been a varsity sport at Staples High School since 2004 and is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States today. Now, Westport PAL (Police Athletic League) is revving up its fifth through eighth grade boys to get them interested in the sport. It recently hosted its first youth rugby clinic at P.J. Romano Field. Helping out were the Staples staff and team as well as the Fairfield Rugby Club. In the middle of the front row are (l-r) Westport Police Officer Ned Batlin, Steve Perkins, Grant Heller, and David Lyme. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Goodbye for Both Image
Staples salutatorian and nationally ranked track star Hannah DeBalsi today receives congratulations from assistant principal Karyn Morgan, who is retiring this year. DeBalsi, who will attend Stanford University, at Thursday night’s baccalaureate ceremony compared life to a final race. “The first lap goes by really quickly with all the adrenaline ... on the last lap some people peter out and die,” she said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Softball Champs Image
The Bobcats defeated the Leopards 13-7 at Meyer Field today to claim the Westport Little League Majors Division softball championship. Pictured are (l-r, front row)  Lucy Zuckerman, 11; Mary Kessler, 12;, Romy Nussbaum, 11; Katie Davitt, 12. (back row) Coach Craig Carnahan; Leah Fisher, 12;, Coach Jim Westphal; Caroline Coffey, 12; Olivia Bernard,12; Kaytlyn Carnahan, 12; Jennifer Westphal, 12; Neah Navrange, 12, and Coach Richard Bernard. Team sponsor was (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Little League Majors Champs Image
The Angels beat the Royals 3-2 today at White Field to win the Westport Little League Majors championship. Pictured are (l-r, bottom row) Assistant Coach Don Turner, Jack Oakley, Charlotte Turner, Sam Haskel, Max Goldenberg (top row) Aidan Keaveney, Jasper Cahn, Coach Jim Haskel, Finn Popken, Jake Holmes, Coach Alfred Popken, and Evan Trock. Missing from photo:  Jeffrey Shapiro, Ethan Moskowitz and Monty Goldberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Winners Image
The Saugatuck Rowing Club juniors today achieved impressive repeat victories at the USRowing Youth National Championships in West Windsor, N.J, They won national championships for the second year in a row in the women’s lightweight 8+ and women’s 8+ events, capping off undefeated seasons for both crews. Bringing home the bronze in the men’s pair event were Oliver Bub and Lucas Manning, both of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Westport Team Participates in Special Olympics Image
The Westport YMCA Special Olympics Swim Team competed today at the 2016 Summer Games at the Special Olympics of Connecticut held in Hamden where over 2,500 athletes, 500 coaches and 2,900 volunteers participated. It was the team’s first time participation in the games, according to Westport resident Marshal Kiev, whose daughter Chloe, 10, a Coleytown Elementary School student participated and won two gold and one silver medal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Triple Winner ImageWestport resident Chloe Kiev, 10, a student at Coleytown Elementary School, won two gold and one silver medal today in the Special Olympics Connecticut competition at Hamden. She was part of the Westport YMCA Special Olympics Swim Team participating in the event for the first time.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Frank Deford on the NFL and Coach Molesters

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Fank Deford addresses a Westport Library audience tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for

Sports writing legend Frank Deford returned to his former longtime hometown tonight to promote his latest book, opining on a wide range of subjects ranging from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to coach molesters.

Addressing a Westport Library audience, the popular NPR commentator and Sports Illustrated columnist read excerpts from his latest tome, “I’d Know That Voice Anywhere,” one of 19 books he has authored, and took questions.

Of the NFL and Goodell, he said: ‘He is an ordinary man in an very important position. He looks like a slick selling 76 trombones.”

As to the Super Bowl: “I can’t understand why 16,000 people are recruited to help at the Super Bowl as volunteer,” he said.

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Monday, June 06, 2016

CPYC Presents Best Overall Racing Trophy Image
John Cooke, (l) chair of the Cedar Point Yacht Club OneDesign Regatta, held in Westport over the weekend, presents the coveted Rex Marine Trophy for best overall racing performance to William Purdy of New York City and his boat, Whirlwind. Almost 500 sailors and 83 boats competed in the regatta, Long Island Sound’s largest. Sailing teams from Westport finished at or near the top across eight classes of boats competing. Sailors for the Sea certified the event a “Clean Regatta” for following environmental responsibility. See complete results here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Richard Gordon for

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Staples Girls Tennis Wins Class L Championship Image
The Staples High School Varsity Girls Tennis Team today won the CIAC Class L state championship,  defeating Greenwich High School 5-2 in an indoor match played in Trumbull. It is the first time they have won the Class L championship and 13 years since they have won the Class McChampionship. Pictured (l-r, front row) :Claire Parry, Chloe Palumbo, Hannah Bjorkman, Gabriela Vega, Luiza Cocito, Vanessa Mauricio; (back row) Paco Fabian (coach), Grace Connell, Olivia Foster, Sarah Holmes, Olivia Daytz, Annie Haroun, Mackenzie Wood, Manon Devos, Tess Rubin, Megan Brown, Kristin Butler, Lindy Sinclair, Kim Harizman (assistant coach.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Staples Girls Tennis Advance to State Finals Image
The Staples High School Girls Varsity Tennis Team today defeated Glastonbury 4-3 in the semi-final round of the CIAC tournament at Glastonbury. Staples plays Greenwich in the finals on Friday at 3 p.m. indoors in Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Staples Tennis Boys Co-Champs in Class LL Image
The Staples High School Boys Tennis team is 2016 CIAC Class LL co-champion with Greenwich High School. Will Andrews was named CT All State Singles Player by reaching the singles semi-finals where he lost to Greenwich’s Will Blumberg. Brenden Price and Kion Bruno reached the doubles semi-finals and lost to Henry and Jack Johnson of Fairfield Warde. Staples also is 2016 FCIAC champions, defeating Greenwich 4-3 to make it a three-peat FCIAC champion, having won in 2014 and 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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FCIAC Champs Image
The top-seeded Staples HIgh School Girls’ Golf Team brought home the FCIAC championship today held at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Bridgeport. The Wreckers last won the championship in 2007, and have been runner-ups nine times, including in the past four years to Greenwich. “It was exciting and vey close until our final golfer, Anelise Browne, handed her scorecard to the officials with a 78,” said Coach Patty Kondub. “Her Staples’ record-setting FCIAC round pushed the team to victory. Every player did their part with solid scores to contribute to our win.”  Pictured are (l-r)) Co-Captain Alex McMahon, Erkia MacDonald, Co-Captain Anelise Browne, Sophie Carozza, Olivia Wood, Abigail Miller and Coach Kondub. The Wreckers next compete for the state title on Tuesday, June 6 at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull. The team is seeded fourth in the state. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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