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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Getting Ready for Golf Season Image
Some golfers were out on the practice green at Westport’s Longshore Club Park today getting some shots in as they awaited the course opening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for

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Laddie Lawrence: another honor. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced the induction of longtime Staples High School coach Laddie Lawrence into its National Hall of Fame.

This year’s induction ceremony will take place June 19 at the group’s national convention in Rochester, Minn.

The 2015 class includes 30 coaches from 16 states. His state’s high school coaches’ association selected Lawrence, an announcement said.

Lawrence was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004. He retired from teaching at Staples in 2013 after almost half a century but continues his running and track and field coaching duties.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Off to the Short Course Swimming Championships Image
Eleven Westport Weston YMCA Water Rats and two coaches gathered today to travel together to Greensboro, N.C. to compete in the 2015 YMCA National Short Course Championships. By team tradition, four “rookies” on the trip don pink bunny ears until they reach Greenboro. The swimmers who have qualified for this prestigious meet include Bryce Keblish, Tommy Gannon, Michael Deluca, Daniel Williams, Justin Summers, North Woods, Alex Rigione, John Whiteside, Willow Woods, Sarah Grinalds, Aileen Coyne and Ethan Hunter. The rookies with the ears are North Woods, Willow Woods, Aileen Coyne and Alex Rigione. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, March 27, 2015

In Fashion Image
Tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser drew a large crowd to the Westport Inn. Among senior cheerleaders, football and basketball players showing off the latest fashions from Westport’s South Moon Under were Sarah Ellman and Jack Marsilio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

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Varsity Vogue in Vogue

Scenes from tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser at the Westport Inn. photos

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Longshore Ladies Golfers Hear of Course Improvements Image
The Longshore Ladies Nine Hole Golf Association held its 2015 season membership meeting today at the Westport Library. Speakers included (l-r) John Cooper, club pro; Mike Golden, ValleyCrest supervisor; Stuart McCarthy, Parks and Recreation director; and Fred Hunter, Golf Advisory Committee (GAC) chair. Kathie Bennewit (c), won a three-hybrid door prize. Golden told the meeting ValleyCrest is looking to continue the improvements on playing conditions of the course. GAC improvements this year include hole markers and new tee markers. The league plays Thursday mornings April through October. New this year are online tee times, inclusion of Westport and nonresidents, league shirts, and more prizes. It is not too late to join. Contact Susan Lloyd at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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What to do if Longshore’s fairways and greens are still covered in white? If you’re Patty Kondub, head coach of the Staples Girls Golf Team, you take the squad to the Westport Weston Family YMCA (where she works) for a pre-season workout in the Y’s cycle studio. The lady golfers finished second in the state last season, and this year, “We’re going to carry on the Staples tradition – winning and having fun,” says Kondub (back l. while Assistant Coach Liz Fry is back r.). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Magazine Includes Longshore Among Best CT Courses

Golfweek Magazine’s annual ranking of Best Courses You Can Play State by State for the first time lists Westport’s Longshore Club Park, coming in at No. 9 for the State of Connecticut.

The course, which experienced maintenance issues until the town brought in an outside company in 2013, was originally designed as a private course in the mid-1920s by Orin E. Smith and renovated by architect John Harvey.

“We are honored to know that Longshore is recognized by Golfweek Magazine as one of the best courses to play in the state of Connecticut,” said head golf professional John Cooper.

“We have always known how special this golf course is and we hope anyone in Connecticut or visiting the area will call and book a tee time and experience the uniqueness of golf at Longshore.”

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

U13 Blue Team Winner in WIN Tourney Image
Westport’s U13 Blue Team today won the Westport Soccer Association’s Westport Invitational Soccer Tournament, known as WIN, at Staples High School. The team sealed the victory by winning in penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie in the finals against Chelsea Piers Premiere. In all, they played four games leading up to championship game – a 1-1 tie against Norwalk; a 0-2 loss to Chelsea Piers Premiere, a 4-0 win over Fairfield, and a 7-0 win over Westport U13 White in the semifinals. Pictured are (top row, l-r) Assistant Coach Alex Anveri, Emerson Anveri, Sam Maged, Lars Djuve, Michael Lau, Drew Halpern, Chet Ellis, Tadeo Messenger, Head Coach Amar Bellara; (bottom row) Andrew Lau, Benny Feuer, Vignesh Kareddy, Matisse DeVos, Colin Corneck, Evan Siegel, Teddy O’Kane, and Josh Dedomenico. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Longshore Women’s Golf to Kick Off Season April 7

The Longshore Women’s Golf Association’s (LWGA) 18-hole league will kick-off the 2015 golf season with an opening meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m at the Westport Weston YMCA.

This marks the 55th year for the organization, which was founded in 1960. All women golfers from Westport as well as surrounding towns are invited to attend the meeting and become members of LWGA. an announcement said.

LWGA has a history of offering fun weekly tournaments and competitive matches to all women golfers.  Seasonal events are held every Tuesday and will begin in May and run through October. 

A full tournament schedule and details about membership will be discussed at the opening meeting. For more information about LWGA, visit the website at or email the membership chair Pat Kimball at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Staples Wreckers Place 8th at State Swim Meet

The six Wreckers swimmers from Staples High School today placed eighth at the state open swimming championships at the six-lane amphitheater pool at Yale University. Image
Max Wimer competes in the 200-yard freestyle event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The team was led by senior Daniel Williams who was declared the co-champ in the 500-yard freestyle after an ultra-rare dead heat in high school swimming’s longest and most grueling event.

Williams trailed Karl Bishop from Cheshire who seemed to dominate the race with a comfortable lead until the final 100 yards, when Williams, trailing by two body lengths, started to surge.

The crowd at the arena grew loud as Williams caught Bishop about 10 yards from the finish and big cheers erupted when the scoreboard reported matching times of 4:35.61.

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Staples Varsity Vogue Set for Friday, March 27

The 18th annual Staples High School Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction fundraiser will take place Friday, March 27 at the ballroom of the Westport Inn. Image
Proceeds from the Varsity Vogue event will benefit the Staples High School cheerleading squad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Senior cheerleaders, football and basketball players will take the runway and show off fashions from South Moon Under in downtown Westport. 

The show starts at 7 p.m. and will run until 9:30 p.m.There will be “creative cuisine” and a cash bar to enjoy as attendees cast bids on auction items, an announcement said.

They include:Staples Cheerleader for a Game – Join the Staples cheerleaders on the sidelines for a home football game and will cheer alongside the team.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Big Boys Teach the Little Boys Image
After a two-year hiatus, Staples High School Coach Jack McFarland (standing, r.) and his baseball players tonight ran a Little League clinic as a part of a fundraising effort at the Staples Field House in advance of the spring season. Participants ranged in age from 4 to 13. Many of the Staples players got their baseball start in Little League. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Westport Little League Seeks Youth Umpires

Westport Little League has announced it is seeking youth umpires.

Eligible candidates must be students in the sixth grade and up, an announcement said. Pay is $20 to $30 game.

Those interested should register at (Click “register now” and scroll down to youth umpire section.

There will be a mandatory clinic required with dates to be dates announced shortly. Questions should be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Greens Farms Academy Basketball Champs Again Image
Greens Farms Academy Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Class C New England Tournament today for the third year in a row by defeating Winchendon (Mass.) 64-53 at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass. The team struggled this season with injuries and “bad breaks,” according to coach Doug Scott. But it ended 13-11 after winning three games in a row in the final tournament. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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