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Saturday, April 30, 2016

A GFA Lacrosse Win and Charity Support

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The Greens Farms Academy (GFA) girls varsity lacrosse team today scored a lopsided 16-3 victory over the visiting Storm King, N.Y. team on Senior Day at GFA.  In addition, a series of other athletic matchups plus a students’ car and dog wash offering helped raise funds for Pink Aid, which supports breast cancer treatment costs. Pictured are senior Ingrid Backe (white head band) and junior Kate Paliotta hugging as fellow junior Caroline Rintoul looks on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

WYWL Sets 38th Annual Minute Man Race

The Westport Young Woman’s League (WYWL) is getting set to host its 38th annual running of the Minute Man Race on Sunday, May 1.

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Runners set off on the 5K run in last year’s Minute Man Race. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The event with an 8:30 a.m. start time will consist of a USA Track and Field Race Certified run, 5K run or walk, and Kids Fun Run, taking place at Westport’s Compo Beach.

Online registration is open at www.minutemanrace.com until 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.

In person registration will take place at Performance Physical Therapy, 333 Post Road West on Saturday, April 30 between 9 a.m and 1 p.m.  All forms of payment will be accepted.

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Saturday, April 09, 2016

Tryouts for the Staples Cheerleading Team Set

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Tryouts for the Staples High School Cheerleading Team for eighth to 12th graders will be held Wednesday,  May 4. From 3 to 6 p.m., there will be a clinic to learn cheers and dance, organizers said, to be followed at 7 p.m. by tryouts. The sessions will take place in the Staples field house. Those interested must complete a registration form online. For additional information, visit: http://staplesathletics.leag1.com/Registration/. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, April 03, 2016

Champs Again

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The Saugatuck Rowing Club junior girls today won the girls varsity event at the San Diego Crew Classic, repeating as champions at the prestigious event.  Five of the winning girls are from Westport. Saugatuck, which is based on Westport’s Riverside Avenue, had two girls and two boys boats compete in the finals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hoopfest Winners

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The Westport P.A.L Blue 5B team won the Connecticut Hoopfest in Milford on Sunday with a victory over the Milford Knights Blue 5B team in the final, 46-30.  This is the second consecutive Connecticut Hoopfest tournament title for the team. Pictured are: (front row) Ty Levine, Noah Ambrifi, Gavin Murphy, Charlie Honig, and Jack Watkins; (middle row) Will Holleman, Gavin Rothenberg, Cody Sale. Chris Zajac, and Cameron Lyons; (back row) Coach Drew Carothers. Contributed photo

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

LWGA Kicks off Season April 5

The Longshore Women’s Golf Association’s (LWGA) 18-hole league will kick off the 2016 golf season with an opening meeting on Tuesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at the Westport Library.

This will mark the 56th 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 annouincement said.

LWGA has a history of offering fun weekly tournaments and competitive matches to all women golfers. 

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Showing Their Trophies

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Members of the fifth grade Westport P.A.L. boys basketball team show off their Fairfield County Basketball League post-season championship trophies Saturday in New Canaan. The team also won the regular season title, completing the season undefeated, and won the championship game over Mt. Vernon 69-36. Pictured are (bottom row, l-r) Noah Ambrifi, Cody Sale, Gavin Murphy, Charlie Honig, and Ty Levine; (top row) Coach Drew Carothers, Henry Levin, Jack Watkins, Will Holleman, Cameron Lyons, Chris Zajac, and Gavin Rothenberg. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Champs

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The sixth grade Westport P.A.L. girls basketball team was victorious Sunday in the Fairfield County Basketball League post-season championship tournament played at Danbury High School. The team won the B bracket by beating Bethel, New Canaan and Stamford. Pictured are (bottom row, l-r) Amelia Galin, Jessica Leon, Mia Didio, Betti Kobak, Sydelle Bernstein, and McKenzie Didio; (top row) Coach Lauren Romano, Elle DesMarteu, Katy McGillion-Moore, Gaby Gonzalez, Jennifer Westphal, Caroline Coffey, and Coach Kelly Romano. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Westporter No. 1 in Fenway Snowboard Event

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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

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‘I Was So Stoked’

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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

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Staples Student Athletes Honored

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Saturday, December 05, 2015

Staples Coach Fired After Cocaine Possession Arrest

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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.

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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.

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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 are $45 and may be purchased by contacting Yuko Moy at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling (203)613-7420. 

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Staples Defeats Greenwich 28-26, Earning Playoff Spot

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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

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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

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Winning Season for Boys Red U9 Travel Soccer

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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

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Staples Player in Senior Soccer Bowl

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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

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lacrosse Third Grade Champs

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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

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Celebrating Victory

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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

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Darien Shuts Out Staples Football 27-0

Darien shut out Staples 27-0 today at Darien.

The win earned Darien a berth in the FCIAC title game with rival New Canaan on Thanksgiving.

It was the second defeat of the season for the Wreckers, who are now 6-2.

Staples next meets Greenwich at Staples on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Record Number of Staples Seniors Sign Letters of Intent

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It was a record number of senior Staples High School senior athletes today signing National Letters of Intent in a ceremony in the Staples cafeteria. Pictured (l-r) with their sport and school are: Ben Schwaeber, lacrosse, Colorado College; Mchael Reale, lacrosse, University of Richmond; Hannah DeBalsi, cross country, Stanford; Mia Bullock, swimming, Fordham; Sam Ahlgrim, lacrosse, Marist; Ross Goldberg, lacrosse, Colorado College; Connor Chamberlain, lacrosse, Monmouth; Nathan Panzer, baseball, University of Maryland, and Josh Willis, lacrosse, Union. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Hannah DeBalsi Signs Letter of Intent for Stanford

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Staples High School senior Hannah DeBalsi was all smiles today as she joined other Staples senior athletes in signing National Letters of Intent. Hannah, who is a two-time All-American cross country runner and owns four state individual track and field records, will attend Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. “It was just the feeling I got when I was there,” she said after visiting Stanford last month. “It felt like I was home. I’m very excited.” The NLI is a binding agreement between an NCAA school and a student-athlete in which the student-athlete agrees to attend the school for one year and the school agrees to provide financial aid to the student-athlete. Signing an NLI essentially puts an end to the recruiting process since participating schools are prohibited from contacting a student-athlete who has already signed an NLI with another school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Heartbreaker: Staples Boys Soccer Falls on Penalty Kicks

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Playing their most intense match of the year, the Staples boys soccer team today got a dramatic goal from Daniel Perez Elorza with just 2:38 to play in a state tournament match at Hall-West Hartford. The blast, assisted by Graham Gudis, tied the score at 1-1. But 20 minutes of overtime failed to deliver a winner. The teams went to penalty kicks, where the upstaters prevailed 5-4. “Soccer is a cruel game,” said Staples head coach Dan Woog. His team outshot Hall 17-10, and thoroughly dominated much of the match. “But I could not be prouder of our guys,” Woog said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Staples Football Edges St. Joseph 28-20

The Staples High School football team today defeated St. Joseph of Trumbull 28-20 at Trumbull to keep alive its hopes of a berth in the state Class LL championships.

Ethan Burger, the Wrecker star running back, and quarterback Andrew Speed returned from the injury list to help improve Staples to 6-1 on the season.

Staples next takes on Darien on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Darien and winds up its season on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. at home against perennial rival Greenwich.

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Sunday, November 01, 2015

A Westporter in the New York Marathon

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Dorrie Harris was among Westporters who competed in today’s 2015 TCS NYC Marathon. Today was her third New York marathon, coming in with a respectable time of 4 hours 47 minutes. Harris, who is an avid runner as well as 20-plus year volunteer EMT for the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS), says this year may have come in slower than her other marathons, but this was by far her most fun. She is pictured at mile 17.5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Staples Boys Soccer Falls to Darien

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Graham Gudis (above) and the Staples boys soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Darien today, in the FCIAC tournament quarterfinals. The Wreckers now have a week and a half to prepare for the state LL (extra large schools) tourney, which begins on Nov. 9. Staples is shooting for its 13th state title. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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