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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Westport Bike Ride Team Meets Cancer Challenge

By James Lomuscio

Geographically, it is all downhill, admits Lucas Fortini, director of cycling for Sherpa Fitness at Westport’s 1555 Post Road East.

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In Westport, Team Sherpa members taking part in this weekend’s CT Challenge are (l to r) Lucas Fortini, Brett Jones and Jean Desrosiers, owner of Sherpa Fitness on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

Still, that doesn’t mean Friday’s 85-mile trek from Lakeville in Litchfield County to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport will be a breeze. He expects a lot of pedaling, pumping and uphill climbs.

“We roll out of Lakeville at 7:30, and everybody should be reaching the Hunt Club by noon,” Fortini said about the 10th annual CT Challenge Bike Ride taking place Friday and Saturday, raising funds to support programs for cancer survivors.

On Saturday, Fortini plans to be back on his light weight, full carbon racing bike at 7:30 a.m. to complete a 100-mile loop from the Hunt Club through northern Fairfield County and back.

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Posted 10:23 PM
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Only 9 and New England’s No. 1 in Tennis

Nine-year-old Michael Fotin, who is entering fourth grade at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy, has been ranked New England’s top tennis player among boys 10 and under, according to the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

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Michael Fotin: hopes to be in world top 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Michael, who first held a tennis racquet at age 3 and began playing competitively at 7, has won 25 of his last 26 USTA tournament matches, according to Alex Fotin, his father.

He plays tennis regularly at the tennis club Chelsea Piers in Stamford, his father said.

“His ultimate goal is to become a tennis pro and get ranked top 10 in the world,” the proud father said.

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Posted 09:27 PM
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Point to Point Winner

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Jonathon Blansfield, 17, of Westport finishes first today in the 36th annual Westport Weston Family Y Point to Point swim race at Compo Beach. Blansfield, who completed the one-mile, open water course in 17:07, won the competition for the second consecutive year. A 2014 graduate of Staples High School, he will attend Northwestern University in the fall. According to Nicole Turecheck, Family Y aquatics director, 105 participants registered for today’s event. Ages ranged from 10 to 76. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 02:27 PM
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Winning Duo

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Jonathon Blansfield, 17, and Danielle Honrath, 29, were the male and female first place finishers in the 36th annual Point to Point swim race at Compo Beach today. Blansfield, a 2014 Staples High School graduate, finished in 17:07. Honrath, whose time was 18:40, said it is the fourth time she competed in the Point to Point and just on Saturday earned a first place finish in a one-mile swim in Greenwich. Formerly of Monroe and now residing in New York, Honrath is an advertising account director for Young & Rubicam. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 02:22 PM
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View from Above: Point to Point Swim


Aerial view of today’s Point to Point swim competition at Westport’s Compo Beach. Contributed video

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Everyone Into the Water

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Swimmers set out today in the 36th annual Point to Point swim at Westport’s Compo Beach sponsored by the Westport Weston Family Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Posted 02:17 PM
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Swimming Compo Waters in 36th Annual Event


Scenes from today’s 36th annual Point to Point swim at Compo Beach. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saugatuck Medal Winners at National Championships

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The USRowing Club National Championships are under way in Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club has produced medal winners. Pictured (l-r) are Coach Sharon Kriz, intermediate men’s pair gold medalists Nico Merget and Fabian Bindenberger, and men’s junior single bronze medalist Christoph Bub. The event began Wednesday on Melton Hill Lake and winds up Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 01:09 AM
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Westport Loses, Fairfield Advances in District 2 LL

Hopes of a repeat fairytale ride to the Little League World Series for Westport ended today as the Westport U12 team went down to defeat to Fairfield American 8-3 at Unity Park in Trumbull.

It was a must win for Westport to survive to play Fairfield American again on Sunday, but it was not to be.

The Westport team, hoping to emulate the success of last year’s team, was down 3-1 in the fifth when Adam Petro homered over the centerfield fence with a man on to even the score.

But Fairfield came back in the sixth with a three-run homer by Jamie Flink and added on with a two-run homer by Vince Camera to clinch the victory.

Posted 10:56 PM
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Westport Little Leaguers Advance to District 2 Finals

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The Westport Little League 12U team celebrates today after they advanced to the District 2 finals with an 11-1 victory over Monroe. Westport will play Fairfield American in the championship round at Unity Park in Trumbull at 4 p.m. Saturday in a must win game. Should Westport win, they will face Fairfield American again for the District Championship on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 01:15 AM
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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Woog’s Soccer Boys Remember Another

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This was Preston Hirten Weekend for Westport Staples High School soccer fans. Preston is a former Staples (and all-state) soccer player (Class of 2007) who died of an undetected heart ailment during preseason training at the University of Mary Washington in 2009. Every summer since, former Staples and UMW players have come to Westport to honor his memory. There was a seven-against-summer soccer tournament, a cookout at the Hirtens’ house, and a barbeque at Compo Beach tonight. “It’s a way for his friends to get together, for the Hirtens to realize he’s not forgotten, and for the current Staples players to learn about his legacy,” said Coach Dan Woog. Pictured at the beach are (l-r) rising Staples seniors Patrick Beusse, Nate Argosh and Michael Reid. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:35 PM
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Westport U12 Softball Edges Fairfield for District Title

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The Westport Little League U12 softball team today edged Fairfield 14-13 to win the District 2 softball championship at Unity Field in Trumbull.The teams were tied 13-13 after nine innings Friday night before darkness suspended play, and the game resumed today. Pictured (l-r, top row) Coach Chris Fanning, Coach Louis Alfero, Catherine Connell, Erin McWhirter, Madeline Howard, Natalie Schenck, Kate Feinberg, Maddie McGarry, Sophia Alfero, Head Coach Mark McWhirter; (bottom row)  Emily Stone, Samantha Levin, Ellie Klein, Tilly Yacenda, Ali Green, and Erica Fanning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 08:34 PM
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Little League Girls in Pursuit of State Title Again

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The Westport Little League Girls softball team is back in pursuit of a title with largely the team that last year won the Little League state championship at the 10-11-year-old level. The pursuit of 12-year-old dreams began Tuesday night as Westport beat Fairfield 8-6 in its first game of the double elimination tournament.  Sofia Alfero got the win, striking out six in five innings. Emily Stone, a new addition to the team, closed out the game with a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Ali Green set the tone by opening with a double, scoring and then made a huge catch in center field in the final inning. Alfero was also the star hitter going 3-4 with a two-run triple. In the bottom of the fifth, with the game tied, Natalie Schenk brought in Sami Levin for what proved to be the winning run. Westport pounded out 13 hits in the contest. Westport needs a win Friday night at Unity Park in Trumbull at 5:30 p.m. or on Saturday for the District 2 title. Pictured are Sophia Alfero, pitcher, and Emily Stone, third base. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 06:29 PM
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Celebrating Undefeated Season

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Westport’s U12 Blue soccer team today finished its season undefeated with a 4-0 win over Newtown at the upper Long Lots field. Pictured are (l-r, bottom row) Nick Heim, Evan Seigal, Joseph Crise, Vignesh Kareddy, Benny Feuer, Drew Halperin; (top row) Coach Amar Bellara, Lars Djuve, Chet Ellis, David Basich, Teddy O’Kane, Avi Shein, Tadeo Messenger, and Assistant Coach Neil O’Kane. Not pictured: Emerson Anvari, Assistant Coach Alex Anvari, Joshua Dedomenico, Mathis De Vos, Andrew Lau, and Michael Lau. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Posted 07:24 PM
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

$25,000 Winning Form

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McLain Ward aboard HH Fleur of Double H Farm of Ridgefield and Wellington, Fla. today won the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix at the June Benefit Horse Show at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Ward, 38, of Brewster, N.Y., is one of the top riders on on the show jumping circuit, winning a host of first place ribbons to add to his two Olympic gold medals—one won in Athens in 2004 and the other in Beijing in 2008. He has been a standout since the age of 14 when he won the United States Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Derby. Sponsor of the event was Wells Fargo and George N. Venizelos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 09:08 PM
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