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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Yankees Honor for Orphenians

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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 WestportNow.com

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On the Field

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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 WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Rugby Enthusiasts

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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

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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 WestportNow.com

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Softball Champs

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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 MLB.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Little League Majors Champs

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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

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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

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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

WestportNow.com 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

By Phyllis Groner

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

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

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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 WestportNow.com

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Staples Girls Tennis Wins Class L Championship

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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

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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

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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

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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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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Winners

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The Westport 10u Travel softball team won the Danbury Memorial Day tournament in Danbury with a 15-7 win over Darien in the championship game. They won the semi-final 6-2 over Fairfield and went 6-0 during the weekend. Pictured (l-r, front row)  Lily Klau, Chloe Hackett, Kate McDonald, Francine Stevens, Olivia Stubbs, Delaney McGee. (middle row): Grace Alfero, Grace Burg, Dylan Halky, Jessica Mysel, Morgan Carnahan, Amelia Gura. (back row): Coaches Lou Alfero, Todd Halky, Bryon Stevens, Bill Hackett. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Champs

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The Staples High School Girls’ Golf Team won the FCIAC Western Division Tuesday with a decisive 181-204 victory at The Griffith E. Harris Golf Course in Greenwich.  Co-Captain Anelise Browne shot a par 37, the lowest score a Staples girl has ever carded on Greenwich’s home course. The Greenwich Cardinals only two losses this season are both at the hands of the Wreckers. “It has been five years since Staples has beaten Greenwich twice in one year. The entire team played well, and again Anelise was in the zone leading the way,” said Head Coach Patty Kondub.  Pictured (l to r) are Olivia Wood, Abigail Miller, Browne, Sophie Carozza, Co-Captain Alex McMahon, and Erika MacDonald. Next up for the Wreckers, now 12-2, are the FCIAC Championships on Thursday, June 2 at Fairchild Wheeler in Fairfield/Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mets Welcome for Staples Freshman Team

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Staples High School Freshman baseball coach James Jordan took his team to Citifield today where they got a scoreboard greeting and watched the Mets defeat the Brewers 3-1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Teen Records a Record Golf Score at Longshore

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A Staples High School senior is the holder of a record for the lowest score for a round of golf by a girl in a high school match at Westport’s Longshore Park. Co-Captain Anelise Browne, 17, Thursday shot a 35 on the front nine from the men’s tees. She broke the lowest score record for a round at Longshore for any girl in a high school match since a girl from Danbury shot 36 about 15 years ago.  She chipped in on the final hole (one of her three birdies) to secure the record, as she led the team to victories over Ludlowe and Ridgefield in a tri-match. The FCIAC East first place Wreckers look to extend their eight-match winning streak Tuesday at home against Danbury, the only team to beat Staples. “I broke her golf bag right before the match after taping her injured toe on her pivot foot, and she’s also nursing a shoulder injury,” said Head Coach Patty Kondub. “But nothing phased her as she was in the zone.” Contributed photo

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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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