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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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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Staples Record Breaker in Action

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Staples senior Sophia Stanley shows her form today at the Wrecker pool. She set a school diving record of 251.40 in the Oct. 14 meet against Ridgefield, one of five school records broken during the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Silver for WestportNow.com

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Up and Comer

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Staples High School freshman Alexa Mysel gets set to dive today in a junior varsity meet at Staples against New Canaan. Alexa is an up and comer in the program which saw the varsity team break records Oct. 14 in a win over Ridgefield. (See WestportNow Oct. 14, 2015) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Silver for WestportNow.com

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Ridgefield Edges Staples Footballers 31-27

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Staples senior Jon Maragos gains ground tonight as Ridgefield upset the Wreckers 31-27 in the first Staples loss of the season. Staples, now 5-1 on the season, next meets St. Joseph Saturday, Nov. 7 at St. Joseph in Trumbull. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

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Senior Night Portrait

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Seniors on the Staples High School varsity football team posed for a team portrait tonight, Senior Night, at Staples Stadium before a 31-27 loss to Ridgefield.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com

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Staples Shuts Out Stamford; Roars into FCIAC Tourney

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A dominant performance by the Staples boys soccer team today earned them a berth in the FCIAC tournament. The 4-0 shutout over Stamford was keyed by goals from Josh Berman, Daniel Perez Elorza, Spencer Daniels and Andres Marmelo (above), with assists from Daniels (2), Perez Elorza and Sam Kantor. Staples – now 8-3-4 – finishes the regular season Monday at Danbury. The quest for their 28th FCIAC championship begins Thursday, against an opponent and at a site still to be determined. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Staples Boys Soccer Tames Trinity Catholic 8-0

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Timmy Liles (above) was one of many Wreckers who contributed to today’s 8-0 shutout over Trinity Catholic. Sam Kantor scored twice. Solo goals came from Aidan Wisher, Graham Gudis, Matteo Broccolo, Stephen Rowland, Rory Steele and Andres Marmelo, while assists were registered by Liles (2), Steele, Wisher, Rowland, Jack Zeldes, Shane Dasbach and Griff O’Neill. Staples is now 7-3-4, and hosts Stamford in a key FCIAC match Friday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Surprise Gesture at Game Brings Smiles and Tears

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Dylan Curran (No. 59) , a 14-year-old special needs youngster at Bedford Middle School, is all smiles with his pals after the eighth grade P.A.L. Wrecker football team on Saturday made him a team captain for the day. He got to hold the first down markers, do the coin toss, and shake hands with opposing team members. Dylan’s father, Jim, who was not there for the surprise gesture, said it was suggested by a mom on the Westport team “who made it happen.” The grateful father said Dylan’s mom, Stacie, was there, and “it brought tears to her eyes,” adding, “It made a huge impact” on Dylan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Special Day for Dylan Curran

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It was a day Dylan Curran, 14, a special needs youngster at Bedford Middle School, won’t soon forget. On Saturday, the Westport Wreckers eighth grade P.A.L. football team made Dylan a team captain for the day. They gave him a jersey with his name on it, let him walk on the field hand in hand with the players, do the coin toss, and shake hands with members of the opposing team. “It made a huge impact on him and a huge thank you should go out to all players and coaches involved,” said dad Jim Curran. “It makes me appreciate my town of Westport more and more and just how special people are in our town.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Westport Winners

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Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club junior women’s 8+ repeated as champions today in the 51st Head of the Charles regatta in Boston. Pictured (l-r) are Claire Plunkett, Tatiana Chermayeff, Willemijn ten Cate, Caroline O’Brien, Charlotte Powers, coxswain, Lelia Boley, Grace McGinley, Kelsey McGinley, Gaby Campano, and SRC Head Girls Coach Gordon Getsinger. Four of the girls are from Westport: Boley, the McGinleys and ten Cate. The SRC girls 8+ set a new course record and are one of the only teams ever to repeat as champions in the event.  Placing second was the SRC junior girls 4+ crew. SRC’s Silviu Tudor also medaled, placing fourth in the men’s junior single event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Junior Girls Take Home Silver

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The Saugatuck Rowing Club women’s junior 4+ won a silver medal in today’s Head of the Charles regatta in Boston. Pictured (l-r) are SRC Junior Girls Head Coach Gordon Getsinger, Elisabeth O’Brien, Camilla Meyer-Bosse, Isabelle Grosgogeat, coxswain, Imogen Ratcliffe and Sophie Pendrill. Grosgogeat, Meyer-Bosse and Ratcliffe are Westporters attending Staples high school.

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