Thursday, November 26, 2015
Staples Defeats Greenwich 28-26, Earning Playoff Spot
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
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
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Winning Season for Boys Red U9 Travel Soccer
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
Staples Player in Senior Soccer Bowl
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
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Lacrosse Third Grade Champs
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
Saturday, November 21, 2015
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
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.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Record Number of Staples Seniors Sign Letters of Intent
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
Hannah DeBalsi Signs Letter of Intent for Stanford
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
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Heartbreaker: Staples Boys Soccer Falls on Penalty Kicks
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
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.
Sunday, November 01, 2015
A Westporter in the New York Marathon
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
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Staples Boys Soccer Falls to Darien
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
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Staples Record Breaker in Action
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
Up and Comer
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