Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Staples Boy’s Cross-Country team today demonstrated why they are showing up in national rankings this season with a dominant performance at the 37th Stratton Brook Invitational in Simsbury. The seven members of the varsity team all placed in the top 15 of the 73-person field. Staples seniors Will Landowne, Ben Seiple, and Christian Myers led the way taking second, third, and fourth place respectively. In a sport in which the low score wins, the Staples varsity team took the title, scoring 30 points to the 77 points of second place Bristol Central. The JV team’s dominance was even greater, with the team taking first through seventh place in the 193-runner field. The team will be gearing up for next week where they will have their first competition against other nationally ranked teams. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Will Birch (above) contributed three assists, and Anton Mahr scored twice — -including a perfectly timed side volley —- as the Staples boys soccer team today shut out Wilton 4-0. The large Loeffler Field crowd was also treated to goals by Steven Frost and Sam Liles, an assist by Azam Plummer, and excellent midfield control by Timmy Liles, Matt Engler and Patricio Perez Elorza. The Wreckers —- now 2-0-2 —- travel to Trumbull on Tuesday, for a 6:30 p.m. match. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for WestportNow.com
Friday, September 15, 2017
UPDATE Staples junior Timmy Luciano gains ground tonight in a 49-3 win over the Wilton Warriors at Wilton. Senior running back Harris Levi once again was a standout, following up last week’s four touchdowns with four more tonight. Staples next takes on Brien McMahon at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at home. (corrects name of player in photo) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Down 3-0 to Fairfield Warde at halftime, the Staples boys soccer team today battled back to earn a 3-3 draw. Timmy Liles netted the first goal two minutes after intermission. Patricio Perez Elorza added two more. The come-from-behind draw was keyed by strong pressure from Azam Plummer, Tadeo Messenger and Anton Mahr, the midfield work of Steven Frost and Matt Engler, and defenders Chris Martenson, Callum Wisher and Nick Ambrose (shown in photo). Staples hosts Wilton this Saturday at noon at Loeffler Field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Staples’ Boys Cross Country team today swept a home meet with wins over Wilton, Stamford and St. Josephs. The team finished eight runners ahead of the first finishers from the other teams. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava and others gathered today for a groundbreaking ceremony at the 12th green of th Longshore Club Park golf course for the start of the construction phase of the Bunker Improvement project. “We’re starting the project on the 12th and 13th greens and will complete all 18 by June,” she said. The project consists of the redesign, elimination and addition of bunkers for improved playability and maintenance, installation of bunker liners, and the installation of new sand. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 11, 2017
An early season matchup of Staples and Danbury—two of the top teams in the FCIAC ended with a fair result: a 0-0 draw. Midfields and defenses dominated, with Chris Martenson excelling at center back for the Wreckers, and Teddy O’Kane earning the shutout in goal. Staples, now 1-0-1, travels to Fairfield Warde on Wednesday (4 p.m.). In the photo, sophomore Tadeo Messenger pressures the Hatter backs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for WestportNow.com
Friday, September 08, 2017
In their season opener tonight, the Staples football Wreckers shutout Bridgeport Central 52-0 at home. Pictured is senior running back Harris Levi (10) scoring one of his four touchdowns. Next up is Wilton on Friday at 7 p.m. at Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com
An ethusiastic home crowd had plenty to cheer about tonight as the Staples football Wreckers routed Bridgeport Central 52-0 in the home season opener. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team treated a large home crowd to a 3-0 shutout over Trinity Catholic today. Timmy Liles, Sam Liles and Matt Engler all scored, and Anton Mahr tallied three assists. Pictured is Vaughan Sealey battling a Crusader defender. The 1-0-0 Wreckers head to Danbury on Monday for a key FCIAC matchup. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for WestportNow.com
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava announced today that the construction phase of the Bunker Improvement project at Longshore Golf Course will begin Tuesday.
The project consists of the redesign, elimination and addition of bunkers for improved playability and maintenance, installation of bunker liners, and the installation of new sand. Construction by Turco Golf, Inc. will take place Mondays through Fridays. The project is expected to be completed in early June.
“We are very excited to be starting this long awaited project,” said Fava.
“Although we will be working closely with Turco Golf Inc. and our architect, Doug Smith of Golf Design Unlimited, to minimize the impact to our golfers, we will be providing discounted weekday greens fees while weekday construction is taking place. Weekend and holiday rates remain the same.”
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The Westport PAL’s 55th Annual Memorial Chief Samuel Luciano Golf Tournament is set for Monday, Sept. 11, at Longshore Golf Course.
With morning and afternoon sessions, start times are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with lunch in the pool area, followed by 5 p.m. cocktails, dinner at 6:30 p.m. and followed by a raffle and prizes, organizers said.
The tournament honors the late Luciano, a native of Saugatuck and a lifelong town resident who joined the Police Department in 1937, becoming chief in 1957. Luciano, a strong supporter of PAL, was instrumental in establishing the Connecticut State Police Academy. He died in 1970.
According to organizers, proceeds from the event fund athletic and scholarship programs for children from Westport and surrounding communities.
The Longshore Women’s Golf Association (LWGA) held its Caryl Beatus Member Tournament today at Longshore Club Park despite not the best weather, cloudy and cool. The tournament is named in honor of Caryl Beatus (c., black and white stripes), one of its longest serving members. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contrbuted photo
Sunday, August 27, 2017
More than 100 persons late today attended the annual Staples High School Gridiron Club beach party at Compo’s South Beach, to celebrate the upcoming Wreckers football season. According to Gridron Club members, the gathering is held on the final Sunday every August. The Wreckers play two scrimmages this week and the season opener is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8 against Bridgeport Central at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club today played host to the eighth annual competition for the Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup, a match against New York’s Squadron A Club. Final score was Gold’s Dragoons (in red) 6, Squadron A 4 (technically 6 to 4.5 given the 1.5 handicap given to Squadron A). The match was preceded by a tailgating party with some of the guests in outfits recalling the 1930s founding of the Gold Dragoons. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com
Members the Djin (gin) Club, a group within the Fairfield Hunt Club, were dressed appropiately for today’s eighth annual competition for the Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup, a match against New York’s Squadron A Club. Gold’s Dragoons, formed in the early 1930s, was selected to honor one of Connecticut’s first mounted colonial militia units, founded in 1660 by Maj. Nathan Gold of Fairfield, whose troop was chartered under the seal of King Charles II. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Former Staples High School football quarterbacks who played Division One college football and coaches gathered on Soundview Drive today to celebrate Coach Paul Lane in advance of his 90th birthday, which will be in January 2018. His son, Skip said, “We may not be able to get the guys together in January so we decided to hold this celebration in the summer when all are available.” Pictured (front row, l-r) quarterbacks Jeff Willett (class of ’88 / Hampden-Sydney); Mac DeVito (‘97 / Temple), Hank Drought (‘74 / Army/Rutgers), Coach Paul Lane, Lance Lonergan (‘85 / Penn State), Skip Lane ( ‘79 / Ole Miss); (back row, l-r) - Tom Owen (coach and player), Saul Pollack (coach), Bo Hickey (coach) Drew Schuett (‘73 / Notre Dame, UVA), Tim Bensey (‘75 / San Diego State), Peter Lane (‘82 / UConn). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Longshore’s Assistant Club Pro Chris Davies shot a course record-tying 59 on Wednesday. Davies’s 59 was his career low, beating his previous low of 63 by four strokes and tying the course record held by former Head Professional John Cooper and local standout player Andrew Ga,i who is now a professional competing on the Mini Tours. The round was highlighted by a sizzling stretch where Davies made the turn going eagle-birdie-eagle on holes 8 thru 10, including an ace on the short par-3 8th. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, August 10, 2017
By James Lomuscio
Shortly after he came on board in March as Longshore Club Park’s golf course superintendent, Todd Salamone got a visit and a special request from a longtime golfer.
“He said there’s a bench on the eighth hole dedicated to his father who made a hole in one there, and he asked me to make sure that I clean it, and wipe it down,” Salamone recalled.
“For me, that represents the relationship that this course has with the people of Westport,” he added.
Salamone, 31, is employed by Bright View Golf Maintenance, the California-based contractor hired in 2014 to restore the 100-acre course that had fallen into disrepair, especially after Superstorms Sandy and Irene.
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Two Westporters were medal winners today in their events with the U.S. junior national team at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. Kelsey McGinley (r) took bronze in the women’s 4- event while Harrison Burke was part of the silver-medal men’s 8+ crew. Both row for the Saugatuck Rowing Club and will be seniors at Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Harrison Burke (4th r) was one of two Westporters today who were medal winners in their events with the U.S. junior national team at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. Burke was part of the silver-medal men’s 8+ crew while Kelsey McGinley took bronze in the women’s 4- event. Both row for the Saugatuck Rowing Club and will be seniors at Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Sunday, July 09, 2017
The Westport 12U softball all stars today defeated East Haven 3-1 to win the Section 1 title and advance to the state tournament in Rocky Hill starting Thursday. The game was played in Orange. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, July 07, 2017
Some Bridgeport youngsters learned the basics of lacrosse at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield thanks to Staples High School lacrosse team members Donny Macaluso (back row, far right) and Colin Willigan (front row, far right). The two conducted a lacrosse clinic for third to sixth graders taking part in the Horizons program at Sacred Heart. Horizons is a national enrichment program that works to bridge the achievement gap and enhance the social, emotional, creative, and academic lives of local students. All lacrosse equipment was donated by Westport and Weston families. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Two Westport Coleytown Middle School students won medals at the National Taekwondo Championship in Detroit. EJ Herrmann (l) and Alex Turut (r), both 11, won medals for board breaking. Each had to break 30 boards in two minutes in their respective belt/age classes. They both train at World Champion Taekwondo on Franklin Street in Westport with Master Donghyun Jang (c) and have been studying Taekwondo since they were in kindergarten at Kings Highway Elementary School. In preparation for the national tournament, they practiced five days a week for about 10 months, according to EJ’s mom, Susan Herrmann. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Crowded out by Monday’s fireworks coverage was word that the Westport 12U All-Star softball team won the District 2 championship, defeating Monroe 4-2 at Meyer Field. They went 5-0 during the tournament, beating Fairfield, Trumbull and Monroe. The team starts sectional round playing Darien on Thursday and Saturday against East Haven in Orange. Since 2013, the 10U to 12U All-Star teams in Westport have claimed six district titles, two divisional titles, three sectional titles and four state titles. Pictured: (l-r) back row) Coach Jeffrey Schwartz, Katie Mcgillion-moore, Allison Schwartz, Ava Vincini, Grace Alfero, Dylan Halky, Head Coach Louis Alfero, Natasha Taubenheim, Elle Desmarteau, and Coach Steve Vincini; (front row) Hannah Ceisler, Allyson Currier, Katie Gabriele, Lauren Hassell, and Niamh Dougherty. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
In a ceremony today on the steps of Town Hall, First Selectman Jim Marpe presented commendations to the rowers and coaches of the Saugatuck Rowing Club Girls Varsity 8+ who recently won the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Six of the nine-member crew were present. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Saugatuck Rowing Club’s (SRC) women’s youth 8+ capped off three undefeated years today by winning gold at USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Pictured (l-r): SRC girls assistant coach Anna Yamamoto, Noelle Amlicke (Westport), Kelsey McGinley (Westport), Imogen Ratcliffe (Westport), Willemijn ten Cate (Westport), Charlotte Powers, coxswain, SRC girls head coach Gordon Getsinger, Tatiana Chermayeff, Grace McGinley (Westport), Caitlin Esse, Sophie Pendrill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, June 10, 2017
The Staples High School varsity baseball team today defeated Amity 5-1 to win the CIAC Class LL championship for the first time in school history.
The game was played at Palmer Field in Middletown.
Sophomore Chad Knight, known to Westporters as member of the 2013 Little League World Series team, went the distance, allowing Amity five hits and contributing a two-run homer.
The Amity Spartans were a four-time defending champion. Click HERE for the final out call and video by WWPT-FM.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
The Staples High School Boys Track and Field team today won the 2017 Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class LL championship at Willowbrook Park in New Britain. The Wreckers edged defending champion Danbury in a close final margin of 81 points to 78.50. Zakeer Ahmad led a 1-2 finish in the 1600m run with teammate William Landowne as they finished in 4:18.44 and 4:19.63 respectively. It was the third Staples Boys team title in the CIAC Class LL, and the first since 2012. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo