Friday, August 21, 2015
Doug Sheffer Sailing Cup Awarded to Staples Sophomore
Eric Elias (c), 15, today was awarded the second annual Doug Sheffer Cup at the Longshore Sailing School. Elias, a rising sophomore at Staples High School, was runnerup for the cup in 2014. Robbert VanBatenburg (r), 14, of Easton was runnerup while David Adipietro (l) 14, an entering Staples freshman, was second runnerup. The Doug Sheffer Cup is named in memory one of the original instructors at the sailing school (1975-78) who died in a January 2014 Colorado helicopter crash at age 63. The winners are pictured with John Kantor, owner of the Longshore Sailing School, and Ann Sheffer, Doug Sheffer’s sister. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Pickleball Comes to Compo
Pickleball, the latest trend to hit Westport’s Compo Beach, is generating attention with two courts that were installed by the Parks & Recreation Department this summer. According to Tom Lowrie, Westport’s official ambassador of the USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association) the courts opened last weekend and are open to the public as long as players have all the equipment, primarily a ball and paddles. Lowrie said Parks & Rec provides the net. Pickleball, invented in Bainbridge Island, Washington in 1965 is a paddle sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The USAPA says pickleball is now America’s fastest growing sport, “especially among the chronologically endowed.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Disc Golf at Sherwood Island State Park
An 18 “hole” disc golf course has been installed at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Steve Ditter, a member of the New England Flying Disc Association, traveled from Middletown for the first time in order to play the course. Disc golf is a flying disc game, as well as a precision and accuracy sport, in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target. The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Monday, August 10, 2015
Longshore Golf Champ
Gold Medal Winner
Monday, August 03, 2015
Westport 9-10 Softballers Win State Title
The Westport 9-10 Little League girls softball all stars defeated Waterford 3-1 today to win the state championship.
The Westport team members celebrate their state championship today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
It was the first state title for Westport softballers since 1975.
The win at Orange came after Westport defeated Waterford 9-6 on Sunday following Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Waterford in the series opener.
Westport’s win came on the strength of pitcher Amanda Green, who stayed in for the entire game. She struck out eight and allowed six hits.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
Little League 10-Under Champs
The Westport Under-10 Little League All-Stars won the LaMotta tournament in Stamford today with a 12-11 win over Darien in the championship game.They won the semi-final 9-4 over Stamford North and in the game before that won 7-0 versus Norwalk. Pictured (l-r, front row) Josh Friedman, Jason Lessing, Andrew Hess, Andrew Oppenheimer. (middle row): Taylor Brundige, Jason Wolgast, Alex Oppenheimer, Brennan Herold, James McGarry, Alex Fiala. (back row): Coach Mike McGarry, Manager Walter Wolgast, Coach Eric Oppenheimer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
On to State Title Game Monday for 9-10 Softballers
The Westport 9-10 Little League girls softball all stars play for the state title on Monday after defeating Waterford 9-6 today at Orange (above). The title game was set up after Westport bounced back from Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Waterford. Supporters are asked to wear navy and white to Monday’s game at 5:30 p.m. at 116 Old Tavern Road, Orange. Contributed photo
Sunday, July 26, 2015
12U Wreckers Blue Wins FCFSL Tournament
The Westport 12-under Wreckers Blue Travel Team won the Fairfield County fastpitch softball tournament in Southbury today, defeating the 12U Shepaug Storm 7-6. This tournament had 20 teams, an A bracket and B Bracket, the 12U Wreckers Blue was seeded in the A Bracket, top 10. They won two out of three games in the pool play Saturday, and they won 3-1 in the semi-finals against the CT Rockets and Winning 7-6 in the finals in a nail biter. Pictured (l-r) Charlotte Porzio, Ellie Doran, Lucy Kaplan, Kathryn Zanvettor, Coach Rob Moskowitz, Rosali Pirone, Reilly Caldwell, Julia Grimes, Aydan Moskowitz, Manager Louis Alfero, Sophia Alfero, Coach Alan Doran, Milei Wyatt and Coach Nikki Bukovsky. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The Westport Little League girls softball 10-under all stars tonight won the divisional tournament, defeating Darien 8-2 in Orange. Westport will play Shelton in the sectional championship game on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Old Tavern Park in Orange for a chance to advance to the states. Pictured (l-r, top row) Coach Jeff Schwartz and Manager Jeff Green (middle row) Elle DesMarteau, Maddie Hill, Allyson Currier, Niamh Dougherty, Allison Schwartz, Ava Vincini, Grace Alfero, Dylan Halky, Natasha Taubenheim (bottom row) Gabby Lantier and Katie McGillion-Moore. Missing from photo: Coach Doug Bernstein, Sydelle Bernstein, and Amanda Green. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Staples Grads Come Up Big in Under 23 World Rowing
Two Westport Staples High School 2011 graduates came up big this weekend at the 2015 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Lizzy Youngling (2nd r.) with fellow crew members after winning two golds in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) U.S. Rowing Association photo
Lizzy Youngling, 22, was part of the winning U.S. crew today in the women’s eight, her second gold after winning a gold Saturday in the women’s four. She also won a gold in the 2013 women’s eight World Under 23 Championships.
Max Meyer-Bosse, 22, was part of the men’s eight, which won a silver medal today. He was also part of the men’s eight which won a silver in the 2013 Under 23 World Championships.
Youngling, a 2015 graduate of the University of Virginia, took up rowing in 2008 with the Saugatuck Rowing Club while Meyer-Bosse, a senior at Harvard University, joined the club two years before.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
On Their Way
It was perfect running weather today as participants in the Westport Parks and Recreation Road Runners Annual Summer Series Run at Compo Beach set off. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
Gathering at the Gate
Participants in the Westport Parks and Recreation Road Runners Annual Summer Series Run line up today at the entrance to Compo Beach for the Saturday event. Today’s run was 4.1 miles. Each week the runs get progressively longer with the next race 4.7 miles beginning at Longshore Club Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
CT Challenge Riders Ready to Go
More than 1,300 bicyclists gathered at Westport’s Fairfield County Hunt Club early today for the start of the 2015 CT Challenge bike ride. Organizers said more than $1.7 million was raised to empower cancer survivors. Contributed photo
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Westport Girls Softballers Fall to Waterford 7-1
Westport’s 12-under Little League girls softball team today saw their quest for a state title fail as Waterford defeated the all stars 7-1 in Bristol.
Westport led in this game 1-0 after four innings, but Waterford scored all of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings to win the state championship.