Sunday, March 29, 2015
Getting Ready for Golf Season
National Honor for Laddie Lawrence
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced the induction of longtime Staples High School coach Laddie Lawrence into its National Hall of Fame.
This year’s induction ceremony will take place June 19 at the group’s national convention in Rochester, Minn.
The 2015 class includes 30 coaches from 16 states. His state’s high school coaches’ association selected Lawrence, an announcement said.
Lawrence was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004. He retired from teaching at Staples in 2013 after almost half a century but continues his running and track and field coaching duties.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Off to the Short Course Swimming Championships
Eleven Westport Weston YMCA Water Rats and two coaches gathered today to travel together to Greensboro, N.C. to compete in the 2015 YMCA National Short Course Championships. By team tradition, four “rookies” on the trip don pink bunny ears until they reach Greenboro. The swimmers who have qualified for this prestigious meet include Bryce Keblish, Tommy Gannon, Michael Deluca, Daniel Williams, Justin Summers, North Woods, Alex Rigione, John Whiteside, Willow Woods, Sarah Grinalds, Aileen Coyne and Ethan Hunter. The rookies with the ears are North Woods, Willow Woods, Aileen Coyne and Alex Rigione. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, March 27, 2015
Tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser drew a large crowd to the Westport Inn. Among senior cheerleaders, football and basketball players showing off the latest fashions from Westport’s South Moon Under were Sarah Ellman and Jack Marsilio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Varsity Vogue in Vogue
Scenes from tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser at the Westport Inn. WestportNow.com photos
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Longshore Ladies Golfers Hear of Course Improvements
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Golf Workout Indoors
What to do if Longshore’s fairways and greens are still covered in white? If you’re Patty Kondub, head coach of the Staples Girls Golf Team, you take the squad to the Westport Weston Family YMCA (where she works) for a pre-season workout in the Y’s cycle studio. The lady golfers finished second in the state last season, and this year, “We’re going to carry on the Staples tradition – winning and having fun,” says Kondub (back l. while Assistant Coach Liz Fry is back r.). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, March 23, 2015
Magazine Includes Longshore Among Best CT Courses
Golfweek Magazine’s annual ranking of Best Courses You Can Play State by State for the first time lists Westport’s Longshore Club Park, coming in at No. 9 for the State of Connecticut.
The course, which experienced maintenance issues until the town brought in an outside company in 2013, was originally designed as a private course in the mid-1920s by Orin E. Smith and renovated by architect John Harvey.
“We are honored to know that Longshore is recognized by Golfweek Magazine as one of the best courses to play in the state of Connecticut,” said head golf professional John Cooper.
“We have always known how special this golf course is and we hope anyone in Connecticut or visiting the area will call and book a tee time and experience the uniqueness of golf at Longshore.”
Sunday, March 22, 2015
U13 Blue Team Winner in WIN Tourney
Westport’s U13 Blue Team today won the Westport Soccer Association’s Westport Invitational Soccer Tournament, known as WIN, at Staples High School. The team sealed the victory by winning in penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie in the finals against Chelsea Piers Premiere. In all, they played four games leading up to championship game – a 1-1 tie against Norwalk; a 0-2 loss to Chelsea Piers Premiere, a 4-0 win over Fairfield, and a 7-0 win over Westport U13 White in the semifinals. Pictured are (top row, l-r) Assistant Coach Alex Anveri, Emerson Anveri, Sam Maged, Lars Djuve, Michael Lau, Drew Halpern, Chet Ellis, Tadeo Messenger, Head Coach Amar Bellara; (bottom row) Andrew Lau, Benny Feuer, Vignesh Kareddy, Matisse DeVos, Colin Corneck, Evan Siegel, Teddy O’Kane, and Josh Dedomenico. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Longshore Women’s Golf to Kick Off Season April 7
The Longshore Women’s Golf Association’s (LWGA) 18-hole league will kick-off the 2015 golf season with an opening meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m at the Westport Weston YMCA.
This marks the 55th 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 announcement said.
LWGA has a history of offering fun weekly tournaments and competitive matches to all women golfers. Seasonal events are held every Tuesday and will begin in May and run through October.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Staples Wreckers Place 8th at State Swim Meet
The six Wreckers swimmers from Staples High School today placed eighth at the state open swimming championships at the six-lane amphitheater pool at Yale University.
The team was led by senior Daniel Williams who was declared the co-champ in the 500-yard freestyle after an ultra-rare dead heat in high school swimming’s longest and most grueling event.
Williams trailed Karl Bishop from Cheshire who seemed to dominate the race with a comfortable lead until the final 100 yards, when Williams, trailing by two body lengths, started to surge.
The crowd at the arena grew loud as Williams caught Bishop about 10 yards from the finish and big cheers erupted when the scoreboard reported matching times of 4:35.61.
Staples Varsity Vogue Set for Friday, March 27
The 18th annual Staples High School Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction fundraiser will take place Friday, March 27 at the ballroom of the Westport Inn.
Proceeds from the Varsity Vogue event will benefit the Staples High School cheerleading squad. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Senior cheerleaders, football and basketball players will take the runway and show off fashions from South Moon Under in downtown Westport.
The show starts at 7 p.m. and will run until 9:30 p.m.There will be “creative cuisine” and a cash bar to enjoy as attendees cast bids on auction items, an announcement said.
They include:Staples Cheerleader for a Game – Join the Staples cheerleaders on the sidelines for a home football game and will cheer alongside the team.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Big Boys Teach the Little Boys
After a two-year hiatus, Staples High School Coach Jack McFarland (standing, r.) and his baseball players tonight ran a Little League clinic as a part of a fundraising effort at the Staples Field House in advance of the spring season. Participants ranged in age from 4 to 13. Many of the Staples players got their baseball start in Little League. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Westport Little League Seeks Youth Umpires
Westport Little League has announced it is seeking youth umpires.
Eligible candidates must be students in the sixth grade and up, an announcement said. Pay is $20 to $30 game.
Those interested should register at http://www.westportlittleleaguebaseball.com. (Click “register now” and scroll down to youth umpire section.
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Greens Farms Academy Basketball Champs Again
Greens Farms Academy Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Class C New England Tournament today for the third year in a row by defeating Winchendon (Mass.) 64-53 at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass. The team struggled this season with injuries and “bad breaks,” according to coach Doug Scott. But it ended 13-11 after winning three games in a row in the final tournament. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo