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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Game Difference Image
A 20-yard field goal with 1.3 seconds left by Xavier senior kicker Andrew Verre resulted in a 3-0 loss tonight for the Staples Wreckers. Staples next meets Wilton Sept. 19 at Wilton.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for

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Breaking a Tackle Image
Staples quarterback Teddy Coogan, a senior, breaks a tackle tonight in the tight contest with Xavier. The Falcons won 3-0 on a last-second field goal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for

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Xavier Shuts Out Staples Football 3-0

Xavier High School of Middletown tonght shut out Staples High School 3-0 in the season home opener for the Wreckers. Image
The Wreckers take the field tonight in the third season opener under permanent lights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for

The difference in the Friday night under the lights contest was a game-winning 20-yard field goal with 1.3 seconds left by senior kicker Andrew Verre.

The Wreckers knew going in it was going to be tough. The Falcons won three straight Class LL state championships from 2010-2012.

It was perfect football weather as Staples played its third season home opener under permanent lights. Next up for Staples is Wilton at Wilton on Sept. 19.

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Keeping Up the Presssure Image
The Staples defense tonight kept up pressure on Xavier throughout the game. But the Falcons managed a field goal at the last second, defeating the Wreckers 3-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for

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Looking for a Receiver Image
Staples quarterback Teddy Coogan looks for a receiver in tonight’s game action against Xavier in the Wrecker season opener at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wilton Edges Staples 1-0 in Boys Soccer Image
Kenji Goto played stellar defense for Staples today. But Wilton edged out a 1-0 victory in a hard-fought, close contest. The Wreckers travel to Danbury on Tuesday, for a 6 p.m. match. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Staples Boys Soccer Wins Opening Match

The Staples boys soccer team got plenty of scoring chances, and capitalized twice, to shut out St. Joseph 2-0 today, at Loeffler Field. The match was the season opener for both squads. Image
Patrick Beusse celebrates his goal – the first of the season – against St. Joseph. Joining in are Spencer Daniels and Gabe Pensak. Defender Andrew Puchala rushes over too. Staples won 2-0, at Loeffler Field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for

The Wreckers pressed early and hard. They were rewarded midway through the first half. Nate Argosh beat his defender and fed Michael Reid. The midfielder turned and delivered a perfect through ball to Patrick Beusse, who roared forward to finish well.

Staples’s second score came six minutes after intermission. Andrew Puchala found Gabe Pensak. His strong, long shot caromed off the inside of the goal post, but Reid was there to blast a first-time shot in.

The blue-and-whites had a balanced attack, with Denzel Robinson, Daniel Perez Elorza, Graham Gudis, Luca Cocito and Sebastian Wick adding firepower to the work of Reid, Beusse and Argosh. The defense was led by Pensak Puchala, Kenji Goto and Spencer Daniels while Noah Schwaeber got the shutout in goal.

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Bobby Valentine: Lucky Fella Image
Bobby Valentine, the Stamford native who has had a storied career as a professional baseball player and manager, told the Westport Rotary Club today that much of his success can be attributed to luck and being in the right place at the right time. Valentine, now athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, also said in response to questions that he is in favor of instant replay instituted in Major League Baseball this year (“It helps because in the end we want to get it right”) and that on balance higher player salaries have made managing more difficult (“everyone now feels they’re special.”) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Kiwanis Triathlon No. 1 Female Finisher

Florence Chretien, female winner of the Westport Kiwanis Triathalon
Florence Chretien, 40, of South Salem, N.Y. was the top female finisher for the third year in a row in today’s Westport Kiwanis Triathlon at Compo Beach. Describing herself as “a professional triahlete,” she is pictured holding daughter Jackie, 2. She also has a son, James, 16. The fundraiser consisted of a point-to-point swim and a shorter bike and run course through area neighborhoods. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Team Elite 421 Top Finisher in Kiwanis Triathlon

Gage Holzhauer of Ridgefield and Staples High School seniors Jake Troelstra and North Woods, Westport Kiwanis Triathlon
With official time of 37.31, Team 421 Elite members (l-r)  Gage Holzhauer, 17, of Ridgefield and Staples High School seniors Jake Troelstra and North Woods came in first for the team entrants in today’s Westport Kiwanis Triathlon, which consisted of a half-mile swim, 5.5-mile bike course, and a 2.2-mile run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sunday Workout

Scenes from today’s Westport Kiwanis Minuteman Triathlon at Compo Beach. Dave Matlow for

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Sailing Student Wins Doug Sheffer Cup Image
Alex Zarikos, 14, of New Canaan is presented with the Doug Sheffer Cup today at the Longshore Sailing School by school head John Kantor. He won 11 out of 12 races in a Longshore competition. The newly inaugurated Doug Sheffer Cup is emblematic of the junior program"s “Top Gun,” according to Kantor. It is named in memory of Doug Sheffer, one of the original instructors at the sailing school (1975-78).  Joining in the presentation were Sheffer’s sister, Ann Sheffer, and aunt, Susan Malloy, both of Westport. Sheffer died in January in a Colorado helicopter crash at age 63. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Young Tennis Champs Image
Four Westport youngsters were on Team Trumbull, which won the 12 and under Intermediate Division JTT New England State Championship title in a USTA tournament in New Haven. Pictured (l-r) are Jackson Slattery, 10 (not a Westport resident); Amelia Galin, 10; Alexander Visser, 10; Luke Brodsky, 10, and Tighe Brunetti, 10. Coach Mike Slattery, who has been coaching the young players since the age of 6, is in the back. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

All in the Family: Tennis Champ at Age 7 Image
Maria Fotin, 7, of Westport was among the Chelsea Tigers from Stamford’s Chelsea Piers Tennis Club who won the Connecticut State Championship title in the 8 and under category. Maria, a rising second grader at Greens Farms Academy, is sister of Michael Fotin, 9, who was ranked New England’s top tennis player among boys 10 and under in July, according to the United States Tennis Association (USTA). He is entering fourth grade at Greens Farms Academy. (See WestportNow July 23, 2014) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Westport’s Jim Blake Back on Tennis Court at Yale ImageJames Blake, a Fairfield native and since 2012, a Westport resident, hits a serve to Jim Courier in an exhibition match tonight at the Connecticut Open at Yale University. Blake, 34, defeated the retired Courier, 44, a former world No. 1 player, in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Blake retired after last year’s U..S. Open after 14 years as a professional tennis player, which included a career-high No. 4 world ranking and 10 singles titles. Courier retired in 2000. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for
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