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Friday, August 22, 2014

Sailing Student Wins Doug Sheffer Cup

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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 WestportNow.com

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Young Tennis Champs

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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

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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

WestportNow.com 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 WestportNow.com
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Still Has the Magic

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James Blake of Westport hits a back hand stroke to Jim Courier tonight at the Connecticut Open in New Haven at an exhibition match. Blake, 34, a former world No 4, defeated Courier, 44, a former world No. 1, in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Although retired, Blake plays on the PowerShares Series tour with other former stars like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Andy Roddick. Blake will play Roddick in another Connecticut Open exhibition match on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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‘Go Westport!’

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A spectator shouted “Go Westport!” before the start of tonight’s exhibition match between Westport’s James Blake and Jim Courier at the Connecticut Open in New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Westport Bike Ride Team Meets Cancer Challenge

By James Lomuscio

Geographically, it is all downhill, admits Lucas Fortini, director of cycling for Sherpa Fitness at Westport’s 1555 Post Road East.

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In Westport, Team Sherpa members taking part in this weekend’s CT Challenge are (l to r) Lucas Fortini, Brett Jones and Jean Desrosiers, owner of Sherpa Fitness on Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) James Lomuscio for WestportNow.com

Still, that doesn’t mean Friday’s 85-mile trek from Lakeville in Litchfield County to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport will be a breeze. He expects a lot of pedaling, pumping and uphill climbs.

“We roll out of Lakeville at 7:30, and everybody should be reaching the Hunt Club by noon,” Fortini said about the 10th annual CT Challenge Bike Ride taking place Friday and Saturday, raising funds to support programs for cancer survivors.

On Saturday, Fortini plans to be back on his light weight, full carbon racing bike at 7:30 a.m. to complete a 100-mile loop from the Hunt Club through northern Fairfield County and back.

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Only 9 and New England’s No. 1 in Tennis

Nine-year-old Michael Fotin, who is entering fourth grade at Westport’s Greens Farms Academy, has been ranked New England’s top tennis player among boys 10 and under, according to the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

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Michael Fotin: hopes to be in world top 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Michael, who first held a tennis racquet at age 3 and began playing competitively at 7, has won 25 of his last 26 USTA tournament matches, according to Alex Fotin, his father.

He plays tennis regularly at the tennis club Chelsea Piers in Stamford, his father said.

“His ultimate goal is to become a tennis pro and get ranked top 10 in the world,” the proud father said.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Point to Point Winner

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Jonathon Blansfield, 17, of Westport finishes first today in the 36th annual Westport Weston Family Y Point to Point swim race at Compo Beach. Blansfield, who completed the one-mile, open water course in 17:07, won the competition for the second consecutive year. A 2014 graduate of Staples High School, he will attend Northwestern University in the fall. According to Nicole Turecheck, Family Y aquatics director, 105 participants registered for today’s event. Ages ranged from 10 to 76. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Winning Duo

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Jonathon Blansfield, 17, and Danielle Honrath, 29, were the male and female first place finishers in the 36th annual Point to Point swim race at Compo Beach today. Blansfield, a 2014 Staples High School graduate, finished in 17:07. Honrath, whose time was 18:40, said it is the fourth time she competed in the Point to Point and just on Saturday earned a first place finish in a one-mile swim in Greenwich. Formerly of Monroe and now residing in New York, Honrath is an advertising account director for Young & Rubicam. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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View from Above: Point to Point Swim


Aerial view of today’s Point to Point swim competition at Westport’s Compo Beach. Contributed video

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Everyone Into the Water

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Swimmers set out today in the 36th annual Point to Point swim at Westport’s Compo Beach sponsored by the Westport Weston Family Y. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Swimming Compo Waters in 36th Annual Event


Scenes from today’s 36th annual Point to Point swim at Compo Beach. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saugatuck Medal Winners at National Championships

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The USRowing Club National Championships are under way in Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club has produced medal winners. Pictured (l-r) are Coach Sharon Kriz, intermediate men’s pair gold medalists Nico Merget and Fabian Bindenberger, and men’s junior single bronze medalist Christoph Bub. The event began Wednesday on Melton Hill Lake and winds up Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Westport Loses, Fairfield Advances in District 2 LL

Hopes of a repeat fairytale ride to the Little League World Series for Westport ended today as the Westport U12 team went down to defeat to Fairfield American 8-3 at Unity Park in Trumbull.

It was a must win for Westport to survive to play Fairfield American again on Sunday, but it was not to be.

The Westport team, hoping to emulate the success of last year’s team, was down 3-1 in the fifth when Adam Petro homered over the centerfield fence with a man on to even the score.

But Fairfield came back in the sixth with a three-run homer by Jamie Flink and added on with a two-run homer by Vince Camera to clinch the victory.

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