Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Moment of Injury
This photo by Kerry Long shows Staples striker Ross McGibney seconds before his collision with St. Joseph keeper Bryan Pollock Monday. The Wrecker striker landed on his elbow, dislocating it but not breaking it. Surgery was not required, and assessment of ligament damage will have to wait until the swelling subsides. Staples overcame McGibney’s absence and won 2-0, on a pair of second-half strikes by Colin Nangle.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kerry Long for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 26, 2005
Staples Boys Soccer Beats St. Joe’s, Loses McGibney
Ross McGibney: out with dislocated elbow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
The Staples boys soccer team downed St. Joseph 2-0 today at Albie Loeffler Field, running their record to 3-0-2, but the news was not all good.
Striker Ross McGibney—perhaps the best player in the state—suffered a severely dislocated elbow when he flew high with the keeper, fighting to win a loose ball early in the first half. The senior co-captain was scheduled to undergo surgery later this evening.
After the half-hour injury delay, Colin Nangle—co-captain with McGibney—took the game in his own hands. He roamed the field relentlessly, and ran the show from his central midfield position. He also powered in two goals, 6 and 11 minutes after McGibney got hurt.
Nangle’s first tally was a free kick that roared under the keeper; the second was an equally lethal blast off a rebound of a shot by Taylor Stuart.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Staples Field Hockey Splits Games
The Staples Field Hockey team suffered its first defeat Friday against Westhill Stamford but came back Saturday with a win over Weston. Both were away games.
Staples’ Eliza Howe attempts to score against Weston in Saturday’s game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wynkoop for WestportNow.com
Westhill displayed good field hockey skills and the Staples team suffered because of Westhill’s home turf field, which players had not had a lot of practice on. Overall, Staples outplayed Westhill, but was unable to seize on scoring opportunities, losing 2-0.
In Saturday’s 1-0 win over Weston, an offensive penalty corner, EJ Drevno, a junior, stopped the ball for a feeder to Blake Orban, also a junior, who drove the ball into the goal for a stunning score. Staples played a strong offensive and defensive game and controlled the ball for the entire game.
The field hockey team plays Wilton away Wednesday and its next home game is Friday at 4 p.m. against Trumbull on the Ginny Parker field.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
New Canaan Tops Westport North 8th 32-20 in PAL Football
Brandon Pacilio (23) runs for a good yardage in the Westport North 8th grade vs. New Canaan game today at Westport which New Canaan won 32-20. Westport led 14-8 at the half but three New Canaan touchdowns in the fourth turned the game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gendelman for WestportNow.com
Opening TD in Home Opener
Senior Ryan Bohling scores the opening Staples touchdown on a 20-yard run in the opening quarter of today’s 55-13 win over Stamford Westhill. He later scored another TD on a 5-yard run. Today was the Wrecker home opener. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Sophomore Josh Kozel gets tackled during today’s 51-13 Staples romp over Westhill of Stamford at home. The Wreckers are now 2-0 and meet Bridgeport Harding at home next Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Staples Rolls Over Westhill 55-13
Staples, Greenwich in Nail-Biting Boys Soccer Tie
The first half belonged to Greenwich, the second to Staples, and the final result was a well-deserved 0-0 boys soccer tie today at Cardinal Stadium in Greenwich.
The match, pitting two of the top teams in the FCIAC, lived up to its billing, with both teams hitting the crossbar once, both keepers making excellent saves, and both midfields battling on even terms.
Wrecker coach Dan Woog singled out his goalie, Dave Sharpe, and defenders Craig Wolgast, Ben King, Brian Carpenter and Nicky Hoberman—the latter playing in his first varsity game ever—for special praise.
“We’ll take a tie on their field—not many teams are going to accomplish that this year,” Woog said. “We played only three seniors today. They provided great leadership, and the 10 juniors who played are really stepping up.” Staples, now 2-0-2, hosts St. Joseph Monday, at 3:45 p.m.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Lady Wreckers Triumph Over Norwalk 5-0
Senior Sam Katz throws the ball into play during tonight’s Staples girls varsity soccer match against Norwalk HIgh at Norwalk. The Lady Wreckers won 5-0 to improve their season record to 1-0-2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galen Blumenthal for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Lady Wreckers Continue Undefeated Streak
The Staples Field Hockey team continued its three-game winning streak today, defeating Norwalk 2-0 at home.
Today’s 2-0 win over Norwalk was the third successive victory for the Lady Wreckers. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wynkoop for WestportNow.com
Staples scored within the first minute of the game with an unassisted goal by junior Libby Myers. Staples scored again in the second half with Katie Baxter, a senior tri-captain, getting an assist from Blake Orban.
To date, Staples senior goalie and trip-captain Claire Warriner has not allowed any goals to be scored from opposing teams.
In the opening game against Weston, the Lady Wreckers won 4-0, and in the ensuing game against Stamford, Staples won 1-0. The next game is against Stamford Friday at 3:45 p.m. at Stamford. The next home game is against Trumbull on Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.
Wreckers Tie 1-1 With Trumbull in Boys Soccer
In a repeat of last year’s score, Staples and Trumbull fought to a 1-1 draw today at Staples’ Albie Loeffler Field.
Matt Lamb evades a Trumbull tackle in today’s 1-1 tie with Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
Co- Capitan Ross McGibney broke the deadlock in the very physical match with a goal in the 50th minute.
The play began with a long free kick by goalkeeper Dave Sharpe to Brian Carpenter, who sent McGibney into the box with a seeing-eye pass.
The Golden Eagles equalized seven minutes later.
Sharpe saved the game with 5 minutes to go on a brilliant save. As the final horn sounded, Trumbull’s goalie stopped Colin Nangle’s shot. The Wreckers, now 2-0-1, travel to Greenwich for a key match Saturday at 11 a.m.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Staples Boys Soccer Team Rolls Over Fairfield Warde 7-1
The Staples boys soccer team avenged last year’s FCIAC tournament loss to Fairfield Warde with a 7-1 victory today at Albie Loeffler Field.
The Wreckers had a balanced attack as seven different players had goals in the match and six had assists
Staples scorers included Preston Hirten, Ross McGibney, Brendon Cristobal, Colin Nangle, Ben King, Keaton Cristobal and Justin Rodriguez.
In their first two games of the season, Staples has outscored their opponents 15-1. They will look to continue their success on Wednesday as they host Trumbull at 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Wreckers Defeat Danbury 6-0 in Football Season Opener
The Staples Wreckers scored early but it was enough to defeat Danbury 6-0 in the football season opener tonight at Danbury’s Crotty Stadium.
Bryan Wrapp scored the only Wrecker touchdown, taking a pass from D. J. Stefkovich on a third-and-10 from the Staples 16. He broke one tackle and raced into the end zone for an 84-yard touchdown scoring play just 4:22 into the game.
Wrapp’s point after attempt was wide. The Wreckers open at home Sept. 24 against Westhill.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Getting Personal With Jim Nantz
CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz was today’s guest speaker at the Westport Weston Y’s Men. The Westporter captivated his audiience with many inside sports tales. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Staples sophomore Alexa Krakowiak of the girls junior varsity volleyball team gets set for a shot during today’s game against Fairfield Ludlowe at Staples. The Wrecker freshman, JV and varsity squads all beat Fairfield Ludlowe today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Galen Blumenthal for WestportNow.com