Friday, April 01, 2005
What a Team!
The Water Rats’ 13 qualifiers before they left for Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., today included (l-r): Cydney Eldh; David Platow; Clayton Goodgame; Anna Smith; Jason Brown; Aurora Lee; Mike Dunn; Laura Bedson; Danny Platow; Laura Strittmatter; Frisk Driscoll; Christina Bladek, and Keenan Coss. (CLICK TO ENLARGE ) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Westpot Police Athletic League Aids Staples Lacrosse Team
The Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) recently made a donation to the Staples High School lacrosse team. Over the last three years, the team has grown from just over 20 players to 60 players this year.The team did not have money in its budget to deal with the increase and Westport PAL stepped into to assist in funding the program. Shown turning over a Westport PAL check are (l-r): Officer Jill Ruggiero, Head Coach Jonathan Lake, Chief Al Fiore, president of Westport PAL, and Officer David Wolf. John Calka/Westport Police Department photo
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Westport’s Chris Halstead Repeats as Swim Champ
Chris Halstead: repeat champ. Emory University photoWestport’s Chris Halstead, a senior at Emory University, helped lead the school to its second consecutive second-place finish at the NCAA Division III national championships in Holland, Mich.
Halstead, who turns 22 next month, defended his national title in the 200-yard backstroke becoming the second Eagle from the Atlanta, Ga., school to repeat as a national champion.
His time of 1:48.98 seconds is the fourth-fastest time in school history behind three of his own. He now holds all 10 of the top 10 times in Emory record book.
Halstead set a school record by earning six All-American certificates at the national meet. He earned three individual certificates and three for relay events.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Teaching by Example
Bedford Middle School teacher Kathy Sharp goes up for a lay-up during the annual faculty vs. eighth grade student basketball game Friday night at Bedford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Staples Lady Wreckers Fall to Manchester 70-44 in Quarterfinals
Top-seeded Manchester proved too much Saturday night for the Staples girls basketball team, overpowering the Lady Wreckers 70-44 in the quarterfinals of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class LL tournament. Playing at Sheehan High School in Wallingford, undefeated Manchester improved to 22-0 on the season while Staples finished with a 17-7 record.
Staples’ Remi Ray Takes 600-Meter Race in Boston
Staples junior Remi Ray (No.767) moves on the outside into the lead in the 600-meter race to finish first at the New England Indoor Track Championship Friday night in Boston. Ted Sullivan/Staplesrunning.com photo
Staples junior Remi Ray runs the anchor leg of the boys 4x400 meter relay at Friday night’s New England Indoor Track Championship in Boston. The Wreckers finished sixth in the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ted Sullivan/Staplesrunning.com photo
Named All-New England
At Friday night’s New England Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston, the Staples 4 x 400 relay team (l to r) of Will Caffrey, Jason Hanrahan, Remi Ray and Rob Stewart placed sixth by running this seasons best time of 3:28.66. The four athletes were named All-New England and plan to compete this coming weekend at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. Ted Sullivan/Staplesrunning.com photo
Thursday, March 03, 2005
Lady Wreckers Gain Victory
The Lady Wreckers overpowered Simsbury 61-43 tonight at home to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2005 Division LL Basketball Tournament. Marilyn Smith for WestportNow.com
Making the Shot
Staples sophomore Kelly Romano shoots and lands a foul shot in tonights girlsҒ basketball playoff game. Dominating in every second of the game, the Lady Wreckers defeated Simsbury 61-43. Staples goes on to play Manchester in the next round of playoffs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Madeleine Roche for WestportNow.com
Staples Lady Wreckers Move on to Quarterfinals With 61-43 Win
The Staples Girls Basketball team continued their winning ways in the Staples gym tonight by defeating Simsbury High School 61-43.
Moving up: Lady Wreckers advance to quarter-finals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
With the victory, the Lady Wreckers advance to the quarterfinals of the
2005 Division LL Basketball Tournament.
Staples’ stingy defense, and 22 points and eight rebounds from Kelly Romano were keys to the win. The game marked the final home performances from senior co-captains Jackie Printz and Michelle Shea.
On Saturday, Staples will take on Manchester High School, an 83-48 winner over Newtown. Manchester promises to be quite a challenge, as they are undefeated and the top ranked team in the state.
The game will take place at 7:45 p.m. at Sheehan High School in Wallingford.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Staples Lady Wreckers Advance to “Sweet 16”
With their 68-57 victory Tuesday night over Bunnell High School, the Staples Lady Wreckers basketball team advanced into the “Sweet 16” of the Division LL of the Connecticut State Girls Basketball Tournament.
The teams moves on to play Simsbury High School, which upset Farmington on a last second basket 44-43. Staples is the ninth seed in the tournament and Simsbury is the 25th.
Because the Wreckers are the higher seeded team, the game will take place Thursday night in the Staples gym at 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on the Staples student station, WWPT, 90.3 FM at 6:50 p.m. with Staples students Greg Kaplan and Patrick Toole calling the action.
Monday, February 28, 2005
Westport’s John Baumann Wins Ivy League Rookie Award
Westport’s John Baumann has earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for games ending Sunday, according to the Web site collegesports.com.
Baumann led his Columbia University basketball team in scoring this weekend, averaging 15.5 points per game and four rebounds per game in just over 20 minutes per contest. The 2004 Staples grad shot 13-of-16 from the floor for a blistering .813 percentage.
He totaled 14 points in 24 minutes vs. Princeton and finished with 17 points in 17 minutes vs. Penn. Baumann has now scored in double-figures in three consecutive contests. In each of the three, he established new career-highs, with 17 points vs. Penn being his best yet.
This is the first weekly honor for Baumann, but the fourth for a Columbia rookie this season. Columbia plays its final two games this weekend, when they travel to Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Staples Basketball Season Ends With 54-40 Victory Over Darien
By Ed FriedlandWestportNow Community Correspondent
The Wreckers’ season ended on a high note tonight, as Staples defeated Darien by a score of 53 - 40. The JV and Freshmen also posted victories.
Staples senior boys: (l-r) Wes Lemon, Pete Friedland, Sean Milligan Dave Altschuler, and Mike Bruno. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
For the first time this season, the varsity led from start to finish. In the first quarter, the Wreckers were paced with solid three point shooting from Brian Levine and Wes Lemon.
More importantly, the Darien offense, and its leading scoring Brendan Sullivan, was kept in check with swarming team defense. Sullivan was held well below his season average of 25 points per game.
In the second quarter, after Staples went up by 12, Darien tried to make a run, and closed the gap to six points. Staples, however, scored the last four points to take a 30 - 20 lead into halftime.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Getting the Best of a Rival
The Staples wrestling team took part in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class L tournament today in Bristol. Here Pete Menchaca gets the best of a rival in his 119 match. The Wreckers came in 20th in the team standings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chip Stephens for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport