Saturday, November 19, 2005
Just Out of Reach
Staples senior Matt Dicesare (68) tries to get his hands on the ball during today’s 14-0 Staples FCIAC championship loss to Trumbull at Boyle Stadium in Stamford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com
Trumbull Overpowers Staples 14-0 to Win FCIAC Title
Trumbull tonight handed Staples its first loss in 20 games, overpowering the Wreckers 14-0 in the FCIAC championship game at Boyle Stadium in Stamford.
No. 1-ranked Staples, seeking its second FCIAC title in three years, entered the game 9-0 on the season while Trumbull was 8-1. Staples had defeated Trumbull 13-0 on Oct. 7.
Playing in crisp, cool weather with the temperature in the 30s, the Wreckers seemed unable to show the power displayed in earlier season games. Quarterback D. J. Stefkovich had four passes intercepted after suffering an ankle injury.
Stefkovich had to be helped off the field in the closing minutes of the game after remaining motionless on the field following a play. It turned out to be the ankle injury which he had suffered earlier.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Staples Diamond Club Seeks Baseball Alumni
The Staples Diamond Club is building a database of alumni of the Staples High School baseball team and is looking for former players.
The database will be used to keep alumni informed about Staples baseball and the activities of the Diamond Club, including the planned May 2006 Homecoming Game at Harbor Yard Stadium, an announcement said.
The Staples Diamond Club, Inc., is a nonprofit organization run by Staples High School parents to support the Staples baseball program. In its first season, the Diamond Club, among other things, created the Web site http://www.staplesbaseball.com which contains baseball news, game photos and stats for all three Staples baseball teams.
Staples Girls Swim Team Takes Second in State Tourney
The Staples girls swim team took second place at the Class L swimming championship Wednesday night at Wesleyan University with 571.50 points.
Staples opened the meet with the team of Kellyn Loftus, Savitri Horrigan, Anna Smith and Molly Hennessy winning the 200 medley relay in 1:53.22. Smith then came back to take first in the 100 butterfly.
Capping off a victorious night Smith then anchored the 200 free relay of Hennessy, Meghan Lally, Laura Scott and Smith to first place in 1:41.90.
Staples got one more first place as Cydney Eldh tied for first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.83. Newtown won the meet on the strength of 78 points in diving for a total of 593 points. Ridgefield was third with 478.
U10 Girls Blue Wave Soccer Team Makes Strong Finish
The Westport Soccer Association U10 Girls Blue Wave soccer team finished the fall season with an impressive 5-2-2 record. They outscored their opponents by a 22-12 margin. Both losses were by one goal.
The Blue Wave team had a successful season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
The explosive offense was lead by Allison April, Daisy Banta, Brooke Berlin, Isabella Claveloux, Chloe Evans, Kelly Harris, Caitlin Hartmann, Charlotte Massey, Caitlyn Rand and Julia Tziolis.
The tenacious defense was anchored by Kerry Manion and Tyler Scanlin. The fearless goal keepers were Hannah Libby and Ali Thomson.
The team developed as a cohesive unit under Gustavo Villagra, of Mickey Kydes Soccer Enterprises, and parent assistants Kevin Manion and Jim Scanlin.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
PJ Romano Field Dedication Saturday
Honored: Field to be named after PJ Romano. Contributed photoLongtime community volunteer Peter “PJ” Romano, who was associated with the Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) for almost 50 years, will be honored Saturday with dedication of a football field named after him.
The 10 a.m. ceremony will take place at the field behind Saugatuck Elementary School. Romano, who died in 2003 at the age of 71, spent time there as a high school athlete and as an adult seeing to it that the youth of Westport enjoyed their athletic experience.
Romano, who was PAL director for more than 30 years, led a group of dedicated volunteers whose efforts continue today in such events as the 4th of July Fireworks, the PAL Christmas party at Longshore, the Special Olympics each April and, most recently, the ice rink at Longshore.
Among those participating in the ceremony will be Westport First Selectman Diane Farrell, who initiated the idea of dedicating the field, along with Police Chief Al Fiore and Parks and Recreation Department Director Stuart McCarthy. Friends, past and present PAL players and volunteers, and the public are invited to attend.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Westport Soccer Blue Demons U-11 Girls Win Division Tourney
The Westport Soccer Blue Demons U-11 girls are the new division champs.
Blue Demons celebrate their victory. Contributed photo
The team defeated the Monroe Mustangs 1-0 Sunday with Siri Andrews scoring the lone goal on a carefully threaded pass from Carlie Schwaeber. Goalkeeper Meghan Coyne heroically defended the Westport nets.
The Blue Demon team is comprised of Adrian Allen, Siri Andrews, Courtney Barry, Sydney Bibicoff, Turner Block, Sarah Cooperman, Meghan Coyne, Abby Fagan, Amanda Giannitti, Taylor Hawes, Ryan Kirshner, Danielle Kosinski, Karolina Laredo, Rachel McDermott, Carlie Schwaeber, Annie Shoup and Gabrielle Wimer.
The team was coached by Kevin O’Hara and Gabriel Stan from Mickey Kydes Soccer Enterprises, and parent assistants Andrew Laredo and Wayne Schwaeber.
(Editor’s note: WestportNow inadvertently posted an incorrect photo with this article earlier. We regret the error.)
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Looking for a Receiver
Perfect Football Weather
Staples Football Edges Ridgefield 27-23
The No. 1-ranked Staples Wreckers edged Ridgefield 27-23 today at home to keep their undefeated record intact.
It was the season’s first loss for the Ridgefield Tigers who led 23-20 in the game with 3:59 left. But for the second week in a row, Staples came from behind to gain the victory.
The Wreckers improved to 9-0 on the season and are now headed to their second appearance in the FCIAC championship in three years. It will be a rematch between Trumbull and Staples Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Boyle Stadium in Stamford.
Trumbull (8-1), which suffered a 13-0 loss against Staples in Week 4, earned its way in by virtue of its 17-13 victory over New Canaan Friday night.
Staples Field Hockey Falls to Simsbury
The Staples field hockey season ended today with a 2-0 loss to Simsbury, ranked No. 3, in the state tourney at Simsbury.
No. 11-ranked Staples dominated the play throughout the entire game but players could not convert their hard work into scoring opportunities.
Abby Healy and Johanna Lou scored for Simsbury which ended the season with a 12-1-2 record. Staples ended with a 11-7 record.
Friday, November 11, 2005
Staples Boys Soccer Falls to Newtown
The Staples boys soccer team outshot Newtown 12-4 and led on corner kicks 6-3, but the Nighthawks outscored the Wreckers 2-1 today at Blue and Gold Stadium.
Newtown—seeded third in the state “LL” (extra large schools tournament), and ranked eighth in the country, upped their season record to 15-1-1, and advanced to the tourney quarterfinals. Staples, seeded 14th, ends the season at 12-4-2.
Despite dominating play, the Wreckers went into halftime down 1-0. The goal, in the 32nd minute, came after star midfielder Marc Doherty laced a free kick that Chris Hoagland headed in from close range.
The hosts made it 2-0 early in the second half, off a scramble in the penalty area, but Staples retaliated just 51 seconds later. Russell Oost-Lievense played an indirect kick to Ross McGibney. He drove to the left side, then launched a cross to the far post that Ben King headed home.