Thursday, October 13, 2005
Westport’s Kyle Martino Leads U.S. 2-0 Soccer Victory
Kyle Martino: Staples grad leads U.S. team to victory. File photoStaples grad Kyle Martino scored the first goal six minutes into the second half Wednesday night and the U.S. soccer team went on to a 2-0 victory over Panama at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
The win was an anticlimactic end to the World Cup qualifying series since the U.S. team had already qualified with Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama already eliminated from contention.
Martino, a former national high school player of the year at Staples where he graduated in 1999, took advantage of Coach Bruce Arena’s decision to use the game to evaluate some little used players.
Martino was on the spot and showed perfect execution when Chris Albright slotted an aerial pass 10 yards from goal on the left. The Columbus Crew playmaker drove his first international goal inside goalkeeper Jaime Penedo off the near post.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Staples Boys Soccer Whips Westhill
Players from both teams slipped and slid on slick Albie Loeffler Field today, but the conditions did not detract from an exciting, well played soccer match. Staples used two first-half goals, and a tally in the final minute, to top Westhill 3-1.
Ben King (5) shields the ball against a Westhill attacker in today’s 3-1 win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Amy Lamb for WestportNow.com
The win raises the Wreckers’ record to 5-2-2, while the Vikings drop to 6-2-1.
Keeper Dave Sharpe and the defense of Colin Nangle, Ben King, Brian Carpenter, Tyler Ross and Nicky Hoberman were heroes today, thwarting numerous attacks by the skillful, speedy visitors.
Nangle nailed the first goal, on a penalty kick; then Preston Hirten finished off a nicely built up play, including feeds from Matt Lamb and Keaton Cristobal. Cristobal ended the scoring, heading in Hirten’s cross.
Monday, October 10, 2005
PAL Football: 8th Grade North Bows to Fairfield 16-8
Playing on home turf, Matt Kelly of Westport’s 8th Grade North, with assists from Brian Turkel, Cameron Ventling, Jason Gandelman and Tom Wippick, leads a tackle in today’s 16-8 hard fought loss to Fairfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gandelman for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Staples Boys Soccer Postponed
The Staples High School boys’ soccer game scheduled for today at Ridgefield has postponed, to a date to be determined.
The Wreckers, now 4-2-2, are next in action on Tuesday, when they host Westhill (3:45 p.m.) in a crucial FCIAC encounter.
Senior Lonson Becker advances the ball during tonight’s Wrecker 13-0 victory over Trumbull at Trumbull. The Staples win included six interceptions, three by Brian Levine, two by R. J. Marsilio and one by Matt DiCeare. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Cheering in the Rain
The Staples cheerleaders didn’‘t let a little rain dampen thier enthusiasm during tonight’s 13-0 Staples win over Trumbull at Trumbull. The Wreckers advanced to 4-0 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Betsey Lebow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Staples Boys Soccer Stops Wilton
The Staples boys soccer team’s new defensive alignment paid dividends at Albie Loeffler Field today.
Eric Meyer (white) bursts through the Wilton defense, in Staples’ 3-0 win today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Melanie Nagle for WestportNow.com
With Colin Nangle anchoring the defense—and scoring the first goal on a free kick—the Wreckers topped Wilton 3-0. Justin Rodriguez got the other two goals off the bench, on assists from Matt Lamb and Greg Bachman.
All three goals came in the second half, after excellent Wilton goalkeeping kept Lamb, Brendon Cristobal, Keaton Cristobal and Preston Hirten from scoring in the first 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, Nangle led the defensive corps of Tyler Ross, Brian Carpenter, Ben King and Nicky Hoberman.
Staples Football Star Joining Marines
Pat Scott, who helped lead the Staples High School football team to the Class L state championship last season, has decided to join the U.S. Marines so he can help fight in the war against terrorism, according to today’s The Hour of Norwalk. Scott, shown earlier this year with Coach Marce Petroccio at a team banquet, reportedly told Petroccio: “Coach, I’m going to the Marines. That’s what I always wanted and that’s what I’m doing. ” He reports to Parris Island, S.C. Oct. 23 to begin basic training, the newspaper said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Staples Field Hockey Defeats Fairfield Ludlowe 1-0
The Staples Field Hockey team defeated Fairfield Ludlowe 1-0 at home Monday. Pictured is Katie Baxter (1), senior tri-captain, preparing to slam an unassisted goal into the net in the second quarter. The Wreckers are now 6-2 on the season. The next game is today at 3:45 p.m against a tough Darien team on Ginny Parker Field. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wnykoop for WestportNow.com
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Westport 8th North Defeats Darien 32-0
Westport 8th grade north shut out Darien 32-0 today at Bedford Middle School. Pictured is Brendan Rankowitz as he breaks tackles and runs for one of the four Westport touchdowns. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gandelman for WestportNow.com
Michael Johnson runs for 6 yards on a quarterback sneak putting the final touches on today’s Westport 8th Grade North 32-0 win over Darien in PAL football at Bedford Middle School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gandelman for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Wreckers Roll Over Harding 41-7
Senior Bryan Wrapp scampers in to score the first Staples touchdown today in the Wreckers’ 41-7 home victory over Bridgeport Harding. It was the first of two for Wrapp. Staples is now 3-0 on the season. Details here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo