Sunday, October 30, 2005
8th Grade North Winds Up Season
In the final regular season game tonight, Westport PAL football 8th grade North battled to a 0-0 tie against Wilton at Wilton High School. Lining up for a play were Devin Graber (71), Alex Mullen (33), Jason Gandelman (76), and Alex Schmerzler (15). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gandelman for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Staples Girls Volleyball Triumphs in FCIAC Tourney
In the most thrilling match of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference playoff quarterfinals, the second-seeded Staples High School girls volleyball team today overcame a 2-1 deficit in games and a 12-7 deficit in the fifth and final game to pull out a 25-20, 13-25, 25-21, 17-15 victory.
Kelly Wall had 10 kills and seven service points, including six service points after she took the ball when the Wreckers trailed, 12-7, in the final game.
Libby DeFeo had seven kills while Katrina Ellison tallied 13 kills and two blocks for second-seeded Staples (17-2), which plays third-seeded St. Joseph at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the opening game of the FCIAC semifinals at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
Diana Delva racked up 42 kills, 39 digs and eight service points to lead the seventh-seeded Vikings (12-7), who dealt Staples one of its only two losses this season. Margret Ann Crone contributed 40 assists and nine digs while Nicole Vartuli had 29 digs for Westhill.
Staples Beats Stamford 28-6
The Wrecker defense held the line tonight as Staples defeated Stamford 28-6 in a game at Stamford’s Boyle Stadium. The win improved the Wreckers to 7-0 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 28, 2005
Staples Boys Soccer Sinks Ridgefield
Brendon Cristobal’s goal midway through the second half gave Staples boys soccer team a hard-earned 1-0 victory at Ridgefield today.
The Wreckers’ third win in three days—and fourth consecutive shutout—keeps them in contention for an FCIAC playoff berth. The surging blue-and-whites, now 10-3-2, finish the regular season Monday (home, 3 p.m., vs. Fairfield Ludlowe). That game—like the five previous ones—is a must-win.
Cristobal’s goal came off a feed from Ross McGibney. The striker turned his defender, found Cristobal alone on the left, then watched as Cristobal cruised through the box and slotted his shot home.
Besides Cristobal—who played his best game in a Staples uniform—the Wreckers got outstanding efforts from keeper Brad Green, who contributed a key punch save when the match was scoreless; Preston Hirten, who attacked well from his defensive spot, and Colin Nangle, who anchored the backs.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Danbury
Keaton Cristobal’s goal with less than five minutes remaining lifted the Staples boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory today over Danbury at the losers’ field.
The victory gave the Wreckers (now 9-3-2) an important lift in their drive for an FCIAC playoff berth. At the same time, it knocked the Hatters out of contention for the state tournament.
Cristobal slotted the ball past the keeper after Ross McGibney’s pass was deflected wide by a defender. The game’s other hero was Brad Green, the reserve goalkeeper who, in his second straight start, turned away several tough chances and earned his second consecutive shutout.
Staples’ third game in three days is set for 3:45 p.m. Friday at Ridgefield. Like the others this week, it is a must-win for the Wreckers’ league playoff hopes.
Westport Warriors Advance to Semi-Finals
By Nancy Crofts
The Westport Warriors played two home games last weekend after being on the road for 14 of 16 games since Sept. 3.
Despite vertical rain and wind Saturday, the Westport team dug down deep to battle Shelton’s incredibly strong midfield and won their Connecticut Cup Match 2-0.
The Shelton victory advances the girls in the Connecticut State Cup Tournament to the semi-finals Saturday in Farmington.
The 3-0 win against Stamford Sunday keeps the team tied for first place in the Southwest District CJSA league with an overall 5 – 1 record.
Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out McMahon
Ross McGibney’s true hat trick—three straight goals—powered the Staples boys soccer team to a 3-0 victory today over Brien McMahon at Jack Casagrande Field.
Brad Green, filling in for injured goalkeeper Dave Sharpe, earned the shutout in his first varsity start.
McGibney’s first strike—off the crossbar and in—came off a feed from Keaton Cristobal. The second began with Brendon Cristobal, and was assisted by Brian Carpenter. The third tally began with a full-field switch of direction by defender Tyler Ross.
The Wreckers, now 8-3-2, play their second match in 24 hours on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 3:45 p.m., in Ridgefield.
On to the Semi-Finals
The U12 Westport Warriors soccer team has advanced into Saturday’s semi-finals of the Connecticut State Cup Tournament in Farmington following a weekend win against Shelton. See story on sports page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Nancy Crofts for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
The Westport Soccer Association/HealthNet Tots’ Program has concluded its fall season. More than 125 preschoolers took part in the program. Pictured is Coach Kelvin Mutambo showing future stars of Westport proper trapping techniques. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kevin Manion for WestportNow.com
Staples Boys Soccer Postponed
The Staples boys soccer game, scheduled for this evening at Brien McMahon High School, has been postponed to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
That gives the Wreckers three away games in three days, in their drive for an FCIAC playoff berth.
“It’s one more obstacle to overcome,” said head coach Dan Woog. “But our guys are focused and ready for anything.
“This group can achieve anything it puts its mind to. The next few days should be very exciting, and we can’t wait to start playing.”
Monday, October 24, 2005
Staples Field Hockey Edges Danbury 2-1
The Staples varsity field hockey team today edged Danbury 2-1 in a game played at Westport’s Ginny Parker Field.
Senior Emma Mersmann (21), dribbles the ball down for an offensive play in today’s Wrecker 2-1 win over Danbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Susan Wynkoop for WestportNow.com
During a half that was dominated by Staples, the Wreckers scored within the last minute of the half on an assist by Blake Orban to junior Lauren Mlynski, leading the half by a score of 1-0.
In the second half, the Danbury Hatters came back to score a goal on a stroke, leaving the game tied, 1-1.
Shortly thereafter, the Wreckers came back and a goal was scored by junion Arianna Gewith with an an assist by freshman Brooke Donovan.
Keith Gelman, with blocks from John Crosby and Ben Schneider, breaks tackles on a long TD run in today’s Westport 8th Grade North 28-13 victory over Darien on Saugatuck Field in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mitch Gandelman for WestportNow.com
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Wreckers Shut Out Norwalk 50-0
Senior Bryan Wrapp makes a 55-yard punt return for a third quarter—and final—touchdown in today’s 50-0 homecoming win over Norwalk. The Wreckers, ranked No. 1 in the state, improved to 6-0 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo