Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Staples Boys Soccer Ties New Canaan 1-1
Grant Sirlin (shown in photo) returned to action against New Canaan today, following a layoff with a broken nose. Nate Argosh’s goal, off Graham Gudis’ free kick, helped the Staples boys soccer team earn a 1-1 draw with the Rams. The Wreckers, now 3-2-2, host Central on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, September 29, 2014
Malloy Signs Concussion Bill at Staples
In a Staples High School field house ceremony today, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy formalized at the Staples the signing of a concussion law that had been unanimously approved by the state legislature in the spring. The act, concerning youth athletics and concussions, was initiated by three Westport women whose sons were victims of sports-related concussions. Westport parents Diana Coyne, Pippa Bell Ader and Ann Sherwood, founders of the Parents Concussion Coalition, were on hand after working for two years to update the state’s concussion law and bring it to the basic current standards of practice. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Malloy Congratulates Westport Moms
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy poses today at the Staples High School field house with the three Westport mothers who led a successful campaign to upgrade Connecticut’s concussion law. They are (l-r) Pippa Bell Ader, Ann Sherwood, and Diana Coyne. The new law broadens a 2010 law regarding youth athletics and concussions by giving parents more information and power when their child suffers a potential head injury while playing sports. The bill requires schools to give parents a consent form regarding the school’s concussion education plan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Compo Beach Farewell for Beloved PAL Football Coach
More than 300 persons today attended a Compo Beach memorial service for Westporter Greg LaValla, a longtime Westporter who coached Police Athletic League (PAL) football for 22 years and PAL basketball for five years. He died Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 51. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
‘One of Westport’s Unsung Heroes’
Roberta Troy (r), a Westport PAL volunteer, and youngsters in the PAL football program were among mourners today at a Compo Beach memorial service for longtime PAL coach and volunteer Greg LaValla. He died Tuesday of cancer at age 51. Said one PAL associate: “Hundreds of kids learned sports through Greg as well as the lessons of life and even a little Italian. Greg was one of Westport’s unsung heroes.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Sad Saturday at Compo
Scenes from today’s Compo Beach memorial service for Greg LaValla of Westport, a longtime PAL volunteer and coach, who died Tuesday at age 51. Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Pausing for the National Anthem
Friday, September 26, 2014
Rising to the Occasion
Staples High School Principal John Dodig is lifted by Staples cheerleaders in a “low pyramid” at today’s homecoming pep rally. The cheerleaders are (l-r) Olivia Blevins, Sarah Ellman, Kana Higuchi, Lindsey Giannitti, and Sloane Cooper. The Staples football team takes on Westhill in Saturday’s homecoming game at 1:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, September 25, 2014
2014 Westport Wednesday Night Softball Champs
The Hit-Mees are the 2014 Westport Wednesday Night softball champs. The team started in 1994 by 10 staples High School class of 1988 alumni. The team has won several Westport men’s softball championships over the years while mixing in many different players. This year’s championship marks a repeat from last year. The team is led by Justin Carmichael, Staples ‘89. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Norwalk Edges Staples 1-0 in Boys Soccer
Aidan Wisher worked the right side of the field well tonight against Norwalk. The Staples boys soccer team battled the undefeated Bears evenly all night long. But Norwalk converted an indirect free kick 10 minutes from the end of regulation time, eking out a 1-0 victory. The Wreckers – now 3-2-1 – are home Tuesday, against New Canaan (4 p.m.). Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 22, 2014
Staples Soccer Comes From Behind at Ridgefield
The Staples boys soccer bench celebrates one of Andrew Puchala’s three goals tonight as Staples rallied from a 3-0 deficit to stun Ridgefield 4-3 at the losers’ stadium.The tri-captain scored a hat trick and Nate Argosh added another. In Staples’ 56-year history, no team had ever erased a three-goal lead. On Tuesday, Staples is at Norwalk at 7:15 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Staples’s Jesse McCray Honored as Coach of Year
Jesse McCray: honored by fellow coaches. Contributed photo
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named Staples High School Coach Jesse McCray the 2014 Girls High School Track and Field Coach of the Year for Connecticut.
This honor is based upon the performance of the Staples High School track and field team throughout the 2014 season and is “a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes and the coaching staff,” an announcement said.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association is a nonprofit professional organization representing cross country and track and field coaches of all levels.
McCray also is also a longtime coach with the Staples varsity football team and runs a track camp for Westport PAL. He lives in West Haven with his wife Michele and their son Gabriel.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Staples Shuts Out Wilton 24-0
The Staples football team shut out Wilton High School 24-0 at Wilton tonight.
Staples (1-1) led 7-0 at the half but dominated the game when play resumed.
Next up, the homecoming game against Westhill on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Staples Defeats Bassick 4-2
Staples tri-captain Andrew Puchala (c) returned from an injury today, and scored the go-ahead goal to help lead the Staples boys soccer team to a 4-2 victory over Bassick at Loeffler Field. The Wreckers scored three goals in nine minutes to roar back from a 1-0 deficit, thanks to strikes by Puchala, Josh Berman, Patrick Beusse and Nate Argosh. Kenji Goto keyed the defense for Staples, which is now 2-1-1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com