Saturday, October 26, 2013
Wilton Knocks Staples Out of Boys Soccer FCIACs
Staples senior Jack Scott races down the sideline in today’s FCIAC quarterfinal in which a large Loeffler Field crowd saw Staples fall 2-0 to Wilton. “It was a great battle,” said head coach Dan Woog. “Our guys have fantastic heart. They fought to the end.” The Wreckers now gear up for the state LL tournament, which begins on Tuesday, Nov 5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 25, 2013
Making a Run for Staples
Staples senior Jack Greenwald advances the ball in the first quarter tonight before completing a 47-yard run for the only Wrecker touchdown against New Canaan. The Rams won 43-7. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) April Book for WestportNow.com
New Canaan in 43-7 Rout Over Staples
The No. 1-ranked New Canaan Rams tonight overpowered Staples High School 43-7, handing the football Wreckers their first FCIAC defeat since 2009.
The game was played at the Wreckers’ home field.
Staples is now 5-1 in the FCIAC and 5-2 overall.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Staples Boys Soccer Readies for FCIAC
Michael Reid leads a pack of Westhill Vikings upfield today as the Staples boys soccer team lost its final regular season match 2-0. Now it’s time to gear up for the FCIAC playoffs. The Wreckers have all but sewed up the fourth seed, with a 10-4-2 record, which means they would host a quarterfinal match on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Monday, October 21, 2013
Staples Boys Soccer Falls to Fairfield Ludlowe
The Staples High School boys soccer team (Diego Alanis in front; Michael Reid, Jack Scott and Charlie Leonard backing up behind) fell 2-1 to Fairfield Ludlowe today at Loeffler Field. Joe Pravder put the hosts in the lead, banging in Patrick Beusse’s rebound, but the Falcons equalized five seconds before halftime, on a corner kick. The guests got the winning goal midway through the second period. Staples, now 10-3-2, travels to Westhill for a quick-turnaround match on Tuesday. The FCIAC playoffs begin Friday, with the Wreckers in the hunt for a home match. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Thrill for 3rd Grade Ballplayers
There was a special guest today at the practice of the Westport third grade fall baseball team Express—Max Popken from Westport’s Little League World Series championship 12u team. He answered questions about the world series, ran infield practice, signed autographs and then umped a scrimmage against the Bats, another third grade team. “The boys learned a lot about playing at the higher end of the sport,” said Andrew Laskin, who arranged the visit. “Max told them about pressing on when the game was tough and always having a good attitude. The boys were blown away.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Saturday, October 19, 2013
A Visit from the Big Boys
The players and head coach of the Staples varsity boys soccer team today took some time to visit the boys from the Westport Soccer Rec League (third and fourth graders). “They did a great job of talking to the boys, hanging out with them during the entire game and having a lot of fun,” said Steve Divino, 3-4 boys rec commissioner. “It was a great gesture by the team that took time of their own Saturday to make a difference in the community. Big kudos to head coach Dan Woog.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, October 18, 2013
Staples Triumphs over Danbury 43-34
In a see-saw game, the Staples High School football team tonight defeated Danbury 43-34 at home.
The Wreckers were behind 19-14 at the half—the first time this year—but came back with 29 points in the second half.
Staples improved to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in FCIAC play.
The Wreckers next face No. 1 New Canaan Oct. 25 at home.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Staples Boys Soccer Gains 10th Victory
The Staples boys soccer team today celebrates Steven Sobel’s goal versus Fairfield Warde as the Wreckers won 4-1. Other goals came from Jack Scott (two) and Joe Pravder. Assists came from George Kokkalis, Yousef Shahin and Graham Gudis. Brenden Price starred in goal. The Wreckers are now 10-2-2, with two games left before the FCIAC tournament begins. Staples hosts Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday (4 p.m.). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Staples Girls Volleyball Trounces Trumbull
The Staples Girls Volleyball team today trounced Trumbull (25-15) (25-12) (25-14) at home to improve to 13-1 overall for the season. Elizabeth Knoll (l) and Knox McKay go for the ball. The next game is Friday against Trinity Catholic, away at 5:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Staples Girls Volleyballers Sweep Wilton
The Staples Girls Volleyball team swept Wilton tonight at home (25-19) (25-18) (25-8) to improve 12-1 overall on the season. Pictured (l-r) are Lauren Mushro, Val Kirsh, Knox McKay, Amelia Brackett, Ariana Sherman, and Dayna Gelman. The Wreckers take on Trumbull Wednesday at 4 p.m. at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com
Staples Boys Soccer Stuns Darien
Patrick Beusse’s first-ever varsity goal –- with a heart-stopping 12 seconds left in the game –-today gave the Staples boys soccer team a 3-2 win at Darien.
Charlie Leonard (r) was a dominant force for Staples today at Darien. He scored twice, en route to a 3-2 victory, and also played dynamic defense. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Beusse’s strike, from just inside the box, came on a bang-bang play. Reserve goalkeeper Brenden Price –- playing in place of injured starter Noah Schwaeber –- blasted a 60-yard free kick.
Joe Pravder controlled it once, then found Beusse on the right side. The junior midfielder fired near post from close range, giving the Wreckers a hard-earned win.
Staples had led 2-0, on a pair of blasts by Charlie Leonard. But the Blue Wave knotted the score with 12 minutes to go, and from then on the game was a dogfight.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Greenwich Ends Staples Boys’ Soccer Streak
Today’s soccer match between Greenwich and Staples promised to be a good one. The Cardinals (10-0-1) were soaring, in first place in the FCIAC. The Wreckers (8-1-2) were in second, and playing well too.
Andrew Puchala soars high to head in Diego Alanis’s free kick at Greenwich today. His goal gave the Wreckers the lead, but they fell 4-1 to the league-leading Cardinals. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Greenwich prevailed 4-1 at Cardinal Stadium, but it took a flurry of late goals to put it away. Andrew Puchala’s soaring header off Diego Alanis’s free kick gave the visitors the lead early in the second half, but the hosts tied it up two minutes later on a very physical play. Greenwich iced the game in the waning minutes, as Staples pushed forward.
The Wreckers got excellent defense from Puchala, George Kokkalis, James Lewis and Kenji Goto. Keeper Noah Schwaeber left the match with an injury following the tying goal. Brenden Price filled in well.
Staples –- now 8-2-2 –- travels to Darien on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. match.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Staples Rolls Over Fairfield Ludlowe 52-23
Staples senior Patrick Lesch (25) scores tonight against Fairfield Ludlow under the lights at home. Lesch scored three touchdowns for the second straight week as the Wreckers defeated the Falcons 52-23 to improve to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in FCIAC play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for WestportNow.com
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport