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Friday, February 27, 2015

Staples Wreckers Swim to 4th Place at FCIAC Championships

The Staples Wreckers Swim Team placed fourth overall at the FCIAC Championship Thursday night at Greenwich High School. Image
Senior North Woods swims to third place in the 100-yard breaststroke at Greenwich Thursday night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Greenwich took the overall team title for the 44th time in the past 45 years. Despite the dominance of the Greenwich team, there were multiple strong performances by the Wreckers’ swimmers.

Team co-captain Daniel Williams dominated the field in the 500-yard freestyle winning by over seven seconds in a time of 4:37.29.

Joining Williams on the podium for the 500 race were brothers Sebastian and Nico Ortega who finished fourth (4:51.68) and sixth (4:57.79), respectively. Williams also picked up a second place finish in the 200 IM (1:55.48).

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

PAL Boys Lacrosse Sets Annual Meeting Sunday

The Westport PAL boys lacrosse will hold its annual parent/player meeting and equipment drive on Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium, organizers announced.

Parents of current players should attend as well as those of potential players, an announcement said.

The meeting will allow attendees to meet the program directors and coaches and to learn about Westport’s boys lacrosse programs.

Players in grades 5-8 should attend. Bantams and fourth graders do not need to attend.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Westport Baseball & Softball Preparing for New Season

Westport Baseball & Softball is getting ready for its new season.

It will hold a parent informational meeting on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bedford Middle School cafeteria, an announcement said.

The meeting will allow attendees to meet the board of directors, officers, commissioners and program directors to learn about Westport’s baseball and softball programs.

Parents interested in registering their child for a spring baseball or softball program are encouraged to attend, the announcement said. 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Boys Soccer Players Are Academic Stars, Too

For the 12th time in 14 years—and the sixth season in a row—the Staples boys soccer program has been honored with a national award for academic excellence. Image
The 2013 Staples High School boys varsity soccer team – Academic All-America honorees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America gave the Wreckers a Team Academic Award — one of only two boys public high school soccer teams in Connecticut to be so named. The other was Ellington High.

To qualify, a squad must have a 3.25 grade point average of all varsity players. The award is given for the previous academic year. In 2013, Staples’ varsity players had an average GPA of 3.43. Of the Wreckers’ 12 Academic All-America awards, that was by far one of the highest average GPAs.

“I’ve always said that our players are some of the smartest and most creative people at Staples,” said head coach Dan Woog.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Y Water Rats Host Pentathlon Swim Meet Image
The Westport Weston Family Y’s Water Rat Swim Team today hosted the annual Pentathlon Swim Meet. It continues Sunday with 15 youth swim teams from New York City, Long Island and Fairfield County. This is the second and final major home meet hosted by the Water Rats this season. It is the largest swim event to date at the new Strittmatter Family Aquatic Center, according to Family Y Communications Director Scott Smith. Participants competed in a five-event format: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Friday, January 09, 2015

Town Hall Welcome for Staples Girls Varsity Soccer Team Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today welcomed the Staples High School Girls Varsity Soccer team to Town Hall to be honored for their outstanding season and attainment of the FCIAC championship, the first in 19 years. The team posed along with assistant coaches, Mackenzie Pretty (first row, far left) and Dave Sharpe (first row, far right). To Marpe’s immediate left, front row are three of the quad-captains, Megan Root, Maggie Walsh, and Lauren Garcia. Quad captain Kate Lesch was absent. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Staples Coach Suspended After Fight Outside Bar Image
David Bernstein: suspended. Fairfield Police photo

Staples High School has suspended wrestling coach David Bernstein after he was arrested Saturday following a fight outside a Fairfield bar, The Hour of Norwalk reported.

Staples Athletic Director Marty Lisevick said Jesse Koproski, an assistant coach, will take over.

“He has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” Lisevick said.

Bernstein, 27, of Fairfield, who also had an outstanding warrant in Bridgeport on a motor vehicle charge, was released after posting a $500 bond.

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Staples Hockey Victorious in ‘Showdown at the Shore’ Image
It was billed as the “Showdown at the Shore,” and when it was over at the P.A.L. ice rink at Westport’s Longshore Club Park tonight the combined Staples/Weston/Shelton ice hockey team had defeated Norwich Free Academy 5-1 in a non-conference game. According to Police Capt. Sam Arciola, P.A.L. president, “This is the first regular season hockey game the Staples Wreckers have ever played in an outdoor setting.” The Wreckers team improved to 4-2 on the season. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Comings & Goings: Java Café Out, SoNo Bakery In Image
Java Coffee and Café, 44 Church Lane, will close Dec. 31, 11 months after it opened, according to a café employee. Landlord David Adam Realty said SoNo Bakery, a tenant in Norwalk, plans to move in, renovating the interior in January and opening there in February. The coffee house opened in January 2014. While popular with many guests, the café apparently was unable to make it in the competitive environment. (See WestportNow January 21, 2014). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Westporters Among Winning Synchronized Skaters Image
Three Westport skaters were part of the silver medal-winning Sprites Synchronized Skating team Saturday at the Terry Conners Open in Stamford. Samantha Paris, 9 (bottom row, 1st l), twin Sabrina (3rd row, 1st l), and Charlotte Carter, 11, (third row, 1st r) began their skating careers at the P.A.L. Ice Rink at Longshore Club Park. Samantha and Sabrina are fourth graders at Long Lots Elementary School while Charlotte is in the sixth grade at Bedford Middle School. According to United States Figure Skating Association, synchronized skating is one of the fastest-growing ice sports, and there is momentum to add it to the 2018 Olympic Games. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Kick That Ties a Record Image
Staples junior placekicker Paul Tricarico tied a state record today by converting his 12th field goal of the season, this one for 21 yards. The Wreckers defeated the Greenwich Cardinals 38-21 to keep Greenwich out of the Class LL Tournament. Both teams ended the season with 7-4 records. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for

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Staples Defeats Greenwich 38-21

Staples football defeated Greenwich 38-21 today at Greenwich.

The Wrecker win spoiled the Cardinals’ chance of making the FCIAC finals, payback for when Greenwich acted as spoiler a year ago when Staples needed a win to advance to the Class LL Tournament.

Greenwich went into today’s game, at times played in swirling snow showers, with a seven-game winning streak against the No. 9th-ranked Wreckers.

Staples and Greenwich end their season with identical 7-4 records.

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Winner Image
Cameron Marantz, 27, of Philadelphia crosses the finish line today in an unofficial time of 24:10 in the 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. Marantz, a 2005 Staples High School graduate who ran for Coach Laddie Lawrence, said, “It’s about the seventh time I’ve run this race and finished first four or five times.”  Marantz, running for the Bryn Mawr Running Club, graduated Princeton in 2009 and went on to do graduate work at the University of Florida. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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First Female Finisher Image
The first female finisher in today’s 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race was Kerri Lyons (r), 26, of Wilton, a biology researcher who graduated from Wilton High School in 2006 and Cornell in 2010. She finished the course in an unofficial time of 28:30. She said it was the first time she has run in this race. With her are Mary Dolan Zengo (l), 49, of Wilton, and Jamie Morgenstern, 26, of Pittsburgh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Annual Thanksgiving Day Tradition

Scenes from today’ 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. The 5-mile race made its way through Westport’s Greens Farms section before returning to the start line in Southport. Dave Matlow for and photos

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