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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Staples Girls Volleyball Loses to Cheshire in LL Final

The Staples girls volleyball quest for a state Class LL championship failed tonight as the Wreckers fell 3-1 to top-seeded Cheshire at Berlin.

Staples rallied to take the first game, but Cheshire dominated the final three (24-26, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17). It was the sixth straight title for the Rams.

Amelia Brackett (17 kills, eight digs) and Lauren Mushro (seven kills, 14 digs), pushed the set into a tiebreaker.

Tonight’s loss followed Thursday’s 3-1 victory over Greenwich. Staples fell to Greenwich in two previous meetings this season—once in the regular season and once in the FCIAC final

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Staples Rolls Over Norwalk 48-13

In another come-from-behind victory, the Staples High School varsity football team tonight rolled over Norwalk at home 48-13.

Norwalk was quick off the mark, leading 13-0 after the first quarter. But then the Wreckers got into gear and dominated the rest of the game to improve to 8-2 overall (8-1 FCIAC). Norwalk fell to 4-6.

Senior quarterback Jack Massie threw two touchdowns and added a third rushing score for the Wreckers,

Jack Greenwald had touchdown runs of four and eight yards and added an interception on defense.

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Water Rat & Staples Swimmer Signs With Northwestern

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Jonathan Blansfield: headed to Northwestern.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Jonathan Blansfield, a standout member of the Westport Weston Family Y’s Water Rat Swim Team, today signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with Northwestern University.

Blansfield is one of three graduating Staples High School students, all swimmers, who have accepted NLI invitations to Division I programs for the fall of 2014.

The others are Verity Abel, who will be attending Duke University, and Ian Rainey, who will be going to the University of Michigan. The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and NLI member institution in which a student agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year and receive athletics financial aid.

“We are so proud of Jonathan and congratulate him for earning this scholarship,” said Ellen Johnston, head coach of the Family Y Water Rat Swim Team.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pure Joy as Staples Advances to Class LL Final

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There was pure joy tonight as the Staples High School girls volleyball team defeated Greenwich 3-1 at Trumbull to advance to the Class LL final Saturday against No. 1 and undefeated Cheshire at 7 p.m. at Berlin High School. Amelia Brackett delivered the game-sealing kill to help the Wreckers (25-22, 14-25, 25-20, 25-21) prevail. Staples fell to Greenwich in two previous meetings this season—once in the regular season and once in the FCIAC final. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Staples Boys Soccer Ends State Title Run

The Staples boys soccer run in the Class LL state championships came to an end tonight with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Xavier at Portland.

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Michael Reid weaves his way through a horde of Xavier High School soccer players tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

The Wreckers, No. 10 seed, fought valiantly but fell to a rebound shot that hit off the crossbar to send the No. 2 unbeaten Falcons to the state semifinals.

The Wreckers end the season with a 12-6-2 record.

“Soccer is a cruel game,” Staples head coach Dan Woog said. “These guys accomplished a helluva lot more than anyone thought.”

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Staples Bounces Back to Defeat Bridgeport 42-26

It was another come-from-behind victory tonight for the Staples HIgh School varsity football team, defeating Bridgeport Central 42-26 at Bridgeport.

After trailing 21-14 at the half, the Wreckers scored 21 points in the third quarter with Jack Greenwald helping out with touchdown runs of 73 and 5 yards.

Staples improved to 7-2 overall and 7-1 in the FCIAC. The win kept the Wreckers hopes alive in the Class LL playoffs

Staples next takes on Norwalk Friday at 7 p.m. at home.

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Staples Girls Volleyball Advances to Quarterfinals

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The Staples girls volleyball team defeated Danbury 3-1 tonight in a match that turned out to be the last home event for the seniors. They successfully defended their court this season by going undefeated at home with an 11-0 record. Next up, Simsbury on Saturday at Weston High School—a home match that will be played in Weston due to Craft Westport at Staples. Pictured is Amelia Brackett with the kill. (CLICK TO ENLARGE)  Daniel Gelman for WestportNow.com

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Staples Boys Soccer Upsets Newtown

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Jack Scott (raised hand) leads a joyful celebration tonight at Newtown after the co-captain scored two minutes before halftime, and the Wreckers made the goal stand up for a 1-0 upset win in the second round of the state Class LL tournament. Newtown was ranked seventh. The Wreckers, seeded 10th, vault into the quarterfinals, on Saturday at No. 2 Xavier-Middletown. Tonight’s win was sealed with strong defense by Connor Weiler, Andrew Puchala, Gabe Pensak and the rest of the squad, backstopped by keeper Noah Schwaeber. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Staples Vaults Into Second of State Tournament

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Charlie Leonard goes horizontal in today’s state tournament first round match against Norwalk. The senior striker is one of the keys to Staples’ success this year. The Wreckers won 1-0, on a goal by sophomore Joe Pravder with less than two minutes to play. That vaults them into the second round, at Newtown on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com

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Friday, November 01, 2013

Staples Edges Trumbull 49-42 in Overtime

In a tight high scoring game that came down to overtime, the Staples football team tonight edged Trumbull 49-42 at Trumbull.

Jack Greenwald secured the win with a 5-yard touchdown run in overtime.  The Wreckers then held off Trumbull’s comeback attempt with a near goal line fourth down tackle.

Staples (6-2) is now in a four-way tie for third place as it hopes to make the Class LL state playoffs.

The Wreckers next take on Bridgeport Central Friday at 7 p.m. at Bridgeport.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Celebrating

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The Staples Girls Volleyball team today overwhelmed St Joseph in the FCIAC quarterfinal game beating them in three straight, 25-7, 25-17, 25-12. Pictured (l-r) are Amelia Brackett, Val Kirsch, Dayna Gelman, Lauren Mushro, Knox McKay and Ariana Sherman. The Wreckers take on rival Darien on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Ludlowe High School in Fairfield. Staples beat Darien in regular season play and look to advance to the finals on Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Mushro for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Wilton Knocks Staples Out of Boys Soccer FCIACs

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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

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Making a Run for Staples

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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

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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.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Staples Boys Soccer Readies for FCIAC

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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

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