Friday, October 11, 2013
LL Mom Tells Rotary of World Series Adventure
By Roy Fuchs
“Our pockets were vibrating” Westport Little League World Series team mother Elise Stone said today about text messages arriving during the team’s come-from-behind victory in Williamsport, Pa. against Sammamish, Wash.
Little League mom Elise Stone addresses today’s Sunrise Rotary Club meeting as Coach Tom Rogers and four players listen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hal Levy for WestportNow.com
She joined Coach Tim Rogers and four players, including her son, Matt, the team’s catcher, at the weekly Sunrise Rotary Club meeting to give the group a glimpse of their adventure that kept Westporters and many across the nation on edge during their quest for the title.
The game she talked about was the U.S. semi-final game against Sammamish in which the favored Westport team had fallen behind 13-6 by the time they came to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning.
As the score mounted against them, Stone said she was fielding what became 2,500 text messages. The first said “they did great.”
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Staples and Trumbull Boys Soccer Tie—Again
Since 2004, the Staples and Trumbull soccer teams have tied seven times.
Yousef Shahin cuts back from the end line as the Wreckers and Trumbull tied 1-1. Staples is now 8-1-2 on the year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
The most recent came today at Loeffler Field. Andrew Puchala rammed in a bouncing ball off Jack Scott’s throw early in the second half. But the Golden Eagles knotted the score 11 minutes later on a left-footed free kick from the edge of the goal box.
Staples had several excellent opportunities to win, on shots by Diego Alanis, Yousef Shahin and George Kokkalis, among others. But the visitors threatened too. Wrecker goalkeeper Noah Schwaeber matched his Trumbull counterpart, with several superb punch and tip saves in the very entertaining second half.
The Westporters are now 8-1-2. They travel to Greenwich on Saturday, for a key FCIAC match (3 p.m.). The Cardinals are 8-0-1, and lead the FCIAC
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Save the Children Kicks Off World Marathon
Today was the launch of the Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge, a global relay in which teams of children from around the world will band together throughout the month of October to complete a full marathon distance of 26.2 miles. The events kicked off in the United States when Save the Children supporters in Westport, where the organization is headquartered, raced one another at Staples High School to raise funds and awareness for programs focused on child survival and well-being. Among those participating were the Klein family of Westport. Pictured are (front) Ben Klein, 9; Elliot Klein, 7, (back) Camilla and Tom Klein. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Suzanna Klaucke for Save the Children
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Norwalk
Eleven months ago, Norwalk ended the Staples boys soccer team’s season with a 1-0 defeat in the state tournament. The fact that the Bears went on to win the state championship was little solace.
Junior Patrick Beusse has become a midfield force for the Wreckers. He and his teammates got revenge on Norwalk today, 2-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Today, a packed hill at Loeffler Field watched as the Wreckers gained revenge. They shut out Norwalk 2-0, with a solid performance that included a spectacular volley by co-captain Jack Scott.
Staples ran its record to 8-1-1. The Wreckers are off until Wednesday, when they host Trumbull at 4 p.m.
Scott’s volley, in the 76th minute, came off a long cross from Nate Argosh, in the left corner. Scott never hesitated, banging the ball home on the fly.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Trinity Catholic 5-0
Charlie Leonard and Andreas Bru scored two goals each, and Jack Scott added a solo strike today as the Staples boys soccer team shut out Trinity Catholic 5-0 in Stamford.
Andreas Bru’s determination brought him two goals and one assist today. Staples defeated Trinity Catholic 5-0. Now 7-1-1, the Wreckers host Norwalk on Thursday, at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Bru, Andrew Puchala, Graham Gudis and Steven Sobel added assists. Noah Schwaeber and Brenden Price combined for the shutout. The Wreckers outshot the Crusaders 32-3, and led in corner kicks 10-2.
Staples is now 7-1-1. They host Norwalk on Thursday (4 p.m.), in a feature FCIAC match. The Bears are defending state champions.
They eliminated the Wreckers in the state tournament last year 1-0, on a goal in the final minutes of play.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Staples Footballers Roll Over Westhill 63-14
Coming off a sloppy win over Wilton last week, the Staples football team was out to show themselves a much better team today—and they did just that, rolling over Westhill at Stamford 63-14.
The Wreckers improved to 2-1 on the season and 2-0 in the FCIAC.
Staples QB Jack Massie was dtermined to show early on he was in charge, passing for four touchdowns and rushing for another all in the first half.
Westhill’s woes just kept on coming. It had two interceptions returned for touchdowns, had a punt blocked in the first quarter, fumbled once and committed several costly penalties.
Staples Boys Soccer Blasts McMahon
The good news is Staples boys soccer beat Brien McMahon 5-1 today. The better news is they did it despite missing five starters.
The Staples boys soccer team is fully focused before today’s Brien McMahon match. The Wreckers won 5-1, raising their record to 6-1-1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
A makeshift lineup came through big-time for the injury-plagued Wreckers.
Daniel Perez Elorza scored twice; Jack Scott, Andrew Puchala and Daniel Boyce added solo efforts, as the surging Westporters raised their record to 6-1-1.
Staples’ goals came off of set pieces, with numerous players crashing the box. Michael Reid ran midfield for the victors, with Yousef Shahin and Patrick Beusse providing solid support.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Staples Boys Soccer Grinds Out Another Win
It’s becoming the storyline of a very successful season: the Staples boys soccer team overcomes injuries, pounces for an opportunistic goal, locks down on defense, and wins a one-goal game.
Co-captain Jack Scott’s return to the lineup helped spark the Staples boys soccer team to a 1-0 win in Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Wilton was the latest victim. The Wreckers prevailed 1-0 today in an exciting match at the Warriors’ Kristine Lilly Field. They raise their record to 5-1-1, while Wilton drops to 4-2-0.
Co-captain Jack Scott returned from a four-game injury absence. His pressure produced the lone goal, in the 19th minute. Michael Reid’s corner kick bounced around the box. Andrew Puchala’s shot was denied, but Scott was perched in front, and banged the ball home.
This was Staples’ first match without stellar defender Connor Weiler (hamstring). They also lost co-captain Diego Alanis early (ankle).
Monday, September 23, 2013
Wreckers Gut Out 1-0 Victory Over Bridgeport Central
It’s the theme of the Staples boys soccer season: gutting out a win.
Joe Pravder weaves upfield against Bridgeport Central. Diego Alanis lends support. The Wreckers earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory, raising their record to 4-1-1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Bridgeport Central was the victim today at Staples’ Loeffler Field. Andrew Puchala banged home Yousef Shahin’s corner kick in the 59th minute. The Wreckers made it stand up, for a tough 1-0 victory.
The win –- accomplished without several starters (injury) –- was a team effort.
Charlie Leonard’s attacking pressure; Diego Alanis and Michael Reid’s leadership at midfield; the defensive work of Puchala, George Kokkalis, Kenji Goto, Connor Weiler and Steven Sobel—plus excellent goalkeeping by Noah Schwaeber –- keyed the victory.
Pasta Dinner for Staples Girls Field Hockey Team
Westport’s Staples High School Girls Field Hockey Team, both junior and varsity, were treated to a pasta dinner party tonight at the Edgemarth Hill Road home of quad-captain Meaghan Fox. (That’s Meaghan’s mom, Kristin Fox, at left.) The teams play at Fairfield Warde on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Varsity teammate Jenna McNicholas, a junior said, “We’re pumped to win this one after our overtime loss on Saturday to Daniel Hand High School at Madison.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Staples Boys Soccer Edges St. Joseph 2-1
The obstacles were great todayin Trumbull as the Staples boys soccer team faced St. Joseph. The Wreckers were missing four starters – including co-captain Jack Scott—to injury and illness.
Andrew Puchala celebrates his goal against St. Joseph today in Trumbull.The defender finally rammed in Steven Sobel’s long throw, after two Staples shots hit posts and bounced crazily in the goal mouth. Staples won 2-1, and faces Central at home Monday (4 p.m.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
But the scrappy Stapleites prevailed 2-1. Their two goals came in a 1:10 span, midway through the second half. First Andrew Puchala finished Steven Sobel’s long throw – but not before Charlie Leonard and George Kokkalis hit posts, and the ball bounced around the goal for a while. Then Sobel’s cross caromed off a defender’s head, for an own goal.
The Cadets halved the deficit on a shot from the corner, but Noah Schwaeber’s excellent goalkeeping, plus solid defense from Puchala, Kokkalis, Connor Weiler and Kenji Goto, earned them the victory.
The Wreckers are now 3-1-1. They host Central on Monday (4 p.m.) in another tough FCIAC match.
Honored at Fenway Park
Westport Little Leguers, the New England Regional champions, took to the field at Fenway Park tonight as the Red Sox honored them before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Boston Fans Eager for Westport Little League Autographs
Red Sox Host Westport Little Leaguers
The Boston Red Sox tonight hosted the Westport Little League World Series team at Fenway Park. The journey to Red Sox Nation territory followed by almost two weeks a visit to Yankee Stadium by the team. The Red Sox, which Friday night clinched the American League East pennant, play the Toronto Blue Jays tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, September 20, 2013
Interception Seals the Win
Staples senior Bobby Jacowleff picks off Wilton’s Brett Phillips at the Staples 4-yard line tonight with 52 seconds remaining, helping the Wreckers hold on for a 14-7 homecoming win. Chris Greer for WestportNow.com
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