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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cedar Point Yacht Club Hosts Annual Regatta Image
The waters off of Westport’s shoreline were filled with sailboats today as the Cedar Point Yacht Club (CPYC) hosted its annual One-Design Regatta, which continues on Sunday. Called the fastest-growing regatta on Long Island Sound by its sponsor, the event includes about 100 sailboats, ranging from 19 to 37 feet long. Seven series of races were run simultaneously under alternating sunny and cloudy skies. Pictured is Rush, 51, as it lead the J109 fleet at the windward mark. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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In the Lead Image
Fat City, 22715 out of Waterbury with skipper Carl Sherter lead the J30 fleet today in the Cedar Point Yacht Club’s annual One-Design Regatta. The event, which attracted about 100 entrants, continues Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Well Known Buddies Image
Two Little League World Series stars –- Drew Rogers (l, green cap) and Chad Knight -– today were buddies for the Westport Little League’s Winners Challenger team in its game against Stamford. The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, to enjoy the game of baseball too. Westport established its first Challenger team last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Stacie Curran for

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Staples Boys Tennis Takes FCIAC Crown Image
The Staples Boys Tennis Team celebrates today after defeating Ridgefield 4-3 in the FCIAC finals at Wilton High School. It was the team’s first conference championship and first undefeated season (21-0) since 2001 As was the case in the semis on Tuesday against Greenwich, with the match tied 3-3 Staples secured the victory as the first doubles team of seniors Baxter Stein and Connor Mitnick came from behind to win in three sets 6-7, 6-4, 6-0. Staples moves on to the Class LL championships at Yale on Saturday. The Wreckers last won the team championship at states in 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Staples Boys Volleyballers Advance to FCIAC Final Image
The Staples Boys Volleyball Team members celebrate their 3-1 victory today over Darien in the FCIAC semifinals at Ludlowe High School in Fairfield. The Wreckers will play Ridgefield High School on Friday at 7 p.m also at Fairfield Ludlowe for the FCIAC championship. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Helping Celebrate Image
Kevin Hlavac (r), 39, arrested by Westport police Tuesday for allegedly embezzling $40,000 from Westport Little League while a board member of the organization, helped the team celebrate as Westport staged a parade and celebration for the Little Leaguers on Aug. 26, 2013. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Douglas Healey for

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Arrest Made for Little League Embezzlement

UPDATE (adds additional details) Westport Police today announced the arrest of a former Westport Baseball & Softball board member for embezzling more than $40,000 in funds and equipment. Image
Kevin Hlavac: bond set at $5,000. Westport Police photo

Capt. Vincent Penna said the Tuesday night arrest of Kevin Hlavac, 39, of Bridgeport came after a several months’ investigation prompted by the board’s concerns following a yearly, internal audit.

Jeff White, chairman of Westport Baseball & Softball, said suspicions were aroused last fall and Hlavac was confronted in late November. “He had no answers, not good answers,” he said, adding Hlavac was asked to resign in December.

“Board members presented the results of the audit which showed that over $40,000 worth of funds and equipment were unaccounted for,” Penna said.

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Westport Baseball Asks Police to Probe Funds Issue

The umbrella organization for Westport Little League Baseball said tonight that as a result of an internal investigation it has asked Westport police to investigate allegations that a board member misappropriated funds for his personal gain. Image
Jeff White: Westport Baseball & Softball operations not hindered. photo

In a statement, Jeff White, chairman of Westport Baseball & Softball, did not disclose how much money was involved but did state that it “will not hinder the organization’s operations and commitment in any way.”

White said: “Recently, the board began an internal investigation into allegations that one of our Board members misappropriated funds in multiple ways for his personal gain. 

“As a result of the investigation, the board made a unanimous decision to turn the matter over to the Westport Police Department to investigate further, and this matter is now in their hands. 

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Staples Boys Tennis Advance to FCIAC Finals Image
Staples Boys tennis today edged Greenwich 4-3 to remain unbeaten and advance to FCIAC finals for the fifth straight season. Greenwich had beaten Staples in the FCIAC championship match each of the last three seasons. Staples has been runner-up nine times since last winning FCIACs in 2001 (although Staples did edge Greenwich for the State Class LL championship in 2011 which is non-match play format).  Greenwich had won the FCIACs 11 of the previous 12 seasons since 2001. With the match deadlocked 3-3, the second doubles team of seniors Baxter Stein and Chaskin prevailed 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the match. Staples plays Ridgefield on Thursday at Wilton at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Greenwich Prevails 6-2 Over Staples in FCIAC Baseball

No. 8 Greenwich defeated the No.1 Staples baseball team 6-2 today in eight innings to advance to the FCIAC semifinals for the third straight year.

Greenwich ace Kyle Dunster kept Staples under control as teammate Kevin Woodring hit a three-run double in the top of the eighth to break the quarter-final game open.

The loss ended an 11-game winning streak for Staples, which defeated Greenwich 2-1 in a nine-inning thriller last month. (See WestportNow April 17, 2014)

Staples has a bye in the first round of Class LL state tournament that begins Monday.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Staples Girls Golf Team Wins FCIAC West Title Image
The Staples High School Girls Golf Team battled through the rain and a stormy weather delay into the evening today to defeat Greenwich 180-182 to capture the FCIAC West Division championship title.  This was the first loss in years for the Cardinals at their home course, affectionately known as “The Griff.” Staples is ranked No. 1 in the state and wraps up its home season at Longshore on Tuesday against Warde.  Pictured (l to r) are Erika McDonald, Alexandra McMahon, captains Mary Bennewitz and Faith Garcia, Anelise Browne, Varsity Coach Bob Byiteck, and Marie McHugh. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Staples Softballers Honor Seniors, Advance to State Tourney Image
The annual Staples High School Seniors Night pre-game ceremony for the softball team’s graduating seniors was held at the Greens Farms field today prior to the season’s final home game against Woodbury’s Nonnewaug High School. Receiving flowers were seniors (l-r) Emma Moskowitz, Crissy McCarthy, Lindsay Kiedaisch, Maya Mandell, Katherine Friend, and Katie Burke. Staples won 6-5, qualifying the Wreckers for the state championship tournament in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Tennis Champs Image
The Staples High School girls varsity tennis team today clinched the FCIAC West Division for the first time.  Staples last won an FCIAC division in Girls Varsity Tennis when it won the FCIAC East Division in 1990. Pictured (l-r) are Rachel Lieberman, Avery Wallace, Gabi Titlebaum, Vanessa Mauricio, Julia Bartimer, Xenia Bradley, Alex Collins, Megan Brown, Tess Rubin, Melissa Beretta, Olivia Daytz, Sarah Roundtree, and Kelsey Shockey. The coaches, not pictured, are Paco Fabian and Kim Harizman. Contributed photo

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Staples Student is State U16 Badminton Champ Image
Westport’s Xiaotian Zhang (2nd r), 16, a Staples High School student, was the U16 boys singles winner Saturday at the 2014 Connecticut Badminton Association Junior Badminton Championships in Simsbury. Xiaotian has been playing since age 7 when his dad rallied with him in the backyard. To pursue his interest, he has received coaching in Shanghai, China in middle school and over the summer and winter vacations in high school. He says he is proud to be playing one of the fastest sports in the world in which the shuttlecock can reach speeds up to 306 mph. With him are (l-r) consolation winner Desmond Lau (Norwalk), finalist Bradli Cheng (Weston), and third place winner Daniel Montanez (Fairfield).  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Road Trip for Challenger Team Image
The Westport Little League’s Winners Challenger team and their buddies traveled to Mill Hill School in Fairfield today to play the Fairfield American team. The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, to enjoy the game of baseball just as others do. Westport established its first Challenger team last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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