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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Westport Little Leaguers Advance to District 2 Finals Image
The Westport Little League 12U team celebrates today after they advanced to the District 2 finals with an 11-1 victory over Monroe. Westport will play Fairfield American in the championship round at Unity Park in Trumbull at 4 p.m. Saturday in a must win game. Should Westport win, they will face Fairfield American again for the District Championship on Sunday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Woog’s Soccer Boys Remember Another Image
This was Preston Hirten Weekend for Westport Staples High School soccer fans. Preston is a former Staples (and all-state) soccer player (Class of 2007) who died of an undetected heart ailment during preseason training at the University of Mary Washington in 2009. Every summer since, former Staples and UMW players have come to Westport to honor his memory. There was a seven-against-summer soccer tournament, a cookout at the Hirtens’ house, and a barbeque at Compo Beach tonight. “It’s a way for his friends to get together, for the Hirtens to realize he’s not forgotten, and for the current Staples players to learn about his legacy,” said Coach Dan Woog. Pictured at the beach are (l-r) rising Staples seniors Patrick Beusse, Nate Argosh and Michael Reid. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Westport U12 Softball Edges Fairfield for District Title Image
The Westport Little League U12 softball team today edged Fairfield 14-13 to win the District 2 softball championship at Unity Field in Trumbull.The teams were tied 13-13 after nine innings Friday night before darkness suspended play, and the game resumed today. Pictured (l-r, top row) Coach Chris Fanning, Coach Louis Alfero, Catherine Connell, Erin McWhirter, Madeline Howard, Natalie Schenck, Kate Feinberg, Maddie McGarry, Sophia Alfero, Head Coach Mark McWhirter; (bottom row)  Emily Stone, Samantha Levin, Ellie Klein, Tilly Yacenda, Ali Green, and Erica Fanning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Little League Girls in Pursuit of State Title Again Image
The Westport Little League Girls softball team is back in pursuit of a title with largely the team that last year won the Little League state championship at the 10-11-year-old level. The pursuit of 12-year-old dreams began Tuesday night as Westport beat Fairfield 8-6 in its first game of the double elimination tournament.  Sofia Alfero got the win, striking out six in five innings. Emily Stone, a new addition to the team, closed out the game with a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Ali Green set the tone by opening with a double, scoring and then made a huge catch in center field in the final inning. Alfero was also the star hitter going 3-4 with a two-run triple. In the bottom of the fifth, with the game tied, Natalie Schenk brought in Sami Levin for what proved to be the winning run. Westport pounded out 13 hits in the contest. Westport needs a win Friday night at Unity Park in Trumbull at 5:30 p.m. or on Saturday for the District 2 title. Pictured are Sophia Alfero, pitcher, and Emily Stone, third base. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Celebrating Undefeated Season Image
Westport’s U12 Blue soccer team today finished its season undefeated with a 4-0 win over Newtown at the upper Long Lots field. Pictured are (l-r, bottom row) Nick Heim, Evan Seigal, Joseph Crise, Vignesh Kareddy, Benny Feuer, Drew Halperin; (top row) Coach Amar Bellara, Lars Djuve, Chet Ellis, David Basich, Teddy O’Kane, Avi Shein, Tadeo Messenger, and Assistant Coach Neil O’Kane. Not pictured: Emerson Anvari, Assistant Coach Alex Anvari, Joshua Dedomenico, Mathis De Vos, Andrew Lau, and Michael Lau. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

$25,000 Winning Form Image
McLain Ward aboard HH Fleur of Double H Farm of Ridgefield and Wellington, Fla. today won the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix at the June Benefit Horse Show at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Ward, 38, of Brewster, N.Y., is one of the top riders on on the show jumping circuit, winning a host of first place ribbons to add to his two Olympic gold medals—one won in Athens in 2004 and the other in Beijing in 2008. He has been a standout since the age of 14 when he won the United States Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Derby. Sponsor of the event was Wells Fargo and George N. Venizelos. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Marpe Honors Staples Boys Tennis Image
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe today formally commended the Staples Boys Tennis Team for its undefeated season and regional and state championships at a ceremony on the Town Hall steps. The last time Staples won the FCIAC and state LL championships in the same season was 1982. Pictured with Marpe in the first row is Coach Kris Hrisovulos (Staples ‘00). Others are (second row): Griffin Haymes, Will Andrews, Max Berger, Max Zimmerman, Jay Mudholkar; (third row) Josh Moskovitz, Jason Chaskin, Baxter Stein, Jack Reardon; (back row) Sterling Price, Zack Levin, Luke Foreman, Connor Mitnick, and Charles Sonenclar. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Future High School Basketballers Wanted

The Staples High School Girls basketball program has announced that all girls entering fifth grade and up are invited join current freshmen, junior varsity and varsity Wreckers for a youth basketball clinic to be held June 26 and July 17 at Staples from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Team members and freshman Coach Jeremy Thompson will offer instruction in ball handling, shooting, defensive footwork, rebounding, passing and conditioning, officials said.

According to Thompson, the clinic is designed to give youth the opportunity to interact and play with current Staples basketball players, as well as the freshmen coach. The cost is $20 per student per clinic, and students may attend both, said Thompson, adding that every girl receives a t-shirt for participating.

Those interested can email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  with contact information and the dates on which they plan to attend.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

A Lacrosse Victory for Seventh Graders Image
Westport seventh graders Donny Macaluso (l) and Michael Mauricio, who both attend Bedford Middle School, played in the invitation-only U-15 (under-15 age) CONNY Lacrosse East-West All Stars Classic at Yale’s Reese Stadium in New Haven on Sunday representing their Westport PAL Boys Lacrosse teams. The Westport Boys’ East All-Stars won 12-6, with Michael scoring a goal and an assist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saugatuck Junior Rowers Medal at Nationals Image
Westport’s Saugatuck Junior Rowing had four boats medal at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif. this weekend. Pictured (l-r) are Gage Holzhauer and John Andrews (Staples) who took third in the men’s lightweight double, Jeff Monahan (Staples) and Cameron Yates who won first in the men’s double, and Ellie Harned (Green’s Farms Academy) and Natalie Clark who won third in the woman’s pair. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Strong Showing for Saugatuck Rowers Image
Westport’s Saugatuck Junior Rowing had four boats medal at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif. this weekend. The woman’s lightweight 8+ won second. Members pictured are (l-r) Charlotte Powers (Ludlowe), Georgia Fox (Staples), Reni Forer (Staples), Nica Wardell (Staples), Joanna Moley (Greens Farms Academy) , Elizabeth O’Brien (Darien), Caroline O’Brien (Darien), Tati Chermayeff (McMahon), and Camila Meyer-Bosse (Staples). On the far right is Coach Jay Thompson. Saugatuck had 11 boats qualify for the nationals, the most in the nation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Major League Champs Image
The Westport Little League Major League champions are the Mets. Two victories over the Jaguars today sealed the win.The score of the first game was 7-4 in extra innings.  The score of the second game was 6-0. Two games were played because it was a double elimination tournament and the Mets had one loss already while the Jaguars had not lost. The Mets won six out of seven playoff games in order to win the championship. Sponsors of the team are Melissa & Doug. Pictured are (l-r, top row): Elliot Kaufman, James McGovern, Coach Jim Westphal, Dean Stephens, Luke Molina, George Kessler, Coach Steve Kessler, Daniel Westphal, Peter Londoner; (bottom row ) Kevin Greer, Russell Krauss, Alex Petrsoric, Luc Yokoi, Dylan Hruskar, and Nick Rossi. Missing is coach Sal Latella. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for

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Minor League Champs Image
The Westport Little League Angels won the Minor League championship today, defeating the Giants 3-1 at Kowalsky Field. Pictured (l-r, top row):Coach David Rose; Quinn Jumper; Abe Rubin; Alex Deutsch; Mark Roszkowski; Mason Banks; Garret Naples; David Konheim, and Coach Andrew Schwartz; (bottom row) : Henry Portman; Danny Chu; Mitch Rose; Timothy Sullivan, and Zack Schwartz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Little League Softball Champs Image
The Westport Little League Leopards softball team today defeated the Pumas 9-7 in the season championship game. Pictured are the Leopards (top row, l-r) Coach Sal Augeri, Head Coach Louis Alfero, Lucy Kaplan, Margot Liotta, Milei Wyatt, Sophia Alfero, Maisie Dembski, and Coach David Jonas (bottom row) Melanie Lust, Roxanne Augeri, Macey Lavoie, Mia Daignault, and Abby Jonas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Staples Grad David Speer is 27th Round MLB Pick by Indians Image
Four years ago, Staples High School pitching ace David Speer sat in the Staples cafeteria to announce he was headed to Columbia University. Today, after a stellar four years with the Light Blue, the 21-year-old was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 27th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball entry draft. The lefty had an impressive career for Columbia, and was the Lions’ No. 1 starter in his junior and senior seasons. He helped Columbia win the first of two consecutive Ivy League titles as a junior in 2013, garnering first-team All-Ivy honors after going 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in conference play, and pitched even better in 2014. Speer went 7-2 with a 1.86 ERA his senior year, and logged a 4-0 record in conference play to go undefeated in the Ancient Eight for the second straight year and earn Ivy League Pitcher of the Year honors. Contributed photo

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