Saturday, September 27, 2014
Pausing for the National Anthem
Friday, September 26, 2014
Rising to the Occasion
Staples High School Principal John Dodig is lifted by Staples cheerleaders in a “low pyramid” at today’s homecoming pep rally. The cheerleaders are (l-r) Olivia Blevins, Sarah Ellman, Kana Higuchi, Lindsey Giannitti, and Sloane Cooper. The Staples football team takes on Westhill in Saturday’s homecoming game at 1:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Thursday, September 25, 2014
2014 Westport Wednesday Night Softball Champs
The Hit-Mees are the 2014 Westport Wednesday Night softball champs. The team started in 1994 by 10 staples High School class of 1988 alumni. The team has won several Westport men’s softball championships over the years while mixing in many different players. This year’s championship marks a repeat from last year. The team is led by Justin Carmichael, Staples ‘89. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Norwalk Edges Staples 1-0 in Boys Soccer
Aidan Wisher worked the right side of the field well tonight against Norwalk. The Staples boys soccer team battled the undefeated Bears evenly all night long. But Norwalk converted an indirect free kick 10 minutes from the end of regulation time, eking out a 1-0 victory. The Wreckers – now 3-2-1 – are home Tuesday, against New Canaan (4 p.m.). Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Monday, September 22, 2014
Staples Soccer Comes From Behind at Ridgefield
The Staples boys soccer bench celebrates one of Andrew Puchala’s three goals tonight as Staples rallied from a 3-0 deficit to stun Ridgefield 4-3 at the losers’ stadium.The tri-captain scored a hat trick and Nate Argosh added another. In Staples’ 56-year history, no team had ever erased a three-goal lead. On Tuesday, Staples is at Norwalk at 7:15 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Staples’s Jesse McCray Honored as Coach of Year
Jesse McCray: honored by fellow coaches. Contributed photo
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named Staples High School Coach Jesse McCray the 2014 Girls High School Track and Field Coach of the Year for Connecticut.
This honor is based upon the performance of the Staples High School track and field team throughout the 2014 season and is “a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes and the coaching staff,” an announcement said.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association is a nonprofit professional organization representing cross country and track and field coaches of all levels.
McCray also is also a longtime coach with the Staples varsity football team and runs a track camp for Westport PAL. He lives in West Haven with his wife Michele and their son Gabriel.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Staples Shuts Out Wilton 24-0
The Staples football team shut out Wilton High School 24-0 at Wilton tonight.
Staples (1-1) led 7-0 at the half but dominated the game when play resumed.
Next up, the homecoming game against Westhill on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Staples Defeats Bassick 4-2
Staples tri-captain Andrew Puchala (c) returned from an injury today, and scored the go-ahead goal to help lead the Staples boys soccer team to a 4-2 victory over Bassick at Loeffler Field. The Wreckers scored three goals in nine minutes to roar back from a 1-0 deficit, thanks to strikes by Puchala, Josh Berman, Patrick Beusse and Nate Argosh. Kenji Goto keyed the defense for Staples, which is now 2-1-1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Staples and Danbury End in Draw
Staples’s Josh Berman (c) celebrates his first-ever varsity goal tonight at Danbury. The sophomore headed in Daniel Perez Elorza’s corner kick with just five seconds to play in the first half. That earned the Staples boys soccer team a 1-1 draw with the Hatters, a preseason FCIAC favorite. The Wreckers host Bassick on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Kim Lake for WestportNow.com
Hole in One at Longshore
Westport resident Alison Tane had a hole in one on the eighth hole today during the rainy morning of round one of the Longshore Women’s Golf Association final Major, The Fall Cup. She used a seven iron from the white tees measuring 123 yards to ace the par 3. “It is one of the most exciting days of my life” she said to her competitors Yvonne Dougherty and Patty Kondub. This is Tane’s first hole in one in her 30-plus years of golf, and it also ends a three-year drought for this achievement in the LWGA. An amateur golfer’s chance of an ace is 12,500 to 1 per Golf Digest. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Friday, September 12, 2014
The Game Difference
A 20-yard field goal with 1.3 seconds left by Xavier senior kicker Andrew Verre resulted in a 3-0 loss tonight for the Staples Wreckers. Staples next meets Wilton Sept. 19 at Wilton. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com
Breaking a Tackle
Staples quarterback Teddy Coogan, a senior, breaks a tackle tonight in the tight contest with Xavier. The Falcons won 3-0 on a last-second field goal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com
Xavier Shuts Out Staples Football 3-0
Xavier High School of Middletown tonght shut out Staples High School 3-0 in the season home opener for the Wreckers.
The Wreckers take the field tonight in the third season opener under permanent lights. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com
The difference in the Friday night under the lights contest was a game-winning 20-yard field goal with 1.3 seconds left by senior kicker Andrew Verre.
The Wreckers knew going in it was going to be tough. The Falcons won three straight Class LL state championships from 2010-2012.
It was perfect football weather as Staples played its third season home opener under permanent lights. Next up for Staples is Wilton at Wilton on Sept. 19.
Keeping Up the Presssure
The Staples defense tonight kept up pressure on Xavier throughout the game. But the Falcons managed a field goal at the last second, defeating the Wreckers 3-0. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com