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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Boys Varsity Basketball: Fairfield Edges Staples 54-51

Fairfield edged Staples 54-51 Friday night as a last-second attempt by Wrecker senior John Baumann for a three-pointer failed.

Staples (8-3 overall, 5-4 FCIAC) was down 52-45 with 50 seconds left but managed to pull to 52-50 with 40 seconds left thanks to a pair of free throws by Brian Levine.

But the Wreckers comeback attempt fell short as Baumann rimmed his try for a three-pointer, disappointing the packed crowd in the Staples gymnasium.


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Saturday, January 24, 2004

Boys Varsity Basketball: Harding Defeats Staples 63-54

Bridgeport’s Harding High School defeated Staples 63 - 54 Friday night in a game in which Harding’s patented pressure defense caused numerous Staples turnovers—17 in the first half. 

Playing at Harding, Staples had a chance to win it as they tied the game in the fourth quarter but were unable to capitalize on several opportunities. 

John Baumann had 29 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Forbes had 11 points in the losing cause. 

Both teams now have identical 8-2, 5-2 (FCIAC) records. Next game is home against Westhill of Stamford on Tuesday.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Staples Boys Basketball Varsity Trounces St. Joseph 68-39

The Staples boys basketball varsity tonight trounced St. Joseph of Trumbull 68-39 at Trumbull to qualify for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) state tournament.

It was one of the earliest times in Staples’ history for the Wreckers to qualify for the tourney. It takes eight wins to qualify.

The game had special significance for St. Joseph. It was Coach Vito Montelli’s 1,000th game for the school where he has been part of the athletic program for more than 40 years.

It was one of the first times in memory that Staples beat the Trumbull powerhouse. 

Staples, which improved to 8-1 on the season, plays Bridgeport’s Harding High School (7-2) at Harding on Friday.


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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Staples Basketballers Roll Over Danbury 59-50

The Staples High School boy’s basketball team, paced by John Baumann scoring 33 points and bringing down 10 rebounds, defeated Danbury tonight 59-50.

The Wreckers, playing at home, improved to 7-0 overall on the season and 4-0 in the Fairfield Country Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC).

But it was not all smooth sailing. Staples had to overcome a four-point deficit at the half to go on to victory.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Off to the Races

Members of the Westport Staples High School ski team head for the team’s first races of the season today against Amity, Ridgefield, and Wilton High Schools at Mt. Southington, Conn. Co-captain Evan Rock (l), along with co-captains Ray Cheng and Nick Vornle (not shown), escort ski team members onto the buses. WestportNow.com photo


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Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Glum Faces Tell the Story

Supporters of adding lights to the Staples High School football field suffered a disappointment Monday night when the Board of Education put off a decision requesting town permission for the project. Among those attending the meeting were Staples principal John Brady, foreground, and track coach Laddie Lawrence, next to him. Football team members are seen in the rear. WestportNow.com photo


01/06/04 04:14 AM Comments () • Permalink

Board of Ed Puts Off Decision on Staples Football Lights

Members of the Board of Education tonight put off any decision on requesting town permission to add lights to the Staples football field pending development of specific educational specifications for the project. A large crowd of supporters and opponents turned out for the meeting. WestportNow.com photo


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Monday, January 05, 2004

Board of Education to Take Up Lights for Football Field Tonight

The Westport Board of Education tonight takes up the controversial issue of lights for the Staples High School football field.

The item is on the 8 p.m. meeting agenda. Members will decide whether to ask the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for permission to erect the lights.

The lights issue has been a controversial one for the town. An effort several years ago to erect the lights was turned down by town officials after protests from neighbors.

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Saturday, January 03, 2004

Westport’s Sean Mulcahy Took His Hometown into the Blue-Grey Game

Westports Sean Mulcahy, the UConn star defensive tackle, is back home briefly this weekend after playing in the Blue-Grey Game last week in Alabama and a little R and R in Florida.Mulcahy3.jpg

And he disclosed that he took a little bit of Westport with him on to the field in the all-star Christmas Day classic nationally televised by ABC Sports.

ғI have a huge love of Westport, you know, Mulcahy told WestportNow after attending an afternoon showing of the latest ԓLord of the Rings movie with his mother, Liz.

ԓI wrote Westportђ in marker on both of my forearms before the game. I still rep it, you know. Westports my hometown—born and raised. I love it. IҒll never knock it.

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Sunday, December 21, 2003

Compo Fun Run

Staples track coach Laddie Lawrence (l.) gives instructions to participants in today’s two-mile third annual Staples Alumni Run at Compo Beach. About 100 Staples students, parents and alumni participated in the fun run in 25-degree weather to raise money for the Laddie Lawrence Scholarship Fund which benefits a needy Staples athlete. Andrew Yemma for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, December 20, 2003

Getting Ready

Members of the Staples High School track team line up in advance of a one-mile run at today’s first Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) qualifier of the indoor season.  Coach Peter Van Hagen gives them pointers. Three more qualifier meets will be held in January. Andrew Yemma for WestportNow.com


12/20/03 07:53 PM Comments () • Permalink

For a Good Cause

Parents of Staples High School track team members await customers at their concession stand during today’s first FCIAC qualifier of the indoor season. Proceeds from the sales support the track team. Andrew Yemma for WestportNow.com


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Saturday, December 13, 2003

Westports Sean Mulcahy to Play in Blue-Grey Game

He missed his last game at UConn due to an injury, but Westports Sean Mulcahy will play in a posteason all-star game that serves as a showcase for NFL scouts.

The 2000 Staples grad will play in the Blue-Grey game on Christmas in Troy, Ala., according to todayҒs Middletown Press.

The 6-6, 295-pound defensive tackle started in 37 straight games for the Huskies before having the streak ended in the final game of the season at Wake Forest due to a recurring neck injury.

Mulcahy recorded 37 tackles and four sacks this season. He played in all 45 games during his career before the neck injury, from which he has fully recovered, according to coach Randy Edsall.


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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Staples Coach Petroccio: Nothing Can Take Away the Spirit of Our Young MenӔ

Staples football Coach Marce Petroccio, coming off of a 13-1 season that saw the team win the FCIAC title and end up in the state championships, has issued a public expression of thanks to the community for its support. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their tremendous support this year,Ӕ he said in a message posted Tuesday on the Staples football Web site.
Flashback: Coach Marce Petroccio with senior Jimmy Hughes in September. WestportNow.com photo
Students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community have been such a big part of our success. “The coaches on this staff have done an incredible job and are without a doubt the best assistants in the country. We couldn’t have done it without them. ӓAlthough things didn’t turn out quite the way we would have liked, nothing can take away the tremendous spirit of our young men. The trust, loyalty and unselfishness that was exhibited time and time again this season by our players are lessons we can all learn from. ӓTo them, the program always came first. Their unselfishness is what I am most proud of. They are a tremendous group who learned a lot about themselves and each other. You can’t learn these lessons from a book or a computer, you learn them through experience. ӓFinally, I know the memories of yesterdays (MondayҒs) game are painful, but in time we will talk about all of your unbelievable accomplishments and how you rallied an entire town together for 14 weeks. I love you men.


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Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Coach P: “It was Just Asking Too Much of Our Kids”

Staples Coach Marce Petroccio said the loss of two good players—Jimmy Hughes and Drew Grasso—because of injuries contributed to today’s 35-18 defeat at the hands of a strong Shelton team. “It was just asking too much of our kids,” he told reporters. WestportNow.com photo


12/09/03 12:35 AM Comments () • Permalink

Watching from the Sidelines

Staples senior running back Jimmy Hughes watches today’s championship game against Shelton from the sidelines. Hughes, one of the state’s top players, injured his knee during last Tuesday’s semifinal game against Windsor. WestportNow.com photo


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Monday, December 08, 2003

Making the Effort

Staples quarterback D. J. Stefkovich gets some good blocking as he advances during today’s championship game against Shelton. Staples (13-1) lost its bid to become the first team in the state to win 14 games in a season. WestportNow.com photo


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The Crowd was Sparse But Did Not Lack Enthusiasm

The Staples cheerleaders and supporters are silhouetted against the setting sun during today’s Staples vs Shelton championship football game at West Haven. Even though the crowd was sparse—no more than 125 or so—and the temperature in the 30s, they did not lack enthusiasm. WestportNow.com photo


12/08/03 11:21 PM Comments () • Permalink

Hard to Get a Good Man Down

Staples senior running back Kempton Coady is tackled by Shelton defenders during today’s Class L championship game at West Haven. Coady ran for 95 yards and caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from D.J. Stefkovich. WestportNow.com photo


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A Bright Start But Things Got Dark

The sun was shining as Staples Coach Marce Petroccio (r) led his Wreckers on to the field at West Haven for today’s Class L championship game. But by the time the game ended, it was dark and so was the mood as Staples went down to defeat 35-18 at the hands of Shelton. WestportNow.com photo


12/08/03 10:58 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples vs Shelton Championship Football Game 3 p.m. Today in West Haven

A morning conference call of the board of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) approved playing the Class L championship football game pitting Staples against Shelton at 3 p.m. today at West Haven High School.
Coach Marce Petroccio: Jimmy Hughes “definitely out” for today’s game. WestportNow.com photo
During a conference call Monday morning the CIAC board granted a waiver to allow the playing of the football finals past the season limitation deadline of Sunday, Dec. 7,Ӕ according to the CIAC Web site. The Class L final between Staples and Shelton and the MM final between Masuk and East Lyme will be played today at Strong Stadium in West Haven (L at 3 p.m., MM at 7 p.m.). It is the first time in 28 years of the playoffs that the CIAC has extended the season past the first Sunday in December. Staples will be playing without star senior running back Jimmy Hughes. He injured his knee during the Dec. 2 semi-final win over Windsor. ӓHes definitely out,Ҕ Coach Marce Petroccio told reporters Sunday after a two-hour practice session in the field house. Although he wonӒt be on the field with us, he will be on the sideline rooting us on. Hell be the leader heҒs been for the past four years. Hughes has rushed for 1,816 yards this season (5,419 during his career) and scored 38 touchdowns (74 career). He also holds the Staples records in rushing yards (5,419) and points (456). The championship game originally was scheduled to be played Saturday afternoon. It was canceled due to the weekend snow storm. Click for real-time game coveratge
While the field was ready to play Sunday, state police said roads were still dangerous and CIAC postponed the game again. In the 28 years of the CIAC playoffs, a championship game has never been canceled. In the event of cancellation this year, teams would be declared co-champions The weather forecast for this afternoon was for partly sunny skies with highs in the mid-30s with north winds 10 to 15 miles per hour. The Staples football Web site planned real-time coverage of the game.


12/08/03 01:46 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples vs Shelton likely at 3 p.m. Monday

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) postponed Class L championship game pitting Staples against Shelton is likely to be played Monday at 3 p.m. at Ken Strong Stadium at West Haven High School, according to conference officials.

The final decision will be made Monday morning during a conference call, but the CIAC Web site said the Staples-Shelton game was tentatively set for Monday afternoon “pending board approval.”

The afternoon game would come as a surprise to some Staples officials who had expected if a game were to be played Monday, that it would be a night game.

Monday is a regular school day.


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Friday, December 05, 2003

Staples Championship Game Postponed

The Staples vs Shelton state championship football game scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday in West Haven has been rescheduled for the same time Sunday due to bad weather.


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Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Wreckers to Meet Shelton in State Football Final Saturday, Hughes Doubtful

After squeaking by Windsor Tuesday night 17-14, the top-seeded Staples Wreckers (13-0) are looking forward to Saturdays state championship game against third-seeded Shelton with senior running back Jimmy Hughes a doubtful starter.

The game will take place at 2 p.m. at West Haven High School, it was announced today.

Hughes, one of the stateҒs top players, was injured in the final play of the first half Tuesday night in the CIAC Class L semifinals at Norwalks McMahon Field.

He collided with teammate Matt Samela while blocking a Windsor field goal in a game played in sub-freezing temperatures.

Samela, the Wreckers’ leading receiver, and Hughes lay sprawled out on the turf after the collision. Samela soon got up but Hughes remained on the ground for five minutes before being helped off the field.

ғI knew Jimmy was hurt, Coach Marce Petroccio told reporters after the game. ԓI could see him grab his knee and knew we were going to have a problem. We were in the locker room and the kids were ready to cry. It was so sad.

Hughes watched from the sidelines on crutches as the Wreckers managed to pull it out on Andrew Kempler’s 26-yard field goal with 21 seconds left.

Kempler’s game-winning kick was set up by the strong running of Kempton Coady, who carried the ball 18 times for 135 yards for Staples.

“We owed him this,” said Petroccio referring to Hughes.

Asked today how the team will do without Hughes, the coach replied: “If we don’t have Jimmy, we’ll do what we have to do; if we do have Jimmy, we’ll do what we have to do.” He added, “We’re going to stay the course.”

Staples athletic officials said Hughes was seen by a doctor who found he had a bruised knee and a strained MCL muscle. They said while it was not a lasting injury, his status remained uncertain for Saturday’s game.

Also hurt in the game was Drew Grasso, a team captain, who suffered a hand injury, according to the Staples football Web site.

Shelton (11-1) defeated East Cathlolic/Cheney Tech, 35-14, in TuesdayԒs other semifinal.


12/03/03 02:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Kempler Comes Through

Staples senior Andrew Kempler gets set for a kick in tonight’s semi-final contest against Windsor at Norwalk with Scott Damassa holding. His 26-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining broke a 14-14 tie to give Staples a 17-14 win and enabled the Wreckers to advance to Saturday’s championship game against Shelton. Staplesfootball.com photo


12/03/03 03:43 AM Comments () • Permalink

Grinding Out the Yardage

Staples senior Kempton Coady grinds out the yardage during tonight’s semi-final battle against Windsor. Coady’s strong running helped set up the game-winning Andrew Kempler kick. He carried the ball 18 times for 135 yards. Staplesfootball.com photo


12/03/03 03:41 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Tops Windsor 17-14 in State Semi-Final

The Staples Wreckers pulled out a close one tonight, defeating Windsor 17-14 at Norwalk’s McMahon Field in the state semi-finals played in sub-freezing temperatures. Staplesfootball.com photo


12/03/03 03:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Defeats Windsor 17-14 to Advance to State Finals

The Staples Wreckers, in a hard fought game in sub-freezing temperatures under lights in Norwalk, tonight defeated Windsor 17-14 to advance to the state finals.

An Andrew Kempler 26-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the game sealed the win for Staples.

Staples outstanding senior running back Jimmy Hughes was injured on the last play of the first half and did not play again. He collided with receiver Matt Samela when they successfully blocked a Windsor punt.


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Tuesday, December 02, 2003

All Eyes on Jimmy

When the Staples Wreckers do battle with Windsor tonight at Norwalk in the state semi-finals, all eyes will be on Staples senior Jimmy Hughes. Ranked one of the top players in the state, Hughes has scored 37 touchdowns with 1,753 yards rushing and 353 yards receiving on just nine catches. WestportNow.com photo


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Thursday, November 27, 2003

A Hug from the Coach Says it All

Staples Coach Marce Petroccio gives senior Jimmy Hughes a big hug following today’s 55-28 win over Fairfield. The Wreckers meet Windsor Tuesday night at McMahon in Norwalk in the state semi-finals. WestportNow.com photo


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