Saturday, January 31, 2004
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.
Saturday, January 24, 2004
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.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
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.
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
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.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
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
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
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
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
Monday, January 05, 2004
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.
Saturday, January 03, 2004
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.
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.
Sunday, December 21, 2003
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
Saturday, December 20, 2003
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
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
Saturday, December 13, 2003
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.
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Tuesday, December 09, 2003
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.
Friday, December 05, 2003
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.
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
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.
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.
Thursday, November 27, 2003