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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Staples Cross Country No. 2 at Nike Regional Image
The Staples Boys Cross Country team competed today in the Nike Cross Regional - Northeast Region Cross Country Championships at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Forty teams competed with Staples, which placed second, 10 points behind perennial powerhouse Christian Brothers Academy of New Jersey. The top two teams from each of eight regions qualify to compete at the national championship to be held in Portland, Ore. on Saturday, Dec 3. The race will be live streamed beginning at 12:30 p.m. EST at (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/26/16 07:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Rugby Holds Alumni Match Image
The Staples High School rugby team held its annual alumni match today. More than 40 past and present players participated in the day, which included both the match and a traditional sausage sizzle. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Laura Overton for


11/26/16 05:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Making a Pick Image
Staples senior Brendan Massoud (17) makes a successful pick and run back in first quarter action today against Greenwich at Greenwich. The Staples efforts were not good enough to overcome the Cardinals, who routed the Wreckers 37-10 in the FCIAC Thanksgiving rivalry match that goes back to 2005. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for


11/24/16 12:55 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Footballers Fall to Greenwich 37-10

The Staples High School football team lost to FCIAC rival Greenwich 37-10 today at Greenwich.

It was payback for the Cardinals who last year saw the Wreckers win a berth in the Class LL playoffs with a 28-26 Thanksgiving win over Greenwich..

The Greenwich victory, coupled with a loss by Fairfield Prep, clinched a spot in this year’s Class LL playoffs for the Cardinals.

Staples ends its season with a 5-5 record while Greenwich improved to 7-3.


11/24/16 12:37 PM Comments () • Permalink

Gallery: Turkey Trot

Scenes from today’s 39th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport.  See race results here. photos


11/24/16 09:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Thousands in 39th Annual Turkey Trot Image
Thousands took part today in the 39th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport. Part of the race course was in Westport. Runners are pictured on Greens Farms Road just before making a turn at New Creek Road. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gordon Joseloff for


11/24/16 09:37 AM Comments () • Permalink

In the Lead Image
A Westport motorcycle officer leads the first runners in today’s 39th annual Thanksgiving Day Road Race organized by the Pequot Running Club of Southport as they make their way along Greens Farms Road turning into New Creek Road in Westport near the Green’s Farms Metro-North station. Thousands took part under sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 30s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/24/16 09:30 AM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Video: Staples Ties Darien 0-0 in Field Hockey Championship

Highlights of foday’‘s Staples vs Darien field hockey Class L championship game at Wethersfield. They tied 0-0 with both named co-champions. Courtesy of WWPT


11/19/16 01:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Field Hockey Co-Champions With Darien Image
The Staples High School field hockey team today won its first state championship in program history, becoming co-champions after a 0-0 tie against Darien in the Class L final at Wethersfield. Coach Ian Tapsall raises the trophy as team members cheer. (See video here) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/19/16 12:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Special Touchdown Image
It was a special night tonight for Dylan Curran, 16, a special needs student at Staples High School, where he is freshman football team manager. During the halftime break in a freshman home game against Greenwich, teammates gave a suited-up Dylan the football and he scored a touchdown, much to the delight of all who watched. It was a highlight for the Wreckers, who fell to Greenwich 34-13. Dylan had a similar special experience a year ago as a student at Bedford Middle School. (See WestportNow Oct. 20, 2015)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for


11/17/16 09:30 PM Comments () • Permalink

Star Treatment for Team Manager Image
Staples High School freshman football players carry off the field assistant team manager Dylan Curran, 16, tonight during halftime in a home game against Greenwich. The players had Dylan, a special needs student, suit up for the game, and he scored a touchdown in a special play they arranged. Proud parents Staci and Jim Curran were among a joyous crowd that watched the doings. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for


11/17/16 09:25 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Made All States Image
The Staples High School girls swim team tonight raced to a third place in the state LL finals at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.  Staples had six swimmers make All States by placing in the top three in individual events or the top two in relays. Pictured (back row, l-r) Esme Hunter (100 Back - 2nd, 200 IM - 3rd, 400 Free Relay 4th, 200 Free Relay 8th); Mackenzie Healy (50 Free - 6th, 100 Free - 8th, 200 Medley Relay - 2nd, 400 Free Relay - 4th); Marissa Healy (100 Fly - 2nd, 100 Back - 3rd, 200 Medley Relay - 2nd, 400 Free Relay - 4th); Willow Woods (200 IM - 2nd, 100 Breast - 2nd, 200 Medley Relay - 2nd, 400 Free Relay - 4th) (front row) Michelle Kennedy (200 Free - 10th, 500 Free - 3rd, 200 Free Relay - 8th), and Mia Fraas (200 Medley Relay - 2nd, 100 Fly - 10th, 100 Back - 12th). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/16/16 09:43 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Field Hockey Advances to Final Image
Staples High School field hockey players celebrate tonight after edging Enfield 2-1 in the Class L semifinals at Watertown High School. Freshman Kyle Kirby scored twice, including the game-winning goal with 9:50 left in the second half. Goalkeeper Bridget Mulloy, a sophomore, had three saves. It is the first time since 1976 the Wreckers have been in a state championship game. It will be held Saturday against Darien in Wethersfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/16/16 09:35 PM Comments () • Permalink

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Staples Boys Soccer Falls in Quarterfinals Thriller Image
For the third time in seven years, Staples and Farmington battled in a state LL (extra large schools) tournament thriller today ay Tunxis Mead Park in Farmington. The 21st-ranked Wreckers owned much of the possession, and took large portions of the game to the fourth-ranked Indians. But a second yellow card foul with 11 minutes to play left Staples a man down. Three minutes later the upstaters scored on a corner kick, and held on for a 1-0 victory. Head coach Dan Woog praised goalkeeper Ziggy Hallgarten, and the entire Wrecker squad. “Soccer is a cruel game,” he said. “Our guys executed their game plan. They fought like warriors. They did everything they needed to, but they did not get the result. I feel badly for them – but I am intensely proud of their efforts, as players and men.” In the photo above, Jannis Dietze helps control central midfield. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for


11/12/16 07:14 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Boys Cross Country Takes New England Title Image
The Staples High School boys cross country team today won the New England High School Championships at Ponaganset High School in North Scituate, R.I. The team was lead by senior co-captain Zak Ahmad, who finished third overall in a time 15:31 over the 5K course. Other top Staples finishers were junior Ben Seiple in 17th, junior Will Landowne in 27th, junior Sunil Green in 29th, and junior Christian Meyers 39th. The team’s 72 score easily beat second place La Salle Academy of Rhode Island (155) and Danbury (158). The team had previously won the FCIAC, Class LL and state open titles. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/12/16 06:01 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, November 11, 2016

Darien Shuts Out Staples Footballers 27-0 Image
Senior Andrew Speed gains ground tonight against Darien, but the Wrecker efforts fell short as the Blue Wave shut out Staples 27-0 at Staples. The loss was the third straight for the Wreckers, now 5-4 on the season. Staples wraps up the season on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24 at Greenwich at 10 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Shelley Burger Sports photo


11/11/16 09:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Field Hockey Advances to Semi-Finals Image
The Staples Field Hockey team today beat Wilton 3-1 in the quarterfinals at home to advance to the state semi-finals next week—the first Class L semi-final for the team since 1994.  Staples defense was fierce and held Wilton to only one goal. Staples goals were scored by Sophie Smith, Abby Najarian, and Meghan Johnson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/11/16 05:02 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Staples Boys Soccer Advances to LL Quarterfinals Image
Josh Berman’s power header ninth minute power header, and Anton Mahr’s long strike 20 minutes later, staked the Staples boys soccer team to a 2-0 victory at New Milford today. The victory earns the Wreckers a LL (extra large schools) state tournament berth on Saturday. They will play Farmington away. The Westporters’ win -– their second straight upset in the tourney -– included excellent pressuring offense, strong midfield play and stellar defense by Berman, Sam Kantor, Teddy Lawrence and Chris Martenson. Goalkeeper Ziggy Hallgarten recorded his 11th shutout of the season. Pictured is striker Thomas Nealon slicing through a pair of Green Wave defenders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for


11/10/16 07:05 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Rowers Make College Commitments Image
Six members of the Saugatuck Rowing Club girls team today signed National Letters of Intent to row competitively in college in the NCAA.  Four of the girls are Staples High School students.  Pictured (l-r) are Sophie Pendrill, Scarsdale, University of Texas at Austin; Katelyn DeAgro, Westport/Staples, Robert Morris University; Imogen Ratcliffe, Westport/Staples, U.C. Berkeley; Charlotte Powers, Fairfield, University of Michigan; Kate Johnson, Westport/Staples, University of Notre Dame; Grace McGinley, Westport/Staples, Stanford University; and Saugatuck Rowing Club Junior Girls Head Coach Gordon Getsinger. The Saugatuck Rowing Club girls team has won back-to-back national championships and last month three-peated as victors in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/09/16 07:40 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Staples Boys Soccer Stops South Windsor Image
The celebration in the photo above was short-lived. Stephen Rowland’s (6) goal was ruled offside. But the Staples boys soccer team was already up 1-0, thanks to Thomas Nealon’s penalty kick. And the Wreckers got stronger as the game went on, earning a 1-0 win at South Windsor in today’s opening round LL (extra large schools) state tournament match. It was an upset based on seedings, as Staples was ranked No. 21 (7-3-6 record) and the Bobcats were ranked No. 12 (11-5-0). The blue-and-whites now set their eyes on another higher-ranked foe: New Milford (ranked No. 5, 11-2-2). That match is Thursday at New Milford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for


11/08/16 06:16 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Cheerleaders Hold Cheer Clinic ImageStaples High School Varsity cheerleaders today held their annual Election Day cheer clinic for 60 elementary and middle schoolers. Girls displayed their learned jump sequences, cheers, tumbling skills, and stunting technique at a cheer showcase at the end of the five-hour clinic. The day is one of many fundraising events the cheerleaders hold through the school year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/08/16 03:10 PM Comments () • Permalink

Monday, November 07, 2016

Staples Footballers Donate $10,824 to Pink Aid Image
The Staples High School football team this fall raised $10,824 for Pink Aid, a local nonprofit breast cancer organization that helps diagnosed women in financial need. In six years, the team has raised $70,000 for the charity. Pictured donating a check were football captains Ryan Fitton, Nick Roehm, and Julian Ross to Pink Aid board member Tammy Zelkowitz and Pink Aid co-president Susan Byer.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/07/16 11:16 AM Comments () • Permalink

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Different Kind of Political Race Image
It was billed as a “uniquely fun footrace” as runners in today’s Run4Office5K run at Sherwood Island State Park had a choice of number bibs to show their political preferences. The two women above chose donkeys for their bibs and the man with the raised finger chose “None of the Above.” Other bib choices included an elephant, a whale (for party animal) and maples leafs for “running away to Canada.” There was no immediate word on the bib tally. It preceded The Great Mac n’ Cheese & Chili Challenge at the park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo


11/06/16 10:45 AM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, November 04, 2016

Staples Football Falls to St. Joseph 24-17 Image
Staples senior Elliott Poulley (20) scored two touchdowns tonight, but the they were not enough to stop the St. Joseph Cadets who went on from a 14-14 halftime tie to defeat the Wreckers 24-17 at Staples. The St. Joseph win was the first over Staples since 2000, and avenged a 28-20 loss a year ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ken Moy for


11/04/16 09:45 PM Comments () • Permalink

Staples Cross Country Edges Danbury in CIAC Championship Image
The Staples Boys Cross Country team today defended their Connecticut State Open title by defeating their close rival Danbury High School at the CIAC State Open Cross Country Championships held at Wickham Park in Manchester. Staples was led by first place individual finisher Zak Ahmad in 15:46, the first Staples boys runner to win since Henry Wynne in 2012. The Wreckers will go on to compete at the New England High School Championships Saturday, Nov. 12 in Rhode Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/04/16 05:59 PM Comments () • Permalink

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Staples Swim & Dive Team 3rd in FCIAC Finals Image
The Staples High School Girls Swim & Dive Team exceeded its expectations tonight with a third place finish at the FCIAC finals held in Greenwich, the team’s best performance in the last decade. Five Wreckers made All FCIAC designation, placing top two in relays or top three in their respective individual events—Mia Fraas, a sophomore, Mackenzie Healy, a senior, Marissa Healy, a sophomore, Esme Hunter, a freshman, and Willow Woods, a junior. The team moves next to the state CIAC LL trials on Nov. 12. Pictured are the finals team and coaches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/03/16 10:00 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Staples Field Hockey Moves Into FCIAC Finals Image
The Staples Field Hockey team tonight moved into the FCIAC finals with a 2-1 victory over Darien at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. Meghan Johnson scored both goals for the second-seeded Wreckers, who will play top-seeded Wilton at Brien McMahon High School on Thursday at 7 p.m. for the FCIAC championship. Meanwhile, the Staples Girls Soccer team fell to Ridgefield 2-1 in the FCIAC semifinals at Wilton. Ridgefield is the defending champion while the Wreckers were rated No. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


11/01/16 10:34 PM Comments () • Permalink

Friday, October 28, 2016

Staples Stymied in FCIAC Boys Soccer Quarterfinals Image
The Staples boys soccer team today staged a torrid second half comeback in the FCIAC quarterfinals at Greenwich. Thomas Nealon knocked in a rebound of Teddy Lawrence’s shot, with just eight minutes to play, knotting the score at 1-1 after the Cardinals had taken a first-half lead. (The Wreckers celebrate Nealon’s goal, in the photo above.) A penalty kick two minutes later put the hosts back on top 2-1. Staples had several chances to draw level again, particularly on Teddy Lawrence’s header with two minutes to play. But the ball skimmed off the top of the crossbar, and Greenwich held on to win. The Cards –- seeded first in the tournament, and ranked No. 16 in the country –- move on, while the eighth-seeded Wreckers now wait for the state tournament, which begins Nov. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Frances Rowland for


10/28/16 08:50 PM Comments () • Permalink

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Staples Girls Win Senior Day Meet Image
The Staples High School Girls Swim & Dive Team concluded a successful dual meet season today as they celebrated Senior Day during a win over Westhill/Stamford (96-88). The victory concluded a four meet run in which Staples outscored Trumbull (92-89), Danbury (95-70) and Norwalk/McMahon (96-88). Pictured are Staples seniors (l-r) Kristina Wasserman, Caroline Gray, Kenzie Healy, Lily Dane, Hope PEnwell, Dia Mahesh, Claire Meehan, Michelle Lopez, and Ashley Duncan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/26/16 10:36 PM Comments () • Permalink

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Staples Field Hockey Ends Undefeated Season Image
The Staples Field Hockey Team today completed an undefeated season, with a 5-0 victory over Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School. For the season, the team is 13-0-2, scoring an impressive 75 goals while giving up only two to the competition. The FCIAC quarterfinal game is Friday at 3:30 p.m. at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo


10/25/16 07:41 PM Comments () • Permalink

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