Saturday, February 24, 2024



Staples Wrestler Repeats as a Champ Image
Staples senior George Harrington (2nd l) is a Class LL Connecticut state wrestling champion for the second year in a row. After winning the 2018 LL state championship as a heavyweight, he cut over 40 pounds this season to win the 220-pound title in the competition over the weekend at Trumbull High School. Staples placed overall fifth place under new coaches (l-r) Alex Kappel, Fred Mills, and Paulo Freitas. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Saugatuck El Students Star at Sound Tigers Image
Students from Saugatuck Elementary School sang the national anthem today while others held the American flag on the ice during the Sound Tigers game at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers skated to a 5-4 overtime victory against the Utica Comets. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Sam Diedrich for

Squash Champs Image
The Staples High School Varsity Squash team today won its division at the U.S. Squash National Team Championships held at Trinity College in Hartford. More than 200 teams attended the event. Pictured (l-r) Issac Bunan ’22, Spencer Carey ’20, Tyler Edwards ’19, Coach Eddie O’Rourke, Patrick Looby ’21, Eli Shorrock ‘22, Quinn McMahon ‘21, and Devon Saunders ’22.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Gavin McMahon for

Senior Center Super Bowl Party Set for Feb. 3

With the Super Bowl teams set, the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities are completing plans for the 11th annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party on Sunday, Feb. 3 from 1 p.m until 4 p.m. 

Ceremonies will begin at 2 p.m., and the event is open to members of the community of all ages, an announcement said.

The festivities will honor the Staples state champion Girls Field Hockey team with cheering by the Staples varsity cheerleaders and the PAL cheerleaders. 

And there again will be a guess the final score contest, plus games and prizes.

Academic Honors for Staples Boys Soccer Team

For the 16th time in 18 years — and the 13th season in a row — the Staples boys soccer program has been honored with a national award for academic excellence. Image
The 2017 Staples High School boys soccer team: Academic All-America winners for the 16th time in 18 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost photo

And they did it with one of their highest GPAs ever.

United Soccer Coaches presented the Wreckers with a Team Academic Award at last weekend’s annual convention in Chicago. The only other Connecticut boys public high school to earn the award was Ellington.

To qualify, a squad must have a 3.25 grade-point average of all varsity players. The award is given for the previous academic year. In 2017, Staples’ varsity players had an average GPA of 3.40. That was just shy of the previous year’s GPA: 3.46.

Family Day at Staples Gym Image
Members of the Bhatia family of Westport were among many who enjoyed use of the Staples High School Field House during the open-to-the-public gym session today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The Field House will be open to the public every Sunday through March 24 with the exception of Feb. 17 and 24. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Wrestling Winners Image
The Staples High School varsity wrestling time has won the John Chacho Duels Party Meet for the first time in 10 years. Staples Saturday defeated Fairfield Prep, Stamford High School, New Haven (co-op), Mahopac High School, and Shelton High School to win the crown. Fred Mills is the head coach of Staples. The tournament is named for John Chacho who was an educator and coach for multiple sports in Westport over the last 45 years. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Pickleball Enthusiasts at Bedford Image
Adults today played pickleball at the Bedford Middle School gym, an indoor venue made available for pickleball enthusiasts through coordination with the Westport Parks and Recreation Department and the Westport school system. According to Tom Lowrie (l), Westport’s Ambassador of the USA Pickleball Association, 40 people participated today, up from 18 players on opening day on Wednesday. Lowrie said six courts are available Wednesday and Sunday afternoons through late March. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Jon Boone, 57

Jon (Coach) Boone of Westport died unexpectedly Dec. 25 of brain hemorrhages. He was 57. Image
Jon Boone: coach, teacher. Contributed photo

He was a teacher, coach, friend, neighbor, and beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, son, and brother/son-in-law.

He touched many lives during his more than 30 years of teaching and coaching, including in the PAL and Staples football programs.

He coached a variety of sports at a variety of levels, from LSU to Little League softball, and his personality reflected that. His intensity level was high.