Friday, April 12, 2024



Staples Boys Soccer Earns Draw With Fairfield Ludlowe Image
Fairfield Ludlowe came to Loeffler Field today with the fewest losses in the FCIAC boys soccer league. After 80 minutes of battle, they left with a 0-0. Staples got excellent defense from Chris Martenson, Ryan Fincher, Nick Ambrose and Gabe Baltierra, strong goalkeeping from Ry Cohen, and solid midfield play by Matt Engler and Will Birch. The Wreckers’ best chance came a minute before halftime, when Vaughan Sealey (shown in photo) knocked Engler’s free kick off the inside of the goal post. Staples — now 6-4-4, in strong contention for an FCIAC playoff berth -— travels to New Canaan’s Conner Field for a 4 p.m. match on Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for

Darien Crushes Staples Footballers 32-6 Image
Staples senior Ben Pearl after a reception from quarterback Daniel Thompson carries the ball 66 yards tonight for the Wreckers lone score of the night as Staples fell to No. 1 rated Darien 32-6 at home. Staples team members wore pink during the school’s annual pink-out game in support of breast cancer awareness. Next up: Norwalk at Norwalk on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer for

Staples Soccer Ends Ridgefield Win Streak Image
The Staples boys soccer team today executed its game plan perfectly at Ridgefield. The Tigers had won nine straight games, and led the FCIAC standings. But led by a stellar defense, the Wreckers tied them 0-0 —- the first time the northerners failed to score in a month. Chris Martenson, Ryan Fincher, Nick Ambrose and Gabe Baltierra keyed the defenders. Ry Cohen earned the shutout in goal. Staples —- now 6-4-3 -— hosts Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday at 4 p.m. in a crucial FCIAC contest. In the photo, Fincher (23) plays a ball out of the back. Patricio Perez Elorza and Gabe Baltierra lend support. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for

Darien Edges Staples in Boys Soccer ImageA goal with 3:12 remaining gave Darien a 1-0 victory over the Staples boys soccer team today at Loeffler Field. The Wreckers face Ridgefield on Thursday, away at 4 p.m. The photo shows defender Nick Ambrose. He, with Chris Martenson, Ryan Fincher and Gabe Baltierra, make up Staples’ strong defensive corps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for

Staples Boys Cross Country Undefeated in FCIAC Dual Meets for Fourth Year in a Row Image
The Staples Boys Cross Country team today completed its dual meet season undefeated, beating Trumbull, Fairfield Warde, and McMahon at Trumbull to finish with a 14-0 record. The seniors led the way for the team with Ben Seiple finishing second and Will Landowne a second behind him in third place over the 2.9-mile course.  Christian Myers finished in sixth, Sunil Green seventh, and Junior Ryan Smith rounded out the top five in ninth place. Now the team will begin to prepare for the championship part of the season, hoping to repeat as FCIAC and state open champions. Pictured are seniors Ben Seiple (l) and Will Landowne (r) leading the pack at today’s meet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contrbuted photo

Stamford Nips Staples Boys Soccer 1-0 Image
The Staples boys soccer team faced plenty of adversity today against division-leading Stamford. They used field player Will Birch in goal, and were a man down for the final 23 minutes. Still, they took the Black Knights to the limit, falling 1-0 on a rebound goal with just 17 minutes to play. Birch (shown in the photo making a save) filled in superbly, aided by staunch defending from Chris Martenson, Ryan Fincher, Nick Ambrose and Gabe Baltierra. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Alan Frost for

Staples Boys Soccer Homecoming Sees 1-0 Loss to Stamford Image
Among those at the Staples High School boys soccer homecoming today were (l-r) Neil Brickley, Fred Cantor, Coach Dan Woog, and Steve McCoy, all members of the class of 1971. In a wild battle of the top two teams in the FCIAC West, Stamford went on to nip Staples 1-0. The second half goal — when the Wreckers were a man down — came off a rebound. It was the first home loss of the season for the Wreckers, who are now 6-3-2. Staples next meets Darien Tuesday at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for