Friday, July 12, 2024



Comings & Goings: GolfTec to Post Road East Image
GolfTec, a golf instruction and club fitting company headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, opens soon at 877 Post Road East. Regional Director of Instruction, Dan Benzenberg, (above). said “We’re applying finishing touches right now and will announce our grand opening date soon.” He said the Westport facility is one of almost 200 locations in the country, many which are franchises, but the Westport location is corporate-owned. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Staples Girls Swim and Dive Team in Strong CIAC Showing Image
In a nail biter, the Staples Girls Swim and Dive team took third place tonight at the CIAC State Open at Yale, with 326 points behind first-place Cheshire, 428 points, and second place Greenwich, 420 points, just 2.5 points ahead of Darien. The meet began with the 200-yard medley relay team of Esme Hunter, Annie Bowens, Ella Alpert, and Sophia Mechanic placing third. The 200-yard freestyle saw Jessica Qi place 7th and Morgan Lenoce take 8th. In the 50 yard- Freestyle, Esme Hunter placed 2nd, and Annie Bowens took 9th. The diving saw Addie Costello place 19th and Lucy Arrow 25th. In the 100 yard butterfly, Ella Alpert placed 18th and in the 100-yard freestyle, Lenoce took 8th, Qi 13th, and Hannah Strauss 24th. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Hunter, Bowens, Qi, and Lenoce placed second. Esme Hunter won the 100-yard backstroke. In the 100 yard breaststroke, Annie Bowens placed 21st. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Qi, Mechanic, Strauss, and Lenoce took 5th. Contributed photo

Staples Field Hockey Again CIAC Champs Image
The Staples Field Hockey team today wrapped up its fourth consecutive state CIAC Class L championship by defeating Darien 4-2 at Wethersfield. It was an especially gratifying win coming two weeks after both teams battled to a tie in the FCIAC finals with both declared co-champions. Both teams today scored early with the Wreckers taking a 3-2 lead at halftime and tacking on an insurance goal in the second half.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Girls Swim and Dive Team Places Third at CIAC Championships Image
The Staples Girls Swim and Dive took third place tonight at CIAC Class LL Championships held at the Wesleyan University pool behind first place Cheshire and second place Greenwich. The 200 medley relay team of Esme Hunter, Annie Bowens, Ella Alpert, and Sophia Mechanic placed sixth. In the 200 free Morgan Lenoce placed fourth, in the 50 free Esme Hunter took second and Annie Bowen’s placed sixth, in the 100 free Morgan Lenoce placed fifth and Jessica Qi took sixth, the 200 free relay team of Hunter, Bowen’s, Qi and Lenoce placed first, Esme Hunter won the 100 backstroke and Qi, Mechanic,Strauss, and Lenoce took fourth in the 400 free relay. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Girls Soccer Advances Image
Lady Wrecker senior captain Marlo Von Der Ahe heads the ball past a Farmington defender today as Staples shutout Farmington 4-0 at home in a quarterfinal CIAC match. After a scoreless first period where the temperature barely hit 40 degrees, Staples junior scoring machine Autumn Smith put one past Farmington’s goalkeeper. Von Der Ahe fed senior Katie Ialeggio for goal number two. Next Smith assisted senior Mia Gonzalez for the third score. Senior captain Reese Sutter capped the game with a penalty kick for goal number four. Staples now faces No. 3-seed Glastonbury on Tuesday in the semifinal in Waterbury. Meanwhile, Staples field hockey defeated New Canaan 7-2 in the CIAC Class L quarterfinals at Ginny Parker Field. Fourth-seeded Staples next will face No. 9 Nowalk on Tuesday at Weston High School at 6:30 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

Staples Boys Soccer Falls on Penalty Kicks Image
Just 48 hours after stunning top-seeded, defending state champion Glastonbury, the Staples High School boys soccer team today played its next game in the state LL tournament. FCIAC champion and No. 8 seed Trumbull scored first, but the Wreckers battled back. They tied it 1-1 with just 5:58 remaining, on Evan Birns’ spectacular diving header. Twenty minutes of overtime produced no goals, so the teams proceeded to penalty kicks. Staples made four of their five -– but the Eagles converted all five, to take the pressure-packed, excellently played match 2-1. It was a brutal end to the season for the Wreckers, who won seven of their final nine matches, and won respect around the state for their skillful, gritty and exciting play. Pictured: The Staples team watches intently during penalty kicks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for

Yet Another Shutout for Staples Girls Soccer Image
The fans were bundled up in layers against the cold at today’s CIAC State Tournament quarterfinal match as they watched the Staples Lady Wreckers shutout Norwalk’s Brien McMahon 3-0 at home. Both teams spent much of the first period cold as well, but that all changed when junior standout Autumn Smith blasted one past the Senator’s goalkeeper. The second period clock had barely started when the other junior powerhouse, Charlotte Barnes found the back of the net, making the score 2-0. A McMahon self-goal off an attempt by senior Katie Ialeggio brought the final score to 3-0. The semifinals will be Saturday at home, with No. 2-seed Staples facing 10th seed Farmington. Pictured: Senior Alexa Frost (l) and junior Lys Goldman double trap a McMahon player who tries to get free with the ball. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for