Saturday, December 02, 2023



Staples Girls Soccer Moves on to Finals Image
The Staples Girls Soccer team will face St. Joseph High School, Trumbull in the FCIAC Tournament final on Thursday after romping over New Canaan with a 6-0 victory at Wilton High today. The Lady Wreckers offense was going nowhere until 20 minutes into the game, when that all changed with a scoring explosion started by senior Marlo Von Der Ahe. Three minutes later it was another senior, Mia Gonzalez finding the back of the net. Less than two minutes later it was junior Autumn Smith’s turn to score goal number three, with another junior, Lys Goldman bringing Staple’s first half total to four goals. It would again be Smith for the first score of the second period. Next, it was senior Katie Ialeggio who capped the game with the sixth and final goal with 14 minutes left on the clock Pictured: team celebrates a score. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

Field Hockey Tourney Win Image
Sophomore Ava Eckholdt moves the ball upfield in the Wreckers 2-0 victory over Greenwich in todays’s FCIAC tournament quarter-final game at home. After a scoreless first period, junior Kyle Kirby scored both Staples goals in the second period. The girls face their semi-final opponent on Monday at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

Staples Boys Cross Country Team Advances Image
The Staples Boys’ Cross Country Team today advanced to the New Englands, placing fifth overall at the CIAC State Open Championships in a field of 205 runners. It was a phenomenal finish in spite of the loss of two top senior runners due to illness. Senior Morgan Fierro (r) finished fifth overall, earning all state honor and the strong finishes of Dillon Harding (Junior), George Lepska (Junior), Zach Taubman (Sophomore) and Max Sod (Junior) enabled the team to achieve fifth place and qualify for the New England Championships next Saturday at Wickham Park, Manchester. The Staples Girl’s Cross Country Team was represented by Tori Greenberg (senior) finishing 26 of 180 runners, missing qualifying for New England’s by one spot and Josie Dolan (sophomore) also ran and finished in the top third of the field. Pictured: Fierro taking the hills at Wickham Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Girls Soccer Still Undefeated Image
The Staples Girls Soccer team continued its winning ways today in their FCIAC Tournament quarter-final match against Trumbull at home at Wakemen field with a 5-1 victory. Lady Wreckers junior Autumn Smith scored early in the first period. Another juni.or, Charlotte Barnes dominated the offense, scoring four goals, the only team member this year to reach that mark in a single game. The Staples girls play in the semi-final round on Monday at Wilton High with their choice of either the 5 p.m. or 7 p.m game. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

Staples Boys Soccer Surges Into FCIAC Semifinals Image
Evan Birns’ spectacular goal, off Brendan Lynch’s flick and Surya Balaji’s free kick, lifted the Staples boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Danbury today in an exciting FCIAC tournament quarterfinal match. The Wreckers pressed the Hatters throughout the match. Excellent midfield play, team defense and strong goalkeeping by Reed Caney all contributed to the win. The victory gives Staples a rematch of last year’s semifinal. They’ll play Trumbull on Tuesday (Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 7 p.m.). Pictured (from l) Patricio Perez Elorza, Benny Feuer, Alan Fiore and Brendan Lynch get ready to defend a Danbury corner kick. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Lady Wreckers soccer team finished its second undefeated (14-0-2) regular season in a row. With a 3-0 win over Wilton, the team secured the No. 1 seed in the FCIAC playoffs, which begin Friday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for

Staples, Wilton Draw in Classic Soccer Match Image
The Staples High School boys soccer team today played one of its best matches of the year against one of the top teams in the FCIAC. The 1-1 tie against Wilton at Wakeman Field featured end-to-end action, with the Wreckers surging in the final 20 minutes. Benny Feuer headed in Patricio Perez Elorza’s corner kick for the lead. The Warriors drew even seven minutes later, on a rebound. Staples goalkeeper Reed Caney made several outstanding saves, while Evan Birns, Alan Fiore, Murilo Moreno and Sam Liles anchored the midfield. Staples completes the regular season 8-4-4. The FCIAC playoffs begin Thursday, with the Wreckers traveling to Danbury. Pictured: Carter Bassler had an excellent game for Staples, as an outside back. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for

Staples Boys Cross Country State Class LL Runners Up Image
The Staples Boys Cross Country team placed second today at the CIAC Class LL championship at Wickham Park in Manchester. Staples was led by seniors Morgan Fierro, who finished third overall in 16:13 and Nick Taubenheim at 12th overall in 16:26, with both runners earning All State honors. Senior Teddy O’Kane placed 19 th (16:44), followed by George Lepska in 28th (16:59) and Zach Taubman in 40th (17:18) to round out the scoring positions. Juniors Dillon Harding and Max Sod also finished strong as the sixth and seventh runners for the team. The Staples Girls Cross country team came in ninth with Tori Greenberg placing 12th overall and earning All State honors. The runners now prepare for the State Open Championship scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1. The top six teams in that race advance to the New England Championship. Pictured: (l-r) Senior Co-Captains Nick Taubenheim (’20) and Morgan Fierro (‘20)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Entertaining the Homecoming Crowd Image
The Staples cheerleaders tonight entertain the homecoming crowd prior to the varsity football game against New Canaan. The first home game of the season under the lights saw the Wreckers fall to New Canaan 41-21. Work on the track hsd forced the Wreckers to play home games elsewhere until tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Dedicating the Staples Track Image
First Selectman Jim Marpe today led dignitaries in cutting the ribbon at the refurbished track and field at Staples High School. The facility will be named after longtime track coach Laddie Lawrence once all the naming formalities are completed. The ceremony took place before this year’s homecoming varsity football game which saw the Wreckers fall to New Canaan 41-21. The track work had caused the football team to play three of its home games before tonight at other venues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for