Saturday, December 02, 2023



Staples Boys Soccer Stops New Canaan, Earns FCIAC Playoff Berth Image
With a 3-1 win at New Canaan today, the Staples High School boys soccer team clinched an FCIAC playoff berth. It is the 12th straight league playoff appearance for the Wreckers. They will be shooting for their 28th title in 61 years. Goals today came from Patricio Perez Elorza (off a great give-and-go with Murilo Moreno), Benny Feuer (off Perez Elorza’s corner kick, redirected first by Emerson Anvari), and Alan Fiore (after winning a tackle near midfield). Staples, now 8-4-3, closes out the regular season on Monday. Wilton comes to town, for a 4 p.m. match. Pictured: Alan Fiore had an excellent match for Staples, both defensively and offensively. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for

Staples Girls Soccer Shuts Out Westhill 7-0 Image
The Staples Girls soccer team was back in form today, dominating Westhill of Stamford from start to finish, defeating the Vikings 7-0 after ties in their two previous games. The Lady Wreckers scored early and often, with one of four first period goals by senior Mia Gonzalez in under four minutes. Another senior, Marlo Von der Ahe then scored two in a row, followed by sophomore Haley Roraback with yet another goal. The rout continued in the second period with scores by junior Charlotte Zhang, junior Hayley Buckman and a final goal by another senior, Marisa Shorrock. The girls face a tough New Canaan team at home on Friday. Pictured: Staples Mia Gonzalez who scored the first goal today in the Lady Wreckers 7-0 shut-out of Westhill of Stamford drives the ball upfield past a Viking defender. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out Westhill Image
Patricio Perez Elorza nailed a penalty kick, and Emerson Anvari hammered home Alan Fiore’s rebound, as the Staples boys soccer team today shut out Westhill 2-0 on the Vikings’ field. The Wreckers also got strong play from Benny Feuer, Sam Liles, Murilo Moreno and goalkeeper Reed Caney. Now 7-4-3, they face New Canaan away on Thursday (4 p.m.). Pictured: Brendan Lynch has been a steady force for Staples, as a center back on a solid defensive unit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for

BOE Endorses Naming Track for Laddie Lawrence Image
The Board of Education tonight unanimously endorsed naming the Staples High School track in honor of coach Laddie Lawrence and his more than 50-year career at the school. A ribbon cutting of the renovated track and field will be held at 6:45 p.m. Friday before the Staples football homecoming game against New Canaan. Note: this will not be the naming ceremony for Lawrence as that effort has several more steps for approval. Lawrence is pictured last year at a celebration of his career at Staples. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for

Saugatuck Rowers Impress in Boston Image
Against heavy competition from California, Washington and Florida crews as well as two other top-seeded clubs from Connecticut, Saugatuck Rowing Club today once again impressed by placing its two women’s varsity eight boats in the top 10 at the 55th Head of the Charles in Boston. While the first varsity eight (above) placed fifth, coming in at an impressive 16:46.1, the second varsity eight placed seventh with a time of 16.50.8 and a margin of only 11 seconds and 16 seconds respectively to winner Row America Rye. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Anna Roland for

Staples Boys Soccer Shuts Out St. Joe’s Image
Murilo Moreno’s first-half goal was all the Staples boys soccer team needed today to shut out St. Joseph 1-0 at Loeffler Field. The Wreckers, now 6-4-3, travel to Westhill and New Canaan this week, battling for seeding in the FCIAC and state tournaments. Moreno (No.24) is shown in this photo with Lars Djuve and Benny Feuer also in the play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for

Staples Boys Cross Country – FCIAC Champs Image
The Staples Boys Cross Country team, led by Coach Laddie Lawrence, today won its fourth consecutive FCIAC championship at Waveny Park in New Canaan. Morgan Fierro won the 5K varsity race with a time of 15:54. Nick Taubenheim and Teddy O’Kane clinched third and fourth places (16:00, 16:03) with George Lepska and Max Sod closing out the top five scorers for the team (17th, 16:36 and 20th, 16:44). All eight varsity runners earned either first or second team All-FCIAC honors. The Staples Girls Cross Country team came in ninth with Tori Greenberg placing first among Staples runners in 12th place overall, earning All-FCIAC first team honors. The Boys JV race was won by Owen Dolan in 17:09. The Boys varsity team will next compete in the Class LL state meet on Saturday, Oct. 26. Pictured: (l-r) Coach Laddie Lawrence, Senior Co-Captains Morgan Fierro (‘20), Teddy O’Kane (‘20), Nick Taubenheim (‘20), and Jaden Little (’20). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Up Front Image
Staples High School varsity cross country runners in action today as the team won its fourth consecutive FCIAC championship at Waveny Park in New Canaan. Pictured Morgan Fierro (r), Nicholas Taubenheim (l), and Teddy O’Kane (c). Fierro, a senior, won the 5K in 15:54 while Taubenheim and O’Kane clinched third and fourth places (16:00, 16:03.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Boys Soccer Ties in Ridgefield Image
George Smith’s shot clanged off the crossbar, with two minutes to play today at Ridgefield. That was the closest the Staples boys soccer team came to scoring. The defense of Surya Balaji, Brendan Lynch, Benny Feuer, Colin Corneck and Jack Foster held steady, in a 0-0 draw. The Wreckers, now 5-3-3, travel to Darien on Thursday for a 4 p.m. match. Pictured: Sam Liles slices through a pair of Ridgefield defenders. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for