Saturday, December 02, 2023



Staples Boys Soccer Falls to Stamford Image
The Staples boys soccer team led decisively in shots and corner kicks. But Stamford’s boys soccer team took advantage of two opportunities today at Loeffler Field, while the Wreckers saw several chances roll across the goalmouth, or miss just wide. The Black Knights’ 2-0 victory dropped the Wreckers to 5-3-2. They face Ridgefield away Tuesday, at 4 p.m. Pictured: Murilo Moreno, Brendan Lynch, Carter Bassler and Josh DeDomenico combine to shut down a Stamford attack. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for

Staples Boys Cross Country Completes Undefeated Season Image
The Staples Boys Cross Country team completed an undefeated dual meet season today, beating Wilton, Greenwich and Brien McMahon at Tod’s Point (Greenwich) to finish with a 15-0 record. The team has amassed 110 straight wins over the last seven seasons under the leadership of Coach Laddie Lawrence, celebrating 51 years of coaching the cross country/indoor-outdoor track programs at Staples. The varsity team took eight of the top 10 places over the three-mile course. Pictured: (l-r) Teddy O’Kane (‘20), Morgan Fierro (‘20), Nick Taubenheim (‘20), Assistant Coach Jordan Magath, Dillon Harding (’21), Zach Taubman (’22), Max Sod (’21) and Jonathan Lorenz (’21)  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Footballers Back on Home Turf Image
The Staples Football Team practiced on its home field today for the first time this season. The field had been unavailable due to construction of the track. An announcement said: “The team would like to thank all their classmates, community fans and families for cheering them on at their ‘home away from home’ games in Norwalk and look forward to playing on the new stadium turf for their Oct. 25 Homecoming/Pink Out Game at 7 p.m.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Boys Soccer Ties Ludlowe Image
The Staples boys soccer team’s late onslaught of shots was denied by Fairfield Ludlowe today. The Wreckers and Falcons drew 0-0 in a tight match played before a large crowd at Loeffler Field. Staples enters the second half of the regular season with a 5-2-2 mark, contesting for high seeds in the FCIAC and state tournaments. Pictured: Emerson Anvari has sparked Staples lately, with his attacking play. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for

Another Shutout For Staples Girls Soccer Image
The Lady Wreckers juggernaut continued this week. After scoring a 7-0 shutout against Greenwich on Tuesday, the Staples girls did it once again today against Brien McMahon, defeating the Senators 5-0. They scored two goals in the first seven minutes, and added a third in the first period. Two additional goals in the second period closed out the game. The Lady Wrekcers try to hold their unbeaten streak on Monday with an away game at Fairfield Ludlowe. Today’s game was the Pink Day game in honor of breast cancer awareness. the girls held a bakes sale before/during/after the game. Pictured: senior Katie Ialeggio battles two opponents for control of the ball. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for

Staples Boys Soccer Snags Come-From-Behind Win Image
Two second-half goals, just two minutes apart, tonight lifted the Staples boys soccer team from a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 win at Brien McMahon High School. Patricio Perez Elorza got the equalizer, assisted by Emerson Anvari. Anvari then headed home Sam Liles’ cross from the gutsy win. The Wreckers are now 5-2-1. On Saturday (2 p.m.) they host Fairfield Ludlowe. The Hill at Loeffler Field will be filled with alumni, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 state championship team. PHOTO: The defensive wall of Brendan Lynch, Emerson Anvari, Patricio Perez Elorza, Surya Balaji, Murilo Moreno, Benny Feuer and Evan Birns denies a McMahon shot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for

Staples Boys Soccer Stuns Greenwich Image
Brendan Lynch (18) scored with just seven minutes remaining today at Loeffler Field. That goal — off a header from Emerson Anvari, after a long free kick from Patricio Perez Elorza — was all Staples needed. Their 1-0 victory shattered Greenwich’s season-long unbeaten streak — and marked the first goal scored on the Cardinals in their seven games this year. Staples was led by its fast attackers, tough defenders, and keeper Reed Caney, who saved an early penalty kick. The Wreckers, now 4-2-1, travel to Brien McMahon for a 7 p.m. match on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christina Bassler for

Staples Football Falls to Ridgefield 7-0 Image
Ridgefield and Staples battled to a scoreless tie at halftime tonight but then the Tigers managed to gain ground over the Wreckers with a 7-0 victory at Norwalk’s Sam Testa Field. The Wreckers, whose home field is not ready due to construction, were the home team for the contest. The Tigers improved to 3-0 while Staples fell to 1-2 on the season. Pictured: a last second Hail Mary pass to the end zone by Staples junior quarterback Jackson Zager. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greerfor