Saturday, March 02, 2024



Five-Peat for Saugatuck Rowing Girls Image
The Saugatuck Girls 8+ today won an unprecedented fifth consecutive title at the US Rowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Pictured (l-r, back row):  Justine McGuire(New Canaan), Isabel Mezei (Fairfield), Noelle Amlicke (Westport), Alexandra Gabel (Westport), Caitlin Esse (New Canaan), Samantha Ronca (Westport), Anella Lefebvre (Westport); (front row): Bonnie Pushner (Fairfield), and Abigail Straight (Westport). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Baseball Team Wins State Title Image
The Staples High School baseball team today shut out Southington 3-0 to win the Class LL CIAC state championship. In a game played at Palmer Field in Middletown, Staples ace Chad Knight struck out 10 and gave up just three hits as he pitched a complete game to give the Wreckers their second title in three years. Staples was ranked No. 5 and Southington No. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Chris Greer photo

Staples Boys Volleyballers State Champs Image
The Staples High School boys volleyball team today defeated Darien 3-2 at Shelton to win the 2019 CIAC Class L Boys Volleyball state championship for the second year in a row. It was sweet revenge for the No. 4 seed Wreckers, who had 16 wins and three losses during the regular season and fell to No. 3 seed Darien 3-1 in the FCIAC final last month. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples’ DiMaio Wins State Open Girls Tennis Singles Title Image
Staples High School girls tennis player Alyssa DiMaio (with Coach Paco Fabian) today become the first Staples girls singles player to win a State Open Title. Ranked No. 2, she did it by beating previously unbeaten top-seed Lexi Kubas of Ellington by scores of 6-3, 6-3 in the finals at Wesleyan University. Staples’ Robbie Daus and Tighe Brunetti claimed the doubles title. Contributed photo

Chad Knight is NY Yankees Pick in 31st Round

The New York Yankees today drafted Staples High School senior and Duke signee Chad Knight with the 31st round with the 945th overall pick in the 2019 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Image
Chad Knight: likely headed to Duke. Duke University photo

A member of the legendary 2013 Westport Little League team that went to the Little League World Series, Knight is a four-year letterwinner at Staples, and has served as the co-captain of his varsity squad for the past two seasons.

Knight was tabbed the 2019 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Connecticut. He was named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class LL Division All-State first team in 2019 for the third consecutive season. He was also named as the FCIAC Player of the Year to close out his final prep campaign, marking his third straight year receiving the honor.

In advance of the draft, numerous baseball writers said Knight was unlikely to be wooed away with what the majors were willing to offer.

Staples Baseball Heads to Class LL Final

The Staples varsity baseball team shutout Cheshire 3-0 tonight in the CIAC Class LL semifinals to advance to the finals.

Senior Chad Knight struck out 10 and gave up three hits in the complete-game victory at Waterbury’s Municipal Stadium. He also hit a solo home run.

Staples will face Southington in the championship game Saturday at noon at Palmer Field in Middletown.

Knight is part of the team that went to the Little League World Series in 2013. During the series, he batted .409 with three home runs and 11 RBIs and pitched to a 3.07 ERA.

Staples Boys Track & Field Advance to New England Championship Image
Members of the Staples High School Boys Track & Field team competed today at the CIAC State Open Championship in New Britain.  Top finishers advance to the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday in Saco, Maine. Staples qualifiers include the new CIAC record holder Chet Ellis who cleared 7-foot half-inch in high jump; the 4×800 relay team of Henry Haas, George Lepska, Luke Lorenz and Nick Taubenheim who ran 7:59.95 (sixth place overall); and 3200 individual runners Morgan Fierro (fifth place in 9:29.44) and Ryan Smith (sixth place in 9.29.51). Pictured (l-r)  4×800 team members Haas (’19), Lepska (‘21), Taubenheim (’20), and Lorenz (’19). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Girls Tennis Take Class L State Title Image
Following a regular undefeated season (17-0) and FCIAC title, the Staples High School varsity girls tennis team today beat Wilton to capture their second state championship in a row and finish the season 24-0. The 5-2 win over No. 6 seed Wilton to take the Class L title was played at New Canaan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo