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Staples Volleyball Wins FCIAC Central Championship

Staples (Westport, CT) Volleyball Wins FCIAC Central Championship, Nov. 10, 2020, photo by Paige Schwartz
Staples Girls Volleyball swept Ridgefield tonight at home, winning the FCIAC Central Championship by a score of 25-16, 25-23, 25-13. Top row (l-r): Layla Bloomingdale, Ally Schwartz, Elle Laub, Natasha Taubenheim, Gabby Messenger, Lucie Nivaud, Grace Alfero, Kate Valante, Grace Cauley. Bottom row (l-r): Faith Lampugnale, Elle Videler, Kaytlyn Carnahan, Annabelle Iannone (captain), Nicole D’Erario, Linnea Jagenberg (captain), Sutton Lindau, Michelle Kaminski. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Paige Schwartz for WestportNow.com

Wreckers Field Hockey Continues Winning Season

Westport CT Staples Wrecker Field Hockey shuts out Norwalk's Brien McMahon 8-0, Nov. 7, 2020, by JC Martin
The Staples field hockey team kept their perfect season intact with another shutout, defeating Norwalk’s Brien McMahon 8-0 in today’s FCIAC central region semi-final tournament match. Scoring was led by Senior Julia DiConza, who scored three goals. Sophomores Jess Leon and Francine Stevens, Junior Romy Nusbaum, Seniors Laine Ambrose and Maya Reiner added one goal each. The Wreckers face Ridgefield at home on Tuesday, Nov. 10 for the FCIAC central region final. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

A Remarkable First For Staples Boys Soccer

Westport v Norwalk boys soccer livestreamed at Remarkable Theater Drive-In, Oct. 28, 2020, photo by Neil Brickley
In a first for Staples High School sports—and perhaps any team anywhere in the country—the Staples boys soccer team’s match was livestreamed last night at the Remarkable Theater’s enormous drive-in screen. Soccer fans were treated to a very well-played match. The Wreckers looked strong all over the field, and rode goals by Haydn Siroka and Alan Fiore to a 2-1 victory over Norwalk. Keeper Sebi Montoulieu saved a penalty kick. Central defender Surya Balaji and center midfielder Murilo Moreno were among the keys to the win. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Neil Brickley for WestportNow.com

Wreckers Field Hockey Defeats Tigers in Overtime

Staples Girls Field Hockey defeats Ridgefield Tigers in overtime Oct. 19, 2020
Staples field hockey’s potent offense was completely stalled for three periods against Ridgefield today, failing to score any of their 15 shots on goal. The Wreckers relied on their dominating defense which allowed the Tigers zero shots on goal. The 0-0 tie at the end of regulation forced an overtime, which was ended after barely a minute by sophomore Francine Stevens, who scored the winning goal, maintaining the Wreckers position as undefeated in this abbreviated season. Staples plays five opponents, two times each and will face Ridgefield again Wednesday, Oct. 21, at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Wreckers Soccer Shuts Out Tigers

Staples Boys Soccer beats Ridgefield Oct. 19, 2020
Alan Fiore’s goal in the first five minutes set the tone Monday. Staples boys soccer was in command for 80 minutes, shutting out Ridgefield 3-0 at Loeffler Field. Fiore tacked on another goal, after Jackson Hochhauser tallied. Hochhauser, Graham Barnes, and Surya Balaji added assists. The Wreckers travel to Brien McMahon on Wednesday, Oct. 21. In the photo, Staples goalkeeper Sebi Montoulieu punches a ball clear, while a swarm of Wrecker defenders (blue) help out. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barry Guiduli for WestportNow.com

Staples Beats Ridgefield

Soccer: Staples Wreckers beats Ridgefield on Oct. 14, 2020
Alan Fiore (taking a shot in photo) got the game-winner for Staples at Ridgefield on Oct. 14 with just 10 minutes left in the game. The Wreckers boys soccer team went up 1-0 on an early strike by Haydn Siroka, then added a penalty kick from Surya Balaji. But the Tigers came back in the second half with a corner kick goal and penalty kick of their own. Fiore’s rip, with assists from Zach Pulichino and Jack Foster, was the margin of victory. Staples hosts Ridgefield in a rematch on Monday, Oct. 19. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Barry Guiduli for WestportNow.com

Gallery: Wreckers Defeat Wilton


The pandemic forced a new format to Staples varsity football: only seven players per team, only passing, no running game, and a single one-second touch as opposed to tackling to end the play. Only parents are allowed to attend, so the audience is sparse. In game two of five in the abbreviated season, Wreckers were down 10-5 in the first quarter but rallied to defeat Wilton with a final score of 45-30. Senior wide receiver Cam Manna caught three of five touchdown passes from junior quarterback Ryan Thompson for 18 points. Kicker Max Szostak, a senior, added 10 points with his five successful point-after attempts. Staples is 2-0, with three games remaining, all at home. The Wreckers face Ridgefield Friday, Oct. 16. J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Finally, Staples Boys Soccer Begins

Haydn Siroka, Staples Boys Soccer, Westport CT
At long last, the shortened Staples boys soccer season began. Danbury edged the Wreckers 2-1 at Loeffler Field Friday. But this year, in a home-and-home format with only six teams in Staples’ division, Staples seek revenge on Monday at Danbury. Reese Watkins scored for the Westporters. Haydn Siroka (photo) had several solid chances on goal. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Drew Douglas for WestportNow.com