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Staples Boys Cross Country Team Scores in New Hampshire

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The Staples High School boys cross country team finished fifth today at the 84th Annual New England Interscholastic Cross Country Championships at Derryfield Park in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Wrecker team and the Danbury Hatters girls teams had the FCIAC conference’s best showings. More than 250 athletes representing 82 schools qualified to compete in the elite running competition. The teams endured cold, muddy conditions over the punishing 5K course. Junior Morgan Fierro finished first for Staples, in 27th place with a time of 16:34. Senior Ryan Smith followed in 36th place in 16:45 and Senior Henry Haas placed third for Staples, in 59th place in 17:01. Staples scorers were rounded out by Juniors Nick Taubenheim in 67th and Teddy O’Kane in 85th. The final finishers for Staples were Seniors Luke Lorenz in 101st and AJ Zuckerman in 136th. In two weeks, the team will compete at the Nike Cross Regionals, where the top two teams and top five individual finishers advance to Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Hearty, Loyal Crowd

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UPDATE It was a hearty, loyal crowd at Staples Stadium tonight as the Wreckers football team easily defeated Stamford High School 37-0 on senior night. There was steady rain and the temperature was in the upper 40s throughout the game. Staples next meets Greenwich at Greenwich on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jared Nixon for WestportNow.com

Staples Girls Field Hockey Advances

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Staples Girls Field Hockey today had their second shutout in the CIAC state tourney with a 1-0 quarter final victory over Norwalk at Staples. Today’s match was largely a defensive battle, with the only score in the game by sophomore Julia DiConza coming with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. The victory sets up a opportunity for the Wreckers to avenge their FCIAC conference final loss to Darien in the semifinals next week. Pictured: Staples Junior Kyle Kirby moves past her opponent as she gains control of the ball.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Staples Boys Soccer Ousted in State Tournament

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A fast-paced, well-played state tournament soccer game tonight ended in defeat for the Staples boys.  Cheshire –- ranked No, 3 in the LL division –- ousted the Wreckers, at the Rams’ field. Cheshire drew first blood, but Nick DiMasi equalized two minutes later. The hosts got the go-ahead goal with 14 minutes remaining, off a rebound. They added an insurance goal six seconds from time, as the Westporters battled desperately with everyone on offense. Staples ends the season 12-4-4, earning praise from head coach Dan Woog as “a very special, truly passionate and tight-knit, loving group.” Pictured: Nick DiMasi (left) being congratulated after his tying goal by Wilson Daniels, Austin Sholes and Matthew Tanzer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

Staples Girls Field Hockey Winner in Class LL Opener

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The Staples Girls Field Hockey team today defeated Glastonbury 3-0 in the opening round of the Class LL state tournament at home, The Wreckers controlled the game from start to finish. Sophmore Izzy Deveney and junior Kyle Kirby each scored goals in the first half. Senior co-captain Elle Fair capped the game with the Wreckers third goal in the second half. Pictured: Wreckers’ Kyle Kirby races to control the loose ball. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com

Staples Boys Soccer Wins PK State Tournament Thriller

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In a thrilling, dramatic — and wet — first round state tournament game, the Staples boys soccer team today battled back from a 1-0 deficit against Darien. Mauricio Inglada coolly finished a long ball from Vaughan Sealey to draw the Wreckers level with just 18 minutes to play. The teams fought through 20 minutes of overtime, then headed to penalty kicks. All five Westport shooters — Suriya Balaji, Austin Sholes, Nick DiMasi, Lefty Penderakis and Rob Diorio hammered theirs home. The fifth Darien kicker missed high — and Staples, ranked 10th, moves on to the second round. They face No. 7 Cheshire away on Thursday. Pictured: Goalkeeper Ry Cohen leads the celebration after the end of penalty kicks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

Staples Boys Soccer Kicks Off State Tournament Tuesday

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The Staples boys soccer team begins the quest for its 13th state championship Tuesday with a 2 p.m. match against Darien. The game has been moved to the artificial turf of Wakeman Field, next to Bedford Middle School, due to wet grass at Staples. The Wreckers and Blue Wave tied 0-0 earlier this season. Staples is seeded 10th in the LL (extra large schools) division. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Rolando Perez for WestportNow.com