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Staples Footballers Donate $10,824 to Pink Aid

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The Staples High School football team this fall raised $10,824 for Pink Aid, a local nonprofit breast cancer organization that helps diagnosed women in financial need. In six years, the team has raised $70,000 for the charity. Pictured donating a check were football captains Ryan Fitton, Nick Roehm, and Julian Ross to Pink Aid board member Tammy Zelkowitz and Pink Aid co-president Susan Byer.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Different Kind of Political Race

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It was billed as a “uniquely fun footrace” as runners in today’s Run4Office5K run at Sherwood Island State Park had a choice of number bibs to show their political preferences. The two women above chose donkeys for their bibs and the man with the raised finger chose “None of the Above.” Other bib choices included an elephant, a whale (for party animal) and maples leafs for “running away to Canada.” There was no immediate word on the bib tally. It preceded The Great Mac n’ Cheese & Chili Challenge at the park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Staples Football Falls to St. Joseph 24-17

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Staples senior Elliott Poulley (20) scored two touchdowns tonight, but the they were not enough to stop the St. Joseph Cadets who went on from a 14-14 halftime tie to defeat the Wreckers 24-17 at Staples. The St. Joseph win was the first over Staples since 2000, and avenged a 28-20 loss a year ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ken Moy for WestportNow.com

Staples Cross Country Edges Danbury in CIAC Championship

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The Staples Boys Cross Country team today defended their Connecticut State Open title by defeating their close rival Danbury High School at the CIAC State Open Cross Country Championships held at Wickham Park in Manchester. Staples was led by first place individual finisher Zak Ahmad in 15:46, the first Staples boys runner to win since Henry Wynne in 2012. The Wreckers will go on to compete at the New England High School Championships Saturday, Nov. 12 in Rhode Island. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Swim & Dive Team 3rd in FCIAC Finals

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The Staples High School Girls Swim & Dive Team exceeded its expectations tonight with a third place finish at the FCIAC finals held in Greenwich, the team’s best performance in the last decade. Five Wreckers made All FCIAC designation, placing top two in relays or top three in their respective individual events—Mia Fraas, a sophomore, Mackenzie Healy, a senior, Marissa Healy, a sophomore, Esme Hunter, a freshman, and Willow Woods, a junior. The team moves next to the state CIAC LL trials on Nov. 12. Pictured are the finals team and coaches. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Field Hockey Moves Into FCIAC Finals

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The Staples Field Hockey team tonight moved into the FCIAC finals with a 2-1 victory over Darien at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. Meghan Johnson scored both goals for the second-seeded Wreckers, who will play top-seeded Wilton at Brien McMahon High School on Thursday at 7 p.m. for the FCIAC championship. Meanwhile, the Staples Girls Soccer team fell to Ridgefield 2-1 in the FCIAC semifinals at Wilton. Ridgefield is the defending champion while the Wreckers were rated No. 3. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Stymied in FCIAC Boys Soccer Quarterfinals

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The Staples boys soccer team today staged a torrid second half comeback in the FCIAC quarterfinals at Greenwich. Thomas Nealon knocked in a rebound of Teddy Lawrence’s shot, with just eight minutes to play, knotting the score at 1-1 after the Cardinals had taken a first-half lead. (The Wreckers celebrate Nealon’s goal, in the photo above.) A penalty kick two minutes later put the hosts back on top 2-1. Staples had several chances to draw level again, particularly on Teddy Lawrence’s header with two minutes to play. But the ball skimmed off the top of the crossbar, and Greenwich held on to win. The Cards –- seeded first in the tournament, and ranked No. 16 in the country –- move on, while the eighth-seeded Wreckers now wait for the state tournament, which begins Nov. 8. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Frances Rowland for WestportNow.com

Staples Girls Win Senior Day Meet

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The Staples High School Girls Swim & Dive Team concluded a successful dual meet season today as they celebrated Senior Day during a win over Westhill/Stamford (96-88). The victory concluded a four meet run in which Staples outscored Trumbull (92-89), Danbury (95-70) and Norwalk/McMahon (96-88). Pictured are Staples seniors (l-r) Kristina Wasserman, Caroline Gray, Kenzie Healy, Lily Dane, Hope PEnwell, Dia Mahesh, Claire Meehan, Michelle Lopez, and Ashley Duncan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Field Hockey Ends Undefeated Season

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The Staples Field Hockey Team today completed an undefeated season, with a 5-0 victory over Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School. For the season, the team is 13-0-2, scoring an impressive 75 goals while giving up only two to the competition. The FCIAC quarterfinal game is Friday at 3:30 p.m. at home. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Boys Soccer Falls to Warde in Thriller

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A second half penalty kick, and a goal with eight seconds remaining, was the difference today at Loeffler Field. Fairfield Warde made both shots, sending the Staples boys soccer team to a 2-0 loss on Senior Day. The defeat -– the first in 12 matches for the Wreckers –- came despite excellent offensive pressure, strong midfield and defensive work, and a spectacular save by keeper Ziggy Hallgarten. The Wreckers end the regular season with a 7-3-6 mark. They begin the quest for their 28th FCIAC championship on Thursday, away. Above Josh Berman is one of the many Westporters who came close to scoring today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Frances Rowland for WestportNow.com