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Staples Player in Senior Soccer Bowl

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Daniel Perez Elorza (2nd r) was Staples’ representative to the Senior Bowl played Monday at Middletown High School. The striker started for Region 4 (southwestern Connecticut, primarily FCIAC and SWC players). His side beat Region 3, 4-0. Selections for the Senior Bowl are made by the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association. Others are (l-r) Max Atkinson (Westhill), Harry Allers (Wilton), Stathi Panagiotidis (Brien McMahon), Jack Brandt (Wilton), Andrew Mathew (Darien), and Patrick Prinner (Wilton). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Lacrosse Third Grade Champs

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A team of third graders from Westport won the fourth annual Gobbler Games lacrosse tournament Saturday at John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y. Pictured are Mark Adipietro, Charlie Clark, Justin DiDonato, Grant Fidel, Ian Hoffman, Sam Johnson, Josh Marcus, Logan Marra, Tristan Schaefer and Adam Udell along with Coaches David Schaefer and John Marcus. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Celebrating Victory

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Members of Westport’s sixth grade PAL football team celebrate today at the Black Duck Café in Westport after defeating Wilton White 26 to 6 in the championship game at Ridgefield. Most of these boys have been playing together since third grade, and this is the first time their team has gone to the championship and had a winning season, finishing 7-1.They are led by head coach Ron Marsilio and assistant coaches Sal Augeri, David Titlebaum and Jeff Rees. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Penny Sousa for WestportNow.com

Record Number of Staples Seniors Sign Letters of Intent

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It was a record number of senior Staples High School senior athletes today signing National Letters of Intent in a ceremony in the Staples cafeteria. Pictured (l-r) with their sport and school are: Ben Schwaeber, lacrosse, Colorado College; Mchael Reale, lacrosse, University of Richmond; Hannah DeBalsi, cross country, Stanford; Mia Bullock, swimming, Fordham; Sam Ahlgrim, lacrosse, Marist; Ross Goldberg, lacrosse, Colorado College; Connor Chamberlain, lacrosse, Monmouth; Nathan Panzer, baseball, University of Maryland, and Josh Willis, lacrosse, Union. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

Hannah DeBalsi Signs Letter of Intent for Stanford

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Staples High School senior Hannah DeBalsi was all smiles today as she joined other Staples senior athletes in signing National Letters of Intent. Hannah, who is a two-time All-American cross country runner and owns four state individual track and field records, will attend Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. “It was just the feeling I got when I was there,” she said after visiting Stanford last month. “It felt like I was home. I’m very excited.” The NLI is a binding agreement between an NCAA school and a student-athlete in which the student-athlete agrees to attend the school for one year and the school agrees to provide financial aid to the student-athlete. Signing an NLI essentially puts an end to the recruiting process since participating schools are prohibited from contacting a student-athlete who has already signed an NLI with another school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

Heartbreaker: Staples Boys Soccer Falls on Penalty Kicks

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Playing their most intense match of the year, the Staples boys soccer team today got a dramatic goal from Daniel Perez Elorza with just 2:38 to play in a state tournament match at Hall-West Hartford. The blast, assisted by Graham Gudis, tied the score at 1-1. But 20 minutes of overtime failed to deliver a winner. The teams went to penalty kicks, where the upstaters prevailed 5-4. “Soccer is a cruel game,” said Staples head coach Dan Woog. His team outshot Hall 17-10, and thoroughly dominated much of the match. “But I could not be prouder of our guys,” Woog said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Armelle Daniels for WestportNow.com

Staples Football Edges St. Joseph 28-20

The Staples High School football team today defeated St. Joseph of Trumbull 28-20 at Trumbull to keep alive its hopes of a berth in the state Class LL championships.

Ethan Burger, the Wrecker star running back, and quarterback Andrew Speed returned from the injury list to help improve Staples to 6-1 on the season.

Staples next takes on Darien on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Darien and winds up its season on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. at home against perennial rival Greenwich.

A Westporter in the New York Marathon

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Dorrie Harris was among Westporters who competed in today’s 2015 TCS NYC Marathon. Today was her third New York marathon, coming in with a respectable time of 4 hours 47 minutes. Harris, who is an avid runner as well as 20-plus year volunteer EMT for the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (WVEMS), says this year may have come in slower than her other marathons, but this was by far her most fun. She is pictured at mile 17.5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com