Fall sports teams boast mid-season success

Jesse Levinson, Staff Writer

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With the fall sports season about halfway through, many Staples teams have showcased impressive early-season starts and are looking forward to the upcoming playoffs.

Let’s start with boys soccer. Currently at 6-1-4, the Wreckers are one of the top teams in the FCIAC with notable wins over Ridgefield and Ludlowe. As usual, aspirations are high among members of the highly regarded team.

“We’re expecting two championships this year for sure, and I think we all know we can get there,” Ziggy Hallgarten ’17, a three-year player for varsity, said. Staples’ next game will be played at home on Oct. 18 against Wilton.

The girls’ team has also started off the 2015 season well. They are currently ranked seventh place in the FCIAC: a high enough position to make the playoffs. However, the girls boast higher expectations going forward.

“We want to win the rest of our games and really take advantage of finishing opportunities up front,” Lydia Shaw ’17, one of two junior captains, emphatically said. The Wreckers will look to live up to Shaw’s expectations on Oct. 13 against New Canaan.

The next fall sport that is having a great year is the boys’ cross country team. With an undefeated record, the Wreckers are led by a strong senior class that includes James Lewis ’16 and Chase Gornbein ’16. Looking forward to the FCIAC championships held in New Canaan on Oct. 21, the team has every right to go in confidently.

“I think we can surely compete come championship time,” Justin Pecoriello ’17, a gifted member of the team, said.

Lastly, the multi-talented girls’ cross country team should not be forgotten. This team showcases an impressive record with only one loss – coming at the feet of Greenwich – and will be a heavy favorite going into the Oct. 16 FCIAC championships. However, the aspirations do not end there.

“We hope to win FCIAC and be strong candidates for State Champion,” Fleur Byrne ’17, a top-performing junior, said.

The state championship for both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will be on Oct. 31 in Manchester.