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Not One, Not Two, But Six

As the weather gets colder, the anticipation builds for another victorious season for the Staples Wreckers Varsity Football team.

Not only will this season be special, because of the new addition of field lights, but leading the team this year will be six senior captains-three more than last season.

“This really shows that our senior class is filled with a tremendous amount of talent and leadership,” said Kevin Kearney ’13. “Since four captains is normal, having six shows that we are a very special senior class.”

The captains are elected through a voting process in which each player and the coaches vote. The players who come closest to each other with the most votes become the captains. The six captains for the 2012 season include Kearney, Nick Kelly, Kyle Vaughn, Greg Strauss, James Frusciante, and Joey Zelkowitz.

All six of these players have been playing together for years, making it easy to share the power between them.

“It helps our team’s chemistry that we are all good friends. It makes it easier to talk about anything going on with the team,” said Joey Zelkowitz ’13.

The leadership doesn’t stop with the captains, however. Many of the seniors and juniors are stepping up to the plate and working hard to earn the title of CIAC champions.

“There are a lot of people who can be leaders, so we should never have an off day at practice,” said Kyle Vaughn ’13.

This season will be unforgettable for the mighty Wreckers, as some of the best players who have ever played for the school enter their final season.

“They’ve got one goal, and that’s to win,” said Varsity coach Marce Petroccio.


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Bailey Valente
Bailey Valente, Sports Editor
Bailey Valente ’13 is the definition of a Superfan. She frequents the stands at Staples football games and watches ESPN over “Gossip Girl”. However, she never plays sports. Valente figures that if she can’t play the game, she might as well do the next best thing: contribute through journalism and her love of writing. After taking Intro to Journalism her sophomore year, she worked on the paper as a staff writer her junior year and is now a sports editor. Aside from sports, Valente’s interests also lie in helping others. Her love for volunteer work led to her being an active participant in the National Charity League, a non-required organization for students who would like to assist others and in their community. It is through NCL that she found out about the Caroline House inBridgeport,Conn., where Valente helps out every Thursday. She may be the one helping out others by tutoring local students in elementary level subjects, but Valente reaps the benefits as well. She feels the reward in her tutoring and enjoys seeing her work pay off when one of her students grasps a concept or gets a correct answer. “I love putting smiles on people’s faces,” she said.

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