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Freshman Kick GrASS This Season

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Finishing the season with a 12-0-0 record, the Staples boys’ freshman soccer team completed their season by wrecking every team they played.

Dan Woog, Staples varsity boys’ soccer coach and common attendee of the freshman games, kept a close eye on this team throughout the season, seeking out future varsity players.

“We are delighted to have another group of excellent players and great human beings coming through our program,” Woog said, adding that he was very impressed with the fantastic chemistry this group of boys had this year.

Spencer Daniels ’17, one of the captains of the team, also reiterated how strong the team’s bond was. “I have never gotten along with a group of 24 guys as well as I did with this team. If anyone observed one of our games, they would instantly be able to see our team chemistry and how well we worked as a unit,” Daniels said.

According to Griffin O’Neill ’17, a player on the team, even Coach Chris O’Dell told the players they had the best chemistry he had ever seen in his soccer coaching career.

At Staples, Chris O’Dell’s team has a reputation as the team that always runs more than they practice soccer. Woog is a strong believer in the way O’Dell conditions these boys. “Soccer is a game of fitness,” Woog said. “No one gets players fitter than Chris O’Dell.”

During the last game, O’Dell made a decision questioned by many of the parents on the sidelines. He began the last game with the players who sat on the bench for the majority of the season on the field. For the last quarter of the game, he subbed in his typical starting players all at once.

Josh Berman ’17, a starting player, was pleased with his coach’s decision to do so. “These players practiced as hard as everyone else and they deserved some well earned playing time,” Berman said.

Looking back on the season, Daniels adds one last statement as a freshman captain. “I am very pleased with our performance. We lived up to our potential and I am excited to see our team evolve and hopefully, go on to win a state championship for Staples.”

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Taylor Harrington ’15 has been through the ropes before. As Breaking News Managing Editor, Harrington enters her second year on Inklings with a prestigious position and nothing but a positive attitude.   There’s no one word that describes Harrington, but outgoing, creative, and amiable are the closest fits. If asked to put her persona in a nutshell, her love for people would be the common denominator.   “Whether it’s helping the underprivileged, supervising four-year old kids, or hanging out with my friends, my life revolves around people,” Harrington said.   One of Harrington’s favorite parts about Inklings is the social media aspect. Known for her big-hit video, 2013 Inklings year in review, Harrington’s pure creativity is shown in all her work.   Aside from Inklings, she spends the majority of her time after school as the secretary of the Best Buddies club and volunteers for the National Charity League (NCL). Over the summer, Harrington hung out with her Best Buddy on a consistent basis. Her involvement ranged from planned events to baseball games with him.   Harrington’s passion for helping will continue this year as a part of the NCL, a mother-daughter organization that assists with charitable events in the community. Specifically, she and the senior class will be doing a project to decorate the room of a little girl who was recently diagnosed with cancer.   “She wants a pink and purple princess room, so that's what we are going to give her,” Harrington said.   But Harrington’s claim to fame is her superb baking skills. The non-existent bakery, as she likes to call it, is her assortment of exotic desserts on Instagram. After baking one of her mouth-watering masterpieces, Harrington will post a picture of it on Instagram and label it “my non-existent bakery.”

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