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Girls’ Basketball Preview


The Staples girls’ basketball team is in full swing and they’re more than ready for a new season.

“This is going to be a fresh start and we are calling this new beginnings. In our last season, we broke our 30 year streak of getting into the state tournament,” Maggie Fair’15 said.

Natasja George’14 responded, “It was a huge disappointment that really hit both the coaches and all the girls pretty hard.”

Last year, the Lady Wreckers ended the season with an overall record of 10-8.

“We definitely weren’t happy with how the season ended last year because of the lack of winning games. Not only that, but we didn’t qualify for States, which was a major let down,” George said.

However, the team faced some major challenges that greatly impacted the season.

According to Emily Stanford’14, “The team lost several very good players to college as well as sustaining lots of injuries in our starting lineup. It was definitely tough, but we overcame a lot.”

Nonetheless, the players are ready to redeem themselves and make a big comeback through hard work and determination.

“Our biggest goals are to qualify for states and to put 100% effort into every practice and every game. It’s essential for the team to utilize every opportunity we have to improve our skills individually and as a team,” George said.

Of course, to fulfill these goals, they went the extra mile by preparing even before school started.

“There is a summer and fall league where we scrimmage teams from around Fairfield county several times a week. The team also takes advantage of the gyms once a week in between games to work on new plays and improve our overall fitness,” Stanford said.

See the Lady Wreckers in action at their first home game this Friday the 20th at 7:00pm.

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Kelsey Shockey
Kelsey Shockey, Web Sports Editor
Though she may flaunt skirts and cardigans in every hue of pink, Kelsey Shockey’s ’14 girly presence is not to be misconstrued. The Staples Senior’s true passion is sports. Since the age of five, Shockey has devoted herself to playing tennis year round. Currently a member of the girls’ varsity team, Shockey hopes to pursue the sport in college. “I love tennis because it is like performing on a stage and the spotlight is on you,” Shockey said. However, Shockey isn’t just getting attention on the courts. Since her freshman year, she has been involved in the Staples Television Network (STN), providing coverage for sports events. “I was never a great speaker in middle school or elementary school because I was so shy. But now I’ve come out of my shell,” Shockey said. “STN changed everything.” Dreaming of one day gracing national television, she hopes to study communications with an emphasis on broadcast journalism. Combining her love for sports and communications, it’s no wonder that Shockey is a perfect fit as one of Inkling’s Web Sports Editors. Full of exuberance and enthusiasm, she loves that she can “connect with people” through her writing. Shockey’s proudest work is “Explosion at Boston Marathon,” the first breaking news story she has ever written for Inklings. With a strong work ethic as well as a flare for sports and broadcasting, Shockey is sure to be a valuable addition to this year’s Inklings staff.

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