Staples takes a peek at winter sports

Running on the track (from left to right) Connor Teran ’17, Zak Ahmad ’17, James Lewis ’16 and Luis Cruz ’15 work on their times during varsity track’s practice. The team placed second in the recent FCIAC competition.

Caroline O'Kane

Running on the track (from left to right) Connor Teran ’17, Zak Ahmad ’17, James Lewis ’16 and Luis Cruz ’15 work on their times during varsity track’s practice. The team placed second in the recent FCIAC competition.

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This winter season, Staples sports are shaping up to feature some marquee teams that are looking to last deep into the post-season come championship time.

 

Girls’ and boys’ track and field

 

The Staples boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams are ready to tear up the track come the winter season.  Co-captain Luis Cruz ’15 believes the boys’ team has a shot at winning FCIACS.

“We are going to try and recruit some new sprinters in order to stack our sprinting squad,” Cruz said. “Other than that though, our distance team is looking great. I would definitely say that winning FCIACS is the goal for our team”

On the girls’ side, co-captain Elisabeth French ’15 thinks that the team can build off of last year’s success.

“We lost a few key seniors but I know our coaches have been preparing for that,” French said. “On the distance side, so far during cross country this year, we’ve been very strong so I hope that can translate into fast track times come indoor.”

 

Boys’ wrestling

 

The boys’ wrestling team has a lot of newcomers and a big freshman squad, so the team will look very different.

Jonathan Maragos ’16 is a believer that the team hard work in the off-season will lead to success come the regular season.

“Expectations are high this year,” Maragos said. “We have recruited a lot of kids to come out for the team and have been putting in the work this year. Myself along with three other kids went to a Cornell wrestling camp for 19 days this summer. Other kids on the team do lots of off-season clubs. Things are going to be a lot better than last year.”

 

 

Boys’ swimming and diving

 

The boys’ swim team has prepared since September for the winter season, and they are ready to dive in for some fast times.

“I know that most of us from the Staples team have been swimming at the YMCA, where we have been practicing since as early as September,” swimmer Sebastian Ortega ’16 said.

 

Girls’ and boys’ basketball

 

The boys’ basketball team is ready to wreck the opposition during the winter season. Ben Casparius ’17 believes the hard work the team has put in during the off-season will be beneficial come game time.

“During this off-season we have played in a fall league where we have games on Sunday,” Casparius said. “We also have conditioning after school on Wednesdays and early morning scrimmages on Thursday.”

Girls’ basketball player Rachel Seideman ’17 believes that the new coaching staff. mixed with the team’s off-season training is bound to help girls’ basketball beat the competition.

“We have a great new coaching staff who have organized conditioning sessions for our team,” Seideman said. “Our goal this season is to make states and do better than we did last year.”

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