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Staples cruise in the home opener victory over Norwalk

Staples cruise in the home opener victory over Norwalk

Pressure and tenacious defense were two of the main tactics for the Lady Wreckers, and they certainly helped to propel them to a 43-38 win in their season opener against the Norwalk Bears.

The Wreckers, who lost 53-45 to Norwalk last year in a game that would decipher who would make it to the state playoffs, felt that redemption was imperative to help kick start the season.

In the first quarter, neither team was able to pull away in order to gain an early lead.

With a 15-12 lead going into the second quarter, the Wreckers felt that it was time to really hit the hammer on the nail and take control of the game.

Incorporating a full court press right off the back to start the second quarter, the Wreckers proved that they meant all business. Through their persistent efforts, Staples was able to force a lot of turnovers which lead to many fast break points.

Rachel Seideman ’17, who lead the ferocious attack on defense believes that this team is ready to prove that they are better than last year.

“I think we played very well and were able to really take control of the game with our aggressive defense” Seideman said.

“Our goal is to prove we are better than last year and make states.”

The up tempo style of defense proved to be a successful call by new head coach Paco Fabian, and resulted in the Wreckers increasing their lead to 28-17 at the end of the first half of play.

Abby Lustig ’15, who left the game midway through the second quarter with an apparent eye injury, lead the team with nine points in the first half. Lustig however, would soon return in the third quarter and take back her role as a dominant force.

“I just knew I had to make sure I was really ready to play when I went in. My eye stung for a while so it was hard to see, and I wanted to be really cautious before I jumped back in,” Lustig said.

“When I did go back in, though, I was completely ready to play, and knew that I had to start playing again, I just tried to play with my intensity up as if I’d been playing the whole time.”

Lustig quickly regained her composure and was able to sink two free throws midway through the third quarter which helped spark the Wreckers’ offense.

In the second half, it was all Olivia Troy ’17 for the Wreckers who contributed six of her 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.

In the fourth quarter the Wreckers seemed to be out matched by the Bears who in the pursuits to mount a comeback fell just short.

With a final score of 43-38, the Wreckers were able to start their season off on a high note and win their home opener.

Alyssa Perry ’16 was very impressed with the team’s victory.

“Since it was the first game of the new season, we wanted to prove that we are going to be the team to beat,” Perry said.

The Lady Wreckers next game is away as they will be facing off against Westhill on December 12th at 7:00 p.m.

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Chase Gornbein, Staff Writer

Chase Gornbein ’16 is always looking to push and challenge himself. He likes to test his mental and physical strength whenever possible.

Usually, Gornbein finds his fill of thrill in taking his running to the next level on the track (like with his unreal under-five-minute best mile time). Not only does he enjoy the difficulty of running, but the relaxation it brings along as well.

“I enjoy running because I have the ability to release all of my emotions and let it out on the track,” Gornbein said.

Another way that Gornbein has recently decided to do this is by writing for Inklings. He compares letting his emotions out by running to letting off steam by writing, the only difference being that the track has become the pad of paper.

“I always loved reading the school paper and thought it’d be a really unique experience to try writing for it,” he said.

Although this is his first year as an official Staff Writer, his career actually debuted last year with a story about a Staples student auditioning for “The Voice.”

        Although he started simple, Gornbein’s big dream is to be a journalist for the New York Times.

He hopes that the skills he has developed through challenging himself in running will carry into his writing.

For example, Gornbein says that the discipline he has acquired from running has helped him to “stick to a structure and be organized” in writing. He hopes that his mastered discipline will work to his advantage in someday obtaining a job writing for the New York Times.