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COVID-19 affects cross country team

Staples cross country runners wear masks and socially distance while running in their small cohorts at practice.

Audrey Kercher '23

September 25, 2020

Going back to school in fall of 2020 is anything besides ordinary: one-way hallways, masks, six feet apart and Zooms. Sports are no exception, especially for the cross country team.    The Staples cross country team has had to make many modifications this year due to COVID-19.    ...

Petition for track to be named after coach Lawrence

Petition for track to be named after coach Lawrence

Lily Caplan '22, Staff Writer

October 19, 2019

Andrew Colabella, a representative of RTM district four, created a petition two weeks ago to name the new Staples track after Laddie Lawrence ’64, head coach of boys’ cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. The petition on change.org has over 1,000 signatures. Colabella requested...

Staples sports teams are pushed too far in bad weather

Staples sports teams are pushed too far in bad weather

October 12, 2018

By Eliza Barr ’21 Dark skies, increasingly strong wind, heavy rain and occasional glimpses of lightning. When weather turns dangerous, phones around Fairfield County simultaneously chime warnings, advising people to take cover. But not the Staples cross country team. They are just about to begin t...

Boys’ cross country repeat as FCIAC champions

Boys’ cross country repeat as FCIAC champions

November 1, 2017

By: Shane Rabacs '18 The boys cross country team won the FCIAC championship, finishing with the top three finishers in the race. This is the second straight championship for the Wreckers. “It's always fun to win an FCIAC championship,” Ben Seiple ’18 said. “Last year it was us against Danbury and we k...

Ahmad named Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year

Zak Ahmad finishes in first a the 2016 boys’ cross country FCIACS.

February 15, 2017

By: Liv Ronca Zak Ahmad ’17, who placed first at indoor track FCIACs and States,  has been named Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year in Connecticut for his performance on the boys’ cross country team at Staples.   The Gatorade State Player of the Year is used to recognize high school athletes acr...

Debalsi honored as Staples track gets ready for postseason

Jack Zeldes, Staff Writer

January 14, 2016

While most indoor track FCIAC qualifier meets are pretty routine, the meet at the Staples field house on Saturday January 9 was far from ordinary. Stanford commit Hannah Debalsi ‘16 was honored by Sports Illustrated for her athlete of the month award in front for her teammates and family with a small celebration ...

Hannah DeBalsi Featured By “Sports Illustrated”

Hannah DeBalsi Featured By “Sports Illustrated”

Casey Lu, Staff Writer

December 20, 2015

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Staples’ very own track and cross country athlete, Hannah DeBalsi ‘16, joined the ranks of Serena Williams and Michael Phelps. Just like the privilege afforded to famed athletes, DeBalsi received the honor of being covered by “Sports Illustrated.”   DeBalsi was profi...

Boys’ Cross Country Dominates Dual Meet

Led by Captains Chase Gornbein ‘16, Ben Foster ‘16, and James Lewis ‘16, the Wreckers raced to victory.

Jack Zeldes, Staff Writer

October 17, 2015

The Staples Boys’ Cross Country team continued their dominance this fall season as they beat Ridgefield, Darien and Brien McMahon high schools. So far, the Wreckers have won every one of their dual meets, meets against fellow FCIAC opponents and have placed highly at coveted regional meets. However, with ...

Staples Boys’ XC runs to third place in Bowdoin

Staples Boys’ XC runs to third place in Bowdoin

Jack Zeldes, Staff Writer

September 29, 2015

This past Saturday Sept 27, 2015, the Staples boys’ cross country team earned a third place finish at the prestigious Bowdoin classic in Wappinger Falls, New York. Racing against the Christian Brothers Academy, the number one ranked team in the country, the cross country team was able to receive third place on the ...

Laddie Lawrence inducted into Coaches Hall of Fame

Laddie Lawrence inducted into Coaches Hall of Fame

Alex Spadacenta, Staff Writer

March 26, 2015

On Tuesday, March 24, it was announced that longtime Staples cross country and track coach John “Laddie” Lawrence will be initiated into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame (NHSACA). The former Staples teacher and highly praised coach is one of 30 being recognized from a total of 16 states by NHSACA, which was ...

Debalsi runs her way to All-American

Debalsi runs her way to All-American

Jack Zeldes, Staff Writer

December 18, 2014

While most juniors at Staples High School were taking the ACT on Saturday, December 13, Hannah Debalsi ‘16 had different plans. In San Diego, California, the track star placed 5th and earned All-American honors at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship at Balboa Park. “The race went out really fast, which is expected at a national meet. I...

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