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Captain Deneil Betfarhard ’24 prepares for their game on Oct. 14. at Hopkins.

Contributed by Deneil Betfarhad ‘24

New year, new season: fall sports teams kick of season, set goals, build bonds

Lily Hultgren ’25 and Ayaan Olasewere '25 September 26, 2023

The month of September is an important transition period of the year. It ushers in the return to school life in addition to the autumn season.The air grows crisper and the warm, golden sun fades away into...

The Wreckers boys’ track team enters the Ridgefield cross country course, consisting of two loops of a gravel course surrounding its athletic complex, plus a series of switchbacks on the main green.

Wreckers cross country takes top spot at Ridgefield Meet

Benjamin Buchalter ’25, Staff Writer September 21, 2023

The Staples Wreckers boys' cross country team swept three competing schools on Sept. 12 during a meet at Ridgefield High School. While not the first race run by the cross country team, the meet at Ridgefield...

Ben Lorenz ’24 runs in a cross country race at Wickham Park. (Photo contributed by Ben Lorenz ’24).

Lorenz breaks longstanding cross country record, sets new bar for runners

Rachel Olefson '25, Staff Writer October 21, 2022

Every team has its center, a core member that sets the standard for others and leads the way. For the Staples boys’ cross country team, this member is Ben Lorenz ’24.  It is Lorenz’s spirit and...

The varsity team starts their race

Wreckers cross country triumphs against three teams

Nile Jean ’24, Staff Writer October 9, 2022

The boy’s cross country team overcame rain and 50-degree weather to beat three teams in a blowout on Oct. 3. Even with the abundance of rival school runners on the Wakeman course, Staples was able to...

Emma Morris ’24 warms up for her meet on Oct. 14, as she prepares to run as the only freshman on the varsity girls’ cross country team.

Freshmen adapt to varsity sports teams this fall season

Ella Shi '23, Features Editor October 20, 2020

Varsity athletes are dedicated and talented, and playing on a varsity sport team is the goal of many high school athletes. However, for a select few freshmen, they dive right into the competition and high-expectations...

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

COVID-19 affects cross country team

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...

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...

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,...

Will Landowne dominates indoor track season

Will Landowne dominates indoor track season

February 28, 2018

By Matt Engler '18

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...

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

Ahmad named Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year

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...

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...

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,...

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