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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.

Chase Gornbein, Assistant Business Manager

November 13, 2014

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 com...

Staples Cross Country’s outstanding performance at Wickham Park

Freshman boys’ XC warm up and do striders to prepare for their race at Wickham Park Invitational, the boys placed fourth in the Freshman race.

Francesca Truitt, Staff Writer

October 21, 2014

Following an undefeated dual meet season, the boys’ Cross Country team continued their season with an invitational at Wickham Park this past Saturday. This invitational was no different from the boys’ past races in that they had much success: Varsity took home the winning title, JV placed second and f...

Hannah DeBalsi races to sports person of the year

Hannah DeBalsi races to sports person of the year

Taylor Harrington, Breaking News Editor

September 19, 2014

Hannah DeBalsi ’16, Staples varsity runner and national two-mile champion, came home from her Nike Elite camp this summer to a phone call from the Fairfield County Sports Commission. She was happily crowned Westport’s “Sports Person of the Year.” Amanda Morgan, Debalsi’s cross country coach...

For Tyler Scanlin, dedication pays off

 During the 800 meter race at Danbury High School, Tyler Scanlin ’14, second from right, sprinted at blazing speeds and finished in 2nd place. Scanlin broke the school record for this event with a time of 2:13.

Jenna McNicholas, Staff Writer

June 20, 2014

While Tyler Scanlin has always appreciated the invincible feeling of propelling herself around the deep blue rubber track, she truly fell in love with running and the endless possibilities it presented at the New England’s championships in 2014. Scanlin beat her personal record in the 600-meter indoor...

Boys and Girls Track and Field Shine in FCIAC Championships

Boys and Girls Track and Field Shine in FCIAC Championships

May 30, 2011

On May 24, the boys and girls varsity track teams competed in the FCIAC championships at Danbury High School. The girls placed 3rd while the boys took 2nd in a tough meet with especially fierce competition. “Going into the meet I believed that the only teams that were capable of beating us were Danbury an...

Surviving the Cut

Surviving the Cut

May 18, 2011

In the mind of an athlete, it is a tragedy that is on par with a natural disaster. For anyone who has ever played a sport competitively, the fear of being cut is one of the most abhorred aspects of all of sports. At Staples, the decision of whether or not to cut varies on a team-by-team basis, with the ...

Aldrich Glides to Victory in New England's

Aldrich Glides to Victory in New England's

December 7, 2010

On Nov. 13, Staples senior, Ben Aldrich, placed 22nd overall at the New England State Open Championship race. The grueling course, over 5,300 meters long, is known for being one of the most difficult races in New England. It features sharp turns, large hills, and scattered mud piles that have caused runners to fall an...

Right Above It- Pole Vaulters Fly High

Right Above It- Pole Vaulters Fly High

December 3, 2010

Aiden McConnell ’12 had never imagined himself launching his body more than 10 feet in the air. However, upon indoor track coach Laddie Lawrence’s suggestion, McConnell attempted his first pole vault jump freshman year. After meticulous training and explanation from pole vaulting coach Andrew Lawrence, McConnell...

Jock Talk: The Last Lap

Photo from Staples Soccer Blog

June 11, 2010

Jack Hennessy '10 Staff Writer I’ve now played three sports for 12 seasons under nine coaches, and I can’t imagine spending my high school years any other way. My life has revolved around tryouts, practices, and games more so than even papers, quizzes, and tests. I lost more sleep the nights be...

A Need for a Break: How the Offseason improves the Regular Season

A Need for a Break: How the Offseason improves the Regular Season

May 28, 2010

Raph Ray ’11 is a three-season varsity athlete at Staples, devoting his fall to cross-country, his winter to indoor track and his spring to outdoor track. With daily practices, not to mention track meets around the year, Ray is surrounded by the pressure to perform. Sometimes, though, this pressure takes its toll on the body. Ray has n...

‘Sunday Universe,’ is Out of this Universe

'Sunday Universe,' is Out of this Universe

May 25, 2010

Image by pen3ya via Flickr The latest creation of Ellen Kempner '12, entitled “Sunday Universe,” is a blend of mellow lo-fi riffs and New York accented vocals along with some faster tunes with joking lyrics including a Kanye West quote ripping on Taylor Swift that I'm sure everyone has heard. This album takes a drop...

Lil Wayne’s “Rebirth,” No Holy Miracle

’Lil Wayne poses on a couch with guitar in hand as the cover of his new album “Rebirth”, released on February 2, 2010. | Photo by

March 12, 2010

Sammy Warshaw '12 Staff Writer It’s official; rapper ’Lil Wayne has lost his mind. Maybe it was two years ago, maybe it was 10 years ago, or maybe it was 27 years ago when he was born. When ’Lil Wayne told the media that he was working on an all-rock album titled "Rebirth," I couldn’t help but cringe at the idea. Just thinking of Wayne singing in a hig...

TRACK REVIEW: Boys’ and Girls’ Track Succeed at States

RACE TO THE FINISH: Varsity runner Walker Marsh ’13 (right) makes his way around the first bend of the track after receiving the baton from a teamnate.

March 12, 2010

Alix Neenan '12 Staff Writer Staples’ indoor track team fared well at both the CIAC Open Championships and Class LL Championships. The boys’ team placed third in Open and fifth in Class LL, while the girls placed 14th in Open and fourth in Class LL. “The kids had a very good season,” Coach Laddie Lawrence said. “We’re not done yet.” Lawrence said tha...

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