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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

For Tyler Scanlin, dedication pays off

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

Jock Talk: The Last Lap

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’s “Rebirth,” No Holy Miracle

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

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

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...

SATIRE: do you play a real sport?

SATIRE: do you play a real sport?

December 15, 2009

Jack Hennessy '10 Web Sports Editor I love sports. Always have. I love to discuss them, hear about them, watch them, write about them, and of course, play them. My friends and I often argue about which are the true sports. The ones that are, in fact, sports and not activities. I’m here to set the rec...

Skiing Around the Clock: Keeping up with Work, Skiers Endure Tricky Practice Schedule

Skiing Around the Clock: Keeping up with Work, Skiers Endure Tricky Practice Schedule

December 4, 2009

Farrel Levenson ’11 Opinions Editor During the winter season at Staples, some athletes can be found in the pool, some on the track, and some on the court. However, twice a week, the Staples ski team can be found an hour away from school, at Southington mountain. The Staples team is one of 24 high school ski teams in the state in the...

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