Wreckers Conquer White Mountains On Team-Building Trip

All 12 returning varsity players — plus head coach Dan Woog and Liam Bohonnon ’08 — have returned safely from an intense 4-day team-building trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The group stayed near Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Coming home through Rhode Island, they hit all 6 New England states during their trek.

Highlights included:

  • A long, tough hike up Mt. Willard
  • Early morning cliff-jumping off Upper Ammonoosuc Falls
  • A zip line course with 9 different segments, up to 225 feet above the forest floor, and a 30-foot vertical climb
  • Level IV whitewater rafting on the Rapid River in Maine, with drops of 60 feet — followed by an hour-long return to shore in a monsoon that included (briefly) a hailstorm
  • Very competitive mini-golf and card games
  • Grilling, campfires, and many other shared experiences and adventures.

“This was a spectacular trip,” said Woog. “Everyone was totally into what we were doing — physical and mental challenges, going outside your comfort zone, problem-solving, even shopping for food and cooking meals. It was a total team experience, an amazing amount of fun, and a fantastic way to get ready for the very tough season that’s coming up soon.”

Co-captains Jack Scott and Diego Alanis came up with the destination, and helped with planning. Other team members included Nate Argosh, Patrick Beusse, George Kokkalis, Charlie Leonard, Joe Pravder, Andrew Puchala, Michael Reid, Yousef Shahin, Noah Schwaeber and Connor Weiler.

The 2013 returnees make their way up Mt. Willard in the White Mountains.

The 2013 returnees make their way up Mt. Willard in the White Mountains.

Nate Argosh goes cliff jumping:

It was 9 a.m., but that didn't stop the 203 Wreckers from jumping off cliffs.

It was 9 a.m., but that didn’t stop the 203 Wreckers from jumping off cliffs.

Card games in New Hampshire were quite intense.

Card games in New Hampshire were quite intense.

The Wreckers gather before their zip line adventure. Thanks to the sign, all of Lincoln, New Hampshire knew they were there.

The Wreckers gather before their zip line adventure. Thanks to the sign, all of Lincoln, New Hampshire knew they were there.

Problem-solving at the grocery store:

Patrick Beusse, Charlie Leonard and Connor Weiler man the grill.

Patrick Beusse, Charlie Leonard and Connor Weiler man the grill.

Nate Argosh cooks up his classic broccoli dish.

Nate Argosh cooks up his classic broccoli dish.

No team-bonding trip is complete without a campfire and s'mores.

No team-bonding trip is complete without a campfire and s’mores.

Staples Soccer Tryouts Start August 24 — Important Info To Prepare!

The 2013 tryout schedule is set.  Please read ALL information — and make sure that all forms are submitted before the first session!

For boys entering grades 10, 11 and 12:  All tryouts at Wakeman B

  • Saturday, August 24   7:30-10 a.m. AND 3-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 25   8-10 a.m. AND 3-5 p.m.
  • Monday, August 26  8-10 a.m. AND 3-5 p.m.

“We will take as long as needed to get a good look at everyone,” says head coach Dan Woog.  “And to look good, candidates should be fit and ready.”

All candidates should attend each session, and bring a ball, water and shin guards.  Permission and physical forms HAR-3 and C must be completed, handed in to the nurses’ office and approved before the 1st tryout — no one can take the field without acceptance of these forms.  Click here to download the forms.

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For boys entering Grade 9:  All tryouts at Wakeman B

  • Saturday, August 24   12-2 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 25  12-2 p.m.
  • Monday, August 26:    12-2 p.m.

Coach Chris O’Dell will take as long as needed to get a good look at everyone.  No decisions will be made until at least the 1st 3 sessions.

All candidates should attend each session, and bring a ball, water and shin guards.  Permission and physical forms HAR-3 and C must be completed, handed in to the nurses’ office and approved before the 1st tryout — no one can take the field without acceptance of these forms.  Click here to download the forms.

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Questions?  Call head coach Dan Woog (203-227-1755), or email dwoog@optonline.net. 

Andrew Puchala, Foster Goldberg and Andreas Bru at 2012 tryouts. They're a year older, more experienced, tougher and smarter. (Photo by Carl McNair)

Andrew Puchala, Foster Goldberg and Andreas Bru at 2012 tryouts. They’re a year older, more experienced, tougher and smarter. (Photo by Carl McNair)

 

Staples Soccer Announces 2013 Schedule

The 2013 varsity schedule is set.

The Wreckers will play 8 home matches — including always-tough Ridgefield, Norwalk and Trumbull — and 8 away. Key road contests include New Canaan, Wilton, Greenwich, Darien and Westhill.

The Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference season kicks off on Tuesday, September 10, with a 4 p.m. home encounter against Danbury. Two days later, the blue-and-whites travel to New Canaan for a 7 p.m. match.

There are 3 Saturday clashes: September 21 (at St. Joseph, 4 p.m.); September 28 (home vs. Brien McMahon, 11 a.m.) and October 12 (Columbus Day weekend, at Greenwich, 11 a.m.).

A tough 4-games-in-12-days mid-season stretch includes Norwalk, Trumbull, Greenwich and Darien.

The regular season ends with back-to-back matches at home against Fairfield Ludlowe (home, Monday, October 21) and at Westhill (Tuesday, October 22).

For the 3rd year in a row, Staples will not play Stamford and Bassick. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) allows only 16 regular season games. There are 19 teams in the FCIAC.

Before the regular schedule begins, the Wreckers have 5 preseason events. Four days after tryouts begin (Wednesday, August 28, 4 p.m.), they face state LL finalist Fairfield Prep, away. Two days later (Friday, August 30, 4 p.m.) they host Wethersfield.

On Tuesday, September 3 Staples heads to Newtown (4 p.m.). Three days later Choate comes to Westport (5:15 p.m.). The next morning, the Wreckers play in the traditional 4-team Wethersfield jamboree.

“It’s a very tough preseason — but that’s the way to get ready for the always brutal FCIAC,” says head coach Dan Woog.

“Some of our guys are battle-tested. They know what it’s like to go through the fall schedule — how intense and amazing it is. There’s no room for error.

“Other guys will find out for the first time. That’s what playing Staples soccer is all about.”

Woog has been impressed so far with the summer playing and training regimen.

“They know they have to be ready long before tryouts begin,” he notes. “Once we get started, there’s no letup for nearly 3 months. We look forward to continuing Staples soccer’s great 55-year tradition.”

(Click here for the varsity schedule; click here for the JV schedule, and click here for the freshman schedule.)

It won't be long before crowds again pack The Hill.

It won’t be long before crowds again pack The Hill.

Kyle Martino ’99 Joins NBC’s EPL Broadcast Crew

Kyle Martino ’99 will play a key role when NBC Sports begins televising all Premier League matches.

Kyle Martino

Kyle Martino

The former US national team midfielder (and Gatorade National Player of the Year for Staples) will be part of the pre- and post-match shows, broadcast from NBC’s state-of-the-art broadcast center in Stamford.

In the 1st 3 weeks — beginning Saturday, August 17 (7 a.m., Liverpool-Stoke City) –NBC Sports Group will televise 17 Premier League matches. All Premier League games will be livestreamed on NBC Sports Live Extra. An interactive game finder at www.NBCSports.com will enable fans to find those games on TV, online and on mobile devices.

Two other local connections: Mike Carey ’01 will work on the production end of the show, while lead analyst Arlo White is a Westport resident.

Rob Stone ’83’s Son Shoots For Williamsport

In 1982, Rob Stone ’83 scored one of the most memorable goals in Staples soccer history. The defender’s blast from midfield beat the Ridgefield keeper with 7 minutes remaining in the state championship game, and gave the Wreckers a 1-0 victory. It was their 2nd straight state crown — and the only goal of Rob’s career.

Matt Stone (Photo/Matthew Vinci for the Hour)

Matt Stone (Photo/Matthew Vinci for the Hour)

Now Rob’s son Matt is poised to make history of his own. He’s the catcher for the state champion Westport Little League team that plays Vermont for the New England championship tomorrow (Saturday, August 10, 7 p.m.). The winner represents New England at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania next weekend.

Yesterday, ESPN — whose headquarters is in Bristol, Connecticut, the town where the New England championships are held — showed the top 10 plays of the previous game. Matt Stone was prominently featured.

Obituary: Howard Udell P’88

Howard Udell P’88 died on Friday, August 2, surrounded by his family. He had suffered a stroke the day before. He was 72 years old.

Howard Udell

Howard Udell

A quiet but avid supporter of his son Andy Udell’s Staples, WSA Warriors and Lehigh University teams, Howard was born in Brooklyn. He graduated from Hunter College and NYU School of Law.

In 1979, after 15 years in private practice, he assumed the role of general counsel to the pharmaceutical company now known as Purdue Pharma, where he remained for 30 years.

Trusted and wise as a counselor and friend, he was known for his character, integrity, sagacity and sense of humor. He served on the board of Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University for over 25 years.

In 2009, Howard co-founded the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, which provides free legal services to hundreds of veterans each year. At the time of his death he served on its board, and regularly counseled veterans. Donations can be made to CVLC in his name.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judith; his sons Andrew and Jeffrey, and their wives Sheryl and Lucy, and his grandchildren Nina, Max, Adam, Micaela, Alec and Daniela.

The family will be sitting shiva at 24 Old Hill Road today (Tuesday, August 6), from 2-5 p.m., and from 7 p.m. on (with a minyan at 7:30 p.m.), and Friday, August 9, from 2-5 p.m.

Workout Of The Week #7: The Best Of WOWs

Kurt Dasbach has designed the final Workout of the Week for 2013. It’s a “WOW’s Greatest Hits” — and one more great way to prepare for the upcoming season.

Starting at the usual spot (the intersection of Soundview Drive and Compo Road South/Hillspoint Road, do the following warm-up:

  • Walking lunges on Soundview, from Compo Road to the intersection of Fairfield Avenue
  • 15 push ups with your feet up on the wall, hands on the ground
  • 10 wall hops — with 2 feet,  anding in a nice squat on the wall.

Now comes the best of WOW’s 2013:

  • 2 Bluewater Hill sprints
  • 2 Burnham Hill sprints
  • 2 Compo Hill sprints ladders (6 sprints)
  • 2 Jetty to cannons sprints

for a grand total of 12 sprints

Jog down Compo Rd toward the Minuteman Statue. Take your 1st right onto Bluewater Hill South, then bear left onto Bluewater Hill.

Continue on Bluewater Hill until you reach mailbox #5 on your left.

Starting at mailbox #5,  sprint all out until you reach mailbox #15 on your left.  Recovery walk down the hill to mailbox #12. Slowly jog the rest of the way back to the bottom.

Repeat once, for a total of 2 all-out sprints up Bluewater Hill.

Next,  jog down to Hillspoint Road past Elvira’s, until you reach Burnham Hill.

Walk up Burnham Hill until you reach mailbox #2.

Starting in a position seated on the ground, sprint from mailbox #2 up Burnham Hill until you reach mailbox #20. Recovery walk down the hill until you reach the fire hydrant on the left side of the street. Repeat once, for a total of 2 Burnham Hill sprints.

After sprinting up Burnham Hill twice, turn right on Sherwood Drive and jog over to Compo Hill Road.

Perform a “sprint ladder” on Compo Hill as follows:

Walk from Elvira’s up Compo Hill to the 1st telephone pole on your left, at #5 Compo Hill. Sprint from the 1st telephone pole until you pass the 2nd telephone pole (at the intersection of Sherwood Drive).

Walk halfway down the hill,  jogging the 2nd half of your trip down the hill.  When you reach the 1st telephone pole, turn around and sprint up Compo Hill until you pass the 3rd telephone pole. Walk half the distance you sprinted,  jogging the rest until you reach the 1st telephone pole.

When you reach the 1st telephone pole,  turn around and sprint up Compo Hill until you pass the 4th telephone pole.

Walk halfway down the hill, then jog to the bottom. You have completed the 1st of 2 “sprint ladders” up Compo Hill.

For quality purposes,  in between sprint ladders,  do a recovery jog/walk on Sherwood Drive for 2 minutes.

Repeat Compo Hill “sprint ladder,” building from a sprint to the 1st telephone pole up to a sprint to the 4th.

Walk down Compo Hill after the 2nd sprint ladder.

Jog now from Elvira’s back to the starting point at the jetty at Compo Road South/Hillspoint Road intersection with Soundview Ave.

Finish with 2 strong sprints, with the first one from the jetty to the cannons. Rest for 3 minutes, then spring back from the cannons to the jetty to finish WOW #7.

Congratulations on finishing the WOW Best of 2013.

A typical Staples soccer player, in the middle of a Workout of the Week.

A typical Staples soccer player, in the middle of a Workout of the Week.