Two Staples soccer players were big winners at last night’s Scholar-Athlete dinner.
Frankie Rende was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Coleman Brothers Foundation. The award — administered by the Westport Soccer Association — honors former WSA and Staples player Scott Coleman ’88, and his brother Keith, a wrestler. Both young men were working for Cantor Fitzgerald, and died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Frankie is an apt recipient. A longtime WSA player (currently on the U-18 team) whose mother is a former team manager, he was a tri-captain of last fall’s Wrecker team. As a defender, he was part of a back line that helped allow only 7 goals in 23 games. Frankie also captained this winter’s state finalist ice hockey team.
Lauren and Sara Casey — longtime WSA referees — were the female recipients of the Coleman Brothers award.
Jairo received the $1,500 Albie Loeffler Scholarship. That grant, named in honor of the founder of the Staples soccer program, is given to an athlete who played a sport that Mr. Loeffler coached (soccer, basketball, baseball [or softball] or track), and exhibits academic achievement, athletic excellence and strong family values.
Jairo, a forward/midfielder on last fall’s team, is another veteran WSA player.
The dinner also honored 2 soccer stars. Alex Hoberman was cited as the soccer team’s scholar-athlete, while Adam Liu was honored for ice hockey.