More Factoids On Staples’ State Championships

Thanks to Antonio Pastor ’84 for passing this information along:

  • Staples’ appearance in the 2009 state final ties them with Wethersfield for the most state championship appearances ever.  The Wreckers and Eagles both have 17.
  • Staples is now in a 3-way tie with EO Smith-Storrs and Guilford for the 2nd-highest number of state titles: 12.  Wethersfield leads with 14.
  • However, Staples leads the state for the most championships at the largest division contested.  Staples won all its titles in L-M, L and LL whenever they were the largest division (based on school population).  EO Smith, Guilford and Wethersfield all won championships in smaller divisions.  Smith and Guilford are currently LL schools; Wethersfield is L.
  • Wethersfield competed in the very 1st state soccer tournament, in 1948.  Staples did not field its 1st soccer team until 10 years later.  EO Smith’s program was founded the very same year:  1958.  Information on the start of Guilford’s program is not available.

More factoids to follow, as they are unearthed.

The Wreckers trail Wethersfield by 2 state titles.

6 responses to “More Factoids On Staples’ State Championships

  1. Fred Cantor, '71

    Actually, there’s a Staples soccer connection to Wethersfield’s state-leading total of 14 titles. Neil Brickley ’71, has two sons who were 4-year starters for the Eagles and–between the two of them–were an integral part of 3 state title teams. His younger son, Robert, was voted high school player of the year by the CJSA and has been a starting defender for UCONN the past couple of years. I suspect that if Neil had decided to live in Westport instead of upstate, the state championship totals for both schools might well be different. (I should add that Neil has more than made up for it through the generous time and financial support he has given to Staples soccer over the years)

  2. Fred Cantor teaches me something new with every post. Love it.

  3. Tim Caffrey, '93

    Dan, if Staples was placed by current school size, and not by preference, would we officially be L or LL? And, why don’t more schools choose LL? Are they afraid to play the best competition? Nod once if the answer is yes.

    • We are definitely a LL school — in the middle of the pack. For several years in the 1990s we were L officially, but chose to play up. The feeling was: “If you want to be the best, you’ve got to be the best.” Other schools feel it is important to play schools of the same size — that’s where they belong, and that’s the right spot for them.

  4. Factoid:

    Dan Woog still holds the record for being the shortest player in Staples Soccer history.

    Love you Dan!

    Yunice ’87

  5. Tim Caffrey, '93

    More Factoids – You guys finished with a #6 National Ranking. Congrats again!


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