A pair of varsity parents — Lisa Krosse and Pam Evans — cleaned, rearranged, remodeled and reinvigorated the Staples boys soccer trophy case.
As soon as they were done today, after several long hours of work, the glass case — which occupies prime territory just outside the gym — accomplished its purpose. Dozens of students stopped to stare at the display, and talk about the many mementos inside.
- The 1st 1961 FCIAC championship trophy occupies a place of honor, near the 26th and latest from 2009.
- A large drawing by nationally famous illustrator (and Westporter) Eric Gurney, presented to Albie Loeffler in 1958 by his very 1st team, hangs proudly. It’s signed by everyone on the squad — including Staples’ 1st star, Bill Needham, and eventual 1st selectman Joe Arcudi. Mr. Loeffler sent it to Staples from his home in North Carolina, shortly before his death.
- Lists of all 26 FCIAC championship teams; the 31 FCIAC division winners, and all 7 Academic All-America teams.
- The 12 state championship trophies and plaques are rearranged, for easy viewing. Other memorabilia is organized chronically and logically too.
- The great photo of 100 alumni, from Staples soccer’s 50th celebration in 2008.
- An up-to-date list of all the colleges where Staples soccer alumni have played — from Allegheny to Yale.
- New 2009 awards, including one for the final National Top 25 ranking (it joins a similar plaque from 1993).
- Preston Hirten ’07’s #15 jersey, signed by his teammates.
What’s the same (but cleaned and looking spiffy)?
- Kyle Martino ’99’s Gatorade National Player of the Year award.
- Mark Noonan ’83’s warmup from his NCAA Division I national championship season at Duke University.
- The 3 Ralph King Cups, all won this decade for best record in the FCIAC.
- The Jeff Lea, Alumni and Steve Martin Award plaques.
- The bust of Albie Loeffler, presented as a gift from Jay Strausser P’78, ’81, ’84 upon the legendary coach’s retirement.
The trophy case is as handsome as ever — and still packed.
But here’s the Staples soccer promise to the 2010 team, and all others that follow:
We’ll always make room for more.