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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.

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.

Workout Of The Week #6: Building Bluewater Hill Power

Workout of the Week #5 tested endurance. WOW #6 is about building power.

Start at the traditional WOW spot: the jetty by the intersection of Soundview Avenue, and Compo Road South/Hillspoint Road.

Do 3 burpees (click here for proper form).

Immediately perform a hard run from the jetty to the cannons.

Recovery walk halfway to the lifeguard stand, and back to the cannons (2 minutes)

Do 3 burpees, and immediately perform a hard run from the cannons back to the jetty.

Now that you are well warmed up, it’s time to attack Bluewater Hill.

Jog down Compo Road South, toward the Minuteman statue.  But take your 1st right onto Bluewater Hill South, and then a quick 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 2 more times, for a total of 3 all-out sprints up Bluewater Hill.

Now that the toughest part is over,  jog back to Compo beach to finish off the workout.

Walking from the jetty to the 1st lifeguard stand,  perform the following:

5 burpees, followed by a sprint to the 2nd lifeguard stand.

Recovery walk half the distance back to the 1st lifeguard stand, then jog the rest.

4 burpees, followed by a sprint to the 2nd lifeguard stand.

Recovery walk half the distance back to the 1st lifeguard stand,  then jog the rest.

Continue the pattern with 3 burpees, 2 burpees,  1 burpee; finish with no burpees, and 1 final sprint, for a total of 6 sprints from the 1st lifeguard stand to the 2nd lifeguard stand.

Burpees are key to this workout.

Burpees are key to this workout.

5 Wreckers Find Success In Ireland

Five Staples soccer players competed with the Everton America U-15 team in Londerry, Ireland this week. They did not win the Foyle Cup — but they represented their high school and club teams (and country) quite well.

Rising sophomores Kenji Goto, Graham Gudis, James Lewis, Noah Schwaeber and Aidan Wisher lost in the quarterfinals to Norwich City Academy. The match — a heartbreaker — went to penalty kicks. Norwich City is favored to win the tournament tomorrow.

Everton bounced back to win 2 more games, securing 5th place with a final record of 4-2.

Staples players on Everton U-15 (from left): Aidan Wisher, James Lewis, Noah Schwaeber, Kenji Goto and Graham Gudis.

Staples players on Everton U-15 (from left): Aidan Wisher, James Lewis, Noah Schwaeber, Kenji Goto and Graham Gudis.

Workout Of The Week #4: Head For Compo Hill!

Kurt Dasbach has just announced Workout of the Week #4. It’s a tough one — but based on the work already done by Staples soccer players, it’s one more steep step on the road to championships.

The Workout of the Week can be done as a Staples group (email jscottchicago10@gmail.com), as a smaller group, or — if you are away from Westport — individually, at a similar distance.

WOW #4: Sprint Endurance Workout on Compo Beach and up Compo Hill

Start at the WOW traditional intersection of Soundview Drive and South Compo/Hillspoint Roads (the wall by the beach on Soundview). Begin with 10 hops of each leg, landing on 2 legs on the wall. Follow with 15 pushups (hands on the ground, feet on the wall).

On Compo Beach, walk/jog/sprint between the lifeguard stands. Start at the jetty, end at the cannons.

At the cannon jetty, walk 1/2 the distance from the jetty to the 1st lifeguard stand. At the halfway point, jog to the 1st lifeguard stand. Sprint all out from the 1st lifeguard stand to the 2nd lifeguard stand. Walk 1/2 distance, jog 1/2 distance to lifeguard stand #3, sprinting all out from lifeguard stand #3 to #4. Walk 1/2 distance, jog 1/2 distance toward lifeguard stand #5, sprinting from #5  to the cannons for 3 sprints total from the jetty back to the cannons.

Return the same way you came, completing 3 walk/jog/sprints between lifeguard stands,  starting at  the cannons and ending at the Hillspoint jetty.

Do another round of 10 single-leg hops onto 2 legs landing on the wall, and 15 pushups with hands on the ground and feet on the wall.

Next, jog from the intersection of Soundview and South Compo/Hillspoint Roads  north on Hillspoint, to Elvira’s.

Perform a “sprint ladder” on Compo Hill (the big hill) as follows:

Walk from Elvira’s up Compo Hill to the 1st telephone pole on your left (#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 1/2 the distance you sprinted, jogging the rest until you reach the 1st telephone pole.

At 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.

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.

Run briskly back to the WOW starting point at Soundview.

Repeat 10 single-leg hops and 15 pushups on the wall, followed by 6 walk/jog/sprints between lifeguard stands on Compo Beach.

Your grand sprint total will be 2 x 6 lifeguard stand sprints and 2 x 4 sprints of increasing length up Compo Hill — 20 sprints in all.

Elvira's: The target at the base of Compo Hill.

Elvira’s: The target at the base of Compo Hill.

Workout Of The Week #3 — The Challenge Continues

Workout of the Week #3 adds some hills to the usual beach runs. But Staples soccer players are up to the challenge:  1-mile run; 8 sprints up Burnham Hill; a half-mile run back to the start, and 2 half-mile runs on Compo Beach.

It’s best to do this as a group — co-captain Jack Scott will coordinate times (contact jscottchicago10@gmail.com for details). If you are not in town, or can’t join the group, do a similar workout on your own (preferably not alone).

The details:

Start at the intersection of Soundview and South Compo/Hillspoint Roads (the jetty). Run north on Hillspoint past Elvira’s until you reach Hales Rd (just before the railroad and I-95 bridges (approximately 1 mile).

7:30 —  Ok
6:40 — Expected
6:00 — Respected
Below 5:30 — Brendon Cristobal status
Below 4:30 — Henry Wynne status

Recovery walk back toward the beach until you reach Mimi Lane.

Jog down to Pond Edge Road.

Lunge walk from Pond Edge until Burnham Hill Road.

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.

Perform 20 body weight squats each time you arrive at the fire hydrant.

Jog down to Mailbox #2.

Repeat Burnham Hill sprint 7 more times, for a total of 8 sprints,

After 8 Burnham Hill sprints, recovery jog until you reach the intersection of Old Mill Rd (across from Elvira’s).

Run at at a fast clip from Old Mill until you reach the intersection of Soundview and South Compo and Hillspoint Roads (the jetty) — approximately 1/2 mile.

Under 4 minutes = ok
Under 3:30 = expected
Under 3 minutes  = respected
Under 2:45 = Sean Gallagher status

Rest 2 minutes

20 Push Ups
10 jumps up onto the wall

Hard run from the jetty to the cannons

Under 4 minutes = ok
Under 3:30 = expected
Under 3 minutes = respected
Under 2:45 = “Sean Gallagher”

Rest 2 minutes

20 Push Ups
10 jumps up onto the wall

Hard run from the cannons back  to the jetty

Under 4 minutes = ok
Under 3:30 = expected
Under 3 minutes = respected
Under 2:45 = “Sean Gallagher”

The corner of Hillspoint and Soundview, near the jetty -- where the Staples soccer team tests itself each week.

The corner of Hillspoint and Soundview, near the jetty — where the Staples soccer team tests itself each week.

Wreckers Look Sharp In Preston Hirten Tourney

The Staples-based team ran up a 2-1-1 record against stiff competition in today’s 4th annual Preston Hirten 7-v-7 Tournament.

The event — held under a broiling sun at Wakeman Park — brought together a record 11 teams. All played in honor of Preston Hirten ’07, the former Staples star who died in 2009 during pre-season training at the University of Mary Washington.

Players came from across the country. Two teams represented UMW. There were also players from Preston’s 2006 Staples squad, his club teams, and his family. The youngest player — Patrick Donovan — is the son of Dan Donovan ’82.

The Staples squad — Foster Goldberg, Kenji Goto, Charlie Leonard, Jordan McNair, Gabe Pensak, Andrew Puchala, Michael Reid, Noah Schwaeber and Jack Scott — opened with a 0-0 draw. They topped the Staples ’06 team 3-1, thrashed a Fairfield Ludlowe-based side 6-1, then fell 1-0 to eventual tournament champion UMW 1-0. Guest keeper Adam Liu ’09 stymied Staples with a great save at the end of that match. Had the high schoolers drawn, they would have advanced to the semis.

The tournament — and other weekend events — were made possible by the hard work of Matt Lamb ’07 and Dave Sharpe ’07; the Hirten, Gendell, Lamb and Sharpe families; Stuart McCarthy and Westport Parks & Rec, and many others. The tournament also included a used soccer gear drive for Goals4Ghana — an organization Preston worked with and loved.

The 11 teams in the 2013 Preston Hirten Tournament.

The 11 teams in the 2013 Preston Hirten Tournament.