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SportsNight to Celebrate Staples Soccer

WESTPORT, Conn. – The success of the Staples High School boys soccer team will be one of the major themes on Oct. 17 at the seventh annual Fairfield County Sports Night dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich. Legendary coach Albie Loeffler will be inducted into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, while the 2010 boys soccer team will be honored as the Westport Sports Person of the Year. Current Staples coach Dan Woog was a player under Loeffler in the 1970s. Loeffler and Woog’s mentor/protegé relationship resulted in the Staples boys soccer program’s continued excellence. Loeffler began the program in 1958, and Woog has carried on the legacy since he became the program's third head coach in 2003. Woog kept in steady contact with Loeffler and relied on Loeffler's counsel up until Loeffler died at age 93 in September of 2009. If there is any team that has been a dynasty in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the Staples boys soccer program certainly qualifies. The 2010 Wreckers upheld the tradition as they won Staples’ third consecutive Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship – the fourth in the previous five years ­– with a 2-1 victory over Fairfield Warde. The win gave Staples a record 27th FCIAC championship. Staples lost two of its first three matches and then went undefeated in the next 20 (19-0-1) until the state Class LL championship game, where it was nipped by Farmington, 2-1. The Wreckers finished 20-3-1 and had a combined 42-5-1 record during the previous two seasons. Frankie Bergonzi, Sean Gallagher and Brendan Lesch were the captains of the 2010 team, and all three were voted to the All-FCIAC first team. Court Lake, Mikey Scott and Jake Krosse were selected to the FCIAC All-East team. The newest members of the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame and 15 Sports Persons of the Year from county communities will be recognized at the dinner. Sports personalities slated to attend are former Yankees pitcher Tommy John, ex-NY Giants football player Bob Hyland, Lowes Moore, who played with the New Jersey Nets, former world boxing champion Travis Simms and Wes Matthews, a two-time NBA champion with the LA Lakers.

Tickets are $125. For information, call Tom Chiappetta at (203) 984-4806 or email

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