The Staples girls golf team improved its performance from last year and is looking forward to the future. Staples missed the playoffs completely in 2009 but finished seventh at FCIACs and 10th in the State tournament this year with a 6-8 record. Moreover, the future is bright for the Lady Wreckers because they will only lose two seniors from this year's team.

Sophomore Kim Hynes won the Staples Block S award for Most Valuable Player and sophomore Eliza Duvall won the Block S for most improved.

"I didn't expect us to do that well," said Hynes.

"Everyone worked really hard this season," said Lady Wreckers Assistant Coach Patty Kondub. "We made a big improvement from the year before."

Both Hynes and Duvall, along with fellow sophomore Sarah Ressler, will be tri-captains next year.

"All the captains for next year are great role models," said Kondub.

Staples will only lose senior captains Emma Loftus and Annie Parkinson to graduation.

"We still have a pretty young team," said Hynes.

With the junior varsity team going undefeated this year, it looks like the young talent on the team could be a major asset next year.

Juniors Nicole Rothschild and Sabrina Weiser-Min, sophomore Zoe Greenblatt, and freshman Erica Stein are all expected to contribute to the team in 2011.

"We have a lot of promise for next year," said Kondub, who hopes to move up in the FCIAC standings. She called the favorites of the conference, Greenwich, Fairfield Warde, and New Canaan, "incredible."

With a full summer to work on lowering scores, however, Staples may contend with the best.

"The more you play the better you get," said Kondub. "And they're really committed."

The team's looking ahead, and not just towards next season. "Maybe in a couple years we'll be even better," said Hynes.

For now though, Kondub would like to take on this season. "Next year should be a really good year," with what she called a "very coachable team."

With young talent only improving, 2011 may be the most successful season since 2007 (the year the team repeated as State champions) for the Staples Lady Wreckers. "The future looks great," said Kondub.