Schickler: Top 100 newsmakers of 2011
It's time to select the 2011's top 100 newsmakers in Westport sports, so let's get to it.
Staples boys basketball players Gabe Seidman, Luke Yeager and Jake Felman led the team to a 16-7 record through heart and teamwork. Seidman and Yeager are playing in college now, while Felman proved his as a 5-11 center who continually drew charges.
Speaking of undersized centers, 5-7 Nikki Brill was First Team All-FCIAC in leading the Staples girls basketball team to its 28th straight state tournament berth.
Weston girls basketball point guard Christina Welsh was living proof that one player can make a difference. The Lady Trojans were 11-1 with Welsh, including two wins over the eventual SWC champion Newtown, and 3-8 without her after she tore her ACL and MCL.
The current basketball season began in December and produced seven newsmakers, Mike Argosh and Pete Rankowitz representing the Wreckers; the Lady Wrecker scoring tandem of Jessica Coelho and Erica Stein, Weston boys point guard Max Molinsky and center Lyle Mitchell and Lady Trojans power forward Ellie Martin, who does everything for her team.
In track, Staples' Rafi Ray, Jack Roche, Sean Gallagher and Jon Heil were the top 4 x 400-meter relay team in New England. Henry Wynne is an All-New England distance runner. Ingrid Johnson made her mark as a Lady Wrecker distance runner while teammate Lexie Schachne set the standard in the pole vault.
Weston girls track had three standouts, Kara Bucaro (distance), Kiki Litvak (pole vault) and Callie Arlo (sprints), who are now competing in college. Stephen Vento made his mark for the Trojans and is now running for UConn while Dave Stankiewicz and Noah Krassin are current top contributors for Weston.
On the ice, goalie Luke Andriuk and teammates, Kyle Wehmhoff, Aaron Liu and Tali Laifer led Staples to the Division III finals. Wrecker wrestlers Julian Gendels and Chris Giunta were Class LL finalists. Zach Slater was a top diver for Staples and Nathaniel Boley a top swimmer. Melissa Sweeney represented the Lady Wreckers for the fourth year on Team Connecticut's ski team. Staples alumnae cheerleading captain Neva Sanfilippo is now cheering for Division I University of Illinois.
Spencer Kelly and Jordan Berger were top swimmers for Weston last year.
Colin McCarthy, Rob Gau, Tyler Jacobs, Brendan Bernstein, Mikey Scott, Jimmy Kopack and Brian Terzian led Staples baseball to its third FCIAC title in four years. Wrecker baseball coach Jack McFarland won his 100th career game. Caitlin Kane and Alex Masiello were top softball players for the Lady softball players for the Lady Wreckers.
Danny Hirschberg led Staples to the Class LL team tennis title, then won the State Open singles crown. Graham Hyman and Jake Hirschberg contributed to the Wreckers' title by reaching the Class LL doubles finals. Amanda Giudice took over as Lady Wreckers tennis coach from longtime coach Casey Marinuzzi (known as DeVita when she coached).
Jon Shepro took over as Staples boys volleyball coach from Bruce Betts, who led the Wreckers eight FCIAC and eight state titles. Danny Fishman was an All-Stater for Shepro and is playing for Vassar College.
Kimmy Guerin led the Lady Trojans to the SWC and Class S titles and won the State Open singles title. Emma Samson, Caroline Toutoungi and Zoe Valella helped Weston win its titles and are playing college tennis.
Matt Yeager, Kip Orban, Charlie Ross and J.B. Breig led the Staples boys lacrosse team to the Class L semifinals. Nikki Seo, Penny Tsilfides and Maeve Flaherty led the Lady Wrecker laxwomen to an 11-0 start. Speaking of Flaherty, she and current teammates Ali Crofts, Jessie Ambrose, Remy Nolan and Adele Mackey committed to playing in college next year.
Kip McMahon and Alex Peyreigne starred for Weston boys lacrosse and are now playing in college. New Lady Trojans lacrosse coach Megan Murphy led them to the Class S title and was helped by Hannah Hutchins, Sara O'Brien, Katie Ledwick, Morgan Moubayed and Lindsay Koch.
Lady Wreckers field hockey coach Cecily Anderson led her team to its first FCIAC title since 1994. Callie Hiner, Misha Strage, Emily Ashken and Chris Lueb were instrumental for Staples in its title quest.
Joey Zelkowitz, James Frusciante, Nick Kelly and Jack Massie were headline-grabbers for the FCIAC champion Staples football team. Abbey Lake and Abby Fagan led the Lady Wrecker booters to the Class LL semifinals and Grace Mattison constantly scored for Weston girls soccer.
James Hickok was an All-State boys soccer goalie for Staples while Jake Malowitz and Taylor McNair led the Wreckers in the pitch. Staples' Joosje Grevers and Weston's Savannah Carpenter were dominant volleyball players. Olivia Clark led the Lady Trojans to the Class S swimming title and Verity Abel showed she was invaluable for the Lady Wrecker swimmers.