Squash is Staples High’s newest interscholastic sport.
It’s also the school’s newest national champion.
The Wreckers — seeded #2 — beat three teams this weekend, to capture the Division 8 HEAD US High School Team Squash Championship. The event drew 207 boys and girls teams from around the nation to Connecticut. There were 8 boys divisions, in what US Squash calls the biggest event in the country.
The Westporters defeated Calvert Hall 6-1 and St. Joseph’s 7-0 to reach the finals, at Trinity College in Hartford. The championship match against Loyola was tight — but the blue-and-whites prevailed, 4-3.
During the winter season, Staples competes in the Fairwest league — the largest public school league in the US. The Wreckers qualified for nationals by going unbeaten in the league’s Division II. They defeated New Canaan, Briarcliff, Greenwich, Fairfield, Bronxville and Darien.
Staples’ home court is Intensity in Norwalk. The coaches are Eddie O’Rourke and Zac Alexander.
The future looks bright. All 7 players on the national championship squad return next year. Congratulations to juniors Tyler Edwards (captain) and Spencer Carey, sophomores Quinn McMahon and Patrick Looby, and freshmen Isaac Bunan, Eli Shorrock and Devon Saunders.