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Staples’ Newest Team: The Wranglers

When COVID hit and most kids went stir crazy, a few Bedford Middle School students went (socially distanced) fishing.

With YouTube videos, Google Earth and language arts teacher/avid fisherman Steve Rexford as guides, the 8th graders learned all they could about many kinds of fishing. Fly, saltwater, freshwater, night, ice fishing — they did it all.

At a private pond in Norwalk, they met Stamford firefighter Dave Bocchetta. Rather than kicking them out, he became their mentor.

Dave told the boys — by then, they were Staples High School freshmen — about a high school bass fishing competition.

To enter, they formed Staples’ first bass fishing team.

(From left): Dave Bocchetta, Josh Ginsburg, Preston Siroka and friends.

Throughout the spring, Josh Ginsburg and Preston Siroka have gotten up on Saturday mornings at — are you sitting down? — 4 a.m. They meet Dave, and competed in tournaments.

After the first 3 meets, Staples is in 7th place, out of 19 teams. Not bad for a bunch of rookies.

Also not bad: their name.

Josh and Preston call themselves the Wranglers — a combination of “Wreckers” and “anglers.”

With that persistence and creativity, this group will go places.

Like, wherever the bass are biting.

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