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Published on October 22nd, 2016 | by Staples Soccer


Coaches Eke Out Quiz Night Victory — But Staples Soccer The Real Winner

Do you know how many steps a guard takes marching across the Tomb of the Unkowns? The national animal of  Scotland? The sum of all numbers on a roulette wheel?

The team of varsity assistant coach Kurt Dasbach, reserve coach Nicky Hoberman ’07, freshman coach Russell Oost-Lievense ’08, girls goalkeeper coach Dave Sharpe ’07, Marco Broccolo P’17 and Alex Anvari P’20 did. (21, unicorn and 666, respectively).

The group eked out a 1-point win in the 12th annual Quiz Night, held yesterday evening in the Staples cafeteria. All the winners are soccer players themselves. They got a run for their money — and for their goody-filled winners’ basket — from nearly 200 other Staples soccer players, parents, other relatives and friends, younger siblings and Staples soccer fans. Soccer players are indeed very smart.

There was enormous energy in the room, as contestants battled to answer questions like the year Westport became an official town (1835), the 1st writer to be named to Forbes’ list of billionaires (JK Rowling), and the lead sponsor of Manchester United’s jerseys (Chevrolet).

There was also plenty of food, tons of raffle prizes, and a couple dozen silent auction items. Funds raised go to the Staples boys soccer program, including a project just getting underway: putting turf on Loeffler Field.

The event was made possible thanks to the hard work and contributions of many Staples parents. Armelle Daniels P’17 headed the project, with help from Yvonne O’Kane P’20 and Lyn Hogan P’19, plus committee chairs Patti Brill P’16, ’17, Heather O’Neill P’17, Alan Frost P’18, Nicky Wisher P’16, ’20, Rosemary Hallgarten P’17, Regina Engler P’18, and many others. Head coach Dan Woog said, “This is one of the great nights on our calendar. It’s a fantastic way for the Staples soccer community to come together, have fun, and do what we do best: compete together.”

He thanked all who participated, in any way. He did express concern over the team of players who won the booby prize. They got only 1 question correct. “They better hit the books,” Woog warned.

Quiz Night winners (from left): Nicky Hoberman, Marco Broccolo, Russell Oost-Lievense, Dave Sharpe, Alex Anvari, Kurt Dasbach.


Third place winners, all Staples soccer players (from left): Sam Kantor, Thomas Heisler, Jannis Dietze, Griff O’Neill, Shane Dasbach, Luca Cocito, Danny Jersey, Rory Steele, Matteo Broccolo.


The freshmen make sure to put their phones on the table!


Ziggy Hallgarten and his brother Ollie: raffle winners. (All photos/Frances Rowland)



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