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Published on August 2nd, 2015 | by Staples Soccer


Wreckers Return After Poconos Adventure

It’s become legendary: Staples soccer’s pre-season bonding trip.

Every year, returning varsity players spend a few days far out of Westport. They share adventures, test themselves in new ways, and return home with great memories and stories.

This year’s trip was to a new destination: the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It proved to be a great spot.

The largest group ever — 18 players — played a variety of paintball games (in sites including a castle, and in spite of a monsoon). They did a high ropes course through East Stroudsburg University, with an emphasis on team-building and personal challenges. They went whitewater rafting.

They spent 3 nights in a rented home that slept 21, with the added attraction of a sand volleyball court and horseshoe pit.

Head coach Dan Woog was joined by 2 alums: Liam Bohonnon ’08 (for the 3rd time) and Jack Hennessy ’10. The 2 added greatly to the trip, inspiring the upcoming team and challenging them to make this a year with no “what-ifs.”

The Wreckers posed for a photo, before dividing into 2 teams and blasting each other in paintball.

Sam Kantor and Aidan Wisher just say no to goggles.

Ziggy Hallgarten (left) and Daniel Brill help Jack Zeldes scale a wall at the ropes course.

Ziggy Hallgarten is the last man on his team. He has to leap high to start scaling the wall.

The challenge: climb up the sets of logs without using the wires.

It takes an act of faith to leap toward a trapeze.

One of the most competitive elements of the trip was a beach volleyball tournament, held on a court at the house the team rented.

Daniel Brill, Noah Schwaeber and Kenji Goto manned the grill, as the team cooked out on their final night.

Ziggy Hallgarten photobombs a card game with Jack Zeldes, Kenji Goto and Grant Sirlin.

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