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Published on November 25th, 2021 | by Staples Soccer


Turkey Bowl ’21 Draws Dozens Of Stars

Over 60 past and present Staples players — plus others who never wore the “S,” like academy athletes, relatives and friends of the program — worked up a Thanksgiving appetite this morning at Loeffler Field.

They played in the annual Turkey Bowl. The event was canceled last year due to COVID. This edition — with a bright sun, warm weather and plenty of energy — may have been the best ever.

The oldest player was Dave Wilson, the 1974 team co-captain, who went on to a stellar career at Dartmouth College. The youngest was freshman TT Bassler.

Several players, including Todd Champagne ’94 and Jack Scott ’16, came from California. Two recently completed their college careers : Josh Berman and Kyle Zajac.

The soccer was excellent. The vibe was even better.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey Bowl 2021 (Photo/Barry Guiduli)


Michael McCarthy was the goalkeeper on the 2009 state championship squad. He started his career at midfield — and returned to the field today. (Photo/Andy Laskin)


Ryan Thomas (left) first played in the Turkey Bowl 6 years ago with his father Kent ’86, when they lived in Delaware. Ryan and Sam Vannart (right) recently completed their senior seasons as Staples Wreckers. (Photo/Andy Laskin)


Bobby Guadagno ’99 was on the ball. (Photo/Andy Laskin)


Staples assistant coach Russell Oost-Lievense — co-captain of the 2007 team — was on the field too. (Photo/Andy Laskin)

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