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Published on November 25th, 2022 | by Staples Soccer


Turkey Bowl ’22: The Tradition Lives On

Over 50 Staples soccer alumni and current players — spanning half a century of history — worked up a Thanksgiving appetite Thursday morning at Wakeman Field.

The annual Turkey Bowl game — a series of small-sided matches, with plenty of talent jammed onto adjacent fields — drew alumni and parent spectators too. Among the crowd: Randy Ringer ’67. He did not play — but his son, a former high school star in New Hampshire, did. So did Randy’s brother-in-law Todd Champagne ’94, who traveled the furthest distance. He’s a private chef in northern California, and owns a food company there.

Dave Wilson ’75 — a former Staples captain, and standout at Dartmouth College — was the oldest player. A trio of varsity players — Zach Belzer, Luca Caniat and Alex Kuster, from the sophomore Class of ’25 — were the youngest.

Among the alumni making his first Turkey Bowl appearance in decades: Drew Robbins ’95.

The event raised funds for the Loeffler Scholarship. Contributions can still be sent to Dave Wilson, 28 Craw Avenue, Rowayton, CT 06851.

2022 Turkey Bowl team shot. (Photo/Barry Guiduli)


Dylan Hoke ’24, tries to weave through Jim Wolf ’01 and Seth Sholes ’78. Wolf — now president of the Westport Soccer Association — played at Lehigh University. Sholes was an All-American at Wesleyan University. (Photo/Barry Guiduli)


Michael Reid ’15 and Bruno Guiduli ’22 battle for a loose ball. (Photo/Barry Guiduli)


Kyle Zajac ’15 and 2022 co-captain Alex Laskin. Zajac — who starred at Georgetown University — played academy soccer rather than high school, but has been a longtime participant in Staples soccer events. (Photo/Barry Guiduli)


Kenji Goto — a 2016 captain — tries to get around 2022 co-captain Ben Douglas. (Photo/Barry Guiduli)


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