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Published on August 18th, 2022 | by Staples Soccer


Wreckers Replace Benches; Loeffler Field Ready For Fans

Every August for nearly 2 decades — ever since The Hill was terraced in 2006 — Staples boys soccer parents have sanded and oiled the benches.

But the wood showed its age. Planks had split and peeled.

So co-captain Ben Douglas and the Wreckers swung into action.

Following in the footsteps of ’21 captain Jackson Hochhauser — who, like  Douglas, wore the prestigious #15 jersey, and who led last year’s project to turn the equipment shed into a locker room — Douglas organized the effort.

“Alex (co-captain Laskin) and I want the stands full this year,” the senior defender says. “This project gave us a chance to work together as teammates, give back to the program, and bond.”

They learned a lot along the way: “planning, sawing, ‘measuring twice,’ sanding, painting and installing.”

Douglas thanked parents who helped, along with nearly 20 players who worked in shifts.

Returning varsity players included Campbell Gerrard, Dylan Hoke, Avery Mueller, Matt Shackelford, Nick Sikorski and Hunter Smith.

Varsity candidates who helped out included Santi Alfageme, Kyle Ambrose, Mattias Bassler, Zach Beebe, Ethan Cukier, Alex Kuster, Cormac Mulvey, Christian Rinaldi and Adam Syah.

Parents who worked on the project included Drew Douglas, Andy Laskin, Brian Hoke and Robert Kuster. Former captain Jack Douglas ’21 also volunteered. Carl McNair lent valuable tools.

The project was finished this week. The benches are ready for the Wreckers’ home opener: Saturday, September 10 (10 a.m., vs. New Canaan).

Ben Douglas shops for wood.


Ben Douglas, Matt Shackelford and Hunter Smith “measure twice.”


Matt Shackelford and Dylan Hoke take a break.


Alex Laskin, Ben Douglas, Ethan Cukier, Matt Shackelford, Alex Kuster and Avery Mueller, with the finished project. (Photos/Joanna Douglas)







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