We’re nearing the homestretch of the 2016 spring sports season in Connecticut and Week 4 was full of some spectacular performances.
The HAN Network’s sports editors and broadcasters have nominated 22 male and female athletes for the Spring Week 4 HAN-FCIAC Athletes of the Week. Check out the nominees and vote for your male and female picks below. Last week’s winners were Rebekah Snitkoff of Fairfield Warde lacrosse and Zach Day of Fairfield Ludlowe baseball.
This week’s winners (voting is open until Monday at 12:15 a.m.) will be announced during HAN’s Nutmeg Sports show on Monday, May 2, at 2 p.m. You can watch Nutmeg Sports with Rob Adams, Donald Eng and Dave Stewart Monday through Wednesday at 2 at on HAN.Network.
This week, HAN will also have live FCIAC tennis, softball and boys lacrosse:
• Boys tennis: Norwalk at Fairfield Ludlowe, Tuesday, May 3, 4 p.m.
• Softball: St. Joseph at Ridgefield, Wednesday, May 4, 4 p.m.
• Boys lacrosse: St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) at Darien, Thursday, May 5, 4 p.m.
Here are links to watch this week’s and past games for free on-demand.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Edyliese Aquino, Westhill Softball
Aquino took a no-hitter into the seventh inning when the Vikings defeated Trumbull High, 3-0, on Wednesday. She finished with a two-hitter and struck out four. Westhill improved to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in the FCIAC.
Adrianna Gambino, Westhill Softball
Gambino’s single in the top of the eighth inning provided the winning margin in Westhill’s 6-5 triumph over Stamford. Gambino also had a solo homer and pitched the final four and one-third innings in relief to get the victory.
Julie Gambino, Greenwich Softball
Gambino went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs as the Cardinals were edged by Norwalk, 9-8, on Wednesday.
Eva Greco, Wilton Lacrosse
Sophomore Eva Greco tallied 13 goals in three games for the Wilton High girls lacrosse team, helping the Warriors win two of three games last week. The Duke commit scored four times in Wilton’s 13-11 win over Fairfield Ludlowe on Tuesday and had five goals in a 16-5 rout of Norwalk. She led Wilton with four goals in Saturday’s 12-6 loss at Northport, N.Y.
Kateri Martin, Darien Tennis
Darien No. 1 single player Kateri Martin kept her record perfect with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Wilton’s Jelena Sypher, helping Darien to a 7-0 decision. Martin, a junior, has swept the field this season and is the defending two-time individual singles state champ. The Blue Wave is 9-0.
Molly Keshin, New Canaan Softball
Keshin blasted a three-run home run in the top of the third inning to put New Canaan ahead for good in a 4-3 win over the Tigers in Ridgefield on Friday. The junior catcher reached base in all four plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with two walks.
Jenn Krupa, Stamford Lacrosse
Krupa had six points on five goals and one assist as the Black Knights downed New Milford, 17-5, on Thursday in Stamford. The victory boosted the Knights over the .500 mark at 5-4-1.
Emily Philippides, Greenwich Girls Track & Field
Philippides anchored two Greenwich relays which were victorious at the 36th O’Grady Relays this weekend in Danbury. The Cardinals’ 800-meter sprint medley relay won in 1:52.44, while the 1,600-meter sprint medley team won in 4:14.66. Philippides, a sophomore, was also part of the 4×200 relay team, which finished fourth in 1:50.59.
Kathryn Harford, Greenwich Lacrosse
Harford scored six goals as Greenwich defeated Stamford, 15-7. Harford scored three straight goals early in the second half to help the Cardinals break open a game that was tied 5-5 at halftime.
Olivia Vadas, Fairfield Warde Softball
Vadas pitched a two-hitter and struck out 14 batters in the Mustangs, 5-0, victory over Danbury High.
Nicole Williams, St. Joseph Softball
Williams pitched a perfect game, striking out 14 of the 15 batters she faced, when the Cadets defeated Brien McMahon, 13-0. She then struck out 14 and allowed four hits in a 5-0 win over Darien on Saturday, as the Cadets remained unbeaten against FCIAC opponents this season.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominations
Sean Berry, New Canaan Volleyball
Berry had a big day as the Rams rallied from a two-set deficit and beat rival Darien in five sets, 22-25, 19-25, 25-11, 25-23, 15-12. Berry was a leader on the attack with 15 kills, and also had 10 digs.
Richard Brereton, Darien Baseball
Pitcher Richard Brereton threw a complete game win in the Wave’s 3-1 decision at Ridgefield on Wednesday. He threw 85 pitches and raised his record to 3-1.
DeVonte Clarke, Danbury Boys Track and Field
Clarke ran the anchor legs of a pair of winning relays for the Danbury Hatters at the 36th O’Grady Relays this weekend in Danbury. The 4×100 team won in 43.05 seconds, and the 4×200 team won in 1:29.70. The Hatters won the meet with a team score of 94, beating Wethersfield, which scored 81.
Ryan Cornell, Darien Lacrosse
Cornell made eight saves as the Blue Wave defeated rival New Canaan, 10-7, in a showdown of the two top-ranked teams in the state on Saturday. After Darien gained a 2-0 lead in the second quarter, Cornell and the defense kept the Rams’ offensive attack in check as New Canaan was unable to tie the score. Darien is now 9-0 this spring.
Ryan Levy, Trumbull Boys Golf
Levy shot a 37 on the par 36 Brooklawn course to help the Eagles defeat Fairfield Warde, 169-185. Levy shot another 36, this time making par at Tashua Knolls, in Trumbull’s 157-204, win over Stamford.
Henrik Liapunov, Ridgefield Boys Volleyball
Liapunov had 42 assists, five digs and nine service points when the Tigers improved to 8-1 with a 3-0 victory over Fairfield. He had 37 assists and five service points in a sweep of Trumbull.
Thomas Reynolds, New Canaan Baseball
Thomas Reynolds threw out the potential winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Rams posted a 13-12 eight-inning win over Fairfield Ludlowe. Reynolds had three hits and a sacrifice bunt for New Canaan (5-6, 4-4 FCIAC).
Andrew Lojko, Trumbull Baseball
Andrew Lojko pitched a three-hitter and Trumbull defeated Westhill of Stamford, 4-0, in FCIAC. The Eagles improved to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the FCIAC.
John Natoli, Fairfield Warde Baseball
John Natoli allowed only three hits and struck out 14 batters when the Mustangs defeated Danbury High, 1-0. He added a double to the six-hit attack, as Warde improved to 8-4, 4-4 FCIAC with the win over the Hatters (7-4, 5-3 FCIAC).
Ben Schwaeber, Staples Lacrosse
Schwaeber, the Wreckers’ faceoff specialist, dominated the X to give the Wreckers a strong possession advantage in their 7-6 victory over the Ridgefield Tigers Friday night in Westport. The victory gave Staples a 9-1 record.
Ryan Searles, Norwalk Baseball
Searles tossed a two-hit shutout at the New Canaan Rams, as the Bears picked up a 5-0 victory Monday at Nathan Hale Middle School. Both hits were singles, and he walked three and fanned six in seven innings of work. Searles also singled, drove in a run and scored.
Max Theodorakis, Danbury Boys Golf
One of the top golfers in the FCIAC, Theodorakis shot a 2-under par 34 at Richter Park last Tuesday, but Darien topped Danbury, 147-157.
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