Almost every sport in the FCIAC crowned its boys and girls’ champions during Week 8 of the spring sports season. And many student athletes were showing off their talents with all eyes (and HAN Network cameras) on them. Before they get started with the state tournaments this week and next, cast your vote for the top male and female athletes in Fairfield County.
The HAN Network’s sports editors and broadcasters have nominated 20 male and female athletes for the Spring Week 8 HAN-FCIAC Athletes of the Week. Check out the nominees and vote for your male and female picks below. In Week 7 voting, Trumbull Baseball’s Joe Nemcheck and Bridgeport Track & Field’s Kanajzae Brown won the Athlete of the Week votes.
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, June 6, 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. Watch this Monday’s show that announces last week’s winners and this week’s nominees in the player below:
This week, HAN’s 2016 spring postseason coverage will likely continue with some CIAC playoff action. While HAN Network only owns exclusive rights to the FCIAC and its postseason tournaments, we are hoping to secure some early-round state tournament games. Follow our Twitter feed for the latest details.
Last week, HAN broadcast seven baseball and lacrosse playoff games in four days. You can find links to all then, including the baseball and boys and girls lacrosse championships at this link.
And finally, here are your Spring Week 8 nominees. Vote for a boy and a girl in the poll at the bottom of the page.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominations
Rich Brereton, Darien Baseball
Rich Brereton was named the MVP of the FCIAC baseball tournament after he pitched the Blue Wave to a 3-2 eight-inning victory over Trumbull High in the league championship game.
Brereton went the distance, giving up six hits and one unearned run. He also tripled a scored a run.
Ryan Cornell, Darien Lacrosse
Cornell made 15 saves as the unbeaten Blue Wave defeated New Canaan, 9-5, to win their third straight FCIAC title. Cornell was named the championship game’s Most Valuable Player.
Nick Crovatto, New Canaan Lacrosse
Crovatto, a sophomore, was dominant on faceoffs in a pair of FCIAC playoff games last week. He helped the Rams topple Ridgefield in the semis, 10-7, last Tuesday, as they avenged a 7-3 loss from the week before. Crovatto then won all but one faceoff in the final, but New Canaan was defeated by Darien, 9-5.
Kris DiCocco, Trumbull Baseball
Kris DiCocco drove in both Trumbull runs, including a go-ahead single in the top of the eighth inning, in the Eagles 3-2 extra-inning loss to Darien High in the FCIAC title game. DiCocco had three hits and scored two runs in Trumbull’s 3-1 semifinal victory over Fairfield Warde.
Tyler Gleen, Trumbull Track
Tyler Gleen won the 800-meter run at Danbury’s Dream Invitational with a personal-best time of 1:52.21.
Tim Herget, Darien Volleyball
Tim Herget was named MVP when Darien High defeated Ridgefield High, 3-1, to win the FCIAC title. He had 22 kills in a semifinal win over Trumbull High.
Sam Knowlton, Darien Golf
Sam Knowlton shot a three-under par round of 33 to lead Darien to a 147-158 victory over Trumbull High at Tashua Knolls.
Nick Laudati, Ridgefield Volleyball
Laudati collected 20 kills and 10 blocks as the Tigers downed the Staples Wreckers, 3-1, in the FCIAC semifinals Wednesday at Ludlowe High School. Staples won the first set before Ridgefield took the next three to win by scores of 21-25, 25-15, 25-21, and 25-16.
Ryan Levy, Trumbull Golf
Ryan Levy shot a one-under-par to 35 to take medalist honors in the Eagles’ 152-164 win over Danbury High at Richter Park.
Sean O’Malley, Darien Baseball
O’Malley’s long single with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth gave Darien a 3-2 victory over Trumbull in the FCIAC championship game. It was the first conference title since 1981 for the Blue Wave.
Eric van der Els, Brien McMahon Track & Field
Eric van der Els broke the Dream Invitational in Danbury for the 1600-meter run by nearly six seconds with a time of 4:05.30.
Max Zimmerman, Staples Tennis
Zimmerman won the decisive match as the Staples Wreckers defeated Greenwich, 4-3, for their third consecutive FCIAC championship on Wednesday. With the team score tied at 3-3, Zimmerman edged Greenwichs Eric Toub at No. 2 singles 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominations
Lauren Blose, St. Joseph Softball
Lauren Blose, playing in her last FCIAC game, was 3-for-3, scored two runs and had an RBI in the FCIAC championship game with Stamford High. The Cadets won, 7-1.
Alexa Brown, Trumbull Golf
Alexa Brown was medalist with a round of 38 in Trumbull’s 182-207 win over Masuk High at Tashua Knolls.
Catherine Granito, New Canaan Lacrosse
Granito, a senior, had a pair of hat tricks as New Canaan finished as the runner-up in the FCIAC tournament last week. Granito had three goals and one assist for four points as the Rams topped the Ridgefield Tigers, 14-7, in the semifinals. She then had seven points on three goals and four assists in New Canaan’s 12-11 overtime loss to Darien in the final.
Leah Sarkisian, Danbury Track & Field
Leah Sarkisian finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.18 at Danbury’s Dream Invitational.
Kateri Martin, Darien Tennis
Martin pitched a shutout in her No. 1 singles match as the Darien Blue Wave claimed the FCIAC championship with a 5-2 win over Staples last Tuesday. Martin, a sophomore, defeated Staples’ No. 1 player, Tess Rubin, 6-0, 6-0.
Susie Ropp, Darien Lacrosse
Ropp scored the winning goal in overtime as Darien edged New Canaan, 12-11, in the FCIAC title game. Ropp also scored a fourth-quarter goal that gave the Blue Wave their first lead in the contest. She was named the MVP of the final.
Sara Staley, Stamford Softball
Staley earned the complete-game victory and had an RBI triple during the Black Knights’ 6-4 win over city rival Westhill in the FCIAC semifinals last Wednesday at Sacred Heart University. Staley allowed three runs on nine hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out five.
Nicole Williams, St. Joseph Softball
Nicole Williams pitched St. Joseph to its third consecutive FCIAC title in a 7-1 win over Stamford High. Williams, who has lost only FCIAC game in her four-year career, tossed a three-hitter, struck out 11 and didn’t allow an earned run. She didn’t walk a batter.
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