This week, the state crowns its champions in all spring sports. Last week, the ninth week of the 2016 spring season, many FCIAC athletes were doing all they could to get their teams in position to play for state titles this week.
The HAN Network’s sports editors and broadcasters have nominated 18 male and female athletes for the Spring Week 9 HAN-FCIAC Athletes of the Week. Check out the nominees and vote for your male and female picks below. In the Week 8 poll, New Canaan Boys Lacrosse’s Nick Crovatto won along with Trumbull Girls Golf’s Alexa Brown.
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 13, 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 video player below:
This week, HAN’s 2016 spring postseason coverage continues with CIAC lacrosse semifinals. On Tuesday, you can watch both Class L girls lacrosse semifinals live on HAN; on Wednesday, we’ll have the boys’ semifinals (details on which games will be announced on Tuesday morning). Follow our Twitter feed for the latest details.
Last week, HAN broadcast early-round state playoff baseball and lacrosse. You can find links to all then, including the baseball and boys and girls lacrosse championships atthis link.
And finally, here are your Spring Week 9 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
Justin Clark, New Canaan, Golf
Justin Clark shot an even-par 71 to win the Hap Holahan Invitational last Tuesday at Woodway Country Club. Clark won the event, which is essentially the FCIAC’s individual championship, with an eagle, two birdies, and 11 pars. His eagle came on the 13th hole, a 313-yard par four.
Kenny Brill, Staples Volleyball
Kenny Brill had 46 assists and 10 digs for the Wreckers in their 3-1 Class L quarterfinal victory over Conard High.
Jordan Lord and Henry Murphy, Wilton Tennis
Wilton’s Jordan Lord and Henry Murphy capped off a dominating season by capturing the Class L doubles title with a straight-set win over Tommy Gilio and Kyle Mettler of New Canaan in last Thursday’s championship match. Lord, a senior, and Murphy, a freshman, did not lose a set in the Class L tournament in five matches, and lost only 13 of 73 points played. Their final season record was 20-1. It was the Wilton boys first doubles state title since Stephen Boreen and Jeff Fieber were Class L champs in 2008.
Marc DeLuca, Westhill Track & Field
Marc DeLuca set a Class LL record in the pole vault at 14-8. That broke Paul Chandler of Staples’ mark of 14-7 set in 2009.
Jimmy Evans, St. Joseph Baseball
Jimmy Evans went 4-for-4 with three doubles and drove in three runs for the Cadets in their 8-2 Class M road win over Suffield High.
Justin Forde, Brien McMahon Track & Field
Justin Forde won the long jump, took second in the triple jump and was third in the high jump at the Class LL championships.
Greg Gatto, Ridgefield Lacrosse
Gatto, a sophomore midfielder, scored four goals in Ridgefield’s 13-5 win over Staples in the Class L quarterfinals. Gatto’s effort helped the Tigers avenge a 7-6 loss to Staples during the regular season.
Reece Maniscalco, Fairfield Warde Baseball
Reece Maniscalco pitched Warde to a 3-1 win over Xavier-Middletown in the Class LL quarterfinals. Maniscalco allowed five hits, a fifth inning run, and struck out 12 in going the distance.
Chris O’Brien, Trumbull Baseball
Chris O’Brien pitched nine innings of three-hit ball when the Eagles defeated Norwalk High, 1-0, in the Class LL tournament. The senior struck out nine and walked three. O’Brien had a double in Trumbull’s 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Simsbury.
Bobby Osborn, Darien Golf
Osborn shot a 73 to lead Darien to its first FCIAC championship since 1998. Osborn, whose round included an eagle on the 16th hole, finished with a two-over par 73 to tie three other golfers for the day’s low score. The Wave shot a 298 as a team to win the title by 18 strokes.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominations
Nicole Williams, St. Joseph Softball
Nicole Williams reached a career milestone with her 100th career hit while also pitching a shutout to lead St. Joseph to a 7-0 victory over Griswold in the CIAC Class M quarterfinals. Williams had two hits at the plate, while pitching a complete game three-hitter, walking one, and striking out seven.
Anelise Brown, Staples Golf
Brown shot a team-best 78 to lead the Staples Wreckers to the FCIAC championship last Thursday at Fairchild Wheeler GC in Fairfield. Brown was the individual runner-up.
Sophia Barbour, Darien Softball
Sophia Barbour pitched a two-hitter in the Blue Wave’s Class LL state tournament upset win over Trumbull. She had two of Darien’s 10 hits, including a double.
Kanajzae Brown, Bridgeport Central Track & Field
Kanajzae Brown took first place in the 100-and 200-meter dashes at the Class LL championships, held at Willowbrook Park in New Britain last Wednesday. Brown finished the 100 in 12.34 seconds, and the 200 in 25.58. Both times are State Open qualifiers.
Olivia Foster, Staples Tennis
Foster’s victory at third singles broke a 2-2 tie and set Staples on course for a 5-2 victory over Greenwich in the CIAC Class L state tournament finals Friday at Yale. It was the Wreckers’ first state title since 2003.
Erika Bloes, Greenwich Lacrosse
Bloes scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Cardinals edged Ridgefield, 12-11, in the Class L state tournament quarterfinals. Bloes finished the game with three goals.
Catherine McEvoy, Greenwich Golf
McEvoy won the league’s individual title by five strokes as she shot a 73 during the FCIAC championship last Thursday at Fairchild Wheeler GC in Fairfield. It was the second straight title for McEvoy, who had one birdies, 16 pars and one bogey for the day.
Robyn Pelletier, St. Joseph Lacrosse
Robyn Pelletier scored four goals in the Cadets 16-8 first round win over East Catholic.
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