Vote: HAN-FCIAC Athletes of Week 9
The FCIAC's track and field stars turned their attention to the state meets last week and wrestlers and gymnasts gathered for the league championship matches over the weekend — all while the winter's team sports are still battling for playoff spots.
We found another 18 athletes worthy of Winter Week 9’s HAN-FCIAC Athlete of the Week nominations. Check out the nominees and vote for your male and female picks below.
Last week’s winners were Nina Vetter of Trumbull girls basketball and Joe Lucy of St. Joseph boys basketball.
This week’s winners (voting is open until Sunday at 11:59 p.m.) will be announced during HAN’s Nutmeg Sports show on Monday, Feb. 22, live at 2 p.m. You can watch Nutmeg Sports with Rob Adams, Donald Eng and Dave Stewart Mondays through Wednesday at 2 at live.HAN.Network.
As the official broadcasting partner of the FCIAC, the HAN Network’s sports editors and sports broadcasters each week recognize the top male and a female athletes during each week of the season.
The HAN Network spent Winter Week 9 providing live HD coverage of boys and girls basketball and the FCIAC Wrestling Championships. You can watch those broadcasts in their entirety at the following links:
The HAN Network will be covering numerous events throughout the FCIAC’s winter season, including ice hockey, basketball, wrestling, and the conference’s postseason championships.
This week’s schedule includes Darien vs. Greenwich in a top-rated Connecticut boys ice hockey matchup. Next week, the girls' basketball and ice hockey FCIAC tournament begins. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week nominees
Kanajzae Brown, Bridgeport Central Track & Field
Brown won the 55-meter dash at the CIAC Class LL championship on Thursday. Her time of 7.35 gave her the victory.
Hannah DeBalsi, Staples Track & Field
DeBalsi was again a double-winner in the distance races at the CIAC Class LL championship on Thursday. She won the 1,600-meter run in 5:02.09, and the 3,200-meter run in 10:53.49.
Leah Sarkisian, Danbury Track & Field
Sarkisian took home three gold medals as the Danbury Hatters won the CIAC Class LL championship on Thursday. She finished first in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:36.42, and anchored the Hatters’ winning teams in the 4x400 relay (4:05.58) and the sprint medley relay (4:21.73).
Tiana England, Stamford Basketball
England, a senior point guard, scored 23 points when the Black Knights handed visiting Fairfield Warde its first FCIAC loss of the season on Feb. 13. England scored 16 of her points in the second half, and was 10-for-11 from the free-throw, including seven-of-eight in the fourth quarter.
Claire Conley, New Canaan Track & Field
Conley won the shot put at the CIAC Class L championships on Saturday in New Haven. Conley’s throw of 38 feet, 0.5 inches was more than two feet better than her seed mark.
Christine Fiore, Darien Basketball
Fiore had a double-double in the Blue Wave’s 54-45 win over St. Joseph on Tuesday. Fiore led Darien with 16 points, and also had a team-high 16 rebounds.
Jessica Aselin, Greenwich Ice Hockey
Aselin, a sophomore goalie for the Cards, made 13 saves to earn a shutout as Greenwich defeated the Stamford/Westhill/Staples co-op team 1-0 on Wednesday. The game was scoreless until Jennifer Kelley scored with 10:18 remaining in the third period.
Adnerys De Jesus, Greenwich Gymnastics
De Jesus won all four events and the all-around, leading the Cardinals to the FCIAC championship for the first time since 1982. De Jesus scored a 38.500 in the all-around and had first-place scores of 9.7 on vault, 9.6 on bars, 9.55 on beam, and 9.65 on floor.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week nominees
Tim Kane, Warde Wrestling
Kane won the 132-pound title at the FCIAC wrestling championships Saturday at New Canaan High School. Kane, the top seed, won his three matches by pinfalls, including a victory in 5:36 over No. 2 Quinn Reedy of Wilton in the title bout.
Will Arliss, New Canaan Wrestling
Arliss captured the 182-pound championship at the FCIAC wrestling championships on Saturday. A senior, Arliss scored two pinfalls, and defeated No. 2 seed Kyle McCormick of Ridgefield, 11-9, in the semifinals. He then pinned Wilton’s Jared Gladstein in 5:03 in the final.
Chris Sam, Danbury Wrestling
Sam, the fourth seed, pinned four straight opponents to win the 120-pound weight class at the FCIAC championship. Sam needed just seven minutes and 41 seconds to win his four matches, earning the Fastest Fall award.
Joey Ryan, Trumbull Wrestling
Ryan, the top seed at 170 pounds, stayed true to form, pinning all three of his opponents to win at the FCIAC wrestling championships on Saturday. In the title bout, he defeated Stamford’s Kevin Thomas in 3:40.
Ryan Wilson, St. Joseph Ice Hockey
Wilson made 27 saves as the Cadets defeated FCIAC contender Greenwich, 3-0, on Tuesday. A sophomore, Wilson made 20 saves in the first two periods as St. Joe’s held a 1-0 lead. The Cadets then scored twice in the final period for the win, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Messiah Crandell, Danbury Basketball
Crandell's basket with under five seconds to play capped a frantic comeback and gave the Hatters a 58-57 win over Greenwich. Danbury trailed by seven points with two minutes remaining before ending the game on an 8-0 run. Crandell finished with 11 points (seven in the final quarter) for Danbury, which took over sole possession of first place in the FCIAC overall standings.
Giacomo Brancato, Warde Basketball
Brancato, a junior guard at Fairfield Warde, scored 18 points in the Coaches vs. Cancer game on Thursday night against Fairfield Ludlowe. The entire Mustang team dedicated the game to Brancato, who has completed treatments for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. In front of a full house at Warde, Brancato scored 14 in the second half as the Mustangs beat the Falcons 50-46 to improve to 10-7, 8-5 in the FCIAC.
Cameron Blake, Trinity Catholic Basketball
Cameron Blake scored 20 points behind five 3-pointers when the freshman led the Crusaders to a 56-52 victory over Trumbull High on Feb. 12. With the win, Trinity improved to 8-8 and qualified for the state tournament.
Jay Devito Stamford Basketball
Jay Devito scored 25 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, when the Black Knights defeated Bridgeport Central, 70-49 on Feb. 12.
Conor Harkins, Greenwich Basketball
Conor Harkins scored 30 points to lead Greenwich to a 76-47 win over Bridgeport Central on Feb. 10.
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