The winter sports season is in full swing will all sports officially in their FCIAC season. We found 19 athletes worthy of Winter Week 4’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 a pair of Greenwich basketball players: Conor Harkins won the Male Athlete of the Week and and Kim Kockenmeister won the Female Athlete of Winter Week 3.
The winners will be announced during HAN’s Nutmeg Sports show on Monday, Jan. 18, live at 2 p.m. You can watch Nutmeg Sports with Rob Adams and Donald Eng 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 3 providing live HD coverage of wrestling and boys and girls basketball. 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, gymnastics, swimming and diving, and the conference’s postseason championships.
This week’s schedule includes Norwalk at Stamford boys basketball on Tuesday and Greenwich at Ridgefield girls basketball on Friday. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week nominees
Abbie Wolf, Greenwich Basketball
Wolf had a pair of double-doubles as the Cardinals improved to 6-0 last week. The senior co-captain had a game-high 30 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks in a 57-51 win over St. Joseph on Tuesday, and had 18 points and 16 rebounds in a 73-40 rout of Westhill on Friday.
Campbell Armstrong, New Canaan Basketball
Armstrong scored a career-high 29 points, including 26 over the final three quarters, leading the Rams to their first win of the season, 51-24, at Brien McMahon on Friday. Armstrong, a junior, nailed six three-pointers, led the Rams in rebounds with nine, and had two steals. Her scoring was spread throughout the game, with three points on the first quarter, eight in the second, eight in the third, and 10 in the fourth.
Alex McKinnon, Fairfield Ludlowe Basketball
McKinnon led the Falcons with 19 points as they beat defending FCIAC champion Ridgefield, 64-46, on Tuesday. The senior forward was 7-for-9 from the free-throw line. Ludlowe is 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the FCIAC this season.
Catherine Granito, New Canaan Ice Hockey
Granito reached a career milestone with her 200th career point on Saturday night, becoming the fourth player in state history to reach that number. The senior co-captain assisted on classmate Mia Carroll’s goal during a 5-0 win over Trumbull. Granito also had a huge game in the Rams’ 6-1 win over Ridgefield last Wednesday, netting two goals and picking up three assists. New Canaan is unbeaten this year at 7-0.
Claire Parry, Stamford-Westhill-Staples Ice Hockey
Parry racked up 40 saves to keep the game close as Stamford-Westhill-Staples co-op fell to Darien, 1-0, last Wednesday. Parry, a senior, was outstanding, allowing only a second-period goal during a Darien power play.
Rebecca Lawrence, Ridgefield Basketball
Lawrence had a pair of double-doubles when the Tigers traveled to New Jersey and scored a pair of victories this weekend. Lawrence, a senior forward, scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in a 49-29 victory over Nazareth of Brooklyn, N.Y.,on Friday, and had a game-high 21 points and 15 rebounds in a 52-37 win over John F. Kennedy High School of Paterson, N.J., on Saturday.
Meghan Hyatt, Ridgefield Ice Hockey
Hyatt had two goals and an assist to spark a third-period comeback in Ridgefield’s 5-3 victory over Greenwich. Hyatt’s first goal of the final period put the Tigers ahead, 4-3. The senior forward then added an insurance goal to end the scoring.
Adnerys DeJesus, Greenwich Gymnastics
DeJesus won three events and the all-around in Greenwich’s 142.0-80.5 rout of Fairfield Warde. DeJesus finished first on bars (9.65), beam (9.25) and floor (9.55) and won the all-around with a score of 37.45.
Sam Aparicio, Darien Gymnastics
Defending FCIAC all-around champion Sam Aparicio began her junior season leading Darien to a rare first place finish at the annual season-opening Pomperaug Invitational on Saturday. Aparicio was runner-up all around scoring 35.35, won on bars with an 8.8 and tied for first on the floor scoring 9.1.
Julia Pangallo, Fairfield Ludlowe Basketball
Julia Pangallo scored 16 points in Ludlowe’s 64-56 road win over Ridgefield on Jan. 5. She added eight rebounds, made two 3-pointers and was 4-for-4 from the foul line. Pangallo had 11 points in the Falcons’ 40-25 win over Darien on Thursday.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week nominees
Marcus Fox helped keep Danbury perfect this season with a pair of big scoring performances against last year’s FCIAC finalists, Westhill and Norwalk. — Dave Stewart photo
Marcus Fox, Danbury Basketball
Fox helped keep the Hatters perfect this season with a pair of big scoring performances against last year’s FCIAC finalists. A junior co-captain, Fox scored a team-high 24 points during Danbury’s 77-56 win over defending league champion Westhill on Tuesday. He followed that with an 18-point effort in a 65-51 at Norwalk on Thursday. Danbury is undefeated at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
Jay DeVito, Stamford Basketball
DeVito scored a game-high 22 points as the Black Knights downed the New Canaan Rams, 52-35, on Tuesday. DeVito, a senior co-captain, netted 16 of the Knight’s 20 points during the first half, when they held a three-point lead over the Rams. He also scored 12 points when the Knights beat Staples, 40-37, on Friday.
Giacomo Brancato, Fairfield Warde Basketball
Brancato scored the game’s final four points, all in the last 20 seconds, as Warde rallied to beat Trinity Catholic, 72-69. Brancato’s lay-up gave Warde a 70-69 lead. Then, following a Trinity turnover, Brancato grabbed the offensive rebound when a teammate missed the front end of a one-and-one. Brancato was fouled and hit both free throws to seal the Mustangs’ triumph.
Tyrell Alexander, Westhill Basketball
Alexander had a double-double to lead Westhill past Greenwich, 57-54. Alexander, a 6-foot-3 senior forward, finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Ryan Wilson, St. Joseph Ice Hockey
Wilson made 42 saves as the Cadets shut out top-ranked Notre Dame-West Haven, 4-0, at Bennett Rink on Wednesday. It was the second straight huge game for Wilson, who collected 40 stops in a win over Notre Dame-Fairfield the previous week.
Jack Moore, Trumbull Basketball
Moore racked up 22 points as Trumbull defeated St. Joseph, 69-54, in the Officials vs. Cancer fundraiser on Saturday. Moore, a senior, was 7-of-8 on free throws and nailed a trio of three-point buckets.
Eric Day, Brien McMahon Basketball
Day scored in double digits twice last week for the Senators, who are still unbeaten this season at 6-0. Day netted a team-high 17 points in a 66-63 win over Darien in the FCIAC opener last Tuesday, and added 10 in a 68-55 victory at New Canaan on Friday.
Alex Preston, Darien Basketball
Preston scored 47 points in three games for the Blue Wave last week. He paced Darien with 14 points in a 51-34 win over New Fairfield on Monday and 18 points in a narrow 66-63 loss to unbeaten McMahon on Tuesday. Preston then added another 15 points for nearly half the Wave’s offensive output in a 47-31 against Ludlowe on Friday.
Mark Crafter, Norwalk Basketball
Mark Crafter made four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points when the Bears defeated Newtown High, 79-65, on Friday. Crafter made 7-of-8 free throws for the Bears.