Ten Fairfield County student-athletes have nominated by our sports editors and broadcasters for the HAN-FCIAC Athletes of Week 4 of the 2017 spring sports season— sponsored by Danbury Orthopedics/OrthoCare Express. Check out the nominees and vote for your picks below.
The week 3 winners were Ben Fero of the Trumbull baseball team and Ally Szabo of the Trumbull softball team.
The week 4 winners (voting will be open until Sunday at 11:59 pm) will be announced on Coffee Break on Monday, May 15, at 11 a.m. on HAN.Network.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominees
Ben Casparius Staples baseball
Casparius pitched a no-hitter, with 13 strikeouts when the Wreckers defeated Stamford High 18-0. He led the attack with two home runs and five RBIs.
Joe Sigillo Danbury volleyball
Sigillo had 16 service points, four digs and 32 assists from the setter position in the Hatters’ 31-29, 19-25, 27-25, 25-17 victory over Fairfield Warde. Sigillo had 48 assists in a match with Trumbull High.
Ben Rusin, Wilton baseball
Rusin hurled a complete game two-hitter for the Wilton High baseball team in a 3-1 win over Darien last Tuesday at home. Rusin improved to 2-1 on the season.
Ryan O’Connell, New Canaan lacrosse
O’Connell had three goals and four assists in New Canaan’s 17-4 rout of Fairfield Warde. O’Connell then added three goals and two assists to help the Rams edge Long Island-power St. Anthony’s, 8-6.
Ryan Cornell, Darien boys lacrosse
Darien All-American senior goalie Ryan Cornell stopped 10 shots in a single-goal-against effort in the Wave’s 10-3 win over Ridgefield. In the previous game, he stopped 13 shots in a 9-4 win over nationally ranked St. Anthony’s, backstopping a sweep of nationally ranked out-of-state teams for the undefeated Wave this season.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Taylor Brown, Trumbull softball
Brown led Trumbull to three victories. The sure fielding shortstop had three hits, including a double and a triple in the Lady Eagles’ 16-4 win over Wilton. A senior, Bown knocked in two runs with two hits, including a double, when Trumbull topped St. Joseph 6-1. She opened the week with a home run and two doubles in a 13-2 win at Greenwich High.
Colleen Bannon, Staples girls lacrosse
Bannon scored seven goals for the Staples girls lacrosse team in its 13-7 win over Wilton on Tuesday, and led the Wreckers with three goals in an 11-10 overtime win over Fairfield Ludlowe on Saturday.
Melissa Bike, St. Joseph softball
Melissa Bike hit a home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning when St. Joseph defeated Ridgefield High, 7-6. Bike’s game-winning shot was her second homer of the day and gave her three RBIs.
Alexandra Damron, Ridgefield girls track and field
Making a rare appearance in the 200-meter dash, Damron set a school record with her time of 26.33 seconds in the Tigers’ meet with Brien McMahon. Damron was also part of the 4×100-meter relay that set a new RHS record at the meet.
Kateri Martin, Darien girls tennis
Darien girls’ tennis No. 1, senior Kateri Martin beat back a strong challenge from Staples’ Alyssa DiMaio. Staples edged out a 4-3 victory for Darien’s first loss this season, but Martin remained undefeated, winning 6-3, 6-1, as FCIAC singles girl to beat.
Vote below by Sunday, May 14, 2017:
The voting has ended for the week. Watch Coffee Break on HAN.Network this Monday, May 14, at 11 AM, to find out who won.
Watch Coffee Break and Nutmeg Sports on HAN.Network on Monday, May 15, to find out who won and hear who the next week’s nominees are.
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