Eight Fairfield County student-athletes have been nominated by our sports editors and broadcasters for the HAN-FCIAC Athletes of Week 5 of the 2017 -2018 winter sports season— sponsored by OrthoConnecticut. Check out the nominees and vote for your picks.
The week 5 winners (voting will be open until Sunday, February 11, at 11:59 pm) will be announced on Coffee Break on Monday, February 12 at 11 a.m. on HAN.Network.
The week 4 winners were Justin Mastroianni of the New Canaan Wrestling squad and Blythe Novick of the New Canaan girls ice hockey team.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominees
Antonio Brancato, Wilton boys basketball
Brancato scored a game-high 33 points as the Warriors handed the Ridgefield Tigers their first FCIAC loss of the season, 73-67, on Tuesday in Wilton. Brancato’s performance included a pair of three-point baskets, and an 11-for-13 showing from the free throw line.
Jake Ritz, New Canaan boys swimming
Ritz won two individual events and was part of two winning relays when the New Canaan Rams knocked off rival Darien, 99-87, Friday at the Darien YMCA. Ritz was first in the 200 and 500 freestyles, and was on the Rams’ 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Dimitry Moise, Trinity Catholic boys basketball
Dimitry Moise knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead the Crusaders to a 71-68 victory over Fairfield Warde in Thursday. He was 10-for-10 from the foul line.
Travis Griffins, Bridgeport Central boys basketball
Travis Griffins made the most of his 12 points in the Hilltoppers’ 81-70 victory over Wilton High on Thursday. A sophomore, Griffins made four 3-pointers in the final period, the first giving his team a 61-88 lead and the fourth taking the score to 73-63.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Lauren Moore, Danbury track
Moore won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the FCIAC track and field championships Thursday in New Haven. The Danbury junior won the 1,600 by more than five seconds, finishing in 5:11.11, and the 3,200 by more than 11 seconds, finishing in 11:17.17.
Genevieve DeWinter, Greenwich track
DeWinter, a senior, won the 600-meter dash and was on two first-place relay teams to help the Greenwich Cardinals claim the FCIAC girls indoor track and field championships Thursday in New Haven. DeWinter finished the 600 in 1:37.10, and was part of the winning 4×400 relay (4:03.85) and the sprint medley relay (4:20.79).
Tess Stapleton, Fairfield Ludlowe track
A freshman, Stapleton placed first in the 55-meter hurdles and the high jump and took second in the long jump to lead the Falcons to a third-place finish at the FCIAC Championships on Thursday.
Samantha Markland, Trumbull gymnastics
Markland helped lead Trumbull to a school record 147.75 points in the Eagles’ victory over Wilton this weekend. Samantha broke the school record in the all around at 37.95 and the senior tied the mark in bar at 9.5.
Vote below by Sunday, February 11, 2018:
The voting has ended for the week. Watch Coffee Break on HAN.Network this Monday, Feb 12, at 11 AM, to find out who won.
Watch Coffee Break and Nutmeg Sports on HAN.Network on Monday, February 12 to find out this weeks winners.