Eight Fairfield County student-athletes have been nominated by our sports editors and broadcasters for the HAN-FCIAC Athletes of Week 8 of the 2017 -2018 winter sports season— sponsored by OrthoConnecticut. Check out the nominees and vote for your picks.
The week 8 winners (voting will be open until Sunday, March 4, at 11:59 pm) will be announced on Coffee Break on Monday, March 5 at 11 a.m. on HAN.Network.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominees
AJ Kovacs, Danbury wrestling
Kovacs won a State Open championship at 145 pounds to help lead the Hatters to their second straight Open title and their fourth title in the last six years this weekend in New Haven. Kovacs won all four of his matches via pinfall and in the final, he built a 10-0 lead on Killingly’s Zach Burgess before winning by pinfall at 3:52.
Tyrique Langley, Norwalk boys basketball
Langley scored a game-best 28 points as the eighth-seeded Norwalk Bears upset No. 1 Ridgefield, 59-50, in the FCIAC quarterfinals on Saturday. Langley scored 19 of his points during the second half and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Parker McLane, Darien boys hockey
McLane scored two of the Wave’s final three goals as Darien broke a 2-2 tie and defeated rival New Canaan 5-2 in the FCIAC playdown round on Saturday. Mclane snapped the tie with a goal assisted by Connor McCarthy with 3:41 to play in the second period, and then scored unassisted early in the third to make it 4-2.
Jordan Brown, Danbury boys basketball
Brown scored 23 points in Danbury’s 83-58 quarter final victory over Bridgeport Central on Saturday afternoon. The Hatters will face second-seeded Trinity Catholic in the FCIAC semifinals on Tuesday at Wilton High School.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Jessie Aselin, Greenwich girls hockey
Aselin earned tournament MVP honors as the Cardinals topped New Canaan 2-1 for their second straight FCIAC girls ice hockey championship Saturday at the Darien Ice House. A senior, Aselin collected 26 saves against 27 shots in the final, and allowed just one goal in two tournament games. In the semis, she made 22 saves in a 3-0 shutout of Ridgefield/Danbury.
Julie Keckler, Trumbull girls basketball
Keckler was named the FCIAC tournament MVP after racking up 14 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in the Eagles’ 60-49 win over Wilton in the championship game. It’s the second straight title for Trumbull, which is 22-1 heading into the CIAC Class LL playoffs.
Adnerys De Jesus, Greenwich gymnastics
De Jesus won every event, and scored a perfect 10 on the vault, to help lead the Cardinals to the CIAC Class L championship on Saturday at Pomperaug High School. She scored 9.55 or better in every event for an all-around score of 38.975. Greenwich won the team title with a score of 145.425.
Jessie Olin, Wilton gymnastics
Junior Jessie Olin posted an overall score of 36.475, finishing first in two events and second in two others, to lead the Warriors to their first state title since 2009. Olin took first in the vault and floor with scores of 9.2 and 9.625, and finished 2nd on the bars and beam. Wilton defeated defending champion Daniel Hand by 1.7 points.
Vote below by Sunday, March 4, 2018:
The voting has ended for the week. Watch Coffee Break on HAN.Network this Monday, Mar 5, at 11 AM, to find out who won.
Watch Coffee Break and Nutmeg Sports on HAN.Network on Monday, March 5 to find out this weeks winners.