The FCIAC winter season officially wrapped up on Saturday when Greenwich beat St. Joseph to win the boys’ ice hockey championship. But the state and New England tournaments are now in full swing featuring many of the FCIAC athletes we’ve been covering throughout the season.
The HAN Network’s sports editors and broadcasters have nominated 19 male and female athletes for the Winter Week 12 HAN-FCIAC Athletes of the Week. Check out the nominees and vote for your male and female picks below.
Last week’s winners were Jeff Pracella of Ridgefield boys ice hockey and Adnerys De Jesus of Greenwich gymnastics.
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, Monday, March 14, 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.
The HAN Network spent Winter Week 12 providing live HD coverage of the boys’ ice hockey and basketball semifinals and championships (the girls’ crowned champions the week before). You can watch those broadcasts in their entirety at the following links:
• 2016 FCIAC Boys Ice Hockey Championship: No. 1 Greenwich vs. No. 6 St. Joseph
• 2016 FCIAC Boys Basketball Championship: No. 1 Danbury vs. No. 6 Westhill
• FCIAC Boys Ice Hockey Semifinals: No. 1 Greenwich vs. No. 4 Ridgefield
• FCIAC Boys Ice Hockey Semifinals: No. 2 Darien vs. No. 6 St. Joseph
• FCIAC Boys Basketball Semifinal: No. 1 Danbury vs. No. 4 Wilton
• FCIAC Boys Basketball Semifinal: No. 2 Trumbull vs. No. 6 Westhill
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominees
Jeremy Fields, Danbury Wrestling
Danbury’s Jeremy Fields captured the 138-pound championship at the 2016 New England Wrestling championships, held in Providence, R.I. this weekend. Fields, the No. 10 seed, went 4-0 with one pinfall and three decisions. He defeated Avery Shay of New Fairfield in a hard-fought final, 3-2 in triple overtime. Danbury scored 57 points and finished fourth as a team.
Parrish Rowell, Westhill Boys Basketball
Rowell earned MVP honors in leading the sixth-seeded Vikings to a 72-61 victory over top-seeded Danbury in the FCIAC finals. Rowell scored 21 points and was 8-for-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter when Westhill closed out the upset with a 21-14 run. He also had 19 points in the Vikings’ 53-43 semifinal win over No. 2 Trumbull.
Tyler Gleen, Trumbull Track & Field
Gleen won the 600-meter run with a personal best time of 1:19.89 at the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Feb. 28. Gleen’s time edged the 1:19.92 posted by runner-up Rodney Agayre-May of Burncoat, Mass.
Terrell Cunningham, Danbury Track & Field
Cunningham, a Danbury junior, had one first- and one fourth-place finish during the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Feb. 28. He was part of the Hatters’ 4×800 team, which finished first in 7:55.28, and was fourth in the 600-meter run in 1:21.46.
Tristan Haviland, Trumbull Wrestling
Haviland wrestled to the 113-pound championship at the 2016 New England Wrestling championships in Providence, R.I., this weekend. Haviland, the No. 15 seed, scored a 3-2 victory in the final, defeating Cole Wyman of Brockton, Mass. Overall, Haviland was 5-0 with one pin, one major decision, and three decisions. Trumbull finished 10th as a team with 42 points.
Charlie Kane, Fairfield Warde Wrestling
Charlie Kane captured the 145-pound championships at the 2016 New England Wrestling championships, held in Providence, R.I. this weekend. Kane, the No. 5 seed, took a 5-4 decision from Lucas Cordio of Nashoba Regional of Mass. in the final. Overall, Kane was 4-0 at the tournament, scoring one pinfall and three decisions. Warde scored 53 points to finish sixth as a team.
Tim Kane, Fairfield Warde Wrestling
Warde’s Tim Kane picked up another championship when he won the 132-pound title at the 2016 New England Wrestling championships in Providence, R.I., this weekend. Kane, the No. 6 seed, took an 8-4 decision over Foran’s Ryan Luth in the final. Kane was 4-0 with one pin, one major decision, and two decisions, as Warde was sixth overall with 53 points.
Mike Mozian, Greenwich Ice Hockey
Mozian had two goals and an assist to lead the Cardinals to a 5-0 victory over St. Joseph and GHS’s first league title since the 2007-08 campaign. Mozian, named MVP, scored his two goals in the second period, when the Big Red extended their 1-0 lead to 4-0.
Eric van der Els, Brien McMahon Track & Field
Van der Els finished second in the two-mile run during the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Feb. 28. Van der Els posted a time of 9:11.02.
Ryan Wilson, St. Joseph Ice Hockey
Wilson, the Cadets’ sophomore goalie, delivered a stonewall performance in the FCIAC semifinals as the Cadets knocked the defending champion Darien Blue Wave out of the running with a 2-1 win. Wilson faced 45 shots and made 44 saves, including 21 during the first period.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Marissa Baker, Darien Ice Hockey
Baker, a senior forward, scored the winning goal as the Blue Wave defeated the East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor combined team, 2-1, in the state championship game. With the score tied, 1-1, Baker took a pass and scored the go-ahead goal while falling to the ice.
Hannah DeBalsi, Staples Track & Field
DeBalsi won the two-mile championship for the fourth consecutive year during the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Feb. 28. DeBalsi, a Staples senior, won the race in 10:29.46, finishing more than 24 seconds in front of the runner-up.
Adnerys De Jesus, Greenwich Gymnastics
Adnerys De Jesus of Greenwich finished second in the all-around at Saturday’s State Open gymnastics championships in New Milford. The sophomore had an all-around score of 37.925. She was also second on vault (9.575) and floor (9.55), and third on bars (9.45) and beam (9.35). De Jesus helped the Cardinals finish second in the team standings with a score of 140.4, earning the team a spot at the New England championship next Saturday at Dracut High School in Dracut, Mass. Last month, De Jesus won the all-around title at both the FCIAC and CIAC Class L tournaments, while leading Greenwich to the team championship at each meet.
Tiana England, Stamford Basketball
England racked up 30 points in the Black Knights’ 65-32 rout of Ridgefield in the second round of the CIAC Class LL tournament on March 3. The senior hit three 3-pointers and was 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
Jada Harris, St. Joseph Track & Field
Harris captured the gold medal in the 55-meter hurdles at the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Feb. 28. She finished in 8.19, with Simsbury’s Vickie Milledge in second at 8.27.
Emily Gianunzio, Darien Ice Hockey
Goalie Emily Gianunzio, a junior, made 30 saves as the Darien Blue Wave won the state championship, 2-1, over the East Catholic/South Windsor/Glastonbury co-op team Saturday at Bennett Rink in West Haven. Gianunzio had a half-dozen of those saves, including one from point-blank range, when ETB had a two-man advantage during a power play with the goalie pulled in the closing moments. The state crown was the Wave’s first since 2009.
Shania Osborne, Fairfield Warde Basketball
Osborne scored 14 points when the Mustangs defeated Ludlowe, 49-29, in the second round of the CIAC Class LL tournament on Friday. Warde, the No. 2 seed, is 22-3 overall this season.
Catherine Granito, New Canaan Ice Hockey
Granito had two goals, including the game-winner, and one assist as New Canaan topped the Hall/Conard co-op, 3-2, in the state quarterfinals on Feb. 29 at the Darien Ice Rink. Granito scored the first goal just 34 seconds into the game. After Hall/Conard tied the score at 2-2, Granito found the net again with 5:25 remaining to put the Rams ahead for good.
Abbie Wolf, Greenwich Basketball
Wolf led the 10th-seeded Cardinals with a double-double as they won at No. 7 Southington, 56-52, in the second round of the CIAC Class LL tournament on March 3. Wolf, a senior, netted 18 points and added 12 rebounds and six blocks.