It’s not Christmas vacation in Connecticut without high school sports tournaments and we found 14 boys and girls worthy of HAN-FCIAC Athlete of the Week nominations for the second week of the winter season.
Last week’s winners were Sofie Sogaard of Ridgefield girls indoor track & field and Michael Ceci of Greenwich Wrestling.
While many Fairfield County students were getting ready for Christmas vacation, the FCIAC student-athletes were just getting warmed up. The winter sports season, with a heavy focus on ice hockey and basketball, is underway with nonconference play around the state. Most of the official FCIAC games begin after the New Year.
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 nominees and poll are all below.
Along with the athletes getting their seasons started, the HAN Network provided live HD coverage of two boys ice hockey games last week. (Watch: New Canaan at Notre Dame-West Haven and Staples-Weston-Shelton at Amity)
kicked off its winter sports coverage with girls ice hockey (New Canaan vs. Guilford) last Monday. Boys ice hockey debuts on HAN Monday night, Dec. 21, with a double header live from West Haven (No. 10 New Canaan vs. No. 4 Notre Dame-West Haven and Amity vs. Staples-Weston-Shelton).
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.
Upcoming boys ice hockey broadcasts include St. Joseph vs. West Haven at 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28; New Canaan vs. Darien at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29; and Darien vs. Notre Dame-West Haven on Monday, Jan. 4.
Basketball and wrestling make their HAN Network debut in January with Ridgefield vs. Trumbull wrestling on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and Danbury vs. Norwalk boys basketball on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week nominees
Georgia Cassidy, Darien Ice Hockey
Cassidy, a senior forward, had five goals and four assists during two Darien wins last week. In a rematch of last year’s FCIAC final on Monday, Cassidy had a hat trick and two assists to lead the Wave past Ridgefield, 8-2. She then added two goals and two assists as Darien blanked Wilton/Norwalk, 10-0, on Wednesday.
Gianna Bruno, New Canaan Ice Hockey
Bruno, a sophomore and second-year varsity player for the Rams, had a big game in a 3-0 shutout of the Greenwich Cardinals last Monday. A wing on the first line, Bruno scored the Rams’ second goal during a power play in the third period. She then helped ice the victory when she assisted on Brooke Deane’s goal in the third period.
Caroline Benneville, Greenwich Basketball
Benneville led Greenwich with 26 points during a 63-50 win over Darien on Monday. She hit five three-pointers in the game, and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
Taylor Brown, Trumbull Basketball
Browned drained a three-point shot with three seconds remaining to give the Golden Eagles a 41-40 win over defending champion Ridgefield on Monday. Brown had 14 points, which included a pair of three-pointers, to lead Trumbull’s scoring. She also netted 12 points in a 47-43 win over Darienon Wednesday.
Brooke Jonsson, Wilton-Norwalk Ice Hockey
Wilton/Norwalk goalie Brooke Jonsson made an incredible 87 saves during the Warriors’ 10-0 loss to Darien last Wednesday. Jonsson faced 95 shots while playing 43 minutes of the game.
Talia Hendel, Staples Basketball
Talia Hendel scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Wreckers defeated Danbury High, 36-23, on Wednesday. Staples is now 4-1.
Claudia Tucci, Trumbull Basketball
Claudia Tucci scored nine points and had 10 rebounds when the Eagles moved to 3-1 on the season with a 47-43 road win over Darien on Wednesday. Tucci also had nine points during Trumbull’s 41-40 win over Ridgefield on Monday.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week nominees
Jamerikah Green-Younger, Brien McMahon Boys Basketball
Green-Younger scored in double digits twice last week. On Monday, the junior guard collected 17 points, seven rebounds, and a pair of steals as the Senators defeated Cheshire, 62-47. Green-Younger then netted 24 points in McMahon’s 85-69 win over Waterford on Wednesday.
Wilton wrestler Nick Rende dominated in the 113-pound weight bracket to win the championship at the competitive Guilford Wrestling Tournament. — J.B. Cozens photo
Nick Rende, Wilton Wrestling
Wilton wrestler Nick Rende dominated in the 113-pound weight bracket to win the championship at the very competitive Guilford Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 19. Rende, a sophomore, was 4-0 with two pins, winning a 12-0 major decision in the finals. After the first week of the season, he was 7-0 with four pins.
Jack Williams, Wilton Basketball
Williams, a junior captain, netted a career-high 30 points in the Warriors’ 67-54 win over Masuk Wednesday night at Zeoli Field House. His day included three three-point baskets and five free throws. Williams scored eight of Wilton’s 10 points in the first quarter, and had six of the Warriors’ first 15 points in the fourth quarter.
David Voigt, Darien Ice Hockey
Voigt helped the Blue Wave improve to 2-0 as he made 28 saves in a 4-1 win over Fairfield Prep on Wednesday. Voigt faced 29 shots, allowing only a second-period goal after Darien had taken a 2-0 lead.
Nico Laveris, Stamford Boys Basketball
Nico Laveris, a junior guard for the Black Knights, had a game-high 34 points during Stamford’s 70-64 win over Newtown on Monday. Laveris drained five three-pointers, six two-point baskets, and was 7-of-11 from the free throw line.
Greg Lawrence, Fairfield Ludlowe Basketball
Lawrence scored 20 points and took down 12 rebounds for the Falcons in their 66-53 victory over Bassick of Bridgeport on Wednesday. He also added 14 points during Ludlowe’s 55-39 win over Notre Dame-Fairfield on Saturday. Ludlowe is now 3-0.
Justin Jordan, Darien Basketball
Justin Jordan made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points when the Blue Wave defeated Trumbull, 59-55, on Wednesday.