It’s a new year on the calendar but the winter sports season in Connecticut is already three weeks old. While many were ringing the in the New Year, Fairfield County athletes were getting into their winter season groove.
We found 15 athletes worthy of Winter Week 3’s HAN-FCIAC Athlete of the Week nominations. Check out the nominees and vote for your male and female picks below.
Last week’s winners were Gianna Bruno of New Canaan girls ice hockey and Justin Jordan of Darien Basketball. The winners will be announced during HAN’s Nutmeg Sports show on Monday, Jan. 11, live at 2 p.m. You can watch Nutmeg Sports with Rob Adams and Donald Eng Mondays through Wednesday at 2 at live.HAN.Network.
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 HAN Network spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s on the ice, providing live HD coverage of two boys ice hockey games last week. (Watch the free on-demand versions of St. Joseph at West Haven and New Canaan at Darien)
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 Notre Dame-West Haven at Darien, Monday, Jan. 4; the HAN wrestling debut on Wednesday, Jan. 6, featuring Trumbull and Ridgefield; and FCIAC boys basketball debut of Danbury at Norwalk on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week nominees
Charlie Kane, Fairfield Warde Wrestling
Charlie Kane scored his 100th career victory when he pinned Darien’s John McCann in 37 seconds at 145 pounds during a home meet on Wednesday. Kane, a senior co-captain, went 3-0 on the day to improve his career mark to a 100-2. Kane also won the 142-pound weight class at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament in Massachusetts on Tuesday.
Tim Kane, Fairfield Warde Wrestling
Tim Kane, a junior, also reached 100 victories for his career when he pinned Greenwich’s Jonathan Loja in 48 seconds at 132 pounds last Wednesday. Kane, who went 3-0, is now 102-6 in his career. Kane also won the 132-pound weight class at the George Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament in Massachusetts on Tuesday. He had five pins during his run to the title.
Tyrell Alexander, Westhill Basketball
Tyrell Alexander scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds to lead Westhill to a 79-76 overtime victory over Bassick on Dec. 28. Alexander was 10-of-13 from the foul line.
Tristan Haviland, Trumbull Wrestling
Tristan Haviland, a junior, defeated Foran High’s Gino Esposito by a score of 5-2 in their 113-pound match to break a 32-32 tie and give the Eagles a victory that propelled them into the Trumbull Duals championship match on Saturday. No. 8 Trumbull defeated No. 1 Newtown for the title. Haviland was 4-0 on the day.
Ryan Wilson, St. Joseph Ice Hockey
Wilson, St. Joe’s goalie, had a fantastic game on Saturday, collecting 40 saves to earn a shutout in the Cadets’ 3-0 win over Notre Dame-Fairfield at Bennett Rink. The game was scoreless until St. Joseph scored at 11:34 of the second period, and the Cadets added two goals in the third period.
Jack Williams, Wilton Basketball
Williams scored 21 points and had five steals as Wilton defeated Kolbe Cathedral, 69-53, in the championship game of the Hoops for Heroes Holiday Tournament in Newtown. In the opening round, Williams hit a three-pointer with 36 seconds to play, giving the Warriors a 56-55 victory over Staples. Williams finished with a team-high 17 points for Wilton.
Conor Harkins, Greenwich Basketball
Harkins was named the MVP of the Centaur Holiday Classic, as Greenwich won the tournament championship last week. He scored 21 points, including 15 on five three-pointers in an 80-40 victory over Cheney Tech in the first round, and then had 26 points in a 54-41 win over host Woodstock Academy in the final.
Sam Knowlton, Darien Ice Hockey
Knowlton, a senior, was the four-star general for the Blue Wave defense which had two 8-0 shutouts last week. Darien blanked rival New Canaan on Tuesday before zipping past the Norwalk-McMahon co-op team on Wednesday. The Wave is 4-0 with three shutouts this season, and the defense has allowed just one goal in 180 minutes.
George McMahon, New Canaan Ice Hockey
McMahon registered a hat trick to lead the Rams to their first victory of the season, 4-3, over the Staples-Weston-Shelton co-op team on Wednesday. McMahon scored the game’s first goal during a 1-1 opening period, and then had back-to-back goals in the second period to give New Canaan a 3-1 lead.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week nominees
Shania Osborne, Fairfield Warde Basketball
Shania Osborne scored 18 points and had 14 points in Warde’s 38-26 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe to earn MVP honors at the Todd Burger Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30. Osborne had 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 68-36 first round win over RHAM.
Alyssa Breunig, Trumbull Basketball
The Eagles’ Alyssa Breunig scored 11 points in a first round win over Bethel High and had 15 points, including four 3-pointers, in Trumbull’s 64-39 win over Amity-Woodbridge in the Masuk Holiday Tournament championship game.
Tiana England, Stamford Basketball
England earned MVP honors as the Stamford Black Knights won the 11th annual Paul Kuczo Memorial Tournament at Stamford High School. She scored 11 of her 20 points in the final 5:20, helping Stamford beat Scarsdale, N.Y., 49-35, in the championship game. England, who will play collegiately at St. John’s, also scored 20 points in the Black Knights’ 56-21 win over Westhill in the opening round. England was named the tournament’s MVP.
Bridget Chiaravelle, Danbury Track & Field
Chiaravalle twice broke the meet record in the 55-meter hurdles during the annual Wintergreen Invitational, held Saturday at Moore Field House at Southern Connecticut State University. She raced to a time of 8.81 seconds in the prelims, beating the old meet record of 8.85. Chiaravalle then bested that mark with a time of 8.67 in the final. She was also second the 55-meter dash in 7.68.
Riley Ellsworth, Greenwich Ice Hockey
Ellsworth, a sophomore forward, scored two goals and had one assist as the Cardinals topped the Fairfield co-op team, 4-1, on Saturday. Ellsworth opened the scoring with a goal at 6:41 of the second period. After Warde tied the game, Ellsworth quickly put Greenwich in front for good with another tally later in the second frame. She also assisted on Paige Finneran’s third-period score which gave the Cards a three-goal advantage.
Kim Kockenmeister, Greenwich Basketball
Kockenmeister, a sophomore point guard, was named the MVP of the Centaur Holiday Classic at Woodstock Academy last week. She collected 14 points and six rebounds in a 95-31 win over University in the opening round, and added 10 points and four steals in a 72-43 win over Woodstock Academy in the final.