It was a particularly busy week on the hardwood and ice of FCIAC schools as the top teams in the league started to separate themselves from Fairfield County’s hopefuls. We found 17 athletes worthy of Winter Week 5’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 Ridgefield girls ice hockey’s Meghan Hyatt and Fairfield Warde’s Giacomo Brancato.
This week’s winners will be announced during HAN’s Nutmeg Sports show on Monday, Jan. 25, 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 Winter Week 4 providing live HD coverage of boys and girls basketball. You can watch those broadcasts in their entirety at the following links:
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.
This week’s schedule includes Trumbull vs. Masuk boys ice hockey, Darien vs. St. Joseph boys ice hockey and Trinity vs. Stamford boys basketball. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week nominees
Jake Fuss, Fairfield Ice Hockey
Jake Fuss scored two goals in Fairfield’s 4-1 victory over Ridgefield on Wednesday, Jan. 13. His second goal broke a tie in the third period. On Saturday, Fuss scored Fairfield’s third goal in a 3-1 win over New Canaan. Fairfield is 5-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 in the FCIAC.
Eric Day, Brien McMahon Basketball
Day, a junior guard, came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points as McMahon remained unbeaten with a 60-53 triumph over Stamford. Day had 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, hitting all five of his free-throw attempts to keep the Senators ahead.
John Williams, Wilton Basketball
John Williams scored 21 points when Wilton defeated St. Joseph, 64-55, on Friday, Jan 15. Two of his nine field goals came from three-point range as the Warriors improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the FCIAC.
James Maloney, Wilton Basketball
Maloney, a 6-foot-4 senior forward who did not play high school basketball the previous two seasons, had 20 points and 13 rebounds in Wilton’s 64-55 victory over St. Joseph. It was the sixth straight win for the Warriors.
Tyler Sweeney, New Canaan Basketball
Sweeney scored 21 points to lead New Canaan to a 46-43 victory over rival Darien on Monday, Jan. 11. The junior forward had four points at halftime, but exploded for 17 in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter. In that final frame, Sweeney had nine of the Rams’ first 11 points. On Friday at Trinity Catholic, Sweeney scored a game-high 22 points in a 54-46 loss.
Mike Mozian, Greenwich Ice Hockey
Mozian had a hand in five Cardinal goals, as Greenwich defeated New Canaan, 6-3, on Monday, Jan. 11, at Hamill Rink. Mozian scored twice and dished out three assists, including a goal and two assists in the third period, when Greenwich rallied for the win. He also had one goal and one assist in a 5-2 win over Trumbull on Saturday. Greenwich (8-0-0) is the last unbeaten team in the state.
Peter Lebedev, Stamford-Westhill Swimming
Lebedev had a big day, including two victories, as the Stamford-Westhill co-op team defeated Norwalk-McMahon, 96-89, on Wednesday, Jan. 13. A junior, Lebedev won the 100 backstroke in 58.43, nearly three seconds ahead of second place, and was third in the 200 individual medley in 2:11.65. He also swam the anchor leg of Stamford-Westhill’s 400 free relay, which won in 3:41.05.
Cantavio Dutreil, Trinity Catholic Basketball
Dutreil, a sophomore, had a pair of double-doubles as the Trinity Catholic Crusaders improved to 5-2 last week. He collected 14 points and 17 rebounds in a 62-54 win over Pomperaug on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and added 10 points and 14 rebounds in a 54-46 win over New Canaan on Friday, Jan. 15.
Austin Appleby, Darien Wrestling
In a season of building for Blue Wave wrestling, Darien’s Austen Appleby has been winning most of his matches by pins, and in good time, in the 145-pound class. On Saturday, he took down his East Haven foe in 1:46, and beat his Enfield opponent in 1:23 to lead the Wave.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week nominees
Kyra DalBello, Stamford-Westhill-Staples Ice Hockey
DalBello’s goal with 2:34 left in overtime lifted the Stamford-Westhill-Staples co-op team to a 4-3 victory over Greenwich. It was the second goal of the game for DalBello, a junior forward.
Jessica Camarda, Ridgefield Basketball
A senior point guard, Camarda scored a game-high 19 points and directed Ridgefield’s lethal offense in a 67-42 victory over previously unbeaten Greenwich on Friday, Jan. 15. Camarda got 12 of her points by connecting on four three-pointers.
Shannon Healey, St. Joseph Basketball
A senior captain, Shannon Healey played her best overall game of the season in St. Joseph’s 30-27 victory over Wilton on Friday, Jan. 15. She had seven points in the low-scoring FCIAC contest, and pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Cadets, who evened their FCIAC mark at 3-3.
Caroline Prezioso, Trumbull-St. Joseph Ice Hockey
Caroline Prezioso scored two goals and assisted on another when Trumbull-St. Joseph earned its second win of the season with a 4-1 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe-Warde on Saturday, Jan. 16. She assisted on a goal in the first period and put the puck in the net in each of the second and third periods.
Tiana England, Stamford Basketball
England had 25 points, including four three-pointers in a 54-44 win at Norwalk on Monday, Jan. 11. England also had six assists and three steals.
Chandler Kirby, Darien Ice Hockey
Kirby, a senior defender, helped the Blue Wave keep rival New Canaan off the scoreboard for much of the game, as Darien scored a 3-2 victory on Saturday at the Darien Ice Rink. Kirby has been the anchor on the Darien blue line, which has allowed just eight goals in 10 games this season. The Wave leads the FCIAC with a league record of 8-0 and an overall mark of 9-1.
Amanda Hill, New Canaan Ice Hockey
Hill, a freshman goalie for the Rams, collected 25 saves in a wild game at the Darien Ice Rink on Saturday. Hill made 15 of her stops and fought off two Darien power plays during a fantastic second frame, helping to keep New Canaan within striking distance. The Rams rallied to tie in the third period before Darien escaped with a 3-2 win.
Olivia Wise, Westhill Basketball
Wise scored a game-high 19 points as the Vikings downed McMahon, 43-13, on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Wise nailed two three-pointers and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
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