The sunniest week of the 2016 spring season brought with it some sparkling performances by Fairfield County athletes.
The HAN Network’s sports editors and broadcasters have nominated 23 male and female athletes for the Spring Week 6 HAN-FCIAC Athletes of the Week. Check out the nominees and vote for your male and female picks below. In Week 5 voting, New Canaan girls lacrosse’s Sami Stewart won with more than 1,100 votes and Staples baseball’s Michael Fanning won in the boys’ vote.
This week’s winners (voting is open until Monday at 12:15 a.m.) will be announced during HAN’s Nutmeg Sports show on Monday, May 23, at 2 p.m. You can watch Nutmeg Sports with Rob Adams, Donald Eng and Dave Stewart Monday through Wednesday at 2 at on HAN.Network. Watch this Monday’s show that announces last week’s winners and this week’s nominees in the player below:
This week, HAN’s 2016 spring postseason coverage begins with quarterfinals baseball on Friday and boys lacrosse on Saturday. Check out the postseason schedule, which includes nine games in seven days, here. But before the playoffs start, we’ll have two more regular season games:
• Tuesday, May 17: Ridgefield at Greenwich girls lacrosse, 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 18: Staples at Danbury baseball, 4:00 p.m.
Here are links to watch this week’s and past games for free on-demand. Here’s a link to our entire broadcast schedule.
And finally, here are your Spring Week 6 nominees. Vote for a boy and a girl in the poll at the bottom of the page.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominations
Noah Adelstein, Fairfield Volleyball
Noad Adelstein had 14 kills, 15 digs, three blocks and five service points when the Mustangs defeated Greenwich High, 3-2. He had 12 kills and four digs in a 3-1 win over Danbury. Adelstein had 15 kills and 18 digs in a 3-1 loss to Joel Barlow.
Will Andrews, Staples Tennis
Playing from the No. 1 singles spot, Andrews swept three matches in three days against teams bound for the FCIAC playoffs. Each win was in straight sets. On Monday, he defeated Nick Condos of Wilton, 6-2, 6-2 as Staples won 5-2. On Tuesday, Andrews defeated Warde’s Jack Johnson 6-0, 6-1 as Staples won 6-1. On Wednesday, he defeated New Canaan’s Alex Merjian 6-1, 6-1 as the Wreckers won 7-0.
Rich Brereton, Darien Baseball
Rich Brereton pitched a four-hitter and struck out seven when Darien held onto first place in the FCIAC with a 7-0 victory over St. Joseph. Brereton pitched through five scoreless innings, before the Blue Wave gave him a 1-0 lead in the fifth and scored six more runs in the sixth.
Ben Casparius, Staples Baseball
Capasparius struck out 10 batters in seven innings as the Wreckers defeated Wilton, 2-0. Casparius allowed just three hits, all singles, and walked two. He was also 3-for-3 with a double at the plate.
Matt Ghiorzi, Fairfield Ludlowe Baseball
Matt Ghiorzi gave the Falcons the lead with a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning when Ludlowe defeated Danbury High, 6-4, in eight innings.
Michael Gonzalez, Norwalk Baseball
Michael Gonzalez had two hits, drove in a run and scored a run in the Bears 7-6 win over Westhill. Norwalk moved to 10-7 and 9-4 in the FCIAC with the win.
Justin Greene, Trinity Catholic Lacrosse
Justin Greene scored five goals and had two assists for the Crusaders in a 13-2 victory over Bridgeport Central.
Jack Kniffin, Darien Lacrosse
Kniffin scored a game-best five goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Darien edged the Greenwich Cardinals, 13-12, on Saturday. Darien trailed 12-9 before rallying for the win. Kniffin had the Blue Wave’s final three goals, including the equalizer with 1:02 remaining to force overtime.
Connor Langan, Greenwich Baseball
Connor Langan threw a four-hitter and struck out seven Falcons when the Cardinals won their fifth straight road game with a 5-0 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe. Langan didn’t allow a runner past first base, as the Cardinals improved to 10-4 overall and 9-3 in the FCIAC.
Glenn O’Brien, Wilton Baseball
O’Brien pitched two shutouts in five days, topping Brien McMahon 5-0 on Monday, and New Canaan 1-0 on Friday. Against McMahon, he allowed only three hits, all singles, walked one and struck out three. In the win over New Canaan, O’Brien allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four. O’Brien also scored the only run in the win over the Rams, crossing the plate on a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Elena Ball, St. Joseph Softball
Elena Hall had three hits, including two home runs, and drove in six runs when FCIAC unbeaten St. Joseph defeated Darien High, 14-1. She had three hits and drove in two runs in a 13-1 win over Norwalk.
Anelise Browne, Staples Golf
Anelise Browne put together a round of 35 at the Longshore Country Club when Staples (184) defeated Ridgefield (217) and Ludlowe (220).
Gillian Kane, New Canaan Softball
Kane threw her first career no-hitter as New Canaan topped Bridgeport Central, 2-1, Wednesday in Waveny Park. Kane walked three and fanned 13 in the game. The lone run she allowed came via a groundout in the top of the seventh. Kane also singled and drove in a run.
Chandler Kirby, Darien Lacrosse
Kirby racked up seven goals as the Blue Wave rolled over rival New Canaan, 20-10, at DHS. Kirby, who had a hat trick in the first half, scored four goals in the second half when the Wave outscored the Rams, 10-1.
Catherine McEvoy, Greenwich Golf
McEvoy, the reigning state individual champion, shot a one-under par 35 in the Cardinals’ 170-194 victory over host Trumbull at Tashua Knolls Golf Course. McEvoy’s round included an eagle on the par-five first hole and a pair of birdies. One day later, she shot a 37 at the Millbrook Club in Greenwich, earning medalist honors by 10 strokes in Greenwich’s 186-210 victory over New Canaan.
NoraNoel Nolan, Wilton Golf
NoraNoel Nolan won medalist honors for the second time in the week when she record a 33 at Silvermine Country Club when Warriors defeated Ludlowe, 169-202.
Kaira Ramon, Westhill Softball
Ramon belted a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning as the Vikings rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Blue wave in Darien on Monday. Westhill trailed 4-1 after three innings but scored the final five runs of the game, capped by Ramon’s shot over the centerfield fence.
Brittney Romero, Fairfield Warde Softball
Brittney Romero hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to tie the game, but Fairfield Ludlowe scored in the 11th to win a 4-3 decision. Romero pitched all 11 frames, allowing seven hits. Romero had four hits, including three doubles, in a 6-5 win over Norwalk.
Sarah Staley, Stamford Softball
Staley pitched 11 innings without allowing an earned run as the Black Knights edged Trumbull, 3-2, on Thursday in Stamford. Staley, who scored the winning run on a single by Kristin Osborn, scattered six hits over 11 innings. She reached base on a single in the bottom of the 11th before coming around to score.
Regan Steed, Fairfield Ludlowe Lacrosse
Regan Steed scored four goals and had six assists in the Falcons’ 16-7 win over Danbury.
Ally Szabo, Trumbull Softball
Ally Szabo struck out eight, gave up five hits, and smashed a two-run double when the Eagles defeated Wilton High, 15-3. Szabo struck out 14 batters in a two-hit performance against Trinity Catholic.
Olivia Vladas, Fairfield Ludlowe Softball
Olivia Vadas came on in relief in the sixth inning and struck out the side with the bases loaded in the Falcons’ 4-3 11-inning win over Fairfield Warde.
Sage Zunda, Wilton Softball
Sage Zunda won her eighth pitching decision when the Warriors qualified for states for the first time since 2011 with a 26-6 win over Brien McMahon. Zunda had three hits, including a grand-slam homer, and drove in six runs.
The poll has expired. You can watch Nutmeg Sports on Mondays to find out who won.