Vote: HAN-FCIAC Athletes of Week 11
The FCIAC crowned three conference champions last week, as the Stamford girls basketball team, Greenwich boys swimming and diving team, and Darien girls ice hockey teams all claimed league titles.
This week, the FCIAC boys basketball and ice hockey championships will be decided, with four teams still in the hunt as the playoffs continue.
We've picked 19 of those athletes, including several state champions in gymnastics and wrestling, as this week's HAN-FCIAC Athlete of the Week nominees. Check out the nominees and vote for your male and female picks below.
Last week's winners were both from Greenwich High School: Nick Bozzuto, the goalie for the Cardinals boys ice hockey team, and Emily Philippides of the track and field team.
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, Feb. 29, 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.
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 still a few more FCIAC events to cover — including the semfinals and finals of the league's boys basketball and ice hockey tournaments. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week Nominees
Sam Aparicio, Darien Gymnastics
Blue Wave captain Sam Aparicio won the all-around championship at Saturday’s CIAC Class M gymnastics tournament in Pomperaug High School. The junior scored 36.1 points to take the title, while also winning the vault (9.25), balance beam (9.175), and floor exercises (9.325). Darien finished fifth as a team
Georgia Cassidy, Darien Ice Hockey
Cassidy, a senior co-captain, scored both of the Wave’s goals as they defeated rival New Canaan, 2-0, for their fourth straight FCIAC girls ice hockey championship on Saturday. Cassidy scored her goals in the first and third periods, giving her five in two playoff games. She had a hat trick in an 8-0 semifinal win over SWS. Cassidy was named the tournament’s MVP.
Tiana England, Stamford Basketball
England was named FCIAC playoff MVP after leading the Black Knights to a 56-48 victory over Warde on Feb. 26. A senior, England scored 19 points. In the 63-47 semifinal win over Trumbull, she scored 19 points and had six assists.
Adnerys De Jesus, Greenwich Gymnastics
De Jesus helped lead the Greenwich Cardinals to their first state championship on Saturday at Pomperaug High School. De Jesus scored 38.575 to win the all-around title, and also finished first in every event, scoring 9.7 on the vault, 9.6 on the bars, 9.55 on the balance beam, and 9.725 on the floor. Greenwich scored 140.425 points as a team to win the Class L title.
Lejla Markovic, Fairield Warde Basketball
Markovic ran the offense, had five points down the stretch, and scored 16 points in the Mustangs’ 51-49 victory over Ridgefield in the FCIAC semifinals on Feb. 24. In the finals versus Stamford, she had had six points.
Emily Gianunzio, Darien Ice Hockey
Gianunzio collected 20 saves as she shut out New Canaan in the FCIAC girls ice hockey final on Saturday. The junior goalie stopped four breakaways, including two in the final eight minutes, as Darien won its fourth consecutive league title.
Shania Osborne, Warde Basketball
Osborne scored 14 points to lead Warde in the FCIAC final versus Stamford on Feb. 26. She scored 13 points pulled down nine boards and had a hand in five forced turnovers to help Warde to its 51-49 FCIAC semifinal victory over Ridgefield High on Feb. 24.
Camille Martinez, Stamford Basketball
Camille Martinez made seven shots from three-point range, including a pair in the fourth quarter, to carry the Black Knights to a 63-47 victory over Trumbull High in the FCIAC semifinals on Feb. 24. The junior finished with 25 points. In the final versus Warde, Martinez had 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week Nominees
Jakob Camacho, Danbury Wrestling
Camacho claimed a State Open championship as he won all four of his matches at 113 pounds this weekend in New Haven. Camacho had one pin and two major decisions to reach the final, and then defeated South Windsor’s Devon Schoenberger, 3-1, to take the crown.
Timmy Kane, Warde Wrestling
Kane won the 132-pound weight class championship during the CIAC State Open this weekend in New Haven. Kane won all four of his matches, including one pinfall, and defeated Montville’s Joel Morth, 9-3, in the final.
Charlie Kane, Warde Wrestling
Kane gave the Warde wrestlers two State Open champions when he won the 145-pound weight class this weekend in New Haven. Kane was 4-0 with a pair of pinfalls, and defeated New Milford’s Bryan Rojas, 13-6, in the final.
Steven Kruech, Darien Diving
Kreuch captured the FCIAC diving championship with a score of 494.35 points last Wednesday at the Westhill High School pool. Kreuch, a senior, edged teammate Timmy Luz (475.5) for the win.
Matt Kronenberg, Wilton Basketball
Kronenberg scored 39 points to lead Wilton to a 92-90 double overtime victory over Warde in the FCIAC quarterfinals on Feb. 27. He had three 3-pointers and 5-for-6 from the foul line in the second extra session.
Dimitry Moise, Trinity Catholic Basketball
Dimitry Moise scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Crusaders to a 77-73 overtime victory over St. Joseph in the regular-season finale for both teams on Feb. 24.
Jack Montesi, Greenwich Swimming
Montesi had an great meet on Friday, helping to lead the Cardinals to their 45th FCIAC title in 46 years. Montesi won the 50 freestyle (21.11) and the 100 backstroke (50.60), and was part of two winning relays: The 200 medley (1:35.89) and the 400 freestyle (3:14.41).
Jack Moore, Trumbull Basketball
Moore scored 18 points to lead Trumbull to a 51-46 double overtime victory over Ridgefield in the FCIAC quarterfinals on Feb. 27. Moore scored 16 points, including a 9-for-10 effort from the foul line, when the Eagles finished the regular season at 17-3, 14-2 FCIAC, with a 61-50 win over Darien on Feb. 24.
Jeff Pracella, Ridgefield Hockey
Pracella scored two of the Tigers’ three goals in the third period when Ridgefield came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie fifth-ranked Fairfield Prep, 3-3, on Feb. 22. He also had a goal in the Tigers’ 4-0 win over New Canaan in the FCIAC playdown round on Feb. 27.
Cole Prowitt-Smith, Ludlowe Basketball
Prowitt-Smith knocked down five 3-pointers when the Falcons defeated Brien McMahon, 77-62, to earn a berth in the FCIAC quarterfinals. He finished with 23 points, including a 6-for-6 performance from the foul line.
Kieran Smith, Ridgefield Swimming
Smith, a sophomore, was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer at Friday’s FCIAC finals in Greenwich. He set FCIAC records in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.70) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:30.63). Smith was also part of the 200 medley relay, which finished second, and the 400 freestyle relay team, which finished third. Ridgefield placed fourth overall.
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