Vote for Athletes of the Week, Week 2

A record-setting day on the gridiron and two hat tricks are among the performances earning nominations for HAN Network Athlete of the Week.

As the official broadcasting partner of the FCIAC, the HAN Network each week will recognize two Athletes of the Week, one male and one female from league schools.

Darien High swept last week’s HAN Network FCIAC Athlete of the Week voting, as Blue Wave soccer player Jack Kniffin and field hockey player Marissa Baker topped the poll. Kniffin drew 34% of the 1,962 votes cast on the boys’ side, while Baker accrued 33% of the 2,253 votes cast for Female Athlete of the Week.

The HAN Network sports staff nominates male and female candidates each Monday. The winners will then be chosen in an online poll and saluted on the FCIAC Gameday program, which airs two hours before the HAN Network football game of the week on Friday or Saturday. Voting this week closes at noon Friday, Oct. 2.

This week’s winners will be announced as Gameday leads up to the HAN Network’s coverage of Fairfield Warde vs. Staples in FCIAC high school football, live on HAN.Network Friday. FCIAC Tailgate starts at 4 p.m., followed by FCIAC Gameday at 5, with the kickoff live at 7 p.m.

This week’s nominees are:

Male Athlete of the week nominees

Shelby Grant, Darien, Football

Shelby Grant, Darien, Football
Scored six touchdowns, setting a Darien High School record, in the Blue Wave’s 51-28 victory over Greenwich.

Drew Fowler, Ridgefield, Football
Completed 24-of-30 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in 44-7 win over Fairfield Ludlowe.

Markeese Woods, Trumbull, Football

Markeese Woods, Trumbull, Football

Rushed for 146 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns in 54-21 football win over Westhill-Stamford on Friday.

A sophomore, Woods returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a score.

Christian Trefz, St. Joseph, Football

Running back Christian Trefz ran for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the Cadets’ season-opening win at Brien McMahon in Norwalk on Friday.

He ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns before intermission to give St. Joseph a 13-0 halftime lead on the Senators.

Troy Duncan, Stamford, Football

Duncan, the Knights’ junior quarterback, ran for two touchdowns and added a TD passing during Stamford’s 24-16 win over Warde on Friday in Fairfield.

Duncan was 11-of-20 for 101 yards passing and rushed 11 times for 101 yards in the win, as Stamford evened its mark at 1-1.

He helped give the Knights the lead in the first quarter with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Alex Robushi. Stamford led 12-2 early in the third quarter when Duncan broke free for a 62-yard TD run and, after Warde closed the gap to 18-10, Duncan ran for a 33-yard touchdown to give the Knights some breathing room.

Andrew Speed, Staples, Football

Speed, Staples’ junior quarterback, collected 286 yards on offense — 146 passing and 140 rushing, as the Wreckers shut out Wilton 37-0 on Friday.

Speed completed 12-of-15 passes in the game and added two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter when the Wreckers blew the game open. Speed scored on runs of 21 and 37 yards.

Female Athlete of the week nominees

Holly Rivers, Danbury, Field hockey

Scored three goals as Danbury beat Fairfield Warde, 4-2.

Hannah Froelich, Norwalk, Girls Soccer

Froelich scored all five goals, including one on a penalty kick, in 5-0 win over Bridgeport Central.

Kate Elders, Darien, Field Hockey

Katie Elders Darien Field Hockey

Elders has a hat trick to lead Darien over rival New Canaan at Dunning Field on Sept. 22. She did it when it mattered, in the Wave’s return match after losing the Rams 2-0 in the 20014 FCIAC final the last time the two clashed.

Emily Dardis, Trinity Catholic, Girls Volleyball

Trinity Catholic’s Emily Dardis had 10 service points and 11 kills to lead the unbeaten Crusaders to a 3-2 victory at Fairfield Warde on Friday.

Trinity is now -0, Warde 3-1.

Natalie Bennett, Wilton, Girls Volleyball

Had 16 service points, including 10 aces, and six kills in 3-0 win over Central.

Isabelle Taylor, Darien, Girls Volleyball

Isabelle Taylor, Darien, Girls Volleyball

Senior two-season MVP Taylor has been the engine on a largely underclassmen team, driving the Wave roar out to its accustomed undefeated start. Taylor has 45 kills, 10 aces, 26 digs in 10 sets.


Elle Smyth, Trinity Catholic, Volleyball

Smyth, a senior captain, had a three strong matches for the Crusaders, who swept Norwalk, Law and Warde last week and are off to a perfect start at 6-0.

Smyth led the offense with double-digit kills in all three matches.

She racked up 18 kills in Friday’s 3-2 win over Warde, and also had five service points, five aces, and a pair of blocks.

Trinity defeated Law 3-2 in a non-conference game on Wednesday, with Smyth putting down 12 kills to go along with 11 service points, five aces and 10 digs.

On Monday, Smyth had 10 kills, eight service points, four aces, and eight digs in the Crusaders’ 3-1 win over Norwalk.

Sydney Adams, Trumbull, Girls Volleyball

Sydney Adams, Trumbull, Girls Volleyball

Adams had 28 assists and 8 kills for the Eagles when they reversed an earlier 3-0 loss to St. Joseph by beating the previously unbeaten Cadets 25-21, 25-20, 26-24 on Friday. Trumbull is now 4-1.


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Vote for HAN Network Male Athlete of the Week

  • Drew Fowler, Ridgefield Football (30%, 453 Votes)
  • Christian Trefz, St. Joseph Football (27%, 398 Votes)
  • Markeese Woods, Trumbull Football (25%, 367 Votes)
  • Shelby Grant, Darien Football (10%, 143 Votes)
  • Troy Duncan, Stamford Football (5%, 67 Votes)
  • Andrew Speed, Staples Football (4%, 59 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,487

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Vote for HAN Network Female Athlete of the Week

  • Sydney Adams, Trumbull Girls Volleyball (32%, 437 Votes)
  • Elle Smyth, Trinity Catholic Volleyball (28%, 387 Votes)
  • Natalie Bennett, Wilton Volleyball (14%, 184 Votes)
  • Holly Rivers, Danbury Field Hockey (9%, 120 Votes)
  • Katie Elders, Darien Field Hockey (6%, 77 Votes)
  • Hannah Froelich, Norwalk Girls Soccer (4%, 57 Votes)
  • Isabelle Taylor, Darien Volleyball (4%, 51 Votes)
  • Emily Dardis, Trinity Catholic Volleyball (4%, 48 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,361

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