Vote for HAN-FCIAC Network Week 3 Athletes of the Week

Voting is now open for HAN-FCIAC Male and Female Athlete of the Week, as recognized by the HAN Network.

As exclusive broadcasting partner of the FCIAC, the HAN Network each week will recognize an Athlete of the Week.

The HAN Network sports staff will nominate male and female candidates. The winners will then be chosen in an online poll and saluted on the FCIAC Gameday program before the HAN Network football game of the week on Friday or Saturday.

This week’s winners will be announced as Gameday leads up to the HAN Network’s coverage of Stamford vs. Danbury in FCIAC high school football, available live on HAN.Network Friday at 7 p.m., during HAN Tailgate at 4 p.m. and HAN Gameday at 5 p.m.

Voting ends Friday at 2 p.m.

Here are your nominees for week three.

Male Athlete of the Week nominees

Spencer Daniels, Staples Boys Soccer

Daniels scored four goals, including a hat trick against Westhill, during a perfect 3-0 week for the Wreckers.

He scored three of Staples’ goals in a 4-0 win at Westhill, netting two goals in the first 10 minutes to spark the Wreckers. He added a second-half goal to complete his hat trick.

Daniels then scored once in Staples’ 3-0 victory over defending FCIAC champion Ludlowe on Friday.

The Wreckers are unbeaten since a season-opening loss and are 6-1-1 overall.

Liam Rischmann, Darien, Soccer

Liam Rischmann, Darien, Soccer

Senior captain Rischmann, protecting the net, is helping to keep Darien’s fortunes afloat, even as the Wave (3-1-4) is going through a drought at the other end of the pitch.

Rischmann has kept a clean sheet in three straight shutouts, with final scores of 0-0 vs. Warde and Ridgefield respectively in Darien’s last two outings.

Rischmann has blanked four in eight games this season.

Izaiah Sanders, Trinity Catholic, Football

Sanders had a pair of interceptions, his second setting up the Crusaders’ final touchdown in a 32-20 victory over previously unbeaten Trumbull High.

A 6-2, 200-pound wide receiver and free safety, Sanders caught touchdown passes good for 18 yards (giving Trinity a 16-0 lead) in the third quarter and 9 yards (for a 24-0 lead) in the final period. He finished with six catches worth 76 yards.

Kevin Iobbi, Greenwich High, Football

Iobbi rushed for 98 yards and three touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass in the Cards’ 42-0 victory over Bridgeport Central.

Subbing for the injured Luke Bienstock, the junior led Greenwich back into the win column after losing to Darien High a week earlier. Iobbi ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in a 20-point second quarter for the Cardinals. Iobbi scored on a 17-yard pass in the third period and bucked over from a yard out in the final quarter.

Tyrell Diaz, Stamford, Football

Diaz ran for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns in 26-22 win over McMahon, scoring on runs of 78, 75 and one yards. His 78-yard TD run in the fourth quarter gave Stamford the victory.

Joe McFadden, Wilton, Football

McFadden ran for 120 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown in Wilton’s 17-7 win over Fairfield Ludlowe. McFadden also intercepted a pass for the Warriors.


Female Athlete of the week nominees

Elizabeth Middlebrook, Ridgefield, Volleyball

Elizabeth Middlebrook, Ridgefield, Volleyball

Middlebrook had 17 kills, 4 digs and scored 9 points from the service stripe when the Tigers won a 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 26-24) match with Brien McMahon of Norwalk. After two straight losses in five sets, the win improved the Tigers to 6-2. The Senators fell to 6-2.

Grace Orben, Fairfield Warde, Field Hockey

Orben had an assist and was the catalyst all match for the Mustangs in their 3-1 victory over Trumbull High.

A senior midfielder, Orben helped Warde use a large advantage in set pieces to control the Eagles.

Marissa Baker, Darien, Field Hockey

For the second time in three weeks, Baker’s performance excels even her own record in a season where she has fast shown herself to be the dominant player in the FCIAC if not the state.

Senior co-captain Baker scored both goals in a 2-0 win over visiting Wilton — previously undefeated — the first on a penalty stroke, the second on a big rebound to seal the game late, in Darien’s showdown with the FCIAC’s then only other undefeated team Wilton on Oct. 1.

The clutch win sparked by the clutch scoring from Baker, keeps the Wave atop the league half way through the season.

Here is a video of Baker


Alice Nelson, Fairfield Ludlowe Volleyball

Nelson collected 21 digs, 12 service points, three kills and two aces as the Ludlowe Falcons defeated the St. Joseph Cadets, 3-2, last Monday.

She also added 30 digs in a 3-1 win at Trumbull on Wednesday, and picked up 22 digs in a 3-2 win over Ridgefield on Friday.

The Falcons have won three straight and are 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the FCIAC.

Teresa Andres, Fairfield Warde Girls Soccer

Andres scored both Mustang goals in a 2-0 victory over the Danbury Hatters on Thursday.

Andres netted one goal unassisted, and one with an assist from Claire Pullen.

Warde is unbeaten this season at 7-0-1.

Meredith Pelligrino, McMahon Volleyball

Pellegrino racked up 28 kills and 25 digs as the Senators defeated the Stamford Black Knights, 3-1, last Wednesday.

She also had 14 kills, 19 service points, 19 digs, and six aces in a 3-0 shutout of Westhill on Monday.

The Senators are 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the FCIAC.

Male Athlete of the Week

  • Kevin Iobbi, Greenwich High, Football (32%, 448 Votes)
  • Liam Rischmann, Darien, Soccer (27%, 378 Votes)
  • Izaiah Sanders, Trinity Catholic, Football (21%, 291 Votes)
  • Spencer Daniels, Staples Boys Soccer (9%, 133 Votes)
  • Joe McFadden, Wilton, Football (6%, 90 Votes)
  • Tyrell Diaz, Stamford, Football (5%, 69 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,409

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Female Athlete of the Week

  • Elizabeth Middlebrook, Ridgefield, Volleyball (28%, 578 Votes)
  • Meredith Pelligrino, McMahon Volleyball (23%, 479 Votes)
  • Grace Orben, Fairfield Warde, Field Hockey (16%, 338 Votes)
  • Teresa Andres, Fairfield Warde Girls Soccer (11%, 234 Votes)
  • Marissa Baker, Darien, Field Hockey (11%, 226 Votes)
  • Alice Nelson, Fairfield Ludlowe Volleyball (10%, 204 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,059

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