The first major snowstorm of the season caused minimal disturbance to the FCIAC. Because the storm waited until Saturday to reach Connecticut, we got to see a lot of league stars in action. We found 16 athletes worthy of Winter Week 6’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 New Canaan girls ice hockey’s Amanda Hill and Greenwich boys ice hockey’s Mike Mozian.
This week’s winners will be announced during HAN’s Nutmeg Sports show on Monday, Feb. 1, live at 2 p.m. You can watch Nutmeg Sports with Rob Adams and 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 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 boys basketball, wrestling and girls ice hockey. On Monday, we’ll have Trumbull-St. Joseph vs. Notre Dame of Fairfield-Foran girls ice hockey; Tuesday is Wilton at rival Ridgefield boys basketball; Wednesday we’ll have a top-ranked wrestling dual when Danbury visits Fairfield Warde; and on Friday night we’ll see rivals Darien and New Canaan girls hockey, which needed overtime during to decide a winner earlier this season. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
HAN-FCIAC Female Athlete of the Week nominees
Brooke Deane, New Canaan Ice Hockey
Deane scored two goals to help lead the Rams to a 4-2 win over reigning state co-champion East Catholic Friday night in Newington. Deane, a sophomore, tied the game at 2-2 late in the second period, and then put New Canaan ahead for good with 1:36 remaining in the third. Deane also had the Rams’ final goal in a 3-0 shutout of the Stamford/Westhill/Staples co-op on Wednesday.
Shania Osborne, Fairfield Warde Basketball
Osborne scored a career-high 27 points and had 15 rebounds in a 45-33 win over Wilton High on Jan. 19 and tallied 16 points when the Mustangs turned back Ridgefield High, 56-44, on Jan. 21. Osborne, a 5-foot-11 junior center, also blocked or altered a number of shots in the wins, At 7-0, the Mustangs are the last unbeaten team in the FCIAC. They are 10-1 overall.
Shannon Grabowski, St. Joseph Basketball
Grabowski netted a team-high 12 points to help lead the Cadets to a 41-38 overtime win over Staples on Jan. 21. Grabowski converted a three-point play with less than a minute remaining in regulation, tying the score at 36-36 to force overtime.
Karen Brosko, Wilton Basketball
Karen Brosko scored 13 points to lead Wilton to a 54-41 victory over Fairfield Ludlowe on Jan. 22. She was 4-for-6 from the foul line. Brosko also had 10 points in the Warriors loss to Fairfield Warde on Jan. 19.
Alexa Kellner, Stamford Basketball
Kellner provided double-digit scoring in back-to-back games as the Black Knights defeated Darien, 45-41, and Trinity Catholic, 77-40, last week. Kellner, a senior, scored 10 against Darien, and added a season-high 17 in the win over Trinity. Stamford is 10-1 overall and 7-1 in the FCIAC.
Abbie Wolf, Greenwich Basketball
Wolf racked up a game-high 25 points in the Cardinals’ 71-23 win over Staples on Tuesday. The senior hit eight shots from the field, and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Greenwich is 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the FCIAC.
Asiah Knight, Norwalk Basketball
Knight led the Bears with 13 points in Thursday’s win over Darien, despite missing 10 minutes with an injury during the second half. Knight had nine points when she was injured and added two key baskets for four points in the final two minutes after returning.
HAN-FCIAC Male Athlete of the Week nominees
Jake Kirby, Darien Ice Hockey
Jake Kirby put on a scoring clinic in the second period of Darien’s game with St. Joseph on Jan. 20, which was carried live on the HAN Network. With the Blue Wave trailing 2-1 in the second period, Kirby scored two goals and had an assist in a span of 83 seconds to help Darien take the score to 5-2 on its way to a 5-3 victory. (You can watch the entire game on-demand here.)
Jake Fuss, Fairfield Ice Hockey
Jake Fuss scored three goals for Fairfield in its 4-0 victory over Staples-Weston-Shelton on Jan. 20. Fuss scored a goal in each period, as Fairfield improved to 6-1-1.
Brady Jensen, Trumbull Ice Hockey
Jensen had a hat trick to help Trumbull down Masuk, 7-2, on Monday, Jan. 18 at The Rinks at Shelton — a game carried live on the HAN Network. He scored two of his goals during the second period when the Eagles turned a 1-1 tie into a 6-2 rout. Jensen then added the final tally in the third period. (You can watch the entire game on-demand here.)
Tyler Hill, New Canaan Ice Hockey
Hill scored four goals as the Rams rolled past No. 2-ranked Xavier, 5-1, Monday at the Darien Ice Rink. Hill, a junior, scored his first goal late in the first period to give New Canaan a 2-1 lead, added two in the second frame, and netted a short-hander early in the third.
Jack Montesi, Greenwich Swimming & Diving
Montesi won two individual events and was part of the Cardinals’ winning 400-yard freestyle relay in a 113-73 victory over Darien on Friday. Montesi won the 50 freestyle in 21.75, and the 100 butterfly in 50.41, before swimming the anchor leg of the 400 free relay, which finished in 3:18.28.
Jack Moore, Trumbull Basketball
Moore racked up 30 points over the final three quarters as the Eagles held off the Rams in New Canaan, 67-61, on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Moore, who hit three three-point buckets, scored 13 in the second quarter and 10 in the fourth to lead Trumbull to its seventh straight win. Added eight during a 62-51 win over previously-undefeated Danbury on Friday.
Nico Laveris, Stamford Basketball
Laveris scored a game-high 29 points as the Black Knights beat city rival Trinity Catholic, 69-52, on Jan. 22 — in a game carried live on the HAN Network. The senior hit six three-pointers in the victory. (You can watch the entire game on-demand here.)
Tyrell Alexander, Westhill Basketball
Alexander had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds when Westhill beat city rival Trinity Catholic 52-45 on Jan. 19. Ten of his points came in fourth quarter when Westhill outscored the Crusaders 19-10. Alexander then collected 22 points, including 17 during the second half, as Westhill rallied for a 58-52 overtime win over New Canaan on Jan. 22.
Jimmy Wilkinson, Ridgefield Ice Hockey
Wilkinson, a senior captain, scored the game’s only goal — unassisted, and in the opening minute of play — to help Ridgefield beat New Canaan, 1-0, last Wednesday.