After a season of many accomplishments by FCIAC teams and players, it is time to select the two people you think were the most outstanding during the past three months.
In December, with the support of Matt Cole and BlueStreak Sports Training in Stamford, we established the BlueStreak-Overtime FCIAC Player of the Week award. Twenty-seven athletes, from 11 schools in 10 different sports, were honored, and received plaques and T-shirts from BlueStreak.
Now we have decided to honor two players as the BlueStreak-Overtime FCIAC Male and Female Winter Athletes of the Year. And unlike the regular season, when BlueStreak picked the winners, you will be able to vote for the two people you believe are most deserving.
We have picked five male and female finalists based on the many nominations that came in. Each one was selected to an All-FCIAC team and earned other distinctions.
Here are the five male finalists and their accomplishments:
Charlie Costanzo, Danbury. Costanzo, a member of the Hatters’ wrestling team, went 43-1 this year at 119 pounds, winning FCIAC, CIAC Class L, State Open and New England championships. He is a four-time FCIAC champion.
Mark O’Connell, Greenwich. A diver on the Cardinals’ swim team, O’Connell won the FCIAC and CIAC Class LL titles, and finished second in the State Open. A three-time All-American, he broke two school records that had stood, respectively, for 24 and 33 years.
Evan Kelley, Norwalk. Kelley, who played for the Bears’ basketball team, led the FCIAC in scoring with a 25.6 average. His versatility was evidenced by averaging 6.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 steals a game.
Will Love, Darien. The goaltender for the Darien hockey team, Love had a 2.98 goals against average and a 92 percent save average. He spearheaded the team’s surprising run to the semifinals of the state tournament and made 42 saves in a season-ending 3-2 loss to Hamden.
Greg Langston, St. Joseph. Langston was the leader of a Cadets basketball team that reached the finals of the FCIAC Tournament and the semifinals of the state tournament. Langston averaged 19.3 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and made 38 percent of his 3-point shots.
Here are the five female finalists and their accomplishments:
Olivia Hompe, New Canaan. A freshman who was the only two-time winner of the Player of the Week award this winter, Hompe had an outstanding freshman season in leading the Rams’ hockey team to league and state titles. Hompe led the state with 32 goals and added 22 assists for a state-best 54 points. She was the MVP of the FCIAC final and scored the game-winning goal in the state final.
Michele Gorman, St. Joseph. Gorman was the most valuable player in leading the Cadets’ basketball team to its first-ever FCIAC title. Gorman averaged 15.2 points and 6 rebounds a game.
Morgan Whitehead, Darien. Whitehead help lead the Blue Wave gymnastics team to the FCIAC and CIAC Class M titles. Whitehead won the vault, floor exercise and was third in the all-around at the FCIAC meet, won the all-around championship with 36.675 points at the state meet and was second place on bars and finished in the top 10 in the all-around at the New England championships.
Joselyn Henry, Staples. Henry, a member of the Wreckers’ track team, won the FCIAC title in the shot put and was second in the long jump. She finished second in the shot put in the CIAC Class LL meet, was third in the shot put and fifth in the long jump at the State Open meet, was 10th in the shot put at the New England championships and was 14th in the shot put at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. She set the school record in the shot put at 38-4.
Casey Smith, Danbury. Smith had a strong sophomore season for the Hatters’ basketball team, averaging 18.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 2 steals.
So there are your 10 candidates. You are allowed to vote for one male and one female candidate. The voting will continue until noon on Friday, when we will announce the winners, who will receive trophies and T-shirts from BlueStreak.