After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the last 10 weeks, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have six outstanding finalists for our annual BlueStreak-Overtime FCIAC Spring Male Player of the Year award.
The winner will receive a trophy and a Player of the Year T-shirt with his name on the back from BlueStreak Sports Training and the Stamford Advocate.
Here are the finalists — each earned All-FCIAC and All-State honors — and their accomplishments:
BRYAN DANIELLO, BRIEN MCMAHON BASEBALL: Daniello, who was voted the FCIAC’s Player of the Year, had a 6-4 record with two saves, and batted .432, with three home runs, 16 RBIs, 25 runs scored and a .543 on-base percentage to help the Senators reach the Class LL quarterfinals.
ALEX FARINA, NEW CANAAN BASEBALL: Farina finished with a 9-2 record and 0.72 earned run average, with 89 strikeouts and just 11 walks and seven earned runs allowed in 82 innings, to help lead the Rams to the Class L semifinals.
MIKE FRANCIA, WILTON LACROSSE: Francia finished with 55 goals and 50 assists to become the Warriors’ all-time leading scorer with 329 career points, and helped lead the team to its first state title since 2004. He was named an All-American.
TYLER MATAKEVICH, ST. JOSEPH BASEBALL: Matakevich finished the season with a .479 average, 25 RBIs, 30 runs scored, 21 stolen bases and 12 extra-base hits to help lead the Cadets to the FCIAC regular-season title.
CASE MATHEIS, DARIEN LACROSSE: Matheis, before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in the state playoffs, finished the season with 46 goals and 41 assists to help the Blue Wave win the FCIAC championship and reach the state semifinals. Matheis was selected as an All-American and named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Player of the Year.
RAPHAEL RAY: STAPLES TRACK: Ray set a school record in the 400 (47.99) and won the title at the FCIAC, Class LL and State Open meets, and finished second at the New England Championships. Ray was also part of a 4×400 relay team that took first place at the Class LL and State Open meets, and set a school record (3:19.26) in winning the New England title.
Those are the six finalists. You have until noon on Wednesday to select the 2011 BlueStreak-Overtime FCIAC Spring Male Player of the Year.