In a year of great team parity in the FCIAC, perhaps it is fitting that the difference between the league’s top players appears to be negligible as well.
Baseball is one of several sports that names a conference Player of the Year. After talking to at least half the league coaches during the past two weeks, it is obvious there is no clear-cut favorite. Nine different players were discussed most often:
Kyle Dunster, Greenwich
Sam Ellinwood, Staples
Mike Foley, Fairfield Warde
Kevin Hickey, Fairfield Ludlowe
Colin Keyes, Trumbull
Randy Polonia, Trinity Catholic
Avery Santos, Trumbull
Matt Toth, New Canaan
Nick Williams, St. Joseph
Making it more interesting, the coaches are doing their All-FCIAC voting Thursday, after the league playoffs have been concluded and with the state playoffs in the quarterfinal rounds (most other sports hold theirs earlier). Did a player who has had a strong postseason to date enhance his chances? Has the opposite occurred?
With no clear-cut favorite — I finally decided Tuesday who I would vote for after much wavering, but you can make a strong case for any of the finalists — we are going to let you readers have your say as well. Who do you think is the FCIAC Player of the Year?
We are making Keyes and Santos a combined choice and you have the option of offering your own write-in candidate.
We will keep the poll open until 3:30 on Friday, when the quarterfinals begin.