With a goal of recognizing the accomplishments of more athletes, and because of the popularity of our Team of the Week votes, we are going to experiment the rest of the season with letting readers decide our BlueStreak-Ruden Report Male and Female Players of the Week, with the hope that this will become a permanent process starting in the fall.
We continue to email coaches each week and ask them to nominate athletes, and we will pick the finalists.
This week’s vote will run until noon on Thursday. The winners will receive our Team of the Week T-shirts.
Here are the male finalists:
Matt Bidgood, Staples Lacrosse. Bidgood scored 6 goals in the Wreckers’ dramatic 15-14 double overtime loss to New Canaan.
Gareth Gacetta, Fairfield Warde Lacrosse. Gacetta finished with 9 goals and 3 assists in three games, including the game-winner in double overtime against St. Joseph.
Sean Knight, New Canaan Track. Knight won the 100-meter dash, 110 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles in a meet against Brien McMahon and Wilton.
Michael Lisinicchia, Westhill Baseball. Lisinicchia hit two homers and drove in all five runs in a 5-3 win over Trumbull.
Alex Preston, Darien Volleyball. Preston had 15 kills and 4 blocks in a five-set win over Ridgefield and reached 1,000 career kills.
Here are the female finalists:
Dina DiBlasio, Norwalk Softball. DiBlasio batted .700, with four home runs and 9 RBIs in three wins.
Kate Condron, St. Joseph Lacrosse. Condron finished with 11 goals and 4 assists in three games.
Emma Lesko, Darien Lacrosse. Lesko scored two of her three goals in the last 1:03 to force overtime as the Blue Wave came from behind for an 11-10 double-overtime win over New Canaan.
Lucie Picard, Ridgefield Lacrosse. Picard finished with 6 goals and 7 assists in three wins, scoring three of the Tigers’ four goals, including the game-winner, in a double-overtime decision over Newtown.
Devon Yaghmaie and Taylor Yaghmaie, Stamford Tennis. The sisters who play together as the Black Knights’ No. 1 doubles team won four times to improve to 9-0 this season.