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Stamford has swept the MSG Varsity’s FCIAC Players of the Week awards as wrestler Ben Pierre-Saint is the male winner and basketball player Kelsey Cognetta the female recipient.
Pierre-Saint captured his second consecutive State Class LL championship when he went 4-0 to win the 132-pound weight class title last weekend.
Cognetta helped the Black Knights qualify for the FCIAC playoffs on the final day of the regular season and then upset St. Joseph in the quarterfinals.
She scored 20 points in Stamford's 49-39 playoff-clinching win over Fairfield Warde last Wednesday, then scored 18 points in Saturday's 44-25 upset of the second-seeded Cadets.
Recipients of the FCIAC Player of the Week Award are chosen by a committee consisting of four FCIAC athletic directors, along with sports writers from MSG Varsity and area newspapers.
Pierre Saint is seeded second in the 132-pound weight class in in this weekend's state Open wrestling championship in New Haven after winning the Class LL title last weekend.
Pierre-Saint, who defeated Favon Williams of Hartford Public by technical fall 22-7 in the Class LL final, finised second at the state Open meet last year.
Among other city wrestlers, Pascal Mador is seeded sixth at 106 pounds, Stamford's Joe Batinelli fifth at 138, Westhill's Nick Jiminez is 22nd at 152 and Stamford's Miquel Nieto is 23rd at 170.
The competition is set for Friday and Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.
First- and second-round matches will be contested on Friday starting at 4 p.m. After they have been completed, the consolation bouts get under way around 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the quarterfinal and second-round consolation matches begin at 10:15 a.m. They will be followed by the consolation quarterfinals and championship semifinals as wrestling continues through the day.
The finals are set to be begin on Saturday at 6 p.m. with champions to be crowned in each weight class.
The Fairfield boys hockey team is the top seed for the FCIAC's tier two playoffs that begin Friday.
In semifinals at the Darien Ice Rink, Fairfield takes on No. 4 seed Trumbull at 8 p.m. after No. 2 Westhill and No. 3 Stamford meet in the first semifinal at 6 p.m.
The finals are set for next Saturday at the Terry Conners Rink in Stamford at 4 p.m.
For the second straight year, all three of the city's boys basketball teams have made the FCIAC playoffs and will be involved in quarterfinal games on Saturday at Fairfield Ludlowe.
No. 6 Stamford (11-7), which clinched a playoff spot with a 57-42 win over Harding on Wednesday, gets things going at noon against No. 3 Ridgefield (13-5).
At 2 p.m., No. 2 (14-4) takes on No. 7 Danbury (10-8) before No. 5 Westhill (13-5) faces No. 4 Bassick (13-5) at 5 p.m. Top seed St. Joseph (18-0) squares off with No. 8 Bridgeport Central (10-8) in the final
quarterfinal at 7 p.m.
The Stamford-Ridgefield game is rematch of last season's quarterfinal, won 39-31 by Stamford, which went on to lose to Bassick in theFCIAC finals. Stamford also won the regular-season meeting this year with a 50-39 victory.
Ridgefield had been slumping down the stretch but snapped a three-game losing streak with a 64-56 victory over Westhill that allowed the Tigers to grab the No. 3 based on wins over the Vikings and Bassick.
Trinity Catholic, which defeated Trumbull 61-59 at the buzzer on Wednesday, moved up to the No. 2 spot while Danbury clinched a playoff spot with a 62-53 overtime victory over Greenwich.
Other than St. Joseph, Westhill had been the FCIAC's hottest team, winning 10 of 11 games before the loss to Ridgefield.
The Vikings were in line to get the No. 2 seed but dropped to fourth and drew the defending champions in a game that could be the most intriguing of the four quarterfinal matchups.
During the regular season, Trinity Catholic defeated Danbury 65-55 while Westhill split two meets with Bassick. However, the Vikings had to forfeit the win for using an ineligible player.
No games scheduled
Westhill vs. Stamford, FCIAC tier II semifinals, 6 p.m., Darien Ice Rink
FCIAC quarterfinals at Fairfield Ludlowe
No. 3 Ridgefield vs. No. 6 Stamford, noon
No. 2 Trinity Catholic vs. No. 7 Danbury, 2
No. 4 Bassick vs. No. 5 Westhill, 5
No. 1 St. Joseph vs. No. 8 Central, 7
FCIAC tier one playoffs, at Terry Conners Rink
No. 4 New Canaan vs. No. 5 Wilton, 6 p.m.
No. 3 St. Joseph vs. No. 6 Trinity Catholic, 8 p.m.
Overall RecordWesthill* 13-5 14-6 Danbury*l 10-8 12-8 Bridgeport Central* 10-8 11-8 Greenwich 9-9 11-9 Trumbull 9-9 10-10 Staples 8-10 9-11
Overall RecordRidgefield* 13-5 15-5 Stamford* 11-7 12-8 Fairfield Ludlowe 9-9 9-11 Norwalk 8-10 10-10 McMahon 4-14 4-16 Harding 3-15 4-16
Overall RecordSt. Joseph* 18-0 20-0 Trinity Catholic* 14-4 15-5 Bassick* 13-5 15-5 Fairfield-Warde 9-9 11-9 Wilton 8-10 10-10 Darien 1-17 2-18 New Canaan 1-17 2-18
FCIAC RecordOverall Record Danbury* 18-0 22-0 Trumbull* 15-3 19-3 Staples 11-7 12-8 Westhill 10-8 11-9 Greenwich 4-14 4-16 Bridgeport Central 1-16 2-17
Central DivisionNorwalk* 13-5 15-6 Stamford* 11-7 12-10 Fairfield Ludlowe 7-11 8-12 Ridgefield 7-11 7-13 McMahon 3-15 3-17 Harding 2-15 4-15
East DivisionSt. Joseph* 15-3 17-4 Wilton* 13-5 15-6 Trinity Catholic* 12-6 13-8 Darien* 11-7 12-9 Fairfield Warde 10-8 12-8 New Canaan 8-10 10-10 Bassick 0-18 0-20
BOYS HOCKEYEast Division FCIAC Record FCIAC Points Overall Record Darien* 11-1 22 14-5-0 Ridgefield* 11-1 20 18-2-0 St. Joseph* 9-3 18 13-7-0 New Canaan* 8-4 16 12-7-1 Wilton* 8-4 16 10-10-0 Trinity Catholic* 8-4 16 9-11-0 Stamford 4-8 8 6-13-1 West Division FCIAC Record FCIAC Points Overall Record Fairfield 7-5 14 9-11-0 Westhill 5-7 10 5-12-2 Trumbull 4-8 8 11-9-0 Staples 2-10 4 8-11-0 Greenwich 1-11 2 3-17-0 Norwalk/McMahon 0-12 0 2-18-0
Teams FCIAC Record FCIAC Pts Overall Record New Canaan* 14-0 28 19-1 Ridgefield* 10-3-1 21 13-5-1 Greenwich* 10-4 20 12-5-1 Darien* 9-4-1 19 11-6-1 Fairfield 4-9 8 6-10-0 Wilton 4-9 8 5-11-1 Staples-Trumbull 3-11 6 6-12-0 Stamford 0-14 0 1-14-0