FCIAC

Granito The Latest In Recent Line Of Outstanding New Canaan 3-Sport Female Athletes

NEW CANAAN — Catherine The Great was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia. Her reign was called Russia’s golden age.

A little over three centuries later, Catherine Granito is merely part of what has been an outstanding era for three-sport female athletes in New Canaan. Is this comparison a stretch? Let’s just say Granito, who stands just 5-feet tall, packs greatness into every inch.

Consider: Granito started playing ice hockey when she was 2, save for one year played against boys until she was 14 and could graduate next year as perhaps the second-leading scorer in state history, surpassing one of her role models. Or that she never played field hockey until her freshman year, when she attended a “Meet The Coaches” gathering and was encouraged by a friend to come out for the team.

FCIAC

Westhill’s Rich Ready To Make The Jump To UConn’s Field Hockey Team

STAMFORD — When Ashley Rich started playing field hockey in the fifth grade, Stamford did not have a youth program for elementary school students. Oddly enough, her career blossomed across town lines in Darien.

Once she reached middle school, she joined Stamford’s program and also found a travel team that she would end up sticking with all the way through high school called Fairfield County United.

At this point, only a seventh grader, she knew that she would want to play in college.

FCIAC

A Competitive Spirit Has Driven Westhill’s Emma Hart To Becoming A College Level Field Hockey Player

STAMFORD—She has an unassuming appearance, is shy and laconic around people she does not know well, and can easily blend into the crowd.

Then Westhill’s Emma Hart steps onto the playing field, and her alter ego takes control.

“I’m a very competitive person,” said Hart, a senior who has been a four-year starter for both the Vikings’ field hockey and softball teams. “I just hate losing more than anything, so I get like feisty.”

That spirited attitude has carried her well. A midfielder, Hart will be one of the captains of the field hockey team this fall, looking to improve on a year ago, when it was 7-9-1, losing to eventual champion Darien in the first round of the state tournament.

College

Catching Up With … UConn — And Former Norwalk — Field Hockey Player Efthimia Kutrubis

Efthimia Kutrubis got to experience something her freshman year of college that most athletes will never realize: winning a national championship title. The former Norwalk High School field hockey standout decided to take her talents to the next level at the University of Connecticut. Kutrubis, who will be a sophomore at UConn this fall, was part of the program’s third national championship. The team defeated Duke, 2-0, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virg., in the final. The Huskies finished the season with an impressive record of 21-4.

Kutrubis was a decorated athlete at Norwalk. She excelled at both lacrosse and field hockey, and I had the pleasure of playing with her in both sports. She was an All-State second team selection during her senior year. Kutrubis was also selected to the All-FCIAC team.

FCIAC

Greenwich’s Nicole Graham Finishing 3-Sport Career On Field After Recovery From Leukemia

GREENWICH — The positive outlook and radiant smile have remained constants, packaged now with a maturity uncommon in high school seniors.

Then again, not many teenagers — or anyone, for that matter — have had to endure the battle waged by Nicole Graham against an insidious disease that left her parents in the unfathomable position of having to confront their daughter’s mortality.

It is unfair to compare Graham’s battle with leukemia to any of her athletic endeavors at Greenwich High School, save for an important common trait: the indomitable spirit she brought to the fight.

FCIAC

Super 6: Vote for the BlueStreak-Ruden Report Fall Female Player of the Year

After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past two months, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected six outstanding finalists for our BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Fall Female Player of the Year award.

The winner will receive a trophy from BlueStreak Sports Training and The Ruden Report.

Here are the finalists, who were all named to the All-FCIAC and All-State teams, and their accomplishments (based on information submitted by coaches):

Boys Cross Country

4 Male, 6 Female Finalists For BlueStreak-Ruden Report Fall Players of the Year

After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past two months, starting on Sunday morning it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected six outstanding finalists for the BlueStreak-Ruden Report FCIAC Fall Female Player of the Year award.

The winners will receive a trophy from BlueStreak Sports Training and The Ruden Report.