High School Fall Sports Special: Players Of The Year; All-Courant Teams

The Courant presents its players of the year and All-Courant teams for the recently concluded 2012 fall sports season:

  • All-Courant Cover Story: Bloomfield Boys Soccer Wins First State Title Since 1950

    All-Courant Cover Story: Bloomfield Boys Soccer Wins First State Title Since 1950

    BLOOMFIELD — Even today, Omar McFarlane doesn't know exactly what caused him to drop everything and head into the Bloomfield athletic office nearly five years ago. He just knew it felt right. So with little coaching experience and a whole lot of passion, McFarlane approached athletic director Tammy...

  • HAND'S BRENDAN BILCHECK: The Total Package For The Tigers

    HAND'S BRENDAN BILCHECK: The Total Package For The Tigers

    BRENDAN BILCHECK, HAND-MADISONCLASS: SeniorPOSITION: QuarterbackSIZE: 6 feet, 175 poundsCO ACH: Steve FilipponeACCOMPLISHMENTS: Passed for 2,266 yards and 18 touchdowns and ran for 793 and 11 TDs to help the Tigers finish 13-0, win the Class L title and finish No. 1 in The Courant final state ratings....

  • WINDSOR'S COLE ORMSBY: The Sack Master Of Windsor

    WINDSOR'S COLE ORMSBY: The Sack Master Of Windsor

    COLE ORMSBY, WINDSORCLASS: SeniorPOSITION: End SIZE: 6 feet 3, 230 pounds COACH: Rob FleetingACCOMPLISHMENTS: Had 87 total tackles and led the state with 17 sacks. ... Had nine total tackles and two sacks in games against Wethersfield and Farmington. ... Notched three sacks against Bristol Central...

  • NORTHWEST CATHOLIC'S JESS FONTAINE: Unforgettable Player On An Unforgettable Team

    NORTHWEST CATHOLIC'S JESS FONTAINE: Unforgettable Player On An Unforgettable Team

    JESS FONTAINE, NORTHWEST CATHOLIC-WEST HARTFORDPOSITION: Forward CLASS: Senior COACH: Todd Sadler ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Helped lead Northwest Catholic to back-to-back Class M championships and to three titles in four seasons (shared title with Suffield in 2009). … Had 29 goals and 15 assists for 73...

  • BLOOMFIELD'S FABIAN BURNETT: Brings Home Long-Awaited Championship

    BLOOMFIELD'S FABIAN BURNETT: Brings Home Long-Awaited Championship

    FABIAN BURNETT, BLOOMFIELDPOSITION: Striker CLASS: SeniorCOACH: Omar McFarlaneACCOMPLISHMENTS: Anchored Bloomfield's run to its first title since 1950 with 32 goals in just his second season with the program. Had three goals in the Class S championship to help Bloomfield beat Somers, 3-2. Scored...

  • JAMIE BARTUCCA, FARMINGTON: Like A Broken Record, She Smashed A Few

    JAMIE BARTUCCA, FARMINGTON: Like A Broken Record, She Smashed A Few

    JAMIE BARTUCCA, FARMINGTONPOSITION: MidfielderCLASS: SeniorCOACH: Nelle AndrewsACCOMPLISHMENTS: Scored school-record 23 goals and had nine assists this season. Had 51 career goals to break the school record, as well as 24 career assists. Helped Farmington to a 16-1-0-2 record and a berth in the...

  • SIOBHAN DALE , E.O. SMITH: A Super Sophomore Season

    SIOBHAN DALE , E.O. SMITH: A Super Sophomore Season

    SIOBHAN DALE, E.O. SMITH-STORRSEVENTS: 50 and 100 freestyle/relays CLASS: Sophomore COACH: Karim Mabrouk ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Swam 23.78 in the 50-yard freestyle and 51.86 in the 100-yard freestyle to finish second and third, respectively, in the State Open. … Won the 50 freestyle at the Class M championship...

  • MARINA ROSE, COVENTRY: She Rises To The Occasion

    MARINA ROSE, COVENTRY: She Rises To The Occasion

    MARINA ROSE, COVENTRYPOSITION: Outside HitterCLASS: SeniorCOACH: Ryan GibersonACCOMPLISHMENTS: Led Coventry, which has won 76 matches in a row, to its seventh consecutive Class S title. Was the MVP of the Class S championship game the last three years and was honored as the state Gatorade Player...

  • DHAHRAN RODRIGUEZ, CAPITAL PREP: He Took On Any Challenge

    DHAHRAN RODRIGUEZ, CAPITAL PREP: He Took On Any Challenge

    DHAHRAN VELASQUEZ, CAPITAL PREP-HARTFORDCLASS: JuniorCOACH: Scott WojnarowiczACCOMPLISHMENTS: Finished fifth in the State Open in 16:27 and won the Class S title in 16:29, helping his team to a Class S runner-up finish. Won the CSC title (17:00). ... Won the seeded race at the Wickham Invitational...

  • CHRISSY BENDZINSKI, RHAM: It's About A Love Of The Sport

    CHRISSY BENDZINSKI, RHAM: It's About A Love Of The Sport

    CHRISSY BENDZINSKI, RHAM-HEBRONCLASS: JuniorCOACH: Mark LoganACCOMPLISHMENTS: Finished second at the State Open in 19:12, three seconds behind winner Brianna Lenehan of Norwich Free Academy. ... Was third in Class MM (20:06) and won the CCC championship (19:48). ... Finished second at the Wickham...

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