The teams in the city of Norwalk may not have produced any Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Champions, but its players were recognized as some of the best in the FCIAC this winter.
In total, 10 basketball players from the city were recognized for their on-the-court ability. Kelley was widely regarded as not only one of the best players in the FCIAC, but one of the best players in the state. He may have saved his best for last, as he sank a game winning 3 in the Bears' opening round game of the Class L tournament. Kelley was also named to the All-State team in Class L for his superior play this season.
In his first year at the varsity level, McMahon junior Lamar Tate led the Senators in scoring and was rewarded with an All-FCIAC second team selection. Senior guard Joey Tomberlin, who struggled through a foot injury for much of the season, made enough of an impact to garner All-FCIAC honorable mention honors.
On the girls' side, senior Kaitlin Whittington joined Gibbs with All-FCIAC third team honors. Classmates Kaylin English and Angie Cruz were named All-FCIAC honorable mention, giving the Senators, who advanced to the FCIAC and Class LL playoffs, four players named All-FCIAC in some capacity.
"I'm very proud of all of them, a little disappointed, I thought Kaitlin was at least second team, but I was proud that she did make at least make the third team. In many cases she may have been first team, coaches keyed on her and Khea most games, not just this year but last year too," McMahon girls basketball coach Mark McElveen said. "They all worked hard, had a great season and are proud of what they accomplished. It's a team sport and we wish we could have done more, but it's nice when the individuals get recognized."
Norwalk's Rottisha Lewis, a junior, was named to the All-FCIAC second team. Teammates Vanessa Harris and Zanya Fulton, whom coach Ricky Fuller did not have clear roles for when the season started, were credited with All-FCIAC honorable mention.
After getting its first win in two-plus years, the co-op hockey team received another boost when defenseman Lucas Aubrey was named All-FCIAC honorable mention.
Jeff Starr, who was named First Team All-FCIAC Central as an offensive lineman during the football season, was named First Team All-FCIAC in the 285-pound division. He also won the FCIAC championship during the season. Teammate Terron Edwards, who was named Second Team All-FCIAC Central for football, was named Second Team All-FCIAC in the 152-pound weight class. Joe Nocco (125) and Brent Nelson (160) joined their fellow Senators with All-FCIAC honorable mentions. Their selections were based off their finishes at the FCIAC championships.
"It's tough because I was very pleased with the season of all my seniors who have been with the program had. Left out from that group though are Wendell Christian, Christos (Kehagias) and DJ Morgan. DJ wrestled at states, Christos and Wendell both had close matches and weren't far away form placing," McMahon wrestling coach Joe SantaLucia said. "All of these guys are very good wrestlers and all helped us have the winning season we had. I look at the whole group of seniors and to me they were all part of contributing to a winning record which we haven't had for quite some time."
The co-op swim team featured four outstanding seniors and all four received FCIAC accolades. Castillo, who took home first place at the FCIACs in the 100 backstroke, was named First Team All-FCIAC. His classmates, Thomas DiGuglielmo, Dan Faugno-Fusci and John Ospina were all named Second Team All-FCIAC. The four combined to break three school records in relay races during their careers. Their All-FCIAC positions were also based on placement at the FCIAC championships.
In girls track and field, Shellyann Lindo of Brien McMahon was awarded Second Team All-FCIAC for her performance in the 55 M. On the boys side, Adam Robertino of Norwalk received First Team All-FCIAC honors in the 55 M, and Billy Reyes, also of Norwalk, received Second Team All-FCIAC in the 55 M. Their All-FCIAC placement was determined by their finish at the FCIACs.