Awards

Hank O'Donnell Female Athlete of the Year

 

Hank O'Donnell was the executive sports editor and columnist for The Republican-American in Waterbury. His sportswriting career spanned 61 years and included time at the Waterbury American and Waterbury Republican. He died in 1983. The award is given to the state's female athlete of the year.

 

2019 | Mya Johnson, Old Lyme High soccer
2018 | Autumn Sorice, Western Connecticut State soccer

2017 | Bria Holmes, Atlanta Dream

2016 | Breanna Stewart, UConn basketball 

2015 | Allyson Fournier, Tufts University softball

2014 | McKenzie Hollenbaugh, Boston University/New England Mutiny soccer

2013 | Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun

2012 | Shannon Gagne, University of New Haven track

2011 | Maya Moore, UConn basketball

2010 | Rachele Fico, Masuk-Monroe softball

2009 | Michelle Guerette, U.S. Olympic rowing (Silver medalist)

2008 | Kristen Frost, Southern Connecticut State University swimming

2007 | Amanda Pape, Sacred Heart University basketball

2006 | Tiffany Weimer, North Haven and Penn State soccer

2005 | Annia Hatch, U.S. Olympic gymnastics and Liz Janangelo, Duke golf

2004 | Diana Taurasi, UConn basketball

2003 | Suzy Whaley, golf

2002 | Maura Danahy, Connecticut College track and cross country

2001 | Liz Janangelo, golf

2000 | Kristine Lilly, U.S. World Cup soccer

1999 | Nykesha Sales, UConn basketball

1998 | Sarah Whalen, UConn soccer

1997 | Kerry Connors, UConn soccer

1996 | Jennifer Rizzotti, UConn basketball

1995 | Rebecca Lobo, UConn basketball

1994 | Terry Roy, UConn track and field (hepthalon)

1993 | Liz Mueller, Waterford track and field/cross country

1992 | Sarah and Karen Josephson, Bristol, U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming 

1991 | Kerry Bascom, UConn basketball

1990 | Kris Karlson, Weston, U.S. national team rowing

1989 | Tracy Lis, Killingly girls basketball

1988 | Maryanne Torrellas, Clinton, race walking

1987 | Danielle Benoit, Mercy High-Middletown, running

1986 | Caroline Keggi, golf

1985 | Terry Kix, UConn field hockey

1984 | Julie Bolduc, Southington High, softball

 

 

Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year

 

Bill Lee spent nearly a half century in the sports writing profession. He was sports editor and columnist of The Hartford Courant from 1939 to 1974. Lee died in 1979. The award is given to the state male athlete of the year. Prior to 1984, both male and female athletes were eligible for the award.

 

2019 | Harry Stanton, Wesleyan University lacrosse
2018 | Alex Zachary, Eastern Connecticut State baseball

2017 | Devon Carrillo, Wesleyan University football/wrestling

2016 | Kris Dunn, Providence College basketball

2015 | Mike LeDuc, Connecticut College, cross country and track and field

2014 | Matt Harvey, New York Mets

2013 | Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

2012 | Kemba Walker, UConn basketball

2011 | Keith Rocco, NASCAR auto racing

2010 | Aaron Hernandez, University of Florida football

2009 | Donald Brown, UConn football

2008 | Chad Dawson, boxing

2007 | Edward McCarthy, Yale football and Justise Hairston, Central Connecticut State University football

2006 | James Blake, tennis and Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis Colts

2005 | Dan Orlovsky, UConn football

2004 | Carl Pavano, Florida Marlins

2003 | Ryan Bak, Trinity College cross country/track and field and Ben Michaelson, Southern Connecticut State University swimming

2002 | Dwight Freeney, Syracuse University football

2001 | Chris Gbandi, UConn soccer

2000 | Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros

1999 |  J.J. Henry, golf

1998 | Reggie Greene, Siena University football

1997 | Jesse Showerda, University of New Haven football

1996 | Jerry Courville, Jr., golf

1995 | Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros and Brian Leetch, New York Rangers

1994 | Mo Vaughn, Boston Red Sox

1993 | Chris Smith, UConn basketball

1992 | James Lane, Trinity College football

1991 | Jeff Bagwell, New Britain Red Sox

1990 | Rob Dibble, Cincinnati Reds

1989 | Kevin Giancola, golf

1988 | Marlon Starling, boxing

1987 | Craig Janney and Brian Leetch, U.S. Olympic hockey team

1986 | Harold Pressley, Villanova basketball and Ken Green, golf

1985 | Steve Young, pro football

1984 | Bill Dawley, Houston Astros

1983 | Garry Pearson, UMass football

1982 | Rich Diana, Yale football

1981 | Joe Morrone, Jr., UConn soccer

1980 | Randy LaVigne, UConn basketball and baseball

1979 | Bill Rodgers, marathon

1978 | Tony Hanson, UConn basketball

1977 | Jan Merrill, running

1976 | Bruce Jenner, decathlon and Dorothy Hamill, figure skating

1975 | Joan Joyce, softball

1974 | Eric Torkelson, UConn football

1973 | Dick Jauron, Yale football

 

Doc McInerney High School Coach of the Year Award

 

Francis ''Doc'' McInerney was sports editor of the Waterbury Republican in the 1960s. He was president of the Alliance in 1953. The award is presented to the high school coach of the year. Since 1993, the award has been given to a boys and girls sports coach.

 

2019 | John Marinelli, Greenwich football; Carol Asplund, Joel Barlow girls volleyball

2018 | Jeff Brameier, Darien boys lacrosse; Holly Misto, New London girls basketball

2017 | Reggie Lytle, Hillhouse football; Kelly Maher, Cromwell girls basketball

2016 | Matt Altieri, Sheehan baseball; Davina Hernandez, Southington softball

2015 | Tim King, Valley Regional football; Richard Langer, Haddam-Killingworth girls volleyball

2014 | Tom Brockett, Ansonia football; Sue Bavone, Cheshire girls volleyball

2013 | Todd Sadler, Northwest Catholic boys soccer; Mark Beigel, Suffield girls soccer

2012 | Thayer Redman, Manchester boys track and field; Sandy Wickman Mason, Granby field hockey

2011 | Steve Waters, Farmington boys soccer; Liz Sutman, Waterford softball

2010 | Tom Marcucci, Notre Dame-West Haven football; Nelson Mingachos, Immaculate-Danbury girls soccer

2009 | Lou Marinelli, New Canaan football; Matt Hurlock, Coventry girls volleyball

2008 | Ricky Shook, Danbury wrestling; Laurie LaRusso, Darien girls volleyball

2007 | Sal Coppola, Amity baseball; Beryl Piper, New Britain girls basketball

2006 | Steve Filippone, Hand football; Dick Hawks, Greenwich girls swimming

2005 | Rick Geremia, North Branford boys soccer; Lou Milardo, Nathan Hale Ray softball

2004 | Jack Hunt, Ansonia football; Theresa Napolitano, Amity-Woodbridge softball

2003 | Ed McCarthy, West Haven football; Jim Rooney, Guilford girls basketball

2002 | Ed Lynch, Simsbury boys golf; Cathy McGuirk, Branford field hockey

2001 | Joe Maher, Guilford boys soccer; Dot Johnson, Granby field hockey

2000 | Jim Day, Berlin wrestling; Joe Piazza, Southington softball

1999 | Charles Wolfe, Old Lyme baseball and Valley Regional boys soccer; Abe Breslow, Trumbull girls soccer

1998 | David Hodge, Weaver football; Joe Grippo, Morgan girls volleyball

1997 | Jim Penders, East Catholic baseball; Ed Aston, Cheshire girls swimming

1996 | Steve Addazio, Cheshire football; Kathleen "Cookie" Bromage, Enfield field hockey

1995 | Bob Faulkner, Hand-Madison boys soccer; Dave Strong, Masuk-Monroe girls basketball

1994 | Burt Leventhal, Cheshire baseball; Ellen Mahoney, Ledyard softball

1993 | Lou Gagliardi, New Britain boys cross country and track & field; Nancy Grace, Canton field hockey

1992 | John O'Connor, Branford boys swimming

1991 | Don Bates, Berlin boys golf

1990 | Carl Snitkin, Norwich Free Academy wrestling

1989 | Marty deLivron, Avon boys soccer

1988 | Charles Bentley, Warren Harding boys basketball

1987 | Pete Schuler, Westbrook girls basketball

1986 | Bob DeMayo, North Haven boys basketball

1985 | Frank Hauser, Glastonbury football

1984 | Larry Ciotti, Hand-Madison football

1983 | Charles Sharos, South Windsor boys basketball and boys soccer

1982 | Bill Reagan, Old Saybrook basketball

1981 | Bob Michalski, Xavier-Middletown cross country and track and field

1980 | Bill McAllister, Ansonia football

1979 | Tom LaBella, Middletown boys basketball

1978 | Rod Leyland, Ledyard wrestling

1977 | Lou Astorino, Hamden ice hockey

1976 | Lou DeFillippo, Derby football

1975 | Gary Palladino, St. Paul boys basketball

 

Hal Levy High School Athlete of the Year (male)

Hal Levy was the executive sports editor of the Shore Line Times and other weekly newspapers along the Connecticut shoreline for more than 29 years. They provided extensive coverage of boys and girls high school sports. He passed away in 2008. This award goes to the top high school athlete in the state.

 

2018 | Spencer Lockwood, Killingly football

2017 | Anthony Falbo, Newtown wrestling

2016 | Mustapha Herron, Sacred Heart basketball

2015 | Dario Highsmith, Middletown football

2014 | Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia football

2013 | Stephen Barmore, Southington football

2012 | Casey Cochran, Masuk football

 

Hal Levy High School Athlete of the Year (female)

 

2018 | Abby Abramson, Cheshire softball

2017 | McKenna Dale, E.O. Smith basketball and swimming

2016 | Mara Costentino, Glastonbury soccer

2015 | Kiah Gillespie, Capital Prep basketball

2014 | Hannah DeBalsi, Staples track and field and cross country

2013 | Casey Pearsall, Wilton

 

Bob Casey Courage Award 

To recognize extraordinary courage, the Alliance presents the Bob Casey Courage Award in honor of the former New Haven Register sportswriter and public relations director for the NHL’s Hartford Whalers, who passed away due to cancer in 1994.

 

2019 | Terry Miller, Bloomfield High and Andraya Yearwood, Cromwell High compete in track and field while publicly and courageously championing the rights of transgender high school athletes

2018 | Katie Shea, RHAM volleyball and girls basketball battled autoimmune encephalitis, an autoimmune disorder that affects the brain; Steve Daniels, Southington statistian despite various health challenges

2017 | Giancomo Brancato, Fairfield Warde basketball/baseball; Danni Kemp, Stony Brook and Foran softball

Brancato recovered from non-hodgkins lymphoma to help Warde win state title in baseball; Kemp battled kidney cancer in high school and then earned All-State honors in softball. She played at Stony Brook and with Stratford Brakettes before doctors discovered inoperable brain tumor. She passed away in March 2017.

2016 | Danny Deitz, Simsbury High lacrosse/football; Nicole O'Donnell, Lewis Mills field hockey

Deitz had a successful heart transplant last fall; O'Donnell recovered from serious injuries from a car accident.

2015 | Connor Reed, Sheehan High tennis; Jon DeCasanova, Eastern Connecticut State men's soccer

Reed battled back from temporary paralysis to rejoin his Sheehan High team as a senior. DeCasanova beat lymphoma to return to the ECSU men's soccer team. 

2014 | Andrew Haraghey, Fermi-Enfield; Morgan Bjarno, Glastonbury.

Haraghey had viral encephalitis as a baby and has shown incredible determination. He is a competitive skier who came up just short of qualifying for the 2014 Paralympic Games. Bjarno couldn’t play soccer at Glastonbury High after being diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. Her classmates and opponents rallied around her wearing orange ribbons (official color of childhood leukemia) to show their support.

2013 |  Karen Newman, Greenwich

Newman, 51, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2008. But she has continued to compete in triathlons. In 2012, she was 8th at the U.S. national championships and second at the world championships in the women’s 50-54 division.

2012 |  Dave Balfore, Berlin

Dave overcame Bell’s palsy and leukemia to play varsity sports at Berlin. He was a member of Berlin’s 2009 Class M championship football team and played tennis as a junior and senior.

2011 |  Ken Green, PGA golfer; Jamie Botteon, Bristol Eastern girls soccer

2010 |  Deb Gruen, Yale and Hamden

A senior at Yale and a record-setting Paralympic swimmer, Gruen was selected to the U.S. Paralympic team. She owns five Paralympic world records. Born with spina bifida, an imperfect enclosure of the spinal column, she uses two canes to get around on land.

2009 |  Stephanie Ingrahm, Cromwell High; Steve Matson, Amity High

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2006 |  Pam Malcolm, Colchester/Bryant College women’s basketball

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1999 |  Bret Chernik, Windsor

In February 1998, Bret, then 27, was returning officiating a college hockey game at Sacred Heart when he stopped to help passengers from an overturned vehicle. He was hit by drunk driver and lost his left leg above the knee. 

 

President's Award

The president of the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance presents an award to recognize an individual, team or organization that has made a significant and positive impact on the state’s sports landscape. 

 

2019 | Travelers Championship, a PGA Tour event since 1952
2018 | Leah Secondo, Enfield athlete and broadcaster

2016 | Manchester Road Race

2014 | Fairfield County Sports Commission -- 10 years of promoting health, fitness and athletics in Fairfield County

2012 | FCIAC -- Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference celebrated its 50th year in 2012

2010 | Stephanie Ford, CIAC

2005 | Stephanie Novotny, East Lyme swimmming

 

 

Bo Kolinsky Special Recognition Award

Bo Kolinsky was a long-time scholastic sports editor at the Hartford Courant who always shined a light on the men and women to coach and teach our state's children in athletics. This award recognizes an individual or individuals for inspirational and remarkable achievements. 

 

2019 | Bob Barton, longtime sportswriter and Yale football historian

2015 | Bob and Cookie Bromage, Enfield -- Combined for 100 seasons of coaching

2014 | North Haven High football team -- Donated more than $13,000 raised at its annual spring football game to a young 6-year old boy in town who needed a heart transplant.

Hal Levy High School Achievement Award

Hal Levy was the executive sports editor of the Shore Line Times and other weekly newspapers along the Connecticut shoreline for more than 29 years. They provided extensive coverage of boys and girls high school sports. He passed away in 2008.

 

2019 | Waterford High and Stonington High softball teams annual game is a benefit fundraiser for Play 4 The Cure and has raised more than $10,000 in 10 years 

 

Art McGinley Meritorious Service Award

Arthur B. McGinley was a long-time sports editor and columnist of The Hartford Times and also a popular toastmaster in Connecticut. He died in 1974. The McGinley award is given to a current or former Alliance member for meritorious service.

 

2018 | Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant

2016 | Don Harrison, Waterbury newspapers

2015 | John Holt, WFSB Channel 3

2014 | Gerry deSimas, Jr., Collinsville Press.com

2013 | Bob Ehalt, New Haven Register

2012 | Peter Vander Veer, Hersham Acorn Newspapers

2011 | Ken Lipshez, New Britain Herald

2010 | Sean Barker, New Haven Register

2009 | Arnold Dean, WTIC-AM 1080

2008 | Woody Anderson, Hartford Courant

2007 | Ted Moynihan, Meriden Record Journal

2006 | Randy Smith, Manchester Journal Inquirer

2005 | Bruce Berlet, Hartford Courant

2004 | Tom Hine, Hartford Courant

2003 | Matt Buckler, Manchester Journal Inquirer

2002 | Bob Barton, New Haven Register

2001 | Pete Zanardi, Hartford Times/New Haven Register/Shore Line Newspapers

2000 | Hal Levy, Shore Line Newspapers

1999 | Mike Caruso, Hartford Courant/Hartford Times

1998 | Owen Canfield, Hartford Courant

1997 | Tom McCormick, New Haven Register

1996 | Bart Fisher, New Britain Herald

1995 | Pat Drewry, Waterbury newspapers

1994 | Howard Holcomb, Hartford Courant

1993 | Fred Vercini, Bridgeport Post-Telegram

1992 | Lou Brodersen, The (Norwalk) Hour

1991 | Jack Cruise, The (New London) Day

1990 | Bohdan Kolinsky, Hartford Courant

1989 | John Kershaw, Hartford Courant

1988 | Don Clerkin, Hartford Times

1987 | Frank Corkin, Meriden Record Journal

1986 | Fred J. Post, Middletown Press

1985 | Earl Yost, Manchester Herald

1984 | John DeGange, New London Day

1983 | Charles Kellogg, New Haven Register

1982 | Joe Cassano, Hartford Times

1981 | Bill Ahern, Jackson Newspapers

1980 | Sam Cohen, Bridgeport Herald

1979 | Hank O'Donnell, Waterbury newspapers

1978 | Lou Black, Associated Press

1977 | Willard Williams, The (Norwalk) Hour

1976 | Bill Lee, Hartford Courant

 

John Wentworth Good Sport Award

John Wentworth was sports editor of The Herald in New Britain, who specialized in writing about local sports figures. The award is given to those individuals who unselfishly devote their time and energy to the promotion of athletics in their communities.

 

2018 | Chris Bishop, Wallingford; John and Judy Clark, Middletown; Michael Cotnoir, Enfield; John Larkins, Shelton; Dave Putnam, East Lyme

2018 | Ed DiPersio, Meriden; Dave Farr, Windsor Locks; Maryellen Holden, Forestville; Don Lombardo, Middletown; Mike Madera, West Haven; Paul Majeski, New Britain

2017 | Tom D'Aquila Middletown; Rich Leonardo, Hamden; Ed Morse, Derby; Tom Owens, Enfield; Chase Skrubis, Granby; Curtis Urbina, Newtown

2016 | Ray Aramini, Columbia; Tom DeFilippo, Bethany; Paul Glover, West Hartford; John Greco, Middletown; Bill Nataro, Torrington; David Pelletier, Wolcott; Jennifer Schulten, Middlefield

2015 | Glynn Baron, West Hartford; Jerry DeJulia, Danbury; Sarah Jadach, Derby; Jane Pinho, Prospect; Dave Rodrguez and Bill Hutchinson, Wallingford

2014 | Jason "Coachie" DeCarolis, Bristol; Tim Kulish, Shelton; Fran Slattery, Enfield; Fred Kelly, North Haven; David Dykes, Waterford; Les and Brett Zimmerman, Meriden

2013 | Alton Brooks, New Britain; Tom DiMaggio, New London area; Bob Fontaine, Middletown/Bethel; Bill Pucci, Derby/Ansonia; Jim Tommins, Fairfield County; Dan and Theresa Lee, Berlin/Cheshire

2012 | John Riley, Berlin; John Commune, Seymour; Wayne Potvin, Montville; Ed Gadomski, Thomaston; Bob Peruzzotti, Mystic

2011 | Tom Bohara, Norwich; Mark and Nancy Cammisa, Danbury; Vin DiLauro, West Haven; Donald Nielsen, New Haven; Mike Torres, New Britain; Richard Rothstein, Norwalk

2010 | Buck Iannacone, Wesport; Melinda Hedding, East Lyme; Owen Sanderson, Hamden; Bob Fralick. Middletown; Paul LaFleur, Bristol; Don Lukowski, New Britain; Mike Bendzinski, Manchester

2009 | Tom Blake, West Haven; Willie Bousquet, Putnam; Harold "Hat" Fengar, Waterford; Jane and Mark Foss, Manchester; Roy Lawrence, eastern Connecticut; Darwin Shaw, New Britain; Carmine Vaccaro, Stamford

2008 | Joe Arnone, New Britain; Frank and Shelia Beneski, Suffield; Jim Boice, Glastonbury; Robert Burns, Hamden; Charles Derbabian, New Haven; Francis X. Sweeney, Waterford; Peter Higgins, Hartford

2007 | Bill Donovan, Waterford; Don Longtin, Glastonbury; Dave Ruotolo, West Haven; Gary Moore, New Haven; Nick Koules, Stamford; Matt Fischer, Cheshire; Bob Russell, Madison 

2006 | Tom Chiappetta, Norwalk; Robert Johnson, Hamden; Francis Mullins, Bristol; Dave Nowakowski, Jewett City; Larry Pelletier, Meriden; Ed Wilcox, Middletown

2005 | George Burr, Shelton; Christopher Everone, West Haven; Mike McLaughlin, New London; Jody Sheeley, Norwich; Bob Watson, Bristol

2004 | Bob Greenwood, West Haven; Ethel Maturo, Guilford; Don MacKenzie, Old Lyme; Bill Petit, Berlin; Ricky and Lisa Bottalico; Ralph Giansanti

2003 | Marc Allard, Dayville; George DeMaio, North Branford/North Haven; Brother Robert Houlihan, Middletown; Peter Kiro, East Hartford/Manchester; Tom Sullivan, Guilford

2002 | Fred Levesh, Guilford; Bill Ryan, Waterbury; Bill Sullivan, Norwich; George Tomalonis, Enfield; Bryan J. Treado III, Plainville; Bill Walsh, Windsor

2001 | Dennis Beatty, New Britain; Richard Gano, Franklin/Willimantic; Mary Fuller and Cathi Rapp, Waterbury; Bill Hardy, Portland; Pete Kokinis, Wethersfield; Dr. Mike Lantiere, Southington; Bill Lynch, Wethersfield

2000 | Paul Criscuolo, Branford; Steve Daniels, Southington; Dave Greenleaf, Bristol; Ken Hungerford, West Hartford; Stan Jablonski, Somers; Dick Teed, Windsor

1999 | Ed Beardsley, Bristol; Dick Gunn, Ellington; Bob LaBranche, Plainville; Herb Lawton, Wethersfield; Jim MacVeigh, Guilford; Bob McPhail, Norwich

1998 | Don Berger, Vernon; Bill Cahill, Durham; David Huntington, New Haven; Bob LaBreche, South Windsor; John J. Murphy, Farmington; Karlene Sullivan, Suffield; Warren Whitehouse, East Lyme; Hubie Williamson, Waterbury

1997 | Thomas Altieri, Meriden; Lou Ernst, Niantic; Jim Foster, Wallingford; Bill Glynn, Middletown; Munere Haddad, Willimantic; Marty Paganini, Torrington; Bill Slater, Manchester

1996 | Lou Bogash, Stratford; John Cesario, Hartford; Ralph Giansanti, South Windsor; Bill Heintz, Torrington; Julie Larese, Bristol; Frank Marietta, New Britain; Art Miller, Middlefield; Irene Smith, Manchester

1995 | George Cocores, Middletown; Syd Conn, West Hartford; George Cruz, Hartford; Art Nelson, Plainville; Mike Marella, Bridgeport; John Pelletier, New London; Ron and Valerie Suhanosky, Milford

1994 | Frank and Fred Ahlbin, Fairfield; Jim Gallagher, East Hartford; John Michaels, Southbury; Dick Nassiff, Willimantic

1993 | Dot and Fred Bondi, Norwalk; Fred Hammick, South Windsor; Bill Pomfret, Middletown; Bill Romanowski, Vernon

1992 | Joe Samoska, Waterbury; Rick Sheldon, Hartford; Jack Repass, East Hartford; Jerry Dunnack, Columbia; Dave DeRosa, Fairfield; Jim O'Neill, New London; Joe Trapasso, Branford; Jim Bransfield, Middletown

1991 | Joe Budwitz, Meriden; Dave Bolio, Wallingford; Ben Dodge, Vernon; Walter "Doc" Hurley, Hartford; Tom Corbo, Norwalk, Bob Boss, Milford

1990 | Skip Cunningham, Vernon; Frank DeLuca, Stratford; Albert Hamrah, Middletown; Frank Nistico, Sr., Westport; Bill O'Brien, Branford; Dave Sacco, Newington

1989 | Rene DeSaulniers, Putnam; Joe Barber, Stratford; Lew Kelley, Vernon; Matthew "Pop" Shortell, Ansonia; John Welch, Windsor; Jerome "Buzzy" Levin, Middletown; Herb Sheintop, Hartford

1988 | Frank McCoy, Vernon; Bernie Fields, Middletown; Lou DeBenedictis, Hartford