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Tuesday, February 20 Sports

Ostberg named Darien Sports Person of 2014

Rising Darien senior Alex Ostberg, a standout cross country, indoor track and outdoor track distance runner, was named Darien's Sports Person of 2014 by the Fairfield County Sports Commission. Ostberg is among a group of athletes and coaches who will be recognized at the 10th annual Sports Night awards dinner on Monday, Oct. 20, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. Each Fairfield County town will be represented at the dinner, as well as the town of Newtown, by its honored athlete, coach or team.

This past spring, Ostberg won the 5,000-meter race at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals meet with the second-best time in meet history. His mark also broke the Connecticut, FCIAC and Darien High School all-time marks. Over the 2013-14 school year, Ostberg led the Blue Wave to state titles in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Below are all of the 2014 Sports Persons of the Year, as dubbed by the Fairfield County Sports Commission.

Bridgeport- Central High boys' basketball team, Class LL state champions

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DARIEN- Ostberg, Darien High runner, National 5,000-meter champion

EASTON- Chris Thomas, National Men's Masters Tri-athlete of the Year

FAIRFIELD- Christian Alvarado, Fairfield Prep runner, National 1-mile champion

GREENWICH- Austin Longi, Greenwich High football and track & field standout

MONROE- Tatum Buckley, Masuk High softball pitcher, Gatorade State Player of Year

NEW CANAAN- Max Pacioretty, U.S. Olympic hockey player, NHL standout

*NEWTOWN-Maura Fletcher, Newtown High girls' lacrosse, state coach of year

NORWALK- Cameron Wilson, NCAA individual golf champion

SHELTON- Division 10 Shelton Vikings cheer team, national champions

STAMFORD- Stamford Stars 12U softball team, New England champions

STRATFORD- Stratford Brakettes, undefeated national champion softball team

TRUMBULL- St. Joseph High boys' lacrosse team, Class S state champions

WESTON- Michael Carter, Weston Stadium Lights Committee/Weston Sports Commission

WESTPORT- Hannah DeBalsi, Staples High runner, National 2-mile champion

WILTON- Noah Farrell, Wilton High tennis player, 4-time Class L state champion

* new award this year

The Fairfield County Sports Commission is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting fitness and personal development through sports. The Commission, with the exception of the executive director, is an all-volunteer group that gives financial support and its resources back to its communities, primarily focused on the 110,000 school age youngsters it can reach with its fitness awareness education programs under its Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy.