LeVander chosen as Wilton's Sports Person of the Year

Chelsea LeVander, who as a senior helped the Wilton High gymnastics team defend its FCIAC championship by winning her third straight conference all-around title last winter, has been named the Wilton Sports Person of the Year for 2012.

LeVander, who graduated from Wilton High in June, was among the 15 area winners announced Tuesday by the Fairfield County Sports Commission. The local honorees will be recognized at the 8th annual Sports Night awards dinner, Monday, Oct. 15, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m..

In each of the 15 communities that the Commission serves, a committee headed by a local town representative selects a Sports Person of the Year. Each winner is deemed to have had the most positive impact in their sports community from Aug. 2011-Aug. 2012.

LeVander won all four individual events at the FCIAC championships en route to her third consecutive all-around title. It was the second straight year that she finished first in every individual event.

LeVander placed second — for the second straight year — in the all-around at the State Open, finishing second on floor, third in vault and beam, and fourth on bars.

She was then third on floor, fourth in vault, and tied for fifth on bars at the New England championships.

During the regular season, LeVander set a school record in the all-around with a score of 38.4. That included a 9.95 on bars.

In addition to LeVander, the other Sports Persons of the Year were:

BRIDGEPORT - James Campbell, Stony Brook pitcher, Major League Baseball draftee.

DARIEN - Rob Crane, U.S. Olympic sailing team member.

EASTON - John Distler, Joel Barlow High lacrosse coach. Class S state coach of year.

FAIRFIELD - Craig Kinsley, U.S. Olympic track team member (javelin).

GREENWICH - Greenwich High boys and girls golf teams, both FCIAC champions.

MONROE - Casey Cochran, Masuk High quarterback, Gatorade state player of year.

NEW CANAAN - Charlie Cole, U.S. Olympic rowing team, bronze medal winner.

NORWALK - Bryan Daniello, McMahon High baseball standout, Gatorade state player of year.

SHELTON - Shelton High baseball team, Class LL state champions.

STAMFORD - Dan Madwed, University of Michigan All-American swimmer.

STRATFORD - Zach Zurita, Bunnell High soccer standout, Gatorade state player of year.

TRUMBULL - Even Centopani, nationally-recognized professional bodybuilder.

WESTON - Sibyl Ledwick, Weston High Boosters Club, girls youth lacrosse leader.

WESTPORT - Staples High boys indoor/outdoor track teams, FCIAC and state champions.

The Fairfield County Sports Commission is a 501c3 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 newly formed Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy.

For more information concerning tickets and sponsorship opportunities for Sports Night, visit fairfieldcountysports.com or call 203-251-8481.