Impressive Spring Season for Stamford Athletics

Courtesy of Christopher Passamano
SHS - Athletic Director Christopher Passamano poses with David Marciczkiewicz, who recieved the Robustelli Award for top lineman in Stamford.

Joe Nathanson and Thomas Connolly

Early June has proven to be a time of accomplishments for varsity athletes across Stamford. The spring sports season has now come to a close, and many players have seen recognition for their hard work.


A senior at JM Wright Technical High School, 2018 Capitan David Marcickiewicz plays for the Stamford High Football team. He received recognition for his accomplishments both on and off the field, being selected to the All-FCIAC First team for football, and also being a CIAC scholar athlete. Earlier this month, the outstanding athlete was given the Andy Robustelli Memorial Award for being the most dominant lineman in Stamford. “I am honored to be the recipient of this year’s award. In the years past, it has always gone to a lineman that I admired, and this year it was me,” Marcickiewicz said. David will be playing lacrosse next year at Eastern Connecticut State University.


Devon and Taylor Yaghmaie, “the twins” from Stamford High, also had an outstanding season in doubles tennis. They were also selected to the All-FCIAC First team, and to the to the All-State First team. They had a 22-0 record this season, and the whole year, no opponent won more than four games against them. On June 5 they captured their twenty-second win and one of the most meaningful: winning the State Championship at Wesleyan University. “The Twins” have competed in the State Championship for the last three years, and even brought home the hardware once before, when they were freshmen. The rising seniors are hoping to win it next year as well, which would be their third state championship in high school tennis.


The FCIAC baseball conference is extremely competitive, filled with teams thirsty for talent and winning. Westhill seniors Montana Semmel and Bobby Zmarzlak were both picked up by MLB teams in this year’s 2019 MLB draft. Being drafted out of high school is a tremendous achievement, proving that these student athletes were determined and worked hard to get where they are now. Semmel, a right-handed pitcher, was selected by the New York Yankees in the 36th round of the MLB draft, 1095 overall. After missing the entire 2018 season due to Tommy John surgery, Semmel returned strongly in 2019. Zmarzlak, an outfielder committed to play D1 baseball for the University Maryland, was selected by the Orioles in the 40th round of the MLB draft. Zmarzlak has a strong bat and will prove to do well whether he signs with the Orioles program or stays committed to playing for the University of Maryland.

All in all, it’s been an incredible spring season for Stamford’s high school athletes.