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Huber the Lioness Hearted: Midfielder Wave’s first Conn. Player of the Year

Darien named state’s Team of the Year for fifth time in six seasons

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KAT ON THE PROWL — Kat Huber (right) stalks midfield looking to close in for the kill. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)

FIELD HOCKEY

This Kat doesn’t purr. She roars.

“She’s little, but she’s so fast and she doesn’t give up,” said Wave field hockey coach Mo Minicus of senior midfielder, Syracuse-bound Kat Huber. “We call her like a little lioness. She just goes after her prey, and just never gives up until she finally gets the ball.”

And Darien’s five-twin-title-seasons-in-six-years program gets its first Connecticut Player of the Year in Huber.

Huber was named thus such an animal at the CIAC’s All-State Banquet on Tuesday.

She makes things happen — she’s relentless.

— Mo Minicus

“The first time ever, for me,” said coach-of-over-a-decade Minicus, who has had plenty of power-players to coach before Huber. “I’ve nominated a bunch. And never.”

Huber was also voted Regional All-American. Another first.

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CHESHIRE KAT — League title plaque in hand, Kat Huber lights up a title smile at Dunning Field on Nov. 6. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)

“The first time ever for me, to have an athlete regionally recognized,” Minicus added, also saying Huber’s next Orange-lady lair is one of the top four field hockey schools in the nation. “And she is up for national All-American.”

Word comes down on that on Friday.

“Kat definitely proved herself this season,” said Minicus. “She really brought out her true strength in the postseason. She was just phenomenal shutting down the opponents’ top players. Doing her job and doing it well.”

Huber made the All-State team, Maggie Wells was Second Team All-State, Cammie Lattimer was named Scholar Athlete.

Huber was named state final Player of the Game.

The Wave itself was named Team of the Year for the fifth of six years, after being knocked from the playoffs, FCIAC and state in 2011, only to return as twin-champs this season.

Darien was dual champ from 2007-11.

Huber is not large, but her presence loomed large.

“(She is) really a presence out there on the field,” Minicus said. “Playing sideline to sideline, end line to end line, and never giving up.”

Huber bloomed in 2011 and blossomed in 2012.

“Throughout the season she started to get more exposure,” said Minicus. “I’m so happy for her.”

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END LINE TO END LINE — Darien’s CT Player of the Year Huber (shooting) lights a spark at the sharp end of the field. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)

Born free

“She plays defense all over the place and she is just key to our transition offense to defense,” Minicus said. “And from defense to offense.

“She’s involved in every offensive corner play. She’s involved in every defensive corner play.”

And her play, more than like a lion, for the Wave proved eternal as the great Sphinx.

“She’s just one of these players that never dies.”

That gave life to all the teammates around her.

“She makes things happen — she’s relentless,” Minicus said.

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BIG KAT — “She’s little, but she’s so fast and she doesn’t give up.” (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)

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