Hand’s Rebecca Anderson and Notre Dame-West Haven’s Kobe Wiggins were named the Southern Connecticut Conference’s Comeback Players of the Year, the league announced Thursday.
Both Anderson and Wiggins overcame severe injuries to earn the awards, which come with college scholarship courtesy of sponsor Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists.
Anderson, a gymnast, suffered an ACL injury in 2013 which prevented her from competing her sophomore season. She returned for her junior year in 2014-15, for which she was named captain.
Hand’s gymnastics team won consecutive SCC and Class M state championships. Anderson was a two-time captain, All-SCC selection and earned a spot on the 2014-15 New Haven Register All-Area gymnastics team.
“Rebecca is an unselfish person. She could have easily felt sorry for herself, but motivated herself and her teammates and returned to the mat,” Hand coach Kelly Smith said in a statement released by the SCC. “Her time rehabbing sparked an interest in physical therapy as a career. She is one of the most mature, hard-working and motivated individuals I have had the pleasure of working with.”
Anderson will attend Springfield College and study physical therapy.
Wiggins, a running back and linebacker for Notre Dame’s football team, suffered a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus in the first game of the 2014 football season. He rehabbed for a year and was selected a team captain in 2015, his senior year.
He helped lead the Green knights to an SCC Division I East title and a berth in the Class L playoffs. Notre Dame reached the semifinals. He was selected to the All-SCC football team, to the New Haven Register All-Area and CHSCA Class L All-State teams.
“Kobe showed a spirit that was contagious, despite being injured,” Notre Dame football coach Tom Marcucci said in a statement. “His hard work, successful play and his overall impact on his teammates is remarkable, and will never be underestimated.”
Wiggins, a Meriden resident, will attend Southern Connecticut State and study pre-law.