Girls volleyball preview: RHS has talent, lacks experience

Freshman Olivia Wanicka (shown during a recent match) had 25 assists in Ridgefield's 3-1 win over Westhill on Wednesday. - Dave Stewart/HAN Network

As it has shown in past seasons, the Ridgefield High girls volleyball team is breathing the rarefied air of the state’s top programs. No matter how severe their graduation departures, the Tigers are able to remain a contender for conference and state titles. Another test comes this fall. Ridgefield lost many of its top players from last year’s 17-4 team, … read more

Boys soccer preview: New starters, smaller roster for Tigers

Drew Conte (left) is one of Ridgefield's senior captains this fall. — Scott Mullin file photo

It wasn’t unusual for Ridgefield High boys soccer coach Phil Bergen to substitute three or more players at a time last season. That’s what happens when your varsity roster has 34 players, including 19 seniors. Keeping track of the Tigers’ substitutions won’t require a panoramic view this fall. “For the first time in a while we have a small varsity … read more

Girls soccer preview: State champs aim for more titles

Claire Middlebrook and the Ridgefield girls soccer team are now 7-0-2 following Monday's win over Darien. - Scott Mullin photo

For the first time, the Ridgefield High girls soccer team enters a season as defending state champs. After losses in the finals to unbeaten Glastonbury teams the previous two years, Ridgefield defeated Staples, 2-0, in the Class LL title game last November, earning the program a long elusive state championship. With many players returning, the Tigers will once again be … read more

Maiolo wins golf club title for second time

John Maiolo (right) won the Ridgefield Golf Club’s championship flight for the second time. With Maiolo is RGC President Joe Moorhead.

In 2014, John Maiolo became one of the youngest winners of the Ridgefield Golf Club’s championship flight. Four years later, Maiolo has entered some more select company. With a victory in the finals at the Ridgefield Golf Course on Aug. 5, Maiolo added his second club title, joining nine other golfers who have two or more championship-flight triumphs. “It was … read more

VanDerLaan turns pro, with Golf Performance Center as sponsor

JohnVanDerLaan (left) with his father at the PGA Tour’s recent Barbasol Championship event in Kentucky.

John VanDerLaan was 13 years old when he first came to the Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield. Nine years later, the connection remains. The Golf Performance Center has begun a sponsorship agreement with VanDerLaan, a 22-year-old Southbury native who recently played in his first PGA Tour event, the Barbasol Championship, at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, KY. As part … read more