Zone defense, Price's late bucket lift Ridgefield past Darien

Chris Longo and the Ridgefield High boys basketball team got a big road win over Darien on Friday night. - Scott Mullin photo

During the final two quarters Friday night, the Ridgefield High boys basketball team got in the zone. Literally at first and then figuratively. Trailing 26-22 at halftime, the Tigers opted to use a zone defense exclusively in order to stop Darien’s top two scorers, 6’7″ Alex Preston and Zak Swetye. The decision worked: Preston and Sweyte were held to five … read more

Girls hoop: Ridgefield tops Darien for eighth straight win

Ridgefield's lone returning starter, senior forward Caroline Curnal, was named to the All-FCIAC and All-State teams last season. - Scott Mullin photo

Holding Darien to 15 second-half points, the Ridgefield High girls basketball team got its eighth straight win Friday night, defeating the Blue Wave, 57-39, in Ridgefield. Through two quarters, the game was closer than expected. Ridgefield led 15-12 at the end of the opening period and 29-24 at halftime. But the Tigers outscored Darien, 14-7, in the third quarter to … read more

Ridgefield boys swim team dominates Fairfield

Junior Kieran Smith gives Ridgefield one of the state's best swimmers. - Dave Stewart/HAN Network

Anyone who glances at the final score might think the meet was fairly close. It wasn’t. Officially, the Ridgefield High boys swim team’s home victory over the Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe combined squad on Wednesday came by 20 points, 93-73. But that was only because of the Tigers’ generosity. Finishing first in the opening eight events — and sweeping the top-three places in three … read more

Boys hoop: Ridgefield rallies to knock off Central

Nick Laudati (shown blocking a shot in a game last season) scored a team-high 15 points in Ridgefield's 63-55 win over Greenwich on Tuesday. - Scott Mullin photo

Some comebacks begin inauspiciously. With Ridgefield trailing host Bridgeport Central by 10 points early in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s boys basketball game, Chris Longo drove down the middle for a layup that cut the Tigers’ deficit to 33-25. After that, Ridgefield scored all but 11 of the game’s final 44 points to rally for a 58-44 victory over Central. The strong second half … read more

Ranked first in state, Ridgefield now 9-1 at midpoint

Sophomore forward Nick Culling has been a pivotal player during Ridgefield's 9-1 start this season. - Scott Mullin photo

Considering the way his team has been playing, Ridgefield High boys hockey coach Shaun Gallagher was unexpectedly disappointed when he heard that Monday’s game against New Canaan had been postponed due to inclement weather. At this point, the Tigers might prefer to play every day. Following a 3-0 non-conference triumph over host West Haven on Saturday, Ridgefield reached the halfway … read more

Ridgefield wrestlers second at Brunswick tourney

Jesse Walker is part of a strong senior class for Ridgefield. - Scott Mullin photo

With seven of its competitors placing in their respective weight classes, the Ridgefield High wrestling team was the runner-up at the Brunswick Invitational last Saturday at the Brunswick School in Greenwich. The Tigers compiled 141.5 points to take second behind host Brunswick, which racked up 298.0 points to easily finish first in the 16-team field. Noble and Greenough (Dedham, Mass.) … read more

Ridgefield girls set relay record at New Balance Games

Katie Jasminski, Samantha Petruzzelli, Alexandra Damron and Josephine Simon (left to right) combined to finish third and set a school record in the sprint medley relay at the New Balance Games.

For the second time this season, a Ridgefield High girls relay team has set a new school record. Competing at the New Balance Games at the Armory in New York, Josephine Simon, Samantha Petruzzelli, Alexandra Damron and Katie Jasminski combined to finish third in the sprint medley relay with a program-record time of 4:16.80. That time was more than a second faster than … read more

Girls hoop: Ridgefield mauls McMahon, 86-29

Meaghan O'Hara was one of five seniors who ended their high school careers with Ridgefield's loss to Southington in the state tournament. - Scott Mullin photo

Twelve players scored points as the Ridgefield High girls basketball team routed visiting Brien McMahon, 86-29, on Friday night. Ridgefield improved its record to 10-1 overall with its sixth consecutive stories. The Tigers dominated from the opening tip-off, taking a 22-8 lead after one quarter. Ridgefield was ahead 44-13 at halftime and 68-22 through three quarters. “Today, I thought we were … read more

Day owns night: McMahon guard hits three, sinks Ridgefield

Senior point guard Zach Esemplare is one of the returning starters for the Ridgefield High boys basketball team. - Scott Mullin photo

Eric Day spoiled the comeback. Day’s three-pointer with nine seconds to play provided the winning margin as the Brien McMahon boys basketball team turned back Ridgefield, 44-43, on Friday night in Norwalk. Down 40-33 with under six minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Tigers rallied to take a 43-41 lead on Joe Newborn’s three-pointer with 1:20 remaining. Neither team scored … read more

Staples swims past shorthanded Ridgefield

James DeMatteo and the RHS boys swim team are now 3-3 following a loss to Staples. - Scott Mullin photo

If both teams were at full strength, Wednesday’s boys swim meet between Ridgefield and Staples might have come down to the final few races. But with senior Luke Wang still out with an injury, and stomach viruses sidelining its top overall swimmer, junior Kieran Smith,as well as another key contributor, freshman Luke Hruska, Ridgefield was unable to keep up with the Wreckers. Staples finished first and third in the … read more

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