Ridgefield’s lax win over Darien is state moment of year

The Ridgefield boys lacrosse team celebrates after its 9-8 win over Darien in the Class L state finals. — JB Blood photo

The top high school sports moment of the 2017-18 school year came on the last day of competition in Connecticut. And it came courtesy of the Ridgefield High boys lacrosse team. The final seconds of the Tigers’ 9-8 upset win over previously unbeaten Darien in the Class L state title game has been voted as the best CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic … read more

Smith named new Ridgefield High field hockey coach

Jessica Smith has been named the new varsity field hockey coach at Ridgefield High.

In most of its varsity sports programs, Ridgefield High School has had minor head-coaching turnover during the last decade. Then there is field hockey. Mostly due to career changes, job relocations or increased workloads, the program has seen quality head coaches come and go following short stays. The stats tell the story: When the Tigers begin their 2018 season this … read more

Three RHS highlights in running for state’s top moment

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

As far as the state’s governing sports body is concerned, Ridgefield High had a flair for the dramatic during the recently ended school year. Three highlights involving Ridgefield teams and athletes are among the 20 that the CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference) has chosen as finalists for its best moment of 2017-18. Online voting on the CIAC’s website — and … read more

All-FCIAC honors for Ridgefield athletes

Hillary Sherpa was among the RHS athletes earning All-FCIAC honors this spring. — Scott Mullin photo

Fifty-five Ridgefield High School athletes have received All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference honors for the recently completed 2018 spring sports season. Eleven of those honorees came from the RHS boys lacrosse team, which won the Class L state championship. Greg Gatto, Weston Carpenter, and Noah Isaacson were selected to the All-FCIAC first team. Reid Kagan, Dawson Muller, and Michael Dobson … read more

Jackson Mitchell verbally commits to UConn (updated)

Junior receiver Jackson Mitchell and the Ridgefield High football team will look to bounce back from a tough loss by beating arch-rival Wilton on Saturday. Mitchell caught 17 passes for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers' 38-35 loss to St. Joseph last weekend. — David G. Whitham photo

Jackson Mitchell says he is staying in-state. Mitchell, an All-State wide receiver/strong safety for the Ridgefield High football team as a junior last fall, has given a verbal commitment to play for the University of Connecticut. Mitchell announced the news via his Twitter account last Thursday night. “I will officially be committing to the University of Connecticut,” wrote Mitchell at … read more

Ridgefield boys team 13th in Nike/US Lacrosse rankings

The Ridgefield boys lacrosse team celebrates after its 9-8 win over Darien in the Class L state finals. — JB Blood photo

The ramifications of Ridgefield’s 9-8 upset win over Darien in the Class L boys lacrosse state finals on Saturday are still unfolding. The victory vaulted the previously unranked Tigers into 13th in the latest Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys’ National Top 25. Ridgefield also moved into fifth place in the Northeast Top 10. Darien, which entered the state finals on a … read more

Cheshire edges Ridgefield baseball team, 1-0, in state finals

Ben Cohen and the Ridgefield High baseball team fell to Cheshire, 1-0, in the Class LL state finals. — Scott Mullin photo

In a game that became a classic pitchers’ duel, the margin for error was razor thin. With base runners so sparse, something as typically insignificant as a seventh-inning defensive alignment proved to be a major factor in Ridgefield’s 1-0 loss to Cheshire in the Class LL state championship game Saturday at Palmer Field in Middletown. With Ridgefield sophomore Matt DeLuca … read more

State shocker: Ridgefield beats Darien, 9-8, in Class L finals (updated)

The Ridgefield boys lacrosse team celebrates after its 9-8 win over Darien in the Class L state finals. — JB Blood photo

  76-1. And what a one. After 76 straight victories, the Darien High boys lacrosse team saw Ridgefield end its winning streak on the biggest of stages: the state finals. With a thrilling 9-8 victory in the Class L championship game Saturday, Ridgefield defeated the second-ranked team in the entire country, gave the Darien seniors their first loss, and brought … read more