All-FCIAC honors for Ridgefield athletes

Senior defenseman Harrison Chuma was among three Ridgefield players selected to the All-FCIAC boys hockey first team. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network

Forty Ridgefield High athletes were among those receiving All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference honors for the recently completed 2016-17 winter sports season. The conference champion Ridgefield boys hockey team supplied three of the seven players selected to the All-FCIAC first team: Senior forward Matteo van Wees, senior defenseman Harrison Chuma and senior goalie Sean Keegans. Senior forward Jack Stafford was named … read more

State's best: Ridgefield wins first-ever D1 title

Ridgefield players and coaches celebrate the Tigers' first-ever Division I state title Monday night at Yale University's Ingalls Rink. - Dane Street photo

For the first time in program history, the Ridgefield boys hockey team is the undisputed king of Connecticut high school hockey. Scoring three unanswered goals in the first and third periods, the second-seeded Tigers defeated top-seed Northwest Catholic, 6-2, in the Division I state championship game Monday night at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink. It’s the first Division I title for Ridgefield, … read more

Ridgefield boys hockey plays for first D1 state title tonight

Winning conference and state titles, the Ridgefield High boys hockey team provided numerous highlights this winter. - Dave Stewart/HAN Network

This much is certain: One team will win its first-ever Division 1 boys hockey state title. That outcome became assured when top-seed Northwest Catholic and second-seed Ridgefield won their semifinal games last Friday to advance to tonight’s championship game (7 p.m.) at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink. Both teams are playing in their first Division 1 final: Ridgefield won a Division … read more

Smith leads Ridgefield to sixth place at State Open

Kieran Smith, a rising senior at Ridgefield High, has given a verbal commitment to swim at the University of Florida. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network

With junior Kieran Smith continuing his assault on the record books, the Ridgefield High boys swim team ended its season by finishing sixth at the State Open meet Saturday at Yale University in New Haven. The Tigers had 291 points, five fewer than fifth-place Weston (296). FCIAC and Class LL champion Greenwich was first with 465.5 points, edging runner-up Pomperaug … read more

Ridgefield thumps West Haven, advances to D1 state finals

Senior forward Jack Stafford scored two third-period goals to help Ridgefield beat West Haven in the state semifinals.

For the first time in program history, the Ridgefield High boys hockey team is headed to the Division I state finals. A three-goal flurry early in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and powered second-seed Ridgefield past sixth-seed West Haven, 5-1, in a semifinal game Friday night at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink. The Tigers (23-2-0) will now meet top-seed Northwest Catholic … read more

Ridgefield boys hockey faces West Haven in state semis tonight

Jeff Pracella (left) and the Ridgefield boys hockey team are trying to make the Division I finals for the first time in program history. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

Shaun Gallagher says his players are well aware of the historical significance, yet he believes they will treat tonight’s state semifinal as just another game. “They know that Ridgefield has never made it to the D1 state finals,” said Gallagher, the head coach of the Ridgefield High boys hockey team. “At the same time, they are keeping the same approach … read more

Steidl, Vermont fall to Purdue in NCAA opener

Former Ridgefield star Kurt Steidl and the Vermont men's basketball team are headed to the NCAA tournament.

Kurt Steidl’s season ended a little more than a half earlier than did that of his teammates. Steidl, a 6’6″ senior forward from Ridgefield, suffered a knee injury late in the opening half of Vermont’s first-round NCAA Tournament game against Purdue on Thursday night and did not return. Without Steidl, the 13th-seeded Catamounts were unable to pull off the upset … read more

Rasmussen takes over as Ridgefield girls golf coach

Westport resident Jo Rasmussen (shown after winning a club championship in Fairfield) is the new head coach of the RHS girls golf team.

Jo Rasmussen got her Connecticut coaching certificate in 2014. Three years later, she finally has a place to use it. Rasmussen was recently named as the new head coach of the Ridgefield High girls golf team, which begins its 2017 season next month. “I feel very honored and grateful that [Ridgefield High Athletic Director] Dane [Street] trusted me with this … read more

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