Ridgefield's Goetz named state Coach of the Year

Ridgefield's John Goetz (far left, with members of a recent RHS relay team) has been named Connecticut's Coach of the Year for girls cross country.

Unbeaten in Connecticut this fall, the Ridgefield High girls cross country team and its runners reaped numerous awards. Now, the team’s head coach is getting some love. John Goetz, who guided the Tigers to a 15-0 regular-season record and first-place finishes at the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Class LL and State Open meets, was named Connecticut’s top girls coach Wednesday, when the U.S. … read more

RHS roundup: Van Wees, Curnal lead Ridgefield wins

Matteo van Wees scored four goals in the Ridgefield boys hockey team's 5-1 win over Greenwich. - Scott Mullin file photo

Two of three Ridgefield High teams were winners Tuesday night. The RHS boys hockey team defeated reigning conference champion Greenwich, 5-1, at the Winter Garden; the RHS girls basketball team downed Danbury, 59-43, at Ridgefield High; and the RHS boys basketball team fell to Danbury, 63-49, at Danbury High. Senior forward Matteo van Wees had the best individual effort of … read more

Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club Kickoff Party at Playhouse

The Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club is having a free Kickoff Party Jan. 18 at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

The Ridgefield Playhouse will be the scene for the Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club Kickoff Party, which takes place Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. The club is open to local cyclists, runners, mountain bikers and multi-sport athletes. All are invited to the free Kickoff Party to learn about the club and meet fellow sport enthusiasts. Toasts to the new season … read more

Ridgefield's Steidl scores 1,000th point at Vermont

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

Former Ridgefield High standout Kurt Steidl is now in the record books for the University of Vermont’s men’s basketball team. Steidl, a 6’6″ senior forward, became the 35th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-career point mark during Vermont’s 90-77 win over Maine in the America East Conference opener for both teams Thursday night. Steidl, who entered the game with 993 career points, scored seven … read more

Boys hoop: Ridgefield takes down Trinity, 65-50

Twenty points from Brenden McNamara helped Ridgefield beat Fairfield Warde in the regular-season finale. - Scott Mullin file photo

The fifth straight victory for the Ridgefield High boys basketball team was also its most impressive win of the season. Sparked by a superb defensive effort, the Tigers defeated previously unbeaten Trinity Catholic, 65-50, on Friday night at Ridgefield High School. “That’s a really big win for us,” said Ridgefield head coach Andrew McClellan, whose team improved to 5-2. “It’s one … read more

Skiing: Impressive start for Ridgefield teams

In the first race of the regular season, the Ridgefield High boys ski team demonstrated why it is considered one of the favorites to win a state title this year. The Tigers not only swept the four teams they were competing against in head-to-head contests but also finished first overall among all 12 teams skiing on Wednesday afternoon at Mount Southington. Ridgefield’s team … read more

Ridgefield's West up for Team USA monthly honor

Ridgefield native Tucker West finished 26th overall in the luge men's singles event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. - Team USA photo

Ridgefield native Tucker West is one of five nominees for Team USA’s Best Male Athlete of the Month award for December. West, 21, won back-to-back gold medals in men’s singles at World Cup luge competitions in Lake Placid, N.Y, and Whistler, British Columbia. He also finished fourth in the most recent World Cup event at Park City, Utah. West is … read more

Ridgefield hoop teams sweep Stamford

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

In their games against Stamford on Wednesday night, the Ridgefield High boys and girls basketball teams followed a similar route: Build a lead and then withstand a fourth-quarter rally. The end result was a pair of four-point victories. Playing on the road at Stamford High, the RHS girls defeated the reigning conference and Class LL state champion Black Knights, 43-39. At … read more

Letter: Coach says thanks for football support

Kevin Callahan

To the Editor: I would like to share with the Ridgefield community a heartfelt thank-you from the Ridgefield High School football program. We were very fortunate to have an awesome collection of young men, especially seniors, this year that went through the tough times of being 2-9 as sophomores then 7-2 as juniors (under the leadership of coach Joe Arcieri), … read more

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