Ridgefield High finishes 13th in Vantage Cup
Although it wasn’t able to match last year’s top-10 finish, the Ridgefield High School sports sprogram remained among the state’s best in 2018-19.
Ridgefield had 639 points to place 13th in the second annual Vantage Cup rankings, which are presented by CT Sports Now and Vantage SportsNet. The points are based on success at state tournaments and state championship meets.
Daniel Hand of Madison scored 1,020 points to finish ahead of defending champion Greenwich, which was second with 982 points.
Greenwich and Ridgefield were two of the seven Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference teams that finished in the top-13 overall. Staples (third), Darien (fifth), New Canaan (seventh), and Danbury (eighth) joined Greenwich in the top 10, while St. Joseph (12th) finished just ahead of Ridgefield.
With 331 points, Ridgefield was eighth in the state at the end of the fall sports season. More than half of that total came from the girls soccer team, which contributed 166 points by winning a second straight Class LL state championship.
Girls swimming (77 points) and girls cross country (56) combined for 133 more points during the fall.
Ridgefield added 157 points in the winter sports season and dropped to ninth in the overall rankings (488 points). The boys swim team supplied 83 of those points for Ridgefield.
The Tigers had 151 points this spring but fell four more spots to finish outside the top 10. Three RHS teams (softball, girls lacrosse, boys tennis) each contributed 26 points.
Notes: Daniel Hand was first at the end of both the fall and winter seasons.
Greenwich won the inaugural Vantage Cup for the 2017-18 high school sports season, finishing with 1,186 points. Ridgefield was sixth with 840 points, and four other FCIAC schools were also in the top eight.