Ridgefield's skiers go for gold

Members of the Ridgefield High School girls' ski team jumped for joy after clinching the state championships.

Members of the Ridgefield High School girls’ ski team jumped for joy after clinching the state championships.

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RIDGEFIELD — Earlier this month, Ridgefield High School’s girls’ ski team became state champions and first-place season winners for large schools. They competed against the top 24 teams in the state and defeated longstanding champions Fairfield by one second over 12 runs, breaking the team’s seven-year winning streak.

The Tigers recorded an overall season record of 46-2. This is the first time the girls have taken home a state title since 2009.

The state championship took place on March 15 at Mt. Southington in Plantsville, Conn., where the top 10 racers competed from qualifying schools — both of Ridgefield’s ski teams qualified.

The following skiers were the top six scorers for the Tigers: juniors Julia Bragg and Jillian Pastore (tied for 7th place in the state); junior Isabel Redrup (11th place); sophomore Hadley Drever (14th place); senior captain Riley Peters (17th place); and senior Echo Nielsen (29th place).

The following skiers made the state team for Ridgefield: sophomore Sophia Pomposello, freshman Aveline Pomposello and senior captains Shea Coughlin and Kate Bucci.

“This unusual season brought a lot of change, but a lot of bonding — with booting up in the parking lot, [keeping] social distance on the bus, masks and, unfortunately, a postponed celebration of the state championship team,” said coach Adam Rapczynski. “We didn’t even think there would be a season, so coming out of it with a state title was exciting. They’re an impressive team.”

Rapczynski added that the school’s athletic boosters club will postpone its banquet until later this spring to host an outdoor event for the winning team.