Saturday strong: Ridgefield teams have memorable day
After two days off due to snow-related school closures, Ridgefield High teams returned with a vengeance on Saturday.
When the action ended late Saturday night at the Winter Garden, RHS teams had won all four of their head-to-head contests (two in overtime) and several wrestlers had won individual titles at a tournament in Massachusetts.
Getting the victory party started was the Ridgefield/Danbury girls hockey team, which rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Wilton/Norwalk/McMahon combined squad, 5-4, at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk.
It was the first win of the young season for the Tigers, who are now 1-4-1 this season.
Rebecca Gartner had two goals for Ridgefield, with teammates Emily Stefanelli, Zella Ertl and Julia Zangre adding one goal apiece.
Playing at home, the Ridgefield girls basketball team edged Career Magnet (New Haven) by a score of 57-54.
Guard Katie Wagner hit four late free throws to secure the triumph for the Tigers. Wagner's final two free throws came with 0.7 seconds left, after Career had closed to within one point on a late three-pointer.
Wagner finished with a team-high 12 points as Ridgefield evened its record at 3-3. Caroline Curnal and Faith Arnold had 10 points apiece for the Tigers.
In Stamford, the Ridgefield boys basketball team topped Trinity Catholic, 64-63, in overtime.
Down 10 points through three quarters, the Tigers tied the game at 58-58 when Jackson Mitchell scored on a layup with 1.1 seconds left in regulation. Brenden McNamara then hit the game-winning basket with three seconds left in overtime.
Senior guard Alex Price led Ridgefield with 19 points. Price hit five three-pointers, including three in the third quarter and one in overtime.
McNamara and James St. Pierre added 18 points each for the Tigers, who improved their record to 4-2.
At the Winter Garden, Nick Cullinan's third goal of the game lifted the Ridgefield boys hockey team to a 4-3 overtime win over Hamden.
Two goals from Cullinan and one from Matt Walker had given the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the second period. But Hamden responded with three unanswered goals (two in the final period) to tie the game and send it to overtime.
With three of its wrestlers winning their respective weight classes, the Ridgefield wrestling team finished fourth at the 2018 Panther Invitational in Whitman, Mass.
The Tigers had 161 points, finishing behind three Massachusetts teams — Weymouth (194.5 points), Brockton (184) and Boston College High School (166.5) — in the 13-team field.
Winning their weight classes for Ridgefield were Ben Smart (120 pounds), Jesse Walker (132 pounds) and Simon Preston (160 pounds).
Peter Murray finished second at 138 pounds, and Chris D'Entrone was third at 220 pounds.