SIDELINE RANTS (AND RAVES)

Vickie blogs about high school sports.

Coaches Misto, Ward bring a little Westerly flair to the ECC

In 2007, Meredith Ward was the Gatorade Rhode Island Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year, competing for Westerly High School where she is the all-time leading scorer with 2,226 points.

Five questions with NFA coach Bill Scarlata, 500-game winner and proud Italian chef

Norwich Free Academy girls’ basketball coach Bill Scarlata picked up his 500th career victory Tuesday, a 49-16 win for the Wildcats over Ledyard.

A shot clock for girls' basketball? Anyone? Anyone?

Before taking over at New London this season, Holly Misto coached girls’ basketball at Westerly High School for the last nine years, where the Bulldogs abided by Rhode Island’s 30-second shot clock.

Kane, Waterford volleyball keep Eudy in their memories

Waterford High School volleyball coach Beau Lucas calls senior Colleen Kane one of the cornerstones of the program.

There's nothing quite like the starting line (and the hot dogs) at Wickham Park

Shawn Towne, the Fitch High School girls’ cross country coach, jokes that one of the top reasons to take his team to last Saturday’s Wickham Park Invitational in Manchester is the hot dogs from nearby Augie & Ray’s...

Coast Guard's George has a date to keep at the Ithaca Hall of Fame

Coast Guard Academy football coach Bill George, being inducted into the Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night as a member of the Bombers 1979 Division III national championship team, figured out how he was going to handle...

McCaffrey was the face of Vikings field hockey for a memorable 'ALS Shootout'

It was halftime at Friday’s field hockey game between East Lyme and Waterford high schools, but instead of heading to the team huddle, East Lyme goalie Sierra McCaffrey walked back out onto the field.

St. Bernard has a (quiet) sophomore on the run in Arvidson

When Ellen Arvidson was a freshman, it was difficult for St. Bernard School girls’ cross country coach Sue Griffin to figure out whether she enjoyed running or not. It turns out she loves it; she’s just a little on the silent...

Bears christen new softball field with a win, good wishes from faraway alumni

Stonington High School softball coach Ann-Marie Houle, who conducts an alumni game each year, sent questionnaires to many of the program's former players, asking them for their recollections.She...