SIDELINE RANTS (AND RAVES)

Vickie blogs about high school sports.

This time, the NFA softball team is unbeaten, too

Last time the Norwich Free Academy softball team played Fitch, not many people thought it was going to be NFA which came out on top. Fitch was undefeated and on its way to a Class L state championship run. NFA, the No. 6 seed, then...

East Lyme softball's Mikaela LoPriore (1-0) really likes to throw stuff

East Lyme graduated eight starters, two Eastern Connecticut Conference all-stars, two pitchers. Then. Opening day, 2015. And the new kid, junior Mikaela LoPriore, the first-year starting pitcher for the Vikings’ softball team,...

Fitch softball has coaching times two, with Prpich, Cooper

Kate Prpich, the Fitch High School softball coach who once won a state championship herself, missed last season’s fireworks by the Falcons to welcome her and husband Andrew’s first child, son Mason. Fitch won the Class L state...

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...