SIDELINE RANTS (AND RAVES)

Vickie blogs about high school sports.

Montville senior track standout Naomi Clark does a little of everything ... really well

Naomi Clark’s events a year ago mirrored that of the marquee athlete on the Montville High School girls’ track team, Kiah Strickland. Strickland hurdled, Clark hurdled. Strickland threw the javelin, Clark threw the...

There's a method to DiSaia's (March) Madness as Waterford boys' tennis begins its season

It was a different kind of March Madness that began a few minutes before midnight Friday at the Waterford High School tennis courts. The Waterford boys' tennis team was taking a few warmup laps before it could officially begin practice as...

A little Fitch softball philosphy from Dr. Coop

It was a philosophical Arielle Cooper who received the news last week that she was named Fitch High School softball coach following the resignation of Kate Prpich. Cooper was the interim coach for Prpich during the Falcons' state...

Waterford's Justin Keating currently starring in yet another sport ... wrestling

Justin Keating has been a member of Waterford High School's football team on Thanksgiving Day. He played in the Babe Ruth 15-year-old World Series in Longview, Wash., in 2014. He's a first team Class M all-state selection for Waterford in...

Gathy is the next Waterford High swimmer with plans for the military

Last summer, Waterford High School swim coach Brett Arnold's son Bennet wrote former Lancers' swimmer Asia Langley a letter while she was attending Basic Training prior to her freshman year at Army. “He asked her, 'Have you fired a...

East Lyme High School soccer programs seem to thrive on playing two

East Lyme High School's two soccer programs have this doubleheader thing down. “I like (playing) second better,” said Nick Ghirardi, a senior forward on the Vikings boys' soccer team. “There's more pressure (knowing the...

Shearer lending her coaching expertise to NFA girls' track ... and more notes from the ECC championship meet

East Lyme — Sitting on the sideline watching the javelin competition during the Eastern Connecticut Conference championship Saturday were Norwich Free Academy girls' track assistant Sue Hopkins-Terrell (in charge of throws) and former...

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...

The youngest Hespeler, Ledyard softball's junior pitcher, is quite the competitor, too

Chloe Hespeler is the younger sister of an All-American, former Ledyard High School swimmer Jessica Hespeler. So when you learn that Chloe, a right-hander for the Ledyard softball team, is the only pitcher this season to lose to second-ranked...