SIDELINE RANTS (AND RAVES)

Vickie blogs about high school sports.

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...

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...