Archive for September, 2009

Morning Round-up: Rye Neck revs up

September 30, 2009

The Rye Neck boys’ soccer team rebounded from a tough overtime loss to Keio with a 1-0 victory over Dobbs Ferry at home. Dalton Mendez stopped five shots for the shutout, and Philippe Adam’s goal midway through the second half was enough for the win. Adam Gourchane got the assist on the free kick.

Adam Guitterez

Adam Guitterez

At Rye, the Garnets’ tennis team breezed past Harrison 6-1. Jessica Jahnke dropped her first singles match 6-3, 6-2, but her teammates picked her up by sweeping the rest of the Huskie competition. In second singles, Claire Pfister won 6-2, 6-0, and Olivia Singer was victorious — 6-0, 6-2 — at third singles. In first doubles, Allie Sims and Catie McLaughlin won 6-3, 6-3, and Molly Jordan and Casey Berger topped their opponents 6-2, 6-1 at second doubles. Amanda McLaughlin and Devin Weil were the winners in third singles by a 6-3, 6-4 score, and the Paola Pereza and Katie Geoghegan tandem rounded out the team victory with a hard-fought 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win.

In the pool at White Plains, the Garnets improved to 3-0 with a 102-75 victory over John Jay-Cross River. Once again, Rye got it going with a win in the 200 medley relay; the team of Kelly O’Neill, Melissa Fulenwider, JJ Cates, and Lena Krikorian clocked in at 2:02.22. Courtney Ciardiello won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:03.66, and Katie Konopka and Amanda Owens finished first and second in the 50 freestyle.

Swim captains Amanda Owens and Allison Fulenwider

Swim captains Amanda Owens and Allison Fulenwider


The Rye-Harrison “Game for a Cure”

September 29, 2009

The following was sent in by readers Sal Giglio and Jay Caruso:

Each year Rye and Harrison come together to celebrate an intense game that gives one town bragging rights for a year and memories that stay with that season’s seniors for a lifetime. Well, the two towns are coming together on October 11 for something much more important than bragging rights but will surely provide lasting memories.

Garnets help Charleys fund_picnik

The classes of 1986-1988 from Rye and Harrison will play a flag football game against each other in order to raise money and awareness for Charley’s Fund, a charity that is trying to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.   Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children around the world. Children with DMD cannot produce dystrophin, a protein necessary for muscle strength and function. As a result, every skeletal muscle in the body deteriorates. Although Duchenne is the most common fatal genetic disorder to affect children, there is no cure. DMD is 100% fatal.


Morning Round-up: Holy Child improves to 3-1-1

September 29, 2009

Holy Child’s field hockey team was the only local varsity team to suit up yesterday, and they were able to shut down Marymount on the road 2-0. It was the Gryphons’ second consecutive win. Jillian Murphy and Catherine Ann Gray scored on assists from Megan McLaughlin and Helen Brosnan. Holy Child’s defense played superbly, allowing zero shots against goalkeeper Carrigan Henderson.


Garnets take down Keio under the lights, 3-1

September 28, 2009

The Rye Garnets stepped up in their toughest test of the young soccer season by kayoing Keio Academy 3-1 at home Saturday, September 26. Following a couple of lackluster ties and wins over weaker opponents, the Red and Black took on the recent State champions, who were coming off an outstanding win over Byram Hills, snapping Byram’s three-year unbeaten streak.


Morning Round-up: Streaks end as Rye comes up an inch short at Eastchester

September 28, 2009

A valiant comeback effort was snuffed out one inch short of the end zone Saturday in Eastchester, as the Eagles defeated Rye’s football team 13-7. The loss was the Garnets’ first since 2006, and marked the end of their 27-game winning streak and 59 consecutive victories against Section 1 opponents.

Quarterback Connor Eck comes up just shy of paydirt

Quarterback Connor Eck comes up just shy of paydirt

The contest emanated shades of the Albany Academy State semifinal game in 2006, the last time Rye had lost. Like in that match up, the Garnets trailed the entire way and failed to put points on the board until desperation kicked in. Rye cut the lead to 13-7 with 6:17 left in the fourth on a 7-yard jaunt into the end zone by Cole McCormack, and then forced the Eastchester offense to go three and out.

Quarterback Connor Eck  took over from Rye’s 37 with just over three minutes left, and drove the Garnets to the Eastchester 6 in 11 plays. With little over a minute left and Rye set up with a first and goal, it looked like an Eastchester implosion was inevitable. But McCormack runs on first, second, and third down only got Rye to the 2-yard line.

That set up the climactic, fourth and goal finish. With 15 seconds left on the clock, Eck dashed up the middle on a QB keeper and lunged for the end zone. Eastchester’s defenders met him at the precipice however, and stopped the gutsy junior from tying the game.

The outcome of the thrilling game kept Eastchester undefeated at 3-0, and knocked Rye down to 2-1. The Garnets will look to begin a new streak this Friday at Nugent Stadium against Sleepy Hollow.


Garnets hit the road to face 2-0 Eastchester

September 25, 2009
Connor Eck calling the play

Connor Eck calling the play

Rye’s football team gets back on the gridiron — FINALLY — Saturday at Eastchester, in a clash of undefeated Class A teams. The Garnets most recently gained a victory because of a Saunders forfeit, and the Eagles are coming off of a nailbiting 13-12 win against Poughkeepsie.

Our boys in black won’t have played a game for little over two weeks by the time the 1:30 kickoff comes around. With that in mind the question is, will they show any rust, or will all that extra preparation for Dino Garr, Tom Maloney and co. equate to a clipping of the Iggles’ wings?

I’ll go with the latter. The Garnets looked like, well, The Garnets in their 21-6 win over Ossining. With Rye consistently being the smartest team on the field, I just don’t think all that added study time bodes well for Eastchester.

My pick is Rye 30, Eastchester 13, check that, Eastchester 6. The Garnets will begin to cement their status as Class A favorites.

Post YOUR prediction in the comments and maybe I’ll see you in Eastchester. Sadly, the regular season will be halfway over (!) when the game ends. Rye’s remaining schedule reads vs. Class B Sleepy Hollow, vs. Roosevelt, and at — OH YES — Harrison.

Morning Round-up: Rye unbeaten over 12 games

September 25, 2009

Not surprisingly, the Rye girls’ soccer team is looking like a full-fledged juggernaut. The 2-0 win over Somers at home yesterday pushed their 2009 record to 5-0-1, and their unbeaten streak — dating back to last year’s State title playoff run — to 12 games.

Lia Bellizzi

Lia Bellizzi

Versus Somers, Lia Bellizzi, the 2008 All-American, scored Rye’s two goals. Junior goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders shut the Tuskers out with eight saves.

“We looked very good against the strong play of Somers,” said head coach Rich Savage. “The last time these two teams meet was six years ago when Somers beat us with a score of 5 – 0. Needless to say, we were ready for the challenge this time around.”

Savage went on to say that the midfield play of Carter Talgo, Kaelyn Lucas and Maddy Chabot controlled the pace of the game by doing an outstanding job of generating passing combinations and scoring opportunities for the forward line. Furthermore, Talgo was able to draw a penalty kick for the Garnets with an outstanding offensive play.

The defense, led by Sophomore Kelly McRedmond and Juniors Catharine Greer and Amanda Benincasa, was outstanding. They were consistently first to the ball and prevented Somers from generating many scoring opportunities. Saunders was solid in goal once again. After six games of play this season, the defense has only permitted one goal. Not only was Tatiana’s play stellar defensively, she ended up with an assist by ended up kicking the ball 40 yards to Bellizzi. Upon receiving the ball Lia finished with a dazzling shot in the upper corner of the goal. Bellizzi’s first goal came on a penalty kick.

The Garnets are back in action today vs. Port Chester.

Rye’s girls in the pool appear equally as prolific as their soccer counterparts. The Garnets’ swim and dive team, which also features athletes from Blind Brook and Rye Neck, followed up an impressive win over Harrison Tuesday with another dominant showing yesterday at Manhattanville against Keio Academy. Rye bested the Unicorns 99-60, taking first in every event as well as second.

Katie Konopka, Allison Fulenwider, Courtney Ciardiello, and Melissa Fulenwider got things going with a 2:02.47 finish in the 200 medley relay. Catherine Tompkins won the 200 freestyle in 2:10.00, with Dana Egan behind her at 1:15.95. Kelly O’Neill (2:21.21) beat teammate Shannon Toal (2:21.69) by a hair in the 200 IM, and Amanda Owens won the 50 freestyle in 26.97 (Allison Fulenwider was second). In the 100 butterfly, Chiharu Takei’s 1:09.48 was good enough to edge JJ Cates. Konopka (58.34) bested Kelly Delane (1:00.00) in the 100 freestyle, and Ciardiello eked out a victory over Samantha Clark in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:05.39. The team of Cates, Owens, Lena Krikorian, and Melissa Fulenwider were tops in the 200 freestyle relay. In the 100 backstroke, O’Neill (1:06.37) topped Charlotte Nixon’s 1:11.40, and Melissa Fulenwider won the 100 breastroke with a great time of 1:11.88. Finally, in the 400 freestyle relay, Emma Herbold, Celia Palmer, Owens, and Egan beat out Kate Whiston, Maeve Potter, Megan Bugniazet, and Callie Decaro.

Rye’s next meet is Tuesday at John Jay-Cross River.



Rye High School
Girls’ Soccer vs. Port Chester, 4:30
Girls’ Tennis vs. John Jay-Cross River, 4:15
Volleyball @ Fox Lane, 6

Rye Neck High School
Field Hockey vs. John Jay-Cross River, 4:15
Girls’ Tennis vs. Valhalla, 4:15
Volleyball vs. Alexander Hamilton, 6

Rye Country Day School
Boys’ Soccer @ King, 4:15
Girls’ Soccer @ Greens Farms, 4:15

School of the Holy Child
Volleyball @ Greenwich Academy, 4


Rye High School
Football @ Eastchester, 1:30
Volleyball @ White Plains, 9:30 a.m.
Boys’ Soccer vs. Keio Academy, 7

Rye Neck High School
Boys’ Soccer vs. Briarcliff, 1
Football vs. Tuckahoe, 3
Girls’ Soccer vs. Dobbs Ferry, 11

Rye Country Day School
Football @ L.I. Lutheran, 1

School of the Holy Child
Cross-Country @ Gressler Memorial Run (at White Plains H.S.), 9
Soccer vs. Hackley, 1


Jarden Westchester Triathlon


Rye High School
Football (2-0)
Field Hockey (3-1-1)
Boys’ Soccer (3-1-3)
Girls’ Soccer (5-0-1)
Girls’ Swim & Dive (2-0)
Volleyball (4-2)
Girls’ Tennis (2-3)
Boys’ X-C (4-1)
Girls’ X-C (5-0)

Rye Neck High School
Football (0-2)
Field Hockey (2-2)
Boys’ Soccer (3-3)
Girls’ Soccer (1-1-1)
Volleyball (2-4)
Girls’ Tennis (4-1)
Boys’ X-C (5-3)
Girls’ X-C (4-3)

Rye Country Day School
Football (0-1)
Field Hockey (2-0)
Boys’ Soccer (0-1)
Girls’ Soccer (2-1)
Girls’ Tennis (2-0)
Boys’ X-C (1-1)
Girls’ X-C (1-2)

School of the Holy Child
Field Hockey (2-1-1)
Soccer (1-2-1)
Volleyball (0-4)
X-C (3-1)

Eighth Wonder of Apawamis

September 24, 2009
Todd Pike

Todd Pike

Todd Pike won the Apawamis Men’s Golf Championship over Labor Day weekend, besting runner-up Lee Paton 2 & 1 over 36 holes. It was Pike’s eighth time capturing the event, a truly astounding feat for the local golfer.

Rye Cross-Country team off to blazing start

September 24, 2009

Rye’s cross-country team had a near sweep September 22 at Nugent Stadium. Along with the Garnets, teams from Rye Neck, Pleasantville, Byram Hills, and Keio Academy participated in the meet.

Thomas Mayo-Smith puts his all into the race

Thomas Mayo-Smith puts his all into the race

“Both the boys’ and girls’ squads are filled with extremely talented athletes this season,” said Charles Carman, the girls’ head coach. “Boys’ coach Craig Sandhaus and I are very proud of them and expect the team as a whole to go far this season. They are a team worth keeping an eye on.”

The Rye girls’ team (5-0 overall) swept all four schools with seven athletes achieving a personal best, including Alison Mackay, Nagomi Ogura, Zoe Davitt, Caitlin Hartnett, Kahea Mueller, and Julia Pasqualini. The seventh girl, captain Sarah Krikorian, shaved an astounding three minutes off her best course time.

The boys’ team (4-1 overall) ran a solid race beating out all but Byram Hills. They had seven atheletes achieve a personal best and placed first. The top finisher was captain Max Robinson and the seven with personal bests were fellow captain Mason Curtis, Thomas Mayo-Smith, Gavin Conway, Dylan May, Tyler Conway, Kevin Spillane, and Jake Delaney.

Morning Round-up: “Powerful” showing by RCDS

September 24, 2009

The RCDS girls’ soccer team traveled to Randall’s Island yesterday to play NYC’s Nightingale-Bamforth. By halftime the Wildcats were up 4-0, and at the end of the game the scoreboard read 9-0 in favor of the 2-1 locals.

Delaine Powerful

Delaine Powerful

Delaine Powerful had a strong game — no pun intended — with two goals for Rye Country Day, and Jenna Frank, Bridget Stock, Kris Sabatini, Steph Sabatini, Elizabeth Wulf, Isabel Kurzner, and Carina Sarda each tallied one. Powerful and Frank also had assists, as did Nicki Rosenbach. Kayti Faustini had no saves in the goal for first period; Devon Kraus has one save in the second.

“In a game like this it is hard to keep focused, but we got a chance to get all our players into the game, to try some new set plays, and to see some players in different positions,” said head coach Dick Pike. “So we move on; better matchup on Friday against Greens Farms Academy we hope.”

At Fox Lane, the Rye boys’ soccer team posted a 16-4 shot differential against the Foxes en route to a 2-0 victory. While Rye again controlled the bulk of the possession, the team was unable to find the net until Chris Livingston headed a Tim Lonergan throw-in to a wide-open Luis Del Pezo in front of the goal in the 34th minute. Del Pezo calmly collected the ball, took a controlled touch toward Fox Lane keeper Arden Ivens-Anderson, and cooly finished into the lower right for his team-leading third goal of the season (Buck Reynolds also has three). Five minutes later, Tim Lonergan soared above a scrum in the box to head home a Del Pezo corner and put Rye up 2-0. James Rimmer was not tested during his 40 minutes in goal, but did manage the game very nicely and advance his record to 2-0-2 on the season (.738 Goals Against Average).