Archive for September, 2009

Morning Round-up: Rye swims and dives to a win

September 23, 2009

The Rye/Blind Brook/Rye Neck girls’ swimming and diving team splashed into another season yesterday, and began the year with an impressive 96-49 win over Harrison at Hommocks Middle School. The Garnets took first place in all but one event.

Melissa Fulenwider

Melissa Fulenwider

Kelly O’Neill, Allison Fulenwider, Amanda Owens and Lena Krikorian won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:02.10, and Courtney Ciardello then zoomed to first in the 200 freestyle (2:08.61). Allison Fulenwider went solo in the 200 individual medley, winning in a time of 2:25.50. Her younger sister, Melissa, scored first in the 50 freestyle, beating out teammate JJ Cates by finishing in just under 26 seconds. In the diving portion of the event, Coco Darelius scored a 210.60 to win and was followed by Melissa Frank. Back in the lanes, Ciardello won the 100 butterfly (1:03.86), and Melissa Fulenwider was tops in the 100 freestyle (55.90). O’Neill touched home first in the 500 freestyle (5:32.83), and Rye’s team of Krikorian, Cates, Sam Clark, and Melissa Fulenwider won the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.01). Owens and Allison Fulenwider rounded out the day with respective wins in the 100 backstroke (1:05.82) and the 100 breaststroke (1:15.00). Their next meet is tomorrow vs. Keio Academy at Manhattanville.

At Rye High School, the girls’ tennis team topped Rye Neck 6-1. Caroline Lambillotte had the Panthers’ sole victory in the first singles slot (beating Jessica Jahnke 6-1, 6-1). Claire Pfister beat Kalypso Buitoni 6-0, 6-3 in second singles, and Olivia Singer topped Cassie Swinghammer 6-0, 6-0 in third singles. The Garnets swept the doubles portion, with wins from the teams of Molly Jordan and Casey Berger, Katie McLaughlin and Ali Sims, Amanda McLaughlin and Devin Weil, and Amy Shanks and Laura Nicholas. Rye improved to 2-3 and plays Keio Academy today at home. It was Rye Neck’s first loss of the season (4-1). They host Valhalla on Friday.

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Garnets visit Valhalla and pillage Vikings

September 22, 2009

After posting ties in three of their first five games, the Rye boys’ soccer team got back into the win column September 21, with a 4-1 victory on the road at Valhalla. The Garnets’ defense routinely smothered the Vikings’ offense, and parlayed some contributions from unexpected sources to improve to 2-1-3.

Buck Reynolds, right, scored two goals at Valhalla

Buck Reynolds, right, scored two goals at Valhalla

“That went as well as I could have hoped for,” said head coach Jared Small. “It was good to finally find the back of the net, and I think this is a good reward for all the hard work we’ve put in.”

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Afternoon Round-up: Rye wins third straight

September 22, 2009

Rye’s field hockey team (3-1-1) posted a third consecutive shutout September 21, defeating John Jay-Cross River 2-0 on the road. Senior captains Olivia Nabhan and Torie Stearns each had a goal, and Kaitlin Campbell needed to make just two saves. Their next game is Wednesday, September 30, at home vs. Fox Lane.

Olivia Nabhan

Olivia Nabhan

In other field hockey news, the Wildcats followed up their blanking of Holy Child with a hard-fought 2-1 win at home versus Hopkins. Nealy Nimmocks got RCDS on the board in the first half, but Hopkins tied it up with nine left in the game. Senior captain Hannah Lowentheil had heroics in store however, and knocked in the game-winner with under four minutes to go. Amanda Shulman and Isabel Beshar recorded assists for Rye Country Day (2-0), and Kate Moelis made five saves. The Wildcats’ next contest is October 1, at home, versus Greens Farms Academy.

The Rye Neck girls’ tennis team remained undefeated with a 5-1 win over Irvington in a non-league match. Midori Takasaki won 6-1, 6-3 at first singles, and Kalypso  Buitoni won 6-3, 7-5 in second singles. The Panthers are now 4-0 and play their toughest match of the season today in a non-league tilt at Rye High.

Rye Country Day’s girls’ soccer team recorded their first win of the year yesterday, beating Hopkins for the first time in three years with a 2-0 decision. The Wildcats scored 17 minutes into the first half when Liz Judd crossed a great ball to Bridget Stock who was right there to stuff it in. Head coach Dick Pike called it a “gray hair game”, as the momentum seemed to swing back and forth. But, RCDS (1-1) finally scored the clincher with three minutes to go when Kris Sabatini set up Delaine Powerful for the score. Kayti Faustini played the first half in goal and had one save; Devon Kraus played the second and had five saves — a couple of them crucial to the victory. Rye Country Day’s next game is September 24, at Nightingale-Bamforth.

At Rye High, a rally by the volleyball team fell short in the fifth and final set as Pelham prevailed 3-2 (25-18, 25-22, 24-26, 20-25, 25-21). Sammy Lee registered 33 assists for the 3-2 Garnets, and Rebecca Choron and Meredith Siefert combined for 23 kills. The next match is September 24, at home against John Jay-Cross River.

Rye Neck volleyball bested Blind Brook 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-15) on the strength of seven aces from Dominique Falcone. They improved to 2-4 and host Alexander Hamilton September 25.

Holy Child’s soccer team fell to 1-2 on the year, as the Gryphons were shut out by Greenwich Academy 2-0.

Finally, Rye Country Day’s tennis team (2-0) narrowly defeated Trinity 4-3. Allison Wong spearheaded the effort with an 8-3 win in first singles.

ON TAP TODAY

Rye High School
Girls’ Swimming vs. Harrison @ Hommocks M.S., 4:30 (M.C. will be there)
Girls’ Tennis vs. Rye Neck, 4:15
Cross-Country vs. Byram Hills, 4:30

Rye Neck High School
Field Hockey vs. Byram Hills, 4:30
Girls’ Soccer @ Blind Brook, 4:30
Girls’ Tennis @ Rye, 4:15
Cross-Country @ Rye, 4:30

Rye Country Day School
No Games Scheduled

School of the Holy Child
Field Hockey vs. Ursuline School, 4:15
Volleyball @ King & Low-Heywood Thomas, 4:15

Wildcats cruise to win in rivalry game

September 22, 2009

Playing with a point to prove and executing to near perfection, Rye Country Day’s field hockey team soundly defeated Holy Child 4-0 on the road September 17. The contest was a rematch of last year’s NYSAIS State championship game, which the Gryphons won 2-1.

Hannah Lowentheil, right, drives the ball

Hannah Lowentheil, right, drives the ball

The Wildcats avenged the loss by playing impeccably in the first half. They scored all four of their goals in those 30 minutes, and prevented Holy Child’s offense from getting into a rhythm.

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Class A Garnets make Rye proud on 9/11; Look to Eastchester

September 22, 2009

It seemed as if Class A football might just be too much for Rye when Ossining capped a 16-play opening drive with a touchdown September 11 at Nugent Stadium.

Workhorse running back Cole McCormack

Workhorse running back Cole McCormack

As those in attendance soon learned, it was not the case. The Garnets immediately answered by driving for a touchdown and from that point on manhandled their opponents in a 21-6 win that wasn’t as close as the score indicated.

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Garnets sweep Rye Neck in border battle

September 22, 2009

With two-thirds of Rye’s volleyball team composed of seniors, it’s easy to believe co-captain Rebecca Choron when she says her Garnet teammates “feel like an extended family”. The cohesiveness shone through at home September 17, against their rivals from down the road. Rye dispatched Rye Neck 3-0, with 25-19, 25-18, and 25-23 victories.

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The Panthers nearly took command of the third game until RHS head coach Tim Tolve called a timeout. The tactic worked as the Garnets closed out the game and match.

“We didn’t play our best match of the year, but we were able to come out with a win against a tough Rye Neck team,” said the coach.

Senior Alexis Ehrlich led with eight aces and 10 digs, and senior co-captain Samantha Lee had five aces and 20 assists. Molly Smalt, also a senior, had eight aces.

”I almost didn’t play because my knee was bothering me, but my teammates encouraged me to give it a try and I’m glad I did,” said Smalt, who missed most of the 2008 season with a torn ACL. “Many of us have been together for four years so we communicate so well on the court. That is the key to our success. I hope we continue to play well for the rest of the season.”

Rye improved to 3-1 with the win. Their next game is September 25, at Fox Lane.

Turnovers spoil Wildcats’ first game

September 22, 2009

Six turnovers beset an otherwise strong offensive showing from Rye Country Day in their season opener September 17, and a missed extra point came back to haunt them in an excruciating 7-6 home loss to Moore Catholic.

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Jake Heller blocks for Brian Glazewski

The Wildcats controlled the ball for much of the game, consistently marching into the opposition’s red zone, but four fumbles and two interceptions disarmed their attack.

“Both the coaches and players were very disappointed about the game,” said senior captain Brian Glazewski. “Although it was a tough loss, we learned a very valuable lesson: Do not look ahead; focus on the task at hand. We need to take this loss and turn it into a positive. I have no doubt that we come back stronger next week.”

Glazewski was a bright spot on an upsetting day. The halfback rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, made nine tackles and one sack, and booted a punt 42 yards. Fellow senior Chris Seter also had a good day on the ground, with 77 yards on 12 totes.

Rye Country Day has a chance to get back on track September 26, when they visit 0-3 Long Island Lutheran.

“We have to go back to basics to improve,” said head coach John Calandros. “It is a long season and we will get better.”

Deadline day!

September 22, 2009

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It’s production day here at The Rye Record, which means top priority is given to cranking out all the last stories for this Friday’s edition of the paper. This means I unfortunately won’t be able to get to the Morning Round-up until later in the day. On the flip side, I will be posting an avalanche of sports stories here once we’re done putting the paper to sleep.

Stay tuned …

Morning Round-up: Quiet weekend in Rye

September 21, 2009

Save for a couple of School of the Holy Child contests on Friday, it was a silent weekend for our local varsity teams. Both the Gryphons’ volleyball and soccer teams played NYC’s Convent of the Sacred Heart. The soccer squad won 5-1 on the road, but volleyball dropped a 3-0 decision at home.

ON TAP TODAY
Rye High School
Boys’ Soccer @ Valhalla, 4:30 (I’ll be attending)
Field Hockey @ John Jay-Cross River, 4:30
Girls’ Tennis @ Fox Lane, 4:15
Volleyball vs. Pelham, 4:30

Rye Neck High School
Girls’ Tennis vs. Irvington, 4:15
Volleyball @ Blind Brook, 4:30

Rye Country Day School
Girls’ Soccer vs. Hopkins, 4:15
Field Hockey vs. Hopkins, 4:15
Girls’ Tennis vs. Trinity, 4:30

School of the Holy Child
Soccer vs. Greenwich Academy, 4

Athlete in the News: Dave Padgett

September 21, 2009

Dave Padgett, a senior at Virginia Military Institute, and Engineering major, continues to be the backbone of the D1 Lacrosse team. Padgett, who plays both offensive and defensive middie, has been named captain of the 2009-10 team.

Dave Padgett

Dave Padgett

Having completed his OCS 10 week training in Quantico, Va., Padgett will commission to the United States Marine Corps upon graduation as a 2nd Lieutenant. He is also President of the RDC, a selective disciplinary honor code board made up of cadets who have demonstrated outstanding leadership. Padgett is a 2006 graduate of Rye High School.