Morning Round-up: Panthers close to League title

Although they were unable to finish the match due to lack of light, the Rye Neck girls’ tennis team gave Briarcliff all they could handle Wednesday at home. The match was stopped with the score knotted 3-3 and only the fourth doubles duel undetermined. When the action stopped, the Panthers’ Janell Smith and Cassie Swinghammer were tied 5-5 in the first set. The match will continue Thursday, October 15, at Rye Neck.

The Panthers took two of the three singles matches, with No. 2 Caroline Lambillote besting Olivia Lacy Thompson 7-5, 6-2. The match was a scintillating affair, with hard-fought — and hard-hitting — points. Kalypso Buitoni was also a winner in the No. 3 spot. She won, 6-1, 7-5. Rye Neck’s first singles star, Midori Takasaki, lost her first match of the year 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Midori Takasaki

Midori Takasaki

Takasaki battled, but the extremely windy conditions admittedly took an edge off of her precision game. Nevertheless, the affable senior captain could not be happier with the year her team has had.

“Our coach — Mark Canno — is incredible and has supported us so much,” she said. “This team has a lot of seniors who have been together since the 8th grade, so the leadership is strong. It’s kind of sad our run is winding down, but we could not have asked for a better season.”

Rye Neck’s first doubles team of Kyra Babakian and Sage Reisner was also victorious. The League tournament is October 13 at Briarcliff. Eight doubles teams will play down to the final two with the finals taking place October 15 at Rye Neck. The singles draw only has five players and will finish in one day. Takasaki is a favorite.

Holy Child’s cross-country team ran at Masters yesterday, and went 2-1 by beating St. Luke’s and King and falling to Hopkins. Rachel O’Driscoll won her fourth race of the season while Kendra McNulty and Katelyn Racanelli placed fourth and ninth respectively to help the Gryphons improve to 8-5 on the season.

Also at Masters, Holy Child’s soccer team pulled off a 3-1 road victory. Charlotte Knobloch scored a pair of goals, and Andrea Arnone scored the Gryphons’ third. Arnone also had an assist, as did Victoria Almieda. Molly Schauber made six saves.

Jenna Frank did not seem to mind the 45-mile per hour gusts on the field at King School in Stamford, as she led Rye Country Day’s girls’ soccer team by scoring two goals and assisting on a third as the Wildcats trounced King 4-0.  Elizabeth Wulf opened the scoring on an assist from Frank four and a half minutes into the game. Fifteen minutes later, Frank scored her first goal on a pretty feed from Delaine Powerful. In the second half, Nicki Rosenbach scored on an unassisted goal followed by Frank’s second goal assisted by Liz Judd. Kayti Faustini was the keeper for the first 60 minutes and made eight saves; finishing the game in the net was Devon Kraus with three saves.

Rye Country Day’s field hockey team also performed like road warriors, besting Fieldston 3-0. Isabel Beshar, Allie Farber, and Amanda Shulman all had goals, and Nealy Nimocks recorded two assists.

Holy Child’s field hockey team battled Hackley to a 0-0 draw on the road. Bridget Cooney made four saves.

At home in front of a spirited crowd against Pleasantville, Rye Neck’s boys’ soccer team pulled out a 3-1 win. The game was tied with 10 minutes to go, but the Panthers were able to ice the game. Adam Phillippe scored two goals, and Adam Gutierrez had the other. Ivan Martinez and Marco Callisto had assists, and Dalton Mendez made 10 saves in the net.

At home against bordering Port Chester, the Rye boys’ soccer team lost just their second game of the year, 4-2. Juan Chang and Buck Reynolds scored for the Garnets, and Mike Linehan made four saves.

In volleyball, Rye topped Harrison on the road 3-1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-23, 25-19) in a close battle between the rival schools. Rebecca Choron had 21 kills and Alexis Ehrlich recorded four aces and 14 digs.

Holy Child was also victorious in volleyball action, as they defeated visiting St. Luke’s 3-0 (25-9, 25-21, 25-18).

Rye Neck’s volleyball team lost to Briarcliff on the road, 3-2 (25-17, 20-25, 25-21, 4-25, 25-18).

In girls’ tennis, both Rye and Rye Country Day lost at their home courts. The Wildcats suffered a 6-1 defeat to Hackley, while the Garnets lost to Fox Lane, 5-2.


Rye High School
Field Hockey vs. John Jay-Cross River, 4:30
Girls’ Swimming @ Westlake (at Pace), 4:45
Girls’ Tennis vs. Blind Brook, 4:15

Rye Neck High School
Girls’ Soccer vs. Blind Brook, 4:30
Girls’ Tennis @ White Plains, 4:15
Volleyball vs. Westlake, 4:30
Field Hockey @ Byram Hills, 4:30

Rye Country Day School
No Games Scheduled

School of the Holy Child
No Games Scheduled


Rye High School
Football (3-1)
Field Hockey (6-1-1)
Boys’ Soccer (4-2-4)
Girls’ Soccer (10-0-1)
Girls’ Swim & Dive (5-0)
Volleyball (7-3)
Girls’ Tennis (6-7)
Boys’ X-C (9-1)
Girls’ X-C (9-0)

Rye Neck High School
Football (2-2)
Field Hockey (2-6)
Boys’ Soccer (7-4)
Girls’ Soccer (3-4-1)
Volleyball (6-5)
Girls’ Tennis (9-2)
Boys’ X-C (5-3)
Girls’ X-C (4-3)

Rye Country Day School
Football (2-1)
Field Hockey (3-0)
Boys’ Soccer (2-1-1)
Girls’ Soccer (3-3-1)
Girls’ Tennis (3-2)
Boys’ X-C (1-1)
Girls’ X-C (1-2)

School of the Holy Child
Field Hockey (5-1-3)
Soccer (3-6-1)
Volleyball (2-4)
X-C (8-5)


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