Morning Round-up: Rye X-C teams excel at League Championship meet

Both of Rye’s cross-country teams — the girls and boys — performed superbly in the League Championship Meet Tuesday at wind-whipped Byram Hills.

Rye Cross-Country

Rye Cross-Country

The girls — scoring a 27 — completed a perfect season and won the league outright by defeating Harrison (49), Byram Hills (56), and Port Chester (99) at the championship. Six Garnets finished among the top nine competitors to seal the deal. Those six — Ellen Friedman (3), Nagomi Ogura (4), Alison Mackay (5), Caitlin Hartnett (7), Kahea Mueller (8), and Zoe Davitt (9) — earned All-League status for finishing in the top 10.

On the boys’ side, senior Max Robinson sped to a first place finish (17:10.6) a full 24 seconds ahead of the second place racer. The win gave him the individual League championship as well as All-League status. Four other Garnets earned All-League honors for finishing in the top 14. Taylor Love and Mason Curtis finished sixth and seventh respectively, while Gavin Conway and Harrison Janart rounded out the group at 13 and 14. As a team, the boys finished second to outright League champs Byram Hills.

A full feature story on Rye’s Cross-Country team will appear at Rye on the Ball later this week, and in the October 23 hard copy of The Rye Record as well.

In other cross-country action, the Rye Neck boys’ team clinched their League championship title in a down to the wire finish, as sixth man Etienne Bott broke the tie for the win. The Panthers were led by Lucas Bucknavage, Charlie Fraioli, and Sebatian Tanner. The final score was Rye Neck 39, Pleasantville 39, Briarcliff 69, and Westlake 71. The girls’ cross-country team put up a great fight, but ended up being defeated by Pleasantville for a second place finish in the League.  All five runners had fantastic races though, with third and fourth runners Sayaka Takahashi and Christine Cook having break-through performances by taking more than two minutes off their best times at the course.

Rye Neck girls’ tennis star Midori Takasaki won the League singles title by defeating Briarcliff’s Olivia Tane 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the semifinals and Shachi Da’ve from Briarcliff 6-3, 6-2 in the finals. She is now 11-1 going into the Conference tourney on Monday at Harrison. In doubles action Kalypso Buitoni and Caroline Lambillotte won 6-0, 6-0 in the quarters and 6-0, 6-2 in the semis. They will face the #1 and #2 from Briarcliff in the finals at Rye Neck today.

Rye Country Day’s girls’ soccer team fell to St. Luke’s 3 – 1, but didn’t give up without a fight. Delaine Powerful scored the opening goal about five minutes into the game on a through ball from Nicki Rosenach. St Luke’s knotted the score with five minutes left in the first half and then took the lead seven minutes into the second half when Carla Nicasio’s corner kick bent Beckham-like into the far corner of the goal. RCDS had a number of chances to tie up the score, but Luke’s scored the clincher with eight minutes left in the game. Kayti Faustini had twelve saves in the goal including a couple of acrobatic dives in the second half; St. Luke’s keeper had 10 saves attesting to the evenness of the match.

On the road at Masters, Holy Child’s field hockey team fell to Masters 1-0. The lone goal was scored off of a penalty stroke. The Gryphons had several opportunities to score and dominated the second half of the game, but just couldn’t capitalize in the circle.

Rye Country Day’s field hockey team lost to Greenwich Academy, 7-0. Kate Moelis made five saves in the first half, and Sammy Coughlin made 11 in the second.

Rye Neck’s volleyball team took to the road and defeated North Salem in a tight 3-1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-23, 27-25) win.

At home against Port Chester, Rye’s volleyball team bested the local school 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-15). Rebecca Choron recorded eight kills and 10 aces for the Garnets.

Holy Child was also a winner on the volleyball court, defeating NYSD 3-1 (25-16, 32-30, 25-21, 25-15). Alisa Powell and Isabella Albert led the Gryphons in the win.

Rye field hockey’s nine-game winning streak was snapped at Mamaroneck in a 2-0 loss. Kaitlin Campbell made four saves for the Garnets.

ON TAP TODAY

Rye High School
Girls’ Soccer vs. Byram Hills, 4:30

Rye Neck High School
Field Hockey @ Briarcliff, 4:30
Girls’ Soccer vs. Briarcliff, 4:30
Girls’ Tennis Doubles League Championship, 4

Rye Country Day School
Cross-Country @ Brunswick, 4
Boys’ Soccer @ South Kent School, 4
Girls’ Tennis @ Portledge

School of the Holy Child
Cross-Country @ Brunswick School

TEAM RECORDS (W-L-T)

Rye High School
Football (4-1)
Field Hockey (9-2-1)
Boys’ Soccer (5-3-4)
Girls’ Soccer (10-0-1)
Girls’ Swim & Dive (6-0)
Volleyball (8-4)
Girls’ Tennis (7-7)
Boys’ X-C (9-1)
Girls’ X-C (13-0)

Rye Neck High School
Football (2-3)
Field Hockey (3-7)
Boys’ Soccer (7-5)
Girls’ Soccer (4-5-1)
Volleyball (7-6)
Girls’ Tennis (9-2)
Boys’ X-C (8-6)
Girls’ X-C (7-5)

Rye Country Day School
Football (3-1)
Field Hockey (3-2)
Boys’ Soccer (3-1-2)
Girls’ Soccer (4-4-1)
Girls’ Tennis (3-2)
Boys’ X-C (1-1)
Girls’ X-C (1-2)

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

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