Archive for December, 2009

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December 23, 2009

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Morning Round-up: Garnets Fall in Rye Rotary Final

December 21, 2009

The Rye girls’ basketball team made it to the finals of their own Rye Rotary tournament December 19, but fell to Irvington 67-49. Catharine Greer was the leading scorer on both teams with 25 points. Against Preston the day before, the Garnets were 57-31 victors. Lillian McCabe paced the team with 29 points, Greer chipped in 12, and senior captain Karly Fitzgerald recorded six steals.

After falling 71-62 to Lakeland in the first round of the Walter Panas tournament, the Rye boys’ basketball team dropped a 53-52 decision to host Panas in the consolation game. The Garnets had a chance to win the game, but a last-second attempt rimmed out. Chris Twyman scored 23 in the heartbreaking loss. Brian Pickup led Rye the day before with 19.

The offensive-minded pair of Elizabeth Wulf and Kayti Faustini combined for six goals — each scored a hat trick — as the Rye Country Day girls’ hockey team bested visiting Princeton 7-0. Freshman sensation Wulf reached 50 goals for her career, and continues to add to her all-time scoring record at the school. Fellow freshman Nicole Grosser saved 27 in goal.

On Friday at Rye Country Day School, the boys’ basketball team defeated Hopkins 62-56. Jason Rogers scored 27, and Darren Douglas tossed in 13.

Jeffrey Horowitz scored all four of his goals in the third period of Rye Country Day‘s 5-4 win over Pingree in the second round of the Pingree tournament. The Wildcats erased a 4-1 defecit in the victory. Jack Carroll played goalie in relief of Omeed Alidadi, and stopped all 12 third period shots he faced.


Morning Round-up: Mundinger Scores Five Goals in Win

December 18, 2009

The Rye hockey team improved to 2-0 Wednesday evening thanks to a superlative showing from senior Paul Mundinger. The captain scored an incredible five goals in the Garnets’ 6-2 win at home against John Jay-Cross River. Brian Powers recorded three assists and also scored a goal.

Paul Mundinger

At home in the friendly confines of Rye Country Day School, the girls’ squash team continued their tear by throttling Hackley 7-0. Hadley Chu, Katie Yates, Taryn Clary, Nealy Nimocks, Liz Judd, Lindsay Haut and Nina Stopnitzky were all victors.

Holy Child’s squash team dropped a 7-0 decision to Sacred Heart.


All-American Girls

December 18, 2009

Rye High juniors Lia Bellizzi (forward) and Tatiana Saunders (keeper) have been selected to the NSCAA 2009 Girls High School All-American soccer team. Of the 90 players from all over the country to earn this award, 11 of them, including Bellizzi, are repeat winners. Only 15 players from the eastern states are selected to this team, and it’s extremely rare that two players from the same school are chosen. Both girls are thrilled, proud, and humbled by the award.

Lia Bellizzi and Tatiana Saunders

“I was shocked that I received it this year because I didn’t know you could get it two years in a row,” said Bellizzi. “It’s that much nicer because Tatiana and I both received it.”

“Being awarded All-American is such a huge honor and it feels especially good because we had a sort of disappointing ending to our season.” Saunders commented. “The fact that our team did not go as far as we did last year makes this even more special. I’m grateful that all my and Lia’s hard work is being recognized – we practice outside practically every day of the year!”

Both girls thanked head coach Rich Savage for making the award happen. Savage, who nominated and pushed for both girls, said, “It is so nice to see both Lia and Tatiana receiving the recognition for all of their hard work. I am proud of their effort and glad their talent was recognized on the national level. ”

The luncheon to honor the All-American Athletes (youth, high school and college) will be held in Philadelphia on January 16.

– Melanie Cane

A Squashing Good Time

December 18, 2009

It seems that squash is the new black.

Both teams at Rye High School continue to grow exponentially, and on the girls’ side the roster has jumped from 20 to 40 in just one year. There are now three girls’ teams – two JV and one varsity – that play at three different local clubs with many matches scheduled in the Fairwest Public School Squash Association (FPSSA). The varsity team includes star players Caroline Whelan, Annie VanWagenen, Katie Bouton, Kathryn Lavelle, Katie Geoghegan, Angie Cho, Laura Nicholas, Rebecca Feldman, Nancy Kelleher, G.G. Fitzgerald, Amanda Feldman, and Lily Wells. Recently, the team defeated local private school Hackley.

The RHS Boys' Squash team


Garnets Cop Crown as Coach Henwood Notches 300th Win

December 18, 2009

An undefeated record and a milestone victory are just two results of the Rye girls’ basketball team’s blazing hot start to the winter season.
The 4-0 Garnets captured the Dr. Lynne Kahn Holiday Classic championship December 12 in White Plains, by defeating the host Tigers 48-45 in the final. With the win, Rye head coach Mary Henwood attained her 300th career coaching victory.

Coach Henwood celebrates 300th victory with her Garnets

“It is an honor to share this milestone with this team,” said Henwood, who gushed about the pride her Garnets have for the program. “They are a pleasure to coach and a very special, talented group of young ladies. I have been fortunate to coach so many high-achieving girls throughout my career who have contributed greatly to my success.”


Garnet Grapplers Host Bernie Miller Tournament

December 18, 2009

The Rye wrestling team hosted the 12th Annual Bernie Miller Invitational Tournament to start off the winter season. Fourteen teams participated, including both public and private schools from within and outside of Westchester.

The Tournament was sponsored by Carpet Trends and is named in honor of longtime Rye High School wrestling coach, Bernie Miller. Miller was a physical education teacher at RHS and served as wrestling head coach from 1960-76. He was also the district’s Athletic Director from 1976-1991. While head coach, his teams had an outstanding dual meet record of 187-23-5, winning the League Championship in 13 of his 16 years. In addition, the Garnets won three Section 1 Championships (1968, 1969, and 1974) and were twice Section 1 Runners-up (1966 and 1971). They also won eight Divisional Titles. From 1962-65, the Garnets had a 43-match unbeaten string. Miller was named Section 1 Coach of the Year in 1964 and was inducted into the Westchester County Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1990.

A good-sized crowd braved the snow and rain to fill the two gymnasiums at Rye High School for the one-day event, with wrestlers arriving at 7 a.m. and not leaving until 8 p.m. Brewster High School ended up winning the team title, followed by Scarsdale and Mahopac. Rye finished seventh. Bernardo Magalhaes of Brewster, who wrestled in the 171-pound division, was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Rye captains Graham Zahringer, Peter Kennedy, and Donovan McSorley

Rye’s Graham Zahringer won the 152-pound division, with a decision over Alex Schwartz of Horace Mann. To win the finals, a wrestler had to get through four rounds of wrestling. Some of the other top finishers for Rye were Donovan McSorley, who finished fourth in the 152-pound division, Peter Kennedy, who finished 4th in the 130-pound division, and Joe Similacaj taking 5th place in the 171-pound division.


Morning Round-up: Alidadi Saves 31 in Victory

December 17, 2009

The Rye Country Day boys’ hockey team sent back Iona Prep Wednesday with a 2-1 victory. Jeff Horowitz scored the eventual game-winner on a breakaway in the second period, and Shayne Bingham also netted a goal for the Wildcats. Omeed Alidadi made 31 big saves in goal.

The Wildcats celebrate a goal
Coming off their win at the Princeton tournament, the Rye Country Day girls’ hockey team dropped a 6-0 decision on the road at Greenwich Academy. Nicole Grosser made 43 saves in the loss.

The Rye Country Day boys’ squash team kept their hot start to the season going with a 6-1 win against Horace Mann at home. Dan Judd, Matt Stevens, Michael Walsh, Grayson Clary, John Shuck and Thomas Galluccio all won for the Wildcats.


Garnets Pick Up Where They Left Off

December 17, 2009

Brian Pickup and the Rye boys’ basketball team kicked open the 2009-10 season’s door by winning the Lions Club-sponsored Cliff Clinton Classic at home last weekend. The Garnets defeated Sacred Heart of Yonkers 65-55 in the opening round December 11, and then claimed the tournament championship with a 49-46 victory over local rival Blind Brook December 12.

Brian Pickup

Pickup was named tournament MVP after recording a double-double in the title game. The junior captain scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against the Trojans. He chipped in 15 the day before. Whether it’s driving to the hoop, crashing the boards, finding the open man, or creating space for a long-range jumper, Pickup is the rare talent who can do anything on the court. It’s scary – for the opposition – to think he’s just past the halfway point of his RHS basketball career.

Conor Smith paced Rye in the season opener, pouring through 28 points in the win. Four days later, in a 53-36 road loss to Pleasantville, the ever-improving junior scored 10 points and snared 11 rebounds. The Garnets cut the lead to 34-31 late in the third after senior captain Brendan Nagle put back an offensive rebound, but the Panthers shot ahead with a 14-0 run and never looked back. It was not one of Rye’s best performances – they allowed Pleasantville multiple second and third chances, and repeatedly turned the ball over.

Up next for the 2-1 Garnets is a tournament this weekend in northern Westchester at Walter Panas High School.

En Garde! Wildcat Fencers Off to Promising Start

December 17, 2009

Swordplay is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about high school athletics. But at Rye Country Day, the 21-year-old fencing program has long been home to some of the school’s finest athletes, many of whom have gone on to fence for colleges and in national and international events.

“Wildcat fencing is about striving to do one’s best and enjoying what is a wonderful sport,” said head coach Joe Rue. “Our goal is consistent with our team philosophy. We want the students to give 100 percent and feel proud of being members of this program. We expect them to display exemplary sportsmanship on and off the strip.”

Eugene Vinisky

Rue went on to say that no two teams are alike – each has its own personality – and that he and the rest of the coaching staff require the Wildcats to strive to be the best fencers they can be. With two meets already in the books this season, Rye Country Day’s athletes have quickly proven their mettle.