Archive for February, 2010

Section Semifinals Moved to Saturday

February 26, 2010

With the Rye ice hockey team’s 5-1 defeat of Fox Lane Wednesday at the Ice Casino, the Garnets advanced to the Division II Section Semifinals. The game was originally scheduled for tonight, but due to the inclement weather it has been shifted to tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. Rye will battle Sleepy Hollow, who bested Garnet nemesis Pelham 2-0 on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

“I think our game against RCDS was a very positive step towards the  playoffs for us,” said senior captain Taka Katsuta. “Even though we lost, I think that we played very hard, came out hitting with the intesity that we wanted and were able to put a couple pucks in the net. I felt great going into the Section tournament. We won our quarterfinals game against Fox Lane, and I think that game gave us a lot of confidence moving into the Semifinals.”

The Section final is apparently still on for Sunday at West Point, but that area is currently in a State of Emergency so who knows. I’ll update you as information comes in.

The Ice Garnets are the only local team in playoff action at the moment. Both the boys’ and girls’ RCDS basketball teams lost in their respective FAA playoff games on Wednesday.

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Playoff Fever Picks Up Again Tonight

February 24, 2010

Three of Rye’s top teams take the court and ice tonight, beginning with the No. 3 Rye Country Day girls’ basketball team’s Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament Semifinal at second-seeded Hamden Hall (4:30 p.m.). Senior captain Alexandra Osborn-Jones will look to follow up her superlative performance in the quarterfinals against Holy Child, where she put up a line of 30 points, 19 rebounds, and eight blocks. In OJ’s four years as a Wildcat starter, her teams have made the FAA finals twice, but have never won the tournament.

Back home at Rye Country Day, the third-seeded boys’ basketball team begins their playoff quest when they take on No. 6 Hamden Hall at 4:30 in the FAA Tournament quarterfinal.

Finally, the Rye High ice hockey team enters the Division II Sectional tournament fray at home in the Playland Ice Casino. The top-seeded Garnets will take on Fox Lane in the quarterfinals. They defeated the Foxes just 16 days earlier, 4-1.

In other action, the Rye Country Day boys’ hockey team faces archrival Brunswick at home at 6 p.m.

Osborn-Jones Leads Wildcats to Playoff Win Over Gryphons

February 24, 2010

Thanks to an Herculean effort from senior Alexandra Osborn-Jones, the third-seeded Rye Country Day girls’ basketball team ousted No. 6 Holy Child from the quarterfinals of the Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament 47-22 at home February 22.

The Yale-bound captain scored 18 points in the contest’s first eight minutes, pushing her Wildcats to an early 19-4 lead in front of a packed house for the rivalry game. Osborn-Jones finished with an astounding stat line of 30 points, 19 rebounds, eight blocks and three steals.

Alexandra Osborn-Jones

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Wildcats Edge Garnets in Electric Cross-Town Clash

February 24, 2010

Ice hockey fans were treated to an exhilarating fight for Rye supremacy February 19 at frosty Rye Country Day School, pitting the Garnets versus the Wildcats in a contest where nothing less than a climactic finish would have done.

Wildcat senior Jeff Horowitz delivered the goods by nabbing the puck in the neutral zone and breaking down the left side with less than 20 seconds remaining in the 5-5 game. With one man to beat, Horowitz shifted his body for a good look on goal and punched in the game-winner with 16.9 ticks left.

Jeff Horowitz stretches for the puck

“He has done it all year for us,” said head coach Gary Bingham. “Jeff has scored numerous game-winners in the biggest of contests. He’s a nifty little player who has really stepped up for us this season.”

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Zahringer Reaches 100-Win Milestone and Section Finals

February 24, 2010

After finishing the regular season 8-10, the Rye wrestling team sent three of their finest to the Divisional championships at Sleepy Hollow in early February. Junior captain Donovan McSorley placed third in the 160-pound weight class,  and seniors Jesse Trumm (145) and Graham Zahringer (152), also a captain, emerged as winners of their weight class brackets.

Trumm overcame an upper-body injury he had suffered the week before to beat New Rochelle’s Aaron Butler 8-4 in the final. Zahringer entered the final round with 99 career victories under his belt, and – by defeating Brewster’s Nick Ghelarducci – the Rye captain entered the exclusive 100-win club. Only two other Garnets, Charlie Trumm and Charlie Foltman, had crossed the threshold prior to Zahringer’s feat.

Graham Zahringer with his parents on senior night

The senior’s season was not over just yet, however, as he racked up three more victories – including a 3-1 upset of the No. 1 seed in the semifinals – en route to the 152-pound weight class Section finals at Pace University February 14. Zahringer battled New Rochelle’s Marc Diaz for the crown, but ultimately fell in a back-and-forth 3-2 nailbiter. Zahringer, a fifth seed, was the highest-seeded wrestler to appear in the finals.

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Ousted From Playoffs, Garnets Will Return Nine Players

February 24, 2010

The Rye girls’ basketball team’s season came to an end in the first round of the Section playoffs February 12, as sixth-seeded Albertus Magnus defeated the No. 11 Garnets 56-37.

Magnus, the defending Class A Section champions, put Rye (12-7) in a 30-14 hole by halftime, but allowed the visiting Garnets to creep within seven by the end of the third quarter. The perennial powerhouse Falcons put Rye away in the fourth however, jump-starting a run to the County Center for a sixth consecutive year.


“We had a great season and it’s unfortunate it had to end so soon,” said Karly FitzGerald, a captain and the team’s only senior. “We came out scared against Magnus and although we picked it up and closed the gap in the second half, it wasn’t enough for us to win. We had an extremely talented team that bonded and only continued to improve throughout the season. We have an incredible year to look back on and cannot be disappointed. Next year this team will be amazing to watch.

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Garnets Make Their Mark at Squash Championships

February 24, 2010

Earlier this month, the Rye boys’ squash team made a valiant run to the Division 4 Finals of the 2010 U.S. High School Team Squash Championships in New Haven. The Garnets fell to St. Mark’s School 6-1 in the finale. Senior co-captain Erik Morque secured Rye’s lone victory against St. Mark’s, a school that competed among the elite in Division 1 last year. They moved down after graduating many seniors.

Coach Tommy Wolfe, Thomas Henderson, Chris Murphy, Erik Morque, Karim Amir, Forrest Henderson, Thornton Ellis, Taylor Love and Colby Ellis. Not pictured: Pete DeBartolo.

On the road to the final, the Garnets bested schools from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Brooklyn. According to the US Squash website (ussquash.com), Rye’s Morque, Forrest Henderson, Thornton Ellis, Colby Ellis and Pete DeBartolo were all Top 15 performers in Division 4. Morque, the only player to finish the tournament undefeated, was ranked No. 1. He’ll graduate this June along with fellow co-captain Chris Murphy.

Rye’s second boys’ team, which competed in Division 5, placed fourth and was led by Henry Pearson in the No. 1 spot. The other performers included Josh Dodd, Grant DeBease, Brian Amedeo, Spencer Smith, Connor Usry, Geoff Douglas, Hunter Baldwin and Jack Durkee. Smith and Amedeo were among the Top 15 in Division 5.

Rye’s top girls’ team finished third in Division 4 by winning three of their four matches. They defeated Convent of the Sacred Heart, Holy Child and Poly Prep, and Caroline Whelan earned the No. 1 ranking for going undefeated. Whelan gave up the fewest points of any player in Division 4.

Garnets Blast Off at Class B Indoor Championships

February 22, 2010

Valentine’s Day isn’t exclusively for lovers anymore. As proven by the many inspiring performances February 14 at The Armory in New York City, it was also a day for the Rye indoor track team to shine like diamonds.

The Garnet boys finished third overall out of 22 teams at the Section 1 Class B championships, while the girls claimed sixth place.

“For the first time in ages we felt like we had a chance to win this thing,” said boys’ head coach Jim Yedowitz. “Those high hopes left us a little disappointed, but the kids ran their hearts out and left with the understanding that we’re as good as everyone else.”

Mac Gager

A pair of Garnets proved they were better than anyone else. Mac Gager, a senior, finished first in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:24 and toppled a Rye record that stood for nearly a quarter-century. Mark Sasse set the previous mark way back in 1986. The race was the first of three that day for Gager, which meant he did just enough to win and not tire, according to his coach. Gager could very well smash his own record running all-out this weekend at the State Qualifier.

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Garnets Go Down Swinging in Thrilling Section Quarterfinal

February 19, 2010

If the final seconds of February 17’s Class A Section quarterfinal at Tappan Zee had gone the other way, the Rye boys’ basketball team would have had the honor of playing in the County Center for a second consecutive year. Instead, the No. 7-seeded Dutchmen escaped with a 53-49 victory against the 18th-seeded Garnets, who scratched, clawed and ultimately played a game that embodied their entire season.

Dropped in a hostile environment and facing an 11-point deficit early in the third quarter, Rye (10-11) did what has come naturally this year. They got to work.

Prepared for battle

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Morning Round-up: Ice Garnets Earn Top Seed in Sectionals

February 19, 2010

The Section playoff brackets for hockey were recently announced, and — as the No. 1 seed — the Rye boys’ team earned a first round bye into the Division II quarterfinals Wednesday, February 24, at the Playland Ice Casino. If they’re victorious there against the winner of No. 8 Fox Lane and 9th-seeded Byram Hills, they could very well face Pelham in the Section Semifinal February 26 at the Ice Casino. The championship game is scheduled for February 28 at West Point’s Tate Rink. Rye, the No. 2 ranked DII team in all of New York State, has made it to the Section final the last three years, and lost for the first time in those three trips last year at West Point to Pelham.

Rye’s regular season finale is tonight at local rival Rye Country Day School.

ON TAP THIS WEEKEND

FRIDAY

Rye High School
Ice Hockey @ Rye Country Day, 5

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Boys’ Basketball vs. Brunswick, 5:30
Boys’ Hockey vs. Rye, 5

School of the Holy Child
Basketball @ Horace Mann, 4
Swimming @ Catholic Challenge, TBA

SATURDAY

Rye High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Girls’ Hockey @ WIHLMA Tournament, TBA
Fencing at ISFL Team Tournament @ Masters, 9 a.m.
Boys’ Hockey vs. King, 3
Wrestling @ NY/NJ National Qualifier,

School of the Holy Child
No Games Scheduled

SUNDAY

Rye High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Girls’ Hockey @ WIHLMA Tournament, TBA

School of the Holy Child
No Games Scheduled

TEAM RECORDS (W-L-T)

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