Archive for March, 2010

New Beginnings and One Farewell for Rye’s Spring Sports

March 29, 2010

Spring is a time for new beginnings, but the season began on a somber note for the Garnet family. Maureen O’Shea, the 56-year-old coach of the girls’ lacrosse team, passed away March 13 after a battle with cancer.

Girls’ Lacrosse Team Dedicates Season to Memory of Coach O’Shea

In only three years as head coach of the Garnets, Maureen O’Shea was able to leave a lasting legacy.

“The first person that comes to mind when you think of girls’ lacrosse is coach O’Shea,” said Rob Castagna, Rye’s Director of Athletics. “Maureen was here for a short time, but made a tremendous impact on the program. The kids right away felt her passion for lacrosse, which was strongly matched by her knowledge of the game. She was an ambassador and advocate for it everywhere she went.”

Rye huddles up in what was their last game under the guidance of O'Shea

Castagna continued, “She saw the kids for everything they brought to the table. If one of her student-athletes had a high GPA, she knew about it and would put her up for an academic award. It was good to see her go out of the way to get girls recognized for the accolades they deserved.”

O’Shea – a 1971 Rye graduate – coached her alma mater to two Section finals. Each time the Garnets had the crown within their grasp, but came up impossibly short. In 2007, they fell 13-12 to Nanuet in sudden-death double overtime.


RCDS Spring Programs Primed to Add to School’s State Crowns

March 29, 2010

The 2009-10 school year already has been a banner one at Rye Country Day. With three State titles in the bag, the Wildcats are hungry for more as the spring season rolls in.

Boys’ Lacrosse

Rye Country Day was an unrelenting, buzzsaw in 2009, cutting opposing teams to ribbons in their march to a 17-2 record and both the Fairchester Athletic Association and Western New England Division II championship.

The two-pronged engine of that prolific offense – Cody Levine and J.P. Garry – has graduated, but the Wildcats possess a group of four captains who will form the backbone of the 2010 model. Seniors Harry Razook, attack, and midfielder Chris Seter will be heavily relied upon as the only two returning offensive starters. Goaltender Chandler Grinell and defensemen Jack Mandy, seniors as well, are a pair who can spearhead what Rye Country Day hopes is a physical brand of defense.

Harry Razook

“We have a great group of seniors who have worked extremely hard throughout their time here and have meant a lot to this program,” said head coach Matt Rosolen. “Also, we return every defensive player from last year’s team and need their experience and talent to lead throughout the season, especially at the onset as we develop our more inexperienced players.”


Hungry Softball Program Spearheads Gryphons’ Season

March 29, 2010

Judging by the recent weather, one would assume spring sports are already underway. In fact, the season doesn’t begin until early April, when Holy Child rolls out a handful of programs with the potential to make school history.


The Gryphons seemed destined for the State championship in 2009, even with no seniors on the roster. When their season ended shockingly in the semifinals, the team adopted a take-no-prisoners mission for 2010.

“These girls have unfinished business to take care of,” said Jen Cirillo, Holy Child’s third head coach in three years. “We are all excited about this upcoming season. It’s ours if we work together.”

Chloe Giordano

Cirillo, who spent eight years as coach at New York City’s Nightingale Bamford, wants to pick up where the Gryphons left off. To reach the NYSAIS State final, she’ll look to senior captains Molly Schauber, GeriAnn Capasso and Alaina Cipollone. Cipollone is the team’s starting pitcher, and has been a devastating ace since her freshman year. She’ll be joined in the rotation by sophomore Kathleen Samuelson.


Rye Recreation All Stars Pull Off “Four-Peat”

March 26, 2010

Rye Recreation’s 5th and 6th grade basketball team took home the championship for the fourth straight year in the Cubs Division of the 80th Annual Westchester County Boys’ Basketball Tournament, held at the County Center. This year’s team consisted of Tim Hale, George Kirby, Zack Samberg, Max Pomroy, Mark Croughan, Michael Carty, Joe Zulli, Dominic Guarnieri, Stephen O’Connell and Matt Shainberg. They were coached by longtime Rye Recreation basketball staffers Josh Kirsch, Rob Angilletta and Rashidi Lewis.

The champions!

The champs pulled out a comeback victory in the finals against the Harrison “Maroon” squad, erasing an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to win 41-39.


Racanelli Continues to Break School Records

March 26, 2010

Holy Child senior Katelyn Racanelli participated in the Nike Indoor National Track & Field Championships in Boston over the weekend of March 13-14. Racanelli, a captain for the Gryphons, was entered in three events: the 60-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. In her first event of the weekend, the 400, she broke her own school record, running 57.74 seconds to place 14th out of 56. She later competed in the 200 and 60, setting yet another school record in the latter, with a time of 8.23 seconds.

Katelyn Racanelli

The Nike Nationals marked the final indoor competition for Racanelli, who now holds nine indoor school records: six individual and three as a relay member. She will take some well-deserved rest before returning to the track for her final tseason with the Gryphons.

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now: Rye Runners Compete With State’s Best

March 24, 2010

Their promise was evident two years ago, when Max Robinson and Mac Gager were part of a group of sophomore track stars that broke every ninth and tenth grade record in the Rye books.

That potential was realized in early March, as Robinson and Gager raced in the New York State championships at Cornell College in Ithaca. Robinson placed 13th of 32 in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:43.91, and Gager clocked in at 1:27.45 for 26th place in the 600-meter run. The seniors each ran just off personal bests in their first appearances at the elite event.

Max Robinson and Mac Gager

“My two goals for the season were to break the school record for the 600 and to earn my way to States,” said Gager, who toppled the 24-year-old 600 mark in February. “It was an honor to be there. I wasn’t surprised that I made it, but kind of in awe. I was so excited when it was time for my race, and it was such a great feeling to participate.”


Garnets Get Their Due at Section 1 Awards Dinner

March 19, 2010

On March 16, several members of the Rye ice hockey team were given the awards they earned for their exceptional play during the 2009-10 season. Much thanks to the Rix family for passing along these photos of the honored Garnets.

Brian Powers, Aaron Rix, Coach Tom Bailey, Rob Holmes, Paul Mundinger, Coach Jason Friesen, Taka Katsuta, Nick Rosenfeld, Coach Peter Thomas

The graduating seniors, Paul Mundinger, Brian Powers and Taka Katsuta with the Howard Kosel Team Sportsmanship Award.

Backcourt Duo Provides Gryphons With Bright Future

March 18, 2010

The horizon brightened substantially for Holy Child basketball as Shannon O’Connor drove fearlessly down the lane against Marymount in a NYSAIS play-in game earlier this month at Manhattanville.

After the Gryphons allowed the Lions their first lead of the fourth quarter, the freshman showed courage beyond her years by immediately attacking and banking a lay-in high off the glass. The shot put Holy Child up 35-34 and they never relinquished the lead or allowed another point in the game’s final three minutes en route to a 41-34 win.

Shannon O'Connor


Resurrection’s Late Heroics Lead to League Championship

March 17, 2010

The Resurrection Sixth Grade Girls’ CYO team capped off an undefeated (11-0) season with a dramatic win over Ann Seton in the finals of the Westchester Putnam CYO Basketball League at Iona Prep February 28.

Back Row: Coaches Ray Martinelli and Mike Eck with Cristina Johnson, Sarah Cosmedy, Madeline Eck, Mallory Lynch, Sofia Perez-Segnini, Meghan Friedmann and Coach Jim Johnson. Front Row: Leah Kratochvil , Emilie Hassleman, Laura Martinelli, Caroline Franchella

Down one with 10 seconds to go, Resurrection’s Madeline Eck headed to the charity stripe for a one-and-one free throw opportunity. Eck – Resurrection’s offensive leader – sank the first basket to tie the game, but missed the second. The sixth grader snared her own rebound though, and scored on the second chance to give her team a 21-19 victory.

To get to the finals, Resurrection bested Holy Name-Valhalla in the quarterfinals and defeated Ursuline in the semis.

Brendan Nagle Named Lions Club Athlete of the Month

March 17, 2010

“Captain”, “leader”, and “champion” are among the many ways to describe Brendan Nagle in his time as a Rye Garnet. Add “Lions Club Athlete of the Month” to the list. The senior was recently given the honor for the month of February.

Brendan Nagle

“Winning this is the crowning achievement of my high school career,” said Nagle. “My coach stressed how special this award truly was and made me understand and embrace its significance.”