Archive for April, 2010

Lions Club Tabs Kevin Hughes as Athlete of the Month

April 27, 2010

It’s not often a junior is named Lions Club Athlete of the Month. Then again, swimmers like Kevin Hughes – a recent winner of the award – only come around every so often.

Kevin Hughes

“I was very surprised that I was chosen because seniors usually win,” said Hughes. “I’ve been part of the Rye swim team for four years, and every year we get bigger and better.  Carle Fierro has been my coach since I was 7 years old and she continues to improve my performances each year.”

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McCormack and Linehan: The Power of Friendship on and off the Field

April 22, 2010

Cole McCormack and Mike Linehan try their best not to think about those last grains of sand trickling into the bottom of the hourglass — sands of time that represent their Rye varsity careers.

The senior captains of the Garnets’ lacrosse team have been the best of friends since the halcyon days of their childhood on the Rye Youth Soccer fields. Now, at the height of their high school athletic powers, the idea of not being able to play sports with lifelong friends is upsetting.

Mike Linehan and Cole McCormack

“It’s a bittersweet thing,” said Linehan. “Growing up I watched the best athletes I thought I would ever see in my life – Connor O’Grady, TJ Smith, Franny Archibald, Colin Hart – and when I first started playing I wanted to be one of those guys that kids look up to. I wanted to earn that respect. It’s going to be tough graduating, but I feel like I’ve been blessed.”

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Giordano Launches Two Home Runs as Gryphons Remain Unbeaten

April 22, 2010

Ask the Holy Child softball team what they want to accomplish this season and the response is immediate: win the Fairchester Athletic Association league title and the NYSAIS State championship. The Gryphons made serious headway toward the first of those goals at home April 16, when they defeated perennial FAA contenders Greenwich Academy 6-2.

“The win was huge for our team,” said junior shortstop Chloe Giordano. “Last year we lost to them in the seventh inning, so we knew they would be tough competition. It’s a great feeling to win against such a great team and this win is a big confidence booster for us.”

Chloe Giordano and Emily Corelli

Giordano broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning by ripping a two-out home run to deep left centerfield. Sophomore Emily Corelli made it 2-0 in the fourth when she dropped a single into center.

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Wildcats Sail to Success

April 22, 2010

If the sport of sailing is the equivalent of “chess on water”, then Rye Country Day’s team must be the Bobby Fischer of the Northeast league. The Wildcats have won each regatta they’ve entered this season, besting as many as 10 other teams on their way to victory.

The 12-student RCDS squad practices four days a week at Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich under the tutelage of second-year head coach John Bainton. The coach, the Wildcats’ first formal one in the program’s history, is also the sailing director at IHYC. He hoped his team would be good, but didn’t expect dominance from the outset.

The Wildcats are a unique blend of sailors, ranging in age from freshmen to seniors. Teddy Mark and William Gleysteen are the senior captains, and they’re backed by an excellent roster that includes the standout Mollerus brothers, freshman Andrew and sophomore Matthew. Junior Thomas Dunn and sophomores Michael Ince, Charlie Krause and Reid Secondo have also contributed to the stellar sailing. Juniors Ryan Davidson and Charlie Brooks, and freshmen David Yelsey and Julie Kahn round out the team.

“Sailing requires both mental and physical discipline,” said Bainton. “It’s very individual yet we sail at team level. It’s different in the sense that we compete for an entire day with hours of focus far beyond any other team sport. Every second and every point matters.”

Undefeated Wildcats Pick Up Where They Left Off

April 22, 2010

In their first four games, the Rye Country Day boys’ lacrosse team blew out the competition, continuing a run that’s seen the reigning Fairchester Athletic Association and Western New England Division II champions net 22 wins in their last 24 games.

Then, at home against Kingswood-Oxford April 17, RCDS proved they could win the close ones too.

With 3:30 left in a tie game, senior captain Harry Razook fired the game-winner off the far pipe and into the net from 15 yards out. The Wildcats held on in the final minutes to preserve an 8-7 victory that put their record at 5-0.

Harry Razook

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A Fishing Tale for the Ages

April 22, 2010

Rye Middle School student Colin Cornacchia was on board for the “catch of a lifetime” earlier this month when he joined his uncle Brian in Boynton Beach, Fla. Before they could even reel in some live bait, the two were dueling with a mammoth wahoo fish in the shallows of the Boynton Inlet. Brian Cornacchia said his nephew, who loves to fish, had much to do with the epic snare.


“He moved all my rods out of the way, put the harness on for me and lifted the engine as the fish circled the boat over and over,” noted Brian of the action on his 23-foot Mako, dubbed “Montana Cool.”

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Breslin Propels Garnets to Tournament Championship

April 22, 2010

The Rye baseball team had one roller-coaster ride of a week, beginning with a heartbreaking, 6-5 walk-off loss to Fox Lane and concluding with a dominating showing in the Port Chester tournament championship April 17.

Ryan Breslin

Sandwiched in the middle was a 13-0 drubbing at the hands of the same Fox Lane team that beat them 48 hours earlier with late-inning heroics. It was clear from the top of the first inning that Tax Day was not going to go their way. Blazing Fox bats, eight team errors, and an inability to move runners past second base made this a game to forget.

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FitzGerald Delivers Game-Winner to Lift Garnets Over Rye Neck

April 22, 2010

The cold, rainy weather was a fitting setting for the Rye softball team’s performance through five-and-a-half innings at home April 16 against Rye Neck. Garnet errors led to all three Panther runs, and opposing pitcher Jessica Calvini had shut out their bats.

Everything changed in the bottom of the sixth, however, as Rye High rallied to tie the game. Then, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, senior captain Karly FitzGerald hit a walk-off RBI single that scored Catherine Livingston and gave the Garnets a 4-3 victory.

Karly FitzGerald

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DeBease is Da King of USTA Tournament

April 22, 2010


Grant DeBease

Grant DeBease, a freshman at Rye High School, won his first USTA tournament this past weekend at Sportime on Mamaroneck’s Harbor Island. The unseeded DeBease defeated the No.1 seed in the quarterfinals, the No. 4 seed in the semifinals and the No. 2 seed in the finals to win the L2 – Boys 14 event.

The Memory of Maureen O’Shea Leads Garnets to Paradise Island

April 16, 2010

When she’s out on the field, beating defenders with dizzying spin moves and scoring goals at a prolific clip, Molly O’Brien of the Rye girls’ lacrosse team can still hear Maureen O’Shea’s voice echoing in her ears. “Fake high, shoot low!” barks the former head coach, who passed away at age 56 March 13 after a battle with cancer. O’Brien listens, and another goal is tallied on the Garnet scoreboard.

“She is the sole reason I stand where I do today,” said O’Brien, a senior captain. “When Emma Tucci (O’Brien’s co-captain) and I first found out Maureen was sick, we were overcome with sadness. I personally couldn’t fathom the idea of playing a game without her shouting for me to ‘catch, control, shoot’ from the sideline, and – as expected – it was really rough at first, as with any death.”

Molly O'Brien

O’Brien began playing lacrosse in the fifth grade, and O’Shea was there every step of the way. Their relationship began in the FairChester Lacrosse Association and continued at Connecticut Lacrosse Futures. O’Brien cites O’Shea’s 2007 hiring in Rye as a watershed moment for the girls’ lacrosse program.

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