Archive for August, 2010

Rye’s Saracino Wades Into the Fight Against Cancer

August 26, 2010

Countless are the miles Tobey Saracino has logged in the water to fulfill her passion for marathon swimming. The 35-year-old Rye High School graduate continually breaks records in the sport, and has joined elite company by persevering across the 30-mile English Channel and around Manhattan Island’s 28.5-mile perimeter.

When Saracino participated in Swim Across the Sound August 7, however, she wasn’t doing it to etch her name in the record books or accomplish a momentous feat. The swim was about having fun while raising money to support cancer screening, education, support and financial assistance programs at St. Vincent’s Medical Foundation.

Saracino with her mother, Anne

“My grandmother survived six types of cancer and, as a child, I watched her go through chemo and radiation,” said Saracino. “It was really hard to understand at such a young age, but the impact of the situation was never lost on me. She was a survivor who taught me strength and determination. My aunt also battled breast cancer and won. Watching these women do something far more courageous than I have ever done definitely gave me inspiration to give back.”


My Fish Was One Inch Shorter Than Me!

August 24, 2010

The following was submitted by Davis Knight

I’m 8 years old and have lived in Rye my whole life. My parents tell me I have no idea how great it is to grow up in Rye, but I love it because I can go fishing.

I like fishing because I get to be outside. My dad taught me how to bait my own hook, then cast and reel in the fish. I also like to fish because it is good exercise, especially when you have to reel in blue fish and small mouth bass. You feel as if you might fall overboard!

The author with his 35-pound striped bass.

The smallest fish I’ve caught are minnows in tide pools. Mom tells me when low tide is. I have a new net which is really great and I also use it to catch frogs.

The biggest fish I’ve caught was a 35-pound striped bass a few weeks ago! I am only one inch bigger than the striped bass! I was on a small fishing boat with my dad right there in Long Island Sound.

When I was 4 years old I caught a pike that was bigger than me. That was in Canada on vacation with my dad and Grampy. We’re going there again this year and I can’t wait.

Fishing sure is fun!

Love of the Game Leads Four Softball Teams to Championship Glory

August 24, 2010

The Rye Recreation softball season recently concluded, and many of the league’s familiar teams were crowned again. Congratulations to all the competitors and – especially – our hometown heroes: Poppy’s Café, F&A, Rye Liquor Store and Uncle Henry’s-Gabelli.

Poppy's Scott Moroney

Poppy’s Café won their seventh championship in the team’s 19 years of existence by defeating Hi Intensity in a two-game sweep in the Men’s A Division finals. It was the third time the two teams met in the finals – Hi Intensity won both previous clashes. Poppy’s cruised to victory in game one, but entered the bottom of the seventh and final inning of game two trailing 11-9. Rich Falcone doubled home Steve Massinello to cut the lead to one, and Micky Glauber hit a sacrifice fly deep to right that allowed Wil Ramsey to tag up from third and tie the game. Then with one out and the bases loaded, Frank Luciano hit a sacrifice fly to left center that scored Falcone from third, giving Poppy’s their fourth championship in six years.


Rye Swimmers and Divers Strike Gold at County, Conference Championships

August 24, 2010

The 85th annual Westchester County Swimming and Diving Championships went off without a hitch from late July through early August, as 39 teams competed in the diving portion at Sprain Ridge Pool and the swimming events at Playland Pool. Lake Isle raced to first place for the sixth year in a row, but Rye Golf Club and Coveleigh Club impressed with respective fourth- and fifth-place finishes.

At the Conference Championships, which ran August 6-12 at Westchester Country Club, the host team came in first. Rye Golf placed fourth, while Coveleigh and Shenorock finished ninth and 10th respectively.

Liam Egan

Many Rye swimmers stood out in both competitions. Liam Egan, a 12-year-old who swims for Orienta Beach Club, won four gold medals at the Counties. Egan, also a Badger Swim Club member, set new records in the 12 & under 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle. He placed first overall in the 11-12 boys’ division, with 36 points.


Another Summer of Spike Concludes at Rye Town Park

August 24, 2010

Thanks to Rye Town Beach Volleyball, more than 20 years have gone by since the last reported case of The Mondays at Oakland Beach. The co-ed league, which is under the umbrella of The Sound Shore Youth Foundation, boasted 410 registered members this season and has been an institution on Mondays in the summer from the time it was formed in the late 1980s.

The Shell Raisers

The playoffs concluded August 16, with three teams crowned champions of their respective divisions. In the Competitive bracket, the fourth-seeded Calientes upset the top-ranked Shell Raisers in the finale. Porter House, ranked No. 3 in the Intermediate A division, toppled second-seeded Bayberry to win their category’s ultimate prize. Finally, the underdog Central Crew team, seeded fifth, shocked No. 1 Uncle Henry’s to win the Intermediate B division. Major kudos to league commissioner Tom Thogerson for running another successful season.

Allan Houston and Carver Center Team Up for Local Kids

August 24, 2010

Allan Houston’s series-clinching shot against the Miami Heat in the first round of the 1999 NBA Playoffs is a moment forever cherished in the minds of Knicks fans. This summer, believe it or not, Houston created memories even more unforgettable for some lucky local youths, when the Port Chester Carver Center welcomed the Knick great as a guest instructor for its Summer Sports Program.

Allan Houston surrounded by new friends.

Houston headed weekly basketball clinics at Garibaldi Park, volunteering his time to teach the basics to the 40 children enrolled. Basketball, however, was just one aspect of the clinic. Houston asked the children, who were between the ages of 8 and 13, to bring along the adult male closest to them, whether it was a father, uncle, older brother or family friend. He emphasized the value of this life relationship, and the importance of not just improving as a basketball player, but as a person.

Houston played for his father, Wade, at the University of Tennessee, and has long been one of the NBA’s classiest acts. He’s won numerous “Man of the Year” and “Good Guys in Sports” awards, and was once quoted as saying, “If you take pride in your community just like you take pride in your team and you’re unselfish, meaning you give back a variety of different things, you’ll feel good about yourself and your community. That’s what I try to teach children.”

The Greenwich resident, who started the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation in 2001, enjoyed the experience and hopes to build on his relationship with the Carver Center.

Bull’s Eye for Haley Neiman in Buffalo

August 20, 2010

Haley Neiman, a seventh grade student at Rye Middle School, made her debut at the Empire State Games last month in Buffalo. Neiman competed in the archery event, and has practiced the sport for many years at sleep-away camps as well at Rye Recreation, with Hudson Valley coach John Wilde. During the competition, Neiman shot at target distances of 60, 50, 40 and 30 meters over four days. As the second youngest archer statewide in the Scholastic division, she enjoyed the immense challenge of the four-day event, as well as the ongoing encouragement from other competitors and their families.

Haley Neiman, left, with her Hudson Valley teammates at the Empire State Games

“It was amazing and I hope to go again next year,” said Neiman. “I can’t believe our team actually won the silver!”

Local Trainers LIFT Clients to New Levels

August 20, 2010

Roots in Westchester and a love for the game of football – they’re two of the ways NFL star Ray Rice and the Eck brothers of Rye, Jordan and Connor, are connected. There is a third common denominator as well, and each is quick to point it out.

All three athletes spent a portion of their summer working out at Lifestyle Integrated Fitness Training (LIFT), a strength and conditioning company co-founded by Matt Tauber. Tauber, Rye High School’s head athletic trainer and strength coach, shares in the credit for the Garnets’ recent football dynasty. In addition, many athletes from high school to the professional level attribute some of their personal success to him.

NFL star Ray Rice

“Matt and I have a history dating back to my days at New Rochelle High School when I hurt my shoulder and he was the trainer there,” said Rice, the running back who enjoyed a breakout season for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. “I trust him totally when it comes to training techniques and it has paid dividends. I strengthened parts of my body he felt needed work, like my hamstrings, core and shoulders.”


Gryphon Goalkeeper Earns Spot on National Team

August 20, 2010

Rachel Vallarelli, the goalkeeper for Holy Child’s lacrosse team, was recently named to the United States U-19 Women’s National Lacrosse Team. Vallarelli was one of 24 athletes selected from a pool of more than 175 of the nation’s premier players. They will represent the U.S. at the Federation of International Lacrosse U-19 Championship in Germany next summer.

Rachel Vallerelli

Vallarelli, entering her senior year at Holy Child, represented Hudson Valley at the Empire State Games in July, and participated in the Women’s Division National Tournament. She also was named to the Long Island Team Camp All-Star squad this summer, where she earned a second MVP trophy for her efforts.

Rye’s Athletes Bring Back Seven Medals From Empire State Games

August 3, 2010

Sixteen of Rye’s finest athletes traveled to Buffalo July 21-25 to represent the Hudson Valley at the Empire State Games – back after a one-year absence – and returned home with a bounty of seven medals in tow.

Rye High School senior Lillian McCabe starred for the women’s scholastic basketball team, detonating for a game-high 19 points in the gold medal tilt to lead her team to victory. McCabe was a maestro from downtown, nailing five 3-pointers in the victory over Central

Lillian McCabe