Archive for September, 2010

Garnets Top Harrison at Home 2-1

September 27, 2010

The Varsity Boys soccer team partnered with the RHS Breast Cancer Awareness Club Saturday night September 25 by wearing pink uniform shirts when they took on the Harrison Huskies under the lights. The sale of pink ribbons, t-shirts and size 4 “Cure” soccer balls raised money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

On the field, the Garnets continued their winning ways with a second straight 2-1 decision over a neighborhood rival (they topped Blind Brook during the week), but not before a few scary moments and one exhilarating one.


Girls’ Tennis Team on an Early Roll

September 23, 2010

The Rye girls’ tennis team moved to 3-0 Tuesday with a decisive 6-1 win against Harrison. They would in fact be 4-0, but the match against Keio on Monday was rained out midway. Results from the Harrison game after the jump.

Catie McLaughlin, Katie Geoghegan, and Amanda McLaughlin


Panthers Edge Gryphons in Early Season Thriller

September 23, 2010

Rye Neck field hockey’s 1-0 victory over Holy Child had all the enthusiasm and intensity of a championship game. The only difference was that the spirited contest was played not in chilly November at a neutral location, but September 20 as the Panthers’ home opener.

Sophomore Athena Nathan banged home a rebound in front of Holy Child’s net 3:15 into the second half for the game’s only score. Jenna Cohen had the assist. If not for a heroic effort from Rye Neck goalie Yasmina Gourchane, however, the outcome could have been different. The junior fended off a barrage of shots in the contest’s final minutes, including a blast from Leslie Infanger that forced Gourchane to fully extend her left leg into the air for the kick save. She finished with six stops, all made in the exhilarating second half.

Yasmina Gourchane

“We worked on Yasmina’s ability to be aggressive in goal,” said Rye Neck head coach Nicole Bolnik. “ At the end of the game she implemented everything we taught and kept her head in the game while Holy Child pounded the circle. She did everything she needed to do for us to win.”


Garnets Prepared for Home Opener Against Undefeated Nyack

September 23, 2010

The Garnet football team boarded the bus for “Redemption Tour: 2010” two weeks ago, and the results were not pretty for the two squads with the misfortune of being their first two stops. Rye’s road warriors beheaded the Horsemen 27-6 at Sleepy Hollow September 11, and then rolled to Yonkers September 18 and thrashed Saunders 30-0 in a game that was called at halftime.

Kevin Turco

The boys in Garnet and Black aren’t patting themselves on the back just yet, though. It was at this point last season – with the same 2-0 record – that things began to unravel, when Rye’s 59-game winning streak against Section I opponents and the string of 27 consecutive victories both ended in a loss at Eastchester.


Garnets Win Eight Events, Defeat Rival Huskies

September 23, 2010

It was business as usual for the Rye girls’ swimming and diving team in their season-opener September 20 against arch-rival Harrison. The Garnets picked up where they left off from last year’s undefeated campaign and defeated the Huskies 50-42 at Louis M. Klein Middle School.

Rye's senior captains

Rye swimmers placed first in eight of the 11 events, beginning with Kelly O’Neill, Dana Egan, Chiharu Takei, and Melissa Fulenwider’s 2:02.93 finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Katie Konopka followed that performance with a first place swim in the 200 freestyle (2:01.07), while O’Neill, a senior captain, gave Rye a three-for-three start with her 2:20.37 victory in the 200 IM. Both Konopka’s and O’Neill’s times were good enough to qualify for Sectionals later this season.


Greytops Forever

September 23, 2010

Saturday, September 18, marked the third annual invitational “Greytops” Tournament, hosted by Chairman Thomas McDermott at the Manursing Island Club. The “Greytops” are a distinguished group of master tennis players from the Rye area, who continue to enjoy the sport as well as each other’s company. The majority of the proceeds of the entry fee this year will be donated to the Carver Center’s Quick Start tennis program for the 10-and-under set.

After two rounds of pro sets, the players and their companions partied at the “Greytops Racquet and Tennis Club”, a private home on Hidden Spring Lane. A grand time was had by all.

Garnets Squeak Past Blind Brook, 3-2

September 23, 2010

In one of the strangest halves of soccer played in this or any season, the Rye Garnets were responsible for all five goals that went into the nets in 40 minutes of play against  Blind Brook High School, yet only eked out a 3-2 victory before a thunderstorm washed away the second half.

Arber Xhema

Easily the faster, more technically adept team, Rye kept the ball in the Trojans’ end for the first ten minutes of play, with senior Buck Reynolds sending one sailing over the bar five minutes in and another shot bouncing off the post at the 10-minute mark.


Loaded Garnets Rolling in New Season

September 23, 2010

The Rye girls’ soccer team dominated from the get-go at Nugent Stadium September 15, and sent the Indians back to Ossining on the short end of a 7-1 thumping.

Five players scored for the Garnets, who attacked early and often. Sophomore forward Vania Ludman put her team on the board eight minutes into the game on an assist from fellow sophomore forward Alexa DiConstanza. Junior midfielder Kirstin Colwell quickly followed with an unassisted goal minutes later, and then junior midfielder Meghan Gormley scored on an assist from senior captain Lia Bellizzi to put the Garnets up 3-0 at the break.

Carter Talgo

It was more of the same in the second half, as Bellizzi scored twice, Ludman scored again, and senior captain Catharine Greer – a defender – connected on a perfect kick. Assists came from midfielders Carter Talgo and Maddie Chabot, both senior captains, and defender Kelly McRedmond.


Rye Fencer Ranked No. 1 in Nation

September 23, 2010

Jonah Shainberg, a freshman at Rye High School, who has been fencing competitively since age 8, won medals in two events at the annual U.S. Fencing Association National Championships in Atlanta this summer. He placed seventh out of 131 competitors in the Youth 14 Men’s Sabre, and eighth out of 115 in Cadet Men’s Sabre (age 16 and under).

Jonah Shainberg

The 14-year-old finished the 2009-10 USFA season ranked No. 4 in the nation in Youth 14 Men’s Sabre, but – as a result of his strong performance at Nationals – he began the new season ranked first in the country. Over the next year, he will compete in London, Dallas, Milwaukee, Reno, and Portland, as well as in local and regional events.

Shainberg trains at the Fencing Academy of Westchester in Hawthorne with coach Archil “Achiko” Lortkipanidze.

Impressive Wildcats Shut Out Rival King in Season Opener

September 21, 2010

For the Rye Country Day boys’ soccer team, a unit with dreams of a postseason coronation, there was not a more fitting way to begin the season than by defeating King at home September 15. The Wildcats controlled the game from start to finish and shut out their rivals, 2-0.

Taylor Washington shows off his wheels

In a sneak preview of the havoc he’s prepared to unleash on the Fairchester Athletic Association, Taylor Washington scored both goals for Rye Country Day. The senior captain displayed blazing speed and a diverse arsenal of tricks, the combination of which left many a defender dumfounded in his wake. Washington put the Wildcats on the board when he scored on a penalty kick in the 35th minute. He was tackled after getting behind the defense, courtesy a perfect through ball from sophomore forward Billy Ostrau.