Archive for October, 2010

“The Drive” Propels Garnets to Awe-Inspiring 21-20 Victory Over Harrison

October 22, 2010

The sun had shifted in the sky, draping an ominous shadow over half of the football field at Nugent Stadium. Rye, trailing archrival Harrison 20-13, faced a harrowing fourth-and-12 situation from its own 42-yard-line. With little over three minutes remaining in the 80th installment of “The Game”, the Rye Pep Band began playing the notes to Journey’s timeless classic, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, during the time-out.

Working hard to get my fill, everybody wants a thrill

The Garnets broke the huddle and senior quarterback Connor Eck lined up under center. Eck, one of five captains, was not even supposed to play. The three-year starter hadn’t competed in a game since the first half of October 1’s game with Spring Valley, which he left with an ankle injury. He then sliced open his right hand – his good one – the next week at home in a freak accident. The wound required 10 stitches that weren’t removed until three days before the Harrison game

Payin’ anything to roll the dice, just one more time

Eck took the snap and faked the handoff to Kevin Turco. He rolled back into the darkness, turned, looked downfield, and set his feet. Gripping the football with a bandaged hand covered only by a thin glove, the quarterback unleashed a pass that soared roughly 25 yards, crossing the threshold of the shadow into the light

Some will win, some will lose, some are born to sing the blues

On the other end of the pass, in mid-air between a Bermuda Triangle of Harrison defensive backs, was senior captain Brian Pickup. The tight end made The Catch, ripping the ball out of the shining sky a la Dwight Clark, and came down with a first down that breathed new life into an eventual 80-yard touchdown drive capped by Eck’s game-winning, pandemonium-inducing, two-point conversion run.

Oh, the movie never ends, it goes on and on and on …

When the Huskies’ desperate 50-yard field goal fell wide right and far short as time expired, the Garnets and their thousands of supporters on hand celebrated a 21-20, instant-classic victory that goes down with the best in Rye-Harrison lore.

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Garnets Looking Like Queens of the Court

October 22, 2010

The Rye girls’ tennis team is currently 6-1, tied for first place with Briarcliff. Five Garnet duos competed in the Conference 3 League doubles tournament October 18 at Harrison, and all advanced to the Conference tournament played post press time.

Amanda McLaughlin and Emma Jennings

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Garnets Paste Byram Hills, Improve to 12-0

October 22, 2010

Ever get in the way of a fireball? The answer for most is likely a big ol’ “negatory”, but that’s not the case for goaltenders who have had the misfortune of facing off against Annie VanWagenen and the Rye field hockey team.

Michele Mulhearn, G.G. Fitzgerald, and Annie VanWagenen

VanWagenen put the Garnets up 3-0 less than five minutes into her team’s eventual 6-0 win at home against Byram Hills October 18. The junior star scored twice on short corners, the orange ball coming off her stick like a comet streaking across the starry sky.

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Top-Ranked Garnets Continue Undefeated, History-Making Ways

October 22, 2010

Since assuming the position of No. 1 team in the nation, the Rye girls’ soccer team has done anything but rest on their laurels. The Garnets are annihilating everything in their path, whether they be opponents or records.

Catharine Greer

Senior captain Lia Bellizzi broke the school record for points in a career October 7 in a 4-1 win over Fox Lane. The All-American entered the contest with 198, and surpassed former teammate Alex Rimmer’s mark of 201 when she scored two goals in the game’s first seven minutes.

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Meet the Coach of America’s Top Girls Soccer Team

October 22, 2010

Success is nothing new for Rye High Girls’ Soccer coach Rich Savage. Named the 2008 League coach of the year, he led that team to the girls’ first-ever State championship. Now they’re not just on top of the State at 12-0 but leading the nation, according to the latest ESPN rankings. With the Garnets having clinched the League title, it seemed a good time to chat with the man behind the women.

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Rye to Host Seminar for Future College Student-Athletes

October 22, 2010

What comes first when selecting a college, academics or athletics? Rick Pound – an athletic director, counselor, and coach – will address the issue in a seminar October 27 at 9 a.m. in the Rye Performing Arts Center.

In “Taking Sports Beyond High School”, Pound presents the importance of knowing how to package your assets to appeal to the colleges you’re interested in attending. Students will learn how to market themselves to maximize potential for advanced scholastic achievement. They’ll also be shown the “big picture” of college academics and athletics, and find out about the latest NCAA Student-Athlete Eligibility Requirements.

Admission is free and all are welcome. It’s sponsored by the Blind Brook, Byram Hills, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Rye City, Rye Neck, and White Plains school districts.

Rye Crew Readies for Regattas with Ergathon

October 22, 2010

The Garnets’ crew team kicked off the fall season with their second annual ergathon October 2, where they raised money for the program and shared enthusiasm for upcoming regattas. At an ergathon, each member of the boat “ergs” the number of meters equal to the pledges they’ve received. This year, each rower was required to row a minimum of 15,000 meters, about 9.5 miles on the erg.


Although their bodies were aching, the rowers were in high spirits, thanks to all the support and fun activities going on around them in front of Rye Middle School. Eric and Jake Valente, Justin Giallorenzo, and Harry Cohan played live music for all of the rowers and their supporters, and there was also a bake sale, where attendees could buy tasty goods and team apparel, provided by the loyal parents.

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Wildcats and Gryphons Combine to Place Seven Runners in Top Ten

October 22, 2010

Brandyn Dougan proved that he is not only one of the best cross-country runners in the Fairchester Athletic Association but perhaps the best leaner as well. The Rye Country Day senior captain’s extra effort at the finish line, out-leaning the Brunswick Bears’ Andrew Grasso in 16:59, won the individual boys’ race October 13 at Brunswick School.

Brandyn Dougan, center, hangs tough

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Rye Sailor is Fleetest of the Fleet

October 22, 2010

Sean Walsh, a 7th grader at Rye Middle School, leads the rest of a 90-boat Opti fleet by over 150 meters at the Opti Atlantic Coast Championships on the Tred Avon River in Oxford, Maryland. Needless to say, Walsh – also a member of the U.S. National Optimist Team – wasn’t checking his rearview mirror!

Rye Edges Harrison 21-20 in All-Time Classic

October 18, 2010

This year’s installment of the Rye-Harrison game was one for the ages. The Garnets defeated the Huskies 21-20 October 16 at Nugent Stadium when senior quarterback Connor Eck rushed for a two-point conversion after hitting Brian Pickup for a three-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining. Rye’s go-ahead score added an exclamation point to an 80-yard drive that included a pair of pass-and-catch conversions on 4th and long from Eck to Pickup. The exhilarating victory was the Garnets’ eight in a row against the Huskies, and perhaps the most gut-wrenching for their rivals to date.

More to come, including full story and picture gallery, later this week and in October 22 edition of The Rye Record