It was an up and down weekend for Rye’s hockey teams. The top-seeded Wildcats won the inaugural Fairchester Athletic Association tournament championship by defeating No. 2 Hamden Hall 5-4 Saturday at home.
Archive for February, 2011
Two local teams were victorious in their first round playoff games Wednesday evening. The top-seeded Rye ice hockey team defeated No. 8 Somers/N.Salem 5-1. They advanced to the semifinals, where they’ll meet fourth-seeded Putnam Valley/Kennedy Friday night at Playland. Game time is set for 8:15 p.m.
The Rye Country Day boys’ basketball team defeated Greens Farms Academy by a score of 69-57 in the first round of the FAA playoffs. They next play Hamden Hall Friday on the road.
In the first round of the girls’ basketball FAA playoffs, Masters defeated Rye Country Day School, 43-38. Carolyn Binder led RCDS with 18 points and Meghan McDonough had nine points and 16 rebounds.
The Garnets, seeded No. 1 in the Division II Section playoffs, begin their quest for a fourth Section title in five years tonight against eighth-seeded Somers/N. Salem at 7:45 p.m. in the Ice Casino. If they win, they’ll play Friday at home in the Section semifinals.
“We’ve always had high expectations and this year is no different,” said senior captain Nick Rosenfield. “We have a good group of guys who are ready to make a run at States. We know we can make a push for it, because this team is built for it.”
In a season that began with unprecedented turbulence at their front steps, the Rye girls’ basketball team delivered a fitting home finale February 22 in the Class A Section quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Garnets defeated No. 5 Ardsley matter-of-factly, punching a ticket to the Section semifinals at the County Center with a 61-42 victory.
Mary Henwood returned to the helm after Rye’s then-coach, Brian Lavelle, was accused of stealing money from a student’s backpack and subsequently dismissed. Henwood took on the challenge and led the Garnets on a cathartic run in her 25th season with the team.
Rye finished the season tied for first place in the league at 15-3, and throttled 13th-seeded Pelham 54-20 in the first round of the playoffs. After falling behind 3-0, the Garnets went on a 28-0 run to end the first quarter and never looked back. In the quarterfinals, senior captain Lillian McCabe and Grace Leishman combined for 41 points to lead Rye to their first trip to the County Center since winning the championship in 2005.
“No one can understand the magnitude of this achievement,” said Henwood, on her birthday. “The amount of work and dedication the players have put into this is spectacular. It’s a beautiful way for the seniors to go out.”
Before losing to top-seeded Kennedy 72-56 in the Class A Section quarterfinals February 22, the No. 9 Rye boys’ basketball team went on the road February 18 and defeated eighth-seeded Roosevelt with a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback.
Senior captain Conor Smith splashed a game-winning corner 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds left in the game, and the Garnets escaped Yonkers High School with a 56-54 victory over the Indians.
“I had a feeling the extra pass would be made and the ball would end up in my hands,” said Smith of Rye’s exhilarating final possession. “We’ve been playing team ball as of late, and I knew it was going in as soon as I released it. I even told my friend during the week – jokingly – that I’d hit the game-winner!”
The Rye ice hockey team, seeded No. 1 in the Division II Section playoffs, entered the postseason exactly how they wanted to – on fire. The Garnets finished the regular season with six consecutive wins, 11 of 12 overall, including a “cherry-on-top” victory in the finale.
In the third annual battle for City of Rye supremacy, the Garnets (16-3-1) defeated Rye Country Day 5-4 at the Playland Ice Casino February 16. RHS held a 5-2 lead before the Wildcats cut the lead to two and then – after pulling their goalie – one with 20 seconds remaining.
“It was a great win and it meant a lot for us to beat them, especially on senior night,” said Rye High head coach Jason Friesen, whose Garnets boast a 79-36-10 record since the start of the 2006-07 season. “It was an exciting game, and a meaningful one as well as far as getting ready for the playoffs.”
The Rye girls’ basketball team opened the Class A Section playoffs in the same fashion they have played all season. The fourth-seeded Garnets ripped Pelham from the beginning, and won 54-20. They advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will play No. 5 Ardsley Tuesday at home at 5:45.
Rye senior captain Conor Smith splashed a game-winning corner 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds left in the first round of the Class A Section playoffs February 18, and the ninth-seeded Garnets escaped Yonkers High School with a 56-54 victory over No. 8 Roosevelt.
“I had a feeling the extra pass would be made and the ball would end up in my hands,” said Smith of Rye’s exhilarating final possession. “We’ve been playing team ball as of late, and I knew it was going in as soon as I released it. I even told my friend during the week — jokingly — that I’d hit the game-winner!”
The Garnets trailed by as many as nine points in the final quarter thanks to a 3-point bonanza from Roosevelt, but scratched and clawed their way back without ever losing composure or diverting from the game plan. Key steals by Smith and offensive rebounds by senior captain Brian Pickup were pivotal, and fellow senior Chris Twyman blocked a potential game-tying lay-up with less than a second remaining to seal the victory.
Rye advances to the quarterfinals, where they meet top-seeded Kennedy on the road Tuesday at 6.
In a regular season finale February 16 that was three games in one, Rye Country Day School defeated visiting Holy Child 53-39.
Less a basketball game than a rollercoaster ride, the game saw the homestanding Wildcats jump out to a 22-9 lead after nine minutes, with Carolyn Binder and Kim McKoy scoring 18 between them. When Binder wasn’t hitting threes over the Gryphons’ man-to-man defense, McKoy was pouring in layups, often after getting her own rebound.
Saunders Kids Clean Up: Tatiana Named Soccer Player of the Year; Cornelius Tabbed Top Fencing RookieFebruary 18, 2011
Derek Jeter won it before. So did Kevin Garnet and Mark Sanchez. And earlier this month, it was time for Tatiana Saunders to shine.
Saunders, a senior at Rye High School, was named the Gatorade New York Girls Soccer Player of the Year February 10. She is the first Rye athlete to earn the prestigious honor, which recognizes athletic excellence and academic achievement, in its 26 years of existence. Saunders is now eligible to win Gatorade’s National award.
“It is a huge honor to be chosen, particularly when there are so many awesome players in the state,” said Saunders. “I am really, really proud, and it’s a great way to end my high school career.”