Archive for March, 2011

Rye Rec Girls Swish and Dish All the Way to County Center

March 31, 2011

The Rye Recreation girls’ middle school basketball team made history in March, advancing to the championship game of the Midget Division for the first time in the 27-year existence of the Westchester County Girls’ Rec Tournament. Although they lost 40-15 to a veteran Shrub Oak team, the path Rye blazed to the County Center was unforgettable.

Back row, left to right: Lauren Dempsey, head coach Dana Paolino, and Recreation Supervisor Erin Riedel; middle row: Katie Popp, Adare Kennedy, Kate Robbins, Emily Antinozzi, and Camille Cavicchio; front row: assistant coach Lauren Adessa, Molly Herbold, Abigale Goffinet, Micheline DiNardo, and Julia Schrieb

“I couldn’t be more proud of the effort these girls and coaches put into the season,” said Rye Rec Supervisor Erin Riedel. “It’s exciting to play at the County Center on the big court, and the girls showed a huge amount of pride and dignity.”


Paddles up for Manursing Men’s Team

March 25, 2011

Manursing captured the men’s Rye Paddle League championship earlier this month. They ended their Tuesday night season 12-3, besting Westchester Country Club, which came in second, Apawamis, Coveleigh, Shenorock Shore, and American Yacht clubs.

Pictured in front: Co-captains Mark Gothberg and Nick Jovanovich, Bill Gedale, and Mike Koch; back row: David Ellis, Jose Blanco-Sanchez, Arnold Diaz, Rob Gaulin, Mark DeBease, Dave Moran, Alan Kelsey, Chris Levine, and Guy Dempsey. Not pictured: Gary Killian, Mark Moran, and Michael Burke.

Hometown Squash Players Rally at Nationals

March 25, 2011

Rye area youth made an impressive showing at last weekend’s U.S. Squash Junior Championships at Yale University. Eight junior players from Apawamis Club and four from Westchester Country Club competed in the three-day tournament showcasing the nation’s top young players.

Pictured at Nationals, left to right, back row: Caroline Baldwin, Ashley Manning, and Claire Aube; middle row: Kayley Leonard flanked by Apawamis coaches Yvain “Swiss” Badan, and Manek Mathur; front row: Haley Aube, Charlie Mattson, and Natalie Bartlett.

Among the 314 players who came to the Yale campus from all over the country were Rye’s own Claire and Haley Aube, Caroline Baldwin, Christopher Eagan, Ashley Manning, and Charlie Mattson. Hailing from Harrison were Natalie Bartlett, Bella and Emily Jones, Kayley Leonard, and Tucker and Kyle Martino.


High Hoops for Rye Rec Teams

March 25, 2011

The Rye Recreation basketball season ended on lots of high notes for the boys’ team. The Manhattanville Valiants captured top honors at March Madness. Senior Recreation Leader Matt Trainor had high praise for all the teams this year: “They competed hard and with lots of heart.”


National Paddle Champs

March 25, 2011

Mark Parsons, head tennis and paddle pro at Manursing Island Club, and Mike Stulac, who works for J P Morgan Chase, won the American Platform Tennis Association Men’s National Championship in Chicago March 13. They beat Johan DuRandt, last year’s National champion, and his new partner, Matt Porter, in thrilling fashion 7-5, 6-4. Parsons, 31, and Stulac, 40, didn’t drop a set in the tournament.

Paddle tennis is gaining in popularity worldwide. All four finalists are foreign-born: Parsons and Stulac are from Canada, DuRandt is from South Africa, and Porter hails from Australia.

Rye Teams Look to Paint Spring Months Garnet and Black

March 25, 2011

Dirt, concrete, water, turf, rubber, and grass. They’re all surfaces that Rye’s spring teams play on, and they should all be settings for even more Garnet greatness this season.


Last year ended painfully as the ninth-seeded Garnets fell to No. 8 Harrison in the Class A Sectionals. The memory of that loss is seared in the minds of Rye’s 11 returning players.

Baseball captains Forrest Henderson and Kevin Turco

The 2011 edition will be a veteran team, comprised of 10 seniors and nine juniors, many of them up from the JV squad. The senior co-captains are Kevin Turco and Forrest Henderson. Head coach Michael Bruno said the team goals for this year are nothing less than a League and Section championship.


Optimism Reigns for Rye Neck Spring Teams

March 25, 2011

As the weather warms, five Panther programs work towards that season-ending moment in the sun.


The giant killers are back! Last year’s Class B Section finalists finished the season with a sterling 17-7 record. But this year they’ll be up against larger schools in every league contest they play.

“We need to work hard each game,” said head coach Joan Spedafino. “We lost our second baseman and right fielder to graduation. The good thing is, these girls are dedicated to softball both on and off the field and we look forward to a successful season.”

Jessica Calvini returns to the mound this spring.

The Panthers’ strength starts on the mound with returning All-State player Jessica Calvini. The first-sacker is Marissa Bella, All-Section Honorable Mention. The left side of the infield boasts vets Nicole Pineda at shortstop and Nickole Morgan at third.


Rye’s Downhill Racers

March 25, 2011

Billy Chabot, Grant Keith, Peter Chabot, and Tommy Carver

Grant Keith, 12, and Tommy Carver, Billy and Peter Chabot, all age 10, qualified to represent three different states at the annual Francis Piche Invitational Giant Slalom March 18 and 19 at the Gunstock Ski Resort in Gilford, N.H. The event is a precursor to next year’s Junior Olympics.

In the two-day event, state teams from throughout New England competed in a team format. The first day, the teams are split up so that racers can train and socialize with their competitors from the other teams. The second day is a traditional Giant Slalom race.

Billy and Peter, twin brothers, competed for the New York Team, Tommy competed for Vermont, and Grant for Massachusetts.

The race field was very strong, with over 250 competitors in the J3-5 age groups. Despite the warm weather, the snow conditions held up well.

Photo by Andrew Keith

Jarden Triathlon Fever Hits Rye

March 18, 2011

Registration for the Jarden Westchester Triathlon officially began at noon March 8. The event sold out in under three hours — a record time!

The 27th annual multi-sport event, which takes place in Rye September 25, has earned premiere metro area standing.

Members of the Westchester Triathlon Committee and charities involved on sign-up day for the Jarden Westchester Triathlon.

Chairman Phil Gormley remarked, “This has become a fantastic community event, with something for everybody. The serious athlete, the casual athlete, the young athlete, as well as the supporters, sponsors, volunteers and charities — all have a chance to be involved.”

The day before the big event, an adult mini-triathlon, kids triathlon, and expo will be held.

Information on the club and the event and how to become involved with the committee can be found at the new website,

Rye Lacrosse in Good Hands

March 11, 2011

Tommy White, Brendan Wood, Christian Bonaventura, and Jack Hasselman with Rye’s future lacrosse greats.

The Rye varsity and JV boys’ lacrosse teams hosted a clinic at the high school March 5, with help from both the Rye Lacrosse Association and Rye Youth Lacrosse. The current Garnets provided valuable lessons for the young prospects, and looked ready as ever for the upcoming varsity and JV seasons.