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.”
For the fifth year, Rye Rec sent an “All-Star Team” from its fifth- and sixth-grade program to the County Center tournament. “Picking 10 boys, one from each of the eight teams and two wild cards, is difficult because we have 80 excellent players in our program.”
Rye Rec had high hopes for a fifth chamiponship in the Cubs division, having won the tournament the last four years. But they came up against “a strong and tall” Greenburgh team of sixth-graders in the first round March 15. “Our boys rallied to within six points, but fell short.”
Trainor said, “I speak for all the staff in saying, we had a very good year and look forward to the return of all the fifth graders.”
The season isn’t over for Rye Rec’s girls’ sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade team, however. They’re headed to the finals at the County Center in the Midget division. They play Shrub Oak Tuesday, March 29, at 7:45 p.m. This is the 27th year of the Girls Recreational Tournament. Visit ryerecord.com for highlights.
Members of the Rye Rec boys’ team and coaches, from left: Coach Matt Trainor, Coach John Junior, James Sands, Brendan Lopp, Sean Hale, Brett Egan, Barry Mitchell, Michael Carty, Chris Petersen, Bill Chabot, Coach Rob Angilletta, Tommy McCarthy, and Coach Josh Kirsch.
Photo by Robin Jovanovich