The girls’ golf team is off to a great start and on their way to retaining their League championship crown. Although rain postponed their match against Scarsdale, they thumped two rivals decisively at home in early April.
Archive for April, 2011
The boys’ tennis team has been plagued by bad weather and injuries. Rain washed out several matches, and Keishi Goto’s longstanding bicep problem at No. 1 singles undid the Garnets twice against Blind Brook.
In the second match of a home-and-home series April 15, Goto was forced to default to Eric Halpern while leading 6-1, 0-3, due to excruciating pain. Meanwhile, at No. 3 singles, Grant DeBease, managed to finish his match, despite suffering from lower back pain. He lost 4-6, 3-6 in a match filled with epic points.
No. 2 singles player, Buck Reynolds, easily defeated his opponent, 6-3, 6-0. Reynolds said it took him a little while to get into the match, but once he discovered his opponent’s weaknesses, he felt pretty confident.
Friday, the 15th was cold in Harrison despite the sun, but the Garnets were hot – eight different players scored to thump the Huskies 13-5.
Coming off season-opening losses to John Jay-Cross River (10-6), Iona Prep (10-7), and Somers (7-5), Rye’s stickhandling and passing were crisper than they’ve been all year. It paid off with 5:40 left in the opening stanza when senior Briggs Barton came around the net from the goalie’s left and whipped a lefty, underhand shot that connected.
A fast break off the ensuing faceoff led to a Garnet shot that bounced off the pipe, but Rye was not to be denied. In rapid succession came a terrific cross-field pass that freshman Chris Santangelo put away, a spectacular, falling, lefty goal by Greg Stern, and Briggs again, surprising the keeper by going high this time.
What happens when a good Class C team like the Rye girls’ lacrosse team takes on one of the state’s Class B powerhouses in the twilight fog of a damp April day?
Fox Lane, 19-3 overall last year and with its top six scorers (including a couple of All-Americans) back, defeated the home team at Nugent Stadium by a dozen goals in a game that wasn’t that close.
Start with face-offs. All-American midfielder Sammy Jo Tracy, headed for Chapel Hill in the fall, won 21 out of 22. That meant the Foxes controlled the ball 90% of the game. Except for a couple of steals by valiant Rye defenders, those possessions usually ended in goals or shots that just flew by the cage.
The Rye softball team is still looking for their first victory after a difficult start. Already coping with an inexperienced roster, the Garnets were dealt a blow when starting pitcher Erica Becker was sidelined with a shoulder injury. On the road at Harrison April 14, Rye was defeated 15-1 by their rivals.
Freshman pitcher Alissa Vitiello made her debut on the mound against the Huskies, and pitched three innings while giving up five unearned runs. Head coach Alex Tejera is hopeful the team turns their season around after spring break, which they are spending in Florida. He also noted that the early portion of Rye’s schedule featured an extremely challenging slate of opponents.
Rye Yacht Club, the informal, free-to-join boating group based “somewhere in Milton Harbor”, will host a “Meet and Greet” May 7 in the upper picnic shelter at Rye Recreation. Both members, of which there are nearly 90, and newcomers are welcome to attend. Wine and beer will be served at no cost.
The club is the brainchild of Dr. Jeff Dorfman, who moved to Rye eight years ago because of his love for boating. Dr. Dorfman had long been amazed at the amount of locals who never took advantage of their access to the water, so he started RYC in the fall of 2009 as a way to bring residents together. Members use the message board at RyeYC.org to arrange trips, so that boat owners and non-owners can get together to share both costs and good times.
If you’re interested in attending the May event, which begins at 4 p.m., RSVP at RyeYC.org.
John McGee’s Lady Garnets nipped their Harrison counterparts at the wire April 11 at home, taking a 71-69 decision on the strength of wins in the three distance races and a strong showing in the jumping events.
Lizzy Bennett, Ellie Friedman, and Alison McKay led the way with individual wins from 800-3000 meters. Then they joined with Celia Palmer to take the 3200-meter relay in 10 minute and 33 seconds. Meanwhile, Lindsey Clark easily took both the long and triple jumps. The victory pushed Rye’s record to 3-0.
Addie Schlingmann, a fifth grader at Osborn School, finished first in the 14-and-under bracket of The Stride 5K at Iona College April 10. She clocked in at 31 minutes and 9 seconds. The Stride benefits the Jacee Lynn Cappelli Diabetes Center and Sound Shore Medical Center.
The 10-year-old has been running for a few years, and was the youngest finisher of the 5-mile Rye Turkey Run in 2008. Her love for running helps to keep her speedy for her travel soccer team, as well as her softball and Rye Rec basketball team. She mostly runs, however, to keep up with her dad, Rob, who has completed a marathon and is currently training for a triathlon. The duo runs and trains together through the streets of Rye. Addie’s next goal is to complete a 10K, and then a half marathon!
Caroline Feeley, a 2008 graduate of Rye High School, was part of Marist College’s second-straight run to the 2011 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Tournament last month. Marist, a No. 10 seed, upset No. 7 Iowa State 74-64 in the first round, but fell to No. 2 Duke in the round of 32. The Red Foxes entered March Madness on a 26-game winning streak, and captured their sixth consecutive Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference championship along the way.
Feeley, a junior psychology major, originally made the team as a walk-on during her sophomore year. She was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team this season, and said the tourney experience was “awesome, unreal, and lots of fun.” Although the point guard’s playing time was limited, she was proud of her team’s performance throughout the year. They played teams like Louisville, Villanova, and Nebraska, and traveled to states including Nevada, North Carolina, and Kansas. At one point the Red Foxes were ranked No. 17 nationally.
Some of the current Garnets showed their appreciation for Rye’s former All-Section star by cheering Feeley on when Iona hosted the Red Foxes in February.
— Lauren Dempsey
Manursing Island Club won the Men’s Division 7 Paddle League, and as a result is moving up to Flight 6. Captain Jim Gallagher said the team is more than ready for stiffer competition. They “decimated” their opponents all season long.
The team was led by Jose Sanchez, who was a top college and world-ranked tennis player, and his forever-young partner, Arnie Diaz. They and the rest of the squad have already set their sights on moving up two divisions next spring.