Spring Season Athletes Take a Bow

When the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name
He marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the Game.

—   Grantland Rice, 1908

The One Great Scorer will have good things to write about the spring seasons enjoyed by our local varsity teams. Some struggled; others went undefeated. Every team had moments to savor and remember.

Rye baseball coach Michael Bruno said, “It was a very positive year for the program. Though we lost to eventual champion Tappan Zee in the playoffs, we won 14 games, the most by a Rye club in ten years.

“The team won the Port Chester tournament for the second straight year and we beat arch-rival Harrison twice, 6-3 and 2-1. The future looks bright for the Garnets.”

Declan Foley, head track coach at Holy Child, had only five seniors on his 34-member team. At the recent State Federation Championships, Captain Brianna McLoughlin dropped 25 seconds off her personal best in the 3000, finishing in 11 minutes flat. In the 4×800 relay, the girls reeled off the second-best time in school history.

At Rye Country Day, the girls’ lacrosse team turned their season around from a 2-4 start to finish at 11-6. Head coach Georgette Summers noted, “The girls achieved all three team goals: to improve communication, build trust in each other, and earn a place in the NYSAISAA tournament. All-league Devon Kraus was our Wildcat Award (MVP) recipient, while Allie Farber earned the Coaches’ Award. In addition, Skye Aresty and Meghan McDonough were recognized by the Western New England Lacrosse Association.”

The area’s winningest team was probably the Rye Neck softball varsity. They finished 18-5 and lost in the Section final to Valhalla, 3-1. Head coach Joan Spedafino was positive in her recap. “We played a great game; just didn’t string our hits together. Jessica Calvini gave up only five hits. Diana King, an eighth grader brought up for the Sectionals, drove in the tying run in the bottom of the sixth.

“We were a B school playing in a league of all A and AA teams. Even so, five of our girls made All-League and Jessica was All-Section. She had the most RBI’s (47) and threw the most strikeouts (224). We are losing our amazing seniors, Maggio, Doong, Cables, Scialo, and Laise, but have a promising group of younger players coming up.”

Staying at Rye Neck, boys’ golf had a winning 9-8 record. All-League Michael Spiegel shot a low score of 37 and averaged 42 for the season. Head coach Mark Canno told us, “Luke Murphy made honorable mention All-League and played his best golf at the end of the season. Strong contributions also came from Zubayr Fentas, Whitney Spiegel, Jake Stone, Tim Hogan, and Connor Dooley. And five of our top six players are coming back.”

For Sue Dickson, Garnet boys’ tennis coach, “it was a tough year because we were in the best league in our Conference and Section.  Greeley, Fox Lane, and Byram Hills were powerhouses, but we matched up well with Blind Brook, Keio, and easily beat Briarcliff.

“Overall we were 4-10, though we had great chemistry on this team. Our top two singles players, Keishi Goto and Buck Reynolds, and Alfredo Holguin in No. 1 doubles, will move on to college in the fall. That said, we have some upcoming kids who show promise. We’re looking forward to 2012.”

Crosstown rivalries created many of the moments to remember. There was the epic shootout at Westchester Country Club when RCDS freshman Summer Kitahara sank her shot on the final hole to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory over Holy Child.

And how about Rye High’s eighth-straight win over Rye Country Day in the Mayor’s Cup lacrosse rivalry? Rye lacrosse coach Brian Dooley savored it. “We had a nice season after starting 1-5. Winning 11 in a row, including wins over New Canaan and Greenwich, was satisfying for our 13 seniors. Though we eventually lost in the quarterfinals to John Jay, we’re a better program because of those kids.”

Rye Neck track coach Matthew Wurtz praised high jumper Damon Sugrue. “Damon came in first at the Class C championships with a jump of 6’0”. He was named All-County and All-Section. Charlie Fraioli, Kylie VanBuren, Shelby Hackenburg, Anna Solomon, and Connor O’Shea led us to the podium in our League meet.”

The Rye crew team had much to proud of this spring.

Finally, there was the Rye High crew. The team, which spends as much time transporting equipment to regattas and holding fundraisers in town as they do on the water, had its first four-person boat competing in the Spring Nationals at Camden, New Jersey, a proud moment for everyone, especially the departing seniors.

— Mitch Silver

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