Archive for July, 2011

Rye 11s Take Tournament Opener; Advance to Semis

July 19, 2011

Rye’s select team of 11-year-olds opened the District 20 Little League playoffs July 8 by thumping a strong Eastchester team 9-5 at Disbrow Field.

Rye started slowly, with four batters going down swinging in the first two innings. But the floodgates opened in the third, when Rye’s No. 8 and 9 hitters, Owen Hull and Max Kenny, stroked a pair of singles through the middle. Everyone was safe when Eastchester’s third sacker muffed Matt Bruno’s grounder, and Dusty Mion’s hard single to center plated all three runners, aided by some sloppy Eastchester defense. Billy Chabot’s groundout to short scored Rye’s fourth run of the frame.

Front row: Andy Bach, Jared Olbrys, Forbes Crowley, Billy Chabot, Gavin Kenny, and Sean Hale; middle row: Dusty Mion, Max Kenney, TJ Lavelle, Owen Hull, Brett Egan, and Matt Bruno; back row: Coaches Brian Bach and Michael Kenny, and Manager Greg Hale.

Unfortunately, pitcher Max Kenny’s own defense was porous early on, and Eastchester was ahead 5-4 when Chabot settled things with a towering homer to right-center in the fifth. Mion’s second hit of the day, a double, drove in Bruno for Rye’s ninth run in the sixth inning, after which Mion took the mound and closed out the game.

The following Monday, Rye was back at Disbrow to take on fellow first-round winners Elmsford, trouncing them, 8-2. The victory sets up a battle of the unbeatens July 15 at Eastchester’s O’Rourke Field against Harrison, which defeated White Plains, 8-4. The winner advances to the championship round, where they’ll need one victory in two games (if necessary) to win the District 20 title.

Little League Team Advances All the Way to Final Four

July 19, 2011

Rye’s All-Star 9- and 10-year-old baseball team did it the hard way. After being walloped 11-1 by Harrison in their first game of the District 20 playoffs, manager Matt Anderson’s charges came roaring back to beat both Thornwood’s Sherman Park and Kensico in dramatic one-run contests, each a last-inning, walk-off affair.

Front row, left to right: Henry Cetina, Aidan Anderson, Finn Westerink, Henry Friedrich, and Troy Egan; middle row: Jason Ciardiello, Jamie Abt, Grant Meyerson, Will Tonkel, Rick Burke, and Andrew Barbara; back row: Gary Ciardiello, Matt Anderson,and Steve Barbara. Not pictured: Yoshihide Sato.

The team, ironically designated as the visitors at Disbrow Field by the tournament schedule, took on Ardsley July 1. Lacking the services of starter Yoshihide Sato, they still came out swinging. After falling behind by a run in the first, Will Tonkel doubled to the fence in right-center, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a towering fly to left by Grant Meyerson.


One Good Sport

July 19, 2011

Greg Hale, Rye Little League Board Member, Bart, Micheline, and Micheline DiNardo, and Mike Hull, Rye Little League Board Member

Prior to the first pitch of Rye’s Major League Championship game last month, Micheline DiNardo was honored with the 4th annual Ryan Adamson Sportsmanship Award. The trophy is named for the Rye Little League and Babe Ruth player who passed away four years ago at the age of 15.

“I was honored to be presented with such a meaningful award and it was a really special way to end my Little League career,” said Micheline, who plays for the Rays under coach Paul Turcotte.

Alumni Game a Celebration of Rye Lax’s Ever-Growing Popularity

July 19, 2011

The 2nd annual Rye Lacrosse Alumni Game, held June 25 at Nugent Stadium, was just as thrilling as the first go-round. For the second time in as many years, the odd-year graduates – wearing white this time – defeated the even-year red team 9-8 in overtime. Briggs Barton scored the game-winner.

The cast of the 2011 Rye Lacrosse Alumni Game

Many of Barton’s class of 2011 teammates played, including Max Bonsall, Michael Collins, Matt McReddie, Brian Pickup, and Gwynne Spencer. Several current college laxers – such as Donald Keough (Notre Dame), Kevin Gordon (Colgate), Mike Linehan (Marist), Neil Davis (Fairfield), Cole McCormack (Cornell), and Robert Santangelo (Union) – joined the fray as well. The young guns weren’t the only graduates to suit up, however, as Andy Ball, Ken Giaquinto, Adam McReddie, John Wood, and Eric Moy all hit the field. Moy, who played goalie for the red team, even donated the pinnies from Fong’s, his family’s dry cleaning store on Elm Place.

Four sets of brothers – the McReddies, Davis’s, Kochs, and Buttricks – played in the game.

“It was a lot of fun, and all 30-plus players took the game seriously,” said George McReddie, who is stepping down as Rye Lacrosse Association President, but will organize the contest going forward. “They all love the game and take the opportunity to play it any time they have the chance. The older guys said it was a lot faster than they remembered!”

Eric Moy, class of 1986, manned goal for the red team

After the game, which helped raise money for the Association, the competitors enjoyed a barbeque courtesy the Post Road Market.

Feeley to Swim for U.S. National Team in China

July 19, 2011

Ryan Feeley, a graduate of Rye High School and current Michigan Wolverine, swam his way onto the U.S. National Open Water Team after finishing sixth in the 10K Open Water National race held last month in Fort Lauderdale. The swimming sensation represented Badger Swim Club and was coached by John Collins.

Ryan Feeley

Thanks to his impressive finish, Feeley qualified for the World University Games, which will be held in Shenzhen, China, August 12-22. There he will compete in the 10K Open Water race, as well as the 1500-meter freestyle.

A former multi-race All-American and State champion for the Garnets, Feeley earned collegiate All-American status after anchoring Michigan’s 800-meter freestyle relay to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA championships in March. He also placed ninth in the 500-meter freestyle, and 16th in the 1650 freestyle. As a sophomore, he was named to the 2011 Academic All-Big Ten team and received Michigan’s Athletic Academic Achievement Award for a second straight year.

Tennis Players Set to Take on Cancer

July 19, 2011

Sam King, a former Rye resident who attended Midland School and now lives in Rye Brook, has teamed up with his friend Irwin Reibeisen to host a charity tennis tournament at Byram Hills High School in Armonk August 5-7.

King, a member of Bowdoin College’s tennis team, and Reibeisen, former captain of the Byram Hills team and a rising sophomore at Bucknell, said, “Cancer has affected both of our families, so it’s a very meaningful cause to us. We have set a goal of raising $5,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society of Westchester.”

A silent auction and a benefit concert will be held Friday night featuring Irwin’s brother’s Connecticut band, Voted Most Random, a veteran of the Bamboozle and Warped tours. On Saturday morning from 9-11, there will be a free junior tennis clinic for ages 6-14. Also scheduled Saturday is a pizza party provided by local parlors. Longford’s will host an ice cream party on Sunday. For more information, go to

New Queen of the Nets

July 19, 2011

For the last few years, the Rye High girls’ soccer team has been able to field not one, but two future first-team All-Americans. All good things must come to an end, and Lia Bellizzi is taking her talents to the University of Virginia, while Tatiana Saunders will be minding the nets for Dartmouth this fall.

Lexi Hijazi

All of which means that Rye’s new starting keeper will have her hands full. Fortunately, Lexi Hijazi is up to the task. Not only does she already have varsity experience – she started in Saunders’ absence last year – but Hijazi is a star in her own right, leading her East Meadow travel team to a New York State Cup victory and a No. 6 national ranking on


Northern Glory

July 19, 2011

Katie Hughes, Kelly Johnson, Courtney Ciardiello, and Melissa Fulenwider

Three of Rye’s swimming standouts – Katie Hughes, Courtney Ciardiello, and Melissa Fulenwider – teamed with a fourth from Mamaroneck to capture the bronze in the medley relay at the Canada Cup June 30 in Montreal. It was a triumphant reunion for the trio, who relayed together for the Garnets in 2008.

Rocketing to the Top

July 19, 2011

Front row: Jack Bryan, Dennis Kennelly, Taichi Zaiki, Sam Rock, and Jared Olbrys; second row: Ryo Tatsuno, Alec Jautz, Peter Chabot, Brendan Simandl, and Will Sands; third row: Alan Chabot, Harry Barringer, Carl Friedrich, James Sands, and John Rock; back row: Geoff Sands, Scott Barringer, and Mark Whitehouse

Three cheers for the Rye Rockets soccer team, who, for the second consecutive year, were undefeated. They finished 19-0-1, which propelled them to first place in the elite division of the Westchester Youth Soccer League.

RCDS Sharpshooter to Represent United States in International Competition

July 19, 2011

June was quite the memorable month for local basketball star Carolyn Binder. The rising Rye Country Day junior was first named by Nike to the Top 160 list of sophomores in the country, and then was selected to the 2011 USA National Team for the 12th Annual Pan American Maccabi Games.

Carolyn Binder

Binder attended the Nike Skills and Drills Academy in Virginia, where she learned valuable lessons and was reminded of the importance of hard work when there are so many other top-flight players in the country.