Archive for August, 2011

Catharine Greer Takes Home Top Athletic Honor on Senior Night

August 4, 2011

Catharine Greer received her just desserts on Senior Night at Coveleigh Club last month. The Tufts-bound Rye High graduate was awarded Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year by the Athletic Department.


The All-Everything athlete was a four-year starter for both the soccer and basketball teams, and served as captain on each Garnet squad as well. Greer helped lead the soccer team to a second consecutive undefeated season, a No. 1 ranking in the country, a Section championship, and a second trip to the State finals in three years. On the hardcourt, she pushed the Garnets to a League championship and propelled them to a County Center appearance as the second-leading scorer on the team.

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Rye Takes Harrison to Title Game’s Final Swing Before Bowing, 9-7

August 4, 2011

Despite issuing eight bases on balls and flinging nine wild pitches, Rye’s select team of 11-year-olds still had a chance to take the District 20 Little League crown from a nervous Harrison side under the lights July 19 at Gedney Field in White Plains.

Billy Chabot slams a fourth-inning homer.

Undefeated Harrison had plenty to be anxious about in the bottom of the sixth. Though they’d beaten this same Rye roster 7-3 just four days earlier, the Huskies were in obvious awe of their rivals’ bats.

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Eight Is Great: Dupont Tourney Still a Blast

August 4, 2011

Familiar faces returned for the Invitational

Although the temperatures didn’t quite reach triple digits as in 2010, the mixed doubles team of Heather Sweeney and Jake Wilson was more than happy to take the victory plunge into the Apawamis Club pool July 9. The duo won the eighth annual Alana Dupont Invitational tournament, with over 50 friends, family, and club members on hand for the always-enjoyable affair.

Heather Sweeney and Jake Wilson take the ceremonial dip

Photos by Marilyn Gerrish

Learning from the Best

August 4, 2011

Benny Goldman, Jordan Eck, and Dan Orlovsky

Rye High School graduate Jordan Eck, who quarterbacked the Garnets to a State football championship in 2007, took part in a special tutoring session at The Harvey School July 12. Houston Texans’ backup QB Dan Orlovsky, a former standout at UConn, was the special guest coach.

Eck, a senior, is expected to call the signals this year on the gridiron for Hamilton College. Harvey’s new quarterback, Benny Goldman, also benefited from the professional tutelage.

– Photo by Mark Brandon

Shainberg’s Golden Performance

August 4, 2011

Jonah Shainberg, 15, won a gold medal at the United States Fencing National Championships held in Reno, Nev., earlier this month. The Rye High School sophomore came in first out of 150 competitors his age and under in the Youth-14 Men’s sabre event.

Jonah Shainberg

Shainberg also competed in the North American Cup (NAC), another national competition held in Reno the same week. He placed 10th out of 190 Junior male sabre fencers (under 20) and 10th out of 160 Cadet male sabre fencers (under 17). His strong results in the NAC earned him a national Cadet ranking in the top 10, making him eligible to compete internationally at World Cup events in Poland, Russia, Hungary, and England, in addition to national-level events around the U.S. beginning this fall.

The fencing phenom also received an Academic All-American Recognition Award, presented annually at the Summer National Championships. This USA Fencing program acknowledges high school-age competitive fencers who posted a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 for the academic year. He competes for the Fencing Academy of Westchester in Hawthorne, and has been coached by Archil Lortkipanidze since he was 9.

No Shame in His Game

August 4, 2011

Off-camera July has been a big month for Fox TV investigative journalist Arnie Diaz. The 62-year-old Manursing Island Club team member captured the Westchester Sound Shore League B Singles title, breezing through a much younger draw with relative ease. “He gives hope to all AARP members,” said team captain Nick Jovanovich.

Manursing Men’s B Champion Arnold Diaz with runner-up Mark Keegan

He’s on a tear, after having had double knee replacement surgery last summer. The question is: can he match his Emmy Award number, which at last count was approaching 40.