Archive for the ‘Athlete in the News’ Category

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


Thrush Crushes the Competition

July 19, 2011

Led by the father-and-son tandem of coach Duke Thrush, the former Rye Record advertising/design guru, and star slugger Dawson Thrush, the Palm Beach Gardens T-Ball All-Stars captured Florida’s state baseball championship June 19 in Sarasota. Dawson, 6, powered the team from the plate by batting a jaw-dropping 16-for-19.

Duke and Dawson Thrush

Although the team went 6-0 in the tourney and outscored opponents by a combined 92-30, they ran into some trouble in the semifinals when they fell behind 8-3. Duke rallied the troops, however, and the team stormed back to win 12-10 in extra innings.

Ironwoman in the Making

June 28, 2011

Camila Perez-Segnini, a 15-year-old Rye resident, competed in the Pawling Sprint Triathlon with her father, Romulo, June 4. She was the youngest contestant in a field of 419 triathletes – and also one of the most successful. The RHS swim team member won her age category (women’s 15-17), and was the fastest overall for both gender groups in that age bracket with a time of 1:22:48. Perez-Segnini finished 171st overall.

Camila and Romulo Perez-Segnini

She began swimming at an early age at Coveleigh Club, and then started hitting the pool in the winter with the Rye YMCA Wave Ryders. It wasn’t long before she was swimming year-round with Badger Swim Club.

Last summer, Perez-Segnini accompanied her father on long bike rides, and enjoyed it so much that she decided to participate in The Jarden Westchester Kids Triathlon. She surprised the field of 94 by winning the girls’ 11-14 age group in 23:49. This year, Perez-Segnini will compete in the adult triathlon.