Archive for the ‘Fall Preview’ Category

Redemption More Than a Word for Garnet Programs This Season

September 9, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back isn’t headed back to the theatres any time soon, but it could play out on local fields as several fall programs seek to correct the way their seasons ended in 2009.

Football

No Syracuse. No Kingston. Not even a trip to Mahopac for the Section championship. Rye’s stunning, last-second loss to Poughkeepsie in the 2009 Class A Section semifinals silenced Nugent Stadium as never before and caused reverberations that are felt to this day.


But this is a new year, and the latest model of gridiron warriors to sport the legendary Garnet and Black colors are itching to exact revenge on all who reveled in schadenfreude after their shocking playoff elimination.

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Gryphons Prepared to Soar this Fall

September 9, 2010

Holy Child boasts several autumn teams that could contend for Fairchester Athletic Association supremacy, including a field hockey squad on the way back up.

Field Hockey

After a three-year streak of NYSAIS championship appearances that included title grabs in 2006 and 2008, it was shocking to see Holy Child ousted from the first round of the annual tournament last November. Nevertheless, the Gryphons’ 9-7-3 finish can’t be considered anything but a success because of the squad’s inexperience.

Bridget Cooney

“Our team last year was very young,” said head coach Barbara Lorys. “Now that these girls have had a year of varsity experience, we are counting on them to be more productive, competitive, and successful.”

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Autumn and Optimism Go Hand in Hand for Wildcats

September 9, 2010

Rye Country Day School has been home to an astounding run of success in recent years, and it appears the plot of the story won’t be changing any time soon.

Field Hockey

Whoever said death and taxes are the only certainties in life has clearly never watched the Rye Country Day field hockey team. The perennial contenders won their second NYSAIS championship in three years last November by defeating Riverdale 1-0. It was the Wildcats’ fourth straight appearance in the State finals, and head coach Georgette Summers’ squad is already preparing for a fifth visit.

Wildcats celebrate 2009 NYSAIS State Championship

“We will miss the graduating seniors, their spirit and experience, but the energy and focus on the field has not changed,” said Summers. “The girls came back ready to work. Our seniors will continue the legacy of hard work and commitment, and I believe they can fill the void.”

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Rye Country Day Fall Sports Preview

September 11, 2009

The hunger for success is fierce at Rye Country Day, and each of the school’s six fall season teams has the talent to transform that appetite into postseason glory.

Football

In a sport where experience is the name of the game, Rye Country Day went to battle with just four seniors in 2008 and finished 4-5. But head coach John Calandros believes the program will reap benefits from that trial by fire now.

Senior quarterback Joe Barber

Senior quarterback Joe Barber

“This season really started with the juniors last year,” said Calandros. “A lot of them gained their first varsity experience then, and their maturity, confidence, and knowledge are far superior now than they were this time last year.”

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Holy Child Fall Sports Preview

September 11, 2009

With all four of their varsity teams looking like contenders, the autumn season may be a special one at School of the Holy Child.

Field Hockey

Heading into the 2008 season, Holy Child head coach Barbara Lorys didn’t know what to expect from her team. The Gryphons had just graduated a laundry list of standout players who were part of the program’s transformation from also-ran into perennial contender.

Head coach Barbara Lorys and assistant Cheryl O'Shea

Head coach Barbara Lorys and assistant Cheryl O'Shea

As it turned out, Holy Child streaked to their second NYSAIS State championship in three years. The third-seeded team defeated No. 1 Rye Country Day in thrilling fashion, eking out a 2-1 win after a round of penalty strokes.

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Rye Neck Fall Sports Preview

September 11, 2009

There is no hanging on to past achievements or disappointments at Rye Neck High School. It’s a brand new day for each program, and every Panther is ready to put their best foot forward.

Football

The Panthers finished the 2008 campaign 7-2, but records are secondary to head coach Nick Ianello’s annual focus at Rye Neck. “Our goal is to have fun,” said the coach, who is a former Black Hat player. “Success will come with the process of our effort and commitment. We attain that with leadership classes where we set team and individual goals and bond as a family.”

Senior captain Matt Pinto

Senior captain Matt Pinto

Leading the Panthers on the field this season are six senior captains. Frank Pisco, Matt Pinto, and Chris Mantis are talented tailbacks who provide a change of pace with their versatility. Tight end/defensive end Andrew Spinelli and lineman Mike McCarty will bring size and strength, and Shane O’Shea provides toughness.
Rye Neck opens the season at home September 12, against Dobbs Ferry.

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Rye High Fall Sports Preview

September 10, 2009

Expectations are as high as ever at Rye, as the football, field hockey, and girls’ soccer teams have combined to amass four State championships in the past two years. Nevertheless, the Garnet programs keeping chugging along matter-of-factly, looking to prolong what is already an unprecedented run.

Football

The road from Nugent Stadium all the way to the Carrier Dome has been a well-traveled one for the better part of this decade. The Garnets find themselves in the midst of a full-fledged Golden Era.

Garnet captains Connor Eck, Brendan Nagle, Cole McCormack, and Charlie Rollins

Garnet captains Connor Eck, Brendan Nagle, Cole McCormack, and Charlie Rollins

Rye’s success in Class B has been otherworldly. They’ve won three of the last four State championships – including back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008 – and are now tied for the most in New York. Since the beginning of 2003, Rye has posted a 71-3 record and captured six straight Section championships. They ride into the 2009 season on a 25-game winning streak, with 57 consecutive victories against Section 1 opponents.

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