Archive for the ‘Gryphons’ Category

Two of Holy Child’s Most Inspirational Honored

June 28, 2011

Holy Child seniors Mary Kate McErlean and Charlotte Knobloch received two of the school’s most significant athletic awards at a ceremony this month.

Mary Kate McErlean with Patrice Mulholland

McErlean was honored with the Herb Mulholland Award. who passed away last year. Mr. Mulholland, who passed away last year, was a great supporter of the Gryphons’ athletic program, and the father of Annie Mulholland, class of 2010. The school noted the award is given to a senior student-athlete who embodies the life of its namesake – with a passion for life, a demonstrated commitment to and love of sports, and a genuine concern for the well being of those around her.

Charlotte Knobloch and Holy Child Athletic Director John Pizzi Jr.

Knobloch won the Brenna Kelly Award, given to a senior who has overcome great adversity during her four-year athletic career at Holy Child. The award is named in honor of the 2006 graduate who was sidelined for an entire year with a major injury, but showed spirit and perseverance, a determination to succeed, and an overall positive attitude. Knobloch tore her ACL in a soccer game in the fall of 2009, but underwent surgery within a few weeks, and worked hard to return to the pitch. She was back on the soccer field way ahead of schedule the following spring.

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Spring Season Athletes Take a Bow

June 28, 2011

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.

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Wildcats Defeat Gryphons Again, 18-10

May 9, 2011

Two programs that are starting to enjoy better days hooked up on a perfect spring afternoon for lacrosse when Rye Country Day traveled across town to take on the up-and-coming Holy Child sticksters at Gryphon Field.

Before the April 26 game, Wildcats coach Georgette Summers was asked what it would take for her young, speedy players to come away with a victory and put last year’s 5-11 record entirely out of their minds. “The key is moving their keeper around – who’s really good – and hope that we’ve got the conditioning in this heat.”

Allie Farber fires on net for a score.

Warming up on the east end of the field, their opponents’ senior goalie, Rachel Vallarelli, was indeed a good one. Vallarelli, who’ll play at UMass next season, represented Hudson Valley in the Empire State Games and has made the U.S. U-19 training team.

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Holy Child Athletes Look to Make Their Mark This Season

April 11, 2011

The Gryphons’ softball and track and field teams headline what appears to be a promising batch of spring programs.

Track and Field

Declan Foley, head coach of cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field for five years, has his biggest team to date, with 33 athletes on the roster. They’ll be hard put to equal the 2010 season, when school records were broken in every individual event from 100 meters to 800 meters, as well as the shot put and numerous relays.

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Holy Child Track Star Finishes Among State’s Best

March 11, 2011

Isabelle Despins with head coach Declan Foley


Holy Child junior Isabelle Despins represented the Gryphons at the New York State Federation Track and Field Championships March 5 and 6 at Cornell University, running the 300-meter dash in 45.48 seconds. She finished in 27th place.

Despins qualified for the meet two weeks ago by winning the NYSAIS Championship 300 in a personal best time of 44.42, edging out her nearest competitor by just over a half-second. This was her first individual appearance at a State Meet. Despins was also the recipient of the NYSAIS Girls Sportsmanship Award for the 2010-2011 Indoor Track and Field season.

Wildcats Topple Gryphons in See-Saw Tussle, 53-39

February 18, 2011

In a regular season finale February 16 that was three games in one, Rye Country Day School defeated visiting Holy Child 53-39.

Less a basketball game than a rollercoaster ride, the game saw the homestanding Wildcats jump out to a 22-9 lead after nine minutes, with Carolyn Binder and Kim McKoy scoring 18 between them. When Binder wasn’t hitting threes over the Gryphons’ man-to-man defense, McKoy was pouring in layups, often after getting her own rebound.

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Holy Child’s Squad Sensations

February 18, 2011

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association has named four Holy Child seniors – Rosie Regan, Leslie Infanger, Emily Houghton, and Mary Millard, pictured above – to its 2010 National High School Academic Squad. To be selected, a student-athlete must be nominated by her coach, be a senior member of the varsity squad, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 through the first quarter of the school year.


Holy Child’s Director of Athletics, John Pizzi Jr. said, “I am extremely proud of these student-athletes for the achievement. While it is individual award that recognizes specific student-athletes, it also shows that the teachers and coaches are working cohesively to ensure both academic and athletic success.”

Perfect Record Blemished, But Gryphons Keep Smiling

January 28, 2011

Even after suffering a 101-69 defeat to undefeated Convent of the Sacred Heart January 25 at SUNY Purchase, the Holy Child swim team’s sunny disposition remained.

There’s a good reason for that, as the Gryphons are proud of what they accomplished in the pool this season. Holy Child finished the year 5-1 and qualified for several postseason meets.

“The team unity and spirit here is incredible,” said head coach Kerby Lewis. “The girls are always on the side of the pool cheering their teammates as loudly as possible. We had an inkling we would be this successful because of the roster size, but we wouldn’t be here without the hard work and daily improvement.”

Maddy Simone

Freshman Maddy Simone has been a top swimmer for Holy Child all year, and proved her mettle against CSH with a win in the 500-meter freestyle. She was the favorite in the 200-meter freestyle as well, but was disqualified for a false start. Lewis believes Simone has much room for improvement, and could be a dominant swimmer by her senior year.

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Mike Duignan has 100 Reasons to Smile

January 21, 2011

Mike Duignan could not figure out why his basketball team seemed nervous it its game with King January 19 in Stamford. It wasn’t until after Holy Child’s 43-37 overtime victory that the girls let their head coach in on a little secret.

The Gryphons weren’t just playing to win the game. They were fighting to reach a milestone in Duignan’s Holy Child career: his 100th victory.

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Thieves in the Night: Gryphons Steal Away with Victory

January 12, 2011

Despite their snazzy new uniforms, no one should suggest the Holy Child basketball team values style over substance. Substance was on full display January 10, as the Gryphons throttled visiting Chapin 55-34 to improve to 5-2.

After a Chapin bucket cut Holy Child’s lead to 26-23 early in the second half, the home team kicked it into high gear. The Gryphons outscored their foes 26-4 over a nine-minute span, with the offense flowing from a defense that recorded 12 steals during the burst.

Mike Duignan coaches his Gryphons

“At halftime we talked about how we were trying to do too much,” said head coach Mike Duignan. “Instead of forcing the issue and rushing, we played our game in the second half. We allowed Chapin to make mistakes themselves, and then we capitalized. I never have to ask this team to give more. It’s about making adjustments.”

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