Archive for the ‘HC Cross-Country’ Category

Wildcats and Gryphons Combine to Place Seven Runners in Top Ten

October 22, 2010

Brandyn Dougan proved that he is not only one of the best cross-country runners in the Fairchester Athletic Association but perhaps the best leaner as well. The Rye Country Day senior captain’s extra effort at the finish line, out-leaning the Brunswick Bears’ Andrew Grasso in 16:59, won the individual boys’ race October 13 at Brunswick School.

Brandyn Dougan, center, hangs tough



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.”


Rachel O’Driscoll Wins Fairchester Championship

November 19, 2009

Holy Child senior Rachel O’Driscoll won the Fairchester Athletic Association’s championship in a time of 19:45 November 9 at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Conn. Sophomore standout Kendra McNulty and senior Katelyn Racanelli saved their best performances of the year for last, running 21:45 and 22:46, good for ninth and 18th, respectively.

Rachel O'Driscoll

McNulty and O’Driscoll earned All-League Honors while Racanelli scored All-League Honorable Mention. Senior Kirsten Hantho and freshman Ellen Lautenbach also turned in season-best performances to round out the scoring for the squad. The Gryphons placed third out of seven in team competition – a tremendous improvement from last year’s sixth place finish.

O’Driscoll did not lose a race this season in the FAA, and also placed third in the NYSAIS State championship November 8 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. She finished the 3.5-mile run in 23:01.30, just 27 seconds back of first.


Morning Round-up: Rye Neck Enters Regional Play

November 10, 2009

Now that they’ve wrapped up Rye Neck’s first boys’ soccer Section championship since 1999, the Panthers enter the State fray beginning today in the Regional semifinals. Rye Neck will face Section 9’s O’Neill at 3:30 p.m. at Arlington High School. They are four wins away from a Class B State title.

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Rye Neck goalkeeper Dalton Mendes


Morning Round-up: Six of seven Rye teams advance

November 2, 2009

Aside from the Rye football team’s gut-wrenching loss (see story in previous post), it was a wildly successful weekend for Rye and Rye Neck in the Section playoffs.

Although the score was tied 0-0 in the first half, the first-seeded Rye girls’ soccer team imposed their will in the second and defeated Sleepy Hollow 4-0 October 31. Carter Talgo and Lia Bellizzi combined for four goals and two assists. The Garnets are unbeaten in 23 games dating back to last season, and will next host No. 8 Tappan Zee in the Section A quarterfinals Tuesday.

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Lia Bellizzi

The fourth-seeded Rye boys’ soccer team also posted a 4-0 victory October 30 in their Class A first round game. They defeated No. 13 Yonkers 4-0 with goals from Chris Livingston, Buck Reynolds, Juan Chang, and Arber Xhema. Rye will face No. 5 Eastchester at home Tuesday in the Class A quarterfinals.


Morning Round-up: Panthers close to League title

October 8, 2009

Although they were unable to finish the match due to lack of light, the Rye Neck girls’ tennis team gave Briarcliff all they could handle Wednesday at home. The match was stopped with the score knotted 3-3 and only the fourth doubles duel undetermined. When the action stopped, the Panthers’ Janell Smith and Cassie Swinghammer were tied 5-5 in the first set. The match will continue Thursday, October 15, at Rye Neck.

The Panthers took two of the three singles matches, with No. 2 Caroline Lambillote besting Olivia Lacy Thompson 7-5, 6-2. The match was a scintillating affair, with hard-fought — and hard-hitting — points. Kalypso Buitoni was also a winner in the No. 3 spot. She won, 6-1, 7-5. Rye Neck’s first singles star, Midori Takasaki, lost her first match of the year 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Midori Takasaki

Midori Takasaki

Takasaki battled, but the extremely windy conditions admittedly took an edge off of her precision game. Nevertheless, the affable senior captain could not be happier with the year her team has had.


Morning Round-up: “Powerful” showing by RCDS

September 24, 2009

The RCDS girls’ soccer team traveled to Randall’s Island yesterday to play NYC’s Nightingale-Bamforth. By halftime the Wildcats were up 4-0, and at the end of the game the scoreboard read 9-0 in favor of the 2-1 locals.

Delaine Powerful

Delaine Powerful

Delaine Powerful had a strong game — no pun intended — with two goals for Rye Country Day, and Jenna Frank, Bridget Stock, Kris Sabatini, Steph Sabatini, Elizabeth Wulf, Isabel Kurzner, and Carina Sarda each tallied one. Powerful and Frank also had assists, as did Nicki Rosenbach. Kayti Faustini had no saves in the goal for first period; Devon Kraus has one save in the second.

“In a game like this it is hard to keep focused, but we got a chance to get all our players into the game, to try some new set plays, and to see some players in different positions,” said head coach Dick Pike. “So we move on; better matchup on Friday against Greens Farms Academy we hope.”

At Fox Lane, the Rye boys’ soccer team posted a 16-4 shot differential against the Foxes en route to a 2-0 victory. While Rye again controlled the bulk of the possession, the team was unable to find the net until Chris Livingston headed a Tim Lonergan throw-in to a wide-open Luis Del Pezo in front of the goal in the 34th minute. Del Pezo calmly collected the ball, took a controlled touch toward Fox Lane keeper Arden Ivens-Anderson, and cooly finished into the lower right for his team-leading third goal of the season (Buck Reynolds also has three). Five minutes later, Tim Lonergan soared above a scrum in the box to head home a Del Pezo corner and put Rye up 2-0. James Rimmer was not tested during his 40 minutes in goal, but did manage the game very nicely and advance his record to 2-0-2 on the season (.738 Goals Against Average).