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Gryphons Display Heart of Champions in Championship Loss

November 19, 2010

Even after the Gryphons’ season had come to an official end November 11 at Greenwich Academy, fans of the scrappy volleyball team continued to chant “Ho-ly Chi-ld!” at the top of their lungs. It was a testament to a band of sisters who, even in losing the Fairchester Athletic Association tournament final, displayed tremendous heart, as they had done all season long.

Stephanie Taylor

Make no bones about it, Holy Child’s 3-2 (23-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-11) loss to Convent of the Sacred Heart was a heartbreaker. The Gryphons came back in both the first and second games to take a 2-0 lead. In game one, they rallied from an early 9-2 deficit to tie it at 15-15. Momentum swung in their favor when Danielle Riverso made a spectacular dig, setting up Stephanie Taylor for the spike and a 17-15 lead. With Holy Child up 24-23, Elizabeth Murphy served a blistering ace for the game-winner. The senior credited the supporters on hand, who filled the tiny gym and created a deafening atmosphere.


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.”


Morning Round-up: Rye X-C teams excel at League Championship meet

October 14, 2009

Both of Rye’s cross-country teams — the girls and boys — performed superbly in the League Championship Meet Tuesday at wind-whipped Byram Hills.

Rye Cross-Country

Rye Cross-Country

The girls — scoring a 27 — completed a perfect season and won the league outright by defeating Harrison (49), Byram Hills (56), and Port Chester (99) at the championship. Six Garnets finished among the top nine competitors to seal the deal. Those six — Ellen Friedman (3), Nagomi Ogura (4), Alison Mackay (5), Caitlin Hartnett (7), Kahea Mueller (8), and Zoe Davitt (9) — earned All-League status for finishing in the top 10.


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: Streaks end as Rye comes up an inch short at Eastchester

September 28, 2009

A valiant comeback effort was snuffed out one inch short of the end zone Saturday in Eastchester, as the Eagles defeated Rye’s football team 13-7. The loss was the Garnets’ first since 2006, and marked the end of their 27-game winning streak and 59 consecutive victories against Section 1 opponents.

Quarterback Connor Eck comes up just shy of paydirt

Quarterback Connor Eck comes up just shy of paydirt

The contest emanated shades of the Albany Academy State semifinal game in 2006, the last time Rye had lost. Like in that match up, the Garnets trailed the entire way and failed to put points on the board until desperation kicked in. Rye cut the lead to 13-7 with 6:17 left in the fourth on a 7-yard jaunt into the end zone by Cole McCormack, and then forced the Eastchester offense to go three and out.

Quarterback Connor Eck  took over from Rye’s 37 with just over three minutes left, and drove the Garnets to the Eastchester 6 in 11 plays. With little over a minute left and Rye set up with a first and goal, it looked like an Eastchester implosion was inevitable. But McCormack runs on first, second, and third down only got Rye to the 2-yard line.

That set up the climactic, fourth and goal finish. With 15 seconds left on the clock, Eck dashed up the middle on a QB keeper and lunged for the end zone. Eastchester’s defenders met him at the precipice however, and stopped the gutsy junior from tying the game.

The outcome of the thrilling game kept Eastchester undefeated at 3-0, and knocked Rye down to 2-1. The Garnets will look to begin a new streak this Friday at Nugent Stadium against Sleepy Hollow.


Morning Round-up: Rye swims and dives to a win

September 23, 2009

The Rye/Blind Brook/Rye Neck girls’ swimming and diving team splashed into another season yesterday, and began the year with an impressive 96-49 win over Harrison at Hommocks Middle School. The Garnets took first place in all but one event.

Melissa Fulenwider

Melissa Fulenwider

Kelly O’Neill, Allison Fulenwider, Amanda Owens and Lena Krikorian won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:02.10, and Courtney Ciardello then zoomed to first in the 200 freestyle (2:08.61). Allison Fulenwider went solo in the 200 individual medley, winning in a time of 2:25.50. Her younger sister, Melissa, scored first in the 50 freestyle, beating out teammate JJ Cates by finishing in just under 26 seconds. In the diving portion of the event, Coco Darelius scored a 210.60 to win and was followed by Melissa Frank. Back in the lanes, Ciardello won the 100 butterfly (1:03.86), and Melissa Fulenwider was tops in the 100 freestyle (55.90). O’Neill touched home first in the 500 freestyle (5:32.83), and Rye’s team of Krikorian, Cates, Sam Clark, and Melissa Fulenwider won the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.01). Owens and Allison Fulenwider rounded out the day with respective wins in the 100 backstroke (1:05.82) and the 100 breaststroke (1:15.00). Their next meet is tomorrow vs. Keio Academy at Manhattanville.

At Rye High School, the girls’ tennis team topped Rye Neck 6-1. Caroline Lambillotte had the Panthers’ sole victory in the first singles slot (beating Jessica Jahnke 6-1, 6-1). Claire Pfister beat Kalypso Buitoni 6-0, 6-3 in second singles, and Olivia Singer topped Cassie Swinghammer 6-0, 6-0 in third singles. The Garnets swept the doubles portion, with wins from the teams of Molly Jordan and Casey Berger, Katie McLaughlin and Ali Sims, Amanda McLaughlin and Devin Weil, and Amy Shanks and Laura Nicholas. Rye improved to 2-3 and plays Keio Academy today at home. It was Rye Neck’s first loss of the season (4-1). They host Valhalla on Friday.


Morning Round-up: Quiet weekend in Rye

September 21, 2009

Save for a couple of School of the Holy Child contests on Friday, it was a silent weekend for our local varsity teams. Both the Gryphons’ volleyball and soccer teams played NYC’s Convent of the Sacred Heart. The soccer squad won 5-1 on the road, but volleyball dropped a 3-0 decision at home.

Rye High School
Boys’ Soccer @ Valhalla, 4:30 (I’ll be attending)
Field Hockey @ John Jay-Cross River, 4:30
Girls’ Tennis @ Fox Lane, 4:15
Volleyball vs. Pelham, 4:30

Rye Neck High School
Girls’ Tennis vs. Irvington, 4:15
Volleyball @ Blind Brook, 4:30

Rye Country Day School
Girls’ Soccer vs. Hopkins, 4:15
Field Hockey vs. Hopkins, 4:15
Girls’ Tennis vs. Trinity, 4:30

School of the Holy Child
Soccer vs. Greenwich Academy, 4