Archive for the ‘Headliners’ Category

Lillian McCabe Reaches Milestone as Garnets Streak to First Place

February 10, 2011

“Two down, 998 to go,” were the words Lillian McCabe’s JV coach said to her after she scored her first points for the Rye girls’ varsity basketball team in 2007. For McCabe, an eighth-grader called up from JV to deepen the Garnets’ postseason bench, it was a thrilling moment. It also foreshadowed greatness to come.

The Garnets celebrate McCabe’s 1,000th point.

McCabe, now a senior co-captain, reached the 1,000-point milestone in Rye’s 69-43 win over Harrison January 29. She became just the fourth girls’ basketball player to eclipse the mark in Garnet history. When Rye head coach Mary Henwood called a time-out so her charges could celebrate the moment, McCabe’s team spirit shone through. The senior star wondered aloud how many assists she recorded in the game, and asked her father, John, if he witnessed the dynamic passes she made.


Icebreaker Elizabeth Wulf

January 12, 2011

In four years with the Rye Country Day girls’ hockey team, Elizabeth Wulf has blown away the school’s previous record — 50 — for goals scored in a varsity career. The scary part is that Wulf, a sophomore on the girls’ hockey team, still has the rest of this season and then two more after that to add to her gaudy total of 81.

Wulf first picked up a hockey stick 11 years ago, and has since become the driving force behind the Wildcats’ success. Blinding speed and a superior knowledge of the game are the attributes that allow her to skate past defenders and pour in the goals.


Ivan Martinez, The Athlete Behind Rye Neck’s Soccer Renaissance

November 4, 2010

Ever since he first suited up in black, blue, and white as a member of the Rye Neck boys’ soccer team, Ivan Martinez has been a human highlight reel for the varsity squad.

In 2008, as a freshman, Martinez led the Panthers in scoring and netted the game-winning overtime goal in the Section quarterfinals that propelled the scrappy underdogs all the way to the finals. Martinez overcame a bout with mononucleosis to return late in his sophomore season, giving Rye Neck the push they needed to win their first Section title in 10 years. In the opening round of the State tournament, Martinez – mired in heavy traffic – dished the assist that put the Panthers in the Regional final.

Ivan Martinez

Now a junior, Martinez has the reigning Section champions back in the playoffs, hungry to defend their title and return to States.


Zack Tax Rewrites the History Books at Rye Country Day School

May 7, 2010

It’s difficult to avoid the numbers when Rye Country Day baseball star Zack Tax is the topic of conversation.

The senior pitcher blew past the former school record for strikeouts (155) earlier this season, and by season’s end his current mark of 198 should have a few more heaping portions of Ks piled on top. Tax’s career record of 18-2 as a starter also has him within a game of tying Evan Oleson’s all-time record for wins, and – barring the unfathomable – he should finish well below the career ERA record of 1.84.

Zack Tax


Feet Don’t Fail Me Now: Rye Runners Compete With State’s Best

March 24, 2010

Their promise was evident two years ago, when Max Robinson and Mac Gager were part of a group of sophomore track stars that broke every ninth and tenth grade record in the Rye books.

That potential was realized in early March, as Robinson and Gager raced in the New York State championships at Cornell College in Ithaca. Robinson placed 13th of 32 in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:43.91, and Gager clocked in at 1:27.45 for 26th place in the 600-meter run. The seniors each ran just off personal bests in their first appearances at the elite event.

Max Robinson and Mac Gager

“My two goals for the season were to break the school record for the 600 and to earn my way to States,” said Gager, who toppled the 24-year-old 600 mark in February. “It was an honor to be there. I wasn’t surprised that I made it, but kind of in awe. I was so excited when it was time for my race, and it was such a great feeling to participate.”


Four Fantastic Years of Stearns and Nabhan

November 4, 2009

It’s rare to have a freshman who contributes to a varsity squad in any sport. A team that has one considers itself fortunate, because the talented neophyte may well blossom into a transcendent star. Two freshmen making significant contributions is off the charts.

In 2006, Rye’s field hockey team had two of these special athletes – Olivia Nabhan and Torie Stearns. Today, in their fourth and final season as Garnets, the senior captains are nearing the end of a run that can be best described as triumpant. Rye has posted a combined record of 71-7-2 with one New York State championship (2007) and four League titles since Stearns and Nabhan first donned varsity uniforms.

SPORTS-Stearns Nabhan

Torie Stearns and Olivia Nabhan

“The secret to the team’s success is just playing as hard as you possibly can,” said Nabhan, the tough-as-nails firecracker. Stearns, the liquid-smooth scorer, finished her teammate’s thought. “It’s about running until the clock stops and always believing you’ll find a way.”