Archive for the ‘RCDS Boys' Basketball’ Category

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

February 24, 2011

Two local teams were victorious in their first round playoff games Wednesday evening. The top-seeded Rye ice hockey team defeated No. 8 Somers/N.Salem 5-1. They advanced to the semifinals, where they’ll meet fourth-seeded Putnam Valley/Kennedy Friday night at Playland. Game time is set for 8:15 p.m.

The Rye Country Day boys’ basketball team defeated Greens Farms Academy by a score of 69-57 in the first round of the FAA playoffs. They next play Hamden Hall Friday on the road.

In the first round of the girls’ basketball FAA playoffs, Masters defeated Rye Country Day School, 43-38. Carolyn Binder led RCDS with 18 points and Meghan McDonough had nine points and 16 rebounds.


Rye Country Day Makes it Two Straight Over Brunswick, 39-38

February 14, 2011

At Brunswick School, in the return clash of a home-and-home series, Matt (The Giant Killer) Staubi hit two free throws with 10 seconds left to seal the Wildcats’ victory over their archrivals by a point, 39-38 February 11. Leading scorer Alex Gendelman had 23 points to lead the visitors, while lefty Tyler Fernandez chipped in with six.


Wildcats Prove Themselves Giant-Killers, Topple Brunswick

February 10, 2011

Rye Country Day School overcame injuries and a height disadvantage at every position February 7 to trounce rival Brunswick, last year’s Fairchester Athletic Association regular season and tourney champs, 72-62.

“It was a total team effort,” said head coach Vin Minotti after the game. “We controlled the tempo, defended, and took good shots.”

Matt Staubi

Minotti’s gameplan, devised after losing team leader Lowes Moore earlier in the schedule to a knee injury, had the Wildcats constantly changing their defensive looks, from man-to-man to a packed-in 2-3 zone to a matchup zone, with a little ¾-court press thrown in.


Wildcats Cap Dominant Run With Program’s First State Championship

March 9, 2010

In sports, momentum is everything. The hoary old axiom is especially true in basketball, where one seemingly insignificant play can bring about a sea change in a team’s destiny.

For the Rye Country Day boys’ basketball team, that moment came with six seconds left in the first half of their NYSAIS Class C quarterfinal with Columbia Prep. Trailing 23-21, senior captain Patrick Manus blocked a shot that careened back into the shooter and out of bounds. The Wildcats took over and ran a play head coach Vin Minotti has had them perform at the end of every practice. Jason Rogers, the other senior captain, found Garrett Washington in the corner and the sophomore calmly unleashed a 3-pointer that splashed through the net as the buzzer sounded to give RCDS a one-point halftime advantage.

Rye Country Day never trailed again in the NYSAIS tournament, and their torrid run culminated in the program’s first State championship. The third-seeded Wildcats soundly defeated No. 1 Friends Seminary 58-42 March 7 at Fieldston School in the Bronx.

The 2009-10 NYSAIS State champions


An Epic Two Days of Rye Athletics On Tap

March 6, 2010

As we’ve discussed here all week, it doesn’t get much bigger than tonight’s State quarterfinal ice hockey showdown between your Rye Garnets and the Queensbury Spartans. The puck drops at 8 p.m. tonight in the Playland Ice Casino, but be sure to get there early to ensure your seat. Rye is looking to get back to the Frozen Four in Utica for the first time since 2007, and will need to go through a Queensbury team they split a pair of games with early this season. For more on the game, read the earlier posts in this blog. I’m going to hand the reigns over to senior captain Taka Katsuta, who is more than ready for tonight’s duel.

Taka Katsuta

“To reach this point of the season is definitely a great feeling,” said Katsuta. “Knowing that we are only one of the two teams left standing in Section 1 makes me want to win this regional game even more. Also, the rivalry we have had with Queensbury has been pretty intense and I definitely want to prove to them how much better we have improved over the course of the season. This is my last game at Playland and I definitely want to play a game that I will never regret for the rest of my life.

“I think that people should come to this game because I already know that it is going to be a close one,” he continued. “Fans from both teams are coming to the game, there will be tons of music and the rink is going to be packed. The atmosphere will be very exciting and I think that everyone will have a blast watching the game.”

There is nothing left to be said.

The sports action doesn’t stop tonight, however, as both the Rye Country Day School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams advanced to the NYSAIS State championship games Sunday at Fieldston. On Friday, the fifth-seeded girls’ — led by senior captain Alexandra Osborn-Jones’ fourth triple-double in five games — went on the road and upended top-seeded Staten Island Academy 46-39. OJ put up an obscene stat line of 14 points, 17 rebounds and 12 blocks, and will look to lead the defending champs to a second straight title. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. at Fieldston in the Bronx.

On the boys’ side, the Wildcats will make their first NYSAIS finals appearance . The third-seeded team toppled No. 2 Riverdale Country Day 46-34 on the road yesterday. Jason Rogers had 13 points and 18 rebounds, and Darren Douglas went off for 20 points. They’ll face No. 1 Friends Seminary tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Fieldston in the championship tilt.

Rye Country Day Has a Basketball Jones

March 5, 2010

Both the Rye Country Day girls’ and boys’ basketball teams refuse to let the 2009-10 season end. I was able to attend the boys’ game yesterday and, after trailing early 15-7, the third-seeded Wildcats stampeded visiting sixth seed Columbia Prep en route to a 64-48 victory and a berth in the NYSAIS semifinals. Jason Rogers and Lowes Moore each had double-doubles — 13 and 15, and 11 and 12 respectively — but senior Brian Glazewski was a revelation. Although he led in scoring with 14, he managed to do all the little things to help Rye Country Day advance. The Wildcats will face No. 2 Riverdale today on the road at 5 p.m. If they are victorious again, they’ll play for the State championship Sunday at Fieldston at 3 p.m.

On the backs of freshman point guard Carolyn Binder and senior captain Alexandra Osborn-Jones, the fifth-seeded Wildcats upended No. 4 Poly Prep on the road Thursday 56-36. Binder led with 17 points, and OJ recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks. Rye Country Day will now face No. 1 Staten Island Academy — who defeated Holy Child in the first round — in the NYSAIS semifinals. The winner advances to the State title game Sunday at 11 a.m. in Fieldston.

Playoff Fever Picks Up Again Tonight

February 24, 2010

Three of Rye’s top teams take the court and ice tonight, beginning with the No. 3 Rye Country Day girls’ basketball team’s Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament Semifinal at second-seeded Hamden Hall (4:30 p.m.). Senior captain Alexandra Osborn-Jones will look to follow up her superlative performance in the quarterfinals against Holy Child, where she put up a line of 30 points, 19 rebounds, and eight blocks. In OJ’s four years as a Wildcat starter, her teams have made the FAA finals twice, but have never won the tournament.

Back home at Rye Country Day, the third-seeded boys’ basketball team begins their playoff quest when they take on No. 6 Hamden Hall at 4:30 in the FAA Tournament quarterfinal.

Finally, the Rye High ice hockey team enters the Division II Sectional tournament fray at home in the Playland Ice Casino. The top-seeded Garnets will take on Fox Lane in the quarterfinals. They defeated the Foxes just 16 days earlier, 4-1.

In other action, the Rye Country Day boys’ hockey team faces archrival Brunswick at home at 6 p.m.

Hard Work and Team Play Equal Success at Rye Country Day

January 18, 2010

Loud chatter and perhaps a few paper airplanes flying around are what wait inside the classroom door for a teacher running late. It’s no different for the high school coach. Without anyone at practice to give direction, most athletes will aimlessly mill about.

So, imagine Vin Minotti’s surprise when, upon his 4:02 arrival to a 4 p.m. Rye Country Day boys’ basketball practice, he was met by the sound of squeaking sneakers and bouncing balls. The head coach could only smile as he watched his tri-captains – Jason Rogers, Lowes Moore and Patrick Manus – running drills sans coaching staff. The team-first mentality that has trickled down from the captains has the Wildcats off to a blistering 9-2 start.

Jason Rogers

“That moment was a real testament to this team,” said Minotti. “We’re such a cohesive group and that’s what the staff is enjoying. This is my fourth year running the program, and the kids have changed the culture. Team comes first – check your ego at the door.”


Morning Round-up: Garnets Fall in Rye Rotary Final

December 21, 2009

The Rye girls’ basketball team made it to the finals of their own Rye Rotary tournament December 19, but fell to Irvington 67-49. Catharine Greer was the leading scorer on both teams with 25 points. Against Preston the day before, the Garnets were 57-31 victors. Lillian McCabe paced the team with 29 points, Greer chipped in 12, and senior captain Karly Fitzgerald recorded six steals.

After falling 71-62 to Lakeland in the first round of the Walter Panas tournament, the Rye boys’ basketball team dropped a 53-52 decision to host Panas in the consolation game. The Garnets had a chance to win the game, but a last-second attempt rimmed out. Chris Twyman scored 23 in the heartbreaking loss. Brian Pickup led Rye the day before with 19.

The offensive-minded pair of Elizabeth Wulf and Kayti Faustini combined for six goals — each scored a hat trick — as the Rye Country Day girls’ hockey team bested visiting Princeton 7-0. Freshman sensation Wulf reached 50 goals for her career, and continues to add to her all-time scoring record at the school. Fellow freshman Nicole Grosser saved 27 in goal.

On Friday at Rye Country Day School, the boys’ basketball team defeated Hopkins 62-56. Jason Rogers scored 27, and Darren Douglas tossed in 13.

Jeffrey Horowitz scored all four of his goals in the third period of Rye Country Day‘s 5-4 win over Pingree in the second round of the Pingree tournament. The Wildcats erased a 4-1 defecit in the victory. Jack Carroll played goalie in relief of Omeed Alidadi, and stopped all 12 third period shots he faced.


Morning Round-up: Henwood Reaches Milestone 300th Victory

December 14, 2009

Rye girls’ basketball head coach Mary Henwood earned her 300th career victory Saturday when her Garnets defeated White Plains 48-45 in the championship game of the Dr. Lynne Kahn Holiday Classic. Catharine Greer scored 22 points in the finale and was named tournament MVP. The junior guard also scored 16 in Rye’s 63-39 victory over Ramapo in the opening round of the tourney. Lillian McCabe paced Rye in that contest with 23 points and six assists. More on 4-0 Rye’s tournament win and Henwood’s 300th later on the blog and in the December 18 issue of The Rye Record as well.

Henwood and her players celebrate No. 300

At Rye High in the Cliff Clinton Tournament, the RHS boys’ basketball team hoisted the championship with a 49-46 win over Blind Brook. Brian Pickup was named MVP after recording a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Garnets defeated Sacred Heart 65-55 in the opening round. Pickup scored 15 in that game, but Conor Smith led with 28 points in Rye’s season-opener. The Rye Neck boys’ basketball team, led by former RHS assistant John Aguilar, lost twice in the tournament. The Panthers fell to Blind Brook 73-53, and then Sacred Heart by a score of 54-39.