Archive for the ‘RCDS Football’ Category

Rye’s Gridiron Greats Earn Golden Dozen Distinction

February 10, 2011

Rye High School senior Brian Pickup was honored with a Golden Dozen Scholar-Athlete Award at the National Football Foundation’s ceremony January 27 at Westchester Country Club. Like the other 11 recipients, Pickup – an All-State player for the Garnets – posted a GPA of 90-plus, completed at least four AP courses, and registered between a 1,200 and 1,550 on the English and math portions of his SAT.

Brian Pickup celebrates victory over Harrison with Jack O’Callaghan

“Being named part of the Golden Dozen is a real honor,” said Pickup. “I was proud to be in the group of guys I was presented the award with. And, in addition to the admiration of my Golden Dozen peers, comes the respect of all the people who have won the award in the past and everyone on the NFF board who set this up.”

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Wildcats Pounce on First Two Opponents

October 7, 2010

The Rye Country Day football team is off to a hot start. They shut down Long Island Lutheran 6-0 in their home opener September 25, and beat St. Luke’s 18-12 at the team’s homecoming October 2.


With the departure of Brunswick from the Fairchester Athletic Association and a talented senior class across the board, the league is wide open. Jumping at the opportunity, the Wildcats are led by running backs Andrew Miller, a junior, and senior captain Sam Stern. The two so far have combined for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.

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Autumn and Optimism Go Hand in Hand for Wildcats

September 9, 2010

Rye Country Day School has been home to an astounding run of success in recent years, and it appears the plot of the story won’t be changing any time soon.

Field Hockey

Whoever said death and taxes are the only certainties in life has clearly never watched the Rye Country Day field hockey team. The perennial contenders won their second NYSAIS championship in three years last November by defeating Riverdale 1-0. It was the Wildcats’ fourth straight appearance in the State finals, and head coach Georgette Summers’ squad is already preparing for a fifth visit.

Wildcats celebrate 2009 NYSAIS State Championship

“We will miss the graduating seniors, their spirit and experience, but the energy and focus on the field has not changed,” said Summers. “The girls came back ready to work. Our seniors will continue the legacy of hard work and commitment, and I believe they can fill the void.”

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Rye Neck and RCDS Soccer Teams Prepared for Playoff Battles

November 13, 2009

We have a light schedule this weekend with the autumn season coming to a close, but those games on tap are big ones. The Rye Neck boys’ soccer team (12-6) will battle Long Island’s Center Moriches (15-3-1) Saturday at Arlington High School in the Regional Final. The winner of the game, slated for 4 p.m., will advance to the State semifinals. Rye Country Day’s boys’ soccer team will also be featured in a heated playoff battle Saturday. The second-seeded school will face top-seeded St. Luke’s on the road at noon in the finals of the Fairchester Athletic Association. The Wildcats will be going for their fifth FAA title in the last six years.

Rye Country Day’s football team faces Hopkins at home. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

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.

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Morning Round-up: Garnets top Huskies again

October 19, 2009

Rye’s football team stormed Feeley Field Saturday, and defeated Harrison 21-7 in the 79th installment of The Game. The win was the Garnets’ seventh consecutive against the arch rival Huskies, and earned them a berth in the Class A Section playoffs. They’ll play Nyack at home Friday, October 23, at 7 p.m.

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Senior Cole McCormack rushed for over 150 yards and scored all three touchdowns for Rye. Instead of taking credit, the humble captain showered his offensive lineman with high praise. Check back here — and in the October 23 edition of The Rye Record — later for the full story on Saturday’s big win.

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Morning Round-up: Wildcats hold on for victory

October 12, 2009

Rye Country Day’s football team staved off a furious Hackley rally Sunday at home, and came out 33-27 winners. The Hornets trailed 33-13 in the fourth quarter, but two quick touchdowns put them right back in the game. Rye Country Day never gave the ball back however, and was able to kill the remaining time left on the clock. Senior captain Brian Glazewski had a huge day for the Wildcats, rushing 17 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns, including one on an exhilirating 78-yard dash for paydirt.

John Calandros leads his Wildcats

John Calandros leads his Wildcats

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Morning Round-up: Black Hats top Lincoln Hall

October 5, 2009

Rye Neck football picked up their second win in two weeks by going on the road Saturday and defeating Lincoln Hall 13-8. Quarterback Shane O’Shea put the Black Hats on the board in the second quarter when he kept the ball on 4th and goal at the 1 yard line and ran it in. Frank Pisco had a big game for Rye Neck with 72 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

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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.

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Turnovers spoil Wildcats’ first game

September 22, 2009

Six turnovers beset an otherwise strong offensive showing from Rye Country Day in their season opener September 17, and a missed extra point came back to haunt them in an excruciating 7-6 home loss to Moore Catholic.

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Jake Heller blocks for Brian Glazewski

The Wildcats controlled the ball for much of the game, consistently marching into the opposition’s red zone, but four fumbles and two interceptions disarmed their attack.

“Both the coaches and players were very disappointed about the game,” said senior captain Brian Glazewski. “Although it was a tough loss, we learned a very valuable lesson: Do not look ahead; focus on the task at hand. We need to take this loss and turn it into a positive. I have no doubt that we come back stronger next week.”

Glazewski was a bright spot on an upsetting day. The halfback rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, made nine tackles and one sack, and booted a punt 42 yards. Fellow senior Chris Seter also had a good day on the ground, with 77 yards on 12 totes.

Rye Country Day has a chance to get back on track September 26, when they visit 0-3 Long Island Lutheran.

“We have to go back to basics to improve,” said head coach John Calandros. “It is a long season and we will get better.”