Archive for the ‘RCDS Girls' Basketball’ Category

RCDS Sharpshooter to Represent United States in International Competition

July 19, 2011

June was quite the memorable month for local basketball star Carolyn Binder. The rising Rye Country Day junior was first named by Nike to the Top 160 list of sophomores in the country, and then was selected to the 2011 USA National Team for the 12th Annual Pan American Maccabi Games.

Carolyn Binder

Binder attended the Nike Skills and Drills Academy in Virginia, where she learned valuable lessons and was reminded of the importance of hard work when there are so many other top-flight players in the country.


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.


Wildcats Topple Gryphons in See-Saw Tussle, 53-39

February 18, 2011

In a regular season finale February 16 that was three games in one, Rye Country Day School defeated visiting Holy Child 53-39.

Less a basketball game than a rollercoaster ride, the game saw the homestanding Wildcats jump out to a 22-9 lead after nine minutes, with Carolyn Binder and Kim McKoy scoring 18 between them. When Binder wasn’t hitting threes over the Gryphons’ man-to-man defense, McKoy was pouring in layups, often after getting her own rebound.


Wildcats Live Out Their Wildest Dreams on the Garden Floor

January 24, 2011

Just minutes after the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns tangled in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee, the Rye Country Day girls’ basketball team stepped onto the hallowed hardwood of Madison Square Garden for a contest with Masters.

Soaking up the MSG experience.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Wildcats, who were more than up for the challenge of playing at the World’s Most Famous Arena. Behind 18 points from sophomore captain Carolyn Binder, Rye Country Day rolled to a 48-33 victory.


Rye Country Day Hoopster Commits to Johns Hopkins

January 12, 2011

Stephanie Binder, a senior at Rye Country Day School, recently committed to play basketball for Johns Hopkins University in the fall. The Blue Jays are currently ranked 25th in the nation in the NCAA Division III polls.

Stephanie and Carolyn Binder

Binder, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard, has emerged as one of the premier sharpshooters in the Northeast, according to Coaches Choice USA, a national scouting service. Over the summer, the senior played a key role in propelling her AAU team, Exodus Westchester, to an 8th place finish at the AAU National U16 Championships.

Along with her teammates, Binder hopes to lead the Wildcats to a third consecutive NYSAIS State championship this season.


Defense Powers Wildcats to Second-Straight State Championship

March 10, 2010

There was no getting through the Rye Country Day defense in the NYSAIS Class C championship game March 7 at Fieldston School.

Third-seeded Immaculata Academy could have been driving an 18-wheeler down the lane and it wouldn’t have made a dent in the Wildcats’ D as they won wire-to-wire, 38-22. The State title win was the second in as many years for fifth-seeded Rye Country Day.

The champs!

“We made a couple of long trips in this tournament, and the girls felt that they did not come down here to lose today,” said head coach Bob TeCarr. “The kids are thrilled. They played with so much heart.”


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.

Osborn-Jones Leads Wildcats to Playoff Win Over Gryphons

February 24, 2010

Thanks to an Herculean effort from senior Alexandra Osborn-Jones, the third-seeded Rye Country Day girls’ basketball team ousted No. 6 Holy Child from the quarterfinals of the Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament 47-22 at home February 22.

The Yale-bound captain scored 18 points in the contest’s first eight minutes, pushing her Wildcats to an early 19-4 lead in front of a packed house for the rivalry game. Osborn-Jones finished with an astounding stat line of 30 points, 19 rebounds, eight blocks and three steals.

Alexandra Osborn-Jones