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Garnets Grab Three Section Titles, Qualify Five for State Championships

February 17, 2011

It was a near-perfect day for the Rye swim team February 16 at the Section championships in the Felix Festa Middle School pool. The Garnets won three individual titles and qualified five swimmers in six races for the State championships March 4-5 at the Nassau Aquatic Center in East Meadow.

Senior Kevin Hughes won both the 200- and 500-meter freestyle events, while fellow senior Chris Lyons finished first in the 200 individual medley and second in the 100 freestyle. As a team, the Garnets placed eighth out of 25.

Hughes kick-started Rye’s banner day with a dramatic victory in the 200 free. Last year, Hughes finished a heartbreaking .14 seconds out of first when Horace Greeley’s Matt Hadley touched him out. The senior saved his best for last this time around, however, with a dominating final lap that propelled him past another Greeley swimmer, Taegan Clark, and to the Section title with a 1:41.86 time.

Kevin Hughes paces himself in the 200 freestyle.

“I’m very happy to win it this year after what happened in 2010,” said Hughes. “I’m more of a distance swimmer anyway, so I try and go the same speed the entire race while others wear themselves out early.”

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Swimming Standouts Lead Rye to Victory Over Mamaroneck

January 12, 2011

Paced by four first place finishes from seniors Kevin Hughes and Chris Lyons, the Rye boys’ swimming and diving team defeated Boston Post Road rival Mamaroneck 92-81 January 10 at Hommocks Middle School.

Kevin Hughes

Hughes won both the 500- and 200-meter freestyle events for the Garnets, while Lyons touched out all comers in the 200-meter IM and 100-meter butterfly event. Kevin Miller impressed Chris Dewey, Rye’s first-year head coach, with a second place finish to Lyons in the 100 butterfly.

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Lions Club Tabs Kevin Hughes as Athlete of the Month

April 27, 2010

It’s not often a junior is named Lions Club Athlete of the Month. Then again, swimmers like Kevin Hughes – a recent winner of the award – only come around every so often.

Kevin Hughes

“I was very surprised that I was chosen because seniors usually win,” said Hughes. “I’ve been part of the Rye swim team for four years, and every year we get bigger and better.  Carle Fierro has been my coach since I was 7 years old and she continues to improve my performances each year.”

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Fearsome Garnet Foursome Qualifies for State Championships

February 18, 2010

It’s amazing that the pool at Felix Festa Middle School still stands after Ryan Feeley and his merry band of relay-mates set fire to it along with the Section record book last year.

That Rye swimming and diving team – headlined by a strong cast of seniors – went on to dominate at States, but left a large void for the next generation of Garnets to fill. To no one’s great surprise, however, head coach Carle Fierro’s swimmers ably stepped up and into those shoes. Led by standout junior All-Americans Kevin Hughes and Chris Lyons and senior captains Ben Palais and Ben Rubenstein, also an All-American, Rye’s season reached its tipping point in early February at Felix Festa in the Section 1 preliminaries and championships.

The Garnets finished fourth overall out of 22 teams, and will once again be represented at States – to be held February 26 and 27 at Erie Community College – in a variety of events. Hughes will participate in both the 200- and 500-meter freestyle races, while Lyons will compete in the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter breaststroke. Rubenstein also qualified for States in the breaststroke, and will team with Palais, Lyons, and Hughes in the 200-meter IM relay.

“I was very pleased with everyone’s performance,” said Fierro. “Palais did a great job. It’s difficult to follow what they did last year – those boys had a few years of experience on the big relays, so there was a lot of pressure.”

Ben Palais

Hughes provided Rye its signature moment at Sectionals by finishing first in the 500-meter freestyle race at 4:40.60. He was able to lop a full eight seconds off his time from preliminaries, and beat the second place swimmer by three seconds.

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Morning Round-up: Garnets Make Their Mark in Sectionals

February 16, 2010

There was plenty of Garnet action on the courts, mats, pools and tracks over the weekend, and plenty of Sectional success as well. The Rye boys’ basketball team scored the stunner of the weekend, as the 18th-seeded squad upended No. 2 Sleepy Hollow 54-39 on the road Friday. With the win, Rye is now in position to visit the County Center for a second consecutive year. First they’ll need to go through No. 7 Tappan Zee on the road Wednesday at 6 p.m. Against the Horsemen, Conor Smith paced the Garnets with 17 points and Brian Pickup added 13.

Graham Zahringer provided an excellent showing for the Rye wrestling team at Sectionals on Saturday and Sunday, as he battled his way to the championship bout in the 152-pound weight class. The Garnet captain defeated a pair of Arlington wrestlers in the quarterfinals and semifinals via decision, but fell in the final to New Rochelle’s Diaz in a 3-2 decision. Jesse Trumm made his way as far as the quarterfinals in the 145-pound weight class.

Graham Zahringer
Graham Zahringer on senior day

Unfortunately for the Rye girls’ basketball team, their season came to an end on Friday at No. 6 Albertus Magnus. The 11th-seeded Garnets dropped a 56-37 decision. Rye trailed 30-14 at halftime, but sliced the deficit to seven at the end of three quarters. Albertus, however, put the Garnets away in the fourth quarter. Lillian McCabe and Catharine Greer each scored 13 in the loss.

While the girls’ basketball team suffered a defeat in Rockland, the Rye boys’ swimming team was putting together an impressive showing a few steps down the road Friday at Felix Festa Middle School in the Section championships. The Garnets competed in six events overall, and finished fourth behind Tappan Zee, Horace Greeley, and Arlington. Junior Kevin Hughes provided the school’s highlight of the day by winning the 500-meter freestyle event in 4:40.60, which was eight seconds faster than his time just days before.

Rye’s indoor track team fared very well at the Section 1 Class B championships Sunday at The Armory. The boys placed third overall, while the girls finished sixth. Mac Gager toppled an all-time Rye record on his way to a first place finish in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:24. Max Robinson placed first in the boys’ 2-mile run, while Torie Virtue took second in the high jump. Amanda Owens (pole vault), Erica Gold (1,500-meter race walk), Chris Fumasoli (shot put), Taylor Love (2-mile run), and the boys’ 4×800-meter relay team all finished third in their respective events.

Full feature stories on each of these teams will appear in the next issue of The Rye Record, and on here before that paper hits the stands February 26.

ON TAP TODAY

Rye High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Girls’ Squash at FAA Tournament @ Greenwich Academy, 3

School of the Holy Child
Squash at FAA Tournament @ Greenwich Academy, 3

TEAM RECORDS (W-L-T)

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Morning Round-up: Boys’ Basketball Advances

February 12, 2010

The 18th-seeded Rye boys’ basketball team upended No. 15 Our Lady of Lourdes 48-43, on the road Thursday in the Outbracket Round of the Class A Section playoffs. Conor Smith paced the Garnets with 19 points, nine of them coming from downtown.

Conor Smith

Senior captain Brendan Nagle chipped in 10. With the victory, Rye is awarded a First Round meeting with No. 2 seed Sleepy Hollow today on the road at 5 p.m. Below are the playoff schedules for all teams who have qualified. The ice hockey Sectionals begin later this month.

I think my plan for today is to try and get to a little of all three RHS events. I’ll start off by heading over the Tappan Zee for boys’ swimming at Felix Festa at 4, and then shoot over to Albertus Magnus — just 0.7 miles from Festa — for the girls’ basketball game, which begins at 4:30. Finally, I’ll venture back over the Hudson to Sleepy Hollow for the boys’ basketball showdown. See you out there …

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
First Round — Friday, February 12
CLASS A — RHS (11) at Albertus Magnus (6), 4:30

Quarterfinals — Wednesday, February 17 at High Seed
Semifinals — Thursday, February 25 at County Center
Finals — Sunday, February 28 at County Center

BOYS’ BASKETBALL
Outbracket Round (February 11) — RHS 48, Our Lady of Lourdes 43

First Round — Friday, February 12 at Sleepy Hollow (2)
Class A — RHS (18) at Sleepy Hollow (2), 5 p.m.
Class B — RNHS (14) at Briarcliff (3), 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals — Wednesday, February 17 at High Seed
Semifinals — Wednesday, February 24 at County Center
Finals — Sunday, February 28 at County Center

BOYS’ SWIMMING
Section Championships — Friday, February 12 at Felix Festa Middle School, 4 p.m.

WRESTLING
Section Tournament — Saturday, February 13 at Clarkstown South, 3:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 14 at Pace University, 10 a.m.
Competing are Jesse Trumm (145), Graham Zahringer (152), and Donavon McSorley (16)

INDOOR TRACK
Class B Section Championships — Sunday, February 14 at The Armory, 1 p.m.

ON TAP THIS WEEKEND

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Let the Games Begin!

February 11, 2010

Garnet fans get their reward for all that shoveling done over the past 24 hours, as the Section Playoffs get rolling today with a Rye boys’ basketball outbracket playoff game and the boys’ swimming Section championship. Rye’s 200 IM and 200 freestyle medley relays qualified Tuesday at Felix Festa, joining the individuals who qualified the day before.

The full Sectional schedule for the Garnets — aside from ice hockey, which begins later this month — is below. The private school tournaments also begin later in the month.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
First Round — Friday, February 12
CLASS A — RHS (11) at Albertus Magnus (6), Time TBA

Quarterfinals — Wednesday, February 17 at High Seed
Semifinals — Thursday, February 25 at County Center
Finals — Sunday, February 28 at County Center

BOYS’ BASKETBALL
Outbracket Round — Thursday, February 11
CLASS A — RHS (18) at Our Lady of Lourdes (15), 5 p.m.

First Round — Friday, February 12 at Sleepy Hollow (2)
Quarterfinals — Wednesday, February 17 at High Seed
Semifinals — Wednesday, February 24 at County Center
Finals — Sunday, February 28 at County Center

BOYS’ SWIMMING
Section Championships — Thursday, February 11 at Felix Festa Middle School, 4 p.m.

WRESTLING
Section Tournament — Saturday, February 13 at Clarkstown South, 3:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 14 at Pace University, 10 a.m.
Competing are Jesse Trumm (145), Graham Zahringer (152), and Donavon McSorley (16)

INDOOR TRACK
Class B Section Championships — Sunday, February 14 at The Armory, 1 p.m.

ON TAP TODAY

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Morning Round-up: Hughes, Lyons Qualify for States in Two Events

February 9, 2010

In addition to qualifying for Wednesday’s Section 1 swimming finals, Rye High School‘s Chris Lyons and Kevin Hughes punched their tickets to the State championships in a combined four events Monday at Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack. Hughes placed second in the 200-meter freestyle and third in the 500-meter freestyle — hitting the State qualifying time in each — and Lyons was second in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. The State finals take place at the end of the month in Buffalo. The top 16 in each of Monday’s individual swimming events advanced to the Section finals Wednesday. Ben Rubenstein finished eighth in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 100 breaststroke, while Raoul Rodriguez placed thirteenth in the 500 freestyle.

On the rink at the Playland Ice Casino, the Rye boys’ hockey team defeated Fox Lane 4-1. The victory improved the Garnets’ record to 11-3-3 overall, and kept them unbeaten in the 2010 calendar year at 6-0-3. Taka Katsuta scored twice for Rye, and Robert Holmes and Brian Powers each added another.

Rye’s boys’ 4×800 team of Mac Gager, Matt Kao, Max Robinson, and Mason Curtis set a new indoor school record in the event Monday in the Varsity Classic at the New Balance Track and Field Center in NYC. They finished fourth overall with a time of 8:10.4.

Mac Gager, Matt Kao, Max Robinson, Mason Curtis and coach Jim Yedowitz

The Rye Country Day boys’ squash team continued their roll Monday at Hackley with a 6-0 sweep. They’re now 14-2 on the year.

ON TAP TODAY

Rye High School
Boys’ Basketball @ Port Chester, 4:30
Girls’ Basketball vs. Port Chester, 4:30
Boys’ Swimming @ Section 1 Relay Trials

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Fencing vs. Masters, 4:15
Girls’ Hockey vs. Princeton Day School, 3:15
Girls’ Basketball vs. St. Luke’s, 5:45

School of the Holy Child
Basketball @ Convent of the Sacred Heart, 5:30
Squash @ Greenwich Academy, 4

TEAM RECORDS (W-L-T)

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Garnets Fall to Greeley in Clash of the Titans

January 22, 2010

Horace Greeley and Rye put their undefeated records on the line January 19 in a battle of aquatic giants at SUNY Purchase. Although a handful of races were decided by airtight margins, the Quakers – reigning Section 1 champs – defeated the Garnets 105-79.

“This was our first loss of the season, so we’re still in good shape for Sectionals,” said senior captain Ben Rubenstein, a 2008-09 All-American. “We’ll stay positive, continue to improve and our swimmers will step up.”

Chris Lyons

The tone of the contest was set in the opening race when Horace Greeley’s 200-yard medley relay team touched out the Garnets by a tenth of a second. Rye junior All-American Kevin Hughes responded in the second race, however, by edging Matt Hadley in the 200-yard freestyle. Hughes also won the 500-yard freestyle. The marathon event ended with the Garnet just under three seconds ahead of the Quakers’ Taegan Clark.

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Morning Round-up: Garnets Cruise To Win Over Harrison

December 9, 2009

The Rye girls’ basketball team improved to 2-0 Tuesday by throttling rival Harrison at home, 68-30. Four Garnets scored in double figures, with Jillian Chittenden leading the way with 15. Lillian McCabe added 14 and dished seven assists, while Karly Fitzgerald and Grace Leishman each netted 10. Rye allowed just 16 points through the first three quarters.

Catharine Greer and Karly Fitzgerald

In the pool, the Rye boys’ swimming and diving team also moved to 2-0 on the season. The Garnets bested Keio Academy 87-73 on the road at Manhattanville. Rye’s swimmers took first place in each and every event.

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