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Former Garnet Experiences the Madness of March

April 25, 2011

Caroline Feeley, a 2008 graduate of Rye High School, was part of Marist College’s second-straight run to the 2011 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Tournament last month. Marist, a No. 10 seed, upset No. 7 Iowa State 74-64 in the first round, but fell to No. 2 Duke in the round of 32. The Red Foxes entered March Madness on a 26-game winning streak, and captured their sixth consecutive Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference championship along the way.

Caroline Feeley on the defensive

Feeley, a junior psychology major, originally made the team as a walk-on during her sophomore year. She was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team this season, and said the tourney experience was “awesome, unreal, and lots of fun.” Although the point guard’s playing time was limited, she was proud of her team’s performance throughout the year. They played teams like Louisville, Villanova, and Nebraska, and traveled to states including Nevada, North Carolina, and Kansas. At one point the Red Foxes were ranked No. 17 nationally.

Some of the current Garnets showed their appreciation for Rye’s former All-Section star by cheering Feeley on when Iona hosted the Red Foxes in February.

— Lauren Dempsey

Former Garnet Experiences the Madness of March

April 14, 2011

Caroline Feeley, a 2008 graduate of Rye High School, was part of Marist College’s second-straight run to the 2011 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Tournament last month. Marist, a No. 10 seed, upset No. 7 Iowa State 74-64 in the first round, but fell to No. 2 Duke in the round of 32. The Red Foxes entered March Madness on a 26-game winning streak, and captured their sixth consecutive Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference championship along the way.

Caroline Feeley on the defensive

Feeley, a junior psychology major, originally made the team as a walk-on during her sophomore year. She was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team this season, and said the tourney experience was “awesome, unreal, and lots of fun.” Although the point guard’s playing time was limited, she was proud of her team’s performance throughout the year. They played teams like Louisville, Villanova, and Nebraska, and traveled to states including Nevada, North Carolina, and Kansas. At one point the Red Foxes were ranked No. 17 nationally.

Some of the current Garnets showed their appreciation for Rye’s former All-Section star by cheering Feeley on when Iona hosted the Red Foxes in February.

— Lauren Dempsey

Top-Seeded Peekskill Ends Rye’s Sensational Season at County Center

March 11, 2011

The fourth-seeded Rye girls’ basketball team geared up for their Section 1 Class A semifinal against Peekskill by practicing hard and watching hours of game film on their top-seeded opponent. The preparation culminated in a team dinner the night before the County Center showdown, with the Golden Ball trophy from the 2005 Section title run serving as the table’s centerpiece.

The Garnets finished the 2010-11 season with a 17-4 record.

Unfortunately, the one thing the Garnets could not ready for was the experience of playing on “center court”, and, in the end, it led to their downfall in a 61-52 defeat at the hands of the eventual Section champions March 2. It was clear the Garnets possessed the talent to compete with Peekskill, but at times, with the game still in reach, they fell victim to their own nerves. Rye had difficulty hitting shots they ordinarily could convert in their sleep, were whistled into early foul trouble, and turned the ball over at inopportune times.

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Garnets Cruise to the County Center

February 23, 2011

In a season that began with unprecedented turbulence at their front steps, the Rye girls’ basketball team delivered a fitting home finale February 22 in the Class A Section quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Garnets defeated No. 5 Ardsley matter-of-factly, punching a ticket to the Section semifinals at the County Center with a 61-42 victory.

Mary Henwood returned to the helm after Rye’s then-coach, Brian Lavelle, was accused of stealing money from a student’s backpack and subsequently dismissed. Henwood took on the challenge and led the Garnets on a cathartic run in her 25th season with the team.

Rye finished the season tied for first place in the league at 15-3, and throttled 13th-seeded Pelham 54-20 in the first round of the playoffs. After falling behind 3-0, the Garnets went on a 28-0 run to end the first quarter and never looked back. In the quarterfinals, senior captain Lillian McCabe and Grace Leishman combined for 41 points to lead Rye to their first trip to the County Center since winning the championship in 2005.

Rye’s seniors, Jillian Chittenden, Catharine Greer, Kelly O’Neill, and Lillian McCabe, take a breather.

“No one can understand the magnitude of this achievement,” said Henwood, on her birthday. “The amount of work and dedication the players have put into this is spectacular. It’s a beautiful way for the seniors to go out.”

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Garnets Throttle Pelham in First Round

February 19, 2011

The Rye girls’ basketball team opened the Class A Section playoffs in the same fashion they have played all season. The fourth-seeded Garnets ripped Pelham from the beginning, and won 54-20. They advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will play No. 5 Ardsley Tuesday at home at 5:45.

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.

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Garnets Ring in New Year with Convincing Win

January 12, 2011

The Rye girls’ basketball team showed no signs of rust January 5 after a two-week layoff, trampling visiting Fox Lane 66-51 in their first league game of the season.

Catharine Greer drives to the hoop.

After a back-and-forth first quarter, the Garnets distanced themselves in the second. Senior captains Lillian McCabe and Catharine Greer combined for 16 of Rye’s 18 points in the quarter, giving the team a 31-20 halftime lead. The Garnets blew the game open in the third stanza by outscoring the Foxes 19-7.

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Rye Basketball Coach Fired After Accusations of Theft from Backpack

December 9, 2010

Brian Lavelle’s tenure as head coach of the Rye girls’ basketball team is already over. Hired to lead the Garnets this season after Mary Henwood’s June retirement, Lavelle was let go from his position in the wake of allegations that he stole money.

Although Athletic Director Rob Castagna and Superintendent Dr. Ed Shine declined to comment on the dismissal, both cited it as a “personnel issue”, Lavelle’s lawyer confirmed the reason for his termination, which was made official at the December 7 Board of Education meeting. The attorney, Gerald DiEdwards, verified that Lavelle was accused of stealing money from a backpack, an incident the district purportedly has captured on videotape. No criminal charges have been filed as of press time.

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Ousted From Playoffs, Garnets Will Return Nine Players

February 24, 2010

The Rye girls’ basketball team’s season came to an end in the first round of the Section playoffs February 12, as sixth-seeded Albertus Magnus defeated the No. 11 Garnets 56-37.

Magnus, the defending Class A Section champions, put Rye (12-7) in a 30-14 hole by halftime, but allowed the visiting Garnets to creep within seven by the end of the third quarter. The perennial powerhouse Falcons put Rye away in the fourth however, jump-starting a run to the County Center for a sixth consecutive year.


“We had a great season and it’s unfortunate it had to end so soon,” said Karly FitzGerald, a captain and the team’s only senior. “We came out scared against Magnus and although we picked it up and closed the gap in the second half, it wasn’t enough for us to win. We had an extremely talented team that bonded and only continued to improve throughout the season. We have an incredible year to look back on and cannot be disappointed. Next year this team will be amazing to watch.

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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.

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