Archive for the ‘RHS Volleyball’ Category

Garnets Improving With Each Game

September 21, 2010

Although Rye’s volleyball team is off to a slow start — they fell 3-0 to Carmel September 14 and were swept again by Ossining two days later — the inexperienced Garnets have shown promise and continue to gain confidence game by game.

Gianna Paganelli

“I thought we played much better against Ossining than the previous game,” said new head coach Jason Friesen. “We took a step forward, as we hope to do every time we take the floor. The girls are a bit tentative at times, but I think that goes with the lack of experience. Overall, I was very happy with their performance.”


Redemption More Than a Word for Garnet Programs This Season

September 9, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back isn’t headed back to the theatres any time soon, but it could play out on local fields as several fall programs seek to correct the way their seasons ended in 2009.


No Syracuse. No Kingston. Not even a trip to Mahopac for the Section championship. Rye’s stunning, last-second loss to Poughkeepsie in the 2009 Class A Section semifinals silenced Nugent Stadium as never before and caused reverberations that are felt to this day.

But this is a new year, and the latest model of gridiron warriors to sport the legendary Garnet and Black colors are itching to exact revenge on all who reveled in schadenfreude after their shocking playoff elimination.


Volleyball Sensation Rebecca Choron Selected Lions Club Athlete of the Month

November 17, 2009

Rye High School senior Rebecca Choron has been selected as October’s Lions Club Athlete of the Month. The honor comes on the heels of another outstanding season for the ferocious volleyball star.

“Volleyball has shaped me as a person,” said Choron of her beloved sport. “I’ve learned how to be a team player, motivate others, and deal with both success and failure. It has taught me discipline and accountability, and – most of all – it has added great friends to my life.”

Rebecca Choron

Choron, who served as co-captain of the Garnets this season, began playing volleyball in the seventh grade and quickly transformed into a force to be reckoned with. She was asked to play on the varsity in her freshman year at RHS, and was immediately inserted into the starting lineup as middle blocker. Choron is also the only Garnet who plays on the national level. She has served as starting middle blocker for the Downstate National team since the 9th grade as well.


Morning Round-up: Rye teams own overtime

November 4, 2009

As you can read in the three posts previous to this, Rye’s teams — field hockey and girls’ and boys’ soccer — swept the Election Day Sectional Tripleheader at Nugent Stadium yesterday. No game was lacking drama. Each went to overtime, where the Garnets eventually prevailed and advanced in their respective tournaments. Check out the stories and leave your comments!

Unfortunately, Rye’s volleyball team was ousted from the Class B Section quarterfinals on the road at Hen Hud. The Garnets — seeded ninth — fell to the top-seeded squadron 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-13).

The sixth-seeded Rye Neck boys’ soccer team took advantage of another home game; they ousted No. 14 Pleasantville 3-1 to advance to the Section semifinals. Adam Gutierrez scored two goals and Phillipe Adam chipped in the Panthers’ third. Amazingly, Rye Neck will get to host the semifinal game because No. 7 Bronxville upset Westlake in their quarterfinal.

SPORTS-Ivan Martinez

Ivan Martinez


Morning Round-up: Quarters and semis get underway

November 3, 2009

Rye Neck’s volleyball team participated in Section playoff action yesterday, as did some members of the Rye girls’ swimming team. The fourth-seeded Panthers defeated No. 5 Hastings at home, 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23). They’ll head to No. 1 Croton-Harmon tomorrow for the Class C Section semifinals.

Garnet swimmers Courtney Ciardiello and Melissa Fulenwider fared better than well in the preliminary Sectional rounds. Fulenwider advanced to the finals in both the 100 (top seed) and 50 freestyle (2nd seed). Ciardiello will appear in the finals of the 200 free and 100 butterfly.

Six local team are competing on the playoff schedule today, which includes an Election Day Tripleheader at Rye beginning at 11 a.m. when the field hockey team clashes in the Class B semifinals with No. 3 Briarcliff. See the full schedule below.


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.


Friday Playoff Tripleheader at Nugent Stadium

October 30, 2009

Halloween may still be a day away, but Rye sports enthusiasts are being served quite the treat today. Nugent Stadium will host three Section playoff duels inside its hallowed confines, beginning with the fourth-seeded boys’ soccer team’s contest with No. 13 Yonkers at 1:15. The second-seeded field hockey team takes to the turf at 3:45 for a Class B battle with No. 10 Walter Panas. In the nightcap the football Garnets, No. 1S, take on formidable No. 2N Poughkeepsie at 7:15.

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Brendan Nagle cashes in against Nyack

Also in Garnet action is the ninth-seeded volleyball team, who goes toe-to-toe on the road with No. 8 Edgemont at 4:30.


Morning Round-up: Playoff picture comes into focus

October 29, 2009

The postseason Sectional schedules are now official for our local public high schools, Rye and Rye Neck. The FAA and NYSAIS tournaments begin midway through next week for private schools Rye Country Day and Holy Child.



Section playoff schedules begins to materialize

October 28, 2009

Well, we got our hands on most of Rye/Rye Neck’s opening Section playoff games. Much thanks to the coaches who passed along the following information.

The action kicks off Friday at Nugent Stadium, when Rye’s field hockey team (No. 2 seed) takes the stage in a Class B duel with visiting Nanuet at 1. Immediately after, the fourth-seeded (Class A) Rye boys’ soccer team faces the winner of Ardsley/Yonkers at 3 p.m. Finally, at 7 p.m., the gridiron Garnets go toe-to-toe with Poughkeepsie in the Class A Section semifinals.

Also on Friday, ninth-seeded Rye’s volleyball team hits the road for a Class B Sectional battle with No. 8 Edgemont.

On Saturday, the reigning Class A State champion RHS girls’ soccer team begins their title defense when they play the winner of Sleepy Hollow/Yonkers at Nugent Stadium at 2 p.m.

As stated before, the Rye girls’ swimming team enters the Sectional fray Monday with the finals set for Wednesday. The diving portion of the team gets to work Friday at Pace.

What I know about Rye Neck’s Section playoff schedule begins and ends with the volleyball and girls’ tennis teams at the moment. Volleyball hosts Hastings at 4:30 on Monday. Caroline Lambillotte and Kalypso Buitoni made the Sectionals and are one of 16 teams from all of Westchester and Rockland to qualify. The Section tournament was set to begin today at 1 at Veterans Park in Yonkers, but the weather has likely postponed the event. I should have the girls’ and boys’ soccer match-ups soon.

UPDATE: The sixth-seeded Rye Neck boys’ soccer team will play Friday at home in a Class B bout with No. 11 JFK at 2:30.

UPDATE 2: On Saturday, the 10th-seeded Rye Neck girls’ soccer team heads to No. 7 Kennedy for a Class B contest at 2:30.

Post your thoughts in the comments!

Tuesday Round-up: Regular season winds down

October 28, 2009

Ahh, it’s that time of the year again. When Halloween looms, it can only mean one thing at Rye High School: the Section playoffs are about to kick into high gear. What we know already is that Rye’s fall teams will be participating, and that most — if not all — are contenders for Section crowns. The football team will play at home Friday at 7 against Poughkeepsie, and the swimming and diving squad jumps in Monday, but the rest of the teams are still waiting for official word. It does look however like we might be privy to a triple header on Friday with the boys’ soccer and field hockey teams joining the football Garnets on the slate. Gonna be a doozy of a day if that’s the case! I don’t know yet what day the volleyball or girls’ soccer team will be playing.

As soon as I find out the official playoff schedule for Rye’s teams (as well as Rye Neck, Holy Child and Rye Country Day), I’ll post the information here.

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Rye Country Day’s field hockey team headlined a light day of action Tuesday. They defeated Hackley 2-0 on the road. Jess Hanway and Hannah Lowentheil scored, while Sammy Stavis and Allie Farber assisted. Kate Moelis made six saves in goal for the Wildcats.

Holy Child’s soccer team also picked up a road victory; they beat St. Luke’s 2-0. The Gryphons erased a 1-0 halftime defecit with goals from Mary Kate Mcerlean and Andrea Arnone. Molly Schauber and Arnone recorded assists, and Schauber also recorded six saves in goal.

In their regular season finale, Rye’s volleyball team lost 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-20) at Ardsley. Rebecca Choron led the Garnets with 15 kills.


Rye High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Neck High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Country Day School
Cross-Country @ Hopkins, 4
Boys’ Soccer vs. Millbrook, 4

School of the Holy Child
No Games Scheduled