Archive for the ‘RHS Winter Track’ Category

Looking Back at That Championship Season

March 11, 2011

This past winter was the season of real contentment for Rye’s varsity track coaches – John McGee for the girls and Jim Yedowitz for the boys. The girls won their League title, and the boys’ roster was dotted with individual champs.

McGee put it this way: “All around, this group has been one of my best teams in 30 years of coaching. Even better, most of them are juniors!” The Garnets’ roster on the distaff side boasts seven individual League champions; two relay teams also won the League meet.

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Max Robinson Runs Away with Lions Club Athlete of the Year Honor

June 11, 2010

Max Robinson, Rye High’s track and cross country star, was announced as the Lions Club Athlete of the Year June 7 at the organization’s 12th Annual Scholar Athlete Award Dinner. Robinson, pictured with fellow Athlete of the Month winners at the Osborn, was elected to the prestigious honor by his peers in a schoolwide vote.

“It was a great feeling when I first found out I was an Athlete of the Month,” said Robinson. “It was nice to know what I do was being recognized. Receiving this today was totally unexpected. It’s amazing, and I appreciated the Lions Club and all they do.”

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now: Rye Runners Compete With State’s Best

March 24, 2010

Their promise was evident two years ago, when Max Robinson and Mac Gager were part of a group of sophomore track stars that broke every ninth and tenth grade record in the Rye books.

That potential was realized in early March, as Robinson and Gager raced in the New York State championships at Cornell College in Ithaca. Robinson placed 13th of 32 in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:43.91, and Gager clocked in at 1:27.45 for 26th place in the 600-meter run. The seniors each ran just off personal bests in their first appearances at the elite event.

Max Robinson and Mac Gager

“My two goals for the season were to break the school record for the 600 and to earn my way to States,” said Gager, who toppled the 24-year-old 600 mark in February. “It was an honor to be there. I wasn’t surprised that I made it, but kind of in awe. I was so excited when it was time for my race, and it was such a great feeling to participate.”

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Garnets Blast Off at Class B Indoor Championships

February 22, 2010

Valentine’s Day isn’t exclusively for lovers anymore. As proven by the many inspiring performances February 14 at The Armory in New York City, it was also a day for the Rye indoor track team to shine like diamonds.

The Garnet boys finished third overall out of 22 teams at the Section 1 Class B championships, while the girls claimed sixth place.

“For the first time in ages we felt like we had a chance to win this thing,” said boys’ head coach Jim Yedowitz. “Those high hopes left us a little disappointed, but the kids ran their hearts out and left with the understanding that we’re as good as everyone else.”

Mac Gager

A pair of Garnets proved they were better than anyone else. Mac Gager, a senior, finished first in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:24 and toppled a Rye record that stood for nearly a quarter-century. Mark Sasse set the previous mark way back in 1986. The race was the first of three that day for Gager, which meant he did just enough to win and not tire, according to his coach. Gager could very well smash his own record running all-out this weekend at the State Qualifier.

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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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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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School Records Fall at County Championships

February 4, 2010

 

It was a successful Sunday for Rye’s indoor track teams January 31 at the Ft. Washington Armory for the Westchester County Championships.

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Rye High School Winter Sports Preview

December 2, 2009

No matter the sport, Rye’s teams buzzed through the opposition this fall, winning 80 percent of the games in which they played. There should be no let-up this winter, as six talented programs look to pick up where their classmates left off.

Boys’ Basketball

Every new season brings Chris DiCintio a different batch of basketball ingredients. The head coach never assumes his latest amalgam will translate to glory, but he did admit he’s cautiously optimistic about his ninth Rye team. The 2009-10 Garnets consist of seasoned veterans, experienced newcomers, and even a pair of players with proven basketball genetics.

Rye returns five players from last year’s 16-7 squad that made a surprising run to the Section semifinals at the Westchester County Center. Senior center Brendan Nagle and junior forward Brian Pickup, both captains, are a pair of third-year players DiCintio says will carry a big load in the middle. Senior point guard Tim Lonergan is the third captain. He saw limited duty behind Matt O’Neill last year, but is a good player and leader who is ready for the challenge. Rounding out the starting five are junior Conor Smith and senior Alex Antico.

Brian Pickup

“We plan on being very physical and aggressive on defense, and on offense we will play an up-tempo style by fast-breaking,” said DiCintio. “That was a major part of our success last year; we were very good at pushing the ball upcourt.”

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